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Work to con­vert a stan­dard 650 twin into a svelte dirt scram­bler con­tin­ues. This month, Odgie gets cre­ative with his clutch, sorts sprock­ets, ex­per­i­ments with ig­ni­tions, and dis­cov­ers that the devil lurks in the de­tails…

Real Classic - - What Lies Within - Pho­tos by Odgie Him­self

Work to con­vert a stan­dard 650 twin into a svelte dirt scram­bler con­tin­ues. This month, Odgie gets cre­ative with his clutch, sorts sprock­ets, ex­per­i­ments with ig­ni­tions, and dis­cov­ers that the devil lurks in the de­tails…

We’ll be hav­ing no devils here thank you very much, but we are get­ting into the de­tails. With the main frame and the var­i­ous rolling chas­sis ac­ces­sories all sorted, it was time to sort out some of the bits and pieces. This can be the stage in any bike build when noth­ing much seems to be hap­pen­ing. Af­ter all the vis­i­ble progress of sort­ing out frames, forks, wheels, etc, dur­ing which you work on the ge­om­e­try and over­all stance, fol­lowed by the even more aes­thetic achieve­ments of de­cid­ing on tank, seat, mud­guards and so on, where the stance be­comes a style, and the pro­file starts to re­veal it­self, it’s easy to think most of the work is done.

Of course, there’s a whole lot more to get from a groovy look­ing ba­sis to a fully work­ing mo­tor­cy­cle. And although each item is nec­es­sary, they don’t ac­tu­ally add a great deal to the pic­ture. But just be­cause they aren’t as ex­cit­ing doesn’t mean they don’t have to be done. Like all things, the best way to ap­proach them is with pos­i­tiv­ity, and enough an­tic­i­pa­tion to en­sure the mo­ti­va­tion. This is one of the rea­sons why I’ve no in­ter­est in do­ing restora­tions – I’ll hap­pily ham­mer away at a bit of al­loy to make a splash guard, but fit­ting a newly painted stock mud­guard is just drudgery to me. It’s also why I love build­ing bikes but don’t re­ally like work­ing on them. Still, if ev­ery­one was as niche-tar­geted as I am there’d be no mu­se­ums, no clas­sic shows and no cor­re­spond­ing record of our her­itage.

So hav­ing man­aged to con­jure up an only vaguely con­tro­ver­sial in­tro for this month, let’s get on with mak­ing and fit­ting stuff.

The splash guard. With a trun­cated rear mud­guard, I needed some­thing to stop all the dirt and shale get­ting thrown to­wards the air fil­ters. A bit of knock­ing with the wooden mal­lets pro­duced a very ac­cept­able ob­ject. This is the Real Fun of bike...

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