Bonhams | 16-Oct-2016 | The Autumn Stafford Sale Important Collectors Motorcycles | Venue : Stafford, Staffordshire County Showground
Category : Classic Motorcycles
Lot No. : 166
Year : 1980
Engine Size : -
Registration No. : EJO 57V
Chassis No. : # 0181
Engine No. : # 2K4-20325K
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale
To be sold without reserve

• Comprehensively restored
• Fuel tank, side panels, and mudguards have been repainted
• Front forks rebuilt by suspension specialists MCT
• Enthusiast owned, surplus to requirements
• Requires final re-commissioning
Towards the end of its troubled existence, and following the end of Norton Commando production in 1977, Norton Villiers Triumph (NVT) engaged in some collaborative ventures with Yamaha, which included developing police-specification versions of the three-cylinder XS750 and a pair of identical (badges apart) off-roaders using the DT175MX engine and (mainly) Italian cycle parts: the NVT Rambler and BSA Tracker. Bizarrely, this machine's original supplying dealer got these two models confused and registered it as a BSA!
The current vendor purchased 'EJO 57V' at Bonhams' Stafford Sale in October 2010 (Lot 334). Since then the machine has been comprehensively restored, the engine being rebuilt by two-stroke guru, Ron Phillips (Fahron Engineering); there is no bill but Ron can confirm. In addition, the fuel tank, side panels, and mudguards have been repainted; the front forks rebuilt by suspension specialists MCT; the wheels rebuilt (by Five-One) with Morad alloy rims and stainless spokes; a complete new rear light fitted; the brake pads and shoes renewed; a Falcon rear shock installed (retaining the original spring); and a new gearbox sprocket and drive chain fitted. The fuel tap and clutch cable likewise are new, while the part-stainless exhaust system was made by a local fabricator. The front brake calliper has been reconditioned with new seals and cut-down RD350LC pistons. The master cylinder is a new Yamaha RD250LC pattern component, and the hose a new braided item. Tyres are new Avon Roadriders. All removed components, including the original exhaust system, air filter box (needs repair), and Grimeca front brake master cylinder are included in the sale together with all receipts for parts, a current V5C document, an owner's handbook, and a Clymer Yamaha workshop manual.
A change in the vendor's personal circumstances has rendered the machine surplus to requirements, hence the decision to sell. While the fuel tank was away being painted, the engine was started using a 'slave' tank to check that it ran OK (it did) but the machine has not been ridden on the road; it needs final re-commissioning, including a fuel pipe and fresh battery, to complete and thus is sold strictly as viewed.