"Heavy Metal" started life as a mundane R80 RT of '82 vintage which now has been transformed into a stunning Street Scrambler. The brief from the customer was that he wanted a chunky, metallic looking style scrambler fit for Steve McQueen.
After being torn down to the bare bones, the frame, swinging arm and wheels were blasted and powder coated satin black. The forks were refreshed with new springs, seals and slightly heavier oil and new Hagon shocks added at the rear. Chunky profile trail tyres were fitted to ensure good grip off road as well as acceptable on road performance.
The engine came apart for full inspection and was treated to new rings, timing chain kit and crank seals. The re-built carbs now run with K&N style filters so the standard airbox and top engine cover were junked and were replaced with a one piece cover that cleans up the top of the engine and gives it a very minimalist look. A new, smaller Gel battery now sits in a trick looking custom made alloy box with concealed wiring and compliments the bare metal look of the engine. Crash bars were stipulated as a "just in case" and adorned with a spot lamp for a bit of night time rabbit chasing over the fields.
To carry on the dull alloy theme the new chrome headlamp, Acewell speedo/tacho and shortened alloy mudguards were all "toned down" to suit and a new pair of chromed "Mettisse" style handlebars complete the off road look. Subtle L.E.D bar end indicators and mirrors were fitted as a nod to both practicality and style.
An off road style bike just wouldn't be right without a high level exhaust so a custom made stainless system, aqua blasted for a matt finish was fitted along with a black reverse cone muffler for a bit of aural delight!
The tank was going to be bare metal given a "brushed alloy" finish and then clear coated in matt lacquer but as it had a few imperfections "Lyle" at Wicked Coatings in Poole said he could re-create that look with paint. Looking at the result we think he absolutely nailed it.
To finish off the build the modified rear sub frame was treated to a new three quarter length seat exquisitely made by Glen Moger in brown to match the grips. This features the SRC logo embroidered in gold on the back of the seat.
"Heavy Metal" is now en route to France to meet its new delighted owner where he will enjoy riding it around the Bergerac hills.
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