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Author Topic: My Build Experience and Result  (Read 757 times)

Offline KiwiQLD

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My Build Experience and Result
« on: May 04, 2019, 03:14:09 AM »
What started as a tired, but mechanically sound 1984 R65LS (already missing the side covers and LS headlight surround) has come out with a mild makeover.
After looking at options, I decided on a mix of parts from around the globe. My welding is not the best, so decided on bolt on parts and the original parts have helped resurrect other R65ís in the region.
So an overview of what had been done;
Subframe and matching seat, shocks and rear guard arrived from Down and Out Motorcycles UK. Wheels powder coated and fitted with new bearings brake discs and shoes. Tanks and guards painted locally and wanted and modern colour that would still fit the classic lines of the bike. For the minimalist instrumentation, went for an Acewell speedo retaining the Gen light on a home fabricated dash, easy fit and works well with the standard switches. Superbike bars which where sanded on the ends to fit the 22mm perches, new grips to match the brown seat. Lighting courtesy of local supplier and stuck with standard 12v21w indicator globes and relay. To further clean the lines manual choke-pulls fitted.
As a rider with 40yrs experience (including a stint as a courier in London in my younger days)from trail bikes, road bikes and owner of a couple of Vespa, this is my first foray into the airhead world and have found a mountain of knowledge out there to assist, thanks to all those who have posted in the past and shared their experiences. May not to be the purists liking, but suits what I want and what I was looking for, at the budget I could afford.
« Last Edit: January 17, 2021, 11:45:33 AM by Justin B. »

Offline ged in oz

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Re: My Build Experience and Result
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2019, 05:48:51 PM »
It looks like youíve done a nice job of it mate. Good on ya.

Did you have any trouble getting a Roadworthy Inspection with your headlight/tailight/indicators? My bike had similar units on it when I got it, but the very first question the inspector asked me (Iím just over the border in NSW) was if they had ADR approval on them. Which they didnít. I had to change them back out to originals before theyíd put plates on it down here.

Iím actually a big fan of the original LSís... I even remember the first one I ever saw! I was living in inner city Brisbane in the early Ď80s and a mate turned up one afternoon on his brand new red LS. Wow. It was quite a sight - despite the white sandshoes. I actually had a Ď66 Vespa 150 Sprint at the time, which was fine for inner city living, but I think the LS inspired me to go and get a job! :)




Offline ged in oz

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Re: My Build Experience and Result
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2019, 05:52:43 PM »
Iíve been talking to a bloke locally and Iím trying to line up a nice looking, (but very tired and sick mechanically) LS as my next project.

Offline KiwiQLD

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Re: My Build Experience and Result
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2019, 06:23:57 PM »
Hi Ged, both headlight and tail light are ADR approved. Never had any problems with aftermarket indicators, added an additional reflector below the number plate to keep it completely legal. Cheers.

Offline ged in oz

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Re: My Build Experience and Result
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2019, 03:21:20 AM »
How do you find it on the road? Iím putting heaps of klmís on mine and enjoying it immensely, other than flat tyres! and the general tuning and electrical issues that youíd expect with a 35 year old vehicle....

What are those tyres youíve got on it?