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This little twin has been the focus of all my attention over the last two winters.
A house move in the middle added to everything living in an assortment of boxes until I finally got around to piecing it all back together.
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I took this little bike as my first go at a resto, mainly to try to keep costs down (ha, ha) and knowing I’d have to source a lot of new parts, in particular all the bodged and rusted fastenings as well as all the usual oil seals, gaskets and springs.
CMM was a key player in the successful restoration thanks to all the small ads and info. The bike was pretty much a wreck when it turned up out of the back of a Transit. I did think maybe this was a wreck too far, but I like a challenge and slowly but surely after a gruelling dismantling stage I found some parts beyond repair and eaten away by corrosion but (and this is testament to Honda’s engineering quality) all the engine components were in tolerances and the gearbox showed no signs of wear. It had 20K+ miles on it and had lain unused for probably 30 years in a barn: four previous owners since 1975 with the DVLA saying it was last taxed in 1979!
Thanks have to go to all the speciality guys out there who operate out of the small workshops up and down the country. In particular – Central Wheel Components, AM Philpot, FJ Vapour blasting, Triple S and Steve at MTS for a cracking colour match on the Candy Gold. It sounds ace for such a little bike kicking out circa 20bhp and although I’ve probably spent as much as it’s now worth the whole process has been worth it. Hope you all agree!
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