Restorations – AERMACCHI-WORLD

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Aermacchi Spirit 250

Restorations (Page 1 of 14)

Everything started with the frame of an Aermacchi Harley-Davidson SS-175, which I bought in 2001. They guy who owned the bike before, had used it as a lamp for his room. He changed the original 12V bulbs against household 220V bulbs, that’s why you can see the plugs in this picture.

Odometer showed 3881 miles at this time.

I collected necessary parts for the restoration. I guess that the bike was the first SS-175 built in 1977, because of the vin 4F60000H7. Or do you know a better explanation for this VIN?

I changed the front- and rear fender against some in better condition.

All parts were airbrushed in original 1975 colors and design by Rene Andress.

I bought a Cagiva SX-250 as a parts dispenser and used the complete engine for my SS-175. In this picture we had some problems getting the engine into the SS-175 frame.

So many wires in such a small motorcycle. -)

Yeah, it looked like a motorcycle at least!

In June 2002 I found a better exhaust (better chrome than the old one) as you can see in this picture and I also made some detail work.

A saddler made a new seat cover for my bike. I also bought a HD chrome cover for the tail lamp.

New tires (Michelin) for the front and rear wheels. Well, these are not the original tires but I wanna ride the bike and safety goes first.

I ordered some small parts from Leslie in California, like the reflectors for the rear fender and a front brake switch to complete my bike.

Different handle bar, reflectors everywhere, mirrors and a lot of small parts. So far the bike is a complete bike but it’s still a long way to a perfect restoration, so there will be more updates!

I am working on the luggage rack which someone modified to carry more stuff on it. I am trying to get it back to it’s original condition.

Well, on April 29th I got the official papers to make my bike street legal. It took me some time, money and work because I have no old papers or anything for my bike.

I removed the paint of the skid plate. Now it is ready for new paint or maybe chrome? I haven’t decided yet.

Skid plate and luggage rack are black powder-coated and mounted to the bike and they look really fantastic. I wish I had the frame powder coated in the beginning, but once I will disassemble the bike again to have the frame powder coated, too!

Jenny from Luxembourg made a great washable and reusable KN-Style airfilter with better airflow for my bike. If you also need a special airfilter let me know I gladly give you her eMail address.

Mark traded 1978 his 1976 HD Seat against my 1978 and later Cagiva seat and I am very happy about, because so I now have the correct seat for my bike!

New brake shoes for the front wheel.

A license plate holder to reduce vibrations on the license plate. Please, no jokes about the size of a german license plate, I know it is at least as big as the state of Texas ;-). The Made in Italy. decal is also new. Beside that, I made some minor improvments, and I changed main nozzle of the carb also.

I use a 125 instead of a 115 now which makes the bike run smoother.

New cylinder head. The Cagiva SX cylinder head with the cut cooling fins looked ugly. The HD cylinder head you can see in this picture is beed blasted to look clean again.

For display in Schiranna, in September in Italy 2004 . I also stayed some days at Lago Di Garda and rode the bike around a little. Here is an extra link with some pictures: Lago Di Garda.

As the original rim was rusty and rechroming to expensive I bought a new Radaelli Rim with new chrome spokes. I also used the chance to change the ball bearings. (April 2005)

My SS-175 on display at the Aermacchi Bike Spirit in Luxembourg. A pity, my throttle cable broke on that day, but however the wheather was so bad on that day that it didn’t make a difference (May 2005)


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