Posts Tagged ‘650’

Out in Wales…

Posted: June 19, 2016 in Just Me
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We spotted this old AA box, so a photo opportunity was taken, My G12, Graham’s Speedtwin, And Geoff and Sara’s M20 combo.

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40’s, 50’s, and 60’s, out in Wales.

Joining The Collection…

Posted: February 21, 2016 in Just Me
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Back in January I had a look at a 1962 Matchless G12 650 twin.  Well a week or so ago I managed to get a ride on the bike, and I have to say it was really quite good. So good in fact that I bought the bike. So this bike has now joined my little collection and I hope to get some good use out of it over the summer months. The AJS/Matchless club meet just three miles from me as well, so I shall drop in there when the evenings drag out a bit.

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62 Matchless G12

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Matchless 650

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Matchless G12

And another bike has also joined the fleet, but this is really just a hack to be kept outside and used as a general runabout. Yesterday (Saturday) I dropped into my local garage, and they had this Sportster in as a trade sale, no frills, no warranty, just an old bike that needed to be moved on.  just as you see it here. we cleaned the carb, put some air in the tyres, and took it for a short ride. it starts, stops, everything works, and it doesn’t leak any oil.
Is it an 883 0r 1200? now there’s a question! it is registered as an 883, but the garage were told it had a 1200 upgrade, but without pulling the heads you can’t really tell. so I am happy with 883, it also has the usual Screamin Eagle stage one kit fitted. low milage too for a 1999 bike.

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Harley Sportster

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Harley Hack

Two Projects…

Posted: February 6, 2016 in Just Me
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Over the last year, I have bought two projects from EldoMike over on the ADV forum, which in itself is a huge step considering we live so very far apart!, but Mike has graciously stored the bikes for me until he could get close to a friends house down in Georgia.
Well today Mike managed to find the time to drop them off on what is the first step of them coming to the UK, Thanks Mike, I really do appreciate the help and time you put into this.

So it seems I now have two new projects to not only get on the road, but also get on a boat to the UK!…
So shall I show you what I have, well the first, bought last April, is a nice old 850 Eldo, And this is to become my main touring bike, and I have big plans for this, including a trip to Moto Guzzi in Italy for their centenary celebrations…

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Moto Guzzi Eldorado

The other was only posted on ADV last week, it is a 1963 BSA Super Rocket. Mike joked and said I should buy it, so I did. A nice complete old BSA, in what looks like pretty unmolested condition, and rust free. This will go on the back burner for a while, at least until the Eldo is sorted out. so may stay in Georgia for a year or so.

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1963 BSA Super Rocket.

 

 

Nice BSA Barn Find…

Posted: February 2, 2016 in Just Me
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A couple of friends over in the US, bought a few BSA’s from a barn in Arkansas, most were unit singles, but in the barn was a low mileage unmolested BSA Super Rocket from 1963, still sitting on its original tyres, and complete apart from silencers and seat cover.

The clocks show just 10k miles, and this backs up the bikes originality, as can be seen from the pictures. A combination of a very dry state, and strong sunshine, have prevented rust, but badly(?) faded the paint on the tank, oil tank and tool box. But the chrome work is surprisingly good considering the bikes age. This is a West coast bike, as can be told by the round tank badge, East coast bikes had the tear drop badges.

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1963 BSA Super Rocket.

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Barn Find BSA

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Faded Glory

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10634 miles

January is Done…

Posted: January 31, 2016 in Just Me
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I am always glad to see the back of January, it is the most depressing month in my opinion. It is not January’s fault per se, but it has so little to offer, following on from Christmas and the celebrations of the new year as it does. But in amongst the drabness we get the odd glimmer of hope of better days, the days drag out slowly, the odd flower braves the cold dark days, and we sometimes get a day or two of motorcycles to remind us of warmer days ahead.
Today, the last Sunday of the month is when they hold the Talmag trial, I usually go, but I have a bad cold, and it is raining hard, so this year I have passed the walk in the woods, and the smell of Castrol R. But I do have a few pictures to end the month with.

This last week I took my Norton to have a wiring loom fitted, and some other missing parts, clutch, pegs and other assorted stuff. But while there I got to look over some nice old Matchless bikes.

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Classic Motorcycles

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Matchless G12

 

Nice original 56 G11…

Only two owners from new, totally original, low mileage and has original sales receipt.

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Matchless G11

Introduced for 1956, the Matchless G11 and equivalent AJS Model 30 boasted an engine of 593cc, which went into the newly introduced cycle parts shared with the heavyweight singles range. Along with the new frame came a restyled oil tank and toolbox, full-width front brake and longer seat, while the excellent AMC gearbox – also fitted to Nortons including the Manx – was phased in during the year. ( taken from Bonhams 2013 auction site)

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1956 G11 600cc

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.

I have been making a little headway with the Tribsa, after attaching a battery, I was pleased to find all the lights, switches, and horn working. One of the carbs is damaged beyond repair, so I have ordered a new pair.  I have also fitted the new Goldstar silencers…

New Exhausts.

New Exhausts.

70's Cool.

70’s Cool.

You never know what you might find when walking around Kempton bike Jumble, and that was the case yesterday, when shortly before going to the pub for lunch, I came across this old long forgotten Tribsa special.

Kempton Project Tribsa

Kempton Project Tribsa

98% complete, and looking like it just needs a good service, it had a lot of interest from the passing hoards, but after nearly five hours, no one had bought it. Well that is until I showed up.

Consisting of an BSA “A” series frame, with a pre unit Triumph T110 650 bottom end, and a T120 alloy head and twin AMAL carbs. It also has a BMW TLS front hub/brake assembly. I thought the price was very good, and a lot cheaper than most of the other projects that were at Kempton that day, so I agreed to buy, and it was delivered last Sunday.

Another Project

Another Project

The bike had one owner, who built it himself as you see it, last ridden to the IoM TT, in 1976, the guy then got married, and the bike was put at the back of the garage with another bike, and that is where it spent the next thirty nine years.

I know the frame came new, unstamped from Nourish for I think it was £18.00, I have the paperwork to confirm this from the time of purchase. it has other parts bought from Alf Hagon’s, The frame was given a frame number, and reg number from Essex County Council so has a unique number. I have the original receipt for this, and letter from the council to confirm.
Short Norton Road-holder forks, and the BMW Earles fork,TLS front hub/brake assembly, and Girling shocks.

ROO 47K

ROO 47K

Not too bad for 39 years

Not too bad for 39 years

BMW Brake

BMW Brake

Triumph T110

Triumph T110

Triumph

Posted: July 30, 2014 in Just Me
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I also called past Jack’s…

Triumph

Triumph