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    Restoration

    Hello - looking for a business / mechanic who restores classic bikes. I have a z650 from the 70's needing a restore.
    Preferring someone from the Wellington area, give or take 100km but will travel further for a good contact.
    Can anyone help please?
    Thanks

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    When you say restore what do you actually mean? Show room condition or safe tidy ridible condition or something in between? Pete Sales up our way is pretty old on old jap stuff.
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    Showroom - I'd like it stripped, bead blasted etc and bring it back to new.
    Where is 'up our way' please?

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    Go talk to Boyds...

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    What are the exhausts and the seat like? They seem t be the expensive to replace parts
    it's not a bad thing till you throw a KLR into the mix.
    those cheap ass bitches can do anything with ductape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul in NZ View Post
    Go talk to Boyds...
    think you mean boyles?

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    Maybe it would be worth having a chat to Wayne Marshall at Marshall motorcycles in Wanganui

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    Quote Originally Posted by jellywrestler View Post
    think you mean boyles?
    Yes I do - doh...

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    Thank you
    I cannot find an email address for Boyles but I have emailed Marshalls. I'd really prefer a Wellington area business though.
    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yorkshirekid View Post
    Thank you
    I cannot find an email address for Boyles but I have emailed Marshalls. I'd really prefer a Wellington area business though.
    Cheers
    would think this is a face to face conversation to have

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    [QUOTE=Yorkshirekid;1131163139]Thank you
    I cannot find an email address for Boyles but I have emailed Marshalls. I'd really prefer a Wellington area business though.
    Cheers[/

    They have a Fb page but yes go see them... they are a bit old school


    Bsically - if you cant find boyles you are better off selling the bike and buying what you want... Its going to be way more expensive than the bikes ever going to be worth

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    [QUOTE=Paul in NZ;1131163224]
    Quote Originally Posted by Yorkshirekid View Post
    Thank you
    I cannot find an email address for Boyles but I have emailed Marshalls. I'd really prefer a Wellington area business though.
    Cheers[/

    They have a Fb page but yes go see them... they are a bit old school


    Bsically - if you cant find boyles you are better off selling the bike and buying what you want... Its going to be way more expensive than the bikes ever going to be worth
    Have to agree with you Paul, unless you can do a lot of the Resto yourself, your going to need a good cheque book, if you dont. I have just picked up a beautiful Resto over 20K spent, for half the money.

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    Difference between showroom and mint a fair few dollars. And depends what you start with. I restored a wreck (ok not finished) of a little 125. Many hours and I'm aiming for real nice but not 100% std. I want to enjoy it for what it is in concept.

    But if it is important to you to go the extra step then thats cool, but hours cost someone. Cleaning up parts ready to plate. Dropping them off, picking them up. Sourcing the NOS left hand widget and its matching sleeve from different ebay sellers.

    All fun but 10k could go pretty fast with a nice base with savable pipes that needs no engine work. Add 10 more if its a bit ropey.

    You can of course project manage and play gofer to save charged hours.
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    Stripped & bead blasted still leaves it wide open.
    Decide before you start, wether you want a very nice tidy safe, reliable and rideable bike to ride, or a showroom new restoration to primarily look at.
    This will affect the decision you make with regard to, refurbishment, replacement or simply refitting of a number of components.
    The cost difference can be significant, and how you feel about riding it afterwards will also be affected by your decision.
    If you have too much money tied up in it or it's too mint, it may take some of the user enjoyment out of the finished product.
    If it's for riding you want to enjoy every ride rather than finding yourself taking it for the odd run, just because you feel sorry for it sitting.
    Having said that, I have several bikes that were purchased specifically for looking at & they give me immense pleasure without ever turning a wheel.

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    This is all seriously good advice

    I have 1 bike left - a 1970 Triumph TR6C... Looks the real deal except it aint... 67 power plant yet astonishingly the numbers match LOL... (worst numbers job in the universe) so it is what it is.... it came like that from the USA - I knew it when I got it and I have never pretended otherwise

    So its NOT a collectors bike

    BUT - Its a bloody tidy rider though that for all intents and purposes after 30 years of (erm) improvements runs like a really good 1970 TR6C and fools 98% for a price half of a collectors bike that dare not be ridden hard. and for 30 years I've ridden the wheels off it

    Whats the bike going to be used for-its not exactly a Z1

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