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Saturday, 27 September 2014

BMW Cafe Racer

Martin has sent me a couple more pics of yet another minimalist BMW Cafe Racer style bike.
  Not too sure how well that seat is supported,but I do like the way the rear shocks seem to have been incorporated and to me, to look like part of the frame. Pity a lot of BMW Specials builders stick with using the not so effective original ATE floating brake calipers though !

Friday, 19 September 2014

Erik Buell Racing / Guzzi's,Poole Harbour etc

My friend Pete said he was off work for a day and was going to Motomecca / Moto Corsa to get a few spares. "Do you know they are near Shaftesbury now?" "No".........."We could go down to Poole harbour,have a bag of chips and then pop in and pick up the bits on the way back"
  So that's what we did and Mark came along on his Spada too
Pete's S3, my Cafe Racer and Mark's Spada
in a terrible bleached out photo

I must come down one day and take a boat trip around what is
quite a large natural harbour

Erik Buell's latest offering 

Moto Corsa's Daytona Racing

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Guzzi 500cc Single / Seeley Racer

My friend Joe Caruso,who produces some special bikes and parts himself,sent me these few pics of his recent visit,in August,to the Classic Weekend at Donington Park.
  The two Guzzi 500cc singles were built by his friend Graham Hemshall,who like Joe obviously also shows great attention to detail in his builds.
   I think that I am correct in saying that the first pic is a Gambalunga based replica using a Falcone Sport tuned motor in a Sport chassis,which is capable of 112mph.
  The other and my favourite in the Seeley frame uses replica Dondolino engine castings with a second hand crank and Dondolino internals.
   Sounds like a great weekend which also included Summerfield Manxs,Walmesley G50 Matchless's and Velocettes etc

A line up of Gorgeous Aermacchis's

Thursday, 4 September 2014

The Felice Brothers at The Fleece Bristol

A couple of nights ago,Tuesday to be exact,I rode down into town on the Cafe Racer to meet up with Nick on his SV650 and Fran on his Guzzi Cafe Racer to go and see The Felice Brothers at a venue that I had never been to before in all of my 24 years of living in Bristol,The Fleece. It's a industrial 1900's building (1830 to be exact) originally a wool market,inside peppered with iron columns,narrow enough not to impede your view,supporting huge Oak timber beams and standing on flagstone floors.
   The evening started off with a support band 'Horse Thief' from Oklahoma and although initially I thought they were ok I thought that the last 4 or 5 songs were actually really good.
   After a breath of fresh air outside 20 minutes or so later The Felice Brothers came on, to the usual roar from the crowd  for the band they'd actually come to see. They took command from the start with their own brand of foot stomping,accordian,fiddle ,guitar etc playing  folk,country rock and it stayed  mostly like that,except for the odd slower paced song for the rest of the night................Excellent !