CARING FOR A CLASSIC
Unlike modern bikes that can quite happily sit for a length of time, leaving the magnesium race bikes of this era stood for even a few weeks can spell disaster. As part of his Racing Restorations business, Everett is well versed in keeping the bikes tip-top.
“I built the bottom half of the engine up and filled it with water on the bench, just to make sure it was going to stay in there but it didn’t – it poured straight out! We filled a couple more holes and sat it overnight and it was fine. The magnesium is less likely to corrode now as Motul do a coolant that has an additive in it, which prevents corrosion.
“Storing these bikes is difficult. With water in it there’s no air, so the metal has nothing to react with but if you drain it, you’ve got some water and some air. Really, you should split the whole thing apart to dry it. With this one, we will start it up, get it red hot then dump the water out of it. With the hoses off it should dry out but any longer than six months and it would need another tear down.”
‘After a few moments, the bike roars into life. The engine crackles, pops and blue smoke pumps out of the pipes’ ‘In six months time it will need another tear down’