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Mickey Peters restoration
Up for your consideration is my 1965 Royal Enfield Interceptor. This is a 750cc motorcycle that has received a comprehensive mechanical restoration. It came to me as an unwanted project some years ago and and stood waiting in the queue in my shop until it had its turn on the lift. The engine and gear box were completely stripped down. The cases were media tumbled and all alloy surfaces were polished to a high shine. All of the engine internals have been refurbished: the crankshaft was cleaned and bearing surfaces polished. New big end shells were fitted to the rods. New pistons and rings were installed in the standard bores. New engine bearings throughout. New valves, valve guides, and refurbished valve gear. The gearbox was stripped down cleaned and all bearings and seals were replaced as needed. The frame and all associated parts were powder coated black. The wheel rims were re-chromed and laced with new Buchanan spokes. All electrical components have been replaced as new. The wire harness is of my design and manufacture. I have rebuilt the magneto with new bearings and armature. From an outward appearance, this bike appears to the patina of a well cared for rider. When this bike came to me, the fuel tank had been painted and striped, I would assume, some time back in the late 60s or 70s. There was a gold leaf decal added to the rear fender. I liked the look of these worn-in characteristics, and decided not to re plate or polish any of those surfaces. As such, the exhaust is original chrome, the fenders are the original finish, and even the seat cover remains authentic to the bike, with just the start of a splitting seam in the rear. Upon closer inspection, you will find that all of the original fasteners have been retained. They were all cleaned and re plated in cadmium. This bike is an exceptional runner. It starts very easily from cold, which is not a trait these bikes readily possess. For those who have ridden one, they could tell you that a well tuned Interceptor is a long-legged bike that is quick to accelerate up to speed and seems to have endless power through the rpm range. This bike is no exception to that. Bid with confidence on this bike. The title is clear, in my name, and though the registration sticker on the bike shows its coming due, the tags are paid through 2018.