The John Bull Rally, 2017…

Posted: January 2, 2017 in Just Me
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Looking forward to this rally already, I try to make it every year, the BSAOC Belgium always do it just right. If you have an old bike why not come along.

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John Bull 2017

Good Bye 2016, Hello 2017…

Posted: December 31, 2016 in Just Me
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As 2016 draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have visited my blog, and those who have left a comment or two. it is always nice to get some feedback from people around the world. it proves we are not so different, with our love of old motorcycles to bind us all together.

Have a good 2017.

Kevin.

Now I have a few dates for you guys in the UK, or maybe even those from further afield, if by chance you are travelling to or through the UK at the same time… First up is a list of dates for the Kempton motorcycle jumbles, that you will have seen throughout this blog. This is always a great day out, and worth making the effort for.

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Kempton Jumble dates.

Also for January, the 29th,  and an event I try not to miss, is the Talmag Trial, for pre 65 motorcycles with or without sidecar, held at Hungry hill, Aldershot.  Talmag Details

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Norton at the Talmag

21/01/17 – Springfields Motorcycle Show, Spalding Lincs. Saturday, January 21, 2017 – 10:00 to Sunday, January 22, 2017 – 17:000

4/02/17 – Bristol Classic Bike Show. Saturday, February 4, 2017 – 09:30 to Sunday, February 5, – 17:30 returns to the Bath and West Showground at Shepton Mallet.

25/3/17 – The VMCC BIKE-JUMBLE,  Bath and West Showground at Shepton Mallet.  genuine old bike jumble plus trade stalls selling new spares and accessories. plenty of interesting ‘barn fresh’ bits. Complete bikes for sale as well. Opens 9.30 to 4pm. Free parking, good refreshments . Admission £3. 01297 32853 /

22/04/17 – Bristol Italian Auto Moto festival.

Damn Unreliable Triumph, part 2…

Posted: December 27, 2016 in Just Me
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Incase any of you guys are interested, I came up with two answers to the starting problem.

1. I bought a small power pack assembly, about the size of two mobile phones, that comes with a set of jump leads, and has enough power to start a car. it was just £34 and also has a USB port for charging a phone if needed. I will take a picture later, so you can see.

Here is a video I found on the Tube…

2. When I got the bike back in June, I fitted a new MotoBatt battery, I always fit new batteries to any bike I buy, as it takes the guesswork out of the equation. But when talking to a friend about this, he told me to change the battery again, to a Varta maintenance free type battery, as these have a higher storage voltage, not a lot higher, but over 12.6V. So that is what I did, and even during this cold weather, I have had no further problems so far.

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Triumph Bonnie SE

 

Posted: December 26, 2016 in Just Me
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As it is Boxing day here in the UK (Boxing Day = As servants prepared to leave to visit their families, their employers would present them with gift boxes. Despite its name, Boxing Day, which is celebrated on December 26 in Great Britain, has nothing to do with pugilistic competition. Nor is it a day for people to return unwanted Christmas presents.) and as the sun was out for a change, I decided the1973 Guzzi Eldorado could use a run out, the roads were empty, just me and my Guzzi…

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1973 Moto Guzzi Eldorado.

Seasons Greetings…

Posted: December 15, 2016 in Just Me
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First I would like to thank all you guys from around the world who have visited, and subscribed to my blog, and I hope you find the time to check in from time to time in 2017. And you never know, maybe we will meet somewhere out on the road.

My first trip out on a bike will be to The Phoenix, at Hartley Wintney on new years day.

Kevin.

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Seasons Greetings

The Famous James…

Posted: December 7, 2016 in Just Me
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Now this may not be the most expensive bike uncovered by anybody, and I guess it was not really a “Barn” find, but more of a shed find, not by me I must add, but by one of my friends.
So I wonder what you will make of this sweet little James, totally original and only missing the original throttle, and fuel tap. That in itself is pretty amazing for a bike made in 1948, but look at the tinware, no rust damage, sure it has surface corrosion as would be expected, but this bike really wants just a rub over with an oily rag, it is not even seized, and does have a spark.

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1948 James

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Villiers 98cc

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The Famous James

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A little patina

Not bad for 68 years old.

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