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Three three


At the moment we’re working on three red AS3s at once! Though one is mainly for parts, one is orange at the moment but will turn red soon enough.  The last one is actually the very first bike we ever fixed: we missed a lot of details and took a few shortcuts back then so it wasn”t up to spec compared with what we do now. We’ve taken it apart completely and now we”re rebuilding it, about half the parts are the old ones: the rest are NOS that we lacked when we first fixed it…

This also means that we’re almost done with our oversight of our first bikes and one thing is for certain: we’ve learned a lot since we first began. It feels good to have all the old restorations in order now, the first snow is rolling in and it’ll be good to have them in the museum in time for winter. The environment there is good for storing them, we’ve really had them too dry and hot before so some of the rubber details have started to dry. Of course all of that is replaced now, hopefully for the last time…

We’re also set to get into gear with our new AS3 restoration we announced last update: not that much new there tonight though: we’re disassembling it at the moment and so far it’s looking good, very little rust.

We’ve also received a new shipment from Smethurst of freshly chromed delights, among other things a whole bunch of parts for the rear shocks.

Stay tuned for the weekend, we’ll have a new gallery up then!


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Bad weather


The bad weather recently and the fact that the holiday is over means it’s time to get back to restoring bikes and not just driving them!

To start off: we’ve received a number of new bikes during the last few weeks, we still haven’t decided what to do with most of them but in order to get more parts ready to send to Smethurst for chroming and various other restorations, two of them have been disassembled. You can read about the process and check out the pictures of it in the projects tab. Since we haven’t decided what to do with them yet they can be seen directly if you press ”Restorations” or follow this link to them!

Earlier today we also got a shipment of parts from the US: a whole batch of NOS steering adjusters!

Unfortunately we’re still waiting for the final pieces for both the blue AS1 project and the ”Titan” project, hopefully we’ll get them soon.


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Four decades

For the first time in 40 years fuel tank sees the light of day. He thinks to himself: damn, that’s a good looking motorcycle!

We managed to get a hold of a brand new fuel tank for the bike, it is completely flawless. The fact that the tank has survived without getting damaged in its original packaging is quite remarkable. It even has the protective tape from the factory to keep the paint from getting in the screw threads. It’s not really time to attach it permanently just yet but it was hard to resist testing it out.

Both the front and back wheels are in place as well. On top of the fuel tank we managed to get a hold of an original Takasago rim for the front wheel! The rim on the back wheel has been rechromed by Smethurst. The inner tubes and the tires are also NOS.

The rear flashers are also in place now. All in all it’s coming together nicely.

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Still original?

Work is going smoothly though at a slower pace than expected.

So far every last piece that has gone on is original NOS. We were lucky enough to get our hands on a brand new oil tank and rear fender. The rest of the painted parts that will go on the bike are also NOS.

The front brake shield is brand new but the rear one has been repolished by Smethurst (It looks better than the new one but that is neither here nor there).

Hopefully it’ll be continued smooth sailing.

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The entire electrical system is wired now, everything works the way it’s supposed to! We’ve got the left exhaust pipe ready but not the right one… Fortunately we have a spare one!

As soon as we get the rear fender from Smethurst it’s complete! Hopefully we’ll show the bike at this years Sofiero Classic in Helsingborg, Sweden. It’s on the 17th of May, if you have the chance to go it’s a nice day (at least if the weather is good) filled with classic motorcycles and cars.

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