Posts Tagged ‘Shovelhead’

Yesterday March 10th was another Mortons Media run Kempton Park Jumble, and although the weather was predicted to be wet and rainy, apart from one small shower it was a very nice day, warm with just a little sun thrown in. It had the usual mix of old, and not so old motorcycles and parts for sale, and plenty of people milling around to make the day interesting.

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Nice Triumph for sale

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Complete AJS Barnfind

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“Old Smokey” Bob’s 70’s Harley Shovelhead

If you would like to see some more pictures from the day, then check out the attached slideshow link Slideshow       

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Kempton Jumble…

Damn it was cold here today, it was cold enough to freeze the flame on a lighter Brrrrrrrrr! The marina was frozen, my Mercedes was frozen, did I mention it was cold? but that won’t stop me heading out to a Kempton jumble, and it didn’t, and so I did.

So lets have a look at what was about.

First some French guys were there with a nice CB450 -K1 Black Bomber, and a sweet little Ducati…

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Ducati 350

There were also a couple of Sunbeam’s for sale, did I mention it was cold?

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Sunbeam side valve

I bought a nice little 5 in 1 Whitworth spanner for my tool roll

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Whitworth 5 in 1

And a walk around the car park, revealed this nice 1972 AMF Harley Shovelhead

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Harley FLH Shovel

More here… Slideshow

So first outing of 2017, and it starts sunny and dry, just need it to warm up a little now.

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

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.

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?