Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration! She Is Still Winning Awards!

joeyputt

The green flag sets me free
I am very proud to announce that I will be working with Brother casi85 to restore his Bridgestone M2/SS!

We will be taking her down to the bare frame and posting a lot of photos of the restoration so we hope you all enjoy this thread!

Today I received the motorcycle and took a few photos before I started working on her.







 

peteGS

Zuk's Rock!
Re: Bridgestone M2/SS Restoration

Me too! Love the style... twin scrambler style pipes... love it!
 

VonYinzer

Active Member
Re: Bridgestone M2/SS Restoration

Very cool. Love these little bikes. Im sure it'll be a stunner when finished!
 

joeyputt

The green flag sets me free
Re: Bridgestone M2/SS Restoration

Thank you for your support Brothers!

We started working on her and removed the exhaust, engine, skid plate, rear fender, shocks, rear wheel, etc.



 

atx360

New Member
Re: Bridgestone M2/SS Restoration

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bridgestone-cafe-racer-gas-tank-/120842327823?hash=item1c22c3970f&item=120842327823&pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&vxp=mtr

Dont know if this helps but I still havent seen a tank..... ;D ;D
 

casi85

Living the Dream one Motorcycle Ride at a Time
Re: Bridgestone M2/SS Restoration

Thanks for the post atx360! Good find. I have 2 tanks already which one is beyond repair I believe and the other is in great reworkable shape. I was able to call in a few favors with some local vintage 2 wheeler friends who were able to get me a very good condition used tank. I love the design and lines of the original tank... they are truelly a piece of artwork!

Looking good Joey! Can't wait to see the stages of her recovery.
 

joeyputt

The green flag sets me free
Re: Bridgestone M2/SS Restoration

Dad was here yesterday and we spent some really nice quality time working on the Bridgestone togethor! We got her down to the bare frame and are inspecting all of the parts now. The plan is to go ahead and restore the frame first so that as we restore each part individually we can bolt them back to the frame.

 

Staffy

It's not yours 'til you cut it up.
Re: Bridgestone M2/SS Restoration

joeyputt said:
The plan is to go ahead and restore the frame first so that as we restore each part individually we can bolt them back to the frame.
That's a great plan of attack. I used the very same method with mine.
 

joeyputt

The green flag sets me free
Re: Bridgestone M2/SS Restoration

I had a small delay trying to get the frame in primer as we have had a lot of rain recently however it was nice this afternoon so I was able to prime it! Now that I have the frame ready to paint I can start working on all of the smaller parts so there will be a lot of photos this week!

Here is how the frame looks now!







 

joeyputt

The green flag sets me free
Re: Bridgestone M2/SS Restoration

Habanero52 said:
Looking good!
I am very happy that you like it Brother!

Today I started working on restoring the front end parts for the Bridgestone, I have the headlight mounts and lower triple tree primed and ready for paint!



 

joeyputt

The green flag sets me free
Re: Bridgestone M2/SS Restoration

Today I painted the headlight mounts and the lower triple tree, I also started working on the front forks and restored the rear shocks.

I have not clear coated these parts yet however these photos show how they look so far.





 

joeyputt

The green flag sets me free
Re: Bridgestone M2/SS Restoration

Thank you Brother Tim, your kind words mean more to me than you know!

Brother casi85 is locating all of the new engine parts and has already acquired a new old stock crankshaft so we split the engine cases to clean and inspect the rest of the internal components and the transmission.



 

joeyputt

The green flag sets me free
Re: Bridgestone M2/SS Restoration

We had beautiful weather today and the temperature was in the 80's so I painted the frame for the Bridgestone this afternoon! Brother casi85 has been acquiring a lot of very nice parts so I am looking forward to starting the assembly of them to the frame now that it is painted!

I showed the before photo of the frame and photos of when I primed it however here is the before photo again for comparison!



This is how she looks now!













 

joeyputt

The green flag sets me free
Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration

I made some more progress on the Bridgestone today and took a few photos while I was working.

The new coils came in so I went ahead and set them on the frame.



I also worked on the swingarm and sprayed it with primer.



The footpegs and mounts were pretty rough so I fully disassembled them and worked on restoring them this afternoon. The pegs, mounts, and hardware were originally a natural finish so I removed the rust and restored them to a clean natural finish and resealed them with shark hide. Brother casi85 also sent some new rubber for the front pegs so I installed them as well.

This photo shows what the pegs, mounts, and hardware looked like when I started.



This photo shows the front footpegs steel components after I removed the old rubber and the rust.



Here is a photo of the new rubber that Brother casi85 sent for the front footpegs.



These photos show the restored front and rear pegs, mounts, and hardware ready for installation on the frame after Brother casi85's approval. I did not smooth the casting marks on the pegs or mounts like we would do on our custom builds as Brother casi85 has requested that we restore everything as close to factory as possible which I agree is the proper thing to do with this build.



 

casi85

Living the Dream one Motorcycle Ride at a Time
Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration

What a way to go into the weekend... thanks JOE :p ! They look better than new... I look forward to the rest of the build and should have more parts arriving to you in the next few weeks to tie off the loose ends of parts missing.
 

joeyputt

The green flag sets me free
Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration

Brother I am really enjoying working with you on this build and it is so good to hear that you are happy! All of the parts that you have already acquired are beautiful so I can not wait to see what comes next!

I am working on finishing the fork legs and swingarm so I can mount the front and rear suspensions to the frame, I also bolted the footpegs to the frame and put the new chrome rear brake pedal on.

This is how she looks now!



 

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