Monday, 31 January 2011

Talmag trial 30th Jan 2011

The Talmag trial was held 30th Jan 2011 at Hungry Hill, Aldershot, Hampshire.
Its held for pre 65 4 stroke bikes and sidecar outfits
The Trial is held on MOD land and there are usually 15 section marked out, which are run twice giving 30 section through out the day.
I'd like to thank Kev for letting me use his video, cheers mate

Kevs sites

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Just a photo

Photo by Donald van der Putten at Hysteric Studios.

What does this pic say to you? Countryside, bike, summer, freedom...

Restoration time

Restoration time, there's been a bit of talk about restoring, or getting round to restoring our old bikes. So I thought I'd have a look round the Internet to see what others have or are doing, also to see how they put it down on paper what they've been doing, just to give me a head start for when I report on one of mine.

I came across one on a BMW R75/5 which I thought was interesting, not too much tech, but does have links to some important info, good clear pics (a good pics worth a thousand words), and the important bit he finishes the bike.

There's also a bit about how to store the bike for long periods.

I might do a bit on my Kawasaki 1100 Spectre rebuild once it finished, just paintwork and seat to do...

Larry had a bit of a problem finding the link to the R75/5 site, but he did find this following link from the other end of the spectrum, every detail is noted down....

click title to go to BMW R75/5 restoration

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Old Adverts

It says "They're even better for 72" just a pitty 72 was the final year for them. By this time they had a good line up of bikes, even a new model due out, the BSA Fury 350. Having seen the Fury and the Triumph version, the Bandit, they were good looking bikes.. what might have been if they hadn't ran out of money and backing...


Just an up date, heres a pic I took of the BSA and Triumph at the NMM

click title to see the advert for the above Fury, yes one for sale!

Riding September Video


Was sent a link to this vid, just what we need to keep us going through the winter months, bikes, roads and good weather...

Usual link in the title to their site

Friday Bike

Another Kawasaki Twin, but 35 years apart. This one is a modified W800, the LSL Clubman W 800 TR. Click on title for a bit more info

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Motogiro d'Italia 2011

"This year the event, June 6th-11th, will be departing from Bologna, the heart of the land of motors. The event will pass through Cinque Terre, Lunigiana, will stop in Livorno and then go onto Terre Senesi, Garfagnana to finish in Bologna. A riding trip through the provinces of Emilia, Liguria and Tuscany. Yet again Dream Engine2 offers a new itinerary that includes the legendary roads of Italian motor tradition, over five days, every day you can ride 250 kilometres of enjoyable route. Excellent food and comfortable hotels accompany form an integral part of the package. You can enter the event with little Italian vintage bikes, with foreign legendary bikes or follow the event with a modern bike (entry criteria are available on the website for motorcycles); in addition passengers are very welcome on modern bikes. Feel free to bring along your friends and family because a bus will take them along the route with a tailor made itinerary to discover a fantastic part of Italy."

Its one of those events that I think I'll have to enter at sometime, all the reports on it make it sound fantastic.
There are four classes run at the same time, but its the vintage class that appeals to me.
What better than riding a small, up to 175cc and pre 58, bike round some great Italian roads with like minded nutters. Click on the title to their web site

Old Adverts

A magazine advert for the Honda CB550F. I am a bit bias towards this bike as it was the first Jap four I bought. Bought mine in 1981 and did about 50000 mls on it. Its in a few large parts just now,just needs a few weeks work, once the new sheds up it'll join the queue.

CB750 Cafe Racer

Quite a good take on a Honda CB750 Cafe Racer

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

AJS Stormer

Norton Villiers started building the AJS Stormer Scrambler in 1968, with 250, 370 and 410cc engines, production stopped in 1974 due to them having financial trouble.
Fluff Brown purchased the rights to manufacture the Stormer under the AJS banner from NorVil in late 1974.
Fluff had worked with Cotton Motorcycles and had helped Villiers develop the Stormer, later becoming AJS competition manager. A short time after taking over he started to produce the FB AJS Stormer as a Scrambler, also as a Trail bike. He was also supplying parts and up grades for the older models. Bike production stopped in 1982, but supply of parts continue to this day.
While looking for info on the Stormers I noticed on their web site that they will build you a new Stormer if you want, click on title to go to their site

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Just a Photo

HL getting good at sending the pics, heres one of a modern Triumph Bonneville from Oakland (think he was getting fed up with all the BSA pics ;-) )

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Kawasaki W1,W2,W3

This is a follow on from the Friday bike from last week, where I left it for you to work out what it was. There is so much that could be written about the history of this one model. I picked up the following from the Kawasaki Museum, and if you find it interesting have a look round the net for the later history. Thanks to Mike from M K Müller Honda for some of the pics, hes had 16 of these bikes!

