There are those who do concours restorations on motorcycles. Restoring a motorcycle is a commitment of your time, and likely a handsome sum of money. The crank may or may not need rebuilding, inspection will tell the tale, but if there are any doubts, get it rebuilt while apart. It looks brand new, too. If you feel uncomfortable, or lack the tools or skill to do this work, by all means, farm it out, but be sure whom ever gets the job is familiar with vintage engines, because they are a different animal than the modern stuff. When asking for information about older iron at your local dealer you need to keep two things in mind. We are a dedicated Classic Motorcycle painting company Classic Motorcycle Painting is a Melbourne based service that specialises in painting and restoring vintage, classic and modern motorcycles.
Fuel tanks and body work seem to be the most abused part on a bike, and unfortunately, they are also the most noticed parts aswell. Don't be affraid to get some gasket material and cut your own gaskets, especially for those bikes where parts are no longer available. Another point to keep in mind is that back in the sixties and seventies, manufacturers tended to use the same parts for several years, so don't be scared to pilfer parts from the same model of machine a few years older or newer than yours. So you have been thinking about restoring an old Japanese motorcycle for the first time. Firstly, the chick behind the counter. I prefer sbs or ebc brand brake shoes with slots cut in the face to catch the dirt and dust.
For most of us the task is to get the best results possible without going into the poor house. Our team of factory trained technicians guarantee our reputation for quality workmanship. If you want to breathe life back into your favourite old motorcycle give us a call. Ron told Hermy the project was a piece of cake. It squats majestically on Route 322, perpetually trying to hatch a feed mill office. If you go into a project with this mindset the only surprises will be finding that some parts are in good shape. This article is based on what i have seen and done over the years when restoring a motorcycle.
The hardest piece to locate? How much of the work am I doing versus paying for others to do? If your plan is to resell this bike looking for profit I hope you live somewhere other than Canada, because there is no money to be made here selling restorations. A restored bike deserves a restored engine. The production model was essentially unchanged from the racing version. But when the bike going gets tough, the tough go to someone with a storeroom like a transit museum. We can repair just about any damage to leather or vinyl.
Our team are some of the most experience in the motorcycle industry and can help you find the perfect bike. Production continued through 1973, when Triumph abandoned the model as a result of financial woes and the whims of a buying public clamoring for big twins. Frank has that passion for British and European classic bikes. Secondly, most dealers only care about selling new bikes and don't care about your old one. As promised, Ron is waiting for me at the Big Chicken.
During deconstruction Hermy had found traces of the original purple paint on the underside of the tank, which Jesse replicated perfectly. An interesting footnote to this restoration suggests hope for the spawn of Detroit. Rather than spend hundreds on fenders, perhaps consider using period styled plastic fenders like the Preston Petty units, now being reproduced by Strictly Hodaka. Ask anyone that restores antiques and they will tell you it takes passion to complete the task. If you take a look at the links section of this website there are some fine companies listed, both in Canada and U. Metal stripping and sandblasting requirements are subcontracted out. Supported by all insurance companies Collideascope work closely to achieve great results in great time, to get your bike back on the road.
When it comes to the final drive and braking systems I tend to use modern, after market parts because in many cases they work better and last longer than the original equipment. Ron says he fixed up his bike to ride, not show, and boy does he. There are a series of questions one has to ask ones self before showing up at home with a rat bike. If you are one of those people who want something for nothing, stay away from motorcycles because there are no free rides when restoring. It has sat out behind the shed for 10 years and is in a very sad condition.
Every part shall be restored, repaired, replaced, rebuilt and repainted and then reassembled. The cost of sand blasting and powder coating the chassis will put you out over five hundred dollars by itself. If you find it interesting or useful, please buy my book Dead Spot. With stuff like pistons and clutch plates I tend to use wiseco pistons, and barnett, or ebc clutches. If your choice is the latter, then you will be going totally 100% original with all o. Saying that, regardless of how good it looks, assume it's a complete rebuild from the get go. What Type of Damage Can We Repair? Feel free to ignore it.