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That’s Mister Chalet To You ....
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I've decided to go all-in on this bike and just dropped it off at a guy south of town who is a legendary restorer. He couldn't believe it when he saw it. Anyway, it's in good company. In his shop, which is pretty much a museum of mint vintage bikes, he has, among others, a TZR 250 and RZ500, along with many other cool old scoots.

Can't believe I didn't snap pics. Next time.

He suggested he gets it in proper form so I can gave fun with it this summer, then bring it back to him this fall for him to spend the winter bringing it to 100% brand-new. I'd like to take a stab at it but I'm not a @bea irsto_racing and I really want this bike to be museum-quality.
 

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Here's some Saturday morning eye-candy

I went to the shop to give the guy some money yesterday so I killed some time sneaking around and snapping pics of various old treasures.


Here's my tank-less turbo. Tank is being coated and paint will follow.



I looked-over a number of the bikes he's done. They guy's painting skills are evident. Not sure if you can tell by a pic of this old Honda but in person, it's brand-new.





Look at my neighbour :drool I did try out one of the RZ500s back in the day.






And OMG what I'd give to try a few hot laps on this TZR250 :drool




He just wrapped-up* this KZ900. I held-back the urge to ask how much to buy this


He has a pile of old smokers just sittin' around gathering dust






This place is like a flashback to my teenage years. I didn't want to leave :(







*pardon the pun
 

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Update, 2.5 months later:

I picked it up at the deadbeat restorer who has done almost nothing except give me lip service. He only did the tank (acid wash / coat) as I was paranoid after the K6 1K experience.

So now that the tank (at least) is refinished, petcock and gas gauge floater thingy are functional, I brought it to my regular dealer (the one who sat on the K6 for so long lol). He may be a bit slow / understaffed but I trust him with this bike.

And now I wait.... again :wait
 

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This project is surging forward at the blistering pace of a lazy glacier. Would you believe I just got it home today for the first time?

My mechanic (the same guy who dragged his feet with the K6) had it all this time and just filled the tank and started it sigh. None of the 750 Turbo-specific stuff has been done so screw it. I brought it home and have been assured by the 750 Turbo community that with their help, I can get required parts and do everything required without pulling the motor so I'm just going to clear-out a workspace for it inside and DIY.

Looking sweet though. No detailing at all yet. Just a cursory wipe-down. These were unicorn-rare back in '84-85. What are the odds of finding one of these looking more or less pretty with all the signals, mirrors, fender, reflectors etc... all in original form? Sorry, if I ever saw one of these back in the day, it gave me a chubby back then so....




And sounding sweet.

 
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