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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

The Bike Shed Event 2016

Last Sunday I went on my Guzzi  Roadster Fastback to London's Tobacco Dock for this years show. The M4 is a bit of a chore, but for some reason I like the ride through London and finally now seem to have the last leg from Knightsbridge  to Wapping sorted - back of Queenies place, a left a right a left head for Westminster, Big Ben etc turn left and basically follow the river and this takes you right to the venue.
    I was there by just before 10 am and was surprised by the lack of people. It did get busier, though even by the time we left at around 1pm it wasn't exactly heaving.......maybe because it was a Bank Holiday? 
    Anyway, there was some great bikes there even if form over function seems to be coming more apparent. The attention to detail can be very impressive. Certainly becoming less Shed built with a lot of the builders even producing catalogues to go with their bikes.  I still enjoy it even if deep down I think to some extent it's going against it's original ethos which I think is a shame! I guess it's just going the way it's market dictates and that is obviously by people with plenty of money.
    I'll still be going next year though !
One of my favourites this year, though I wasn't very keen on the Guzzi that they previously
produced. At least they've put the Sport's tank to good use!

A humble CX no longer

A very well produced Guzzi by Death Machines of London except I still don't get
that tubed steel tail ?

Fancy a C90 with a KTM 450cc engine

SRC (Side Rock Cycles) of Bournemouth usually produce BMW's,but got a
commission for this Guzzi

Don't fancy your chances of not getting pulled over with that
half hidden number plate.

   Rather foolishly I forgot the battery for my little point and shoot and so pics are mostly courtesy of the Bike Shed Facebook page which has a load more than I will be posting. Obviously a lot more professional photography,but I'd still rather be publishing my own snaps.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Moto Guzzi Cafe Racer Special

My friend Fran sent me this pic that he found via the internet. Looks pretty purposeful !

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport Cafe Racer...........project

Chris from Wiltshire who I met a year or so ago sent me a few pics of his project which gives a good indication that it's going to be a cracker !
    I think the tank and seat look great and I like the fact that they both sit quite low.  For me, one of the things that usually spoil the look of a Spine frame Cafe Racer is that these parts usually sit high up.
    Fitting it in between work and family life means it's slow progress,but it would be great if it was ready for next year's Bristol Auto Italia day?

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

ACE CAFE Italian Day

Tony and Kay went to this years event which was just last Sunday and here are some of their pics