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26.07.2018, 11:00 AM
Seeing as it is quiet at the moment Ill throw this to the lions.

I picked up a new project a couple of months ago to use on my anual Moidart/ Kinlochleven run,its a BMW R75 kneeler. This was being built by a guy to race but fell ill and it lay for some 10yrs then a friend of his put it up for sale. Having discusions with the MOT chappie on what is required to make this road legal then a trip to VOSA to have it sorted out. On closer inspection there are not two wheels in the correct position so I'lll have to clear the jig and rectify.
First is to remove the scooter chair wheel, I have purchased a 10" minilight along with a road legal Avon advan tyre. New hub aquired and my ex passenger is machining a new spindle as I type.
Motor has been stripped and measured bead blasted and thoroughly cleaned ready for assembly.
The motor consists of balanced crank, high comp Omega pistons not knowing the history of the con rods they were sent off to a metal improving company and have just arrived back from being shot peened to relieve stress which also increases the strength by aprox 30%.
The cylinder heads have been machined to create what is called a splayed head giving a more direct flow of fuel into the cylinders fed by a race cam, Kibblewhite valves and Dellorto carbs, the head has also been twin plugged. Stroll on April. :)

26.07.2018, 11:54 AM
That will be good fun but do you not think that a kneeler on the road could be a bit dangerous? It will be so low vehicles in front won't know it's there. You could always fit a flag to it :D

26.07.2018, 12:28 PM
It will be bright and LOUD , a friend had mentioned a flag but I could see that taking out pedestrians when cornering. I shall also have daytime led running lights.

26.07.2018, 12:58 PM
... a friend had mentioned a flag but I could see that taking out pedestrians when cornering...
:flash: Even more fun :flash: :D :D

28.07.2018, 09:17 AM
:flash: Even more fun :flash: :D :D

Here's me thinking you were a retired chilled out hippy ! :lol2:

02.09.2018, 09:30 AM
I achieved a little bit of kitchen engineering yesterday. I needed to up the main spine for the chair hub from 1 1/4 to 2" so machined a plug to fit the inside dia of the tube bored the centre then used a 2" hole saw boring each intersection then removing the tube to the next one. Life can be much simpler when the science has been removed, all done within the hour.

25.09.2018, 05:30 PM
Chair wheel mounted and in the correct place, camber and tow set. Minilight wheel instead of the scooter wheel keeping it within period, also added another 5 inches into the width extending the distance from centre of the drive wheel to centre of the chair wheel. Getting a wee buzz doing this one!! :D

25.09.2018, 11:01 PM
That looks fantastic but what's under the cover :flash::)

26.09.2018, 06:09 AM
Empty bottles ! Got in there before the supermarkets !!:lol2:

26.09.2018, 09:03 AM
That looks fantastic but what's under the cover :flash::)

It's another classic a Ducati TT2 with a 600 SL motor. I do small bits to it now and again but other projects keep on coming along that gain more interest :)

28.10.2018, 12:31 PM
More progress, I found a nice slim seat unit that complimented what I was aiming to achieve but this involved removing more tubes.
Hopefully this is the last I have to alter and I can now start joining the dots. I also discovered that the front end was leading and not trailing so made a new set of forks using oval tube, still in keeping with the CRMC regs.


Scott 888
05.11.2018, 08:38 PM
Just needs some bra broon pipes now Sam:)

05.11.2018, 09:26 PM
Cylinder heads modified,Just ordered Kibblewhite springs and caps for the high lift cam, bores rebored engine built,check valve clearence for the high comp pistons and adjust squish, just recieved my oval tube for the new forks , seat rails finished, master cylinders mounted, petrol tank fabricated, fairings mounted then painted then broon pipes and finally wiring done, stripped down powder coated and rebuilt. Getting there though.


26.11.2018, 03:56 PM
I was working in Newcastle the other week so I took the opportunity to save on a journey and drop the sidecar off at the fibreglass chappie in Darlington and have my seat unit and chair arch modified professionally.
I had to make a new subframe beforehand to suit the seat unit.
My Kibblewhite valve springs also arrived this afternoon to suit the higher lift cam and I have also just ordered the Pulse-jet ignition http://www.pulse-jetignition.co.uk/ I purchased a gearbox from a friend of the guy that invented this so decided to get in touch with him to find out more.
Using the twin plug head I have been informed that the noticable advantage will be over the 5k rev range,but a much wider benefit on the single plug head, it may not be of any use for road use on the BMW.
I shall stick it on the dyno and log the results before and after then try out on the TT2 Pantah as I have been sent adaptors to suit the shorter length 14mm plug as well. https://www.facebook.com/PulseJetIgnition/ pics are not uploading today for some reason.

26.11.2018, 04:53 PM
Pulse jet! (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulsejet) For a moment I thought you had incorporated a V1 rocket! :D

26.11.2018, 05:00 PM
Just doodling around!:)

27.11.2018, 10:06 AM
That PJI looks really interesting. I used to run a series of Alfas and used Lodge multipoint plugs that a) avoided hot spots and be contributed to multi ignition points (usesless if you didn't drive the cars hard though) This concept looks like it uses similar base principles but making use of the lean burn advantages of a preigintion chamber.

Thanks again Sam, I have a call to make :)

27.11.2018, 04:29 PM
It was the 10% power increase that caught my attention, an economical tuning gain. It does show more of an increase in powere on the dyno readout with the BMW outfit 980 motor.

28.11.2018, 08:55 AM
Managed to get pics uploaded today, who needs a race transporter when you have a sturdy roof rack?
Does anyone know how to remove pics from the file manager as I am running out of storage space.


28.11.2018, 09:35 AM
I think the file manager automatically deletes the oldest files when there are too many. I've never deleted files from it since DuN started and it currently shows 26 files with room for another 4. I presume the older ones have been binned :dunno:

02.12.2018, 11:12 AM
I had a visit from Dove on here ( my ex sidecar passenger) to give me a hand taking up slack on the jibs of the mill ( I watched) so we decided to give the mill a test run and machine the cylinder heads to straighten out the inlet track and make stubs to suit the Dellorto carbs. Don't fret the carb is 180 deg out!



19.12.2018, 09:31 AM
I headed down to Darlington yesterday to pick my outfit up from the fibreglass works, here is one reason why not to use a propane heater in your workshop, the chassis is covered in rust.:ohwell: Just as well he did a good job altering the seat and arch.

19.12.2018, 12:31 PM
You should have given it a coat of primer first ;) I wouldn't think that propane heaters and fibreglass resin fumes would be a good mixture either - a potential to go BOOM :eek:

05.01.2019, 02:58 PM
The chassis shall be blasted and powder coated after a complete dry build so hopefully all the rust maggets shall be removed. No time spent on the bike over the holidays due to being in Ireland at the outlaws, I managed a couple of hours this afternoon though. Inlet track machined and new stub to take a Dellorto carb welded in place, having to use a short bell moth as the right hand cylinder sits further to the rear.