Sometimes, 10'' it's all you need !

  Since I'm not restricted to anything and by anybody I can post only what I want/like. That's what makes dWrenched well... what it is :)
Read not so long ago on a Pipeburn ''official'' comment that the major bike websites ( *cough BikeExif / Pipeburn ) have a very weird approach to how they post what they post. The builder/bike shop decides who will feature their bike. So they can't post the same bike ? Guess not. Why ?! Maybe because they are robots and 'cause $$.  Sounds like BS to me. BTW, remember that time we BikeExif was using big words without any meaning ?! Like, here. :)
     From that standpoint I'm proud to say that I often turn down featuring bikes that well; I simply don't like or that they don't really belong here... That's why I find it hard to come up with uprising words when I see a turd bike (often seen on ''the big bike sites''). I also found that some bike websites copy-paste the exact text from other/original websites (*cough Rocket Garage blog as an example ) and that's BS at a whole new level, in my own opinion !

   Anyway, check this cool freakin' scooter that's customized to Fucksville and back ! A few weeks ago I went to a bike/scooter shop to pick up some parts. And there was this magazine that kinda made me pick it up... It was a CURVE magazine, the customer magazine of SIP Scootershop, a mailorder shop for Vespa and scooter accessories and spare parts (and no, I wasn't paid to mention that lol).
   There is where I found this cool little fucker that made me say ''damn, this is dWrenched material!''.

   Long story short, almost nothing gives away the idea of a heavily modified scooter once you see this Vespa. I say almost nothing because the big ''performace'' exhaust sticks out beneath the body and underneath a big radiator is present.
   ''55 hp and 45 Nm combined with a dry weight of only 145 Kg means this baby can rocket you into orbit and beyond!'' says Marek Nachlik (via SIP), the builder of Ten-Inch Terror .
    For all the hardcore chopper guys, note that a stock (italian) 125cmc scooter barks about 9-10hp's !
Long story... here's Marek talking about his build :

     ''The idea for the project was sparked off by yet another tuned PX motor going arse over tit and blowing up underneath me costing me – once again – a whole barrel full of money. By chance I noticed that the hub on the Honda Comstar wheel possesses a similar mounting hole arrangement to that found on the OE Piaggio items for the PX scooters. With an attitude of 'suck it and see' I bought myself an example of the Honda wheel on E-bay and discovered to my joy and surprise that, with a minimal offset, it is indeed compatible with the Vespa wheel mounting. (...)

   Due to the fact that the drum brake originated from a Honda 750cc motorbike it is definitely suitably powerful enough for the needs of this project. (...)

   When I first thought about which motor to use the initial parameter considered was the fact that I wanted something with more than 250cc. This quickly lead to the WR 360 motor from Husqvarna coming into consideration as it is relatively easy to get hold of and the spare parts are easily available and affordable. One minor set-back of the Husky motor is that has its output sprocket located on the right hand side, the Honda wheel sprocket however is on the left. Luckily the simplex drum brake assembly can be simply turned over, leaving the sprocket on the correct side. (...)

  The next part of the process involved fabricating a swing-arm, preferably made of steel for easier modification. At this stage I still hadn't really begun to take the whole thing seriously or even hope that I would ever have it anywhere near complete. In the end I decided upon a swing-arm from a Yamaha XS 400 to modify for my purposes. (...)

      I had decided to construct the rear shock absorber mechanism underneath the scooter, similar to the  assembly found on Buell motorcycles. (...) For a better fit underneath the rear frame I had positioned the Husky motor tilted 45° towards the front of the scooter. As a result its kick-starter shafts stub is located underneath the top of the sidepanel, making its operation anything else but practical. The solution was to extend the kick-starter shaft and support it, while attaching a suitably dimensioned sprocket to the end. The sprocket would then be turned using a chain, allowing the kick-starter itself to be mounted in a more user-friendly position. (...)
    A water-cooling radiator was attached to the front using a luggage rack and cable-ties (...).
As a side note, a ''hater'' posted on SIP's Facebook photo of 10'' Terror that ''Pretty shure, the watercooler isn't that effectiv under that angle'' . But Marek schooled him with his reply ''It is so effective (65°C at 30° air temperature) that I can alter the angle in order to get more clearance while cornering''.  (...)
    Due to the space underneath the rear frame being extremely limited there was no room left for a fuel tank. The area beneath the frame was occupied by the shock absorber assembly so I decided that the legshield toolbox would have to do.
   The headset was chopped, dropped and prepared for the electronic 'Motoscope Pro' speedometer unit from 'Motogadget'. The seat also had to be custom built as the extended length of the rear frame meant that the items available for standard Vespa frames are all exactly 10cm too short. 
    My lack of expertise in this field led to the job of fabricating a custom expansion-pipe being outsourced to a competent specialist in the form of Markus Rentzmann from 'Pipe Design' in the neighbouring town of Bremen.' (...)' 

   The list is so long and the mods are so many that it would be a bit strange to post out the whole SIP article. And we're not like other guys... The magazine had only a small part of what Marek had to go through and to actually make to end up with what you see in these photos. So you can check the whole SIP article online, here.
    Cheers to Marek Nachlik for all his effort and trouble he went through. Just goes out to show you that you don't really need an vintage (*cough) old V Twin engine or buckets of chrome to build something really cool. Man... I'd love to scoot scoot a beat on this Ten-Inch Terror ! (slightly shitty ending catch phrase )

   Photo credit: Matthias Dahl

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