I need to find a new (old) bike for the summer, my R80ST could really use a little down time, the push rod seals need doing again, the cam chain needs looking at, and I would like to have new valves fitted sometime soon. But as I only have a bike for personal transport no car, I am loathe to take it off the road right now.

R80ST at Caversham Bridge

R80ST at Caversham Bridge

Now due to unforseen circumstances, and losing my job, at the end of last year, I had to let my Guzzi Ambo go, which only left me with my Beemer on the road, so now I need to find another bike.  But I am fussy! I like my bikes to have a certain cool factor, I suppose this makes up for the fact that I myself have none.

So I put the word out, mentioned it to a few friends that I was looking for something old’ish, but something with character, and useable. Well one of my friends had just the bike, sitting unused in his workshop,  would I like to pop round and see it. Hell yes, was the reply to that question, and so I did, and sitting in the corner, covered in dust was a cool old 1977 Yamaha XS650, so I grabbed a quick (poor quality) picture on the phone and made arrangements to go back when it was convenient to pull the bike out for a better look.

77 Yamaha

77 Yamaha

Well that day was yesterday,

On pulling the bike from the shed, and parking on the side stand, I was a little concerned to see oil dripping from the left side exhaust joint where it is attached to the silencer, but this oil turned out to be an oil petrol mix!
So next I pulled the dip stick, and sure enough the motor was full of fuel and on checking, it seems to have been parked up with a fuel tap slightly open, and all the fuel had migrated south. No big deal really, so out with sump plug, out with the spark plugs, and a few minutes later, I had a nice clean flushed out motor

Next while the sump was draining, I fitted a new battery (supplied by the owner, Richard) cleaned and refitted the spark plugs, and then replaced the sump plug, and refilled with new semi synth oil (again, supplied by Richard) Ignition on, and two kicks later it was running like a watch, smoke everywhere as it burned off the oil residue in the exhaust and cylinders, but it sat there with a perfect tick over. all it needs now is a clutch cable, and a tacho cable, to be back on the road

XS650

XS650

So if all goes well, I should be picking it up in a week or two, just the right mixture of age and coolness for a summer bike. And my first ever Yamaha too.

Playing Catch Up…

Posted: April 6, 2014 in Just Me
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Holy cow my life has got busy. I seem to have so little time right now, new job, decorating in readiness to sell my house, where does the time go?

So best I shut up and post some more pictures from the last Kempton Jumble a couple of weeks back….

A little project

A little project

A Nice Ariel

A Nice Ariel

Harley Panhead

Harley Panhead

Goggles

Goggles

Kempton Jumble…

Posted: March 23, 2014 in Just Me
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Yesterday (Saturday) it was another Kempton bike jumble, the sun was out but not warm, but that is good enough for me,  so it was time to mooch around all the stalls, to see what was for sale…

But first a couple of shots from the car park, a nice BSA three wheeler, and a hard tail knucklehead, now both of these are on the hot side of cool.

BSA Three Wheeler

BSA Three Wheeler

Knucklehead

Knucklehead

As usual, there was plenty of other stuff to look at both inside the jumble, and out in the parking lot…

Barn fresh Triumph

Barn fresh Triumph

Silk 700S

Silk 700S

Split'n Lanes

Split’n Lanes

More info here…  https://www.facebook.com/events/1385761948363202/

Just got the flyer for the Rother Valley TOMCC annual “Rabbit Rally” held behind the Robin Hood pub, at Icklesham.  This is always a great camping weekend,  with great music, and great beer. So why not come along

Rabbit Rally Flyer

Rabbit Rally Flyer

More info and ticket ordering can be found here…   http://www.tomcc-rother.co.uk/rabbit-rally2014-ticketbuying.html

 

To me part of the fun of owning old bikes is also owning some of the parts, history, and back sories that go along with them. I love reading those old magazines and books, that were written in a different time, and I enjoy looking around for old parts at the many jumbles I attend over here in the UK, or even on the internet for parts from far off places.

Now as it happens, I picked up an old leather tank bag at the Shepton Mallet VMCC do last weekend, it cost no money, just £2.00,  a bargain I feel, and it has cleaned up really well, and should be worth at least £2.50 now!  have a look at the pictures below

Old leather tank bag

Old leather tank bag

Expandabke top section

Expandabke top section

Rain Cover

Rain Cover

It comes in three sections, a base, a clip on leather lower section, and a zip on expandable top section, with removable map pocket, and a rain cover.

So it was while I was looking for information about this, that I came across a very rare 1975 50th Jubilee ISDT, competitors tank bag for sale on US Ebay, it belonged to one of the USA team riders who competed on the IoM,  from that year, although the guy I bought it from could not remember the name of the rider. But what a cool item to own.

1975 ISDT tank bag

1975 ISDT tank bag

ISDTcompetition tank bag

ISDTcompetition tank bag

50th ISDT Jubilee insignia

50th ISDT Jubilee insignia

If you would like more information on the history of the ISDT then have a look at this great site here…

http://speedtracktales.com

Saturday was the VMCC Jumble at Shepton Mallet, down in Somerset. The day was warm and sunny, a perfect spring day, and the jumble was busy, with lots of people selling, and buying, a good day out…

BSA

BSA

BSA project?

BSA project?

Norton

Norton