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Owned from new...gentle Cafe...change back anytime

July 25, 2016

Paul bought this CS brand new from Tom Burns when he was living in Sydney in the early 80's. it did a couple of things for him..... after years of riding Japanese crotch rockets.....the CS showed him  that easy and slick were no match for "engineered and precise". After about 28 years and now owning an RS and (when we did this) soon a GSPD, Paul wanted to "refresh" the CS and make it a bit more Radical. Nothing that couldn't be undone with a paint job and a weekend.


These pix are from a few years ago....say about 6 or 7 but once again, this is what I loved about the whole Brisbane Airhead thing. I can spray paint...I only use acrylic laquer. Given enough time I can paint really nicely. Acrylic is actually very forgiving  once you learn how it works.


Paul used to come over weekends and he wanted to do the rubbing and the prep...the stuff that no one wants to do, but he wanted to be right at the face of the process. We had some great chats while he (and sometimes his youngest son Mason) would sit on my low stool rubbing patiently away at some blemish or other while I did something on some other bike. all the while some really eclectic music would be playing in the back.


I did a few of these for people but it isn't my profession, nor do I claim guru status for the end result...but this bike, and one I did for a fellow known as "Wrong Way" and another for Tony from Tambourine were immensely rewarding and satisfying at the time.

I couldn't do the hand lining so instead we painted on the line colour, masked it off with pinline tape then sprayed the base colour then applied about 25 coats of acrylic clear. after a few weeks, all rubbed by hand from 600 back to 2000 grit superfine then wool mop buffed and hand polished .... a deeply satisfying result and Paul did all the hard graft always just loving the hand made feel of the whole thing.



He sent me some pix to remind me the other day after I kicked off this website. These pix were taken in my other shed in Bowen Street Hope you enjoy the memories :)



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