The Gruffalo - an MT500 with a few twists..

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The Gruffalo - an MT500 with a few twists..

Post by Bunker » Sun Jan 22, 2017 11:04 am

So the new project landed yesterday (big thanks to MT Bandit for hoiking it over).
This is a well modified touring MT that had been used on trips to the depths of Scotland, from Kent many times. So its been individually set up to be more of a custom tourer...
You cant deny its odd, ugly even but somehow its very strangely appealing....

Under the seat (removed) is an old old can with a cable runniing down from the plunger up to the old decomp lever - this is then piped down to the chain - a lever driven chain lubricator...
The tank has been welded out of 2.
The rear pannier frames are wider and accomodate 2 x chopped Jerry cans with hinged lids.
The headlamp lense is apparently from a Guzzi but fits in perfectly (not sure if its better or not, probably cant be much better as a shape is a shape..)
The shocks are covered by fork gaters (clever).
The dash is rewired with LEDs
Pillion pegs
There are huge bucket type hand guards (ye to be photod).
Good compression
Front rack and visor
Stainless exhaust

Im not sure what Ill do with it yet, its too interesting to be restored!
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Re: The Gruffalo - an MT500 with a few twists..

Post by Mr Shiney » Sun Jan 22, 2017 12:26 pm

You might want to consider uncovering the shocks. I did a restoration on a bike that had the same done and the shocks were destroyed from moisture/condensation. The aluminium caps were powder and the springs had no paint left.

Looks an interesting bike though!!
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Re: The Gruffalo - an MT500 with a few twists..

Post by Bunker » Sun Jan 22, 2017 1:30 pm

Mr Shiney wrote:You might want to consider uncovering the shocks....!
You could well be right there.Ill have a look.......one day....
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Re: The Gruffalo - an MT500 with a few twists..

Post by Franc » Sun Jan 22, 2017 2:43 pm

Love the little mods on this, especially the remote chain lube device.
Better than the autolube stuff I've seen fitted to other bikes. :D
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Re: The Gruffalo - an MT500 with a few twists..

Post by Barrie » Sun Jan 22, 2017 3:38 pm

Mr Shiney wrote:You might want to consider uncovering the shocks. I did a restoration on a bike that had the same done and the shocks were destroyed from moisture/condensation. The aluminium caps were powder and the springs had no paint left.

Looks an interesting bike though!!
As were mine when I did my rebuild when I bought it. Always wanted them back on though, but never did.

Looks interesting!
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Post by deadgrass. » Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:48 pm

strangely compelling 8-)

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Post by mt bandit » Sun Jan 22, 2017 7:07 pm

well it's certainly a look that only a mother could love,,
But strangely after having it a week in my garage , i warmed to it ,and saw a hidden beauty in it , i think you should recommission it as the creator intended, and have one heck of an adventure with it ,, hand guards in post tomorrow mate
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Post by Bunker » Sun Jan 22, 2017 9:55 pm

Few more pics...
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Post by Barrie » Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:29 am

Definitely need an update on this! I feel a bit out of sorts about how often I think about how..unique? this bike is :lol:

Tell us Bunker, what are you up to with it? :mrgreen:
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Re: The Gruffalo - an MT500 with a few twists..

Post by Bunker » Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:26 pm

Hi Barrie. The old dog is hibernating in next doors shed. Its a long.....long....term project.
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