Saturday, August 29, 2015

SS50 race bike ready for first event

My dad did a lot of work to make me an alloy fuel tank and it really finishes the bike.

Even though the tank isn't finished yet, it is ready for now. still needs some dents from construction taken out and paint, although I am liking the raw look.

What started out as a simple SS50 moped has now been modified all over and is really starting to look like a real race bike. As was the intention because I wanted this SS50 to look like it had the full RSC kit, if Honda would have ever made it for an SS50.

footpegs need to be changed and probably some more details, but for now I can enter it in "races" as my CB50 race bikes were sold and I had nothing left to ride for the 50cc class.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

SS50 progress

Slowly, things have been progressing, but now I have to hurry up and get this one going as I have no more CB50 to ride.
Want to be able to ride this SS50 this season even.

this is the current state of things.

Fuel tank is only temporary, a long narrow aluminium tank is going to be made, but that will probably take a while.

hand made front mudguard

Working on the SS50 racebike again, as my CB50 was sold.

It needed a front mudguard for several reasons
- it looks good and old Honda race bikes had mudguards
- rules say you need to have one if you don't have a fairing (fairing is for the future)
- it can function as a fork stabiliser, needed because of the single sided front brake.

For the fork stabiliser bit, the supports are made out of steel and run over the top of the mudguard as one piece, not the prettiest, but I've seen this on original (race) bikes and it is very functional. And I like things that look functional even if they are "ugly"

The start, a piece of steel bent and cut to fit between the forks and 2 pieces of tube with the ends flattened with a special tool to get those ends just like Honda used to make them. Clamped together for braising.

Braised together and 2 cable loops added, just because, if this were original, Honda might have supplied a 4LS in the RSC kit and the mudguard would have been prepared for it. I will only be using one loop with my 2LS for now.

Parts primed and screwed together in preparation for riveting.

riveted and painted silver with a little bit of clear just for a little shine, to imitate that original look and not to go overboard on the clearcoat as so many replicas these days.