31 Oct 2012

Super “Salt Shaker”

This very nice custom has been popping up every where on the web recently.
It's Build by Dimitri from Super Motor Company. Super Motor Company is a
Dutch Motor Cycle company based in Amsterdam. Here are some extra detail shots of this custom Super 150 and the dyno run print.

At the moment I'm painting the side panels of this Salt Shaker. The painted bike will be send off to Milan (Italy) and will be shown during the Eicma show at Officina Mermaid, the Italian distributor of the Super 120’s.

Here some info about the build:

"Sometimes you start on a bike that along the way gets bigger and bigger 
ending up as a totally overambitious project. We did start such a project 
over a year ago, a small capacity racing bike, that we just could not finish 
due to lack of funds. Carbon fibre this, Chromoly that, 3000
euro here, 2000 euro there, we wanted the lot. Stoner once said to Rossi: 
“Your ambition outweighs your talent”. In our case the ambition outweighed 
the wallet.

Back to square one. What to do when you have a Super Cub frame laying 
around, a tuned and flowed 22 bhp 150cc engine, racing tires, rims and 
other bits and bobs? Turn it into a ‘non’ run of the mill city sled! The 
inspiration ranged from pre war JAP speedway bikes to post
Nazi NSU’s. Ad a touch of Bonneville salt and a sip of Bergringrennen beer..
and there you go…

We started off with chopping up the frame, the fabrication of the ducktail 
and welding a tube between the headstock and the fuel tank. This tube now 
functions a 250 ml reserve fuel tank. Most time was spent on the prep of the frame. Three full days of grinding, sanding and priming. The frame was sent off to the painter, and swinging arm and rims to the powder coater. Beforehand we knew it was going to be a waiting game since we got a really good deal for both the painting 
and the coating. It’s ready when it is ready so to speak.

But still we had lots to do: the nitty-gritty stuff. Brackets, brake cables, clutch cables, throttle cables all the little parts that had to be made to measure. Lots of work for things people will really not notice. Next up was a military spec wiring loom. Never knew how much time you can spend on such a vital part. It’s either right or wrong. No in betweens. In some lost hours we made a custom seat pan out of glass fibre, got some race foam which we shaped with an angle grinder and with some gaffer tape we made a pattern for the leather upholstery. And then off to the 88 year old grandma to stitch the leather pieces together. Grandma loves doing seat upholstery. She‘s done dozens over the years and she is good at it.

When we got all the parts back after a few weeks the assembly was pretty straight forward. Within a day the whole bike was together. The last and most vital part was still missing. The exhaust. And we definitely wanted a JAP style pipe on it. And this had to be made from scratch!

A company called Shipping Tools in Zaandam, basically an Amsterdam suburb, 
quoted 50 Euros for one and 70 for 2 exhausts. Good deal...but let’s wait and see. After many hours of fitting, adjusting and tinkering the exhaust was ready. 
And beautiful it was. We paid 50 for it but the offer for a second one was 
withdrawn. Quite understandably so, because the guy did spend some serious 
hours on it. A second would now cost us 150 euro’s. Which I think is still a 
bargain for a hand made stainless steel exhaust. I strongly recommend them 
if you need some tubing bend or welded in the Amsterdam area. Their TIG 
welding is spot on…

In November the bike will be send off to Milan (Italy) and will be shown during 
 the Eicma show at Officina Mermaid, the Italian distributor of our Super 120’s.

If you want to see it in the flesh and running you might bump into us next 
year at the Bonneville Speedweek. We are planning to do a few runs on the 
salt flats. We might even challenge the class record. You’ll never know…

Most significant specs

Engine: YX 150cc SOHC Manual 4 speed
Head: OO racing
Bore & Stroke: 56mm X 60mm
Max power: 22 BHP
Max torque: 13 Nm
Carburettor: Mikuni Round slight 26mm, Uma racing flat slight 28mm
Exhaust: Shipping Tools/SMC
Frame: Custom SMC
Fuel cap: Acqua di Parma
Throttle: Domino
Headlight: Puch, custom SMC fitting
Taillight: Beta, custom SMC fitting
Seat: SMC
Rims: 17 inch spoked steel, front 1.60 & rear 1.85 SMC
Tires. Dunlop TT901 front 80/90-17 & rear 90/80-17
Rear suspension: Racing boy
Front suspension: Stock SMC
Rear sets: Racing boy/SMC
Dry weight: 64 kg

Many thanks goes to Jaap Volkers, the best Honda 4 stroke & derivatives 
mechanic in The Netherlands and the fabricator/welder of the frame. 
Without him this bike would not have seen the light of day.

For our regular and road legal cub please check: www.supermotorcompany.com"

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