Posts Tagged ‘Harley’

DGR, The Oxford Ride…

Posted: September 28, 2015 in Just Me
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Sunday saw me heading North towards Oxford, for Sunday was the day, the worldwide Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, and as I posted earlier, I was taking part in the Oxford ride here in the UK. But the promised sunny start never happened, as I left Newbury I had rain, and mist patches, typical!
Although as I approached Oxford services, the clouds moved away, the sun broke through, and the temps warmed up, perfect. So lets see what was about…

Graham and his 52 Panther M100.

Graham and his 52 Panther M100.

Triumph/

Triumph/

It was a real good turn out on a perfect autumn day, and after a slow ride around Oxford city, we headed for the pub and lunch.

I did hear that Oxford raised the second highest amount of money in the UK, behind London. raising somewhere around the £20K mark, well done everyone.

Harley Rat Bike

Harley Rat Bike

The Polka Dots

The Polka Dots

You can see all my pictures here….

http://www.kevindean.zenfolio.com/p190538781/slideshow

CB250

CB250

So my local Garage proprietor (Mark), and a friend (Graham) , invited all the local Harley Shovel owners out for a photo shoot and breakfast. Now as sometimes happens over here in the UK, this ride out coincided with a stunningly perfect sunny day, in fact it couldn’t have been any better.

So 7-30am and the first frost of autumn saw me uncovering the 75 shovelled, and wheeling it out to the road, in an effort not to wake my local residents, and then on empty roads I was off for fuel and a twenty five mile ride to meet up with the others in a lay-by on the Berkshire Oxfordshire border. As you will see, eleven shovel’s turned up, and a few other later models too.Get

My 1975 FLH

My 1975 FLH

11 Harley Shovelheads.

11 Harley Shovelheads.

Shovel Day.

Shovel Day.

September Sunshine

September Sunshine

Was Joe Lucas American?…

Posted: August 16, 2015 in Just Me
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I was heading out today to attend the Popham wings and Motorcycle day at Popham airfield, I have been attending this for a few years now, and have never failed to get there, until today.

My newly acquired Harley WL 750 side valve let me down when all the sparks went on strike! not sure where they have gone, but gone they have. I was rumbling along on a sunny Saturday, when it started missing and backfiring, and then dropped to one cylinder, then died. Battery was dead.
No lights, no horn, no spark? Dead!
So a quick call to the recovery team had me waiting around for a while,so I checked all the connections and wires, but nothing obvious, I did however get a dim glow from the lights again. So I am guessing that either the regulator or dynamo have packed up. We shall see.

Stranded

Stranded

Breakdown Services

Breakdown Services

And this one was no exception…

I got to ride two of my Harley’s on Saturday, and then Sunday saw me out on my Norton Commando. But first I had to empty the sump of oil from where it had been stood idle for so long, then I fitted a new battery, and we were good to go.

Saturday…

Coffee on the Shovel

Coffee on the Shovel

Harley WL 1951

Harley WL 1951

Sunday…

750 Commando

750 Commando

The Best of British, Norton and Landrover, at Caversham.

The Best of British, Norton and Landrover, at Caversham.

1962 Duo Glide…

Posted: July 21, 2015 in Just Me
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Another bike that has found its way into my collection of late is an 1962 Harley Duo Glide Panhead. This is a kickstart only Panhead, and has high compression, and to be honest take a bit of starting! but when it does start, what a great sound from the 45 degree v twin motor.

1962 Panhead

1962 Panhead

Harley WL Sidevalve…

Posted: July 20, 2015 in Just Me
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For a long time now, years in fact, I have wanted a Harley “45”  not particularly the WLA or WLC war machines, but a later civilian model. Well this last week I managed to scratch that itch, when I bought this 1951 WL, hand change, foot clutch, 6volt electrics, perfect. This will sit quite nicely along with my other Harley’s, the Shovel, and the Panhead.

51 Harley WL

51 Harley WL

Side valve flathead

Side valve flathead

Old School Harley

Old School Harley

It was once again time for my mid summer camp, when I invite a few of my friends to join me for the weekend down in Wiltshire, at the great Woodbridge Inn, at Pewsey, this is such a nice friendly venue, and very well run, with good food and beers. And even though the campground was packed, they found and reserved a spot for us when asked.

http://www.woodbridgeinnpewsey.co.uk

Great people, great pub, go try it.

Tell them Kevin sent you.

I started the weekend on my BMW R80ST, as my Shovelhead was once again in the garage, but late in the day Friday I got the call that the Harley was done, so Saturday morning I ran back to Reading and swapped bikes.

My Harley at Silbury

My Harley at Silbury

The campground really was packed with Archeologists doing a dig at a site somewhere between Stonehenge and Avebury…

Archeologists relaxing

Archeologists relaxing

Motorcyclists relaxing

Motorcyclists relaxing

Bikes, all shapes

Bikes, all shapes

And sizes..

And sizes..

Local MAG Show…

Posted: April 6, 2015 in Just Me
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It was our local MAG show today (motorcycle action group) so as the sun was making a rare appearance, I opened the lockup, and pulled out the 75 Harley FLH for a run through the back roads of town and then out into the local countryside, heading for the rugby club where the show was to be held, the old 1200 V-twin thumping away.

This was to be my first trip out on the shovel, and what a strange fun bike it is, loads of torque but not the quickest bike on the road, which is a relief, as the brakes weren’t built for speed, but then I guess neither was I.

My Harley FLH

My Harley FLH

Laverda American Easgle

Laverda American Easgle

Laverda

Laverda

Russian Jupiter 3

Russian Jupiter 3

BSA 250 Single

BSA 250 Single

1975 Shovelhead…

Posted: January 11, 2015 in Just Me
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2015 already, how did that happen?

This weekend I finally managed to find some time for myself, and so dragged the Harley from the shed, and set too getting it ready for the summer, if we get one of course?

75 Shovel

75 Shovel

So what did I do? new rear shocks to replace the broken ones that were on the bike, NOS twin seat, vintage tank badges, new tank caps, billet points cover, and I removed the pannier frames for powder coating.

Looking pretty sharp don’t you think?

 

As winter closes in, and the end of the year appears on the horizon, I still have a couple of events to attend, and I also have lots to do with my bikes. I have had the paint set back for my Commando, and wow what a job the guys at Revolution did for me, stunning.

Metalflake Orange

Metalflake Orange

Since my return from the USA, I have been to another Kempton Jumble, these really are a great day out, so if you get the chance, you really should try to make one (The next EGP Jumble is on December 6th – here is a link to the 2015 dates too… http://www.egp-enterprises.co.uk/calendar.html )

Kempton..

Norvin

Norvin

more pictures from Kempton can be seen in the slideshow here…

http://kevindean.zenfolio.com/p789902386/slideshow

Next up is another bike to my small collection, finally after looking for nearly two years, I have managed to find a nice mid 70’s AMF Harley shovelhead, although I do need to spend some time getting rid of all the chrome  bling that has been added???

1975 AMF Harley Shovelhead

1975 AMF Harley Shovelhead