Friday, 26 September 2008

Up Front

After further rummaging through 'The Treasures of Crackleport' I have found a worthy set of forks. Once gracing the front end of a YDS7 Yamaha of about 1972 vintage they will see the light of day after over 20 years in storage and hopefully marry to the proposed Picklington Precision.

Not just any old forks though....this set of forks used to be part of my '250cc Production Class' sprinter. Furthermore...a championship winning sprinter. Already this machine has 2 components with race history...what a start !

Sunday, 21 September 2008


Progress report 2 - Albert must have a reputation ! For collecting rubbish ! Nah, Not in this case. A neighbour offered me an old motorcycle rear wheel that he considered past its best. Sure ! Bring it round I said, I'll have it. Turned out to be from an early DT250 Yamaha. Minus brake plate, sprocket and bearings it could be just what we need for our project. (Mind I'll have to tighten a few spokes too !) Never say no thats my motto.

Wait while I tell Splut, he'll be rite proud.

Sunday, 14 September 2008

From small acorns....

Albert here....reporting on progress.

Unearthed amongst the old motormowers at the back of my shed we have the beginnings of our project. A little trimming down with the angle grinder and lo and behold the first building block of our vintafake. This frame/headstock carries the I.D of it's previous life and may be useful later...

What does the future hold for this 1980 S.W.M. trials frame....even I don't know at this stage...

Saturday, 13 September 2008

A journey into the unknown

Albert Crackleport here - starting this blog as a record of our preparations to win the 'Golden Helmet Award' at the forthcoming Belgium Biker Build Off. I will be accompanied on this challenge by my trusty pal Basil K. Splutterpipe......

At this point in time it really is 'A journey into the unknown' .... Decisions on power plant, frame layout, controls are all to be decided.