Mini Motorcycle James May: The Reassembler


Mini Motorcycle

James May puts objects back together again from a pile of their component parts. He reassembles a 1970s Honda Z50A Mini Trail Motorcycle from all its 303 parts.


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Hello, I'm James May, and I am the reassembler.

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That feels very nice.

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Oh, yes! Look at that.

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'It is only when these much-loved and iconic objects are laid out in

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'hundreds of bits...'

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Oh, man in heaven!

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'..and then slowly reassembled

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'that you can truly understand and appreciate how they work...'

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Total rubbish! '..and just how ingenious they are.'

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It's good, isn't it? 'And if painstakingly putting hundreds of pieces back

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'together again...' That's quite satisfying.

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'..wasn't hard enough,

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'I then have to hope...'

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Deep joy. '..that they'll work.'

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There's some moisture on my spectacles because I started weeping.

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The Japanese, famously,

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can make anything smaller than the rest of the world thought possible -

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cameras, radios, hotel rooms and trees,

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and, as it turns out, motorcycles.

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This is a Honda Z50 Mini Trail monkey bike,

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just about the least motorcycle you can get away with.

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And it's presented here in 303 component parts and is, frankly,

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taking up far too much space. So let's put it back together.

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It's fair to say that the motorbike

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has always had a bit of an image problem.

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Its perceived status as a dangerous machine for dangerous people

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ensured that it was never the vehicle that your mother wanted you to own.

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But in the mid-1960s, Honda produced a bike that changed all that.

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Fondly known as the monkey bike,

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the Z50A became the quintessential mini motorbike

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for all the family to ride.

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Small, fun, and portable, it was, effectively,

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a gateway motorcycle which got millions of kids hooked on two-wheeled transport.

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Right, we'll begin with the frame and the front forks

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because, once we've got those together, the thing will stand up on the bench.

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As well as those two bits of ironmongery, I'll also be needing some tiny

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ball bearings. How many, I wonder?

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Now, if you were doing this like a professional, you'd look in a parts book

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to see how many balls go either side of the forks.

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But as it's come apart recently, and I know the number is correct,

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all we have to do is divide the number of balls in this dish into two.

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So let's see how many there are. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven,

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eight, nine, ten, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17...

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18...19...20...

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..21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36,

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37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44...

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Did I come count those two?

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One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, 11...

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..33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42.

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That would mean 21 per side.

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Anybody still watching? Assuming you are, I'll get on with putting

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the bearings in the greased headset, and then we can crack on.

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So there was a whole range of these bikes made by Honda with 50, 70,

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and 90cc engines, and they were available as the Mini Trail.

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There were some other versions, which didn't have a fuel tank,

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those were given various names,

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and they were given different names in America from the rest of the world

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because certain names that Honda use, like Cub and Super Cub,

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had already been taken by other people.

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And it's mainly because American lawyers are quite aggressive about pursuing

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that sort of thing. Really,

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they should spend more time inventing some new types of cheese.

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Because, as we know, the Americans only really have one type of cheese,

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which is called cheese. They say, "You want cheese with that?"

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I say, "Ooh, yes, what sort of cheese have you got?" "It's goddamn cheese, you Communist!"

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You know.

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This is my case of tools.

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Look at this. Are you ready?

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Oh!

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METAL CLINKS

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I'd put the sockets back in the box in the wrong order.

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I'll have to be killed.

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After locating the correct socket, I can tighten these bolts,

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and that's the forks done.

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Now I can slow the pace right down

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with the front brake.

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So, those are brake shoes, obviously,

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with brake shoe material on them.

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Some irritating little springs.

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A screw, or is it a bolt?

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There's a captive nut device on the other end.

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And then we need the thing it runs in, which is the brake hub.

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We'll put it on the wheel in a minute.

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Now, the death of the British motorcycle industry, that is a very big

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and complicated subject.

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But a lesson, not just for manufacturing industry,

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but a lesson for life -

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for everybody, in all walks of it.

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Up until the '60s, the British motorcycle industry dominated the world.

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And when the Japanese came along,

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making things like mundane bikes, really,

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ride-to-work bikes, as they're often known, the British,

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and to some extent the Americans and even the Germans and the Italians,

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took the attitude that, well, the Japanese, you know, ha-ha-ha,

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funny little foreigners, they'll make cheap bikes for people to ride to

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work on, but the really important bikes, the ones that people desire,

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and where the money will be made, they will be made by us

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because we know what we're doing.

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And the mistake they made was imagining that people like Soichiro Honda

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and the people at Kawasaki and Yamaha and so on wouldn't say, well,

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we'll have a go at a big bike as well.

