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

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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

My Norton Clubman…

Posted: July 25, 2017 in Just Me
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Well what can I say, my Norton “Garden Gate” Clubman came back home today, the motor is all finished with the later head fitted, now it is just a case of tidying things up a bit over the coming winter…

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My Norton ES2 Clubman

Last weekend it was Velocette day at the Cherry Tree pub, so a couple of us rode up there on a wet grey miserable day, of course the weather man said it would be dry. All that technology to get it wrong, when all they have to do is look out the window to get it right!

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Off to Velo day.

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Paul’s BSA Goldstar 250

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Hammy Velo’s

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500 Thruxton

1959 Velocette MAC 350cc…

Posted: July 20, 2017 in Just Me
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I have had most of the bikes I have wanted to own now, but there are still a few left on the list that I have never owned or ridden. One of this is the magnificent Velocette.

I would like any of the main sprung frame models, a MAC, Viper, Venom, and of course the fantastic Thruxton, but most are sadly out of my price range. During the week I called round to see Mick at his shop in Farnborough, and in the shed was an old project Velo MAC 350, so I asked Mick if I could have a look, and hear it run.

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Mick, Jim, and the Velocette MAC

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Matching numbers, but not totally original

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1959 350 MAC

I must admit to being tempted, although I have an old friend returning to my little lockup next week, so we shall see.

Brighton Speed Trials…

Posted: July 20, 2017 in Just Me
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Brighton Speed 2017

BSA Wiring!…

Posted: July 10, 2017 in Just Me
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Oh what joy, BSA A65 wiring, does it match the wiring diagram? of course not, does it make sense, well I think you know the answer to that one. I guess I will get it sorted eventually?

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