KAWASAKI H1R 1970. The restoration of an icon… : It’s (optically) DONE!

KAWASAKI H1R 1970. The restoration of an icon… : It’s (optically) DONE!

It’s (optically) DONE!

It has been an extended journey. You all know that each one too properly since you’ve got been so affected person and skim all of my 57 (to date…) articles on the restoration course of. 

We are actually approaching the very finish of the challenge. The bike could be very quickly accomplished and the restoration of it concluded. 

At this time I completed it visually. 

The wind display screen obtained again on. Or relatively, the brand new one did… 

The decals additionally obtained prepared right this moment and I had an amazing day within the storage ending up this and that and placing the sponsor decals on one after the other. Tough however rewarding!

Today truly began yesterday night at Tullarn´s after I went to get my two (!) new wind screens.

This is likely one of the those that has made this challenge doable in any respect.

Ingvar is a really proficient and pleasant man. I suppose he is likely one of the greatest producers of fairings and wind screens in Sweden. He makes this stuff from scratch from the highest quality plexi glass yow will discover. It’s a completely guide course of involving a mould, a heated sheet of plexi glass and compressed air to blow it up as a “bubble”.

It’s then doable to form the wind display screen and grind the perimeters for smoothness and minimize it to dimension. A complete guide course of and really time consuming. Tullar´n is a Godsend for us motorbike lovers right here in Stockholm. My restoration of the H1R wouldn´t have been doable with out him!

Since I’m such a “Jackass” at drilling wind screens he gave me a chunk of plexi glass to follow on.

 I suppose he didn´t wish to make any extra screens for me…

Hopefully I gained´t must trouble him any extra, no less than not on this construct!

Again dwelling I made a list of my ceramic tile drill bits.

6, 8 and 10mm.

Hmm, 6 mm may work simply advantageous…

It didn’t. I needed to go get one other set of drill bits. 

Oh properly, a pleasant day for a bike trip to the ironmongery shop.

Not a nasty choice. The ceramic tile drill bits have developed fairly a bit since I purchased mine. These days they’ve 4 slicing edges in comparison with two on my previous ones. I obtained two sizes, 5 mm and 5,5 mm. I take a look at drilled each and determined to go along with the 5,5 mm to keep away from tensions within the glass from the 5 mm screws. 

Again to adjusting and fastening the display screen to the fairing with my clamps. I made a decision to make use of as lots of them as I might match to ensure I obtained the wind display screen on the actual appropriate place earlier than drilling.

Seems to be centered and symmetric to me. 

Getting nearer to the place it’s purported to be.

It’s time consuming to alter the situation, get the rear ends again in place after which attempt to press it ahead and see the place the middle a part of the display screen finally ends up. 

The primary gap to drill is essentially the most ahead one. It is usually essentially the most troublesome one to suit the screw by way of. The tacho is in the way in which…

The fitting facet getting nearer to the place it must be. It’s essential get sufficient glass for the drilling and nonetheless you need as a lot of the glass as doable over the sting of the fairing. And ideally equal on either side.

Higher be thorough!

And the left facet. It’s simple to verify all sides and examine it to the opposite and if vital loosen the clamp and alter the display screen this or that means. 

Quickly it’s time to do the drilling…

That is pretty much as good as I might get it it.

Let´s simply attempt to get it drilled as soon as and for all!

After that victorious drilling and fastening of the wind display screen I felt courageous sufficient to begin engaged on the decals and begin numbers.

I do know that is extraordinarily vital. If these figures, numbers or logos get on there in a crooked or indirect means it might make the entire thing look dangerous. 

Higher be very thorough right here and take my time. Not less than I had the presence of thoughts to order further decals. I might fail no less than a few occasions doing this. Higher protected than sorry!

My selection of race to duplicate the bike from could be very well-known by now. 26 of July 1970. The day “ESSO” gained the Swedish GP at Anderstorp. He used begin quantity “12” and had a really particular set of sponsor decals and texts on his bike.

The “12” up entrance appeared like a superb place to begin.

