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Some new picts for the 62, restoration phase two is done. Got her back on the road today and she runs/rides like a champ. I'll get some better picts after she has a bath.

Improvements over the summer include...
Correct Horn
Correct 6v electrical system
Correct two bung gas tank
Numerous parts with fresh cad or parker finish
Goodyear grasshoppers, oem rear wheel, shrader valves.
OEM cylinders and rocker boxes installed
Magneto rebuilt and Chicago lock and key installed(thanks Morris Mags)
Too much hardware to list replaced with correct 1038 CP bolts.


That is a repop seat on there now, for the life of me I cannot prove that 61 thru 67 XLCH's ever came with that style seat from the factory. No factory picts ever show it, and "The legend Begins" does not show it as an options. So I do have a correct pre-64 white buddy seat to put on it for AMCA judging. Also, the correct kicker rubber will be installed for the judges to see at Jefferson this year. It judged 83 1/4 points last year, everything on that list has been addressed except for the rear fender(which is a later coil indent having fender, at a 3 point loss, if you have a fender, please let me know).




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Man, that is nice. I am aware of the great seat debate. At any rate, it was available as a factory accessory for those years and is in the catalogs. I have heard different opinions on judging policy, but how can they penalize you for a correct accessory?

The picture is unclear--did you switch the grips.

Which bars are those (and how do you like them)?

The solo has a lot more panache than the dual seat. IMHO, the dual looks a little odd with the high pipe.

How did you get rid of the polish on the covers?
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Joe,

I am looking at the my Legends book now as I look at your pictures, beautiful job! I assume those are the Rhinebeck rocker boxes? also, didn't they run a bicycle style kicker pedal in 62? as far as the seat I believe the Buddy seat and the solo were within spec back then.
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Moon Wolf, yes, I switched the grips and parkered the kickstand. Our buddy in FL cad plated shifter, brake levers, ect. I did alot of little details not really obvious in the pict. The old dude repop shrader valves are cool, they just thread on over a metal valve stem.

I also wonder about the judging policy for accessories.
The handbook says
"4. Accessories, including sidecar, do not add or subtract unless they detract from the appearance of the machine as it represents the year and model. "

No guidance is provided for an accessory that replaces an original part, so I assume they could not(and should not) ding one for the solo seat. But as it is not come from the factory with that seat, a judge could try. I would not if I was judging a bike. As that seat is a repop, they might try and ding me for that, so right before judging I'll drop on the white seat and save any argument. I agree the buddy seat does look weird with the high pipe. Some have said alot of bikes where ordered with a buddy seat and high pipe, I assume because the buddy seat allowed more body english to be applied when racing.

Monty got me those rocker boxes at Rhinebeck. Thanks again Monty. Also, as I know own a pickup, I can trailer queen her up to Oley or Rhinebeck with ease, not that I'm afraid to ride that far or 40yo tires...not.

The H model had the bicycle style kicker pedal, the CH the shaft with rubber in it style. I think this was to increase the "Manly-ness" of the CH, as any kickback is concentrated into the arch of ones foot :-)
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Man, that is nice. I am aware of the great seat debate. At any rate, it was available as a factory accessory for those years and is in the catalogs. I have heard different opinions on judging policy, but how can they penalize you for a correct accessory?
FWIW, my brothers '63 CH that I first saw in '67/8 or so, has a white solo seat and pillion pad, with matching grips. It originally was hi-fi purple, now long gone. I always assumed the seat was what it came with from the factory/dealer, but he may have added it between '63 and '68.
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Joe - what kind of tires are those? From the side, they bear a resemblance to Goodyear Grasshoppers...
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