That's it all, hope you enjoyed it.
Thanks for taking the time to look in over the last few years, it's been fun but time to go....
Friday, 28 February 2014
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Our annual photos of Katoomba Hot Rod show from Dave Blamey. The event is held in the Blue Mountains in Australia an area hit badly by forest fires in the last year. Again it was a big success pumping much needed funds back into the towns economy.
Monday, 24 February 2014
Original late '70s early '80s Invaders, 16" rear x 3.5"J and 19" front x 2.5"J. Come with good bearings and flanges to take Harley discs/sprocket. Rear is good chrome (but not mint) and has had two welds on inside but doesn't look to have ever been damaged. Front has fair chrome but a few rusty marks, worst one shown in photo, again no signs of damage. £650 the pair inc post to UK, shipping outside of UK will be extra at cost.
Friday, 21 February 2014
Pulled all the shiny tat off the Shovel but then bought some shiny Invaders which isn't at all the look I had in mind. Also got a Pan tubular swinging arm which is, so not sure of a direction at the minute. All my inspiration (this week) has come from photos of bikes from Luck-MC in Japan, low, understated brightwork, small high mounted tanks, tons of style.
Anyway I have a shopping list; I need
Forks, Ironhead Sportster 35mm disc type legs and yokes and possibly a decent 19" front wheel. NOW SORTED THANKS BRYAN.
Rear wheel spindle for early round swingarm.
Original kickstart lever.
Plain clutch cover (Derby cover). SORTED.
Pair of standard rear side mounting struts for rear guard. NO LONGER NEEDED
Exhausts like this, think they are usually listed as late 60s FL, separate pipes as pic or a 2-1 would do...
..and anything else you think I should have.
Of course it may be that a Shovelhead project is on someone elses' shopping list, in which case drop in and save me a load of work !
Monday, 17 February 2014
This is Sami Graystone, local artist/illustrator/mural painter/musician/butchers daughter and biker lass.
Find her on Instagram as Sami Graystone and TheMeatHook.
Listen to her at Zealous Doxy
Friday, 14 February 2014
Bought this last night, the seller told me it is called Sheeba (the Shovel), he also has a Beach Buggy called Beryl and a motorhome called Marianne or maybe it was Millicent, i was loosing interest fast by then and there were still another two bikes to go...
It may be a fine example of American grotesque but it runs sweeter than pudding wine and, er, well that's all. If there is anything you want off it let me know but i'm guessing that if you are reading this Blog the only parts you will want are the ones I'm keeping.
Live to shop.
Thursday, 13 February 2014
Possibly your last chance to buy a rigid British bike on the road for under £3,000. Paul is selling his '47 Matchless 350, registered 1958, 3 owners, full history known. Taxed, Tested, ride it away. I can vouch for this bike, it's lovely. £2,750 (about the same price as decking yourself out in the new Matchless clothing range) and you'd better be quick. Phone Paul direct on 07719 487436.
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
John is a local guy who's been buying Slabside GSXR parts off me for a few months for a bike he is restoring. He invited me to go and see the bikes he's built over the years so I went for a look yesterday. Each one has its own story and all apart from the trials AJS were built/restored by him. At least two were bought in the village pub, the green A7 in boxes for £100 ! maybe I should get out more. He has owned the '63 Bonneville for over 40 years.
He went to the TT on the Lightning Clubman three years ago but with increasing years (he's even older than me) finds it hard to start them now so his riding is limited to an Aprillia Mille R and a Fireblade....
Monday, 10 February 2014
I bought this XJR1300SP in 2002 (did I really own a 2 yr old bike ?) lightly bent after a brush with a wagon. I straightened it out, modded it a bit, rode it for about a year then sold it to a guy in Northumberland. Last week I spotted it on eBay, he'd done 800 miles then sat it in his office since 2006, time for repatriation. With the Akra' system, Dynajet kit and filters it is quite quick for a lardy thing. I like it, I may even keep it for a bit...........but you know where I am if you fancy it !
