Classic Bike Restorations

Ducati 750 Sport – Lei e una bellezza (she’s a beauty)

Introduction: Whilst not claiming to be a classic bike expert, I have penned a few articles. My life mainly revolves around four wheels as long as they are old; preferably older than me. That is how I first met Gary Keen, owner and restorer of this Ducati. Certainly not his first restoration and definitely won’t be his last. Gary fully restored his father’s 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air to the highest standard, a car that has been featured by many magazines and web sites. He has also completed another Ducati, a 900 Sport Desmo Darmah and is currently enjoying his time with a Super Sport version whilst his credit card, no doubt, feels the pain of over use. Personally, I have always had bikes in my garage but I joined the party later, at a time when the Japanese ‘2-strokers’ ruled and I am ashamed to admit the beauty and sound of the Ducati would have slipped under my radar. Grant Ford

Ducati 750 SportIt had only been 15 months since Fabio Taglioni first sketched his new 750 L twin engine design; incredibly in June 1971 the Ducati 750 GT was in production and company directors Arnaldo Milvio and Fredmano Spairani signed off plans for a 750 Sport model for the Italian Marque. The Japanese manufacturers had yet to achieve their strangle hold on the world motor cycle market and a prototype 750 Sport was presented to a dealer conference in September of the same year. The new design went down well with the faithful, so a second machine was produced by Christmas; the final version was shown to the press in January 1972 and their reaction ensured no delays were required and production began immediately. This was going to be a massive year for Ducati and the start of a journey that would Read More >

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Vespa Restorations

Vespa scooter restorationThe Far East may sound like a strange place to source classic Italian scooters but they are there in abundance thanks to their use, particularly in Vietnam by the military in the late 60s and 70s. With a lifetime in engineering Graham Anthony is the man behind Scoot Sixties ltd, a new company based in Sevenoaks, who restore and import what are effectively brand new Vespa scooters, albeit registered on age related plates for extra authenticity.

Anyone with any doubts over the Far Eastern workmanship has only to see the end result to have their opinion swayed. The finish of the paintwork is as high as imaginable while every nut bolt and bearing has been replaced with top quality items. “Each scooter is hand picked by myself so I can ensure they are in pretty good shape before any restoration work begins” Graham stated “I have a degree in engineering and have always been involved in mechanical projects and recently decided to get involved in this project after several trips to Vietnam to assess the potential. There is countless examples to choose from, literally every street corner in Vietnam has a Vespa repair shop to cater for their use over there, and it’s a relatively simple task to source the best available scooters to carry out a full restoration on.”

Vespa scooter restorations“Each one is stripped back to the bare metal, and completely refinished using mod Read More >

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