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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-29-2015, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Anybody Else Restore Old Bikes?

Didn't see this category on the Versys site. Does anybody else like rebuilding old motorcycles like me? If so let's hear about your projects. I've attached pics of my last two restorations; 74 Kawasaki H2, and 78 Yamaha DT 250. I'm a sucker for cool 2 strokes. I tear 'em all down and rebuild everything. I enjoy the body and paint work the most I think, since that was my first passion when I started restoring classic cars. I like using enamel or lacquer paint, but with 2K clear coat so the finish is fully protected. Let me hear about what you guys are working on. Thanks!
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Nicely done!
I know Ronheater70 has done a few: http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ide-these.html
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You do very nice work. I like 2 strokes. I still have a couple of rz350's. I miss watching the 500 gp bikes.
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Thanks, ya I've switched from restoring cars to bikes. We have a monthly Vintage Bike Night here in St. Louis that attracts a lot of restorers from around the area. It's held at a craft brewery, so we meet, BS about bikes, and sample some great beer and food. I like this event because it's people that actually like to rebuild old stuff, and ride it. It's amazing how far bikes have come, and I love having a workhorse bike like the Versys, that I can go across 4 states in a weekend without facing a possible mechanical breakdown, LOL. I could tell you some stories...
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ya i like to restore old bikes/ build customs , i try to pump one out a year i also use to do cars but then due to lack of garage i switched to bikes due to building a car in the living room not being a good idea.... heres a list of some of my projects ive done over the last few years (not counting random repairs done on other bikes)

2015
built the honja track bike (honda X baja). done(sold)
loads of mods on sylvester (versys) done
build honda rebel for my roommate (99%done{need headlight and front tube})
2014
more mods to sylvester (versys) done
rebuild/restore ATK that was stolen 3+ years ago(done and sold)
2013
build cafe zuk (done and sold)
2012
build/restore nighthawk (sold and done{yes that bike i actually sold befor i built it})
build the bobbstar for my husband (done)
2011
rebuild and mod ATK(done and stolen)
2010
build gs supper sleeper (done and sold)

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as long as i get my husband another bike i will be modding the hell out of it (stock sucks)
tear down the bobbstar , put its motor into a honda 185S frame unless i can find a rear swing arm and axle(from a 3-wheeler or quad)
put a 250cc motor into the bobbstar frame and make it into cafe 2.0 (maybe p51 mustang theme?)
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I have to get motivated and get myself back into garage and finish this one. I just rather be riding than working on them.
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Nice. Beautiful machines.

Might get into that when I stop riding so much. My 10 year average is 20,000 miles a year on 2 wheels. I also spend an average of 20 weeks a year away from home.

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I've had this idea in my mind for a while, rebuild the fastest bike that was made the year I was born: 1978 XS1100

A few days ago one was listed for sale in Mexico; It's complete, original paint, just missing the OEM turn signals, mufflers and centerstand, other than that, it's bone stock. It would need at least new paint, new brake lines, carb rebuild, carb boots, a good looking muffler, centerstand, new logos as the ones in the bike are faded and a good mechanical inspection, fluids and what not.
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I've had this idea in my mind for a while, rebuild the fastest bike that was made the year I was born: 1978 XS1100

A few days ago one was listed for sale in Mexico; It's complete, original paint, just missing the OEM turn signals, mufflers and centerstand, other than that, it's bone stock. It would need at least new paint, new brake lines, carb rebuild, carb boots, a good looking muffler, centerstand, new logos as the ones in the bike are faded and a good mechanical inspection, fluids and what not.
I had a '78 XS750, and I seem to remember that the 11s had an issue that was pretty scary - just can't remember WHAT it was. Maybe "google" it?

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Those are nice nice NICE !



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Here are a couple of mine, in various stages of restoration.....
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And, here's a thought.....

Just because it's old, doesn't necessarily make it unreliable.

And... just because it's new, does NOT make it reliable.
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Keep 'em coming, I love seeing everybody's 'other ' bikes and projects. I never seem to get below at least two bikes in the garage. How can you get by with only one bike, LOL!


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heres the page of the bobbstar build up
Brad's Honda Twinstar Site
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I had a '78 XS750, and I seem to remember that the 11s had an issue that was pretty scary - just can't remember WHAT it was. Maybe "google" it?

I think it had something to do w/ the engine 'locking-up' at speed....


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I found that the middle drive is known to seize and lock up the rear end. Honestly I don't know if I'll ever do it, newer bikes are so much better for riding that this bike would be just a garage queen; I already have one garage queen.
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I don't have the skills, initiative or patience to restore an old bike. I'm pressed just to keep mine running and in service. But I occasionally write about someone who does, and this story was one of the most unusual: a guy who built the bike of his childhood almost completely from NOS parts. It doesn't take the same skills as restoring a bike, so I'm sure some will find it interesting and others will dismiss it, but it definitely takes commitment and persistence to find all the parts. Now he has a 1972 dirt bike that's brand new.

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Here's my Norton restoration including a few 'before' photos to show just how bad it was. The entire bike looked like that. I rebuilt everything from engine up, every nut and bolt.

I must have been crazy.
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That's beautifully done, and yes you might be a little crazy.


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