Another semi boring update but I try talk about this to people and lose their interest pretty quickly; so writing down feels like I've got it off my chest.
Ordered the crank from www.ynebikers.com - these dudes stock everything and a half for the Underbone or 'Kapchai' bikes in Malaysia. I have known about the site for ages but was building up the confidence to throw them money without knowing what will happen; ended up buying the crank and new auto clutch+auto housing as the old one is pretty worn. The auto clutch and housing was on the shelf, but the crank they ordered when I ordered it, finally 3 weeks later it's actually in the post. Communication skills and patience are pretty vital when doing dealings like this. It's not aliexpress or webike. It's a random dude in South East Asia in busy retail shop trying to fit your needs in when he has the time/when he remembers. Being persistent and reminding the shop politely about your order goes a looooooong way.
Hopefully they've packaged it well. Hah.
Kinda nice really, most sites like this leave products up and then when you checkout the cart and pay; you get an email a few days later saying that isn't available anymore. Where as these guys made sure they could get exactly what I wanted. When I bought the head and valve springs from another site I got a bit tucked as the one I wanted wasn't there even though it was advertised as in stock. They ended up sending a different brand which wasn't an issue I had just got my mind set on the other sold out brand.
I placed my last Aliexpress order (hopefully) for the build last night. New indicator switches and a few other goodies coming. Once that and the crank arrives all the parts are here. From there it's getting the guards sorted, possibly widened. Getting my ignition mounted. Possibly a new pipe made up too.
Here'es the bike as it sits now:
Originally I was going to aim for full Thai/Japan spec slammed build and I really do still love that style, but having a bike just for city use seems pointless to me when I only plan on having a couple of bikes all up. So I've decided to go way taller and chunkier with the tyre choices. Rear for light dirt/gravel nangs and the front is just a wide fat boi to soak up the road ahead of me.
Plans from here are:
- Split and re-assemble engine when crank arrives.
- Get all metal bits glued up with a pro metal glue-er
- Re wire whole bike
- Do a tyre popping skid and ride for a few days in that state for a shakedown.
- Rip apart, get everything painted.
- Re-assemble - ride forever!
Thats about it really.
I'm Callum and thats my shit yarn.