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Motorbike building revving up

St David’s could become the Orange County Choppers of North Wales as the auto-mechanics activity swaps four wheels for two.

As the kit car reached a point where only a single senior pupil could work on it due to the complexity of the finishing stages, the hard decision was made to part ways with it. The car went to an enthusiast who is a veteran of completing kit cars promising to give it a good home.

With empty garage space the big question was what to do next? The noise coming from the pupils was overwhelming; they wanted to build bikes. Mr Wheeler called on his network of contacts and found not one but four bikes and there will be something for every taste. Mr Wheeler will build a soft tail bobber in the vein of Easy Rider, Mr Gower will transform a Honda CB650 into a retro Café Racer and Mr Mulvihill will restore a vintage superbike.

Thanks to a generous seller, who loved the idea of young people picking up a spanner and getting their hands dirty with engines, the bikes were bought at a bargain price. The end goal will be to sell the bikes and the profits made will fund the next project.

“This is a great learning opportunity for the pupils,” commented Mr Gower.

“Not only will they learn mechanical skills, they’ll learn about design and making a sellable and profitable product for the market.”

It’s auto-mechanics, DT and Business Studies all rolled into one fun activity.

All of the bikes will be re-built from the ground up, part restoration, part customisation. “Now all the parts are on site, we’ve got plenty of work ahead to put back every nut and bolt to a high standard. Hopefully we’ll have one running by speech day, that’s our aim” added Mr Wheeler.


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