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Thursday, January 01, 2009


Did a little bit more today and decided to temporarily fit the rear wheel on to help move the bike around the garage - I've not refurbed it so it's not at its best yet. Couldn't resist taking a shot with the tank and side panel loosely in place.
As you can see, the painted forks look pretty good.


Anonymous said...


The bike is looking good.

I only bumped in to your page on Friday. In November I bought a 1981 CB400N that had been sitting for 11 years after seizing the engine (fortunately in a garage under a blanket in dry Johannesburg).

I currently have the engine apart and am having the left big-end journal built up as the shell bearing had partially "migrated" between the conrod and the crankshaft.

When I look at the condition of the bikes that you guys in the UK rebuild I am glad to be in South Africa. My frame doesn't even have rust on it, and it took me under an hour to clean the engine back to a nice finish using Solvol Autosol and a rag.

Keep up the good work and I'll be waiting for the next instalment.


MadDogMcQ said...

Thanks for your kind comments Paul. You are indeed lucky to live in a warm climate! Here in the UK we get the dreaded SALT invasion every winter from over enthusiastic gritting machines.

Bikes ridden thru a UK Winter don't last two minutes no matter how high the build quality.

Right now I'm spending a lot of time getting the engine cleaned up, so there'll be no real progress on the blog until I've finished that. If you subscribe to the blog, you'll automatically receive updates.

Thanks again.

Bike Details

Honda CB250N Superdream
Reg No : ORH746W (ORH 746 W)
Reg Date : 1980
Orig Colour : Blue
New Colour : Black
Current Owner : Tom McQuiggan
Current Location : Horwich, Bolton, UK.