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    James May - The Reassembler - ZR50

    James puts various devices together, including a Honda monkey-bike (very small 50cc single-cylinder motorbike).

    The amazing thing is that afterwards, and after 40+ years since it was made, it idles smoothly and accelerates without smoke. Really excellent engineering from Soichiro-san.

    Chip H.


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    If I see one for sale I might pick it up - it looks like a good little
    project bike and I could restore it in my little 10' X 8' shed.

    I did notice. however, that there was no sign of a torque wrench
    anywhere during the rebuild, Soichiro-san would not have been
    pleased.

    I just love May's enthusiasm for anything he tackles.

    Ken.
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    Paint would be no problem. Getting the fenders (are they still called fenders on motorbikes, or are they wings like on a car?) re-chromed might be a problem unless you know of a place in eastern Europe with lax environmental laws.

    No idea if a NOS wiring harness is available. But someone might be making reproductions. Or you could probably create one yourself - it's so simple.

    Shocks and fork innards are probably still available.

    Chip H.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chiph View Post
    Paint would be no problem. Getting the fenders (are they still called fenders on motorbikes, or are they wings like on a car?) re-chromed might be a problem unless you know of a place in eastern Europe with lax environmental laws.

    No idea if a NOS wiring harness is available. But someone might be making reproductions. Or you could probably create one yourself - it's so simple.

    Shocks and fork innards are probably still available.

    Chip H.
    Having had a quick look round there is still a vast amount of
    spares around ranging from 'cheap as chips' to vastly overpriced.

    Fork stanchions and internals seem readily availlable.

    Over here we call 'fenders' mudguards and replating and
    re-chroming is no problem with specialist companies.

    Given a wiring diagram I should be able to lay up a wiring
    harness on the 'bike without too much difficulty. Apart
    from that we have plenty of restorers over here who could
    produce a harness quite quickly.

    Ken.
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