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And, of course, Honda did, and everybody was surprised, thinking, well,

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that's not allowed.

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But it was allowed.

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And what we should learn from that is...

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..A - not to be rude about foreigners

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because they can do stuff as well

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and secondly...

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..it's no good thinking that you will rule the world by making high-end,

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high-added-value things for executives and playboys.

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All the great car and bike manufacturers of the world are founded on small

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things for the people - VW, Skoda, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki...

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..Fiat. They made small, simple,

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cheap things that were accessible to a lot of people,

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and that gave them their money, their expertise, to then branch out

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and, in the case of Fiat, eventually own Ferrari.

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In the case of Honda,

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to eventually become the world's biggest manufacturer of internal

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combustion engines and producer of the Honda Super Cub -

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the bestselling machine in history.

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That's what you get by being humble.

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Now, the tricky bit here is...

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..something we talked about in the last series - springs.

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Evil things. Very useful but very evil in the workshop

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because they cause things to fly across the room, hit you in the face.

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Look. Shoe goes there.

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Other shoe, avoiding touching it with my slightly greasy fingers,

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goes there.

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That spring has to go across there,

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between those two holes. Now, that's not a distance much bigger than the

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spring, but it is a very tough spring.

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I have got a bad finger, as you can see.

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I am very weak and we're to get a series of excuses in.

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OK. I have to have the strength to pull that apart enough to get around

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the pivot. Three, two, one.

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HE GROANS

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So nearly had it then.

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Aargh!

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Is it getting very hot in here

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or is it just my acute embarrassment at not being able to reassemble the

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brakes of a tiny child's motorcycle?

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Are you ready?

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CLUNKING

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Right, so look. This is how it works.

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That is the drum, that is part of the wheel,

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that is going round and round, this is the brake assembly,

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that is part of the frame,

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in effect, cos it's anchored to the front forks.

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There's the wheel going round and round.

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Obviously, it'll do it a lot more smoothly.

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You pull the brake, the shoes spread, the wheel stops.

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See?

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It's clever, isn't it?

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After two hours and 21 minutes,

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an hour of which was spent trying to count to 42,

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I've beaten the drum brake into submission...

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So nearly had it then.

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..and attached the rear swing arm.

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Now I can pleasurably move into the realm of wheel attachment.

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The correct torque setting - it's a medium grunt, so it's about...

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Mm.

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Mm.

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There you go.

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We'll go and get the front mudguard and its fixings.

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So the mudguard itself...

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..two screws...

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..two nuts, and there are four washers - two spring and two plain.

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I'll explain why that is in a minute. I know you can't wait.

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So, washer on that side spreads the load.

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Then, from underneath, we will have the spring washer

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because that ensures that that nut can't come undone.

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And there it is. Righty tighty, lefty loosey.

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Ten millimetres there in its correct slot.

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Now, there's a long-running debate,

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particularly between me and one of my mates, Colin,

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about whether you should put the tools on the bench or back in the box.

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Now, if they're on the bench, they're to hand, as you need them.

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If you put them back in the box, you know where they are when you need

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them. And the fact is that surgeons put everything back on the tray

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in the correct position after they've used it

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so that they don't sew a patient up with a scalpel or something inside

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them. That's my argument.

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His argument is that, if I keep putting things back in the box,

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we'll never put the bike back together.

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It's sort of like a bad mechanic's marriage.

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And the advantage of having all my tools in the right place is that I can

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do this.

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HE HAMMERS TUNE OF TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR

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What do you think of that?

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Right, we shall put the front wheel on.

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If we're lucky, I can get that to go in there.

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There you go. Now, let's be absolutely clear, what you should not do here,

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because it's really bad workshop practice

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and it's an offence to good tool etiquette,

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is put a screwdriver through it.

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That's just wrong.

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That's about right for a front-wheel nut on a small bike.

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Rear-wheel brake components.

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Oh, God, this, of course, means I have to do the bit

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with the springs again,

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which I hate.

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There are the two springs.

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Right, this way for massive hilarity.

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Right, there's no getting away from it,

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it's time for that springy moment.

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Ready?

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HE GRUNTS

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-What's the problem, James?

-Well, it's gone over the shirt.

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Oh, dear. This is why the boiler suit should be...

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There you go, it's done.

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LAUGHTER

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'I'll stop wearing the bike and carry on reassembling it.

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'I'll need the rear mudguard.'

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So, mudguard itself.

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Four of those.

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And four washers.

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We can have a discussion about what those are over here at the bench.

