Posts Tagged ‘Classic’

On A Snowy Day…

Posted: March 18, 2018 in Just Me
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I find myself confined to the warmth of my Barge here on the river, so I started looking through eBay at the classic bikes for sale, and came across this…

 “1948 Velocette mac road racer it is up and running and on the road last year original reg with current v5c oily rag original condition mechanically perfect. It has air over oil Dowty forks that hold air fine and work well with double damping 4 speed gear box twin leading shoe front break rear set foot rests and is very fast and reliable. The engine is very special all alloy top end with hairpin valve springs lightend and polished valve gear ported cylinder head TT carb BTH mag special crank conrod/big end and rev counter would be a great sprint or track bike well sorted it is geared up and also has 500 cc chain pitch and sprockets as it will break 350cc pitch chain alloy wheel rims 20” front wheel and 19” rear fitted and in as new condition Avon speed master tyre on the front Dunlop TT 100 tyre on the rear”.


1949 Velocette racer.


Velocette Mac Racer on eBay



Italian Classic…

Posted: December 5, 2017 in Just Me
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As I have mentioned before ,I have a real soft spot for small cc Italian motorcycles, and as their prices and popularity are on the increase world wide, it would appear I am not alone. There are usually one or two that will turn up at Kempton, this one looked the part with the racing style seat, and clip on bars.

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Italian style

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Moto Giro?

Two real survivors…

Posted: November 24, 2017 in Just Me
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Two totally different bikes, both from the same era, both unrestored survivors, both are bikes I would dearly love to own. And both owned by different people.

First up is a Velocette Venom 500, in clubman trim with period John Tickle accessories.


Velocette Venom 500


John Tickle Brake


Velo clubman

Next up is one of my top dream bikes, a wonderful BMW R69s with Heinrich long range touring tank, owned by a fine old gentleman down in the south east corner of England, what a classy bike.


R69s Earles forks


Craven luggage


Riders view


Perfect, BMW R69s

And as it happens both are for sale right now, and I would love them both.

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

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)


Loaded for camping


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

More Guzzi Ramblings…

Posted: April 11, 2017 in Just Me
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Rally season is now well upon us, and I have already missed one rally this year, but the next one is one I will not miss, the Belgian John Bull rally, a great rally hosted by the Belgian BSA-OC, for British and classic bikes.

This year I intend, well hope to attend on my 73 Guzzi Eldorado, and I am frantically trying to get it ready for the end of the month. I still have a few bits to sort out over the Easter weekend, and then with a fair wind it should be done. We shall see.

Those of you who own, or have owned a loop frame Guzzi, will know what a pain it is to replace the carb to airbox rubber. And after trying unsuccessfully to get it into place time and again, I finally came up with a plan that worked. Actually it worked quite well too. The successful method was to use two hacksaw blades positioned so that the rubber could be slid into place, and held while the carb was put back on, then the blades are pulled carefully out, job done.

Guzzi Air Box Rubber

Eldorado air intake rubber

A couple of pictures from todays visit to my lockup, first up is the front wheel I picked up yesterday at Shepton jumble, as you can see the brake plate is nice, but the rim is shot, so I think I may well get a new rim fitted when I do the front end change.


8″ twin leading shoe


8″ brake plate

The Amal 930 carbs are to head for the ultrasonic tank, matched pair R41  L42


Amal Mk1

And back at the last Kempton Jumble, I picked up a nice set of Craven Comet panniers, and an old rack that may well end up being fitted to the Lightning. or maybe they will go on my Guzzi, we shall see.


Classic Craven Comet panniers