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Saturday, 15 October 2016

Moto Guzzi Le Man, Morini and Fiat 500

Last Monday I went to see a friend who I'd not caught up with for over two years. In that time he and his family have moved from Wiltshire into the Somerset countryside near to Taunton. He's retired from his 'normal' job  and they are now running the family farm with fantastic views looking to the Blackdown hills

   He still has his two Leman's  - a series 1 and 2 which he rebuilt when I first got to know him approx 20 years ago. He also has a 3 1/2  Morini under the stairs, his off road 250 BSA and a CB750 Honda that he's going to build into a Cafe Racer. Oh yes, he's also in the process of restoring a Fiat 500

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Westonzoyland Sprint.......

............and a trip to see the sea.
     Took a trip down to Poole Harbour,across to Weymouth, then along the Chesil Beach coast road to Briport on Sunday and on the way back to Bristol called in at the NSA Sprint at Westonzoyland. A reasonable round trip of 225 miles but spoilt slightly by leaving the house a little later than intended and then the traffic on the Dorset roads. I guess everybody had the same idea to get out and enjoy the lovely blue skies, as in places the traffic was probably nearly as bad as if it'd been peak Summer............whenever that is supposed to be! 
    Still I enjoyed it and seeing the beautiful blue of the sea too was the reason that I headed in that direction. You don't quite get the same feeling at Weston Super Mare which is only approx 30 miles away from Bristol but the water is dirty brown and that's if you can even see the bloody water when the tides out!
Poole Harbour

This looked larger in the flesh than it does in this pic
and was very impressive

Chesil Beach Road

Apparently this chap made his own engine

    I didn't see it, but apparently somebody did a mid 8 seconds run at the Sprint and I certainly saw a few in the 9's

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Moto Guzzi Special

Local man Mark's Guzzi is getting close to finally being finished and probably would have been if we hadn't been chasing a electrical issue which I thought was a faulty new battery. To cut a long story short it turns out that even though checks on the alternator stator seemed to show that it was all ok it would now seem,after swopping for another used stator, that the original item wasn't. The charge light is finally working and the battery has stopped self discharging.
   I feel that the helpfulness of the company who advertise on Ebay as 'Tayna - batteries' needs to be mentioned as they were very quick to reply to my emails with suggestions.  They offer batteries at a very reasonable price with ultra fast next day delivery - order before 4pm and get it next day

   Nearly but not quite finished 

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Glemseck Sprint

I quite like the look of this event - only 1/8 th mile run -  and think that maybe the effort should be made to go....... maybe next year? 
   Having watched a few different You Tube videos of it I'm quite surprised,especially for a country like Germany, at the lack of protective clothing - lots of open face helmets and denim jeans in use 

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Nailsea Bike Show 2016 photo's

I went along to the show on Saturday for an hour or so and the sun shone which makes a change.
   The show was in full swing by the time I got there with bikes constantly coming and going. Apart from visiting bikes there were a number parked in front of the pub which were on display with another 40+ in the pubs rear garden.
   Most of the bikes that I liked were the older 'Classics' but here are a few pics of what were generally there.

NUT motorcycle of early 1900's
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Always had a soft spot for Sunbeam S7's styling.
Maybe it's because of the big balloon tyres which were lost
on the later S8

All of  the next pics are of visiting bikes