After looking around for a while I found this H1 in Calgary and picked it up on Sunday. It's pretty rough and the engine is seized but I'm looking forward to the challenge and to riding it when it's done. I have been refurbishing an old bike each winter for the past couple of years and this will be my latest. Here's a before and after pic of the last one, a 74 DT250.
Here's some pics of the H1
I have the correct rear wheel for it, that 16" Harley wheel has to go. Can anyone tell me what brand of pipes these are? I'm sure I'll be pestering you guys with lots of questions so thanks in advance for the help.
Last Edit: Jun 1, 2010 20:36:04 GMT -5 by johnnyc14
It's actually a 71 CL450 with a 68 CB450 tank. That one was the project from a couple of years ago. It's still not quite finished yet, still some minor details with tuning to get sorted out. I expect to have it completely done in a couple of weeks. I have a weakness for the high pipe scrambler bikes of this vintage.
Those are Wirges pipes - - The bike looks very complete, with your past experience this should be a walk in the park!
Thanks for the info on the pipes. The bike is very complete and that was the determining factor in buying it. It needs a lot of work but for me that's the fun part. ;D The tank is pretty straight and rust free on the inside. It's been down a couple of times by the look of it so the signal lights, head light and front fender are all damaged but those parts seem to be readily available on e-bay. Can't wait to get started on it.
Well it looks like you have the spare spark plug holder so at least you don't have to source one of those. They've been going for stupid money on ebay lately. But seriously it looks pretty complete so depending how anal you want to be about nos parts and such it should be pretty smooth going. Like Zambia said judging by your previous efforts, you should do just fine. When you get to the tricky stuff, these guys are the best resource you can get. Don't forget to check out Dales site .
Nice score! Looks like you have most of the difficult to get 73 H1 stuff. (ie. fork ears, gauge cluster) Did it come with the seat and airbox? FYI, for a restoration: Your chainguard should be black, (mine is still chrome) Seat latch doesn't seem to be there, the 73's were notorious for breaking so a lot of guys fitted 74 and after seat latches. Can't really see your rear hub, but the lettering "usable range" should be cast in the drum brake to indicate brake wear. Later years used a sticker for this. Chain adjusters were also unique to H1D.
Should clean up nice. Congrats!
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Congrats on the new bike Johnnyc14. I called about that bike when it came up for sale the first time on kijiji. I knew somebody was checking it out last Sunday, glad to see someone on the board got it. I'm also in Calgary.
Thanks for all the encouragement and information guys! There is a seat with the bike but the pan is very rusted out. I'll have to bead blast it and see how bad it is and if I can repair it or not. I'm planning to go pretty stock, I'll use the Wirges pipes but I would like to install a stock air filter system. Kawajockey, i live in Edmonton, when I get this triple running we'll have to get together.
Check out the wirges carefully, they have a non-removal baffle section that can get easily plugged, causing no end to tuning ills, and/or engine meltdown. I have a set of H2 wirges suffering from this affliction. I'm thinking if I want to save them I'll need a 2' drill bit to hog it out. Keep your eye open for H1D stock pipes, much better looking. Mraxls resource page-> kawtriple.com/mraxl/ shows the differences. H1D stock pipes have a tab near the headpipe that bolts them to the 2 frame tabs directly under the engine, in addition to the headpipe and rear footpeg mounting points. 74,75, and 76 stock pipes will also fit with no modifications.