Rat Brat Tracker Style is a mouthful. That's what the Ah-8-Tee has become.
Rat - cause of the old bits i have thrown at it.
Brat - the seat.
Tracker - the bars.
Yes there is still more to be done.
Old chopper seat is being fitted up to the bike.
It will be inter-changeable with the old BMW seat I have. Need to be able to take wife for rides.
Need to replace all the cables.
So why not put a set of old Suzuki ER185 bars on first. I love reusing old shit bike parts.
Had to reduce the diameter of the bars with a sanding wheel in the drill so the controls would fit.
Move the front brake cable. Replaced the brake fluid. Brakes have now lost that wooden feeling.
Go for ride. Super comfy. Sitting upright. My hips and shoulders say thank you.
Next up is new cables and planning in doing away with the instrument pod and replacing that all with a small GPS speedo.
Yay! Got new tyres fitted. Michelin Pilot Activ. I had been riding with the old cracked hard tyres that were many years old. Yeah I know.
The front end would get a very nasty wobble at low speed. Some sage advise from a BMW mate, thanks Quoll, suggested instead of the 90/90 front go with a 100/90. Riding down hill, hands off the bars and no wobble/tank slapper. YES! just have to get used a wider front tyre. More responsive all round now. Better grip. Who would have thought new rubber could do all of this.
After doing a carb balance the idle was still a bit funny. Reading in the Airhead forums at ADV that a main jet change to a bigger jet can help the idle I did this. I found my bag of different size jets I had kept from the R100LT I used to own. I went from a 135 to a 138 main jet. What a difference. Better idle. The engine feels smoother too through the rev range.
Its been a night of wins.
Crappy mobile phone photo from tonight's ride to start running in the new rubber.
My youngest daughter, who is 20, has expressed her desire to get her bike Ls. Scares the crap out of me thinking of her on the road. So what do I do to stop her? "You get your Ls and i will give you the Wasp once it is up and running." Besides her at first saying .."Really" she has asked to help work on the bike. So the Wasp has a new owner. I now do not have to build this on a budget. So were can I get a 150cc big bore kit for a GS125 engine?
How can I say no to her when I have been the one to encourage it. The owner of the Wasp is on the left in the photo.
I like to be different. Its who I am. So when I stumbled across pushbike saddlebags that had wood as part of them I knew I had to make one for the BM.
A fence paling. Some treated pine. A huge bit of leather I got off my sister. My imagination. A Starwars Storm-trooper keyring. Some old straps. A fabric belt of mine. Screws and rivets. Design in my head. Then make.
Changed out the Tardis BMW panniers and fitted the 21ltr Givi ones I have had sitting around.
I like the shape of the Givi. Would have loved to have gotten hold of some 50s beetle bags but they costs more than I want to spend.