SEVEN YEARS IN THE MAK­ING

Rich fi­nally be­gins his voy­age of restor­ing a 1970s Dun­stall CB750

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage - richard.new­land@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com

It’s Novem­ber 2009, and the de­sire for a win­ter project bike to res­ur­rect in time for spring 2010 is burn­ing the mid­night oil away to noth­ing as the holy trin­ity of MCN Bikes for Sale, ebay and Gumtree are ex­haus­tively scanned in search of a likely tar­get.

Then a ca­sual glance at the web­site of a dealer I’d bought my pre­vi­ous project from sparked my in­ter­est in some­thing I wasn’t even look­ing for. It was a glo­ri­ously kitsch look­ing piece of 1970s su­per­bike ex­cess – a Honda CB750, fes­tooned with Paul Dun­stall tun­ing parts and ac­ces­sories. A quick call, and a freez­ing ride into West Lon­don, later I’d bought three bikes. No, I’m not sure how that hap­pened, ei­ther. Now my garage had a café-racer CB750 K2, VF1000F and the Dun­stall filling it, and I was £1500 lighter. Hav­ing re­alised fairly fast that I couldn’t do all three, I moved the K2 and VF on, leav­ing me a Dunny that owed me just £265. Bar­gain.

Hav­ing re­lieved it of decades of dust, dead spi­ders and de­tri­tus I stood back and felt pretty damn pleased with my­self. There were bits miss­ing, and some wrong parts, but it was mostly there, seem­ingly very gen­uine, and boast­ing a rather pleas­ing patina.

Clearly it’d had been crashed at some point in 1980 or 1981, the Ger­man road tax sticker on the head­lamp bowl re­veal­ing that it was last on the road in the year up to Au­gust 1981. The lock stops are badly dam­aged, and there are mi­nor grazes on the left-hand en­gine cas­ings. Whether this was the point when it be­came a Dun­stall is im­pos­si­ble to tell, but the fresh two-pack paint on the body­work – trans­form­ing it from yel­low to red – could hint that it was al­ready wear­ing this ridicu­lous frock.

The body­work is Dun­stall Dev­as­ta­tor, com­pris­ing a seat unit and tank cover (the tank be­neath is a stan­dard K2), enor­mous fair­ing and mud­guard. Be­yond that, it has a Dun­stall Deci­bel 4-2-2 full sys­tem, Dun­stall rearsets, and a shonky set of fake Dun­stall clip-ons. There’s also a set of nice finned en­gine cov­ers, and a niggling sus­pi­cion that it’s fit­ted with the 900cc Yoshimura con­ver­sion.

So where have the last seven years gone? Many other projects have got in the way, but I’ve grad­u­ally chipped away at the Dunny, scour­ing the net for spares, and stock­pil­ing parts from David Sil­ver, with a view to get­ting to the crit­i­cal mass point where I can turn prepa­ra­tion into ac­tion. Tan­talis­ingly, that process has now started in earnest. Tune in next time for the strip­down, and be­gin­ning of the re­build.

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