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Thursday, 22 December 2016

Guzzi Cylinder Heads

I'm fitting 36mm Dellorto's to the Spada engined current project and so have opened up the inlets to match the bigger carb manifolds also tidying up the exhaust ports too
Left hand one done with r/h marked up ready

Got to get the heads of the allen bolts machined down slightly

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

New Guzzi Cafe Racer......... bike started a few weeks back. I've had all the engine and gearbox cases vapour blasted and have started the rebuild of those.

More worryingly than the contents of the sludge trap
was that the plug was loose!

The contents of the crank sludge trap
New auto tensioner

I had the leman flywheel blasted too as it was slightly rusty.
Teeth are as new  

Monday, 12 December 2016

Lissie and Teddy Thompson

Madelyn and I had a great night out in Gloucester on Saturday  going to see Lissie and Teddy Thompson at the Guildhall. What a great double bill !  

Friday, 2 December 2016

Triumph T110

My friend Pete likes a challenge and here is his latest which he bought earlier this year............or was it last year?.............anyway he's already started accumulating parts and the p/tank and other tinware is  at the welders waiting for some serious repair work.
   Here is a pic of it from when he'd just picked it up and the other pic is of the chap who owned it in 1963 who is still alive and living here in Bristol.
   The Frog Eye was another project that Pete was going to take on but he

And here's the man in the pic above reunited with his
old bike approx 54 years later

has decided to sell it on............possibly striking a deal with the man who does the welding, who already owns a Austin Healey 3000 

Thursday, 1 December 2016


A lot of people make light of the so called 'Hipster' bike scene so heavily promoted by the likes of the Bike Shed etc. A lot of the criticism is of the brown slab seated bikes, but you can't take away from the fact that this 'scene' has  also brought out the creative juices of many.
. For me the seat unit on this BMW spoils it a little but overall I think it's very impressive with it's attention to detail, although I'm sure it'll have a hefty price tag putting it out of reach to many. 
   I think that the critics should take themselves along to the Bike Shed Show next year and dispel the myth that general public that visit all wear check shirts, have large beards and D H Lawrence haircuts etc.................a few do, most don't! You will however see bike builds that turn the generally mundane into something quite impressive and personally I still think it's the best Bike Show in the UK.