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The classic 857 motorbike and sidecar from 1979 is a lovely thing, but it could be better...
About this creation

Now, I don't build bikes very often - what do you mean, you can tell?! - but I do love the old Technic sets, and the big blue bike deserved a makeover. Starting with the blueness; it's black now. And the bigness; the frame is slimmer. It's bikeness remains...



The original had no suspension; this one does, and there has been much tweakery of every aspect of it's appearance. It looks a lot like the sort of big single cylinder bruiser produced by the likes of Triumph and Norton in the 1950s/60s, apart from the lack of oil stains beneath it.



The sidecar's not tweaked. It's replaced completely, with something sleeker; that has a suspended wheel in the right place. Modelled after the kind of thing made by Swallow Sidecars before they started making SS Jaguars. Now you know what the SS stood for.



That technic-y underside...



Sidecar comes off nice 'n' easy. Behold, the chain on the wrong side of the swingarm! I tried, I really did...



With an original 857. The only things left in common are the shape of the frame, engine and front pivot arrangement.





This is a distracting side project, really, while I get on with the main event...


(you haven't seen this)

Now then, that headlight. It is Lego - it's a space dish that originally had a spar coming out of the centre that broke off. It was already broken, honest!



Credit should go to Lola TruckDriver for getting there first, with a more highly developed and purer model.

Thanks for stopping by!



