There is joy, enthusiasm and maybe even a hint of passion behind putting a bike back together, especially when it started as a Basket Case. A large number of hours have been spent in research, taking components apart to their last element, cleaning, painting, fixing, adjusting every bit before laying them down on a shelf, ready for action. The parts look nice and, for some, even close to new (beauty is in the eye of the beholder, ha!). They also look impatient to be put back together!
So now, one by one, I’m mounting everything back to the frame. While at first things seem to proceed with ease and speed, the reality is that the devil is in the details. Small problems will become challenges which will take a lot of time to resolve. I know this, and am ready for it. Makes me enjoy even more the moments when parts just snap together!
It’s starting to look like a motorcycle. I’m now waiting for the new steering column bearings to arrive and I’ll assemble the fork to the frame. Moving forward we’ll have a series of small steps, each leading to the creation of the XR500 Super Motard.
More pictures to come as the project progresses…