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A helping hand

Building a motorbike is as much about the personal development and finding the confidence to try something new and give it a go as it is about working together. If you go on to do your own maintenance at home or build a bike, you...

Just press this

No really. Hah! Gotcha! Do not put your fingers into a caliper and press the brake lever. This is an easy way to shorten the length of your fingers, but not a good idea for any other purposes, and we can’t think of any good...

Details, details, details

Inspecting the brakes is an important part of the process. What we found on this donor bike is that the seals of the pistons had cracked. This means they were added to the ‘repairs and replacement’ list produced along the Dismantle section of the build....

Smiles and laughs

“It’s called what?!” “Yes, it’s called a nipple. A bleed nipple that is.” The bleed nipple protrudes from the exterior of the caliper, usually covered with a little plastic dust cap. It’s purpose is to attach a ‘hose’ and bleed the brakes – the process...

A team effort

It’s all a team effort. Here is a great shot of 3 of the boys and course tutor, Josh, taking off the front brake system. Sounds like an easy job, and it is, it could easily done by one person but why do it alone...

Got a foot involved?

Gather round, gather round! Here we have it. The first week we got the tank off the motorbike and could look inside. There’s plenty to see! It’s understanding what it all means that’s the challenge. From left to right, you will see: – Battery housing...

A new direction

How do you feel about trying something new? Here’s a shot looking down the inside of a motorbike we’re dismantling as part of the Build a Bike course at Victoria College. Can you see the coolant reservoir? The Spark Plug HT lead? What about the...

Will he? Won’t he?

Here’s Will unclipping the carburetor. Will is one the 9 students on our Build a Bike Course at Victoria College for 2017/2018. The carb is clipped to the airbox, as well as to the inlet manifold. Using a screwdriver Will is loosening the clips allowing...

Smiles all around

What a great photo of all the lads! Think it’s safe to say they’re all having a good time with the look of those smiles! This is our Victoria College Student Course, one of the offerings from Build a Motorbike. The boys have really enjoyed...

First things first

Following our first introduction week on the Student course we offer, we were now ready to actually start the practical work of dismantling the motorbike we have chosen as our donor bike. Most of the boys had an idea of what would be involved to...

How small does a motorbike get?

Quick shot of some of the A-Level boys on the Build a Bike Student Course at Victoria College. A few of the lads were off this week but we still made great progress! Do you think the motorbike looks small? It’s quite astounding really, when...

What have we here?

This is a motorbike once all of the panels have been removed. 4 main panels or panel sections removed in total. The nose cone, tail, side panels and fuel tank. The boys are sat around taking it all in. What is amazing at this point...

Anyone fancy a Harley?

This picture looks like we could even be considering turning the bike into a ‘low-rider’! What we have actually done is removed the sub-frame. This is an additional piece of metal attached to the main frame at the rear. The sub-frame has a couple of...

Group photo!

Here’s a great shot of all the guys on the Victoria College Build a Bike Course. 9 lads in total, all having a good time, and learning a lot about mechanics, physics and problem-solving in the process. Most of the boys have an idea of...