How Rob did it

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Reader Restoration -

FEB ’16 – SKELE­TAL RE­MAINS

Bought as a non-run­ner with two mo­tors: one with gear­box is­sues, the other with a mis­fire. Rob un­loads his booty from the van.

MAR ’16 – BACK TO BA­SICS

Frame paint was given the heave-ho with in­dus­trial paint strip­per. Mor­ley Broth­ers, Cam­bridge, then two-packed it back to its best.

MAR ’16 – WHEELSMAN

Rims got the same paint strip­per treat­ment, then Rob sprayed them bright white us­ing Hal­fords rat­tle cans.

SEP ’16 – TAKE A BRAKE

ZXR To­kico calipers are no­to­ri­ous mag­nets for cor­ro­sion and re­sult­ing in­ac­tion. A thor­ough strip, re­paint and metic­u­lous re­build has got Rob’s back to their best.

OCT ’16 – HOSE IT DOWN

The Kawasaki now ben­e­fits from Goodridge braided hoses all-round. Rob opted for the more sub­tle black lines in place of tra­di­tional naked braid; a nice touch we think.

OCT ’16 – HOLE IN ONE

Rather than pay what Rob says are “crack­ers” prices for re­place­ment body­work, our man taught him­self to plas­tic weld and re­pair the bat­tered orig­i­nals that came with the bike.

APR ’16 – IT’S ALL FRONT

KYB forks were re­built by Rob who then took them to the painters to re­fresh the bot­toms. The USAF mis­took them for bazookas.

JUN ’16 – GEAR­ING UP

Rob split the cases to get to the dodgy ’box. A bro­ken cir­clip had al­lowed a plate on the back of the clutch to wreak havoc. Easy fix though.

JUN ’16 – SIL­VER STAN­DARD

Valve clear­ances checked, the mo­tor went back to­gether be­fore be­ing de­greased and coated in Hal­fords VHT.

NOV ’16 – BE PRE­PARED

As well as fix­ing the holed and cracked pan­els, Rob also thor­oughly prepped them be­fore hand­ing them over to the paintshop for a thick coat of gloss white…

DEC ’16 – LINE ’EM UP

…to which Rob ap­plied the lines for the Suzuka-rep de­sign he wanted. The Rus­sell/slight race bike was a one-off TT-F1 pro­to­type with very dif­fer­ent body­work, so work­ing out how the de­sign would fit the ZXR was a painstak­ing task.

DEC ’16 – JUST LIKE RUS­SELL’S

The paint shop matched the colours – the red is ac­tu­ally the same as on the 750H.

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