Zen and the art of motorcycle restauration

Tempo Standard Restauration

Ok, so I’ve finally lost my marbles. I’ve always had a “problem” with being deeply into a lot of different things at the same time. In highschool I even read a 12 volume encyclopedia from A to L (I probably got a girlfriend around L, hurrah). I’ve always been that way, but I’ve also always been broke, so my hangups often never get beyond research and reading about a billion words about … anything.

But yesterday I obviously turned a new leaf, by buying an old motorcycle from the 50s that has more rust than metal. I’ve been drooling over it ever since I saw and ad for two weeks ago, and late last night, after receiving plenty of advice to the contrary, I transferred the money, and this evening the seller delivered it to me, a genuine, Made-in-Norway, Tempo Standard 150CC motorcycle.

Here are two more images from the original ad.

Tempo Standard Restauration

Tempo Standard Restauration

Do I have experience with motorcycles? No!
Do I have a motorcycle licence? No!
Do I have the time? Nope!
Am I nuts? Check!
Do I have a big grin all over my face? Hell yeah!

I apologize in advance for endless posts about this project.


Alex sier:

That’s one cool bike!
And it sounds like a fun project. Good luck with that.

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Thanks! It will take alot of work!

@Bernt_S sier:

Nice bike! Nice project! A mc licence is no problem, its just plenty of fun to look forward to. Ok, the lessons are a bit expensive, but a man got to do what a man got to do.

I would keep the original paint colour if possible, but that’s just me.

Keep it up! :-)

Thanks! The jury is still out on the paint job, but I need to do something to keep the rust on the gas tank in check at least.

Markus sier:

so….how’s the project going on? Any new pictures?

Not so good! I sold it a few months ago. Just didn’t find enough time for it. The plan now is to buy a newer bike in running condition :)