Bike Builds and Restorations
'Article 58' Sprint Bike Build - Chapter Four (Finale)
In this episode 4, the sprint bike arrives at the Malle Mile event. Jake, Will and Jon get the bike started for a couple of unofficial test runs.
Jon lines up for the sprint, selects 3rd gear and blasts down the 8th Mile grass strip, winning the head to head easily.
Proving difficult to start once warm up, the bike only has one run and is retired.
Apart from the 'Article 58' run, this chapter has some great footage of the Malle Mile event.
'Article 58' Sprint bike Build - Chapter Three
This is chapter 3 of the build. It starts with a time lapse shot of the complete build by Jake and Will.
Jon the owner is at the workshop to fit all the control cables and brake lines. They complete the ignition system, prime the oil system and fuel up.
After numerous failed attempts to start the beast bump starting and bike to bike methods, the bike finally fires up using their vans drive wheel.
Apart from fabricating a seat, the bike is ready for its ingural test at the Malle Maile Sprint event.
'Article 58' Sprint Bike Build Project - Chapter Two
This is chapter 2 of their build. They have built the ridge frame and are working on the chain & sprocket alinement.
They are also completing a radical set of hand-made grider forks, with a modern twist.
They are still on target to complete the build to debut at the Malle London ‘The Mile’ event on 2nd July - but it's going to be tight.
'Article 58' Sprint Bike Build Project - Chapter One
Jake and Will are building a sprint bike using an Ariel Frame and Jawa 500cc engine which will run on methanol. Their project will debut at the Malle London event 'The Mile' on 2nd July.
It will be ridden at the event by build collaborator Jon Foster, a seasoned dirt bike competitor.
Chapter one, is an overview of the build and is the 1st chapter of a series of short films which follow Jake and Will's progress, as they attempt to complete the build in 6 weeks.
1960's Honda Race Replica 400cc - Part 1
First in a series of short films covering the build of a 'poor man's' 1960's Honda Race Replica
Using a 1970's Honda CB 400/4 as a donor bike, this build successfully mimics the famous Honda Racing style of the 60's period when they first achieved success at the Isle of Man TT.
1960's Honda Race Replica 400cc - Part 2
This second part of the series focuses on the Front Wheel, Drum Brake and Adjustment
LIST of useful suppliers and contacts used to build this bike.
Move curser over company name and click for their website link
- D&M Engineering - Supplier of all Race Rep components, Engine Builds and Advise. UK
- Dave Swarbrick - Supplier of down pipes and megaphones. UK
- Zero Exhausts - Specialist in stainless exhaust systems and custom pipes. UK
- TTR400 - Quality manufacturer of many Honda racing parts. SA
- Motocicli Veloci - Supplier of many parts from Rev Counters, Brakes and smaller items. IT
- Disco Volante Moto - Supplier of many parts from Rev Counters, Brakes and smaller items. UK
- Hagon - Wheels and Shocks. UK
- David Silver Spares - Honda 400/4 services parts and spares. UK
- Wemoto - Honda 400/4 services parts and spares. UK
- Vehicle Wiring Products - Wiring, Fuse Boxes, Switches and Connectors. UK
- M & P - Motorcycle Parts and Accessories. UK
- Venhill - Supplier of control cables and DIY cable making kits. UK
- Mead Speed - Classic Race Body Work and Parts. UK
- Fast From The Past - Suppliers of Tarozzi Clips-Ons and other classic parts. US
- P J Motorsports - Keihin Carburetor Jets. US
- Boyer Bransden - Electronic Ignition System. UK
- Motobatt - Sealed Batteries. US based, but plenty of suppliers in UK
- Custom Fasteners - Supplier of stainless nuts, bolts etc. UK
- 400 Four Bits - Supplier of Honda 400/4 and 550/4 used parts. UK
Honda Racing History and Reference Books
'The Honda Story' - Published by Haynes Publishing
'Realising The Dream At The TT' - Published by Lily Publications