That is one awesome find.
I'll be honest & say: I really, really
, REALLY want that bike!!
I love the fork design and some of the other details.
It looks like it has the DWS drum brake:http://www.63xc.com/dws/hubbrake.htm
I agree with the earlier comments:
It deserves to be rebuilt PROPERLY. And then USED.
* Get some advice from the members mentioned above before you do ANYTHING to it.
* DO NOT get tempted to strip parts off it or lose irreplaceable bits behind the sofa.
* DO NOT swap any of the components for shiny "better" modern parts or "tidy up" the original paintwork or decals.
BUT, once you have taken proper advice and fixed it up with APPROPRIATE parts... you need to ride it for miles through the deepest, muddiest bog you can find.
Thanks for the encouraging advice and info. Think you are right about the hubs.
so have full workshop facilities and I'm used to working on old and rare motorbikes.
I intend to get the Highpath back into use and will keep it as oriinal as is possible. I'll take any advice on what would be appropriate parts to fit where the originals are missing.
As I'm on holiday this week I'm going to get it stripped down, catalogued and cleaned up.