Carbonesque by SRC 10 January 16

Side Rock Cycles was founded in the UK by Pete Hodson who has been in the motorcycle and Automotive trade since the mid '70s. With a road racing background to a national level and various club championships to his name, plus years of competition Enduro and trials experience, Pete knows how a bike should work.

Most of SRCs builds are commissions from clients who choose their own spec and colour schemes, but not this bike. It was purchased as a part built project from a friend who just lost interest, and was a perfect opportunity to indulge in a look that's been in Pete's mind for a while. He wanted a dark, moody look with a nod to the JPS racers of the '70-80's (black and gold) but with a modern twist, all 'Carbon' body work, wheel rims and top engine cover. It's not actually real carbon fibre, but a Hydrographically applied finish that's been expertly done by his pals at Wicked Coatings in Poole who are great custom painters too. It fools a lot of people.

The build is based on a '77 R75, it's now 800cc with the later Nicasil barrels with new rings. Refurbished heads with new valves and guides. New later type clutch and flywheel for a lighter action. New timing chain kit. New lighter, smaller more powerful starter motor, new electronic ignition, all new seals, gaskets etc. The engine is all black with polished alloy detailing. There are stainless steel fasteners throughout.

The de-tabbed frame and swinging arm was then blasted and powdercoated in satin black. Wheel rims 'carbon fibred' and laced with stainless spokes. It has a new Grimeca front disc, new pads , rebuilt caliper and new Goodridge stainless braided hose, refreshed forks with new seals and thicker oil. The wheels are fitted with new Dunlop 'Street Smart' tyres.

SRCs own rear subframe is used with an integral under seat battery tray and splash guard. Smaller Gel type battery is fitted along with an SRC single race style seat with custom pad. They used billet alloy clip-ons with new levers, master cylinder and twin pull throttle. Up front is a new chrome steel headlamp held by billet alloy brackets.

Custom alloy rearsets are a nice feature as are the new black and gold gas charged 'piggyback' shocks with ride height and preload adjustment. The exhaust has new stainless headers with a satin finish, mated to short black 'peashooter' silencers.

Carbonesque has extensive electronic upgrades which include a Koso combined digital speedo/ analogue tacho, Motogadget three button billet switches, M button and M unit controller. Oberon billet alloy bar end LED indicators with integral mirror are fitted as well as LED 'bullet' black alloy rear indicators, LED rear 'cats eye' tail light, all on a custom wiring loom.

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Alan Goodsell , 10 January 16