|This Pursang Mk.9 is a local one owner
example found languishing by my friend Chris. It laid around his shop for
a while, then he learned I had a 360 Frontera. A deal was reached for the
360 which included my taking the Pursang in part trade. It is an M170, a
fairly rare 200cc model that combines parts from the more usual 125 and
While it is rough and weathered, it is 100% original and it runs. The frame is quite rusty, the bodywork is in poor shape, but otherwise it is a pretty decent. This will be my next project after finishing the Metisse.
Progress is being made on the Pursang.
The engine has been test run off a bottle and all is well. By all appearances this seems to be a low hours bike that suffered through many years of tough storage conditions.
It's been a difficult disassembly with many rusty, tight fasteners. For the moment it is stalled by a frozen swingarm pivot bolt which thus far has resisted all attempts at removal.
Update: After a 20 ton press failed to budge the offending bolt, we were forced to assault it with a hacksaw. It required about five cuts to reduce it to a size the press could deal with. Strangely, there was no rust; it appeared that someone might have used a chemical locking agent. The bushings were frozen to the bolt, as was the motor mount. Fortunately, Hugh's was able to provide a new bolt.
Now that the bike has been completely disassembled, the aluminum bits are going off to the vapor blaster, while we bead and sand blast the frame and other steel pieces.