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General Discussion / Re: Brian McDonough
« Last post by CL-100 on Today at 06:33:42 AM »
I also was fortunate to purchase some hard to find Bridgestone parts from Brian a few years back.  A class act and a pleasure to converse with. 

Best wishes to his family.

General Discussion / Re: Brian McDonough
« Last post by RayK on Today at 12:35:18 AM »
Very sad news, I have also bought parts from Brian. As we are inclined to say here in Oz 'he was a top bloke'.
I hope his bikes are kept together as a collection, either with a collector or in a motorcycle museum.
Vale Brian

175 & 200 Talk / Re: Racer Resurrection
« Last post by OldSwartout on Yesterday at 09:11:42 PM »
Nice work!
General Discussion / Re: Brian McDonough
« Last post by OldSwartout on Yesterday at 08:57:20 PM »
Sad news.  I communicated and dealt with Brian a few times over the years.  He was very helpful. He was active for many years in the Yahoo Bridgestone Group.

I'll post the news on the Yahoo group.
General Discussion / Re: Brian McDonough
« Last post by rwgibbon on Yesterday at 07:47:39 PM »
Very sorry to hear about Brian.

I have bought many parts and received a lot
of great advice from Brian over the years.


General Discussion / Brian McDonough
« Last post by vinny g on Yesterday at 03:08:49 PM »
Sad news from the UK I'm afraid. Brian sadly passed away Monday morning. He will be more known to UK members, I guess, but had Bridgestone friends around the world.

I first met him some 20 years ago when he kept asking me to build a 200 engine for a bike he'd unearthed. This coincided with me building the first of my 200 racers so it worked just fine. He spent much time scouring the USA in pre internet days buying up NOS which he then shipped back, somehow, as hand luggage...luggage that would involve me having to meet him at the airport with a van there was that much of it. Together we restored almost 60 Bridgestones back to concours condition and ended up with pretty much one of each model/capacity...from 50 through to 350...and including Taka, Rockford and SR models. Brian thinned the collection out some 5 years ago after a health scare but was enormously proud of his collection that we guessed was probably the largest collection of restored Bridgestones in the world. Anyway, I thought it best that those that knew him know. I'll miss him, for sure.
175 & 200 Talk / Re: Racer Resurrection
« Last post by al_pritchard on Yesterday at 01:54:17 PM »
Final dry engine assembly underway, and the ignitions is built.

I'v an older engin case, that has an ignition that spins at half speed. And that means I need to use the Dyna S DS1-3. It's configured with the pickups at 90°, and 2 magnets at 180°. The half speed means that we need to trigger the pickups 4 times for every rotation. Being a visual person, I didn't understand it until I assembled it. Then it was cristal clear.

The first step was to turn down the old cam at the end of the generator shaft. Rather than remove the cam from the generator shaft. I removed the shaft from the housing and treated it like a mandrel in the lathe. If you have a generator with "guts" you wont be able to do that - luckily mine doesn't.

Out with the old, and in with the new

Generator and points cam



Still need to make a wiring harness and test this. But I'm ever hopefull.
Members: Introduce yourself / Re: Buying a Brigestone
« Last post by RayK on February 20, 2018, 04:20:33 AM »
Members: Introduce yourself / Re: Buying a Brigestone
« Last post by mikeward on February 20, 2018, 03:17:59 AM »
Thanks everyone for your very helpful comments, sadly with packing, shipping and taxes plus the parts I don't think it looks such a bargain as I first thought.

Kind Regards Mike Ward.
Members: Introduce yourself / Re: Buying a Brigestone
« Last post by RayK on February 19, 2018, 06:52:33 PM »
This 50 Sport looks like an early model with different forks. The lower handlebars and Kilometre speedo look like it was made for the European/Asian market. The full chain case was also on some 50/90 models sold in Australia. My two 1966 50 Sports have the half chain guard and taller handlebars. The tail/stop light is similar to the Aus models without the ? Large separate red reflector.
To  give you an idea what price range, I paid $500AUD for my 1st 50 Sport. It was complete but needed restoration. My 2nd 50 Sport cost $130 AUD with no muffler, seat, headlight, taillight, chain guard and needed a major engine rebuild. The tank was in great nick. They are rarer than 90s and 175s in Australia.
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