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Old 09-12-2012, 06:54 PM   #16
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looks great, can't wait to see the finished bike.
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:06 PM   #17
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Ask . . and you shall recieve!
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I am the "poor sucker" that bought the P.O.S. and fortunately it is our job to bring this old junk back to life on a regular basis, sure, the bike was rough and a little pricey but a bike in that condition doesn't faze us at all . . . after all, we are deemed to be the "Best Triple Restorers in the World" - Whilst I would love to stop by here daily I am afraid that I just don't have the time, however, I will try and stop by weekly to update you.
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Before you ask the costings, I would tell you that I have a passion for these machines and unfortunately the passion often exceeeds the profit - But I will try and keep you up to date.
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Collecting from St Louis, ship to Michigan,Landed in England with all taxes and duties paid I have $5,200 into the bike.
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We started on the bike 2 weeks ago and I anticipate that it will be done in 2 Months time.

First stage was to get the bike to England - Not a problem as that is my regular job now (need a bike shipping?) - Next stage is to take a few piccies and strip the bike.
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Stripping to this stage was around 12 hours
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Frame is now painted, wheels are being done, bodywork all painted, lots of the Chrome done, Wiring loom tidied up.
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Another 20 hours and almost $2,000 with the Chrome, Zinc and Paint(s). - $7,200 and 32 hours
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There is hope , Ok to the n00b hey great bike, and we are glad you bought it so, tell us about your illness ( 2stroke) and share somethings about yourself , and get us some sammiches and injector oil
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:17 AM   #18
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There is hope , Ok to the n00b hey great bike, and we are glad you bought it so, tell us about your illness ( 2stroke) and share somethings about yourself , and get us some sammiches and injector oil
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:01 PM   #19
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Thanks RB for letting us know how the bike is doing. Keep on posting!
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Old 09-24-2012, 02:41 PM   #20
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So, this week we have wheels and tyres, rechromed rims (to keep the date codes) new spokes, new Tyres total for wheel build around $660, New turn signals $180, re-chromed for legs, new seals, polish Etc $240, New master cylinder $120, rebuilt & Re-chromed Shocks $220, Sprocket & new brake shoes $80.
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So, to date we have : Parts & Bike $8,600 Labour 54 Hours
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:10 PM   #21
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Wow, fantastic job! Guess I didn't read close enough, didn't realize your across the pond! No wonder this bike doesn't faze you, your used to much worse over there. I used to subscribe to Practical Classics and they are not scared of rotted out Bristols or Jags, etc.
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:58 PM   #22
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RB knows more about Kwak Triples than anyone else in the entire f$#king world.

It's true!
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:11 AM   #23
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I thank you for your kind comments! 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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Old 09-27-2012, 08:25 PM   #24
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That makes me want to go out and wheelie down the street
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:55 PM   #25
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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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Old 10-09-2012, 05:22 PM   #26
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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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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 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!
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:19 AM   #27
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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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Old 10-11-2012, 08:03 AM   #28
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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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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! - I moved to another company so No, they were not banned as such . . . they just weren't encouraged
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:15 PM   #29
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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! - I moved to another company so No, they were not banned as such . . . they just weren't encouraged
LOL! Awesome post. Thanks for busting that myth, and putting a smile on face!
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:04 PM   #30
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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
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