57 XLCH
Owner/Builder: Waid Repik

 

I didn't build this bike, but I did save the increasingly rare 57 crankcases from the junk heap. The case had busted out in the area of the counter shaft, a fairly common occurrence, and the previous owner had attempted a somewhat creative, if not ill advised repair. I was able to machine a new support boss for the countershaft. By using a dummy countershaft I had machined and bolted to the trans trap door I was able to weld the machined boss into the right side of the crankcase and keep the whole mess all lined up. To provide an extra measure of strength, there is a steel bushing press fit into the machined aluminum bushing into which the needle bearing is pressed. There is no standard procedure or price for repairs like this. The only thing you can be sure of is that it will be expensive. Is it worth it? Well look at the finished bike and be the judge...

Damage and Bogus Previous Repair


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After Repair


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Finished Bike


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