OUR WORK

MACHINES WE’VE RESTORED FOR THEIR PROUD OWNERS 

FEATURED PRODUCTS

SHOP TEES | RARE PARTS | WATCHES | PRINTS | ACCESSORIES

RESTORATION SERVICES

AWARD-WINNING & FACTORY CORRECT

CONCOURS RESTORATION

The result of our concours restoration is a brand-new motorcycle, exactly as it left the factory, down to every last detail.

The process begins with total disassembly to every last nut and bolt. Each part is evaluated, repaired, rebuilt, reground, or replaced, and then machined, polished, chrome plated, cad plated, painted, or powder coated. Parts are sourced from all over the world – from the best suppliers, at the best price.

The motorcycle is then reassembled according to exhaustive research including factory workshop & parts manuals, service bulletins, brochures, period photographs and anecdotal evidence.

A restored machine typically includes new pistons, rings, bearings, bushings, seals, clutch plates/basket/shock absorber, rotor/stator, primary & drive chains, wiring, switches, bulbs, gauges, springs, shocks, tires, tubes and much more.  The final parts list usually includes 200+ part numbers.

Once reassembled, the motor is broken in, the head is re-torqued, valves are adjusted, and the motorcycle is ensured to be in perfect working order prior to delivery.

Pickup and delivery can easily be arranged from anywhere in the world. Typical costs range from $15-20,000, and a typical timeline is 6-12 months. Payment plans are available.

PATINA RESTORATION

The result of our patina restoration is a motorcycle that is completely rebuilt to run as new, while retaining original paint and time-worn, factory-correct appearance

The process begins with total engine disassembly to every last nut and bolt. The rolling chassis is completely degreased and polished, while not using overly abrasive techniques. Paint may be touched up, and aged to match. Each part is evaluated, repaired, rebuilt, reground, or replaced. Good original parts, with matching patina, are sourced.

The motorcycle is then reassembled according to exhaustive research including factory workshop & parts manuals, service bulletins, brochures, period photographs and anecdotal evidence.

Once reassembled, the motor is broken in, the head is re-torqued, valves are adjusted, and the motorcycle is ensured to be in perfect working order prior to delivery.

Pickup and delivery can easily be arranged from anywhere in the world. Typical costs range from $5-10,000, and a typical timeline is 3-6 months. Payment plans are available.

CAN WE DO IT CHEAPER? IS IT WORTH THE INVESTMENT?

We use the best parts and service providers for the money. We make sound decisions as to which country of origin is appropriate for any given part, and then we shop amongst our suppliers for the best prices.

For instance, we don’t use main bearings that are made in Asia – these are critical components, the failure of which can lead to catastrophe. But, we may use them in other areas in order to save our customers money. We don’t use mufflers made in Asia – they just don’t look like the originals. But, we often use exhaust pipes made in Asia because they cost less, and look and work great.

And no, not everything made in England is the best you can buy. Often, parts made in Taiwan, Japan, New Zealand or the U.S. are far superior to the UK equivalent. We know which to use, because of years of trial and error that you don’t have to go through.

Is it worth it? Yup. The investment market for vintage British motorcycles remains strong. And, our bikes tend to sell for top dollar and retain their value. You may hear from prognosticators that your bike isn’t worth what we say it is. Feel free to ignore them.

OUR INSTAGRAM FEED

SNAPSHOTS FROM OUR DAILY ADVENTURES

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

A FEW SHINY TROPHIES ON THE WALL

2019 Gilmore Vintage Motorcycle Show – 1st place Best in Show
2018 Gilmore Vintage Motorcycle Show – 3rd place Best in Show
2017 Gilmore Vintage Motorcycle Show – 2nd place Best in Show
2016 Gilmore Vintage Motorcycle Show – 2nd place Best in Show
2015 Gilmore Vintage Motorcycle Show – 1st place Best in Show
2015 Gilmore Vintage Motorcycle Show – 2nd place Best in Show
2013 Gilmore Vintage Motorcycle Show – 3rd place Best in Show
2019 Triumph National Rally – 1st place – 1963-1970 650
2018 Triumph National Rally – 1st place – 1963-1970 650
2018 Triumph National Rally – 2nd place – 1963-1970 650
2018 Triumph National Rally – 1st place – Competition
2017 Triumph National Rally – 1st place Best in Show
2017 Triumph National Rally – 1st place – 1963-1970 650
2016 Triumph National Rally – 1st place – 1963- 1970 650
2016 Triumph National Rally – 1st place – 1963-1970 500
2016 Concours d’Elegance at St. John’s – Lion Award
2016 Ton Up Festival – Best British
2019 Cincinnati Concours – 1st place
2019 AACA Spring Nationals – 1st place
2018 Cincinnati Brit Show – 1st place Best in Show
2019 AMA Old Bike Barn at Mid Ohio – Best in Show
2018 AMA Old Bike Barn at Mid Ohio – Best in Show
2019 AMA Old Bike Barn at Mid Ohio – 1st place British Competition
2018 AMA Old Bike Barn at Mid Ohio – 1st place British Competition
2016 Barber Vintage Festival Ace Corner – Best in Show
2016 Barber Vintage Festival Ace Corner – Best Restoration
2013 Barber Vintage Festival Ace Corner – Best in Show
2013 Barber Vintage Festival Ace Corner – Best Restoration
2018 Battle of the Brits – 3rd place Best in Show
2017 Battle of the Brits – 1st place Best in Show
2015 Battle of the Brits – 1st place Best in Show
2013 Battle of the Brits – 2nd place Best in Show
2012 Battle of the Brits – 3rd place Best in Show

THE MAN IN CHARGE

AND A TEAM OF EXPERTS

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GRAHAM COUSENS

Founder, curator, builder & restorer.

“I fell in love with British motorcycles as a kid riding around on the back of my dad’s ’66 BSA Spitfire Hornet, running to Ron Finch’s shop in Pontiac, and watching my Dad pal around with Ken Grzesiak at British Only in Detroit.
I’ve studied under Don Hutchinson, John Healy, Jay Medeiros, Ron Finch, Al Hartman, David Gaylin, Lindsay Brooke and many other legends of the business.
I’m proud to be a part of this community, and keeping this tradition alive.”

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