Netley Marsh…

Posted: September 14, 2014 in Just Me
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Netley Marsh Eurojumble…

I attend this event every year, but this year may well be my last. The numbers were well down on previous years, the Saturday was just a waste of a day, most vendors had or were packing up and leaving by mid morning, but the event organisers still expected visitors to pay the full amount to enter what was in reality a fast emptying field!

Now I have had my moan, I will say that the Friday was still a good day, and I managed to find some good parts for both my Norton’s. including a set of chain cases for the clubman project, which I was very pleased to find.

Triumph

Triumph

Here is a link to the slideshow of pictures from Netley Marsh…

http://kevindean.zenfolio.com/p321741240/slideshow

 

 

So much to share….

Posted: September 6, 2014 in Just Me
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Wow am I behind with my blogs, this summer has been manic, what with selling my house, finding a place to live, starting a new job, etc., etc. just so much to do and sort out, and combine that with not having use of my desktop PC, and well, just plain crazy.

So here I am armed with a laptop, and very intermittent internet access, which is making life for me even harder.

So over the summer I have still managed to get out to a few motorcycle related events, and I shall try to bring you up to speed with what is going on. And as it happens I have also bought myself another old British classic, but more on that later. The best news right now though is that I have flights to the US, and tickets for the Barber Vintage festival in October. This will be my second visit to the Barber Vintage weekend, and I really am excited to be going back. So if you spot me there, please say hello.

Commando

1972 Norton Commando

Right where shall we start?

Popham Mega-Meet. every August they have the mega meet at Popham airfield, always a one day affair and always packed. This year for reasons best known to themselves, they decided to hold it over two days, and as a result they had less people and no display. The whole event was ruined, such a shame. “if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it”

As I continue to try and play catch up with recent motorcycle events, here is the first instalment from Popham,hopefully usual service will be up and running soon…

http://kevindean.zenfolio.com/p854024274/slideshow

 

Triumph

Posted: July 30, 2014 in Just Me
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I also called past Jack’s…

Triumph

Triumph

Lawson Kawasaki Z1100-R

Posted: July 30, 2014 in Just Me
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Now you don’t see many Z1100-R Kawasaki’s anymore, and you really don’t see many like the one I came across today, this bike is just stunning, But I will let you make your own mind up in that direction. I am hoping that maybe the owner, Giles, may drop by and tell us a little about his fantastic bike.

Kawasaki Z1100-R Lawson

Kawasaki Z1100-R Lawson

Lawson Kawasaki

Lawson Kawasaki

Z1100-R

Z1100-R

Kawasaki

Kawasaki

Kawasaki Z1100-R

Kawasaki Z1100-R

The Rabbit Rally, BMW Problems…

Posted: July 16, 2014 in Just Me
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My R80 has died, seven years of fun, thousands of miles, always totally reliable, now dead.

So I was off to Sussex for the weekend, fully loaded for the TOMCC Rabit Rally, and my bike as usual was running great, down the M4, up the 329, down the M3, and around the M25, cruising at 65-70mph, nice and quiet, smooth, just a perfect little bimble, with a nice weekend camping, and a few beers to look forward to in Icklesham.

Stopped at clacket lane for a coffee, while my mate topped up the fuel on his Norton, and again my R80 was running great, turn off at junction 5, and head towards Hastings on the A21, where we got caught in heavy traffic at the big hill just before the by-pass, climbing up the hill and the bike coughs twice, backfires, and then dies. I pull to the side of the road, and park in a driveway halfway up the hill, and nothing, the bike will turn over, but no ignition, dead?

So I pull all the camping gear in the drizzle of a Friday morning, get out my tools and check through everything that is obvious…

I Changed the plugs, Nothing
Checked the coil for a short, Nothing,
shortened the plug leads, Nothing.
Dropped the float bowls and checked for water, Nothing.
Checked all the wiring connectors, Nothing.

Lastly I swapped out the ICU for a spare one I carry, and the bike started but ran rough?

So we thought we could head on and try to make the rally site, but alas I only made it about another mile before the bike was unrideable, the revs were jumping all over the place, and each cylinder was dropping in and out, the tacho was also jumping around erratically?

So while my mate rode on to the rally site, to get me collected with a trailer, I set to with checking the valve clearances etc, they were all fine, so I nailed it all back together?

I then spent all day Saturday stripping the bike, and cleaning every wiring connector, I also stripped and rebuilt the carbs, Nothing, still the same, it will fire right up, but as soon as you give it any revs it starts jumping about and misfiring like crazy, you can’t even pull away in first gear, it is that bad.?

So  Sunday, I phone the AA for collection and relay back home, Now here is a funny bit that may prove important? while waiting on the AA man, one of the Triumph riders asked if I could give his bike a jump start, sure no problem, so we connected up the leads, I started my bike and it was still jumping around erratically just like before, but the minute he touched his starter button in an effort to start his bike, my bike ran perfectly, as soon as he took his finger from his starter button it went back to missing and popping like before, and it did this same thing three more times just the same

so why would the extra load of his bike smooth out my bikes erratic running?

Oh the shame of it, heading to a rally on a trailer

Oh the shame of it, heading to a rally on a trailer

Rabbit Rally Flyer

Rabbit Rally Flyer

I will be there Friday, if you see me say hello, So come on…

It is Sunday morning here, so I shall post the second catch-up while I have my coffee…

A couple of weeks back (where does time go?) I attended the annual Banbury Run over at Gaydon heritage motor museum, in Warwickshire, now this is a must see, if you are ever in the UK at this time of year, a great chance to get up close and personal with all kinds of early vintage motorcycles, that are actualy used out on the road, not just static museum pieces.

As usual I take far too many pictures, so I shall post a couple more here and then put a link to a slideshow of the rest at the bottom of the post.

BSA

BSA

Patina

Patina

Matchless

Matchless

Brough

Brough

And here is the slideshow link as mentioned above…

http://kevindean.zenfolio.com/p651633/slideshow