Some 19 - 20 years ago I asked John Williams (the tank shop) to make to make me a alloy tank based on a 1100 Sport item but to fit a Tonti frame. Now,I was in no major rush,but still didn't expect the wait to be quite as long as it was. As it turned out though my plans changed and I didn't end up using it on a project until approx 2009 - the bike that I posted a few pics of just a few weeks back. Sometime in,I think, 2011 I sold that bike via Ebay to a chap,Sean, in Australia. Out of a few other interested people was a chap called Bill, from Scotland. So what a coincidence that I have now bought - from Bill - the tank that he'd purchased some 6 - 7 years ago, to build his own version of a Guzzi Cafe Racer. Having retired a couple of years ago his plans had changed - like they do for us all - and he's now acquired a carbon fibre replica le man 1 tank and CF race style seat unit.
Friday, 2 March 2018
These pics are from approx 8 years ago when the Cafe Racer was just at the road test stage and I found the village petrol pump location to add a bit more character to the pics. At this time the Black Roadster had already been on the road for 3 - 4 years
|Sometime in either 2009 or early 2010|
and very nearly ready to get on the road
built around 2007 / 08'
|Castle Combe and always|
good as a backdrop for pics
Sunday, 25 February 2018
..............and from this point on the progress will be slower as it generally takes time to add all those hidden away items,plus brakes elecs etc. Also I have other things to do,but feel I'm at a good point for the end of February. Don't want to get too complacent though, as we all know how the time can run away! The plan is for this build to have a slightly lived in look with a matt/satin black frame,scotchbrite finish on the tank,seat and wheels. The engine and gearbox have been grit blasted rather than vapour as the latter tends to leave a slightly brighter finish. The top yoke,headlamp brackets and rear brake plate are finished in a textured black which gives a slight contrast against the satin frame.
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
This has been very slow going since the Christmas period,but hopefully having got the frame back last week things will start to progress. At the end of day yesterday frame and battery tray in place,as always the first lower frame rail slots in place simply and unexpectedly the l/hand one was in place within 30 seconds.......................can't ask for any better than that. Within less than 10 minutes first stage done!