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Thursday, 16 August 2018

Bristol Bike Show - this Saturday - 18th August

A very good show with usually a wide variety of bikes - Classics - Customs and everything inbetween set in the very pleaant St Nicholas market area of the city centre. Coffee shops and pubs in abundance as well many 'foods from around the world' served up by vendors in the market area itself.

Guzzi project

It's been on my mind for a few months now and the other day I started to throw a load of parts together that I've been collecting for many years. Had no plan at the time, but just bought what I liked the look of at reasonable prices knowing that they'd come in handy one day. Now I'm quite keen to get on with it as I'm liking the way it looks



Friday, 10 August 2018

Guzzi's and others at Donington

My friend Joe Caruso sent me these pics the other day from last Friday at Donington Park.
  Being a big Guzzi V twin 'specials' fan I particularly like the green road/race? bike.



ex Arthur Wheeler 350cc from the mid 60's



 

Monday, 30 July 2018

Noggin,Nosh and Natter 2018

As should have been expected,with the current weather, it was a massive turnout for this years N,N&N last Wednesday evening - I've never seen the cars parked so far up the A350 and it was just a constant stream of cars coming and going- a little bit mad to be honest and not sure what the villagers of  Longbridge Deverill thought to it all? Also, although it's mostly a four wheeler event, there were a load more bikes than normal too.
   Anyway, here's a few pics














  

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Guzzi bit's and Pieces

Last Tuesday I went down to Poole to pick up a few Guzzi parts, two bikes...........oh yeah and a sidecar. Pretty knackered after it all as picked the van up by 8am,getting it back just before the hire place closed at 6pm. We had a lucky escape too after nearly losing the Convert off the back of the tail lift and not sure where myself and the seller, Guido, managed to find the strength to pull it back as we both truly thought it was going to flip over onto the concrete. As I was inside the van Guido said that he expected me to be flung into the air while trying to pull it back upright.
  The red bike is a 850T dressed as a 750S and apparently packs a punch. The black bike is/was a Convert that has a T3 engine/gearbox etc after the torque converter went many years ago. It's fitted with leading link forks. My plan is to sell the latter and sidecar asap to get some money back and to reclaim my workshop space 







Monday, 16 July 2018

A Sunday morning spin to Bridgenorth

I tend to wake up quite early every morning and my plan is, if the inclination takes me, is to ride somewhere of a reasonable distance and enjoy some relatively quiet roads. It's been on my mind to get up into Shropshire for absolutely ages now and so that's what I did yesterday - up through the Wye Valley, Monmouth, Hereford, a quick stop off in Ludlow and then onto Bridgenorth. -  I haven't been to for probably 30 years - and where I arrived by 9am. A walk round for 30 - 40 minutes and a return via Cleobury Mortimer and back home to Bristol just after 1pm
Tintern Abbey in the Wye Valley



Ludlow
One of 500 listed buildings in this small town



Bridgenorth


Not a bad idea to have put a castle here
so you could see the neighbours coming

There'll be few blokes I know who'd
be happy with this sign outside a pub

Homeward bound and Clee Hill Common

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Royal Enfield Bobber...........

..........becomes a Green Laner with just a change of tyres and tank.
    This is Ben's 'Pull Your Finger Out' Bobber, built for and while he was involved with Sideburn magazine. Over these last number of years the Cafe Racer craze has caused a backlash from people who get annoyed by ' yet another standard bike' being modified (particularly in the Guzzi world at least) and accusing the owners/builders of owning impractical, hardly used bikes. Well, Ben (he of the Zagato / Davida advert Guzzi fame) can't be accused of any of that.
   Here are a few pics of the Enfield as it was built and then for Ben's foray into the Welsh countryside a few weeks back. Also a pic of his world famous Guzzi outside a shop that I had around 1999. There is some luggage removed from the pile already and note the 8mm bolts / passenger footrest as yes that seat hump was the perch for a young lady who was travelling with him. That includes a trip from Amsterdam and then up to Liverpool. Fair play!!
    The Royal Enfield is For Sale so if your interested then I can pass on your details