- Everything started with the frame of an Aermacchi Harley-Davidson
SS-175, which I bought in 2001. They guy who owned the bike before,
had used it as a lamp for his room. He changed the original 12V bulbs
against household 220V bulbs, that's why you can see the plugs in this
picture. Odometer showed 3881 miles at this time.
- I collected necessary parts for the restoration. I guess that the
bike was the first SS-175 built in 1977, because of the vin "4F60000H7".
Or do you know a better explanation for this VIN?
- I changed the front- and rear fender against some in better condition.
- All parts were airbrushed in original 1975 colors and design by
- I bought a Cagiva SX-250 as a parts dispenser and used the complete
engine for my SS-175. In this picture we had some problems getting the
engine into the SS-175 frame.
- So many wires in such a small motorcycle. :-)
- Yeah, it looked like a motorcycle at least!
- In June 2002 I found a better exhaust (better chrome than the old
one) as you can see in this picture and I also made some detail work.
- A saddler made a new seat cover for my bike. I also bought a HD
chrome cover for the tail lamp.
- New tires (Michelin) for the front and rear wheels. Well, these
are not the original tires but I wanna ride the bike and safety goes
- I ordered some small parts from Leslie in California, like the
reflectors for the rear fender and a front brake switch to complete
- Different handle bar, reflectors everywhere, mirrors and a lot
of small parts. So far the bike is a complete bike but it's still a
long way to a perfect restoration, so there will be more updates!
- I am working on the luggage rack which someone modified to carry
more stuff on it.. I am trying to get it back to it's original condition.
- Well, on April 29th I got the official papers to make my bike street
legal. It took me some time, money and work because I have no old papers
or anything for my bike.
- I removed the paint of the skid plate. Now it is ready for new
paint or maybe chrome? I haven't decided yet.
- Skid plate and luggage rack are black powder-coated and mounted
to the bike and they look really fantastic. I wish I had the frame powder
coated in the beginning, but once I will disassemble the bike again
to have the frame powder coated, too!
|First bike season is over, odometer shows 4326 miles on
October 31st, 2003. That is a total of 445 miles in the first
season since restoration. I will use the time till April 2004
(start of next bike season) to do some more work on my bike
- Jenny from Luxembourg made a great washable and reusable "K&N-Style"
airfilter with better airflow for my bike. If you also need a special
airfilter let me know I gladly give you her eMail address.
- Mark traded 1978 his 1976 HD Seat against my 1978 and later Cagiva
seat and I am very happy about, because so I now have the correct seat
for my bike!
- New brake shoes for the front wheel.
- A license plate holder to reduce vibrations on the license plate.
Please, no jokes about the size of a german license plate, I know it
is at least as big as the state of Texas ;-). The "Made in Italy..."
decal is also new. Beside that, I made some minor improvments, and I
changed main nozzle of the carb also. I use a 125 instead of a 115 now
which makes the bike run smoother.
- New cylinder head. The Cagiva SX cylinder head with the cut cooling
fins looked ugly. The HD cylinder head you can see in this picture is
beed blasted to look clean again.
- For display in Schiranna, in September in Italy 2004. I also stayed some days at Lago Di Garda and rode the bike around a little. Here is an extra link with some pictures: Lago Di Garda.
|October 31st, the second bike season is over for my SS-175.
Odometer now shows 4778 miles. That makes 452 miles in 2004 and
a total of 897 miles since restoration. As in 2003 I had no technical
problems this year.
- As the original rim was rusty and rechroming to expensive I bought
a new Radaelli Rim with new chrome spokes. I also used the chance to
change the ball bearings. (April 2005)
- My SS-175 on display at the Aermacchi Bike Spirit in Luxembourg.
A pity, my throttle cable broke on that day, but however the wheather
was so bad on that day that it didn't make a difference (May 2005)
|The third bike season is over. The odometers shows 4976 miles. That makes a total of 1095 miles since restoration. This year I had a little trouble with the throttle cable which broke twice because of my bad soldering knowledge, but now I repaired it perfectly and it should last "forever". I only rode 198 miles this year because of the trouble with the cable but also because I was riding a lot on my HD Low Rider.
- This picture shows my SS-175 for display at the Aermacchi meeting in Larochette, Luxembourg 2006
|The fourth bike season is over. I now have 5060 miles. Very few riding this year but no trouble in this year beside a broken horn mount because of good 2-Stroke vibriations.