Red Hunter Downunder RH or VH

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Red Hunter Downunder RH or VH

Postby Bneeve » Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:38 am

[Hi Guys...firstly let me say how much i like this forum and how helpful it has been.My question is i own this 1947 Red Hunter and it is an old restore been parked in a shed for over 30 years here in Australia. It has all matching numbers that indicate 47 by prefix etc...but has RH on the timing case ...is it a VH or RH and whats the difference..thanks in abvance ..Brendan..
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Re: Red Hunter Downunder RH or VH

Postby adrie.degraaff » Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:17 am

Nice mashine.
VH is the factory name for the fastest 500 single on the workfloor where the added RH is more "fit for competition" and a frase to attract the consumer, Paul will have a better explenation.

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Re: Red Hunter Downunder RH or VH

Postby Dave.Barkshire » Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:33 am

The model is VH if this is a genuine red hunter, the archivist can tell you for sure.

So far as I remember, the letters stamped on the timing cover of a VH were either VH or RH depending upon the year, an expert will be along soon to clarify.
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Re: Red Hunter Downunder RH or VH

Postby simon.holyfield » Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:02 pm

What are you planning to do with it Brendan?
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Re: Red Hunter Downunder RH or VH

Postby paul.jameson » Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:18 pm

Is it a VH or an RH500. The answer is yes to both. Bikes which left the factory with RH500 on the timing covers were listed in the Despatch Books as model VH. Quite when they changed the timing cover from RH500 to VH I don't know but it would be no surprise if the RH500 cover was original for this bike.
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Re: Red Hunter Downunder RH or VH

Postby Vincent.vanGinneke » Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:47 pm

Very nice ! (I had some brief moaning about the timing cover but swallowed it!!) sorry mistake !
Put petrol in it and go for it ! should be heaps of fun (remove cloth from intake please)

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Re: Red Hunter Downunder RH or VH

Postby john.whiting » Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:50 pm

A bit of surface rust on the exhaust......where are you in Oz?.....incidentally,if you are planning to get a new exhaust,note that the Gubmint is whacking GST on all imports from 1 July...and this time its a goer.

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Re: Red Hunter Downunder RH or VH

Postby Bneeve » Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:03 am

Thanks guys thats great.. i am sorting out a spark issue then i am doing the usual oil checks and leaving it exactly as is for now and riding it..i have cleaned it up in these photos as is was covered in dust...one day when i have the time i will totally pull it down and make it as it was off the factory floor...i wont need any repro parts as it came with a lot of original spares..cheers.
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