Classic Motorcycle Mechanics

Smoke on the water

G’day! I’m officially the owner of a road-legal, sweet-running, mint-looking RG500.

After years and lots of hard work, the job is done and after a few weeks of ironing out the gremlins, the 500 is a first-kick starter and runs like a new one.

At the last update I took the bike off the bench and ran it up and down the gearbox in my back lane. It was an awesome moment. Once the family was escorted out of the way, I invited the lads round to celebrate in the shed. We partied hard into the night and I woke with bloodshot eyes and a craving for bacon

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Classic Motorcycle Mechanics

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics2 min read
Q&A
Q: I've been trying, with no success, for a couple of years to find main bearings for a Honda 500-4. I wonder if anyone could help me in this regard? I’ve tried David Silver Spares and CMSNL, plus trawling the internet. I need just one bearing to st
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics8 min read
Project Kawasaki ZXR750J Classic Racer part 2 Sorting the shed!
When I bought this bike last month I had no idea of the man hours that it was going to take to get the thing up to scratch and ready for the 2019 Classic Superbike TT. It’s been a complete eyesore in my old man’s workshop for the past four weeks and,
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics2 min read
Of Its Time, Or Timeless?
A couple of things strike a chord with us this month. Firstly, let’s take a look at Honda’s FT500. Steve Cooper makes a case for how good this little single-cylinder is to ride and how fine it looks. Clearly, back in the day it seemed to be a bit of