This web page is dedicated to my Seca Turbo and has a lot of information regarding the complete restoration I have done. I offer some mechanical/electrical service solutions but some of my links offer more of those - however, my tips are growing. Feel free to ask if you don't see anything. Please see my links page for some other links for mechanical tips. Click here to a link to my article from Cycle Canada from February 2008. Compliments of Cycle Canada. Putting it into a single page format is compliments of Gina.

Am I completely done? With the current restoration, yes. But like I mentioned, there are still a few things I would like to do - as listed below.

Tear apart, re-chrome and rebuild spare set of rear shocks. One shock is fully apart and am coming up with a modification to make the seal replaceable. - Started
Tear apart and re-build spare set of carbs (float needles and seats, all o-rings) - 80% Done

Being a perfectionist and wanting to get the job done can sometimes consume you and you can lose focus on the more important things in life. Not that I am in that state. I just know my limitations - this is just a warning for "like" personalities. For those of you who are like this, don't let your passion for this sort of thing distract you from your other passions in life. Life is about balance.

If you are interested, click here to open a document showing all the parts I have restored to date and what has been done to them. It might give you some ideas or raise some questions that you can ask me about.

I will update this website from time to time, but there probably won't be much to add. However, if you want to contact me with any questions, please feel free to do so. I will answer any e-mail questions you may have.

Please visit my business site - BDESIGNS - for the following services and products;

Seca Turbo decals
Vintage motorcycle decals
Custom Decals
Restoration Services
Plastic Component repairing
Rubber component reproductions
Windshield Reproductions
Sandblasting services
Artistic vehicle renderings

Please see below for my "journey", in chronological order.

Done! (June 2007)

And so it comes to an end. The restoration is finally over. I met my goal of having this bike done and being back on the road before I was 50 which is this year (ouch). It's hard to believe that this bike is 25 years old, and exactly 25 years ago, I owned this very same model of bike.

I remember when I first started out four years ago, thinking “Yeah, about 300 hours and a year and a half should do it.” Two years later and 450 hours I started thinking, “Yeah, about 550 to 600 hundred hours and three years should do it.” Well, I have personally spent a total of 841 hours over almost 4 years on this project. Kind of staggering when you think about it.

Would I ever undertake a project like this again? Probably not. I don't think I would live long enough to be able to do that. Would I ever do another bike? Perhaps a small project. But for now, I want to concentrate on building up my business of restoration services.

This restoration has been both very rewarding and very challenging at the same time. There were times I became so frustrated that I had to walk away from it, sometimes for months at a time. And there many times that I couldn't stop doing it, I had to keep going. Sometimes things went very smoothly and went as planned. Sometimes they didn't. Sometimes I kept screwing things up by my own doing, and had to re-do things over and over. Sometimes suppliers screwed things up on me over and over again and I wound up having to do it myself. I challenged myself and even some of my suppliers to do things I/they've never done before.

I don't know what possessed me (actually, I do, but I'm not telling) to buy this bike and start this project. But this came at a time in my life that I needed a distraction. Things happen for a reason. Things seemed to fall in place. Even starting up my business, was one of the positive things that came out of this. At times, this was even therapeutic.

I recently had to have my motorcycle appraised for insurance purposes. In talking to the gentleman who did the appraisal, I found out that he not only belonged to the same vintage motorcycle group that I did, he was also a Concours Judge. He was really impressed with the job that I did. He said that this was the best Asian motorcycle restorations he had ever seen. What impressed him even further, was the fact that I was an amateur, this wasn't my line of work. He made a comment that this bike must have some sort of sentimental value for me. I never really thought about that until someone else recently had mentioned the same thing, so I guess that's what part of this was all about. When I had my first turbo, it was during the early 80s and this was one of the best times I had in my single life. Notice I mentioned "single". This bike was a real head turner and "chick magnet" back then. It still is a head turner, but not much of a chick magnet anymore - but I think that has something to do with the "old guy" on the bike.

