Start that restoration now!
People ask me if I restore motorcycles. No, if I did, they would look terrible! I just buy premium looking and running motorcycles that I know people will remember fondly
However, I have often arranged for restoration seminars at classic events. The most consistent message that comes from these experienced restorers is to --START EARLY!
You absolutely have to start gathering parts early. Simply put you do not want your restoration to be put on hold for months, just because you cannot find a few small parts like a front fender cable guide or a sidecover badge! Parts for classic bikes are very hard to find and often the search can take much longer than you planned.
I have an outstanding mix of OEM stock and used parts that can move your process along more quickly. Check out my online parts page where you can search by key word or category. Please email me if I don't have the part, possibly I can point you in the right direction. Happy Hunting. David1/13/2016
Winterize Your Bike
Bike riding season is over for most of us in the Northern States. You can read all about the ten steps of winterized bike prep on lots of internet web sites, and I agree with most of it.
However, for my old classic bikes it comes down to just a few things. First , get it started and warm it up so you are sure it will start.
1. Drain your gas tank. Get it all out. If you can't, use a fuel stabilizer. The gas they sell now is terrible
2. Drain your carb if it has a drain plug. Get it all out.
3. If no drain plug or easy bowl removal to get rid of the gas. Start it with the petcock off and run it until it dies, using the choke to make sure you get it all.
4. Shoot fogging oil in each cylinder, and kick it over a couple of times with the kickstarter.
4. Keep it on a battery tender.
5. Keep it covered up.
Some "pros" may differ with these thoughts but it has worked for 30 years for me.
One IMPORTANT thing that most people forget, when you get it running in the spring for the first time, make sure before you kick it into gear, that you either have a huge run out space, or have it braced up against something like a concrete wall to stop it from moving.
Why do I say this? Those old clutch plates often stick. If they haven't freed up, when you kick it into gear, even with the clutch pulled in--it just GOES. You have to get it into neutral, kill switch it, or turn it off, and you better have enough room to do that! Happy Wintering, David9/15/2015
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