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1968 Bridgestone 50 Sport
« on: July 24, 2012, 11:18:01 AM »
Hi from sunny South Africa!

Great forum! I don't own a BS yet but always hankered after one when I was a youngster. A 50 Sport was very nearly my first bike but I ended up with a Honda SS50 and never did get to own a BS. After all these years (I'm 57) I now have the opportunity to acquire a 1968 Bridgestone 50 Sport in what I think is pretty fair condition. It would be fantastic to get comments and input from the fundi's on this forum.

The bike has had one owner since 1978 and has always been stored in a cool, dry barn. It hasn't been started for 10 years or more but the little motor still turns over easily by hand with good compression.

It's very complete. Obvious external problems are: Rear indicators missing, front indicator lenses are broken, left mirror missing (did it have one?), no back footrests, clutch/brake levers have lost the ball ends, speedo cable is missing and the kick start has been welded to the spline (ouch). There is some rust inside the tank but it has not penetrated anywhere that I can tell and should be possible to clean up and recoat. Paintwork seems original and not that bad with minimal external rust. Some minor surface rust on chrome parts. Small ding on right fork shroud. The tyres are hardened but still have excellent tread for that original look! The seat 'leather' is 'rumpled' and has a small rip in the centre. Checked under the left cover, battery is dead but no acid mess.

I've put some photo's on a spare webpage: http://www.finadd.co.za/Bridgestone.html

To help me decide whether to buy it, I'd really appreciate input on the following:

* Comments on the bike as you see it?
* How difficult and expensive is it to get parts?
* What is it worth +- in its current condition?
* What would the +- value be in restored condition?[/li][/list]


Thanks and best regards,

Bruce

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Re: 1968 Bridgestone 50 Sport
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2012, 03:26:20 PM »
Hi Bruce. I think 67 was the last year of the 50. I'm not sure of the value. I'd pay 3 or 4 hundred myself but it's probably worth twice that in the condition it's in. Maybe some of the other guys on this site can help you better. Bottom line is it's worth what you are willing to pay for it. The NADA guide says 2300 in excellent condition. Richard, the owner of this site, can help you with available parts.  Anyway, welcome to the Bridgestone World. :)
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Re: 1968 Bridgestone 50 Sport
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2012, 11:02:06 PM »
  Your 50 Looks  Perty Good   I Never Saw A Red 50   Red 60 Only Black 50s    Maybe You Can See If It Was Painted     50 Are Hard To Find  So You Should Snap It Up   GENE

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Re: 1968 Bridgestone 50 Sport
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2012, 11:05:30 PM »
Hi Bruce

Here is my 1966 BS 50 Sport pre restoration - I paid $515 AUD in pre resto form.

http://bridgestonemotorcycleparts.com/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=867

Post resto http://bridgestonemotorcycleparts.com/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=866

Cheers
Ray
« Last Edit: July 24, 2012, 11:08:20 PM by RayK »
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Re: 1968 Bridgestone 50 Sport
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2012, 02:13:39 PM »
Hi All

Thanks for all your comments. I decided to go ahead and am now the proud owner of little BS. It was dropped off last week.

There are or one or two more bits missing than I originally noticed but not much. Now that I've spent a bit more time looking at it the condition still seems pretty good. The frame has definitely not been resprayed. The tank had some spray applied but most of it has flaked off leaving the original paint exposed. Checked the serial numbers and it is actually a 1967 model.

Don't know when I'll have time to try and get her running but I'll get the tank treated internally to get rid of the rust and make sure it goes no further.

RayK, your 66 looks stunning!

I'll post pics when I do get around to working on it. Regards, Bruce

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Re: 1968 Bridgestone 50 Sport
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2012, 06:32:18 PM »
Bruce , happy to hear you finally got a Bridgestone after all these years and a nice one at that. I'm startin to take an interest in the smaller bikes myself. Lookin forward to your pics from Africa! ;D
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Re: 1968 Bridgestone 50 Sport
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2013, 04:03:23 AM »
Hi Guys

Thanks for the comments. Work continues......

The progress pics have been moved to a new site at http://www.26squadron.co.za/bridgestone

I've also posted a tech query regarding a replacement kick start shaft at http://bridgestonemotorcycleparts.com/index.php?topic=2949.0.

Thanks and best regards

Bruce

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Re: 1968 Bridgestone 50 Sport
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2013, 09:58:47 AM »
Bruce

Please post your photos and story here on this site, for alll BSers to read in the future

Jeff McBrayer
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Re: 1968 Bridgestone 50 Sport
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2013, 10:07:48 AM »
I second that motion, Bruce. Enjoyed your site.
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