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Bike to Strip Down and Rebuild

Discussion in 'Bike Reviews, Questions and Suggestions' started by nodz, Jan 15, 2005.

  1. :?:
    Was looking to buy a bigger bike 500-1000cc to completely strip down and rebuild. Was thinking of something simple, single or two cylinder four stroke of 1975-1980 (maybe - but not limited to) with parts still readily available, any one got any suggestions?

  2. Yamaha XJ 600 it's my project bike for when I come off my restrictions!
  3. go the Z9. What a classic, and fairly easy to find parts for.
  4. I take it you are referring to the Z900 :?:
  5. I'm very biased (in the early 80's I rode an SR250 , and I've just finished rebuilding an SR500), but the SR500 is easy to work on, cheap for parts and fun to ride. They are no road rocket for top speed, but run the twisty bits very nicely.

    Big single, two valves, standard Mikuni carb, points-less ignition so a service takes about 30 minutes

    Like the Z900, they are a niche market item. I've also owned a Z900, and I agree that it would be a great project. Depends on time and money, because I think for the same initial outlay, the cost of bringing a Z upto top trip would be quite a bit more if you were planning to do up the motor, get the original pipes (ahhh, the 4into4 was beautiful) etc.

    The SR500 club (based in Melbourne) works hard at supporting anyone doing a restoration. Andy Brebner at Vic Wreckers runs a business from home just supporting SR500 and SR400s so specialist advice is easy to get.

    Purchase price between $500 and $2000 and very cheap to keep on the road.

    I'm told that quiet exhausts are available...

    Downside - start exercising your right leg now. No electric start (but mine goes 2nd kick,and I know that, if it's stolen, I just look for the dude with the broken ankle)
  6. Just bringing this topic back to the top of the forum again had three replies for XJ600, Z900 or SR500, anyone got any other suggestions
  7. you've got a CB at the moment right? you like it do you? i'd reckon that'd be a pretty damn good choice. a 750 should be a nice step up without being too big. Z900 would be cool, i do like the Zs, but i'm not convinced with the XJ600. i like the XJR but the old XJ has a real weird shape going :? might do it for some but my dads XJ750 definately does nothing for me. and those handlebars, what the hell were they thinking??? :shock:

    i reckon a CB, should be able to get a reasonable one pretty cheap if you keep your eyes peeled for a little while :wink:
  8. I've been told the XJ600 makes my a**e look good so what else counts?
  9. Got a mate who might be willing to part with a couple of Honda VF750fd
    Enough parts for a great rebuild with a pair of heads already reco'd and ready to go......83' These were the thing to beat in it's time. I got booked on mine once and the LEO was all misty eyed cos he was a bike cop back in the bikes heyday and they were stuck on the old/new then..Honda 750 Four...reckond the VF was uncatchable and was the bain of the bike cops existance........he still booked me but on a lesser offence :wink:
  10. bwahahhaahaa.... fairynuff then :LOL: not baggin ya, whatever floats that boat eh :wink: dad likes them too, but i just think they're ugly. i love the retro bikes for the most part but the early 80s XJs just looked WEIRD :shock:
  11. Sorry not sure that the XJ600 making my arse look good is the criteria I need for doing up s bike. Must be a pretty good bike if it'll make my arse look good.
    I must admit I do like the Honda CB750 and perhaps this would be a good start. Now if I could just find one of the CBX1000 six cyclinders (walking away, shaking head and muttering to myself)
  12. dont do what I did and buy a classic BSA only to find out that BSA actually stands for Bits Stuck Anywhere!!!

  13. I like some of the older classic bikes but I'm not a really big fan of single cylinders which a lot of the older British bikes were. I think that they began to get better when they became two and four cylinders (Ariel Square 4).

    Is it true in the UK that the two and four cylinder bikes were never as popular as the singles?
  14. can i ride behind you SUE when your off your restrictions ? :p

    " Does this XJ600 make my a**e look BIG? "

    ok, soz nodz.......... not helping your cause much.

    is there anyone in netrider that has restored a bike?
    or know of places "nodz" should be calling for info or parts?
  15. cant say either way to that nodz, but if you want to see some beutiful engineering look at the 'vincent' twins designed by Phil Irving (an aussie.)
    the 1949 black shadow, 1000cc, had a top speed of 200kph. not bad for a bike weighing over 200kg with very primative suspension.

  16. BSA = British Small Arms you must have got one that's been modified not to fire!
  17. [quote="Bond Girl
    BSA = British Small Arms you must have got one that's been modified not to fire![/quote]

    Birmingham Small Arms.
    sorry, but British Small Arms is a very common mistake.
    though they did start out as gunsmiths back in the 1850s
  18. Yeah, I saw the Vincents, there's a write up about them in the current issue of AMCN. There are a little bit further back than I want. Looking for something in 1970-1985 era, preferable 1975-1978, I just seem to like the bikes of that time.

    Ratbag...I'll speak to you later, but thanks for putting out general call on where I should be looking for info.
  19. Ok - if singles aren't for you and you want something that will increase in value, the Kawasaki Mach 3 might be the go. It is a little earlier than your timeline (1969) but it was the fastest machine in its time and, with nearly 60HP was fiendishly fast. For pose value, it would be hard to beat as lots of old blokes will look at it and then back away in fear. Best known as a bike "to be chained to the garage floor and fed raw meat".

    I'm a sucker for singles, but I agree that the British parallel twins were a smoother ride than the singles. I wouldn't be championing the Square Four as a huge success though, it was reknowned for overheating and seizing the rear cylinders. A Japanese effort to copy the style of the British twins is the Yamaha XS650 which started production in 1970.
  20. Chairman
    Wasn't championing the square 4, from what I've read, I just got the impression that even with it's faults it revolutionised the British motorcycle industry.

    Is that the case or not? Have I been misled in what I've read? (Admittedly can't believe all you read)