Chromed header pipes can be saved if they’re not too far gone. Here’s the deal for the res­cue job

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Contents - Words and pic­tures: Alan See­ley

All is not lost, even if it looks it

Few things lift the ap­pear­ance of a naked bike bet­ter than a de­cent set of down­pipes. The ones from my Morini 3 ½ Sport have seen some ac­tion and no lit­tle ne­glect in their 44 years. There’s lit­tle I can do about the dents in them but if the un­der­ly­ing chrome is good enough, they should come up a treat if I can get the rust off. Well, there’s a chance

any­way. Ital­ian bikes of the era aren’t ex­actly renowned for the qual­ity of their fin­ish but Moto Morini were a bit pick­ier than some when spec­i­fy­ing their plat­ing. Cer­tainly, by com­par­i­son, it’s hard to imag­ine many rusty Ja­panese pipes from the 1970s com­ing up well.

We al­ready have a few tried-and-tested tech­niques for re­mov­ing rust but lurk­ing around on the Prac­ti­cal Sports­bikes Face­book page, we’ve seen more than one men­tion of Harpic 10X in this con­text. The re­sults looked pretty com­pelling too so we took a trip to Mor­ri­son’s, dropped two quid on a bot­tle and headed back to the work­shop.

That’s lit­tle boy blue blow­ing his horn

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