To the proper right here I’ve mocked them up utilizing small items of masking tape to get them the place I would like them. This lookes OK!

I understand I’ve to point out you what I’m in search of right here and what I wish to obtain.

On the left right here is “ESSO” prepared ta begin on the Swedish GP on the H1R.

The decals are clearly seen and I’ve tried my greatest to duplicate them one after the other.

One in every of my points is the paint. After all it’s unattainable to get the paint precisely the identical because it was right here. Johnny did an amazing job, however in the case of putting the decals there can be variations. That’s one thing I must settle for and attempt to do one of the best of.

This image offered fairly just a few good clues on the location of the decals. 

I gave these footage to Gustav at Södermalms snabbkopiering and he did an amazing job producing these sponsor decals.

I used to be a bit choosy and he needed to change a few of them just a few occasions however he got here by way of, huge time!

Anyway, again to the bike!

The tough half is getting them on precisely the place you had them taped. I used a pointy pencil to make just a few outlines so I might know the place to begin with every quantity.

You connect it at one level after which press it on ensuring all air bubbles get out.

Then you definately simply merely pull off the lighter paper and the skinny vinyl sticker stays on the floor. Very rewarding but in addition very tough!

Yeah, not too dangerous! That can just do advantageous.

I’m fairly positive “ESSO” used a yellow background on his quantity plates. I even purchased some yellow vinyl sheet decals to chop them, however I made a decision to not. It’s too troublesome to get these giant spherical decals on to such a rounded floor like this fairing. I do know it might appear to be shit, so I opted out on that one. White it’ll keep and be!

 Subsequent was the “BP” emblem. “ESSO” labored with BP on the tracks and even bought gasoline to different drivers whereas competing. He additionally bought gasoline throughout automotive races and took a number of cool footage whereas fueling for well-known race automotive drivers. I would get again to that within the race weblog afterward.

The vital factor right here was to get the BP protect lined up with the “KAWASAKI” textual content on the tank. I used that emblem as a reference for all of the decals on the perimeters of the fairing. My although right here was that it might look greatest if all horisontal strains coincided with the KAWASAKI on the tank.

Proper or fallacious? I’ve no clue, nevertheless it was my determination…

BP-KAWASAKI RACING was subsequent.

The Dunlop decal is in place and right here I´m attempting out the situation for the “CHAMPION” decal on the backside of the quantity plate.

Not so good. It must align with the “DUNLOP” and the tank emblem. It has to go down on the left facet…

On and off, on and off…

We’re getting there…

The H2 within the background is my newest buy! I purchased that to console myself after my lung illness…. Boy, do I really feel higher!!

And at last the “12” numbers on the perimeters of the bike.

It’s getting finished!

My plan right this moment was to get the fairing utterly finished and prepared so I might take it off the bike and go away it off till I arrive on the present on thursday.

I achieved that purpose!

First a bit picture session exterior the storage. I attempted to take just a few footage in roughly the identical angle I took the very first footage of the bike three years in the past. I´ll simply present you the photographs, full dimension right here. Benefit from the (visually) accomplished H1R:

Tomorrow´s mission is to get it prepared to begin. I made just a few preparations right this moment for leakage checking…

I stuffed the 2 stroke oil tank behind the seat with Castrol POWER 1 (TTS) two stroke oil. That is an oil I´ve used on all triples to date with no points in any respect. 

It appeared leakage tight to date. We´ll see tomorrow the way it holds up?!

To date, so good….

I do know, the road needs to be black rubber, however that is what I had at dwelling proper now, so it´ll do.

I type of just like the pink look of the oil line by the body. Seems to be cool!

I additionally combined 10 Liters of 4,5% premix gas with 102 octane ASPEN R racing gas and stuffed the aluminum tank to verify that one for leakages. 

Tomorrow can be an thrilling day…..

Let´s finish this submit with one of many first footage three years in the past. it does look a bit bit totally different now, proper?

Keep tuned for the few final articles of this weblog the approaching days.

Thanks for studying, guys!