quarta-feira, 27 de abril de 2011

Got it!

FZR400RR top fairing

segunda-feira, 25 de abril de 2011

Saturday I found a couple of bits for my current project in Stafford. A couple of tanks and a rear mudguard. For less than £50 for the lot, the "future's so bright I gotta wear shades"

domingo, 24 de abril de 2011

segunda-feira, 18 de abril de 2011

sábado, 16 de abril de 2011

The beauty inside

During the process of restoring my CB500T last summer,I kind of lost control of things and bought a job lot of donors. 2 bikes left for dead "as usual" wich I cannibalised to get the first one running.
Having found myself with nothing to do and no TV , I decided to get something done to the second CB500 despite the odd looks I get every now and then from those who insist on asking "why...?"
 The way I see bikes has changed a lot over the years, specially since I got back into them over a "lost period" and I honestly think I can feel their essence a lot better now.
I hope my pictures show what I see when looking at something as old, abused, rusty and neglected  as this bike. 
Thank you to all the Harley owners for showing me the truth...

quinta-feira, 14 de abril de 2011

New projects

Isnt life glorious when you can only afford cheap bikes...lots of them.  Just bought my sixth bike and started cutting the fifth to bits.

terça-feira, 12 de abril de 2011

London Motorcycle Museum

Last Sunday I went to this place 5 minutes away from the Ace Cafe. An old farm converted into a sort of museum where the barns now store old bikes. Half of them belong to the family (father,sons and grandsons) the other half belong to people who leave them there only for exhibition and dry storage purposes. Buying selling and fixing old motorcycles (special attention to Triumphs) has been the main family business for a long time now. The father, who also own's REG ALLEN London motorcycle shop dedicated his life to racing, rebuilding and collecting bikes.

A humble place full of old memories and stories told by the owner's son who's spent all his live around bikes.  A place where british motorcycles are worth much more than just money.

segunda-feira, 11 de abril de 2011

DYI wheel stand

 Gary (guy who works with me) decided he was going to buy a wheel stand for balancing and trueing motorcycle wheels at home.  Adrian (the other guy who works with me) said we could build one without spending money. I had to intervene to balance things up and said: "We're using new bearings".
Why? Lots of reasons. To make Gary feel bad for spending £100 he doesnt have, to have something to do because there's nothing going on these days and because we dont realy need one but I will in the future.

Here it is, my new wheel stand that cost £6.  Eat the overdrafted

domingo, 3 de abril de 2011

Enfield Classic show

These pictures were taken this morning in Enfield at a very small bike show. Sun shining on chrome and everyone was happy for taking their time polishing every bit of their bikes last night...

The guy who owns this 1927 Norton 500 saw me taking pictures and came over for a chat and very proudly spent the next 15 minutes explaining to me how everything works. Original bike with original filth and dirt.