Since buying the US import 350/4 in May a lot has happened.
The bike was stripped. Frame sandblasted – and the whole bike painted (bodywork in Candy Bacchus Olive Green). The engine was overhauled and cleaned, electronic ignition fitted, carbs sonically cleaned, wheels rebuilt (by Hagon), new wiring harness and seat fitted and the bike was rebuilt. VJMCC provided a dating certificate (as the bike came from the USA with no original papers) and so once we had an MOT we were able to apply for an age related registration from the DVLA – which we duly got in October.
As always nothing was quite as straightforward as one would wish:
Sourcing correct 4-into-4 pipes was not easy and was expensive. Eventually CMSNL came through. Then the exhaust hanger brackets for the 4 pipes proved impossible to find and we eventually fabricated our own using the pictures on the David Silver website as a reference.
It transpired that the forks on the US import were from a 350 twin – with rubber as opposed to metal gaitors. Again we had luck at CMSNL and we believe we bought the last NOS 350/4 forks in the world.
The previous owner had mangled the carburettors. Using David Silver and EBay USA we were able to put together a good set of carbs and linkages and so could really tune the bike well.
I have now done a good test ride and the bike goes beautifully. So the bike is now officially part of our collection. Hopefully the pictures demonstrate the quality of the work and just how much has been done since acquiring it in May.