Yamaha R1 titanium front wheel axle

Here’s another front wheel spindle for a Yamaha R1. They are always an emotional roller coaster to make, sometimes they drill easily but the deflection causes problems when getting the shaft to size, sometimes they turn easily but I struggle to drill them, one thing you can be sure of with titanium is that it will never be totally straight forward!

With this one the fun began when i came to broach the socket in the head, I got about 2mm in and wrenched the bench off the wall! Its put in with a flypress, this being a 21mm socket it needed a huge counterweight on the arm of the press and a serious swing at it, the rawl bolts holding the bench to the wall couldn’t cope and let go. So now its all glued back in place with extra bracing, I. K. Brunel would be proud!

Yamaha R1 titanium front wheel axle
Yamaha R1 titanium front wheel axle
Yamaha R1 titanium front wheel spindle
Yamaha R1 titanium front wheel spindle
Yamaha R1 titanium front wheel spindle, troublesome end!
Yamaha R1 titanium front wheel spindle, troublesome end!

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