In pursuit of concourse condition
My ultimate goal is to return the bike to its original showroom condition. This is often referred to as 'concours condition' and this in turn comes from the French phrase 'Concours d'Elegance'
Attaining this level of quality is not as easy or as straightforward as I first thought. And it's all a matter how far and how much money and time one is prepared to invest in order to attain this level.
According to Wikipedia: "Concours d'Elegance competitions also are run for classic motorcycle and cars. Here, the emphasis is as much on originality as the condition, although this also is very important. The general aim is to present a vehicle that is in the same, or better, condition than it was in when it left the production line. Unless original, modifications are not allowed, and components must be suitable for the year and model of the automobile. Even components or features fitted to automobiles of the same type, but in a different production year or trim level, are not allowed. Original-equipment-accessories from the manufacturers own range are allowed and some competitions allow after-market equipment and accessories, provided they are of the correct period. On top of this, automobiles must be presented in flawless visual condition, as with other Concours-grade cars."
So, the bar is set very high and although the bike is now in very good condition, mint to the untrained eye, there is much work still to do.
My current 'To Do' list:
- New left exhaust (small scratch on current one)
- Replace rear light and casing (small rust)
- Replace brake and clutch levers (pitting in the metal)
- Further cleaning of engine casing and cylinder head
- Repair trim on seat (has come loose)
- Re-paint inset letters on handlebar switch gear (faded over time)