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The Heap

First Honda CB125 'Super-Dream' we Bought & Other 'Scrap'!

THIS, is 'The-Heap'! It is the component remains of Little Dream 1, which turned out to NOT be all we had hoped, Little Dream 6, a frame, and 'bits' from a garage clear-out, I thought may be useful to salvage the thing, and the accumulated 'Scrap'.... sorry, 'Spares' that have come with or off the other bikes....

It was Christened 'The Heap' when I discovered the horrors that lurked under the body-work of LD01, and was stunned that any-one could do such things to a motorbike.

We just gathered all the bits together to make a 'heap' for the 'photo'. But lets start at the beginning!

Donna had had her bike stolen, and needed a new one, and had been muttering about wanting to 'Do a Project' to 'Learn me Mechanics'..... and started attacking my poor unsuspecting 750 with a socket set, pry-bars and assorted hammers!

We pondered doing her a 'big-bike' for when she passed her test, and various other alternatives, but eventually came to the conclusion of doing her a 'little-bike' she could ride on a Learner-Licence, get her training and test on, and then keep as a cheap commuter, if she eventually decided on getting something bigger after. We were some-what frustrated in finding a bike to do it on, though, and after loosing a couple on e-bay, we found this one.

From the advert, it LOOKED like it was a CB125T, the earlier twin-shock bike, NOT a 'Super-Dream. A suggestion provided by the fact that it had twin shock-absorbers in the pictures!

As it looked on the drive when we first got it back. But, Oh how I was fooled!

I presumed that the thing had been rebuilt using bits like the body-work and wheels from a 'Super-Dream', and it wasn't until Donna started stripping it we found out the truth.

Basically, it was a Super-Dream, and I guess at some point failed its MOT on the rear suspension, for either being sloppy or seized, or lacking damping. Whatever the reason though, rather than fix the problem, some-one had the bright idea to fit Twin-Shocks. These are new, about 40, where a new Mono-Unit is about 80, but the shocks were probably second hand anyway. Fair enough. As a solution to the problem, its a reasonable enough idea.... IF the job had been done ANYTHING like properly. It was as FAR from properly though as you can get!

We discovered that the rear swing arm had simply had two holes drilled in the box section for the damper bolts to go through, then the tail-plate on the end ground down to let them move!

There was no sleeving in the swing-arm to stop the box section being crushed and nothing even resembling a bush to let them pivot. Just a hole in the tin plate, with a ragged edge and an M8 bolt through it!

After the bodywork was removed, the top mount was no better. Nay, WORSE! Again a hole had been drilled through the seat rail to form a top-mount. Again no kind of bush or boss, and another M8 bolt screwed through, without sleeve, a nut on the end to hold it in place and space it from the frame rail, and THAT was it.

Now, one of the vaunted advantages of  'Mono-Shock' suspension when it was introduced, was that by directing the suspension forces straight into the top-tube, it allowed a lighter rear sub-frame, because it didn't need to be as strong.

In this bit of retro--engineering then, it MIGHT have been 'OK', IF a little met-fab had been applied to make proper mounts and strengthen the frame rails and the swing-arm around the Shock mounts.

But it wasn't, and even what was there was weakened by how it was done! And JUST to cap it all, having removed the mono-shock linkage, they decided to grind off all the lugs for it, INCLUDING the stiffening rail between the two halves of the engine cradle, where the shock absorber had mounted!

We decided that there was NO WAY we were going to fix this bike up as it was! The structural integrity of the frame was just TOO compromised.

I did a lot of thinking about it, and what could be done to salvage the project, and the immediate suggestion was to weld up the frame & swing arm, and return it to a mono-shock. Only there were no mounts left for it, and we had no linkages. So, the notion of doing the Twin-Shock conversion properly was evaluated, but, it was a lot of work, for no gain, and its not like there is a shortage of these bikes.

So, it became 'The Heap'. The bottom line was, that the bike was fit only for spares, the frame possibly being useful to make an engine stand or something, but NOT a lot else! The Swing-Arm has actually been used as a 'Sacrificial Cathode' in Donnas' experiments in electrolysis, de-rusting bits of brackets and the like!

Which brings me to Little Dream six, which isn't really a bike.

Advertised on e-bay as 'A Job Lot of Spares', I spotted the frame and swing arm in the photo, and thought that it MIGHT provide a salvation for 'The Heap', offering an un-butchered frame, swing-arm & linkages, and between the two, one half decent bike might be constructed out of the combined 'bits'.

But, when I bid, the chap was on holiday and took nearly a week to get back to me, and in the mean-time, Donna was chomping at the bit, threatening the 750 with spanners again, and there was NO guarantee that there WOULD be all the parts in there we might need to make a bike up with.

In the mean-time, The 'Other' bikes, Little Dreams Two to Five had been acquired, and Donna had bagzied Number Three to do as 'Her' project.

That had come with some spare wheels and other bits and pieces, as did number two, AND numbers four and five! All adding to 'The Heap'!

But when the bloke selling Number Six DID get back to me, and we went to get the bits, it DID prove promising. It was an early bike, and came with genuine log-book, and VERY usefully a complete, un-seized and VERY well preserved swing-arm and linkage. Though, we do still lack all the vital bits to make a 'good' bike out of it all, so its BASICALLY being used as a source of ready spares.

So it IS proving useful, and I have to confess, that the 'worst' parts and assemblies from 'the Heap' are often ending up on Donna's bike!

For example, the most seized, neglected and generally un-useful front brake assembly was picked 'off the heap' to completely re-condition for Donnas project, because all that was really going to be used were the main castings, which were all going to be thoroughly cleaned, checked and prepped, and rebuilt with new parts.

And even 'nasty' bits like the glued together Speedo with curiously drilled holes and gaffer tape round it, have found use, being stripped down and parts like the speedo needles and the glass lens, used to 'make-good' the clocks fro Donna's bike.

So its all 'Good-Stuff'.... in a way!

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