I met Joe while on a ride with the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group up in Picton, Ontario. I immediately noticed his motorcycle as it was the only Honda CB750 that I’ve seen all week, and in such amazing condition. He was looking for someone who can work on his engine since it needed a tune up, so one of my peers suggested he approach me for the job. The cylinder head was weeping oil, a clear sign that oil was passing through the rubber pucks hidden underneath the camshaft, and to top it off he was no longer getting any compression in one of his cylinders. After tearing the whole top end apart, the pistons were placed in the ultrasonic cleaner, new rings were installed, gaskets, and the rest of the head was rebuilt. It’s really a pleasure to see how well maintained his motorcycle is, as there’s too many examples of abused and chopped up classic Japanese motorcycles out there, and having the chance to ride his motorcycle was an absolute pleasure
After bouncing from “builder” to “builder”, Chester bumped into me through a random Kijiji ad where I was selling some old Honda parts. He told me his bike was sitting for a long time, and now it wont even start. He was luckily not too far from me, so I grabbed my tools, hopped in the car and went straight to his place. After messing around with the bike a bit I managed to get it running, but it still needed a lot of work. Chester was committed to getting his motorcycle back on the road, and eventually fully restoring the motorcycle, so he hired me to give his engine some much needed love.
The engine had to be fully built from the ground up, with new bearings, gaskets, oil seals, piston rings, honed cylinders, resurfacing, etc, etc, etc! To top it off, his engine cases we’re repainted and covers polished to make it really pop. I was extremely glad to see his reaction once he had his motorcycle back and was able to ride it around again, and we have plenty more planned to continue his restoration project
Recently I picked up a 1993 Harley Davidson Sportster 883 as a new personal project. I’ve always loved the look of old Harleys and classic styled choppers, and I also need to challenge myself with new engine configurations that I can learn to hot rod out. I have a lot planned for this bike and build, and unfortunately also a lot to fix. A hairline crack in the head where the engine mount is, a mysterious leak I presume is coming from one of the oil tank lines, and horrendous front suspension, there’s plenty of work to be done before I can even think about cutting it up and making it into a hot rod chopper. Sportsters get a lot of flak, always considered a “Girls Bike” to much of the Harley crowd, in reality it’s probably their most successful model ever, and also their lightest, with the most reliable engine and a tight rake to match. Even though budget is always a concern, I’m excited to jump into the world of hardtails, and have this bike ready and riding by next season. If executed right, I know this is a machine I will be enjoying for years and years to come. Hopefully it’ll be ready for the January Supershow in Toronto, and if not it Definitely will be for the Oil and Ale Spring opener party in Kitchener Waterloo, as well as the Toronto Motorcycle Spring show. Fingers Crossed.
To better days and faster bikes, watch out for the “Left Turners”