Starting out with a runner is always an encouraging beginning. That spurred Gary on to getting the Kettle stripped and turning it from mongrel hound to pedigree charmer in more or less a year
MAY 2013 Crank it up Chris Appleby rebuilt the GT’S crank. Inactivity had dried out the seals. New bearings were pricey but it should last another 40,000 miles.
JUN 2013 On the case Tony from AJ’S Motorcycles, Hull, blasted the cases then rebuilt the motor, mildly porting the barrels while he was at it.
JULY 2013 A costly split Rebuilding the CV carbs revealed a split diaphragm. A costly replacement. Luckily Gary found three NOS diaphragms for £170.
OCT 2012 Love will tear us apart Having found out that the Kettle runs, Gary starts the process of dismantling it. Note that he’s already found a replacement seat.
OCT 2012 Braking, broken GT750 brakes aren’t great at the best of times, so this kind of deterioration isn’t going to help any. New caliper pistons were the only answer.
Black out A lick of paint restored the discs’ presentation; a previous owner had helpfully drilled the rotors to improve performance. FEB 2013
JAN 2013 Brace yourself Gary flirted with the idea of an underbraced ’arm, but a lack of eccentric adjusters, and the appearance of a cheap Dresda scuppered that .
NOV 2012 In a wheel state Cambray where a known quantity on the 1970s aftermarket; now a rare and desirable breed. Polish and paint got them back to their best.
You’ve been striped OCT 2013 Gary bought pinstripes for the tank, but Eric didn’t think them good enough. Instead, he painted them by hand. Very neat job.
JUL 2013 Gleam machine Anochrome Wolverhampton brought the tinware and pipes back to new. Gary can’t use the centrestand with the Allspeeds, though.
SEPT 2013 Removing the rot The tank was rotten behind the badge brackets. Eric Rekis cut away the rot and replaced with new steel. It’s such a tidy job you’d never know.