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    Jim Lee Bikes?

    Anybody have pics of Jim Lee's race bikes from the 1970s? There is an awesome pic of Mick Grant taking a slide at the 1971 IOM on Jim Lee's Commando and I want to see if I can find some more pics of that bike.

    Any history on Jim Lee you can fill in would be great too.
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    ok I'll start:

    1971 yamaha TR2b with custom spine frame made by Lee



    MG on it in 1971
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    Woah, that thing is cool.
    http://quiterandom.hubpages.com/hub/...sic-motorcycle How to buy a used bike
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    It's like a Machiavellian 4-volume trilogy based on Hamlet senza misura with an ego-maniacal downs syndrome kid reading from a Rube Goldeberg-esque kindle.

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    yeah the tony foale-esque deep angle spine frame is what piqued my interest. I wanted to see if it was just the 2 strokes Lee did this with or if all his bikes were this crazy.
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    you guys have short memories, i painted both Jim lees restored bikes remember ?
    the ossa..




    the Yamaha


    i even had the original sickers on the fairing and tank reproduced..


    early pics of both bikes..












    'old hooligan...

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    hey tony, got any of the frames without the bodywork?

    got any of his norton?
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    also what is the paint you are using for "Jim Lee Green"? Is it a candy over fine metallic? or a metallic color with a lot of clear? Or maybe a pearl?
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    the green was a british car colour, i cant remember the name or code but i can find out, i added a touch of pearl to it, a guy i know that teaches at Sheffield university in UK restored both these bikes, he has a passion for the Jim Lee bikes, i will contact him and ask him to send all pics and history and il pass it all to you..
    'old hooligan...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukTony View Post
    the green was a british car colour, i cant remember the name or code but i can find out, i added a touch of pearl to it, a guy i know that teaches at Sheffield university in UK restored both these bikes, he has a passion for the Jim Lee bikes, i will contact him and ask him to send all pics and history and il pass it all to you..
    I used to race a Jim Lee Commando, there were 2 of them in the early 70's. Mick Grant rode one and I rode the other with success. I will look for some photos to post.

    Mostly on Northern circuits in the UK. This is a photo of a Commando powered Featherbed Racer (minus fairing) my son purchased a few months ago from a friend of mine that had been in a shed for nearly 40 years. Notice the Jim Lee oil tank! Been stripped down, frame stove enameled, crank cleaned out and new big end shells put in to be safe!Name:  Commando Race Bike 1.jpg
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    The photo of the Green Lee Yamaha takes me back, that looks like Quarter Bridge in the IOM. I helped Mick change a plug just before the start of the race, did it just in time as one had fouled up during warm up. As this was happening, Agostini's MV Augusta mechanics were warming up Ago's 350 3 cylinder about 6 feet away. The noise was so loud that my hearing was seriously affected that night but returned the next day., No I wasn't wasn't wearing ear muffs!

    Fred Broadbent now living in North Carolina.
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    Welcome Fred! Got any more pics of he old days?
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