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Old 28-03-2012, 09:47 PM
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Just bought this gem off ebay. Sweet little thing. ;0)
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Old 28-03-2012, 10:32 PM
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TBH it wouldn't have been my first choice although it does have potential.
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I have a funny feeling that I know that bike.

Used to belong to the guy that was a partner in Revolution Motorcycles, Northampton. He left to move down south somewhere, Devon or Cornwall I think.

Bloody long time ago so I could be wrong. If it is the bike I think it is then you have bought a very well made bike. If I am wrong then it don't matter a fuck.

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Old 29-03-2012, 10:33 PM
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Greetings Chopper.
The guy I bought it off mentioned Revolution. Also that he built it for himself but it didnt get the use it deserved hence it being for sale. Only done 3,500 miles and the engine was built by a Cosworth engineer and blueprinted. Only needs a polish and its ready to go. Taxing it tomorrow, yippeeee.
GSXR front end, 1260 conversion. Logbook says EFE Suzuki. Kawasaki monoshock rear with 180 tyre. I know it was featured in BSH but no idea when or even the year it was built. Love a bike with history lol. ;0)
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I like that,a lot. Nice and long.
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Old 30-03-2012, 11:20 PM
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I am pretty sure that is the same bike. Not seen it for ages.

You mention a guy that worked at Cosworth. There was a couple of guys that worked at Cosworth that used to come into the shop a lot. One of them rented space there to work on his own stuff. The other guy was an incredibly talented engineer that made all the parts for the test race engines. He would be the one that did the engine. Can't for the life of me remember his name at the moment.

The guy used to own a Moto Guzzi California which was VERY trick. Soon after he bought it, tore the engine apart and remade all the internals in some exotic metal. Then remade all the finishing parts like the chrome rail that went round the back of the seat, but he made them out of Tungsten or stainless, including all the nuts and bolts. He gave me a lift on it one day and I have to say it was the only time I have really enjoyed being pillion. Hell of a bike.

When he sold the Guzzi, he bought an old Ironhead that had been parked in a barn and forgotten. What a bloody mess it was too. He tore it to pieces and rebuilt every part of it. When it was finished you just would not believe it was the same bike. It went like the clappers and looked stunning. Amazing quality of work and finish. It was so good that I wrote an article about it and did a whole load of pictures that were published in SuperTwins magazine.

Thats why I said earlier that if that is the bike, then you have bought a very well built bike. All the frame work was done at Revolution I think it was Nobby that did the paintwork. I am about 99% sure that is the bike. If you like I can make a few calls and find out if it is the same bike.

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I dont remember it no.
But it's a nice bike, and that's what i consider to be a streetfighter, as opposed to an Exup (that's the only race rep i actually know the name of, such is my interest in such things) with the fairing taken off and two headights stuck out the front.
Brawny, tidy, i like it.
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Took it for its first run. ffffffast as fffffuck. Certainly aint no slouch.
Unfortunately got to mates and battery seemed to have gone flat, (its a brand new battery). Just wouldnt spin engine. Left it for an hour and off it went. 5 miles back home same again, flat battery. Left it ten mins and it was spinning the starter like fully charged battery. I hate weird shit. Could be that its just been sat in a garage too long and its settling itself down. Will try it again tomorrow before I start to rip bits off and start cussin'.
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Took it for its first run. ffffffast as fffffuck. Certainly aint no slouch.
Unfortunately got to mates and battery seemed to have gone flat, (its a brand new battery). Just wouldnt spin engine. Left it for an hour and off it went. 5 miles back home same again, flat battery. Left it ten mins and it was spinning the starter like fully charged battery. I hate weird shit. Could be that its just been sat in a garage too long and its settling itself down. Will try it again tomorrow before I start to rip bits off and start cussin'.
Probably starter windings are down, common problem with bike starters as soon as they get hot they wont turn the engine ok when cold, nowt to do with the batteryIf it was the other way round ie ok hot no good cold then the battery would be suspect.

