On Tuesday after we had finally completed the restoration of our bike it was time to kick the starter!
Beau, Brodie, Jeff, Greg and myself were all a little nervous, but pretty excited to start up our bike. Much to our surprise, after numerous attempts we had ignition!!!
We screamed with excitement and although some thought it would fail it hummed like a baby.
So now it was time to give it a test ride. Beau jumped on and rode around the school court. Then Brodie took it for a spin. Just as Brodie was taking off our principal, Mr. Paige came out of the music room at the sound of motorbikes riding in the school grounds. Wow, was he surprised to see our bike cruising around the school!
It was then my turn. I was in shock … I had done so much work on this bike I didn’t want to crash but then I threw caution to the wind and let it go! It was awesome and it was only the second time I have riden a bike.
Yesterday’s jobs included finishing off the fuel line and clutch and brake cables. After all this was done we attempted to start the bike and after some magic from Greg on our final push start of the afternoon the bike sprung in to life. We as a team have felt so much pride when we were able to ride it around the basketball court. Next week we will spend some time polishing the bike in preparation for our function to thank everyone who has helped.
Hello sorry it’s been so long since our last post since we have been so busy restoring our ACME. After a lot of hard work the bike is all back together again and it looks great. On Tuesday if all goes to plan, we will attempt to start the bike. It will be so good if it does start, but if it doesn’t, it will still look amazing
We are all so proud to have been involved in this project and with lots of help we have been able to bring this bike back to life
We would like to thank the following companies for their contributions
Ballarat Wrought Iron- seat clips
OPG Engineering –Removal of bolts
Ballarat Bolts n Fasteners- supply of nuts and bolts
Manx Classic Spares-supply of cables, levers and advice
Cruiser Smash Repairs- total paint job on the entire bike
Northway Sandblasting- all of the sandblasting of the bike
Qual trim- recovering the seat
Ballarat signs- recreating the ACME logo
Greg Harris Sheet metal- for making our new mufflers
JD paints- for the supply of the paint for our bike
And to Rob Smith from Motorcycling Australia for choosing us to restore the ACME 125cc 9d
Hello sorry for the very late update. We have been extremely busy with the painting and putting the bike back together, so far with the help of Greg we have managed to put the front forks on and the back stand on. We have got photos which we will publish once we download them from Jeff’s (adult supervisor for the bike) phone. It looks really good and we can’t wait until its finished. And thank you to Rob Smith from Riding Australia whom spent some of his time to come down to Yuille Park Community College and see our progress with the bike, once again Thank You.
Today we met Brian and Irene Henley from Geelong who have an ACME motorcycle the same as ours. They have supplied us with photo’s that show before and after pictures of the motorbike. In the next couple of weeks we will make a visit to their place and see what our bike will look like when it is finished.