All of those sheds in England must be absolute beehives of activity. After our article on the Enigma, we got a note from Shaun Wainford of Middlesbrough England who thought we might be interested in a little project he has underway. It's called "Barbarian." As seen here it represents about 3 years of spare time work. It's not quite done yet, but it's a great peek inside a builder's shed and gives us a glimpse of a project nearing the finish line.
Shaun runs a business from his shed, it's a CAD/CAM facility with full 3D modeling, scanning and machining capabilities, certainly a great way to keep yourself busy if making things is what you really enjoy. He figured a nice project would be a great advertisement, so after happening upon an MT-01 that had come to an untimely end, where only the engine survived, and even that was scratched from sliding down the road, Shaun had what he needed to start.
The bike began in Shaun's computer where he designed a complete 3D model, after which he built it, piece by piece, using his own designs he fabricated or machined just about everything. It's no parts catalog custom, this bike is the work of Shaun from start to finish.
The design is hard to categorize, neither street fighter or chopper, and Shaun did that intentionally. Though not to everyone's taste, it's something he likes, and being his project, that's all the justification necessary.
When a builder documents every step of his project in photos, as Shaun has done, it's difficult to summarize in words. The best advice is to browse through his site. You'll see he built the frame, the head stock, the yoke, the swing arm, the tank, the exhaust, his own rear air suspension system, all of the brackets, the foot pegs and mounts and levers and brake reservoirs, brake calipers and engine covers and ... well, you get the idea.
Shaun also notes that the photos make it look like the rake is rather extreme, but it was built with 10 degrees of adjustment and can be changed in about 10 minutes. A nice touch.
I still have a little work to do, i.e. finish making the brake master cylinders. The bodies and levers are done, I just need to make the pistons, I could probably finish it in a couple of weeks, but the weather here is crap, so will take my time until the spring, in the mean time I am also working on the designs for my next project which includes making the engine!!
That first on the road report should be interesting and, for Shaun, very gratifying. Nice work, Shaun!
Makes me wonder what else is hiding in all of those other English sheds!