How to re­store Honda CX500 & CX650

Old Bike Australasia - - READING AND WATCHING -

By Ricky Burns Pub­lished by Veloce 176 pages soft cover ISBN: 978-1-845847-73-9 RRP: $89.99 Avail­able from Pit­stop Books (1800 622422) and Au­to­book World (02) 9231 6713 Another in the se­ries of restora­tion books from Veloce, this one cov­ers Honda’s first ven­ture into v-twins. With wa­ter-cool­ing and shaft drive, it was unique at the time and quickly gained a rep­u­ta­tion for good han­dling and low-main­te­nance. The ba­sic de­sign was evolved into larger ca­pac­ity and with per­for­mance boosted by tur­bocharg­ing, and in re­cent times, the mod­els have be­come sought af­ter by re­stor­ers and col­lec­tors. This book cov­ers ba­sic restora­tion tech­niques, as well as tips spe­cific to this model. Ev­ery sin­gle com­po­nent of the orig­i­nal CX500 is cov­ered, and these rules pretty well cover the later mod­els, in­clud­ing the GL. The 2105 TT has been hailed as one of the best in re­cent times and fea­tured a sen­sa­tional come­back by Ian Hutchin­son (who took three sen­sa­tional wins dur­ing the week), and another su­perb per­for­mance by Kiwi vet­eran Bruce Anstey to win the Su­per­bike TT. But per­haps the great­est ef­fort came in the fi­nal race – the Se­nior TT, when the in­cred­i­ble John McGuin­ness showed that age is no bar­rier when he took out the most pres­ti­gious TT tro­phy of all at an av­er­age speed of 130.481 mph, and with a new out­right lap record to boot. This DVD con­tains high­lights from all the races, in­clud­ing the two Side­car TTs and the in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar Zero Chal­lenge for elec­tric bikes, also won by McGuin­ness. Sub­ti­tled, “A jour­ney into Aus­tralia’s Out­back with bikes, beers, blokes and babes” this book is about the ad­ven­tures of Sri Lanka-born Sour­jah which is de­scribed as “In­ter­na­tional au­thor, en­tre­pre­neur, mo­tor­cy­cle ad­ven­turer and mo­tor­cy­cle tour guide”. Michael re­ceived his first bike at age 20 and has been tour­ing places near and far since then. When he came to Aus­tralia he joined the Ulysses Club and de­cided to ride across the coun­try, a trip that inspired him to form his own mo­tor­cy­cle ad­ven­ture busi­ness. His en­thu­si­asm for out­back mo­tor­cy­cle travel (“four wheels move the body, two wheels move the soul”) cer­tainly comes through in this en­ter­tain­ing book. By Lawrence Ryan with Stephen Webb Pub­lished by Con­nor­court Pub­lish­ing ISBN: 978-1-925138-55-9 204 pages soft cover RRP: $24.95 Or­ders: (03) 5332 6205 Email: [email protected]­nor­ The pub­lic­ity re­lease ac­com­pa­ny­ing this book says “Lawrence Ryan is Aus­tralia’s very own Evel Knievel.” That can ei­ther be a good thing or a not so good thing, ac­cord­ing to your point of view. How­ever, there’s no doubt that Mr Ryan, also known as Lawrence Leg­end, is an in­cur­able jumpa­holic, hav­ing been leap­ing over all man­ner of ob­sta­cles since he was a young­ster in Junee (NSW). He has held Guin­ness World Records and per­formed feats of der­ring-do in cars and on mo­tor­cy­cles for decades, and is still do­ing so. This book cov­ers the ins and outs of a lifestyle that few of us can imag­ine.

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