THE R NINE T BUILD DIARIES: ENTRY SEVEN.
Remember that rough hewn, half annealed piece of scrap alloy we draped over the tail? After a few nail bitting days of measuring, cutting and bending that raw slab of alloy has swapped angularity for fluid form.
The curvaceous rear will also house a very minimal, multi function L.E.D (tail light, break light and indicators) – a wonder strip does it all.
The boys take a few practice runs on spare sheets of alloy to get the channel it sits in perfected and then press it into permanently into the master section. The seat pan is designed to simply clip into the cowl and secure with one bolt. Simplicity is key, the easier the seat is to take off, the easier it is to access your lunch box from inside the tail section.
No one likes to fumble for their bacon sarnies after a long ride.
For a long time we have been looking at the tank in two parts, time has come to marry the halves and locate the mighty tank on its frame. The boys insert the surge baffle into the shell and seal the whole thing up ready to be brimmed with volatile liquids.
The crowning mechanism of the tank is a beautifully machined hatch that opens and closes with Swiss watch precision (and the help of a few industrial magnets) and is home to the relocated ignition and fuel filler nozzle so when it is closed the tank is left with a clean profile. A doff of the cap to some of the BMWs we’ve admired over the years.
This R nine T has come a long way since we dropped it off with Georgio and Vaughn, now it’s time it headed back down the road to Camperdown ready to be pulled down once more for a lick of paint and some bespoke bling.
To be continued…
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