The history of the W1 can be traced back to 1960 and the early K1, a motorcycle developed by the Japanese motorcycle meguro. Meguro had first started producing motorcycles back in 1909 and had modeled the K1 on the English BSA A7 as a replacement for their single cylinder Meguro Z7.

Meguro Z7

It was early days, and most Japanese motorcycle manufacturers at the time were basically building bikes copied from American and European models, particularly in the large displacement categories.

For its day, the K1 was an advanced design and showcased modern-day manufacturing techniques with its Air-Cooled , 4-stroke, Twin OHV 496cc engine mounted in a double-cradle frame.

Meguro K1

In 1960, Meguro Works entered into a business relationship with Kawasaki Aircraft Co.,Ltd., leading to a full merger in 1963. Therefore, although the K1 was developed and produced by Meguro, selling it was left to Kawasaki Motor Sales Co., the forerunner of Kawasaki Motorcycle Co.,Ltd. At the time, the Kawasaki engineers were so deeply engaged in the development of a 4-stroke engine for small cars that they had no time to develop anew motorcycle engine. But by the end of 1962 the four-wheel project had ended and some of these car engineers transferred to Meguro and tool over the project. There were two projects that the developers had to tackle: the SG(a single-cylinder 250cc OHV) and the K1.

For both projects, ex-Meguro engineers kept working on the task of chassis development, while the SG and K1 engines were developed by the ex-Kawasaki engineers. Since the K models were still in the transition stage from Meguro to Kawasaki, there were many problems associated with technology transfers and maintenance. However, work proceeded at the same time on development of a successor to the K1\ the new W1. At the time, sales objectives were concentrated on receiving orders for police patrol motorcycles intended for guard duties during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Since there was no time to develop a new engine, or even to remodel an existing one, there was no choice but to use the K1 model as it was.

A Police spec KP

However, the engineers still wanted to overcome some basic design flaws in the K1 engine. Because the sales side wanted to maintain the impressive appearance and dignified look of the K1, it was decided to remodel the engine only, and in 1965 the remodel the engine only, and in 1965 the remodeled K1 was introduced as the K2. (The changes included increased oil pump capacity, improved crankshaft bearings, etc. The Y-shape cover, the distinctive feature of the W models, was adopted at this stage.)
However, both the K1 and K2 still shared the basic weak points of the BSA A7. The K2 was exported to the US for a test in response to the expanding American market for 4-stroke motorcycles. Unfortunately, it was rejected for a lack of power.

The answer was the W1 which was developed as a large, high-performance, 4-stroke based on the K2. With this new model, the basic problems found in the lubrication system (already improved in the K2)and the weakness in the crank's big end durability was solved by going to a built-up crank. But there was insufficient time to implement the intended changes in the valve train (making it an O.H.C.).

As far as the frame concerned, the conventional tubular frame from the BSA A7 was used unchanged. The frame building technology that Kawasaki inherited from Meguro was the quite advanced for its time, and most f the models following the K1 adopted tube frames because they were comparatively easy to make. Even though Kawasaki had developed a 4 stroke engine much earlier, the K1,K2 and W1 were typical 4-stroke motorcycle models for their day and were, so to speak, textbook models reflecting the then-current design and production technologies.

The W series entry into the US market was rather unsuccessful because it was too similar to the K models in basic structure and lacked a feeling or impression of being "new". The W models also mimicked too much the look of the BSA A7 for an American tastes, even though internally the engine was much improved from the BSA.
The W1 engine featured the larger bore of the K models and included a separate primary drive and transmission. The frame welding techniques came directly from the K models.

Prior to the W1 Kawasaki only sold 2-strokes on the US market, but with the debut of the W1 it joined Honda in becoming one of the first Japanese motorcycle manufacturers to produce 4-strokes. While Honda had produced only 4-strokes from the beginning, Kawasaki's entry into the US the market was based on predictions of increased sales for large displacement 4-strokes in the near future. The 624cc engine of the W1 was one of the first large-displacement Japanese motorcycles.
However, the way motorcycles were used in America was quite different than expected and the W1 was found "unsuitable" for the American market. On the other hand, in Japan it was well received and became famous for its unique OHV vertical twin sound and individual style.

Kawasaki W3

The K series (500cc) ran up till 1967, then the W1 with a 650cc engine was introduced, the W2 came out in 1968, which ran till 1972 with the W3 model coming out. Production ended in 1975.

click on title to see and hear the Kawas in action

Friday, 21 January 2011

Friday Bike

Very nicely done Racer/ Cafe Racer based on a Yamaha XS400, don't have any more details on it.

