The des­e­cra­tion of two clas­sics?

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - WORKSHOP -

Like it or not the clas­sic world is full of ster­ile restora­tions. Pretty much ev­ery form of clas­sic mo­tor­cy­cle known to mankind has been the sub­ject of a 100 point per­fect ren­o­va­tion at some time or an­other. A few are bet­ter than others but the point is there are more than enough so-called ‘re­storer references’ on the clas­sic cir­cuits. Pe­riph­eral by­standers have al­ready ques­tioned the ap­par­ent moral­ity of the Hy­brid project. Some might ar­gue that by in­stalling a 500 mo­tor in a 250 frame we are some­how con­spir­ing to de­prive the scene of two per­fectly de­cent and po­ten­tially re­stor­able clas­sics. Sorry but here’s the re­al­ity… it gen­uinely does not matter if a large frame­less mo­tor is in­stalled in a smaller en­gine­less chas­sis. These are masspro­duced con­sumer items that were, when new, largely treated in the same man­ner as an old tele­vi­sion/wash­ing ma­chine/re­frig­er­a­tor. There will al­ways be an­other com­pat­i­ble frame and mo­tor avail­able ready to be re­u­nited by some­one. Even if the sup­ply chain is not truly lim­it­less there’s more than enough projects out there. All that changes is the ease with which they’re found and the cost to ac­quire them. Many a re­storer buys sev­eral bikes of the same ilk to en­sure they have ev­ery­thing they need for the re­build and no one seems to give a toss about what hap­pens to the left­overs. Who knows? It might just be that Project Hy­brid is us­ing just those dis­carded parts! Now how’s that for a spot of re­cy­cling?

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