Jhon Water­man’s col­lec­tion

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Greet­ings from Canada! I ab­so­lutely love your mag and Show Us Yours is one of my favourite sec­tions. Here are my bike restora­tions which be­gan with the lovely 1974 Kawasaki H2 which I bought for a steal back in 1986 from a pal who couldn’t han­dle its wild na­ture and rode it into a ditch at high speed. He was okay, but the bike needed work. Young at the time (I am now 52) I knew just enough to get it road­wor­thy again. In 1989 I rode it from Prince Ed­ward Is­land on the east coast of Canada to the Yukon Ter­ri­to­ries in nine days and 5200 miles for a new job. But in 1992 it got a to­tal ground-up restora­tion and is my pride and joy and a daily com­muter. Next was the lovely 1975 Suzuki A100. I res­cued it from a guy who was us­ing it as a bush com­muter. Af­ter find­ing two more (both tat­tered, but with good bits) of the same colour, I was able to re­store it in 1994. Next was the 1974 Kawasaki F11 dirt run­ner. It is run­ning great, but is still a work in progress as you can see. The carb was to­tally tat­tered, so I took a carb from the H2 (I have a spare H2 boxed up), re-jet­ted it and it fit­ted per­fectly. Next was the lit­tle 1976 Honda PK50 moped I bought from a fam­ily mem­ber. New tyres, brakes, oil change and a carb re-build was all it needed. It is my wife’s daily ride. Last up is the lovely lit­tle 1972 Honda CB100. This was a barn find. Com­plete with ro­dent rem­nants, paint splat­ter and a big pile of rusted chrome. With a lot of scrub­bing and soak­ing and thanks to ebay I was able to get most of the bits I needed to bring it to the beauty it is now. Just needs a clutch re-build for which I have the parts. My next project is a 1972 Yamaha DT250. But that will have to wait un­til I have the funds. My other ride is the 2006 Har­ley David­son which I bought new. Keep up the great work. You have a fan for life.

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