Curmudgeon Motorcycle Restoration
Head Curmudgeon - Dave Nisse
My hobby/obsession is the repair & restoration of vintage/classic (50/60/70/80s) British, European & Japanese motorcycles. I have a special soft spot for vintage big bore 2S dirt bikes & thumpers of any kind. I was employed as journeyman motorcycle mechanic most of the 70's. I also raced MX and desert during this period (strictly amateur). Worked in shops that sold & serviced the following marques: AJS, Honda, Maico, Moto Guzzi, Norton, Puch, Suzuki, Triumph. Have owned, operated, maintained & repaired most of the others at one time or the other. I restore, collect, & barter with machines from my stable below. My idea of restoration is not a nut & bolt perfect OEM machine that doesn't run, has no oil or fuel, and sits in your office or man-cave. I can appreciate these machines but frankly during that era, motorcycles were usually modified as some of the OEM equipment didn't work all that well. Also, most riders of that era "individualized" their machines to what degree they could afford for how they used them (street, racing, etc). My "restorations" are good working machines with period mods & clean but rarely perfect cosmetics as they are meant to be ridden. They may or may not leak depending on the machine and modern sealants. If you see anything that strikes your fancy and have something interesting to trade, lets talk it over. Perhaps, I can be persuaded to part with one of my collection.
I am going to be reducing my stable partially due to health & it just being time to thin the herd. If interested in these or any in the stable, contact me & I will provide more pics and info:
* 70 Yamaha DT/RT1 (RT1 Chassis, DT1 Engine) Nice runner. Leaks a little but mechanically sound. $1200 OBO
* 73 Honda SL350 Excellent original condition except for AM mufflers. Low miles, runs & starts good. A few warts but overall fine unrestored condition - $2500 firm
* more & pics on Stable page below
Current Mounts & Projects
Other Motorcycle Stuff
Black Hills 99
Four Corners 04
North Coast - Hawthorne 05
Black Hills II 08
Angel Fire 09
CMR - Fallon, NV.