A Study In Rat A Study In Rat
This is the on-going tale of Martyman’s Shed (For overseas friends etc “Shed” (noun,adjective, expletive) – A motorcycle which is a testimony to neglect/poverty/expediency (delete where applicable) which aesthetically does not quite come up to “showroom condition”)
A prime example of a vehicular bastard i.e. of dubious paretnage, Once it was a standard Suzuki GS1000, now over eons has transmogrified into this magnificent “Bitchin’ Sled” (Marty’s words).
Current Spec : Frame : GS1000, well the bits that haven’t been ground/cut off, lowered seat rails Engine: Old Z650 Kick Start, except the kick start’s from a CB550/4 and needs to go to the dentist.
Tank: GS1000, indented modifications by Marty as punishment for not starting.
Custom Paintwork: Matt Black by Halfords Forks : A Z something
Wheels : Dymag (circa 1923) Seat: Thing with Norton tailpiece.
Electrics: Sticky back plastic, fairy liquid bottles and tiolet roll holders. “Hmmm” intense pseudo-intellectual ponderings If it doesn’t go, fish about in here for a while.
New engine mounting plates to accomodate the Z motor If it won’t start then take a hammer to it. It won’t make it start but you’ll feel better for it (for about a minute)
Chainguard from various old bits of metal. Patented but widely used exhaust bracket.
Now For a Spring Clean Do the shims, put some oil in and… Remove hackit old Norton seat and tail unit, lower the frame rails, hack a load off the back end, and weld the best part of a 1947 trailer mudguard on, an Bob’s yer Aunties Bro’ Give it a once over with a couple of cans of good ol’ halfords Matt Black (wot else) bolt on the trusty apes from an old Kwak 440.
Weld some 1/2″ box onto the top frame rail and mount the trusty maltese cross and number plate, duly hacked of old tailpiece.