Friday, 19 June 2009
OB2 The Resurrection
Having been around the block and come back with a proverbial Cheshire Cat grin on the first test-run of OB1, Sean 'Bones' Bryant [here in the dark blue over-alls] traded in his own 900SS Ducati for another Guzzi donor. Together we built the OB1 Guzzi for Ewan McGregor who was then playing Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars.
Never to do things by halves, Sean went for an ex-Charlie Rice Lemon IV as the starting point for his own project, rather than a mangy dog T3, or SP which is the usual route. But Mr Rice had pushed the envelope over the edge, and the Lemon was so hairy, it was almost unridable on the street.
Bones chucked a lot of time, money, and bloodied knuckles at it, and it has actually been 90% finished for the past 5 years but moth-balled since for various reasons.
I made the original tank mould; based on a Ducati NCR, and the seat hump; based on a Magni Australia. That's carcinogenic P38 body-filler dust on my face not Elizabethan powder make-up in case you're wondering. The aluminium panel beating was then done by the wizard Peter Kyte in Hereford UK, and Cassius in Rotterdam NL made the fairing.
On Monday we blew out the cobwebs with a trip to Nico Bakker; Holland's famous frame builder, to have the Captain Nemo / Corbin Warbird fairing fitted. New one-off fork yokes machined, topped off with board-track style bars. The engine and gearbox are being breathed on by Race Co UK's Amedeo Castelani and hopefully he can sanitise the power somewhat....BP