With Bridge­stone mo­tor­cy­cles in 2008

Old Bike Australasia - - BRIDGESTON­E COLLECTION -

1967 BS 175 Dual Twin Just a few days be­fore Christ­mas 2008 my son Si­mon rang re­gard­ing a 1967 175 DT Bridge­stone for sale on eBay at Gren­fell for $150. He was keen to do a ‘fa­ther-son’ restora­tion. Al­though I was a lit­tle wary of this project, he won the bid at $150 and we went off to Gren­fell to pick it up. Well what a sorry looking bike it was, lots of miss­ing and dam­aged parts. Not long af­ter he bought it the old ‘house/chil­dren’ sit­u­a­tion was hav­ing the same ef­fect on Si­mon as it did on me and he asked if I would take over the restora­tion. I sourced parts from USA and hav­ing spent a cou­ple of thou­sand dol­lars on re-chroming and NOS parts the bike was ready to assemble. My spray painter son-in-law Steve came to the res­cue and a not-too-bad restora­tion be­gan to take place. The bike is now on VJMC club rego and goes well. I thought af­ter this marathon ef­fort that would be the last of my restora­tions – well lit­tle did I re­alise that the ‘BS’ dis­ease was tak­ing hold. 1966 BS 50 Sport (pre-mix) In Au­gust 2009 just af­ter I re­turned from a 3 month locum at Royal Dar­win Hospi­tal Pathol­ogy Depart­ment, I spot­ted a black Bridge­stone 50 Sport for sale on eBay. The last 50 Sport I saw was in Brian Collins’ show­room in 1968. I just had to have this bike. Very few of these sur­vived as they were vir­tu­ally a ‘throw away bike’. Bridge­stone man­u­fac­tured 82,200 of these be­tween late 1964 and some­time in 1968. Hav­ing won the bid I con­vinced Therese that she might like a week­end away in Vic­to­ria and we just might have to take the trailer. The restora­tion on this bike in­volved a com­plete dis­as­sem­bly and re-paint (cour­tesy of my son-in-law). I was able to source NOS parts from Cer­ti­fied Parts Cor­po­ra­tion (CPC) in Wis­con­sin and with the help of John Somerville (Bul­taco Me­tralla guru) we re-built the en­gine. The lit­tle beast man­aged 35 mph with my 86 Kg on it. This bike won ‘Best Other Mar­que’ tro­phy at the 2011 VJMC Rally in 2011. 1967 BS 90 Moun­tain (pre-mix) In Novem­ber 2009, I dis­played my BS 175 DT at the Cooma Mo­tor­fest which co­in­cided with the an­nual Snowy Ride. A chap from Ade­laide who was par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Snowy Ride said he had a BS 90 Moun­tain to sell (and guess who bought it?). With the help of the lo­cal freight com­pany in April 2010 the blue BS 90 Moun­tain joined the BS 175 DT and BS 50 Sport in the shed. Once again a full strip down restora­tion was re­quired. Steve did a great paint job on it and NOS parts from CPC and chrome work from Elec­tro Plat­ing Tech­nol­ogy (EPT) in Quean­beyan did the trick. This bike won ‘Best Sin­gle’ Tro­phy at the VJMC Rally held at War­illa in 2012. 1967 BS 90 Deluxe (pre-mix) Once again eBay got the bet­ter of me and in June 2010 I spot­ted a very sad Black BS 90 Deluxe in Cowra. This bike had been bought in a farm clear­ing sale. It was miss­ing a head and cylin­der not to men­tion the other parts. The ‘tail’ was cut off with

1967 BS175 DT as found and post restora­tion in 2009.

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