In 'our circles' we strive for factory originality, or for perfection. Lately, 'patina' has become the new perfection and 'time originality' has become more and more accepted. I once saw a BMW fundamentalist with a face contorted in disgust next to an almost perfect BMW R90 S in my eyes. The thing was worthless in his eyes. Only good for scrap. Because frame, block and box were not 'Nummergleich'. Apparently a different gearbox was once fitted.
People with a bigger frame of mind
Patina as in 'wretched and broke' is a bridge too far, but there are people who even believe in that. In terms of appreciation of 'time originality', there are now people who – just like in the past – fall for four cylinders with stencil sprayed fantasy pyramids, tigers, pyramids and 'babes', four-in-one howler pipes and 'lop-eared steering wheel'.
What makes many classic enthusiasts a bit wary is the truly free spirits who carelessly and happily put the saw in their classics or just see such a machine as nice donors for their own plans. But yes: we used to have the 'King DIY' elections and people who molded an NSU four-cylinder in a Norton Featherbedframe simply got standing applause. While serious classic Nortons were demolished for that.
So: Sawing and renovating Recognized Classics, is that allowed?
Of course you can. After all, the thing is yours. And with engines from before 1975 you can easily go very far with it, because before that time there were no official type approvals. That's why the red single-cylinder in the photo on paper is a Yamaha XS650. According to its license plate, the monstrosity with the DAF block is a BMW R60/5. It is worth noting that no cool, original classics were sacrificed for those examples. On the other hand, you can say that the rarity, or call it the value of original, authentic survivors is increasing.
But then a man like Gerard Kramer comes into the picture
Gerard is a genetic motorcycle enthusiast and technician. And a Suzuki GT750 fan. 'Fan' as in 'the concept', not in the detailed authenticity. So he bought a neat Suzuki 'water bowl', took it apart and threw away the frame. Because that frame? That could be better. More beautiful. In fact, there is nothing new under the sun. Because in the days when 750 cc engines were still the top of everything that was possible, there were quite a lot of suppliers of alternative frames and/or bicycle parts.
They weren't the least
This included legendary names such as Egli, Dave Degens 'Dresda's', Magni, Drixton and others. For the rest, he wants the three-cylinder to be reborn with as much as possible the looks and the execution that he had in his early days. We would like to keep you informed of that development. And we would like to know what you think about this kind of action. And if you've put something so creative on the wheels yourself, we'd love to see a picture of it.