‘It sounded so in­no­cent at low rpm’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Feature - RICHARD LINDOE 1970S TWO-STROKE EX­PERT

“The Ket­tle was was lux­u­ri­ous, heavy and re­fined - a proper GT. “On the stan­dard three-into-four ex­haust sys­tem it sounds so docile at low rpm. What you get is pure en­gine tone, not di­luted by a pis­ton thrash­ing up and down.

“They were very torquey and re­laxed, but they make great spe­cials too with the ad­di­tion of mod­ern fron­tends, wheels and swingarms, plus you can tune the en­gines from 67bhp to 105bhp. There is a lot of weight in the en­gine which you can’t get rid of, but I’ve even built one with an ally frame.”

A proper grand tourer, Ket­tles make great spe­cials, too

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