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Offline Grant

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My New Project
« on: March 13, 2018, 17:55 »
Like I need another restoration starting with an oil stain on the workshop floor.

Following on from interest shown in my request for parts for a 1200.

Long story with this one, third time I have owned it.
Bought it in Spain like this:

2014-03-18 15.58.26 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

Sold it to a friend in Scotland, who then decided not to pursue the project, so I bought it back, then sold it to someone in Germany.
He used some parts and when I heard it was for sale I bought it back, but looking like this, arrived today:

2018-03-13 10.23.39 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

Not too concerned as I have a donor bike for many of the parts. Ex racer with mismatched 1200 frame and 1000 engine. This was to be the basis of the project but when the matching numbers frame and cases came up the project changed direction.
The ex-racer:

2017-11-01 12.32.26 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

It really is rougher than it looks (and it looks rough).

The clincher in why I want to start with the frame and cases as basis is that the number is very early, like 7th off the production line.

2018-03-13 10.23.46 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr
2018-03-13 10.23.59 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

Initially I started stockpiling modified parts for it, like GSXR wheels, 4 pot calipers etc but the new plan is to make it as standard and original specification as possible.

I will dodge away at it as time and money allow so don't hold your breath on this one. All I can say is I want to improve on how long it took me to get POP on the road after starting with a similar oil stain on the concrete. That took around 10 years, but life seriously got in the way of that one.
Apart from a few key items I'm still tracking down I have around 95% of the parts I need, just need to repair, restore, refresh them as and when.

The plan is to (try to) hang on to this one. I have POP to indulge all my modification ideas on (still evolving) but I want a nice softly tuned 1200 to be it's stable mate.
Still deciding whether it will be red or blue.
Would any of you have any idea what colour the first batch of 1200s were? At number 7 off the line I am thinking it was a first day's production bike.

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Re: My New Project
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2018, 17:59 »
Good call, I think, Grant.

Enjoy!

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« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2018, 18:21 »
Excellent stuff Grant,

looking forward to watching this one progress,plenty of pictures please  (bigthumb)

good luck with it,

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« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2018, 18:38 »
The yellow bike really is horrible, some close-ups.

2017-11-02 09.34.05 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

2017-11-02 09.34.16 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

2017-11-02 09.34.22 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

2017-11-02 09.35.08 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

2017-11-02 09.35.19 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

2017-11-06 12.48.20 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

But it does have an interesting swing arm, shame I won't be using it for this project.

2018-02-20 13.05.24 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr
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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2018, 19:06 »
Hey
Maybe Chris Pritt owned that bike at some time  8) as the gear change is back to front  :laugh: just the way he likes it.
Ouch on the barrels but tis fixable you know.
Dont let Vince see the air caps on the front forks or you'll be getting P.M's from him for sure

At least it was easy for them to check and lube the chain  :o

Ok we have seen the before photo's so now for the after on 007. Lets see I reckon you'll be done by mid summer knowing you Grant.
Only question remaining is what colour will it be ??
Sitting on the fence 120 or 180 that is the question ?

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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2018, 19:09 »
Red or blue, trying to find out if there is a way to identify it's original colour.

The 'after' pics will come, just not for a loooong time.
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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2018, 19:15 »
Snapped the rear engine mount straight off eh, must have taken a big whack.

Obviously the holes don’t line up after welding, hence the odd bolt.

That’ll be fun to fix.
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« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2018, 19:17 »
Which, where?¿?¿?¿
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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2018, 19:57 »
Nice find, Grant! (bigthumb)
For the decision on the colour, that would be a tough one for me, as I quite like both of them. The German factory leaflets for the 1200 are showing them in red livery, might be a hint for the first ones wearing that colour?
I fondly remember those pictures you have taken of the beautiful red 1200 at the Escorial a few years ago, as well as how much you liked riding that bike, might help on the decision, if all else fails. ;)

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« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2018, 20:07 »
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« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2018, 20:27 »
Which, where?¿?¿?¿

Right above the chain in pic 9.34.16, nice weld though.

Sorry, bolt in that pic looks like a domed head, hex in other shots.
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« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2018, 20:44 »
No need to fix as these cases are they are surplus. I have several other 1000 cases should I ever need them. Will just transfer some stuff from this engine into the 007 cases, after refurb.
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« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2018, 20:55 »
Nice find, Grant! (bigthumb)
For the decision on the colour, that would be a tough one for me, as I quite like both of them. The German factory leaflets for the 1200 are showing them in red livery, might be a hint for the first ones wearing that colour?
I fondly remember those pictures you have taken of the beautiful red 1200 at the Escorial a few years ago, as well as how much you liked riding that bike, might help on the decision, if all else fails. ;)

Looking forward to the outcome,
Regards,
Stefan

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The red livery would be my choice though ...
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« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2018, 22:07 »
Great number.  Red or Blue stock versions both look fab IMHO.  The stripes are so daggily 70's they're cool again.  Look forward to seeing the results.
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« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2018, 00:18 »
The air caps on the forks are the same as the 38mm forks on my Pantah, red for me but the suggestion about what colour the bikes are in the sales broshers would be smart. It takes time to print sales stuff and that would happen really early on.