Saturday, 8 February 2014
That's west coast Australia. Wayne originally from Scotland sent an update on his pre-unit 650. the frame broke in half so he made a few alterations at the same time.... Morgo barrels, GP carbs (carbies apparently), rebuilt girder, new wheels etc. then he had a beer in the sun.
Thursday, 6 February 2014
Tuesday, 4 February 2014
Thursday, 30 January 2014
In '96/'97 Martek built two frames based on a 750W to take the oil cooled 1100 motor. Guy Martin has one, this is the other. If you have ever tried to do this conversion you will appreciate the difficulty involved. The headstock has been relocated and top rails braced, the front frame rails moved to clear the headers, the back end altered completely to take the (2" extended) Ducati 916 swinging arm with built in air tank and adjustable ride height, all new engine mounts made and then all the little cut outs and brackets for the turbo. The seat subframe is such a work of art its a shame to put a seat on it... you can sit and look at the thing all day.
The original bike was apparently seen by Prodigy fun boy Keith Flint who decided he wanted one building with all the best stuff, no expense spared, and it wasn't !
The front and rear suspension are White Power (back then you could still call it that), with Marteks' own billet yokes, brakes are Spondon discs with Brembo calipers, front wheel is GSXR1100 deseamed and rear is Ducati. Ignition is Dyna with 2000 adjustable module which sits at the front under a neat little cut out in the tank so its easy to get at. The tank is also plated underneath and has the Pingel tap relocated right at the rear.The motor was a real low mileage 1127 with JE 80mm pistons (EFE) and flowed head carefully put together by Roger Upperton. The Rayjay turbo set up is the original Mr Turbo job and left Grimsby with an S&S carb, it supposedly made around 220 rwhp.
When KF parted with his dosh (iv'e heard £26k) the bike was red, black and white with a neat little KLE headlight fairing and one off very small seat unit. He hooned about on it a bit then (allegedly) took the bike to Jack Frost at Holeshot for more work, I have no details of this as I have been unable to get in touch (he ignores my emails), however it does now have a huge Keihin Flatslide in place of the S&S. He then sold it to a friend who sat it in his living room and polished it for 6 years. The friend then sold it to Leigh who I bought it from, he got tired of looking at it, took it to get MOT'd then crashed it on the way home. With a load of metal in his arm as a result the bike had to move on which is where I came in.
Nothing major was damaged, mainly tank/seat/fairing/lights/bars/levers/foot pegs/oil cooler, the usual stuff that gets trashed in a bike crash. The main saviour was a 2lb Nitrous bottle which was fastened to the right side front of the frame, the bike had gone down on that side and the bottle acted as a big crash bung, without it the motor would have taken a big hit.
The seat i fitted is off a TZ125 race bike, anything bigger looks immense as the bike is so short (3" shorter than a stock GSXR11). It looked OK but was made of tissue paper so needed a fair bit of work to make it suitable. I'm still not sure about it but until something better comes along it will do the job. Ive added a few little trinkets along the way too like the engine cases, carbon guards and KC headlight.
There is no point giving a full detailed spec of everything, you can see it all in the photos, the thing is loud, thirsty and proper barmy, not for touring.
If you fancy it bring me near to £6,000 (part exchange welcome) and you can be the next to dodge death or polish it in the living room, if not it can stay here and look hard.
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Original Smith Bros and Fetrow springer bought new in 1977, taken off bike in '83, greased up and stored since. Far better condition than most, good (but not perfect) chrome on legs and springs, nuts and risers will need re-plating, yokes are alloy so just need a polish. Measure 42 1/2" from centre of spindle to top of leg but 2" less with axle plates in upwards position. 7 1/4" between axle plates, 7/8" stem. £400 + shipping
Frame is '58 650 Triumph pre-unit with welded on hardtail and raked neck. It was fully moulded but been blasted to check condition. Sound but will need some work on welds to beautify or cover it with filler again. £175 + shipping.