The missing piece

It’s been a while since the last update on this bike, the only thing we”ve been missing to complete it has been the fuel tank. Now the day is here, the tank has arrived and we’ve completed the bike!

I think the overall look of the bike works, for some reason it reminds me of an old police car, something with the black and white combined with the red. Now that we”ve got the museum ready we finally have a place to photograph the bikes for the gallery again, expect more pictures soon!

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Brand new

As expected everything is going smoothly, we’re down to the very last pieces of the puzzle now. The only thing left is the fuel tank and the seat, apart from that everything is more or less in place.

The great thing about this bike is that every last component in the engine is brand new and unused. Most of the time we use the crankshaft and engine block from the orginal bike but this time the engine has been built from scratch!

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Well, it’s the same thing as last week: we still have the fuel tank and seat left. Unfortunately we didn’t get the tank before the guys at the paint shop went on holiday so it’ll be a while longer.

The good news is that all the small things we had left like the decals, rear view mirrors and handles are done!

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At last the engine is done! All parts in the engine are NOS, even the sides of the engine block and the crankshaft are NOS and have been fully balanced. As soon as we got the engine we could continue with the rest of the bike. We’ve gathered all the parts needed to complete the bike apart from the fuel tank so hopefully we’ll make some good progress.

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The custom part of the build is starting to show. As I wrote a while back in the last update for the second blue AS1 we took the flasher lenses from this bike and put on the AS1, in their place we’ve used US-spec red lenses to match the rest of the colour-scheme.

We’ve also managed to get a hold of real period whitewalls from a friendly soul in the US. The are a tiny bit bigger than the regular wheels so we’ve had to raise the front fender to give the wheels proper clearance. The rear wheel is also in place together with the brake shield. We’ve chosen to use more polished brake shields both front and rear as well as using chromed parts for the front and rear brake.

Last but not least: the oil tank is in place as well!

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