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Re: STARTING A RESTO?
« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2015, 12:55:42 PM »
Been in the club many years and I have never had anything chromed or resprayed
Is that because you have a big stash of N.O.S parts?? :) :)
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Re: STARTING A RESTO?
« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2015, 10:25:01 AM »
I have virtually nil parts stored away.

Bike is presently off road and will have to buy / re-use all parts.

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Re: STARTING A RESTO?
« Reply #17 on: March 29, 2015, 02:36:59 PM »
Not many owners in the club ride showroom standard bikes.

Most ride mechanically sound bikes and are perfectly happy.
No members should think they have to restore showroom standards.

Been in the club many years and I have never had anything chromed or resprayed

That's fair enough bud, the problems people get into are when you have restore/renew a knackered part, particularly if it's largely cosmetic, it tends to make the adjacent parts look cack  :'(  Then they have a dimemna of when to stop - and before you know it the bloody thing is in bits...  :D

If it's a normal rider/survivor it's probably best not to restore any of it, and try to get any replacement parts as usuble secondhand ones to maintain the overall (I hate this term  >:() 'patina'....  Also unmolested survivors are where the money's going to be in the future anyway  ;)

If I ever get lucky to find an rider/unmolested survivor, I would leave it alone and enjoy it for what it is, trouble is all my resto's come out of skips and putting them back on the road in 'as new' condition is a buzz all in itself  :P
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Re: STARTING A RESTO?
« Reply #18 on: June 11, 2015, 05:20:19 PM »
I'm in the process of starting my first ever rd400D restoration it' I believe is a 76 model ....
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Re: STARTING A RESTO?
« Reply #19 on: June 11, 2015, 05:24:02 PM »
Here's the link I will post a few of me on the bike soon as I'm home from sea next Wednesday can't wait for 2wks leave
http://www.aircooledrdclub.com/smf/index.php?topic=49243.0
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rothmans honda vfr 104bhp at r/w

RD400C work in progress here : now finished
http://www.aircooledrdclub.com/smf/index.php?topic=49208.0

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Re: STARTING A RESTO?
« Reply #20 on: July 14, 2015, 12:40:20 AM »
Well I have quite a lot of pics of the RD400 framed 250 race bike project if you'd like some of those. Thing is the pic size here is limited. I could email them if you like.

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Re: STARTING A RESTO?
« Reply #21 on: July 14, 2015, 07:46:52 PM »

It would be great to send the photos to Del along with a few words

The photograph size is limited if they are hosted on this site, but if you use Photobucket you can then do a link from Photobucket so the pictures appear here but you do not have to reduce the size of them

Whilst I am not a Facebook user, I would have thought you could also put them on Facebook and post a link here, I think Del has done that several times
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Re: STARTING A RESTO?
« Reply #22 on: September 28, 2015, 05:35:17 PM »
Hi Del, I've finally decided to restore a box of parts that I've owned since the late 90's which should form a 1982 RD200DX.

I was given the bike when helping someone clear some stuff when they moved and it's been stored in various sheds and lately at the back of my workshop. about 10 years ago it suffered some fire damage when the dozy woman next door set fire to my shed (don't ask!). Hopefully some pictures are attached. Apologies as I read that you're not keen on piles of bits but the parts are currently separated between buildings so I only appear in one.

I hope to complete it before I die.

Peter.



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Re: STARTING A RESTO?
« Reply #23 on: November 21, 2015, 03:14:31 AM »
Hello All

I have just joined the club after fulfilling my dream to once again own an 1973 RD350. I owned from new when but a lad and recently obtained one through Ebay. I remember hammering round the TT course back in 1974. Amazing memories.

The RD has matching engine and frame numbers, 15,000 on the clock and it is a US import! The bike needs a lot of work to get back to its original condition.  I have been amazed already how easy it is through ebay to obtain replacement parts but am already aware of the problem parts to find. Exhausts and airbox's so far are proving difficult. 

The bike needs registering so am about to have it MOT'd to commence the procedure.

This will not be a concourse restore as I want to be able to ride the bike and not just make it a museum piece. I will attach photos later of the build. Not sure if engine needs a complete rebuild...................................

Looking forward to meeting you all at forthcoming rallies. I will not be bringing it on a trailer!

Is the BMF still running at Peterborough as I live quite close.

Best wishes to all.

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Re: STARTING A RESTO?
« Reply #24 on: October 07, 2017, 10:56:43 PM »
Hi Del,

I am just in the final stages of completing my 250C and have started a resto thread and in the process of writing it up. I have pictures of the Bike I purchased but do not have one of me with it, prior to breaking it to pieces and making good. It is a 76C German Matching Nos.

I will be adding more detail and pictures over the next couple of weeks and happy to be used in the magazine, trust you will do your magic with the editor bit. If you need higher definition pictures later let me know please which ones and I will email them over.

Kind Rgds,

Phil
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Re: STARTING A RESTO?
« Reply #25 on: February 19, 2018, 04:22:43 PM »
Hi del
This is an rd250e that I have just bought it's a bit rought !!
Will start strip down next week and let's see how it goes

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Re: STARTING A RESTO?
« Reply #26 on: July 27, 2018, 11:02:17 AM »
Just picked up this RD400 Daytona Special 1979 in Australia, the bike was offered to me 18 months ago for $4000 the owner got into cash flow problems and i managed to get it for a bargain $400 this week.
Full restoration will be started after i return from a trip back to the UK next week to catch up with family, i've ordered all the heavy bit needed to be delivered to my brothers house and will be bringing them back on the plane to save a bit on postage.
It will join my RD400F and my RD350LC both fully restored.
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Re: STARTING A RESTO?
« Reply #27 on: July 27, 2018, 11:34:55 AM »
This is true and greetings.

But there are some excellent restorations completed/under way by club members.

I acknowledge and admire the time and work involved .

Well done.