Worth the wait

And thus, it is completed. They just keep getting better, pretty much the sum of all experience. Little things like how to attach the stand to avoid it hitting the exhaust to where to place the little clip to hold the throttle on the AS3 makes everything go smoother. When we got the tank and seat attached we got a bit overexcited and rolled in off the bench, the only problem is we forgot to fix the fuel lines. It”s a lot harder to do when you have to kneel beside the bike in order to see instead of doing it while it”s on the bench…

But we got it all in place. This is the first motorcycle we’ve done where every single one of the painted parts are NOS. The “Made in Japan” sticker on the engine cover was on the motorcycles prior to 1970, although it’s kind of hard to see that it says “Made in Japan” in the pictures. Don’t worry, you”ll get a better view of it as soon as the gallery is done :)

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But now there is!

The engine has been balanced and all the bearings have been fixed and it’s gone on the bike. The stand, cylinders and pistons are also in place. One thing we realised lately is that if you push the stand forward when attaching it you can keep it from damaging your exhaust. It has usually got a few centimeters of wiggle room that you can use. A good tip is also to put some copper paste on the bolts, that will keep them from jamming and rusting over time. Also make sure that you attach the spring for the stand the right way, if you put it upside down it’ll hit the bolt.

 

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…and still no engine

Work on the AS1 has really come far, most things are attached now, from the wheels to the electrical system. There is however one thing that we still haven’t got ready for it, the engine. It looks a bit different than usual when you attach the engine after the other parts, just feels so light.

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Start

Work is getting started on the second red AS1, a couple of things are special about this one. All the painted parts are original, nothing is repainted and on top of that all the original paperwork is still with it. Usually when you got it you had to hand in the original papers in order to get your license plate.

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On the bench as well

The second red AS1 is also on the bench!

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