Although the bike had only 4500 miles it was cosmetically a mess. Owner Ian Spinney teamed up with John McGeachin of www.classicbikerepairsglasgow.co.uk to lighten the machine with stainless guards, fit a low profile Optima seat and expose the engine, carb and exhaust by removing the air filter assembly.
All frame and metal parts were painted, the tank lined in gold as a tribute to Sunbeam motorcycles from the 1930s, wheels rebuilt, new wiring and a plethora of parts purchased from Stewart Engineering, the specialist supplier of spares.
The bike fired up first kick and provides a relaxed, smooth ride.
“The design of the bike is superb and the bobber finish will complement our clothing range perfectly,” said Daniele Bentivegne, retail director with Belstaff UK. “We are delighted to put the S8 on display and play our part in helping a wider audience appreciate the heritage of Britain’s motorcycle industry.”
“Hundreds of hours and the inevitable small fortune have been spent, however another project beckons so the S8 will be up for sale in the New Year,” said Ian Spinney, who can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07973 671773.