Subject:RE: RE: RE: For Sale....soon Date:Fri Aug 24 07:38:26 2012
Response to:4245

Yes pros and cons each way I think
Good thing with a old resto is that they can sometimes be verified back to
always being one bike if the history is known as opposed to building a bike
out of collected parts. We prefer to buy old resto bikes as opposed to Baskets
but do find that there is usually a amount of work involved to make the bike a
reliable rally bike.

Yes there are some nice parts being made for the KJ due to the Cannonball
but are the parts actually buyable to the average joe ? I have a resto project
I put in a order for a set off new KJ Rods, rod bearings, and pistons plus a few
other bits and pieces, from one of the well known henderson builders

I ordered the parts well over 12 months ago and made payment for the parts
in September 2011 (11 months ago) and so far have received the rods and a
pressure plate and no pistons or rod bearings, and the seller wont answer his
phone or answer emails. I know everyone is busy but this is just over the top,
especially when the whole order was originally promised to be done in 6

so if it is this hard just to purchase a few parts how would it be trying to build
a Engine with mainly new up graded parts.

Yes that is true, that was Erik Dunk's bike that was sold to Australia, ( an older
restoration, good but far from state of the art) . The picture for KJ's is rapidly
changing as we speak and if I were to be in the market I would much prefer to
buy a decent basket case since there have been so many great new
components recently developed for the cannonball such as cylinders, cams,
cranks etc I know of 2 very nice baskets sold in the 25K range within the last
year. When you buy a "restored" bike it is a crap shoot so why not do it
yourself or have it done by someone who knows what he is doing? Then you
can ride with confidence. My 2 cents worth.


The last KJ that sold on ebay went for a little over 50K

Hi there aren't many resources to begin with for antique Henderson's. I'm
some research for some one who will be trying to sell 2 1931 Henderson KJ
series in the VERY near future and was hoping for a ruff estimate on the
price of each bike in good condition from top to bottom. Thanks. Once a little
work is put into them they may be posted online as well.