The rehabilitation of Sir Gustave Sebastian

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Box'a'bits, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2008
    Oddometer:
    4,546
    Location:
    Wellington, New Zealand
    I've asked Mrs Box'a'bits if I can do something similar, with a predictable result :2cry

    Mc107, dazzadm, NSR400 and 4 others like this.
  2. wairau

    wairau get in behind!

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2011
    Oddometer:
    3,968
    Location:
    Taranaki, NZ.
    Are these build to order machines or something to make up by picking the bits you want out of a catalogue?

    Either way, looks good and pretty $pensive.
  3. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2008
    Oddometer:
    4,546
    Location:
    Wellington, New Zealand
    Moderately expensive, made by the 3 engineers (now 2 - 1 died) that helped BMW build the mid 80's winning Paris Dakar bikes. I would consider these bikes to be the pinnacle of Airhead GS development.
    • You book in your frame, then
    • You can select the level of build & what upgraded parts you buy for it.
    • In 12-18 mths they'll get you to ship it to Germany for modification.
    The frames & all the braces are stamped with your build number, so the bike becomes very exclusive.

    The frame braces are not that hard to make & weld in (Phreaky Phil has added bracing to his frame as a for instance). The cachet is the HPN build. I think they are up to around 1000 frame nos now(?), & there won't be too many more. The guys are getting old, & must be looking at retirement at some stage.
    Zebedee likes this.
  4. globalt38

    globalt38 "A Fist Full of Throttle" Super Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2013
    Oddometer:
    2,337
    Location:
    Atlanta
    Ok, so if it only takes "12 minutes" why the super long wait list... :lol2
    Box'a'bits likes this.
  5. innathyzit

    innathyzit AKA Woodman

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2008
    Oddometer:
    2,676
    Location:
    Nelson NZ
    I want to see the actual real time fitting of the driveshaft boot.

    Cool bike, not sure about the low pipe though.
  6. the_babaji

    the_babaji Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2011
    Oddometer:
    1,218
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    Do you know what build that was as seen on this page https://www.hpn.de/english/english.html or was some kind of hybrid HPN & Frankenbeemer.
  7. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2008
    Oddometer:
    4,546
    Location:
    Wellington, New Zealand
    @the_babaji I think HPN used to do build ups, & so the earlier bikes conformed much more to a model. Now it seems that the builds are driven by what you (the buyer) want, so the HPNs are much more diverse. A good example is what the Patagonia Kid has done, which is much more stock looking, but with an HPN frame.

    The video has an R11## swingarm conversion. SWT-Sports.de also offers that. Much more cost effective than the special HPN R11## cast swingarm.
  8. the_babaji

    the_babaji Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2011
    Oddometer:
    1,218
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    Great Info, thanks, this has given me an itch.....
    dazzadm likes this.
  9. Left Testicle

    Left Testicle Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2013
    Oddometer:
    463
    Location:
    New Zealand
    I know where there's a piggy old bumble bee gs we could modify. Owner never rides it. Do this before we cut up his g/s.
  10. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2008
    Oddometer:
    4,546
    Location:
    Wellington, New Zealand
    The owner may demand his 1150GS back as a partial recompense.

    Also I noted the other day that the last time I rode my G/S was just on 12 mths ago, so 'pot/kettle/black'.
    globalt38 likes this.
  11. Zebedee

    Zebedee Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2004
    Oddometer:
    932
    Location:
    ... I was born a ramblin' man
    Humm ... I wonder who you two guys might be talking about ... :photog
  12. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2008
    Oddometer:
    4,546
    Location:
    Wellington, New Zealand
    Bored with no riding. This popped up on You Tube. Well shot, & I liked the bike