If you can still remember the signature of many 70s motorcycles – the characteristic sound and smell of a 2-cylinder 2-stroke engine – then you’ll find pleasure in the knowledge that there are many of these classics are still alive and well today, in sheds, garages and barns across the country. Many only make an appearance on a nice, sunny day, perhaps attending classic events or taking an early evening summer ride with friends. Buying one of these motorcycles can be expensive, yet find one in need of just the lightest restoration you can strike a bargain price.
Restoration is not as difficult as it may at first appear, and this step-by-step illustrated guide will give any potential restorer all the advice, tips and shortcuts needed to make an economical, easy restoration happen.
• Real life restoration, carried out by the author
• Aimed at the beginner and seasoned motorbike restorer alike
• Advice on project choice and the preparation process
• Step-by-step guidance with hundreds of photographs
• Dismantling, restoring and sourcing parts, and rebuilding
• Recommendations on repairs, renovations and parts replacements
• Special tools, their purchase, use and alternatives
• Restoring mechanical parts such as engine, gearbox, brakes and electrics
• Tackling bodywork: spraying, polishing, seat re-covering, decals, forks and tyres
• How to save yourself time and money