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A 750CC SIDEVALVE MOTORCYCLE INSPIRED BY
*A drag bike designed by Clive Waye
I was going to do something with a 'conventional' motorcycle but then this idea popped into my brain.......... nearly all motorcycles have a similar layout except..........
From the outset I wanted to build something 'different'. Not just different to what I have built in the past but different from most other motorcycles. Most bikes are pretty much front wheel, back wheel, engine in between and rider above engine in front of rear wheel. A good layout that has stood the test of time. Then, after some searching I saw the 'DragWaye', designed by Clive Waye.
At the Kickback show at Olympia I had seen a Chang Jaing 750cc sidevalve. I knew these were a copy of the Ural K750 which is itself a copy of the BMW R71. I like the look of them and a 1961 K750 turned up a a good price, so I have an engine, gearbox and rear wheel (shaft drive)
The front end needs to be something different and I looked into hub centre steering but I may travel a different path.....
The basic concept is to make a 750cc side valve bike that is a cross between the DragWaye and a Sopwith Camel. And it might be supercharged.
frame will be from 22mm cds tube
If you have to ask why? then you will never understand...........
Q. why use an old sidevalve Russian engine? why not something more modern and powerful?
A. I like the look of them. Simple as that.
Q. A tractor tyre!??? no waye!
A. well spotted, yes Waye!