Classic Bike (UK) - - Classic World - Bill Stoyel

An older restora­tion with some re­cent TLC ap­plied, Bill Stoyel’s Bon­nie zoomed out to the cir­cuit at a tick over the le­gal speed limit, loaded up with camp­ing gear. I know, be­cause he over­took me on the road down from Mel­bourne. It ar­rived at the is­land af­ter a fault­less run and with no oil leaks, but things weren’t al­ways like this.

“I fit­ted new carbs and a Tri-spark ig­ni­tion sys­tem to the old girl to help keep my san­ity,” said Bill as he pre­pared to un­load. “When I got it I did the usual things, like fix a leak from a pushrod tube and fit new front fork oil seals,” he said.

He also got the tank repainted to colours he liked, up­graded the han­dling with pro­gres­sive springs in the front forks, and in­stalled a re­mote oil-fil­ter kit.

“I usu­ally ride it out to the Motogp when it’s down here,” said Bill.

I bet it draws a crowd there among the blinged-up mod­ern road bikes.

Bill’s had his Bon­nie for ten years

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