looky what i found. hint, its purple.

Discussion in '2 smokers' started by bringenufgun, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Wow, fantastic job! Guess I didn't read close enough, didn't realize your across the pond! No wonder this bike doesn't faze you, your used to much worse over there. I used to subscribe to Practical Classics and they are not scared of rotted out Bristols or Jags, etc.
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  2. pdxjim

    pdxjim Two Stroke Terror

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    RB knows more about Kwak Triples than anyone else in the entire f$#king world.

    It's true!
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  3. RickBrett

    RickBrett Adventurer

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    I thank you for your kind comments! :D I have to say though, that we are FAR more fortunate to have the "local" skills and abilities here to bring bikes back from the dead. I spend a LOT of time in the U.S. and realise that the quality and quantity of skilled craftsmen there are few and VERY far between, I have most of my major players within 10 miles of me and it has taken me 30 years at this to work out who is good and reliable, over there it's a days drive just to One guy to find out a Month later that he was not to the standard that you wanted.
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  4. supervision

    supervision Been here awhile

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    That makes me want to go out and wheelie down the street
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  5. yamalama

    yamalama wet coaster

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    I had an h2 when i was a 17 yrs old.
    Looking back, I cannot believe what I got away with.
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  6. RickBrett

    RickBrett Adventurer

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    I am in the same boat - INCREDIBLY stupid when I rode them (and survived) in my later teenage years . . . . and not a whole lot more sensible nowadays :wave What REALLY shocks me is when I buy a "One Owner" H2 who tells me that they bought the bike at 16 years of age! How on Earth could they have survived . . . . But, I am glad they did! :happay
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  7. Edmond Dantès

    Edmond Dantès The Kanto Pain

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    Were the 750s ever banned from the UK roads, or is this just an urban myth circulated to enhance the bike's legend?
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  8. RickBrett

    RickBrett Adventurer

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    Briefly, the H2's were a rare and wild bike in the U.K. they only sold approx 113 Blue '72s, 30 Gold '73s, 150 Green/Brown H2b's and 150 Red/Purple H2c's over here back in the day, personally I couldn't afford a H2 until I was 19 ( I still have the same bike now) I had been riding on the road with the same insurance company since I was 16, when I bought the h2 they cancelled my policy and said they would insure any 750 But the H2! :deal :eek1 - I moved to another company so No, they were not banned as such . . . they just weren't encouraged :D
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  9. Edmond Dantès

    Edmond Dantès The Kanto Pain

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    LOL! Awesome post. Thanks for busting that myth, and putting a smile on face!
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  10. RickBrett

    RickBrett Adventurer

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    WOW . . Another Month has flown by, brakes are all done, the motor is now being reassembled .:

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    So, what are we up to price wise ?
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    Well, Brakes were around $500, engine soda blasting, rebore, new crank, New Clutch, Polishing covers Etc Etc $3,000 Labour, another 50 hours - Tally so far, Purchase and Parts $12,100 and 104 hours labour :eek1
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  11. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Wondering if painting the frame is preferable to powder coating? I have a pretty crusty Stinger I just picked up, neglected on the side of a barn uncovered for 10 years. Not sure how far I can go with it.
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  12. RickBrett

    RickBrett Adventurer

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    We actually paint the frames now for no better reason than that is how they left the factory, powder coating is FAR more durable, and in your case, if the frame is corroded then the powder coat will cover a LOT of pit holes up.
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  13. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Thanks RB, great build so far.
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  14. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 PITA but useful

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    Yikes! 12k! :eek1

    Very nice though.
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  15. RickBrett

    RickBrett Adventurer

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    And a L O N G way from finished . . and we still havn't added the labor :lol3
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  16. RickBrett

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    The eagle eyed amongst you will notice that I cheated with the last pics, when you get to this quality of restoration it is very much of a muchness :1drink The bike photos I used in a prior post were Ones from the last H2c resto, only distinguishable by the fact that this bike is slightly later and uses the Grey coils rather than Red coils from the earlier H2. So, to get back on track, THIS is the bike and we are nearly there now
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    Coming to the end . . and another $1,400 in parts (cables, clocks, headlamp Etc) painstakingly painting fascia covers, switches Etc . . Tally Now : $13,500 and 165 Hours in labor . .
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  17. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    Thanks for taking the time to share the rebuild. You do really nice work, its astounding, really.

    Also the link to the magazine articles was great reading......
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  18. Moonshiner

    Moonshiner aka "B-dog"

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    Oh my! What a resto!

    See that "new" purple 750 just sends shivers down my spine!
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  19. RickBrett

    RickBrett Adventurer

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    O.K. we got there!
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    Another $800 on seat, oils, registration Etc another 14 hours labour, Grand Total : $14,300 in parts and assembly and 179hours labour - these photos REALLY don't do the bike justice, but it's snailing outside today.
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  20. scrambler73

    scrambler73 Been here awhile

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    THAT is how its done...
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