New build/re-hash commences on the Chaly. Got my genuine Honda heart incoming, it's cleared customs finally and will be here soon. That engine will get a bit of a make over after being ringed out of it's mind for 2000+ KM. I got wide wheels for this beast. Wider than anything easily available on the webernet. It took months of conversation through translate and my crappy thai skills to make it happen.
When we finally met the fella that builds them, he apologised for being so difficult to communicate with. He said he gets tonnes of foreigners messaging asking prices and noone progressing with anything that he ignores most of us now. With a population of 60 mill +, the Thai market is big enough to sustain his work and to sell to them is much easier due to the language being the same etc. He spoke literally no english except a few words including 'MY FRIEND'; as loud and excitable as possible which he would announce when we turned up. Just a hint for those hunting parts in this part of the world - though it might be 'cheap' in the scheme of things. It doesn't mean parts are nearly free. I've paid a fair amount for the work involved. From our broken conversations it seems like people would expect old mate Thai chaly king to build a full wide wheel kit, front and rear for around $200 USD - ain't gonna happen. Also shipping is an absolute killer. I had 45kg of stuff OVER my 30kg luggage allowance to get home, which proved to be not super cheap but definitely worth it for me. It helps to not be such a penny pinching Kiwi in this instance and focus on the end result. Money always comes around etc etc.
So with those bits here and the engine almost here, it's time to transform this thing. I mock fit the wheels last night and the changes that are needed are glaringly obvious. Most notably the lack of slam. But a mate who just picked up a Chaly and I plan to go to town on this machine very shortly. End goals are not really anything like the below photo. I'm looking forward too it!
***also; yes these forks, swing arm and wheels "bolt on". But that doesn't mean you can just change them over and be on your way in a few minutes. There will be hours of fettling ahead, making a little more space here and there for clearance.