Archive for November 5th, 2012

November 5, 2012

An Oily Autopsy

Unzipping an old moto, engine and chassis both, gives the restorer the first view of the road ahead. Will parts be useable with necessary cleaning and restoring or will a new replacement be needed? Our Speed Twin shows a veritable horror story when the internals are laid bare…

Primary and clutch are shot… though the aluminium cases look solid and serviceable. I bet it was a fun peek under the cylinder head and peering down the piston barrels into the heart of the twin. So remember kids if you ever want to abandon an old motorcycle distribute oil to the innards and cover the heck out of it with a protective layer of oil and put it away in a dark dry place away from prying eyes. Makes the discovery worthwhile…

The gas tank has seen better days and is past it’s useable life; probably only suitable as a wall ornament (in the garage or workshop of course). A nice included parcel rack could be cleaned, chromed and reused though.

After all of that discovery I think a cup of tea would be well deserved. The road ahead needs a bit of a head scratch before venturing onward…