Does anyone in this Forum own a JPN Replica or have access to one? I would really appreciate a close-up photo of the left-hand (brake side) showing the rear set brake lever, footrest and mounting plate.
Hi guys — thanks to you both for your posts! As it happened, a forum member from Washington State sent me some great pics of his recently restored machine. I am making my own rear sets for an Interstate and wanted to see how Norton did theirs. Thanks again.
These rearsets came off a real JPS I bought like this:
I turned it into a Fastback, but I was younger and dumber and threw away many parts I could not use and had no idea they could be made almost like new with time an (lots) of money, two things I did not have back then.
Here are the pics, hope they help.
If you need bigger pics or a different view, PM me and I will send them by e-mail.
Bonsoir Jean, well, you can't get better pics that the ones you've taken! Thank you for going to the trouble; it is much appreciated. I have all I need now to make my own, so thanks to you and the other members on the Forum who have posted pics.
When I first built it, I had a Suzuki front brake and painted it with rattle cans. I bought the burned out hulk, a complete 1969 commando which I took apart for parts, all the fiberglass to make a Fastback, the oil tank, the Suzuki brake, the UK style rear license plate holder and some other bits for $1200. BTW, both bikes were in a garage fire, the JPS had been right under a stack of oil cans, the fire burned everything that was not hard metal, even the carbs melted. A lot of damage came from the battery acid which spewed out and the two months it sat frozen in ice before being hauled out to a drier place. Can you beleive the JPS had 25 miles on it when I bought it!
A few years later I took it all apart and had it painted by a pro. At first the paint looked great although the guy went a bit overboard with the stickers, he put a 750 sticker on the rear cowling and 850 stickers on the side panels, not very happy about that, but left it like that (I think I never paid him). Then the fiberglass tank started to act up, I didn't know about tank liners and the paint on the tank was ruined, I was sure the preparation was not done correctly and the painter redid the paint, only to see it ruined again in a few hours. Not only was the paint ruined, one company's gas (Petro Canada) just ate away the insides of the tank (or the old deposists) and gummed up the carb in less than 50Km. Using gas from an other comapany (Esso) was OK, but the paint remained ruined and it is still like that today.
Here is a pic when I had the paint redone all fresh and nice.
I am using the same Suzuki brake on my café racer and the right lower fork leg I modified to remove the brake boss. I have modified the brake plates to be more sturdy and I have the correct Suzuki front brake lever and the OEM brake cables so I am expecting it to work better.
I would like to sell it to finance my café racer project http://www.pbase.com/jeandr/cafe_racer but noone wants to buy it because of the fiberglass tank, so next year I may redo it yet again with an alloy tank, different exhaust and other bits.