Some recent shots…

Posted: June 15, 2017 in Just Me
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Blimey this year is running too fast, next week will be mid summer, and then it is all downhill to Christmas! and the older I get the less I enjoy winter. So some recent pictures from  Italian day.

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Moto Guzzi V7 Sport

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Serious Carbs

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Ducati 750 Sport

Italian Bike Day…

Posted: June 10, 2017 in Just Me
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I took the Guzzi Eldo, it was a good day with some cool bikes….

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Red Lion, Cassington

More pictures later.

Flyers…

Posted: June 7, 2017 in Just Me
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Italian Bike Day

The Italian Bike day event will be held at The Red Lion in Cassington on Saturday June 10 th from 11.00 am to 6pm. All Italian bikes are invited to park up at the rear of the Red Lion whether ridden by a club member or not.

If you tip up on a non Italian bike then park at the front of the pub along the road. This is the 5th year this event will be held and it is a very relaxed affair whereby we can celebrate Italian engineering. No entry fee, no judging, just turn up and enjoy.

The Red Lion will organise a BBQ and of course is always happy to dispense liquid refreshment.

And Founders day…

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Founders Day

VMCC Kent Rally…

Posted: June 5, 2017 in Just Me
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Kent Shaun invited me down to darkest Kentland for the annual VMCC Sittingbourne summer camp, So of course I loaded up the Guzzi Eldo Friday after work, and headed East, a couple of hours dodging thunder storms later, and I pulled into Newnham village down one of those little Kent lanes, and was met with a beer, while I pitched my tipi, and settled back for the evening with fish and chips. (well Friday was national fish and chip day)

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Loaded for camping

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Fish and Chips, a British tradition.

Not everything went to plan though, on the run out on Saturday, I had a bad knocking sound coming from the motor, fearing the worst, I pulled over, only to find my recently installed alternator assembly had broken its support bracket. leaving the whole lot to bounce around! so out with the cable ties to do a roadside repair. But the day was saved by another rally goer, who brazed the broken bracket back together for me. He did a good job too, as I made it back home with no further problems, but I will pull the alternator down , and make sure all is tight in that area, before the next rally.

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Mended alternator bracket

Following on from my failure to make the John Bull Rally in Belgium a couple of weeks back, I have been going through everything on the bike in an effort to reduce the possibility of further breakdowns caused by the bodgery of previous owners. One such area has been the wiring, this to be fair has been an awful mess, I understand that people like to “have a go” but really if you don’t know what you are doing, leave it to people who do.  So I have been cutting out old wires, and running in new wires, this in itself is only a temporary measure, as I am going to replace the wiring this winter with a Gregory Bender replacement harness.

Today I also replaced the ignition switch with a new replacement I picked up at Kempton Jumble, this new one has a much crisper action, and does not hit or miss when you touch the key, this again meant changing and replacing a few more wires, all that leaves for now is to put an inline fuse holder on the main ignition circuit,

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Freewheel Shuttle trailer

I managed to win an online auction for a nice Freewheel Shuttle trailer for my Guzzi, I have thought about this for a while now, it will be nice to not have to load everything onto the bike, although I will need to resist the urge to pack more into the trailer just because I have some room.  So I will need to get a tow hitch made for the Eldo, and again sort out some wiring.

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Guzzi and trailer

 

The lightning Project, 12…

Posted: May 20, 2017 in Just Me
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I  have slightly neglected the A65L due to sorting out the Guzzi Eldo, but when time has allowed I have been picking off the jobs that need doing. The biggest holdup has been sorting a replacement set of forks, as when I bought the BSA it had the wrong year forks and front wheel fitted. But finding the correct forks proved to be a lot harder than I thought it would be, but with the help of one of the inmates on BritBike.com I was able to get a set that needed a full rebuild.

Back at the beginning of the year I found a complete front wheel at Shepton Mallet VMCC jumble, and then I grabbed some tyres at the following Kempton, I have since fitted the tyres and new tubes, but managed to pinch and hole the new tube on the front wheel.

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A65L New Tyres

I also have the motor all bolted up and ready to go, just need to add fuel and oil, so when I finally get the front end all back in the frame, I can get the bike off the bench.

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My 1970 A65L motor.

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30Th MC- Piston Rally, Spain

More info can be found here… MC Piston Rally