Woodmans Benelli

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by innathyzit, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. innathyzit

    innathyzit AKA Woodman

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    Small update time.

    Rebuilt the carb so it doesn't leak and flood anymore. Starts very well, but will need fine tuning when it gets mobile whenever that happens, so time to move onto the bodywork.

    the body work will be my biggest challenge as I have inherited my Dads"'function over form" gene (see first post). In saying that it is not a concours resto but anyway wish me luck.

    Some more bits arrived the other day so here is a pic of the cafe seat mocked up before I attack the seat base after lunch to make it fit. The tank is also raised up slightly to suit the higher height (higher height??) of the seat. My goal is to make the bike physically bigger so it is a bit more comfy for my prop forward frame.

    Anyway the pic.

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    The seat is abs plastic and is a nice black finish. Thinking I might paint the tank the same colour with some logos and pinstriping it should look pretty good.

    Seat came from http://www.dimecitycycles.com/cafe-racer-parts.html. Best pricing I have seen yet:ear
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  2. Voltaire

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    Looking good, does it have rear sets ? I found my bucket racer had the best riding position so I measured the triangle between the grips, back of seat, and rearsets and used this on the R90 and it works for me.
    Front row prop...are you over 6" ?:D
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  3. innathyzit

    innathyzit AKA Woodman

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    cheers, rearsets are next when i can sit on it, there are heaps of universal ones out there but i am going to make my own. shouldn't be too hard but the left one (brake) needs to be folding to clear the kick start.

    Yes I am just over 6 ft, but slightly lighter now the muscle has turned to flab:cry . Biggest issue really is my lack of flexibility and dodgy knees, mind you looking at the new seat I don't think touring will be the benellis forte'.

    Edit, here is the seat base with some ally bits that were in my wheelbarrow of scrap metal. Bloody amazing whats in there really.

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  4. Padmei

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    However we will be able to give a fair appraisal of the regions coffee sellers when our bikes are finished/ working
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  5. Voltaire

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    be around $7 for a flat white by then....get back to your shed.:hide
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  6. innathyzit

    innathyzit AKA Woodman

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    An update with no pics.

    Bolted all the old gaurds etc on to see what it would look like and it looks ok, sorta looks like a motorbike now. Then removed it all again. Just spending time cleaning up bits and pieces ready for assembly and to see what else it needs, thankfully bugger all which is good.

    Sorted the seat, but still not overly happy with the padding etc, but it,ll do for now and give me something to tinker with down the track.
    Rebuilt the forks yesterday, pretty simple really, just a shorter version of the klr forks. Couldn't find any specs for fork oil levels so I just put in less than the klr has.:deal

    It starts very well now, first or second kick from cold.

    Crap update, but its all I got.
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  7. Padmei

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    Shit hot Woodman. It's nice getting closer to completion isn't it.
    Jeez i've just realised once I get schmidt back on the road I have to tackle the R65.
    It's nearly riding weather too:clap

    If you have a looksie on the Aussie forum there are some pics of a small eyetie bike run.
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  8. innathyzit

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    Still plugging away, but the nice weather and the awsomeness of the KLR is taking up Benelli time.

    Took my old speedo apart today and used the internals to fix the tacho. Seems to work with the drill.

    Mocked the bike together and it looks good but there is a lot of tidying up to do.

    No pics, cameras given up the ghost.
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  9. Padmei

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    Ready by christmas?
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    Highly unlikely as I am trying to not rush things and do a half assed job. Main things to do now are sorting the rear sets which require a fair bit of engineering just to have something to mount the pegs on and then devise a folding peg/rear brake lever. But I have a cunning plan.

    I am very happy with progress so far.
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  12. innathyzit

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    Thats pretty cool, got the same carby as the Benelli. The old man has an old Ducati motor in his shed that has pull rods rather than push rods which is a bit odd. Remember trying to make a renault v6 into a race motor for a boat but the limiting factor would have been the exhaust and inlet valves used the same cam lobe for both and getting a decent enough valve lift and duration etc was nigh on impossible so it was scrapped.

    Theres some odd things out there
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  13. Voltaire

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    does it look like this :evil
    Your old mans shed sounds interesting.....any pics[​IMG]
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  14. innathyzit

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    Can't remember what it looks like, but it is an engine that you bolt onto a bicycle. Dunno what year it is.
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    It would likely be one of those motors then, as that's what they were manufactured for.
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  16. Voltaire

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    wanna swap it it for a Garelli one?( obviously not as good as this and all in bits...):lol3
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  17. Eddieb

    Eddieb www.AdventureRidingNZ.co.nz

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    Here's my project I've slowly been getting bits for. I'm very tempted to clear coat the tank and use that as is.
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  18. innathyzit

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    Looks good Eddie. Tis amazing when searching online the amount of common parts that Ducatis/Benellis etc share. Your front brake looks same as mine. Is that a SS1 carb?

    Have you tried Guzzino for parts? Very good and have a lot of NOS stuff. Do you have an ETA for completion or is it a rolling target?

    Have to take my engine out today and do some cutting and welding of the frame to make a bracket to mount the rearsets on. Fortunately engine removal is a less than 5 minute one man job. Advantage of having no lower frame.Oh yeah also got an adjustable main jet and one folding rear set footpeg. Was meant to order two:puke1 Doh.
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    Eddieb www.AdventureRidingNZ.co.nz

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    It's been a rolling target but I collected most of what I needed this year and am hoping to spend some quality time on it next year.
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  20. innathyzit

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    Oh yeah, forgot about this.

    Now where did I put it?:hmmmmm