Nickie, who commissioned the transformation of her 1980 R45, decided she'd had enough of the slightly bland stock bike and wanted something more exciting and cooler.
Enter Side Rock Cycles!
She really liked the old school bobber style, wanted a bit more 'get up and go', black paintwork and had to have a tan leather seat. This lady's got taste!
After much consultation, the spec was set and the build began.
A proper hinged and sprung saddle was required, so extensive frame mods were carried out to create the seat post and remount and lay down the new fully adjustable YSS shocks. As there's no subframe anymore, new stainless struts were made to take the freshly fabricated steel rear mudguard that's now attached to the swinging arm. A full length steel front mudguard was also treated to new stainless mounts.
The handlebars had to be a certain style, so the 'Beach Bars' were formed in stainless steel pre drilled for wiring and then polished. The riding position is really comfortable and relaxed.
The 'get up and go' part was duly addressed with a serious bit of kit in the form of a 860cc big bore performance kit from Siebenrock. Lightweight Nikasil barrels and high comp pistons mate with re-worked R65 heads and re-jetted carbs with hi flow filters and gives this bike some real acceleration.
New stainless headers were aquablasted for the satin finish and mated up to some short Norton style silencers. It now sounds great.
Modern electrics were a must, so a full Motogadget package was fitted along with Digital electronic ignition, Acewell speedo/tacho, LED 'angel eye' headlamp, LED tail light and micro LED indicators. A lightweight, more powerful Nippon Denso starter motor, a super light weight Lithium Iron battery and bespoke minimal wiring loom complete the upgrades.
To finish off, a classic gloss black paintjob with subtle white pinstripes was chosen and compliments the satin black powder coated frame, wheels and engine.
Nickie's going to have lots of fun riding Bart' round the back roads of Dorset.
Side Rock Cycles