Main Motorcycle: My 904cc Bonneville.
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Twickenham UK
Other Motorcycle: A trusty Honda VFR
And hopefully these will be some pictures of the bike when I got it. The previous owner put standard'ish bodywork back on it because he found the Cafe Racer riding position too uncomfortable, unfortunately the original bodywork didn't come with the bike.
It was in a bit of a sorry state (it had a couple of owners after NH and before me), however it was cheap.
The front brake was leaking and even after replacing the hose and bleeding thoroughly it was still very spongy. I've since fitted a Rocket 3 mastercylinder (14mm bore as opposed to the standard 11mm), which is a direct swap for the Bonny one, this has helped brake feel enormously.
The Amal carbs were also leaking, there's a bit if discolouration to the engine cases from the leaking petrol but I'm going to leave this for a bit of 'patina', at least for now. The CR35s seem to be able to hold petrol without any drips.
I've replaced the rear Ikons with Bitubo shocks, which offer more adjustability and so far have been a great improvement in terms of ride comfort.
You can also see that the previous owner butchered the sidepanels in an attempt to help airflow to the carbs. These have also been replaced. The tank has a few small dents in it but these will be sorted out by the paint shop.
The bike is now stripped down for modding. The bodywork is in my living room (apologies to the girlfriend) and will be painted matt black soon. I've ordered some alloy mudguards but these will need to be cut down and modded to fit.
Bob Farnham will sort the engine, but I need to find some Thruxton headers first, so if anyone can help with this that would be great.
I'll post some more pictures after it's done, but this will be springtime (Feb/March) at the earliest.