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robgernstetter
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Can someone post of photo of what the correct throttle and clutch controls are correct for a 1954 R51/3. Just want to make sure I order the right ones as the restoration is underway. Thanks!

Any experience with using later 1955 and up controls on these bikes?

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Most 1954 models would have

Most 1954 models would have the handlebars controls shown in the first picture. However, the second picture shows a R 68 with the modern throttle control as fitted to the Earles Forks models. My 1955 R 67/3 also has the modern throttle control, but I do not know the full history of the bike, whether it came with it from the factory or added later.

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  • r_68_1954_-_modern_controls.jpg
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Many thanks...looks like my

Many thanks...looks like my throttle side is ok but need the clutch side with chrome switch for bright light and horn...thanks.

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This is the left perch on a

This is the left perch on a '54 R51. Nothin' but the Hi/Lo/Horn switch. The right handle carries the brake perch.

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Thanks

Great photo...and thanks...my first /3...lots to learn...but the bike is mostly all there and mostly needs some cosmetic work and a few parts. Learned the hard way this week to ALWAYS wear safety goggles...had a nasty run-in with brake cleaner and my eye...not recommended.

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I have a 1954 R67 and it has

I have a 1954 R67 and it has the early style throttle,it is original,not repro. I have purchased the repro for my R51 and it is very good quality, comparable to an original,it cost about $150.00

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FWIW: My now-restored 1954

FWIW:

My now-restored 1954 R68 was the 6th to the last one ever made. I received it as a basket-case from a family from Colombia. It came with the later Earls style controls, but they were trashed. Right or wrong, I managed to hunt down /3 style controls including the retard lever, which is what the bike has on it now.

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