I am pleased with how it turned out. The only thing that really stands improving upon, are the header pipes. I had them ceramic coated from a company called Fireball Performance Coatings. It took him almost a year of constant screw ups to finish these pipes, and at the end it still wasn't the greatest job. It was just okay. I still had to do additional work on the exhaust and waste gate pipes to make them look decent. I would not recommend this company to anyone, however, maybe I'm just one of those customers that things never turned out with. I have since found a local company who does porcelain enamel coating. It is supposed to be able to take the temperatures and keep the gloss even better than ceramic coating. I have a spare set of header pipes and probably will work on that over the winter of 2008.

News (October 2007)

This is so cool! Earlier this summer I had contacted Cycle Canada to see if they were interested in featuring my bike in their showcase section. Neil Graham, their Feature Editor got back to me and said they were. Neil came by on September 22nd (on a test Ducati no less) for the photo shoot and will be following up with the final interview later on this year. It should be in the magazine mid-winter. He said they normally don't feature full-on restorations, but this bike and restoration were unusual - which is what they are looking for. So he thought it would make for a good article. Thanks Neil!

News (November 2007)

Cycle Canada finished my interview on the 28th of this month. My bike will be featured in the "Showcase" section of the magazine in the February edition - which should be out mid to late January '08.

News (January 27 2008)

The February edition of Cycle Canada is now out on newsstands. Please check it out. The magazine is readily available in Canada and the US. It is available on a limited basis Internationally. PDF version of article is here.

Update (November 27, 2009)

It has been a long time since I updated this. So let's see what has happened since last year. Oh yeah, last fall (October 2008), the day before my last ride of the season, the bike fell over on me, literally. Long story short, pulled up to the curb, put my foot out, got caught on the curb, lost balance, bike fell over, pinned my ankle against the curb (good thing or the bike would have been more damaged), swore a bit. Let's see, gouged the rear signal body and lens, scratched the drivers foot peg, cracks in the right front upper and lower fairing as well as the fuel tank fairing cover, stress trasnferred to chin on fairing and took a chunk out of that, stress transferred into headlight mounting bracket and bent that a wee bit, scratched vinyl seat with zipper from pinned boot, gouged the clutch cover and rubber "ring". Managed not to scratch the exhaust pipe - thanks to my pinned ankle. Had to do body work on all those fairing parts and re-paint. Decided that since the one signal was gouged, I would fix that and retexture the other side so they both looked brand new. Found a way to remove scratches from the vinyl seat and blended that in. Since the clutch cover gasket was going anyway, I thought it was probably a good thing the bike fell over - gave me incentive to change all the clutch cover gaskets and seals. Pulled the bike into the garage and parked it for the season. Walked away from it for a couple of days. Since I was going to dismantle a lot of parts anyway, I thought it would be a good time to rebuild the turbo. The seals were starting to go anyway. Spend about 65 hours and a few hundred bucks fixing it up - not including the turbo rebuild. The turbo was sent to G-Pop Shop in the US. Great service. By the time I got my bike back together (September of this year), the warranty on it was over anyway and I only got to ride the the gas station to fill it up and drive around town a bit. Drove it about a whopping 45 minutes this year. The weather has been way too crappy to get out more. Oh well, maybe next year. Going to finally finish rebuilding the rear shocks over this winter and get them re-chromed.

Update (November 30, 2010)

Finally found the time to update this. So the bike is running really well. Forgot to get my licence sticker this year and was driving around all summer without it. Oh well. I still have not been able to finish the re-chroming of the rear shocks, but I am planning to do this over the winter (I hope).

I bought a new bike earlier this year (April). I was tired of not taking the turbo out if there was a cloud within 2,000km. I wanted to get a daily rider. It is a new 2009 Yamaha FZ6R. Goes like snot - when you need it. I didn't like the OEM star-like decals so made my own. The graphics are based somewhat on the decals from the 2009 blue FZ6R, but the colours changed to go with the yellow paint. Click here for some pictures of my new bike.