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  • Motobi 250 Kitchen Build

    Bought this bike in April I was initially looking for a Moto Morini 350 strada or sport and after missing out on a couple I came across Motobi/Benelli sport special, after losing a garage and moving to a terrace house I needed a compact bike to get through the house.

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    I dont have a shed but lucky enough to have a lean to, around May I got the bike running engine had good compression. This bike has so few bolts holding it together it only took only a couple of hours to dismantle.

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      Over the next few months I got the wheels rebuilt with alloy rims from Hagon in Hainalt essex not cheap but my one luxury and I wanted to use local resources as much as possible they are not far from east London. It was a long wait for the wheels two months, during that time I seached for an alternate petrol tank I did initial have ideas of a Zanzini replica but I loved the shape of the early sport special tank. Managed to aquire a very beaten up tank not my best buy but it only had suface rust. Also I found a local welder 'Mel' A1 Welders in Leyton east london, he turned out to be a complete god send the frame had some damage that needed repairing.
      Last edited by nortonj; 2nd-01-2018, 05:24 PM.

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        After collecting the frame I asked Mel if he would repair the Tank and if he knew any local guys who could paint the tank he offered to do the tank, why not seemed a decent guy good rate. Mel gave me contact re decals and stripe, had a mate at Viscount Ltd Woodford still very local. So I left the tank with Mel and visited Viscount to get the decals, initially I wanted the tank Red I was going to confirm colours but I did not realise how many different types of red there are thats not taking into account metallics. Motobi have a gold in their decal what goes well with gold black so a last minute change in colours, re frame I liked the silver kept it silver leaving it up to Mel to match color.

        Its a simple bike build very simple bike but a turning point was getting the tank back from Mel
        Last edited by nortonj; 2nd-01-2018, 05:47 PM.

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        • #5
          The tank and frame looked awesome when it came back from Mel, thats not the best picture above will post other picks.

          I also sourced a period seat an after market addition to these bikes after using a wire brush on the metal base and painting with Hamerite I took it into a local funisher upholster, Robson furniture upholster they where a 15 min walk away very reasonable collected next week.
          Last edited by nortonj; 2nd-01-2018, 05:33 PM.

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          • #6
            I had some time off over Christmas since the lean to was a bit damp had to be a Kitchen build.

            Last edited by nortonj; 2nd-01-2018, 05:10 PM.

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            • #7
              Sad to say I forgot to get eevee's Christmas present shes the cat under the tree.
              Last edited by nortonj; 2nd-01-2018, 05:30 PM.

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              • #8
                But I didnt forget myself and the build has moved to the lounge, eevee got treats turkey even some steak so not a bad time for all.

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                • #9
                  Still in progress yesterday used PJ1 on the Manifold and placed an order for a matt black shorty exhaust. Its amazing what some nice wheels, seat, clip-ons and paint job can do from an oranage mostrosity that I named Norbert2 after an ugly cackus with potato head additions that belonged to my daughter.

                  Last edited by nortonj; 2nd-01-2018, 05:21 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Whats this pass as a cafe racer or classic restoration.

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                    • #11
                      The new silencer arrived this week coupled with the PJ1 painted exhaust looks awesome much better than the original exhaust, but still waiting on the exhaust spring mounts.

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                      • #12
                        What a lovely little bike & now looks far better than when you got it. A credit to you sir !

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                        • #13
                          Thanks, looking at the bike photos on your posts the bike looks insane love the vintage look.

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                          • #14
                            Throttle, clutch and brake cables have arrived I also replaced the throttle body, I need to work out how to solder a barrel onto the brake cable a solderless barrel might not be a good idea for brakes. If anyone has any tips re barrels please share.

                            I might reduce the length of the clip-ons, next job is the electrics I do have plans to switch the stator coils from 6v to 12v at a later date.

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                            • #15
                              That's one very nice looking bike you're built there mate

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