Down Kempton Way…

Posted: December 3, 2016 in Just Me
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It was the last Kempton of 2016 today, so there we did go. Today was a tad chilly, the sun tried but the cloud won. And although it stayed dry, the wind had a real edge to it, but there was plenty to see, lots of people milling about, and some nice stuff to buy if you looked hard enough.

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Triumph 500cc supercharged chop

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Triumph Bobber

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Ariel race bike project

And if you want to see more, follow the link here….

http://kevindean.zenfolio.com/p869183513/slideshow

 

One Last Step…

Posted: November 23, 2016 in Just Me
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One Last Step…

So I am nearly at the end of my journey, and have one last step to go, in the small matter of getting the Norton registered (getting a title for the US contingent). I started this whole crazy dream back in November 2011, with just a frame I found on Ebay….

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Norton project

And now here I am five years later, with a dating certificate telling me the Norton was built at the factory in Birmingham back on 26th June 1952, and was despatched to a Mr Bennet, of Southampton. Who knows what the bike got up to in the intervening years, but it is once again a fully working Norton, and ready to be out on the open road next summer. Just one final piece of paperwork, that is all I need.

As some of you know I have an 09 865cc Bonneville SE, I got it earlier this year, and as of today I am on my third battery! apparently there is nothing wrong with the batteries, but using the bike around town does not charge them to the required level, and if like me you are unable to put your bike on a battery tender when it is not used, the battery voltage will fall to below 12.6v and then the bike will shut down.

So today I fitted another new battery, and put the older one on charge, and went for a ride and all was good. but I was annoyed about the battery issue, and now carry jump leads with whenever I take the bike out. So this evening when I had a chance I decided to google surf to try to find a fix for this most annoying problem, that Triumph really should sort out. And I found this……

So maybe this will help one or two of you, I am certainly going to try this next time I get the click of death

The Lightning Project… part eleven.

Posted: November 10, 2016 in Just Me
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Now where was I?

With the head all bolted down, and the rockers installed, it was time for those new SRM tappet adjusters to be fitted…

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SRM tappet adjusters

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SRM upgrade

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Tappet angle

Next on the list was cleaning and refitting the exhaust system…

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BSA A65L motor

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Original exhaust re-fitted

So I am getting there slowly, I need to order a few small parts, rocker cover studs, headstock bearings, and I still need to find some forks, but so far so good.

 

The Lightning Project… part ten.

Posted: November 1, 2016 in Just Me
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My head having returned from SRM, was now ready to be fitted, and after a question asked in the competition section of BritBike forum, I equipped myself with some copper sealant, and a pair of small o-rings, so I was ready to go.

Barrel and gasket prepared and ready for the head to be fitted..

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Ready to go

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Returned head

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Copper seal and o-rings

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Coming together

Clocks Back Rally…

Posted: October 31, 2016 in Just Me
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I headed out to the Moto Guzzi clocks back rally all on me lonesome. So being a Moto Guzzi rally, I grabbed the Triumph Bonnie SE, loaded it it up with my camping stuff in the warmth of an autumn Friday, and headed out with a loose plan to be at Upton upon Severn, eighty or so miles west of me, by lunch time, and a date with with a traditional British lunch in the shape of a steamed, steak and kidney pudding! For I had found out that hidden in the backstreets of Upton was the world famous Pudding Shop & cafe.

Eighty country lane miles later, and I was pulled up outside that very purveyor of savoury goodness, and they were open for lunch…

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The Pudding Shop

 

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Steamed Steak and Kidney pudding

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The camp site

That was pretty much it for the first day, just time meet a few people, drink a beer or five, and get settled in for the evening in the warmth of a country pub.
The next morning started damp with heavy grey cloud and light drizzle, although it did get a bit heavier during the day, it was not too cold or unpleasant. so after a full english breakfast, I decided to take a walk into town, and have a bit of a mooch about, first then was the river Severn, from where the town gets it’s name. Once a thriving market style town, now though overwhelmed with antique shops, but it does still have a few decent pubs to keep the thirsty traveller quenched.

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Mmm

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V7 750 Special in Upton

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The Anchor Inn

Out On The Weekend….

Posted: October 30, 2016 in Just Me
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The clocks back Guzzi Rally

I spent the weekend over at Upton upon Severn, at the Moto Guzzi club, clocks back rally. I took my Triumph of course, no need to be predictable in this world. I shall post some rally pictures later, but first I shall post a picture I took at Marlborough on my way home…

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Street Art, Marlborough