With his fin­ished vi­sion al­ways in mind, these were some of the key stages of Dar­ren’s re­con­struc­tion job. He didn’t rush, so he didn’t make any rash or ir­re­versible de­ci­sions that he had to rem­edy. Lots of mea­sur­ing though

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MAY 2015 On the trans­plant list

The orig­i­nal stock en­gine pre­pared to re­ceive hot in­ter­nals from a race en­gine. Trou­ble was race en­gine was heav­ily wa­ter-dam­aged.

JAN 2017 Stacked in his favour

Dar­ren bought the tuned XTZ lump as much for the 37mm Kei­hin FCR flat­slides as any­thing else. Be­spoke oil tank is verg­ing on a work of art too.

SEPT 2017 Un­der­seat ad­ven­ture

Ex-tri­umph Day­tona Ar­row can not mak­ing the power it should, mainly down to Dar­ren’s plumb­ing (he freely ad­mits). Work needed.

MAY 2015 Blue­mange on bench

The wob­bly mess that is a stock SZR ar­rives in Dar­ren’s work­shop. Just how hor­rid is that red seat? Not a very nice bike.

SEPT 2015 We have lift off

Get it up on the ramp and see how it all starts to gel. 1991 Honda CBR600F-M six-spoke wheels are the choice.

MAY 2017 Har­ness the power

The best way to deal with the electrics was to make a new har­ness. He could have adapted the orig­i­nal: “But it would have looked shit.”

MARCH 2018 Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’

Get­ting hard to keep the ex­cite­ment in check now. But rush the fi­nal steps at your peril. Steady away for the last bits of the jig­saw.

MAY 2015 Stripped to the bone

Within min­utes Dar­ren has it down to the bare es­sen­tials. All bar the en­gine, frame and swingarm is soon auc­tioned off and gone.

SEPT 2015 Turn it down, will you

Sprocket car­rier shaved to get chain­line spot-on and bear­ings changed so in­ner races match spin­dle di­am­e­ter.

JUNE 2017 Heads you win

Race en­gine head had al­ready been flowed by Slip­stream, and Dar­ren re­built it with new guides to be on the safe side.

OCT 2018 Shake, rat­tle and...

Just shows what you can do with a few rat­tle cans and lots of mask­ing tape al­lied to heaps of pa­tience. Lovely old job.

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