Italian Classic…

Posted: December 5, 2017 in Just Me
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As I have mentioned before ,I have a real soft spot for small cc Italian motorcycles, and as their prices and popularity are on the increase world wide, it would appear I am not alone. There are usually one or two that will turn up at Kempton, this one looked the part with the racing style seat, and clip on bars.

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Italian style

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Moto Giro?

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Last Kempton of 2017…

Posted: December 2, 2017 in Just Me
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Today (Saturday) was the last Kempton jumble of 2017, lots of people, lots of project bikes, and loads of spares, what’s not to like? and I bumped into a shed load of friends which is always good.

So all in a good day out.

Now there were loads of bikes for sale, a few of which I would have liked to take home, but this Motobi was one I really would have liked, although only a 125cc, I really have a soft spot for the small capacity Italian bikes.

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Motobi 125 Sport Special

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Motobi Import

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Small capacity cool

Two real survivors…

Posted: November 24, 2017 in Just Me
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Two totally different bikes, both from the same era, both unrestored survivors, both are bikes I would dearly love to own. And both owned by different people.

First up is a Velocette Venom 500, in clubman trim with period John Tickle accessories.

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Velocette Venom 500

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John Tickle Brake

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Velo clubman

Next up is one of my top dream bikes, a wonderful BMW R69s with Heinrich long range touring tank, owned by a fine old gentleman down in the south east corner of England, what a classy bike.

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R69s Earles forks

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Craven luggage

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Riders view

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Perfect, BMW R69s

And as it happens both are for sale right now, and I would love them both.

VMCC Jumble Pirbtight…

Posted: November 18, 2017 in Just Me
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It was a nice little jumble today in the village of Pirbright out near Guildford, cold, damp, and grey, a typical winters day. But this never stopped people turning up on some nice old classics. And I even managed to find a nice little owners club tag for myself.

 

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Sunbeam

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BSA A7

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Ariel

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Vincent Owners Club

February 2018…

Posted: October 20, 2017 in Just Me
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Moto Retro Wieze, Belgium

New BSA?….

Posted: October 16, 2017 in Just Me

Maybe, it could happen, this would be nice if it was 500cc, but there is something happening since Indian tractor giant Mahindra bought the rights to the BSA name.

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BSA artist impression

R1150GS…

Posted: August 27, 2017 in Just Me
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My Triumph Bonnie SE frustrates me, I love the way it looks, I love the way it rides, and it really is a lot of fun to ride, but, and this really is a big but! the seat is appalling, I can’t believe that Triumph tested these seats before releasing these bikes, or is it just a case of style over comfort?

I guess the final straw for me was going to the John Bull rally earlier this year, 60 miles down the road and I was ready to get off and walk, and I still had another hundred miles to look forward to. So for a while now I have been thinking of changing the Triumph, but I had no idea what I fancied to replace it, a big Japanese bike maybe, like the XJR1300, or maybe an 990 KTM Adventure, I have never owned a KTM so that was tempting in itself. Or there was always another BMW or Harley.

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Triumph Bonnie SE

So just recently I have started looking more seriously, when out of the blue i got a nice TAX rebate, so I looked at what was available and shortlisted it down to an KTM 990 Adventure, or the big BMW R1150GS, but I wanted to find something with low mileage, and after going to see a KTM, which I really liked by the way, I found an BMW over in Leominster, with nice low milage, full history, and very well looked after. So a few phone calls later, and a deal was done, and this morning I went over and rode the bike home.

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2003 BMW R1150GS