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Re: John Player Special restoration project

Postby grandpaul » Tue May 10, 2016 6:48 am

Cockpit nice and tidy. I have to wire up the idiot lights and orient them (and the switch) properly.

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The boot is quite spacious, but you can't stuff a sleeping bag in there. A tool bag and change of clothes, yes.

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Re: John Player Special restoration project

Postby grandpaul » Tue May 10, 2016 9:12 am

Just realized another tell-tale on a small JPN detail: The shifter is a custom fabrication with the arm welded on at a specific angle, NOT a standard shifter that is bent to the same angle. (For all of you rivet counters).
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Re: John Player Special restoration project

Postby Robert_Norton » Tue May 10, 2016 2:36 pm

grandpaul wrote:Just realized another tell-tale on a small JPN detail: The shifter is a custom fabrication with the arm welded on at a specific angle, NOT a standard shifter that is bent to the same angle. (For all of you rivet counters).



You're slipping Grandpaul; rivet counters have previously mentioned this detail at least twice since this thread started (Jeandr and myself), and Jeandr even posted photos.


I'm pretty sure JPN's shipped from the factory with the tach on the left and speedo on the right, too.





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Re: John Player Special restoration project

Postby grandpaul » Tue May 10, 2016 5:49 pm

Sorry, forgot about the shifter mentions previously, just never looked at mine up close.

As for the meters, they're not connected or properly mounted yet; I need to find the right clips. I always thought the tach cable came straight up to the tach, not crossed over?
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Re: John Player Special restoration project

Postby Robert_Norton » Tue May 10, 2016 8:09 pm

grandpaul wrote:Sorry, forgot about the shifter mentions previously, just never looked at mine up close.

As for the meters, they're not connected or properly mounted yet; I need to find the right clips. I always thought the tach cable came straight up to the tach, not crossed over?



Over the years I've noticed that the JPN's that seem to be most original have the speedometer on the right and tachometer on the left. Several recent sales and eBay auction bikes have been set up this way. The recent craigslist bike for $27K in California (I think you saw the advertisement) was set up with the speedo on the right.

The Cycle Test JPN bike in '74 also had the speedometer on the right, tachometer on the left.


Probably should do what works best, though.


I just noticed the JPN Parts Supplement lists a part number for a tachometer cable (perhaps longer?) and the drawing suggests the tachometer would be on the right-hand side. Maybe the longer JPN tachometer cable is a better fit if the tachometer is on the left side. You'll want to make sure you order the correct JPN cable if it's something you haven't already procured.

There was no offering for a speedometer cable in the JPN Parts Supplement.



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Re: John Player Special restoration project

Postby grandpaul » Wed May 11, 2016 5:24 am

I have both longer cables. I'll look over all the photos again...
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Re: John Player Special restoration project

Postby grandpaul » Wed May 11, 2016 6:26 am

Another way to tell the genuine (or VERY GOOD copy) JPN gas tank is the long thumb indent in the tank, ahead of the gas tank flip release.

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Re: John Player Special restoration project

Postby grandpaul » Wed May 11, 2016 12:01 pm

Finally started, just need to tune the low speed mix and set a stable idle; right side seems to come and go (must be the used spark plug).

Awfully little clearance between the handlebars and fairing!

Penultimate milestone surpassed...
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Re: John Player Special restoration project

Postby swooshdave » Wed May 11, 2016 12:13 pm

Used spark plug?
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Re: John Player Special restoration project

Postby grandpaul » Wed May 11, 2016 1:39 pm

swooshdave wrote:Used spark plug?

Still waiting on a box of new Champion N7 plugs; used the NGKs from Alastair's 750 (were working fine on that bike).
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Re: John Player Special restoration project

Postby Reggie » Fri May 13, 2016 11:08 am

grandpaul wrote;
The boot is quite spacious, but you can't stuff a sleeping bag in there. A tool bag and change of clothes, yes.


When I used to run my JPN replica in the late 1980's, I used to use the bike regularly to go to work on, and I used the boot space to put my sandwiches in plus a pair of waterproofs, because as everybody knows, it nearly always rains in England. :lol:
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Re: John Player Special restoration project

Postby grandpaul » Fri May 13, 2016 12:36 pm

Yes, it will absolutely fit a set of Frogg Toggs.
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Re: John Player Special restoration project

Postby grandpaul » Tue Oct 11, 2016 6:42 pm

At last, the 1974 John Player Norton is street legal! My second choice for the vanity plate was "PLAYER"...

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Re: John Player Special restoration project

Postby grandpaul » Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:39 am

The finishing touch...

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Re: John Player Special restoration project

Postby APRRSV » Tue Nov 01, 2016 1:17 pm

Hey Paul,
How do get a Vermont plate in Texas?

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