Mal­colm Wil­liams

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - BUYER'S GUIDE -

This par­tic­u­lar ex­am­ple, a Bel­gian im­port, was found lan­guish­ing in a North Wales deal­er­ship in 2013 and al­though com­plete was tatty. A deal was done and the bike loaded in to the van for its jour­ney to its new home in South Wales. All the chrome cleaned up well, as did the al­loy. A car­bu­ret­tor clean and tim­ing ad­just­ment soon had it run­ning as it was in­tended to. It was then that the de­ci­sion was made to re­spray it in the Candy Gipsy Red/ Gold colour scheme of the slightly later L model which re­ally suits the T500. The paint on the frame was touched in and a new seat cover pur­chased from Pit Repli­cas. One mod­i­fi­ca­tion that was made was to move the ig­ni­tion switch from its usual po­si­tion un­der the front of the petrol tank to be­tween the clocks by us­ing a ready­made bracket from the GT125/185 range. Self-ad­he­sive chrome trim on the lower edge of the tank re­placed the clip-on trim which of­ten holds wa­ter, which doesn’t help if the tank is go­ing a bit rusty.

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