Restorations

Yamaha RD250LC Restoration

Elsie, my long lost love Having missed out on the craze the first time around, Colin Olivier has, some 26 years on, really got the LC bug. Having owned what looks like the who’s who of late 70s and early…

 

Suzuki AP50 Restoration

Sixteener special Like the Fizzie the Suzuki AP50 is fondly remeberd by those who owned one or lusted after one in vain. The trouble is, unlike its Yamaha mate, finding the parts to restore an AP is getting harder. Owner…

 

Kawasaki Z1R Restoration

Z and the art of motorcycle maintenance The Z1R was suppose to be the pinnacle of late 70’s Superbike design, but wasn’t the raving success Kawasaki had hoped for. Nowadays stumbling across one is an unlikely event but occasionally one…

 

CB750 Phil Read Replica Restoration

A tribute to a TT winner 63-year-old Michael Edwards is a retired foreman who used to oversee the council gardens in and around his Teeside home. The same sort of attention that went into his flowerbeds is now evident in…

 

Hesketh V1000

What happens when a well-heeled Lord decides to build the Rolls Royce of motorcycles to sock it to the Japs and put Britain back at the top of the two-wheeled heap? Prices were reassuringly high, as was the promise of…

 

Kawasaki KH400 Restoration

Triple treat or Two is company, Three is a kwak The Kawasaki series of triples lived on throughout the 70’s as the most stylish of all the periods strokers. These days restoring one isn’t getting any easier but the results…

 

Laverda Jota Restoration

Jota, a Spanish dance in triple time, but with an English lilt thanks to the Slater brothers who created the two-wheeled version. The Laverda Jota is the stuff of folklore, a genuine 140mph beast when nothing else was, big, heavy…

 

Honda MB5 Restoration

The Honda MB5 stands out as one of the most stylish of all restricted 50’s Steve & Tony Mawson are two brothers that have a passion for small Honda two strokes, especially the Honda MB5. Between them they own several…

 

Yamaha RD80LC Restoration

Baby LC Never a massively popular machine in the UK, the baby LC is arguably the most pleasing aesthetically, although getting one back to running order can prove tricky with an ever decreasing parts situation and scant knowledge to fall…

 

Yamaha RD500 LC Restoration

Yamaha’s first true race replica caused a scene when it was launched back in 1984 and the furore carries on today, the bike achieving a true cult status and with it, a large following. Just how difficult is it to…