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seeking advice for 1972 V7 Sport restoration

Guillaume™

Tuned and Synch'ed
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Vancouver, Canada
Hi guys,
As the 2nd owner of a 1972 V7 sport I have some questions on restoration.

Little background on the bike. My step dad bought it new in 1972, It was running strong until he parked it 15 years ago. It has not been fired up since. Its taken me 12 years to get him to agree to part way with it.

So now I have a bike that I can get easily running. But needs a lot of work to bring it back to its former glory. All the Chrome needs to be redone, a small dent on the front of the gas tank, id like to get all the paint redone. Lastly, since he installed a fairing from a honda sport bike long ago. I need to find a replacement light bucket so i can part way with that fairing.

Living in a condo, i am quickly realizing that I cant work on the bike at my place. And honestly, due to work and family... Time to restore completely on my own would push it to a 10 year project.

So I am looking for recommendations / advices.

I am expecting an expensive endevour. I have no plans on selling it. I also plan on riding 10000+ km per year

Option 1:
Going all out and try to have it looking brand new or better than new. Complete rebuilt. This would be the most expensive options.

Cost vs Restored Value? Worth it?


Option 2:
Restore the bike, without going over board.
Clean the engine corrosion to an acceptable degree, some imperfections left - (such as dent in the tank )

Option 3: ride it as is. Do minimal work to it to get it road worthy again.
Barn find like.


I am mechanically inclined, ive rebuilt a few car engines in the past. Obviously, paint and chrome i cannot do on my own.

Any recommendations for a shop to do complete rebuilt. -Just bring the whole bike and pay the man at the end.

Any shop to avoid? Bad experience?

Alternatively I could do some of the work myself. take out the motor and transmission, sent it out for rebuilt. Take the frame and tank to a local paint shop, drop off the parts to be rechromed.

As far as paint. Is it best to stick to the original colour - all black. I am tempted to get the tank painted lime green like some of the other v7 sport. Not sure how this would affect the value tho.

Anyways... Lots of different ways to approach this. Any advice is greatly appreciated

I am aiming to begin the process next summer
 

DeadEye

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In the end - with reference to cost , will it be worth it to you ? [ do you have the *extra* money ]
If you go “crazy”and restore it to like new ( or better), when they sell it once your gone - they would probably never get what you put into it...
Or maybe it becomes a family heirloom !

Clean it up nice , do what needs to be done for it to be Safe, Run well and enjoy it !
 

john zibell

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GT di Razza Pura
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The V7 Sport is a classic and highly desirable machine. Bringing it back would be great project. I'd recommend getting it back to stock trim and running. Then decide on just how much restoration you want to do.
 

Tonerjockey

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Oct 28, 2008
Messages
730
Location
San Jose
Sounds like yer in a very desirable predicament.
Getn' it running and riding it for a bit would tell you if it is really worth it TO YOU to do a resto. You can always (almost) re$tore it later.
Have fun!

~Alex

BTW I no longer ride mine on public roads. That machine is too aggressive, and "encourages" me to ride unsafely and go too fast. YMMV
 

DeadEye

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BTW I no longer ride mine on public roads. That machine is too aggressive, and "encourages" me to ride unsafely and go too fast. YMMV

Sounds like your getting Old, when things are too much fun to resist :rofl:
( or Responsible / Mature )
You’ve lived/made it this far why @#$& it up now :p
 
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DeadEye

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Congrats to you both on your upcoming anniversary :clap: and for continuing to do what you enjoy !

My brother turns 70 soon, and last summer he got tired of me and my son passing by his place while out on our rides he picked up a bike and got back into riding !
 
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