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Author Topic: Blue Haze - a two-stroke miscellany  (Read 83858 times)

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Re: Blue Haze - a two-stroke miscellany
« Reply #300 on: Sep 20, 2016, 14:34:58 »


Was moving a couple sleds out of the shed the other day

http://www.flyingtigermoto.com/products/two-stroke-smoke-candle

Mine looked like that yesterday as I tried to clean out the old oil from crankcases. It was so bad that when I took the pipe off it was still smoking  off the bike.

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Re: Blue Haze - a two-stroke miscellany
« Reply #301 on: Sep 21, 2016, 23:40:08 »
If you have deep pockets, this is being auctioned in Berlin on Friday:

1967 Kawasaki 250 A1 Samurai
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Re: Blue Haze - a two-stroke miscellany
« Reply #302 on: Sep 21, 2016, 23:53:32 »
Not as rare or as pretty as the Kawasaki, this would be my preferred (phantasy) purchase:

1976 Yamaha TZ250C

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Re: Blue Haze - a two-stroke miscellany
« Reply #303 on: Sep 22, 2016, 00:04:16 »
But for rarity and history (and tragedy) one bike stands out:

1973 Konig
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Re: Blue Haze - a two-stroke miscellany
« Reply #304 on: Sep 22, 2016, 00:09:52 »
Is that a genuine A1R or a replica? Mate of mine in VIC had one with 4LS front brake and RD forks and it chattered all teh way round turns 1 & 2 at Broadford.  Not very inspiring.  Dave Roper has one I believe.

That TZ250C is nice too.  I brought my 350 back from Oz and restored it to 95% original and the rest were good Meed Speed replica parts. Those things are just so nice and clean and so light compared to an RD.  Sourcing parts is a heck of a lot more expensive than it used to be.  I used to get bits off AMCN and stash them away for the day I'm need them, but over the years they have almost all been used.  They all went to good homes, so no tears were shed, but times change.  There are a lot of ex race bikes in private collections and I'm pretty sure most are missing internals or used worn out parts.  Mine were rebuilt as new inside or as close to it as possible.  I must be dumb or something.......

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Re: Blue Haze - a two-stroke miscellany
« Reply #305 on: Sep 22, 2016, 00:13:03 »
Wow.  IS that really Kim Newcombe's bike?  I thought that Rod Tingate rebuilt it or did he build a replica?  Kim's original bike had a Ceriani front brake with Joe Dunphy linings according to a quick googling and not a TD/TZ front anchor.

http://www.ozebook.com/konig.htm

 What's the story on that bike?
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Re: Blue Haze - a two-stroke miscellany
« Reply #306 on: Sep 22, 2016, 00:15:36 »
I must be dumb or something.......

Not dumb teazer, TZ250/350s are more fun to ride than admire in a museum!

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Re: Blue Haze - a two-stroke miscellany
« Reply #307 on: Sep 22, 2016, 00:19:50 »
Fo Sho. 

I build them so they can be filled with pre-mix and oil and taken to a race track to let their little hearts sing.  That's where they are alive and free.  Not in a dusty museum.   It's a joy to watch a real race bike singing to the red line on a track - where they belong.

Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Blue Haze - a two-stroke miscellany
« Reply #308 on: Sep 22, 2016, 00:22:31 »
It's mostly Kim's bike. More info here (and explains the brake): https://www.classicdriver.com/de/bike/konig/500-gp/1973/409658

Some video from Rod:

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Re: Blue Haze - a two-stroke miscellany
« Reply #309 on: Sep 22, 2016, 00:35:37 »
Thanks, I had not heard that before.  And only 120k Euro...  I need to work out how to rob a bank or print money or become a hedge fund manager or manage Wells Fargo - those last two are also bank robbers, but a different kind...   

Back to the bike.  The one in Rod's video has a Ceriani front brake and that was taken relatively recently.  So is Rod's a replica/tribute that is more historically accurate than the original?  He did build the thing in the first place so maybe it's not so much a replica but maybe number 2 off the short production run.