This R-75 Elephant was built with a mix of original and aftermarket reproduction parts, with mixed results. It looked stunning, and ran like a top. Started with the first kick, but the gearbox was finicky. Getting reverse, while keeping 4th as an option proved rather difficult, as these are shim adjusted. One must tear down the gearbox each time.
It was sold to a collector on the East Coast, who enjoyed it completely. On demonstration in the new owner’s exclusive neighbourhood, the new owner suggested we do a few donuts, so, we pulled three donuts in his front lawn, much to the consternation of his Wife, who witnessed the whole thing from the living room window. These bikes are ridiculously fun to ride, and his enthusiasm for the instructional ride was priceless! The fuel tank’s cork gasket didn’t seem to like it much, so we replaced that one right away. This bike was finicky, but the experience was worth every bit of time put in to making this bike what it is.
THIS SPECIFIC BIKE IS ALREADY IN A PRIVATE COLLECTION-
If you are interested in having us find you a nice restored, or restorable example, we are glad to help in all stages of the process.