What a nice day out was yesterday, it was part of a long weekend over here in the UK, the sun was out with the warmth of early summer, and the air was filled with the smell of oil, rust, and bacon sarnies, for it was another Kempton motorcycle jumble, run by Eric and EGP enterprises.

Shaun, Bob, and Marcus were there, freshly returned from disturbing France. Baza and “dat der Karl” also made an appearance. And of course we had Grandad complete with battle scars, MrEd, and Graham, just to round things off. Perfect. It was nice to see you all.

And of course there were some old rusty piles of junk, that only we could love…. so shall we have a look at what caught my eye this time around? why not…

1950's Peugeot

1950’s Peugeot

Norton Dommie

Norton Dommie

Norton Racer

Norton Racer

AJS Motor

AJS Motor

Yesterday was a national holiday over here in the UK, so I get a bonus garage day….
It was fun too. It started with me fettling the carbs on the TriBsa, this now starts real easy hot or cold, and doesn’t dance across the floor on the center stand like it used to. I then had a go at testing the dynamo, I read up on this on line last night, and it is really quite easy when you know how! the result of which shows my dynamo giving out between 7vdc and 11vdc, which should be perfect when I fit the new regulator. MoT this week? well just maybe.

Next I dragged out the Commando, had a go at setting the carbs on that one too, and then took it for a short ride, it still pops and misses when warm, not sure what is going on there? what a fun bike to ride though.

Next out for a ride was the 1200 Shovelhead, this has been in the garage having new springs in the gearbox, it now changes both up and down, and I can even find neutral now too. I have a mis-fire on this one too, that needs to be sorted, I like the bike, it is fun to ride on the open road, but hates low speed traffic.

Finally I got to have an extended ride on the R80st, this has always been my most reliable bike, until it all went wrong last summer going to the Rabbit rally, but now having bought an Alpha electronic ignition system from Rick at Motorrad Elektric, over in the US, and then having to replace the Dyna coil, it is now running sweeter than ever,
The only bike in the garage I never got to ride was the old Norton project, but that may happen later this year too.

TriBsa 650

Tribsa 650

R80ST

R80ST

In the Lock-up

In the Lock-up

Saddle Up!!..

Posted: May 15, 2015 in Just Me
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As a couple of people have asked, I shall show you all how the newly recovered seat looks on the bike…

Recovered Seat

Recovered Seat

First fitting

First fitting

Looking pretty good...

Looking pretty good…

Take A Seat…

Posted: May 13, 2015 in Just Me
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Just after I bought my TriBsa, I spotted a small advert in the back of one of our regular magazines, for a guy doing seat recovering, and using a local Scooter shop as a drop off centre. So having bought a badly made aftermarket seat at Stafford show, that never looked like fitting correctly and with bad threads, I decided to give this guy a chance…

As you can see my original seat is split at the front, and the foam had turned to dust inside, but the seat base was pretty good, just a little surface rust.

Torn Seat.

Torn Seat.

So a week ago I dropped off my seat at the Scooter Cafe, in Maidenhead. and a while later, Dan, the seat man gave me a call asking what I wanted to be done. So I asked if he would strip and paint the seat base, fit a new foam, and recover the seat as original, but with blue piping instead of white, to match the tank. He did ask if I wanted Leather, but I declined as this was my first seat.

So a week passes, and I get the call, the seat is ready, it had a small split on the base and it was welded up, I can collect from the scooter cafe when I am ready.

So here is the seat as I collected it today….

New cover

New cover

Recovered by Dan

Recovered by Dan

Great Stitching

Great Stitching

Base

Base

So if you have need of a seat to be recovered, get hold of Dan through the Scooter Cafe, in Maidenhead. Tell him Backstreet Thunder sent you.

Sorting Out The Issues…

Posted: May 9, 2015 in Just Me

I have been having a bad run of problems with my bikes of late, that all started last July with my BMW, when the EI went south.
I wonder if that original fault was caused by a failing Dyna coil, or is the fact that the coil has now fully packed in, just a coincidence? As it happens I have learned how to test a coil, and it is the secondary windings that have failed.

Next problem bike is my old 75 shovelhead. this thing is killing batteries at an alarming rate, When I got the bike the battery was fine, but a month later it was toast, so we fitted a new regulator/rectifier, and also a new battery, well two weeks in and the new battery wont take more than 12V, even after being on a charger for five hours? could I just be unlucky and have a new duff battery? we shall see.

Chevy Bike Hauler…

Posted: May 7, 2015 in Just Me
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My 1964 Chevy C10 bike hauler has been in the shop having some work done, today I got the call saying it was ready to collect, so a little before and after…

roll on summer…

Chevy C10

Chevy C10

1964 C10 Stepside

1964 C10 Stepside

Should look pretty cool with the Norton in the back…

Dropping the C10…

Posted: May 4, 2015 in Just Me
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My 64 Chevy C10 has been in the shop this past week for a little period paint, and the serious suspension work, disc brake upgrade, and lowered 4″…

64 C10 Stepside

64 C10 Stepside

Chevy Paint

Chevy Paint

Stafford Show…

Posted: May 1, 2015 in Just Me
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Last Saturday I paid a visit to the Stafford show, at Stafford County show ground. I have not been for a few years, and I think it may be a few more before I go again. The bike jumble outside was good fun, but the show inside was to tight to move around, and as for the concessions vans, I think they may have been the same people who carried out the Hatton garden Robbery over Easter! £19.80 for three bacon rolls, and three cups of instant coffee! daylight robbery, and totally unnecessary.

Matchless V Twin

Matchless V Twin

Indian

Indian

Norton Inter Brake

Norton Inter Brake