How to re­store Clas­sic Off-road Mo­tor­cy­cles

Old Bike Australasia - - EYES RIGHT - By Ricky Burns

Pub­lished by Ve­loce Dis­trib­uted by Ren­niks (02) 9695 7055 www.ren­niks.com UK price £35. 160 pages soft cover. ISBN: 978-1-845849-50-4 Off-road bikes gen­er­ally have a tough life, so restor­ing a well-worn ex­am­ple can be chal­leng­ing. But at the end of the day, restor­ing a tri­als or MX bike is lit­tle dif­fer­ent to restor­ing a road bike, just grub­bier. This book ma­jors on tri­als bikes, and of course that scene is much big­ger in the UK than in the An­tipodes, and there is a thriv­ing in­dus­try sup­ply­ing re­place­ment parts for rock-hop­pers like Mon­tesa and Bul­taco, as well as the later Ja­panese brands. The pre-am­ble says that the book is “aimed at the be­gin­ner and sea­soned mo­tor­bike re­storer alike”, but the em­pha­sis is def­i­nitely on the be­gin­ner, with tips on sourc­ing parts, how to dis­man­tle your project bike, clean­ing and pol­ish­ing, then it’s on to the meatier stuff like re­build­ing en­gines, fuel and ig­ni­tion sys­tems, paint­work and plat­ing. For­tu­nately, old dirt bikes are fairly plen­ti­ful and in­ex­pen­sive, so there’s plenty of fun to be had in the work­shop bring­ing some old clanger back to life, and the book does of­fer plenty of ad­vice in this re­spect.

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