So a few will remember I had a rd250lc in Mars Bars that I absolutely loved ended up selling it to fund my Aircooled 250c with the plan of eventually rebuilding my other 250lc properly as a few know our family print company went under the other year so been helping dad with house stuff an having a mini career break which means things have been a lil tight.
Was so nice out today I decided to get my 250lc frame out an see how far I could get from a few bits I had an some old rough bits.
Managed to get all the chassis together an luckily got most of the stuff for the engine just gotta get all the cables send my pump off an get the engine seals.
Oh an some tyres which is gonna eat up the none existent budget haha so the plan is to get her running then deal with the bodywork tank is solid one of the side panels is a right mess originally she was mars bars like the other one but undecided between mars bars or the rz black and gold colour? What do we all reckon
How she was when I got her 12 years ago with a engine on the point of nipping up. An everything was pretty much a mess on it. Cant complain though uk bike matching numbers an no crank case damage.
Today's progress rebuilt the forks did the swing arm bushes an got all the chassis together.
Last Edit: May 30, 2020 22:02:06 GMT 1 by steelerd
Brit bikes are going brilliant the 650ss is running sweet as a daily an sold my Harris TZ to fund a WW2 RAF Norton 16H was in Mcn a few weeks back which was pretty cool!
That's the latest Norton project one I'll never sell actually managed to get the original wartime tank number for it that's unique to the bike something I never thought I'd manage as all the RAF Norton records were destroyed luckily a researcher had a handful of keycards including mine
Handpainting the roundels an numbers was an interesting experience! Learnt alot about painting as well which cool although a few pain barriers haha! Was all original Wd parts just in civi colours so been able to just chip away at that one cosmetics wise at a stop on the ww2 bike now though as I need a few bits for the carb.
Gonna sell my laguna seca Dainese 2pc to hopefully fund a few more bits for the Commando the elsie an the 16h.
That is brilliant. I remember meeting a chap called Ian Wright (not the ex arsenal player) in Normandy (Ouistreham) he owned ark motorcycles (they deal/dealt in ww2 bikes mainly M20’s) he was in full in Don R regalia this was in the mid late 90’s I remember him trying to persuade me to buy one. I always regret not doing so esp as they aren’t cheap now. Lovely chap v enthusiastic and knowledgeable. You going to take it abroad? Got the regalia and uniform to go with it or just going to finish it and ride it?
Gonna whack ya right back with a great big karma stick.
Welcome back Tom. I watched the Guy Martin "D day Landing" programme last night. They dropped a super rare WW2 Paratroopers bike out the back of a C130 - thankfully it survived (again !!) Shame you sold the Harris, that was a lovely looking bike. Good luck with the Lc build.
I missed the first part of the programme - didn't realise it was on. I started watching about 2 minutes before they pushed the bike out the back of the Hercules. Don't know what the bike was but apparently its uber rare ! The owner collected lots of memorabilia, including complete ration packs the Paratroopers were dropped with, which included chocolate laced with Speed ! Also had the uniform button that unscrewed to reveal a tiny compass. The Germans found out about them and used to unscrew them when they suspected them. The Brits then designed them with a left hand thread, and the Germans never found one after that !! Like all Guy's programmes, well worth a watch !
Thanks guys yep hoping to go to Dunkirk on her an to all the events I've actually got to know Ian Rik Sven etc the wd bike scene seems really great all very helpful reminds me alot of our Elsie group.
Guys program was brilliant last night wasnt it love stuff like that.
Sort of at a little bit of a stop now on the elsie after yesterdays progress till I order a set of engine seals later So hopefully if the weather is good on tuesday / Wednesday I can start to put the bottom end together really excited as I miss my other elsie alot.
Need to order the tap to deal with the thread on for the rh footrest as well.
Guessing the yambits ones are still naff? So will get genuine
Oh yeah just noticed that Jon
Last Edit: May 31, 2020 10:53:40 GMT 1 by steelerd
Wow so Ian is still going? got some good pics of him and an M20 somewhere will look out for them. I would love a g3, interesting fact the triumph gp500 which was based on the speed twin but had a different head, and was used by Ernie Lyons post ww2 in some of the earliest gp’s was an auxiliary power unit used by the RAF and I believe used in Lancaster bombers as well as a generator. Enjoy the bike I’m v jealous 😁👍
Gonna whack ya right back with a great big karma stick.
Haha thanks mate glad you enjoyed them only a small channel not got a clue how to grow it but it's been really fun doing it was mega self conscious in front of the camera but slowly getting better
Been sticking a few up of the other classics to the 650ss, Commando an pretty sure there's still some of my old LC miss that bike!! Popped Norbo a message over a few bits all the seals for the engine an gaskets etc,
Just ordered the paint so really excited to give that a whirl wont be perfect with painting outside but least it sticks with the ethos of the build on this one just to get her into riding condition but least it wont look horrendous as the tank does currently with primer showing.
Oh yes I was dreading it mate seems good though nice an clean on the inside to long as there are no big dents on the side we are onto a winner! Just need this hailstorm to stop tomorrow then I can have another go at getting the panels all the way back to plastic an trying the adhesion promoter stuff.
Most of the stuff is here for the engine now gotta just wait on some circlips I forgot for the tachodrive.
Can't belive how excited I am though really giddy over this one was saying to dad I didnt realise just how much I've missed riding an elsie.
Spent ages going through all the boxes looking for the stator wire clip unfortunately it must have been binned with the old Stator.. damn! Gonna hold me up slightly till I can get one luckily everything else is on the way pretty much.
Stripped the tank some more as well that's nearly stripped and looking good!