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Def the work of the late Mr Kilner at Revo's in Northampton...There is a sister bike to this in the hands of an NCC member that has a bio-mech paintjob....I def know that one was featured in the mags, don't remember this one though. Although it obviously had a front end transplant at some point.
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Thanks a lot guys. your imput has been much appreciated.
Its my first Jap bike in over 30 years. My last bike was a 1340 evo chop and before that a Guzzi T3. ;0)
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Another of Revo's FJs from years back

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Starscape paint? Horse's Head Nebula on the tank?

I wrote that up many years ago.
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Thats the one Nik, Thought it was loch ness monster lol. You dont happen to remember the issue number by chance. I remember seeing the write up but when I moved house all the mags had to go due to lack of space.
Its hard to believe that it hasnt changed over the years.
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Thats the one Nik, Thought it was loch ness monster lol. You dont happen to remember the issue number by chance. I remember seeing the write up but when I moved house all the mags had to go due to lack of space.
Its hard to believe that it hasnt changed over the years.
No, mate, sorry. It was back in the '90s. I remember going to Revolution to talk to the bloke who owned it (wasn't Ian, it was ... ummm ... his oppo... Steve?)/ Always thought it was one of he best paint jobs I've seen.
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It was Steve that I bought it off. Great bloke and really down to earth. Lives in Cullumpton Devon now.
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It was Steve that I bought it off. Great bloke and really down to earth. Lives in Cullumpton Devon now.
Bloody hell, my memory's not as bad as I thought!
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Thats the chap. Ian's old partner. Very clever and all round good guy.

Deefer. Is that your bike or just one that you took pics of?

That bike looks suspiciously like my mates bike from Northampton. If so, I did a hell of a lot of work on that. Big tube frame. Very dark green tribal work on a black background. If memory serves me right, it has slabbie carbs fitted to it. There is a rather trick balance pipe between the seperate sides of the tank. The tank is a pair of FatBob tanks that are joined. The clutch slave cyclinder is mounted on a neat stainless steel set up and the drive sprocket is offset to allow for the chain run. There is a dimple cut out of the down tube just in front of the seat, also to allow for the chain. That is some of the work that I did. The last time I saw it, it belonged to my mate that was seriously involved with Revolution after Ian died. The bike was called "The Headhunter", sounded lovely and was pretty quick. Hope it is the same one as it was a hell of a nice bike.

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Think there was a wriet up in BSH dokeys yeas ago, no iea what issue though
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No mate, not mine.... I love FJs and always wanted a Revo's frame to put my big block FJ lump in..... One day I will find one.
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Here is the article from BSH Dec 1994, found it while looking for something else.. made the front cover too..





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Unfortunately got to mates and battery seemed to have gone flat, (its a brand new battery). Just wouldnt spin engine. Left it for an hour and off it went. 5 miles back home same again, flat battery.
fault finding 101.

measure the battery voltage with a multimeter..expect 12.5v make a note of what you get..

start the engine and measure the voltage again with the engine idling..expect 12.5 or more..make a note of what you get..

increase the revs to 5k and measure the voltage..expect over 13v..

increase the revs to about 7k and look for 14v..

If the volts are under 12 the battery is shot

if the volts are over 15v the regulator is shot.

if the volts don't rise with the revs the stator/alternator/ generator is probably shot..

to test the stator undo the three pin plug from the stator to the reg/rec..with the engine running measure the a/c voltage across all three pairs of wires, expect a minimum of 20vac across each pair.

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any update on this bike?
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Seems unlikely - the last post was July 2012!
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shame would be good to know whats happened to it.
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I've just seen that very same issue of BSH in my loft
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hi chaps, the guy your referring to is tony Clarke, ive known him since school, he lives in harpole northants. hope this helps.
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hi chaps, the guy your referring to is tony Clarke, ive known him since school, he lives in harpole northants. hope this helps.
No it ain't. The guy that was the original owner of the bike when it was at Revolution was Steve. There is even a picture of him riding the bike in the article. I know it was him because I was there when it was done.

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