Stick this engine in a modern day chassis and it would be phenomenal.
The bike starts, runs and rides like a new one, having done very few miles since the complete restoration. I’m looking for ,500 (that is less than what’s been spent) as I know there is cheaper but not better Commandos. We interviewed a Norton tragic last year and recounted some of the Commando’s history. SELLER SAYS: 1971 Rickman frame with 1968 Triumph Bonneville 650 motor. Contact Dave on 0418 591 863 (Torquay, Victoria) BIKES FOR SALE SAYS: Bacon and eggs. Bike has been extremely well looked after re services and care. (Okay, and listening to one.) Hailwood was a superstar as a young bloke in the 1960s, riding for MV Agusta and winning four consecutive 500cc world championships before moving across to an up-and-coming Japanese company called Honda. When it was released it was considered a hot rod and one of the fastest machines on the planet and, thanks to Marlon Brando and the movie found itself associated with the American biker element.
He retired to South Africa at the end of 1967 and fell off the race industry radar until agreeing to ride a modified Ducati 900SS at the Isle of Man in 1978. Apparently Triumph America complained bitterly that the movie producers had used a Triumph in the movie because they thought it might harm Triumph’s reputation.
SELLER SAYS: This bike has been fully restored from the ground up and has matching number: frame; motor and gearbox (verified).
Built in October 1970 and transported to Norton Villiers Australia on the 21st December 1970.
Of course, Gardner raced an NS500, not a VF, but that Rothmans livery places these bikes smack-bang in the time when the Woolongong Whiz was at his world-beating best. It didn’t achieve the race track success Honda hoped and it was a bit porky (even for its impressive 122 horsepower engine) but it was a marvellous machine and paved the way for slightly less powerful but much more successful RC30 VFR750R. Bike is running but hasn’t been ridden in some time. Restored to near perfect condition, with no expense spared. Date of manufacture is 7/74, which makes this bike one of the last Z1A’s to be manufactured.
We found a nice article on the VF1000R (and a bunch of links to even more reading) here. Rims (original) re-chromed, new spokes, tyres and tubes. Extensive use of polished stainless steel has been used on the majority of nuts, bolts and washers to enhance the overall appearance.
While the original Honda 750 Four deserves the status as the most historically significant, and plenty of bikes have since outstripped the original Zed in performance, it’s still the Z1 that Japanese bike collectors want above all else.
This schmick Z1A of Greg’s has obviously been whacked hard with a credit card in recent times and would make a marvellous addition to anyone’s shed.
SELLER SAYS: For sale Honda NS400R 2 stroke in very good condition. Instruments (speedo and tacho) fully restored by Ottos Instruments, Queensland. Engine head overhauled, valves cleaned and re-seated, valve stem seals replaced. New Parts include: Doremi Inc, body kit, tank, side covers and duck tail, (Candy tone brown and orange).
4 into 4 exhaust system and mountings, front and rear guards, all wheel bearings, steering head bearings (tapered roller bearings), swing arm bronze bushes removed and replaced with needle rollers, chain and drive sprockets, battery, complete wiring harness, OEM style handle bars and grips, left and right switch blocks, mirrors, indicators and stems, chain guard, inner guard, coils, leads and spark plug connectors, fork tubes and seals, rear shocks, generator windings (higher capacity), brake pads and shoes, brake rotors, brake lines, original 5/8” brake master cylinder overhauled, and others too numerous to mention.
The cosmetics, although not bad, were still showing the effects of 30 years.