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Author Topic: CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER  (Read 1813 times)

Offline beachcomber

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Re: CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER
« Reply #20 on: Jan 24, 2018, 11:48:22 »
Thanx for the input ..... yes well pleased with the outcome. I just have to get the parts made now . That means CALLING IN FAVOURS - or paying top dollar.

I had contemplated rising rate as you suggest - but to be honest a Boardtracker is never going to win any races around the twisty bits ! It's really the overall "look" I'm going for. I would have given a testicle or two for the Motobecane banana forks - but not to be. I'm fortunate inasmuch as I'm totally familiar with the RAMSHOX [ my baby ] and will have an adequate range [ more than ] of adjustability. Another stroke of good fortune - the Honda XLR250 wheel spindle is only a gnat's bigger than the  fixing in the Bantam fork bottom. Literally a quick wipe with a round file and job done. Oh, except the spindle has to be shortened by about 3" and re-threaded. Even the brake anchor aligns with the Bantam mount !
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Re: CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER
« Reply #21 on: Jan 29, 2018, 18:08:02 »
BTW - the rubber mounts at the top will be ditched and mounted solid. The Bantam forks are now stripped and cleaned ready for primer. I'll shorten them by 2" [ from the "kitchen" mock up ] by simply shortening the springs. I'm also going to fit 2 additional bushes per leg [ 4 in total ] as even with the brace effect of the front springer element, they're still only going to be "adequate". Still looking for a scrap Bantam frame [ just the headstock will do ] my Brit mates. ;)
"if at first you don't succeed, you've already been a failure once"

" we're not going back to the sixties - we never left "

"yep, nostalgia ain't what it used to be"

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Re: CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER
« Reply #22 on: Jan 29, 2018, 18:33:10 »

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Re: CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER
« Reply #23 on: Jan 29, 2018, 22:20:04 »
If it's any help TJ, there's a  few on ebay, this being the cheapest....... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Triumph-Bantam-Super-Cub-Frame-Loop/162875630344?epid=26010509433&hash=item25ec24e308:g:8ToAAOSwUn9aHVL6

thats a hell of a rake on that frame, is that stock or further evidence of the amount of good acid round in england in the 60s
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Re: CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER
« Reply #24 on: Jan 30, 2018, 06:14:08 »
If it's any help TJ, there's a  few on ebay, this being the cheapest....... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Triumph-Bantam-Super-Cub-Frame-Loop/162875630344?epid=26010509433&hash=item25ec24e308:g:8ToAAOSwUn9aHVL6

Many thanx - that one will do. The only problem is I'm not familiar with the interchangeability of the various year forks. The D1 steering stem looks particularly undernourished !! I just missed out on exactly what I needed - there was a guy in Norfolk selling a front end frame ! Someone beat me to it - and he only wanted 20 for it !

Spotty .... I thought that might be due to the angle of the pic - but I've looked at some others and they DO appear to have Chopper type rake !
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Re: CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER
« Reply #25 on: Jan 30, 2018, 21:18:18 »
i can just see it now, all them Post Office chopper dudes, cruising the mean streets of post war britain, knees in the wind and a cup of tea in the thermos
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Re: CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER
« Reply #26 on: Jan 31, 2018, 07:30:26 »
i can just see it now, all them Post Office chopper dudes, cruising the mean streets of post war britain, knees in the wind and a cup of tea in the thermos

One of our local [ Dagenham ] Telegram delivery boys [ Red Bantams ] was well known in the neighborhood and went on to be a reasonably successful short circuit racer ! I regret to say I can't recall his name, but watching him on the streets of Dagenham was awesome .... especially when you consider what he was riding !

When the service was ended you could pick up one of the Bantams for between five and ten shillings !!

There seemed to be a time when everyone had at least one old Bantam in the shed / bottom of the garden. Where are they now !!!
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Re: CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER
« Reply #27 on: Jan 31, 2018, 19:27:17 »
i heard years ago that the modern sport of mx can trace its roots back to the 20s in france. the story goes that the post office delivery riders would hit the paddocks behind the post office after they'd done their deliveries and fun turned to timed fun over a pre-described circuit which turned into challenges to neighbouring post offices
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Re: CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER
« Reply #28 on: Feb 06, 2018, 10:53:33 »
A bit more progress on the forks. The POC mock up has been completed - and  YES it will work ! Pix self explanatory. There will be a plate on the top yoke for the pin RAMSHOX unit fitting and there will be a decorative plate added to the top of the "Springer" loop [ see green garden hose stand in ] with the mount bracket for the shock bottom mount. The forks are shown 1" shorter than stock, and with pre-load / sag that will reduce to about 2". My pal Brian has fettled the fork legs so that the Honda wheel spindle slots straight in - just needs shortening and re-threading.

I wasn't keen on the "look" of the Mitas rear tyre [ 3.50 x 18" ] when it arrived - looked far too modern - so I've just ordered a 3.50 x 18" H03 TT 59P - we'll see.
"if at first you don't succeed, you've already been a failure once"

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"yep, nostalgia ain't what it used to be"

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Re: CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER
« Reply #29 on: Feb 06, 2018, 21:11:20 »
Oh my, I'm feeling that stirring within my Y fronts that only an awesome bike build can bring.  I'm in!
If it ain't broke, then I haven't been hitting it hard enough.