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Geoff Wells

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Seeley Suzuki 500
« on: December 07, 2012, 09:30:41 PM »
After several road bike restorations I decided that I would take on a project that would not tie me into searching for genuine period parts.  Having the freedom to pick'an choose components the cost would be cheaper and I could produce something special.  I decided to re-create a road legal Seeley Suzuki 500 similar to the bike I had such good times racing in the early 1980's.  I already knew of Mr Odell's offerings via banter on another forum and when he offered up a decent discount on a Seeley replica frame (available as the original customer had a change of plans) I took the bait (hook, line and sinker  :D).

Returning from Peterborough after picking up the frame I started to have silly thoughts of why not actually take it out on track while I still had reasonable eyesight and my own teeth.  This is where the "cheaper" project concept started to go little bit awry (£7000 and still counting).

Photos of project development are on my flickr set below:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/zunspec/sets/72157631643417466/

A thank you to several personalities on the CRMC forum for selling me various parts and providing advice.  As it stands I am at the stage of getting the wheels built, with hopefully the correct necessary off-sets before returning the frame to Pete Odell where various bracketary will need to be attached to the frame and the collection of Spikes "Les Trotter" race engine (75 bhp easy right Pete  ;) )

This madness must be an air-head thing.

Cheers   Geoff (hopefully on the grid sometime in 2013)

ken platt

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Re: Seeley Suzuki 500
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2012, 09:43:19 PM »
Mr Wells ,
                Looks nice , do you polish up as well as the bits , ;D
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Geoff Wells

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Re: Seeley Suzuki 500
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2012, 09:46:38 PM »
Mr Wells ,
                Looks nice , do you polish up as well as the bits , ;D

Good evening Mr Platt,

Some Sovol-Autosol applied with a brillo pad and I'm decent enough to go to church  ;D

Cheers   Geoff

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Re: Seeley Suzuki 500
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2012, 08:54:07 PM »
It's looking really good, Geoff.  :)

That frame is beautiful, especially with the new tank.

I couldn't help but notice the little TS125 tucked away behind it..



..I used to have one exactly like it, same colour and everything. Part ex.'d it for a second hand RD400 in 1983. Nice to see one that's still in good condition.

Good luck with the rest of the build. Look forward to seeing you and the bike out on the track some time.

Geoff Wells

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Re: Seeley Suzuki 500
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2012, 08:03:47 AM »
Hello Jenny,

The TS125 was a wreck when I bought off eBay.  I restored it and ride like a hooligan (only way with only 125cc  ;D).  The Seeley is progressing and should join in the fun sometime in 2013.

Cheers   Geoff

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Re: Seeley Suzuki 500
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2012, 02:55:18 PM »
After much dithering, and discussion with a couple of board members, I finally stumped up for a PowerDynamo ignition unit.

It has finally arrived (via Belfast, the well known Suburb of Trowbridge :D ), so I went to the UPS depot myself to collect it.

It appears to be very well made and should be simple to install.  The frame will need a bracket of some sort for the coil/electronics but I will get that done with the rest of them in the new year.



Impatiently waiting for the wheels to be built, people just don't do it fast enough.  Why can't they drop all other jobs and put me at the front of the que  ;D  Never mind I have a host of detail work I should be getting sorted.

Cheers    Geoff

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Re: Seeley Suzuki 500
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2012, 03:16:55 PM »
Posh Toolbox
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Re: Seeley Suzuki 500
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2012, 03:43:15 PM »
Actually it's a cheapo tool chest that was on offer at Halfords.  Not Snap-on quality but only £49, bargain.  ;D

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Re: Seeley Suzuki 500
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2012, 05:30:42 PM »
Power dynamo has been faultless on my 500 Geoff. Good choice in my opinion! Only slight downside is they need to spin over fast to start, 1st gear and a good pusher does it every time on mine.
 You might struggle to bump it on your own.
PVL low speed spark is stronger

My personal view is that the fully programmable ones just add extra complexity for little gain I generally obey the K.I.S.S. rule  :-* (keep it simple, stupid)
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Re: Seeley Suzuki 500
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2012, 06:14:14 PM »
Dang Andy,

All the feedback I got Ref. starting speed was the other way around, one of the reasons I selected the PowerDynamo. 

Geoff (who will be looking for willing (and fit) helpers next year)

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Re: Seeley Suzuki 500
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2012, 06:23:09 PM »
Dang Andy,

All the feedback I got Ref. starting speed was the other way around, one of the reasons I selected the PowerDynamo. 

Geoff (who will be looking for willing (and fit) helpers next year)

my rd430 was fitted with the power dynamo, loved it , also always fired up instantly no problems at all  :)

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Re: Seeley Suzuki 500
« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2012, 06:26:08 PM »
Phew, I'm relieved to here that Nige. 

Must be Andy's inferior starting skills that give him problems  ;D

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Re: Seeley Suzuki 500
« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2012, 06:28:01 PM »
Phew, I'm relieved to here that Nige. 

Must be Andy's inferior starting skills that give him problems  ;D

yep , feeble bunch of weeds most of the t500 owners  ;D

Geoff Wells

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Re: Seeley Suzuki 500
« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2012, 06:32:35 PM »
Better make sure I have 3 Shredded Wheat for breakfast on race days  ;D

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Re: Seeley Suzuki 500
« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2012, 06:35:14 PM »
Better make sure I have 3 Shredded Wheat for breakfast on race days  ;D

maybe you could have breakfast with Porno  :o