The Beginner’s Guide to Classic Motorcycle Restoration – YOUR step-by-step guide to setting up a workshop, choosing a project, dismantling , sourcing parts, renovating & rebuilding classic bikes.
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As the A3 snakes out of Guildford headingsouth a small row of white fronted buildings appear off to the left, the final dwelling is now home to one man’s vision. A haven for the connoisseur of classic two wheel transport…
The Far East may sound like a strange place to source classic Italian scooters but they are there in abundance thanks to their use, particularly in Vietnam by the military in the late 60s and 70s.
It may comes as quite a shock for those not in the know, but in the average four stroke road machine around 75% of the power is produced by the workings of the head alone.
For many, renovating their own motorcycle is a boyhood dream come true. Years ago there were a variety of motorcycle manufacturers producing a range of simple, easy to maintain bikes which are now enthusiast’s gold.
David Frier’s MV Agusta Sport is a guaranteed head turner. Not just because it is so clean and well prepared, but also because of the name on the tank and the rarity of the bike itself.
The bike that opened Kawasaki’s account in the madness stakes, the 500cc H1, is quite a rare find these days and even harder to drop of the important parts to complete a restoration. Kawasaki Triples club treasurer Keith Philpott, a 49 year old systems engineer for Xerox, is a confirmed fan of three pot motorcycles although his own biking career began on the Suzuki variety with a brace of GT380’s passing through his hands in the seventies, he claims he couldn’t afford a Kawasaki back then as they were the most expensive of the four Japanese brands at the time.
Laverda have a long history of producing great machines but two of their finest have origins in the UK, the 500cc Montjuic and the 1000cc Jota being products of the Slater brothers and their involvement in production racing during the 70’s and 80’s. We catch up with one man who shares this passion having restored many a Laverda over the last 20 years or so.
Gary Haythorn is well known within the classic world having been a regular attendee with his stunning machines at the many classic shows over the last few years. His latest creation is a superb better than new Suzuki X7, the first 250cc machine to be capable of a genuine 100mph, a position it held for two years until the next generation of quarter-litre bikes arrived.
They don’t come much closer to the real racer deal than the Japanese only TZR250R. Ian King has one, and treats it to track session on a regular basis, as well as taking out on the road to the many bike nights in and around his native Lincolnshire.