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Now, back to that eternal question. What is a bolt and what is a screw?

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What is that? Now, technically, for it to be a bolt,

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it should have a doweling function, i.e. a portion that isn't threaded,

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they're to hold things in the right position,

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and is secured with a nut.

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If it's threaded all the way up,

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and it screws into a thread on another component,

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it is technically a screw.

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Now, these go into nuts.

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But they're nuts that are captive because they've been welded onto another component,

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so they're sort of going into another component,

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so what does that make that, a screw or a bolt?

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I think, apart from that I think it doesn't matter,

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I think it's a duality problem.

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It's like light.

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Is it a wave? Is it a particle?

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It depends on what you're trying to observe.

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I hate not being able to see.

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When I was young and people used to warn me about the dangers of

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playing on railways, riding bicycles without lights and so on,

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smoking behind the bike sheds, all that sort of thing,

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they used to say you'll get killed, you'll get a terrible disease,

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you think it can't happen to you, but it can.

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I did think it could happen to me.

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I always accepted that. I thought,

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"Well, you know, in the midst of life, we are in death.

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"It could be just around the corner, it could be in the next few minutes."

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I was quite happy with that idea. But I never imagined I would be old.

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It never even occurred to me.

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It was utterly unthinkable.

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And I still don't believe it.

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But here I am doing this, I've got a bad back, I can't see.

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The stain on my trousers, I'd like to point out though,

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is actually a bit of pizza from lunchtime.

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It's not because I've also become incontinent.

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I'm only 53.

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Right, that's all good. Back wheel. Brakes assembled.

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I just need the wheel and the hub.

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Let's go.

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Quite a few bits to get here. We've got the hub,

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the sprocket, back wheel.

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The Daimler-Maybach of 1885 is considered by historians

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to be the first motorcycle,

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although it should be pointed out that it's got four wheels.

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It's a sort of motorcycle with stabilisers on it.

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But I suppose, on the basis that one wheel at the back was driven

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and it had handlebars,

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it is a motorcycle of sorts.

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The motorcycle didn't really come right until well into the 1970s,

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at the very earliest.

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I mean, if you look at motorcycles from World War I era,

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it's not a bit of automotive history I know a great deal about,

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but they were terrible. Some of them didn't even have clutches,

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you had to sort of push them along to get them going.

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And you had to kill the engine to bring them to a stop.

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That, combined with the brakes being absolutely hopeless,

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was just lethal.

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I think the thing that's appealing about motorcycles, for me, anyway,

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is that it's the nearest thing a modern man has to the charger

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of the medieval knight, to the Arthurian questor of legend.

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Because it's a very similar, sort of, experience.

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You put on armour and you ride off alone into the sunset,

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or the sunrise, or whatever, to do some good deeds.

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And I think that, maybe, that is why it appeals to us.

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That and getting flies in your teeth.

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It's an interesting experience, riding a bike

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compared with driving a car. Because you do sit in a car.

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You react to what it does, you tilt your head as you go around bends,

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and you brace yourself more than you're conscious of doing,

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to be honest.

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But on a bike, especially a small bike,

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especially one as small as this,

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you are actually part of the, sort of, physics envelope of the whole thing,

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and how it works. How you move relative to the seat,

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where you tilt your head, whether or not you're tense or relaxed -

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that makes a huge difference to the way the thing performs,

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how smoothly it will go through a series of bends.

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And that's part of the appeal as well, I think.

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That you are, you really are at one with the machine,

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because you're part of it.

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Until the rider's sitting on the bike,

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the masses and the mass centralisation,

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and all that sort of stuff isn't fully resolved yet.

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You don't get on the bike, you sort of,

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without wishing to sound a bit crude about it,

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you insert the bike in you.

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Right, here we go.

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Oh, that's so nice.

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I think from this side,

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it's good, isn't it?

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There's no denying that that is a motorcycle.

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It's not much of one, but it is one.

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Right, let's put the engine in.

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We need just two bolts for this, those are definitely bolts.

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The nuts and spring washers, and the engine itself,

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which you will notice is already assembled.

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This I shall explain.

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Now, if you were watching very closely at the beginning in the aerial shot

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of the table you have spotted that the engine is already assembled.

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"Why?", you may be asking.

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Well, on The Reassembler,

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we've already put a single-cylinder engine together in the last series.

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Here are some highlights.

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Hey!

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What the hell is that?

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Do you want to see the piston go up and down?

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Brilliant, isn't it? Look at that.

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It's most of the machine.