Comments

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  June 12, 2013
Nice model, real Lego, lots of studs!
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  February 28, 2013
to be honest, the only way I can love that bike now is to compare with the original, [wich I used to love] so, I really appreciate your habit of assembling the original for compare, it s excellence! congratulation nick! these big wheels are in my favs wheels, but, not on a bike anymore, the new bikes are so much more reffined now, I could nt be honest saying otherwise, but, your technical prowess remains, it s very functionnal, and pretty original too, I don t worry much for you, as soon as you get proper wheels, you ll probably have the best technical looking bikes around, lol, nicely done!
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  February 23, 2013
SO model team, wow, so how long till the 200 mark, hahaha...
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  February 13, 2013
Definitely an improvement on the original, very nicely done. The sidecar is so well sculpted, and it all fits looks great together. Don't worry about the chain, some of us have no idea what a swingarm is, let alone which side the chain should be ;p
Nick Barrett
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kenneth rattledge
  February 10, 2013
love it, a very nice combination, the car looks as though thats going to be huge when finished.
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  February 10, 2013
awesome!
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  February 10, 2013
"It's bikeness remains..." Ha ha!! You should build bikes more often because the result is really stunning! You did such a work on the shape, details and functions. Very clever ideas btw. Great work, Nick!! Waiting eagerly for the next one... (love this little gift inserted).
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  February 10, 2013
Quoting Tom Simon Now that is lovely design. You make the original look quite poor. Is that good PR? (I guess they make enough money to get over it, huh?)
Thanks Tom. I guess they do...
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  February 10, 2013
ravishingly beautiful!
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  February 9, 2013
I remember that set! Nice upgrades, both in design and color. Much more refined, in your custom style that is.
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  February 9, 2013
Now that is lovely design. You make the original look quite poor. Is that good PR? (I guess they make enough money to get over it, huh?)
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  February 9, 2013
Really nice update to an old classic! The colors combo is perfect. Great worK!
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  February 9, 2013
Your classic bike is an instant classic! Now get back to work on that mini ;)
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  February 9, 2013
That's an extremely impressive side-car!
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  February 9, 2013
Another superb model, excellent looking bike.
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  February 9, 2013
Like Marcus Paul said before, really nice and well detailed bike. Like it a lot. Can't wait to see the invisible project finished ;)
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  February 9, 2013
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist Top-notch design, love the shape and use of pneumatic (?) tubing.
Thanks Luke, and yes, that is pneumatic tubing.
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  February 9, 2013
Top-notch design, love the shape and use of pneumatic (?) tubing.
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  February 9, 2013
Lovely stuff. A big improvement over the original, especially the beautifully curved sidecar. My kind of MOC : ) 5 stars
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  February 9, 2013
Brilliant!
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  February 9, 2013
classic!
Nick Barrett
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Emerald Knight
  February 8, 2013
Most successful ! Would`nt expect anything less from you Nick ! And the working Mini, well worth waiting for !!>.....well done
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  February 8, 2013
Love the bike, looks great and has character; technics functions are awesome as usual, And the mini looks very promising !!!
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  February 8, 2013
Very cool Bikeness here. Love the shaping. The Mini is looking amazing too - has an 8860 colour scheme :D.
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  February 8, 2013
Fantastic! Love the sculpting here, the last time I saw a bike and a sidecar on the road the sidecar was a modified bath tub haha (the guy in the sidecar had a showercap over his helmet) hahahaha, it was one of the funniest thing I've seen on the road. Love this creation Nick! Well done!
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  February 8, 2013
Beautiful bike! - And I'm looking forward to that invisible thing ... ;-)
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  February 8, 2013
I like your use of flexible tubing to make the windshield for the sidecar. Definitely better than the original! Also, that mini looks like it'll be AMAZING.
  February 8, 2013
very nice and retro like yourself i am a massive fan of old school technic love the suspension .well all really keep up the great builds by the way liking the mini that i didnt see in one of your photos lol
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  February 8, 2013
Amazing!! Looks just like the models of its era, especially thy sidecar ;) a huge improvement on the blue model :)
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  February 8, 2013
Almost forgot about the bike when I saw the Mini chassis. I cannot wait to see it finished! The bike is great, love the side car.
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  February 8, 2013
Quoting Lola TruckDriver I may have gotten there first, but I am obsessed with sidecars anyway, and you are a true master in old school technik-y, studs-y builds. I find this one, the bike part I mean, much more akin to an Ural rather than some '60 brit iron; of course, not with that engine. Let me help you with a picture of me, in Phnom Penh a few years ago, in front of the school while pick up the kids: http://imgur.com/TR8Z6 - see what I mean ? the shape of the mudguard, the lens etc. Then, that chair should be easy enough to mimic, if one day you fancy so. Cheers Nick, always a pleasure looking at your work.
Thanks, Lola. Change the handlebars and I've got a Ural! Nice vintage ride you've got there.
  February 8, 2013
ery good-looking, and indeed (much) better then the original
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  February 8, 2013
Nice! Maybe just add a footrest like you did with the compared blue bike? Don't ask me, I don't even build cars or the like. Excellent!
  February 8, 2013
fine memories to former days :-) ... when I was a young boy I got the 857 bike and it belongs still to me. I like your constructions so much. Old school lego with some lovely technically improvements
  February 8, 2013
I may have gotten there first, but I am obsessed with sidecars anyway, and you are a true master in old school technik-y, studs-y builds. I find this one, the bike part I mean, much more akin to an Ural rather than some '60 brit iron; of course, not with that engine. Let me help you with a picture of me, in Phnom Penh a few years ago, in front of the school while pick up the kids: http://imgur.com/TR8Z6 - see what I mean ? the shape of the mudguard, the lens etc. Then, that chair should be easy enough to mimic, if one day you fancy so. Cheers Nick, always a pleasure looking at your work.
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  February 8, 2013
Really great!
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  February 8, 2013
That mini cooper will be fantastic!
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  February 8, 2013
Well realised makeover, cool.
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  February 8, 2013
Nifty side-car! :)
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  February 8, 2013
Definite improvement
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  February 8, 2013
:O <--- All I can do.
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  February 8, 2013
Right. The motorcycle then. A beautiful build in its own right, especially that side car. Load of nice features and goodies and sleekness and OMG Mega-Mini!!!! Even the pneumatics! Second I saw that picture the Star Wars Empire theme started in my head.
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  February 8, 2013
well done!
 
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