Bike project in­spires more restora­tion

South Waikato News - - SPORT - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

Tim Hand­cock not only in­her­ited his fa­ther’s in­ter­est in mo­tor­bikes – he man­aged to se­cure one se­ri­ously old and un­fin­ished project as well.

The 1971 TS250 Suzuki had been barely touched for 18 years be­fore Hand­cock de­cided to take it on him­self.

Three years ago Hand­cock be­gan tinkering on the dusty an­tique and the do-up is fi­nally com­plete.

‘‘ It was pretty bad, it needed ev­ery­thing done to it,’’ he said.

This is not the first mo­tor­bike the 30-year-old has re­stored – but it is by far his favourite.

‘‘This is the one I have spent the most time on,’’ he said.

Hand­cock would spent most nights and week­ends on his beloved new toy.

He said the most dif­fi­cult as­pect of do­ing up the old model was sourc­ing parts.

Some­times he would wait for up to a month for a part.

‘‘Try­ing to source parts [is the hard­est], but I just worked on it while wait­ing for the parts,’’ he said.

And the best mo­ment of it all was hear­ing that en­gine roar for the first time.

‘‘It means that I have done a good job,’’ he said.

It is one thing to have a bike that sounds good but many would ar­gue that looks are just as im­por­tant – the one el­e­ment Hand­cock ad­mit­ted he had not quite mas­tered.

‘‘I tried to do it [the paint job] my­self . . . it was all right,’’ he said.

But not good enough for the self­pro­claimed per­fec­tion­ist.

The Suzuki is just an­other to add to an im­pres­sive list ac­cu­mu­lated in 15 years of bike-build­ing but if he is any­thing like his fa­ther it won’t be the last.

Photo’: CAITLIN WAL­LACE

Fi­nally fin­ished: Tim Hand­cock has fi­nally put on the fin­ish­ing touches to his TS250 Suzuki af­ter 21 years in the mak­ing.

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