How to Restore Classic Off-road Motorcycles

4th May 2017
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How to Restore Classic Off-road Motorcycles

Majors on off-road motorcycles from the 1970s & 1980s, but also relevant to 1950s & 1960s machines

Remember the smell of Castrol R at a 1960s scramble? Or riding a 1970s trials bike through every type of natural obstacle possible? If you want to revisit those memories, or relive the competition of earlier times, this book is for you. Buying, restoring, and riding classic off-road competition bikes is now something that you can do!
This book gives enthusiasts of classic off-road competition motorcycles a step-by-step guide to a full restoration. Covering dismantling the motorcycle and its components, restoring and sourcing parts, paint spraying, decals and polishing. With chapters covering engine, frame, forks, fuel, exhaust, seat, brakes and tyres, you’ll see how to take a bike from scratch to a full rebuild; then on to safe set-up and general maintenance. Includes chapters focussing specifically on pre-65 and twin shock models.

How to Restore Classic Off-road Motorcycles by Ricky Burns

ISBN: 9781845849504
UPC: 6-36847-04950-8


£35 UK, $60 USA

  • Aimed at the beginner and seasoned motorbike restorer alike
  • Real life restoration carried out by the author
  • Advice on project choice and the preparation process
  • Step-by-step guidance with hundreds of photographs
  • Dismantling, restoring and sourcing parts, and rebuilding
  • Recommendations on repairs, renovations and parts replacements
  • Special tools, their purchase, use and alternatives
  • Restoring mechanical parts, such as engine, gearbox, brakes, and electrics
  • Tackling bodywork: spraying, polishing, seat re-covering, decals, forks and tyres
  • How to save yourself time and money

Ricky Burns has been an avid restorer of motorcycles since the 1970s, having personally restored many classic motorbikes from that era – small Yamaha 2-strokes all the way up to large multi-cylinder machines. Deciding to share his experience and knowledge of classic motorcycle restoration with like-minded enthusiasts, Ricky penned his first book, Beginners Guide to Motorcycle Restoration, which was quickly followed by several other restoration guides. Aiming to connect with all the classic off-road enthusiasts out there, he has now dedicated his evenings to off-road motorcycle restoration, and in doing so creating this book.

Place of birth: East Ham, London • Hometown: Tattershall • Nearest city: Lincoln

V4950 • Paperback • 27x20.7cm • £35 • 160 pages • 488 colour pictures • ISBN: 978-1-845849-50-4 • UPC: 6-36847-04950-8

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