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In eight hours and 34 minutes,

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or just under the time it takes to ride from Yeovil to Arbroath,

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I've reassembled most of the machine.

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I've made good progress with the frame and wheels,

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as well as the engine, chain and carburettor.

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Now we're going to get everything to do with your feet,

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so that's the foot pegs, the kick-starter, the gear selector,

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and the rear-brake pedal. We'll do all that in one go.

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The kick-starter.

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That is the kick-starter.

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All of the rear-brake components which is quite a lot of stuff,

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there's a spring, a clevis pin, brake pedal itself.

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And then we have the foot pegs.

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Righto.

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I think we will put on the foot pegs first.

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It's not widely known that the monkey bike,

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which we think of as a bit of comedy transport for hipsters, hippies,

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and other cool adults,

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actually started life as a piece of entertainment for children.

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The idea was that visitors to Soichiro Honda's theme park

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could have a go at riding the bikes, because they were small, so kids could do it.

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It was actually a very cunning marketing ploy.

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What it meant was the first bike that kids fell in love with was a Honda.

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The trouble is that the monkey bike proved so popular as an idea that

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Honda realised they'd have to put it into, sort of, serious production,

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and sell it to adults as well.

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Especially adults in the States who loved the idea of a miniature

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motorcycle that they could ride off-road, around their yards,

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their massive farms. Whatever.

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Once I've finished tightening up the bolts... Or are they screws?

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They're definitely bolts, I think.

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..of the foot pedals, I can get the handlebars on which is very exciting,

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because that's when it starts to look really motorbikey.

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One of the all-time consuming schisms amongst people

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who spend a lot of time doing things in sheds...

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I'm not talking about people who work in industry,

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so much as people who do this sort of thing out of sheer perversion.

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Should you drink tea or coffee?

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I find tea is more of an industrious drink.

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I think it's one of the reasons why Britain industrialised so quickly and effectively.

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Because we drank tea.

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But, also, there's the simple fact that coffee can make you a bit

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jittery if you have too much of it...

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..which is why I suppose the French weren't going to invent the first steam engine because...

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Or the Italians because they'd have a coffee

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and they just sat down and shook...

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whereas Thomas Newcomen had a cup of tea and thought,

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"Right, steam engine."

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A number of spring washers and things to go on here, because,

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obviously, these have to be very tightly secured.

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Otherwise, you'd be riding along,

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and you'd find yourself still holding the handlebars

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but the rest of the motorcycle would have disappeared.

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And just for one terrifying moment, you'd be going along

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like someone on a motorcycle,

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in the attitude of somebody on a motorcycle,

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but without the motorcycle.

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Imagine the terror.

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It wouldn't last long, I suppose, there is that.

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That's about 60 pound feet.

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That should do it.

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This is quite exciting.

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It's one of those moments where it

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becomes more motorcycley than it was just a couple of seconds ago.

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There's a bar.

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You know some sports cars have removable steering wheels?

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Whenever I've driven a car like that I've been going along something like

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an A road, and I've often wondered,

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can I take the steering wheel off and put it back on again before I have a crash.

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I think one of the dangers with these is I'd be riding along,

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hand on the throttle, and I'd think,

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I wonder if I could collapse that handlebar and get back on again

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before I get to the next bend.

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And eventually, I'd try it.

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But why wouldn't you? It's like being in a dark room with a tea cosy,

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you will put it on your head, won't you? Why wouldn't you?

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I think we'll put the front brake on,

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because as Ferdinand Porsche once said,

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nothing should be able to go faster than it can stop.

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So we need a lever.

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Nut, spring for the other end and the cable.

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Here we go.

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See, in some ways, I prefer it if I went more blind,

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then I'd just wear glasses all the time

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and I wouldn't spend half my life looking for them.

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So, the lever, there's only one lever on this because it doesn't have a clutch.

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It is centrifugal.

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The lever goes on there and it's retained with,

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this is technically a bolt because it has a doweling function.

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It's not threaded up its entire length,

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and it is secured with a nut.

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However, it also threads into the bar, which would make it a screw.

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So, you see, it's a pointless debate.

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There's no point, really, getting bogged down in it.

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In the spirit of not getting bogged down in things,

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I'll attach the other end of the brake cable.

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OK, there you go, there's a front brake.

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The motorcycle can stop.

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I, however, am not going to stop.

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I've got a monkey bike, and I'm going to reassemble it,

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whether you like it or not.

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I've been here for 12 hours and 19 minutes,

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and the night's starting to draw in.

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So let's do the lights.

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Oh, no.

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That's an interesting dilemma.

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That screw went under the side panel...

