Finished Bridgestone 175 Hurricane Scrambler photos

This bike is a blast to ride. Fast and zippy for a small bike but next to a real motorcycle, you realize how slow you are going! The restoration took about a year. I had help rebuilding the engine and transmission. A friend Adam helped me weld the bump onto the seat. Chrome, powder coat and paint were all locally sourced. Custom YSS shocks. Assembled by me. The only bummer is that I could not find the correct street Bridgestone tires to put on the bike.

1967 Bridgestone 175HS custom silver frame. Coated pipes. Custom seat, handlebars.

Bridgestone 175HS custom progress photos

Back from powder coat.

Back from powder coat.

Back from powder coat.

Back from powder coat.

Clean carbs

Clean carbs

I sourced this engine build to a guy who builds Yamaha RD's and such.  Fingers crossed it works.

I sourced this engine build to a guy who builds Yamaha RD’s and such. Fingers crossed it works.

Painter went all out... all i needed was the rear dome painted.  I'm not complaining.  It looks amazing. The tank looks killer.  Photos of that to come

Painter went all out… all i needed was the rear dome painted. I’m not complaining. It looks amazing. The tank looks killer. Photos of that to come

Upholstery complete.

Upholstery complete.

Torn apart and giving the engine a bath

The manual available for this bike is old, with terrible photos. So I am snapping shots of everything while I take it apart. How would this happen in the film days??? Expensively I guess…
Pixels are cheap.
More Photos to come…

Bridgestone 175 rear brake hub.  Looks like it will polish up OK.

Bridgestone 175 rear brake hub. Looks like it will polish up OK.

Bridgestone 175  rotary 2 stroke engine getting a bath in on the parts washer.  It was filthy.

Bridgestone 175 rotary 2 stroke engine getting a batch in on the parts washer. It was filthy.

Bridgestone 175HS rear sprockets.  I can't wait to clean these up.  They are a nice feature on the bike.

Bridgestone 175HS rear sprockets. I can’t wait to clean these up. They are a nice feature on the bike.

The Bridgestone 175 Hurricane Scrambler

I have no idea what draws us to certain bikes… but I saw this for sale, cheap, and I had to get it.  I think the toaster tank had something to do with it.    It is a 1967 Bridgestone 175 Hurricane Scrambler.

I’m waiting for a bunch of custom BMW parts (in development), that this seemed like a good place to put that antsy restoration energy.

Supposedly, Bridgestone made such great bikes that they were pressured by other Japanese motorcycle companies to stop making motorcycles, otherwise the other companies would stop buying the Bridgestone tires.

 

1967 Bridgestone 175 HS

1967 Bridgestone 175 HS

This bike arrived a bit rougher then I expected.  With some help of a mechanic genius at the Oshmo shop, we got it running.
It had a weak spark so I waited about a month for some parts to arrive, replaced the coils and with the help of my daughter, we got it fired up with one kick.

I have no idea why I am going to sink time and money into this bike… but she is going to get torn down for a complete restoration with some custom bits thrown in.

Stay tuned for some 2 stroke updates…

Wheels Laced

The owner of the bike had a good suggestion. At first i wasn’t too into the idea but now that I am seeing everything come together, I really like it.
He suggested that we powder coat the hubs in white:

We are going with some wide shoulder Akront/Morad rims. I can’t wait to see these on the bike.

I took them to Johnson and Wood in North Hollywood to get laced. They bought the spokes for me and laced them for a very affordable price and a reasonable turn around. I’m surprised when I receive responsive and courteous customer service these days and the wheel guy, Al, was great to talk to. He and I traded a few faxes and phone calls talking about the proper offset. He was proud to give the wheels back to me and offered to re-adjust the offset if i felt that anything seemed incorrect.

Test fit and I’m dying to get some rubber on these dubs.

Rub a dub dub. New Battlax BT45 Bridgestones ready for the roads!