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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Makings of a seat

My friend Martin has decided on a different type of seat for his 'ride to work' BMW which I know he will put as much effort and make one off parts for as his other 'Specials' .......he just can't help himself and always does a lovely job!

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Special framed bikes - Krauser, Rickman,Dresda Honda and Simoto ?

A friend,Dave, who I first met approx 19 - 20 years ago is particularly a fan of  BMW boxers, but also likes bikes that have 'special' frames. He got in touch with me last Summer when a old bike of mine - Sidlow framed BMW - was up for sale on Ebay. Coincidentally another friend had put the seller in touch with me. To cut a long story short the seller let me know that he'd let the BMW go for a lot less than the original listing. It now became of interest to Dave and after a phone call they agreed a price etc only for the seller to renege on the deal. Obviously in the day or so that passed he'd had a more financially rewarding offer. Dave was particularly disappointed / gutted as he'd agreed to sell his modified Z750 at a very reasonable price just to help finance the purchase.
   Anyway,what came out of this was a few pics of  his other 'Specials'. He actually no longer has the Rickman, deeming it too uncomfortable. 

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Not a lot .............

.............has been happening in the workshop over the run up to and post Christmas / New Year period. I did start the Le Man spec engine build before and just finished it a few days ago. I always underestimate how long it takes just clean out all the items after the blasting process, although better to be safe than sorry! Although I'd bought a new intermediate plate I found that the low mileage one that I'd removed from a engine that I've had in my possession for over 25 years was as flat as the new item and after a light clean up I drilled and slotted it. A tip that I found on the internet and which I've been applying for a few years now.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Guzzi Cafe Racer

I got a new project underway a couple of months back and after making some good progress it's slowed up with the frame being away getting some seat support brackets welded on. When it comes back I'll then be scratching my head as to whether to have side panels or not? Also, for only the second time (3rd time if I consider the old Raceco race bike) in my 24 / 25 years of owning Guzzi's I'm considering having de-linked brakes on it. Not sure why I'm considering the latter as I like the linked system?

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Benjamin Clementine - Colston Hall 2017

I'm really very glad that I made the effort to go to the Colston Hall on Friday evening to see Benjamin Clementine. It was a last minute decision and I had to go on my own, but because of this was also able to get a seat in the Stalls just 12 rows back from the front. I have to say that in the first  30 - 40 minutes of the show there were a few songs / chants that I wasn't that keen on and could also have lived without some of the minor theatricals. However, I came away feelin' that I'd just seen somebody pretty special as his voice / style are fairly unique and the Bass player and Drummer were a excellent accompaniment too

Saturday, 2 December 2017

LP in Cardiff

What a great gig in Cardiff (at the student union) last night to see LP. Live, her voice (and that whistle) are amazing...............Excellent night!

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Guzzi Gearbox refurb

Simon's - bought in boxes - Le Man 1 gearbox needed a complete strip down, starting with a good clean and the removal of a seized clutch actuating arm pin and then off to the vapour blasters etc