At Sotheby’s

Hi everyone,
Time to break the radio silence, our AS3 Art-bike is going to auction at Sotheby’s this monday the 26th of September! We’ve updated it a bit since you last saw it and have added artwork by H.M. Queen Sonja, Magne Furuholmen and Ørnulf Opdahl. As a part of the board of directors of the Queen Sonja Print Award Ole has donated our AS3 Art-bike to the foundation, all the proceeds will go there. The main purpose of the H.M. Queen Sonja Art Foundation is to generate interest in graphic art and to encourage young artists to develop both their craft and their unique voice.

You can read more about the foundation at www.queensonjaprintaward.no

So if you fancy getting a hold of one of our bikes and helping the foundation support young artists, do bid for it! There’s more information in the pdf for the auction, the bike is one of a few lots, all of them in support of the foundation. Click here to view the pdf.

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Regarding updates in general: both Ole and myself have had a hectic few months so we haven’t had as much time to work on our restorations however we’ll get back to it during autumn! As before, feel free to send emails if you have any questions or are looking for something in particular, we’ll help out as best we can.

Cheers!
Joacim

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Yamaha Center 30th anniversary

Hi everyone,
Yamaha Center Helsingborg has been celebrating their 30th anniversary this weekend. Of course we were on hand and lent them a couple of bikes (an AS2J, an AS2C and an AS3)!

Other than our vintage bikes there were, of course, the latest and greatest models from Yamaha and a set of bikes from 1985 and 1986 when they first opened (a RD500LC, a RD350LC and an SRX600). We’ve worked a lot with Yamaha Center and they are great guys, congratulations on your 30th anniversary!

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‘Tis the season

Happy holidays!

We hope you’ve had a good year and look forward to the next. A special thank you to Yamaha Lawas in Indonesia for the shirts and caps!

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Best regards,
Ole and Joacim

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It has arrived: Honda CB750 #742

At long last it has arrived! The CB750 that Vic has restored for us, #742 of the Sandcasts, the bike looks stunning.

It was delivered by sea freight and after quite a lengthy customs process it has finally arrived. We’ve included the video of the start-up by Vic, the rest is our take on unboxing videos for something a bit more interesting than electronics. We should have a picture gallery of it up on our website before long.

The very earliest CB750’s that were produced were this sandcast version: the crankcase was created using a sand mold. After engine number E1007415 the engines were die cast instead. Couple this with the fact that the early chains were to weak for the engine which caused them to shatter the crankcase and you have very few of these about 7000 bikes produced left in existence with their original sandcast crankcase. This is number 742.

As you may have noted we’ve had quite the gap between updates, sadly both Ole and myself have been quite busy with our regular businesses so we’ve had difficulties finding the time to work on our restorations. Regardless of the update frequency we’re still doing our best to answer all the questions that arrive through the contact section so don’t fret, we’re still here and will try to keep the updates running as fast as we can :)

Next up we’re planning galleries of a couple of newly arrived bikes, keep your eyes peeled!
Cheers!
Joacim

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LS2 and TA125

Over time we’ve uploaded quite a lot of manuals to the website and have gotten requests for even more different versions. Unfortunately, we don’t have all of the manuals that we’ve gotten requests for. Luckily we were contacted by a visitor named Paul and he generously provided us with digital copies of two of the manuals we were lacking: the LS2 parts list and the TA125 owner’s guide. Both of them are available in the manuals section and below.

If you have any questions yourself or if you’re looking for something, feel free to contact us using the contact sheet on the site. We do our best to help.

Take the time to check out Paul’s website too, they’re the largest motorcycle and ATV parts store in South Africa and have a ton of parts and accessories: www.startline.co.za

LS2 Parts List

TA125 Owner’s Manual

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