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..which, technically, I'm not allowed to touch.

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I can't touch it because I'll spoil that lovely top shot which shows the

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bike gradually diminishing on this table and

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flourishing on the bench,

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and I can't blow it out that way because it's...

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HE PUFFS

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I don't know what the rating of that bulb is,

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but I can tell you without even being able to read it that it's feeble

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in the extreme.

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So, your tyres didn't grip the road, you couldn't stop,

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and you couldn't see what you were going to hit anyway,

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because the lights were so pathetic.

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I mean, I'm amazed we stuck with it, really, the motorcycle, as an idea.

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If you proposed it now...

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Come on!

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People would say, "Don't be such an idiot."

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But stick with it they did, so I will.

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I'll attach the lights,

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then I can go back to the table and get the fuel tank.

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I love the yellow as a colour for cars and bikes.

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I think it's absolutely fantastic. I've got a yellow bike.

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I've had yellow cars. My first car was yellow,

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maybe that's got something to do with it.

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Observe the transformation.

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It doesn't need to be tight, it's mounted on rubber,

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just enough to stop it wobbling about.

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There you go. Fantastic.

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It's a toy motorcycle, but it is a motorcycle.

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It's the real thing. Let's put the seat on.

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The much repaired seat.

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Look at that. It's half vinyl, half insulating tape.

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Gaffer tape. Seat, in position.

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That's good. I love the bits of tape.

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That means it's been... It's been loved, actually, that means,

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because somebody rode it so much that it started to split

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cos they always do eventually,

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but, bothered to mend it.

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I like that. That's part of its history.

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It's part of what makes this one this one and not one of the other ones

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since they're all, essentially, copies of a master monkey bike.

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That's the nature of mass production.

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But this one, over time and use, has become specifically this one.

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Fuel pipe. I'm going to reduce the remaining-part count by 50%.

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Done it. Part number 302 of 303.

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This piece is laden with meaning if you're into finding meanings in

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things, because it links the tank, the home to the fuel of our dreams,

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petrol, which is useless by itself, of course,

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it's just an annoying smelly liquid.

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But it joins it up with the carburettor

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which is the entry point for it doing something useful,

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i.e. going into the cylinder and being burned

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so that you can...ride along.

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The union is made.

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Fuel meets the engine.

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We're ready to go, apart from that side panel.

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And you'll be amazed how tricky this is to fit.

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If you talk to people about reassembling things

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they will always try and be funny and say,

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"I put together a bicycle", or whatever, and had a part left over.

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And so do I, look, there it is. But not for long.

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Are you ready? The final piece of the 303.

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And one of the trickiest to put on.

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Here it is, the side panel.

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It's like a kung-fu move.

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Brilliant. Meaningless, though, if it doesn't work.

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If there's a better way to spend 13 hours and 51 minutes, well,

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I'd like to hear about it.

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I feel as though, together, we've come on a journey.

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It may have been me assembling the forks on the brakes

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and the electrics and all that other stuff, but I couldn't have done it without you, viewers.

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We may have had some bumpy times along the way,

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but if this monkey bike works, I feel our relationship

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will be all the stronger for it.

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It is quite small. It's also very humble.

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But it does represent complete liberty, two wheels, one piston,

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that's all you need. Well, that's all you need if it actually works.

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So let's find out.

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Throttle stop just engaging, fuel on, tiny bit of choke.

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Carburettor settings, I've done.

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Here we go.

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ENGINE ENGAGES

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Deep joy.

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Now, does it idle?

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ENGINE IDLES

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I believe it does.

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I think this calls for some sunglasses, some dry ice,

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and some Steppenwolf.

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MUSIC: Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf

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# Get your motor runnin'

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# Head out on the highway

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# Lookin' for adventure

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# And whatever comes our way

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# Yeah, darling go and make it happen

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# Take the world in a love embrace

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# Fire all of your guns at once

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# And explode into space

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# Like a true nature's child

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# We were born, born to be wild

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# We can climb so high

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# I never want to die

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# Born to be wild... #

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As James May spends most of his spare time in his workshop tinkering around with old motorbikes, we thought we'd film it.

James is faced with reassembling a 1970s Honda Z50A Mini Trail Motorcycle from all its 303 component parts. This exciting and portable mini motorcycle was fun for all the family and got a whole generation of kids hooked on motorcycles for the rest of their lives.

This is an object James can't wait to reassemble, but along the way he faces a very real and very hostile battle with some springs, ponders over correct workshop etiquette and contemplates the lifelong debate - what's the difference between a bolt and a screw?