|Subject:||RE: RE: chains||Date:||Sat Apr 7 09:28:25 2012|
The AMCA recognizes that certain items are expected to wear out and be replaced. If the availability today of original parts is extremely limited, the restorer is allowed to use the "best reproduction available".|
(We'd have to look in the AMCA Judging Handbook for their exact wording).
Chains, tires, spark plugs, and seat covers are examples.
Original tires (not dry-rotted and cracked) are nearly impossible to find. Original chains are nearly impossible to find.
The take-apart spark plugs used on the earlier lightweights are available. They're pretty expensive, but you can still find them. I don't know if there's a clear consensus of judges on this matter.
Obviously a bike with perfect original parts is "better" than one with "best reproduction available" parts.
But we can take this to the point of absurdity. Jay Leno can afford the "only one left in the whole world" part - but the rest of us can't, and are not expected to.
Is a bike with original gas and oil "better" than one with "replacement" gas and oil?
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Has anyone ever had points taken off for a master link???