Bluebird – custom bike. The making of… 1 comment


The Bluebird story is quite peculiar one.
I bought the rolling chassis in October 2007. Ebay ad had really bad pictures and the the “bike” seemed to be muddy dusty and full of cobwebs.
A guy over the phone sounded nice so I decided to view it first.
Pictures didn’t lie. Whole thing was in poor state. But it had some really strong points.
Awesome hard tail drop seat frame, wide yokes ( americans call it triple tree) and 15″ beefy tyres,
and lets not forget the bulletproof Kawasaki VN1500 engine.
Long story short, I bought it thinking that I’ll fix it up spray it, polish it and sell sell sell.
As soon as I’ve started it up few days later I immediately knew I wasn’t about to let it go so easy, and after I’ve ridden it for the first time, I said ” no way I’m selling it.”
It had awful knocking noise from the rear cylinder head (aired hydraulic valve pushrods).
To fix that, engine had to be stripped down from the frame. This was the moment I decided to upgrade it.
After unscrewing all bits I didn’t like I was left with a frame, engine, front suspension, and wheels only. Everything else went down the bin.
7-start

 

Looking at what’s left from the bike the ideas kept rolling in my head…

 

 

2-design
3-design
5-design
1-moodboard
4-design
6-design
The build has began.
9-progressAll fabrications, assembly and ultra neat wiring system was done by my very talented friend Steve Hallam from Bike Wiring Company.
8-exhaust-design
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10-wheels-design
11-wheels-design
12-paintjob
and then, almost 7 years later, the project finally came to end end.
14-campbell
15-brooklands
24-details
25-details
26-details
29-riding-it
27-details
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32-riding-it
There was one place where Bluebird belonged – Brooklands Museum. The photoshoot there was just a must.
A little preview of what was happening…
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