Old Adverts

1940s? Firestone tyre (tire) advert, making the most of winning at the olds Daytona Course

Catalina Grand Prix

History was made at Avalon, CA – December 5, 2010 – as the Red Bull Catalina Grand Prix, one of California’s most renowned motorcycles races, made a triumphant return after a 52-year hiatus. The famed race, which was held on the island between 1951 and 1958, was widely considered one of the most unique and prestigious races of the era. The weekend’s cloudy skies and chilly temperatures didn’t stop the more than 800 riders from tackling the newly minted 6-mile course, which featured a variety of terrain including a challenging motocross section and a fire road that took racers up winding turns and around steep bluffs high above the port city of Avalon.

The rebirth of the race brought some of the riders who had competed in Catalina in the 1950s back to ride the island track once more. This included Homer Knapp, who took to the course on Saturday on the same 1920s Harley Davidson he rode in the Catalina race in the 1950s. Bob Sandgren, who won the race in 1957 and 1958, also returned to serve as Grand Marshal. Other Catalina race veterans included Preston Petty and John Rice. The festivities kicked off with a parade lap of the racers through downtown Avalon, where hundreds lined the streets to cheer on their favorites from both yesteryear and today

Below is the bike ridden by the man with the camera in the above clip

A 1962 YDS2 turned into an Ascot Scrambler replica

Wednesday, 19 January 2011


The Barbour, when I started riding in the late 70s it was still the waterproof clothing to have. Made from a waxed cotton material it done its job well, but you did have to "treat" it every few months if you were using it everyday. I remember doing mine quite a few times, hang jacket and trousers over the back of a chair and place in front of a warm fire in the living room. Once warm you could rub in the wax easily as it melted into the fabric. Since then things have moved on a fair bit with all sorts of 100% waterproof materials on the market.

This year Barbour are celebrating 75 years since their Bike Jacket first came out, although they have been in the waterproof business since 1894.

The Barbour International Jacket was worn by virtually every British international motorcycle team from 1936 until 1977, and one of the most famous was Steve McQueen, who wore the Jackets while take part in the ISDT in the 60s... and they were the official motorcycle police jacket in 14 different countries.

For a link to the Barbour site, and more info click on the post title

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Kawasaki Advert

Heres an advert for a Kawasaki Z1A 900, showing a European spec bike, think this was a German advert?

Pic of my mate Stephens 72 Z1 just after a total rebuild, just to let you see the paint on a Z1.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Painting in Speed

A couple of pictures I came across that I just had to post, just wish I was able to draw or paint and bring motion to a picture

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Kawa Turbo

A few more pics from Larry, a very sorry looking Kawasaki 750 Turbo, if it was over here I would have it in a minute.

"not as mysterious as first shot was(taken at night) but a hint of fog in the air. Owner better get going before that cactus eats it!!. Larry"

Larry you had the 50th post on the blog, didn't think I'd get past 10!!!

Hillclimb BSA

Sorry its yet another BSA related post, but its great seeing the old bikes getting used as they should, sounds great as well

Friday, 14 January 2011

Friday Bike

I'll leave you to think about this bike, then during the week I'll post a bit on them.

One From Larry

Larry sent an email via his phone all the way from the West Coast of the US of A with a pic attached as a test, well it arrived. Is that the early Kawa 500 H1 in the pic you have other pics of? Thanks for sending it Larry

Just a Photo

1971 Triumph 650 T120

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

More BSAs

Was having a look through Advrider and came across a post, "lets see your BSA motorcycles", thought it was worth while putting a link, click title as usual.

Some nice Beezas and a bit of inspiration for Bodger

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

1968 BSA Thunderbolt

A mate of mine, Kev, last year added another bike to his collection, a BSA Thunderbolt of 1968 vintage, repatriated from the USA, where it languished uncared for in a shed for 42 years, having only covered 2100 miles from new. This makes it sound grander than it is, as it needed extensive work to put right for the road, but nothing that couldn't be fixed, given time and the money spanner.

Just after he bought the bike, but before the real work started it was given a good clean

After a fair bit of work, straighten out a few parts, new handle bars and some replacement cables it was time for an inspection, then it could be registered for the road. MoT (ministry of transport road worthiness test) day, and it passed Ok, with only couple of small problems highlighted, but an easy fix. Having the MOT left him clear to get the bike registered and so get it’s number issued, for use on the road. The run to the MOT station was the fist time in 42 years it has been ridden on any roads and for Kev the first ride on any A65 of any description, and he wasn't let down.

New reg and ready for a run

Once the new registration number arrived it was time for him to get some miles done. A couple of small problems showed up but the main thing that bugged him was the silencers, one was pretty grazed up due to the accident which put it off the road when fairly new, and the other had a dose of metal moth syndrome, and was causing the bike to run uneven. With new silencers fitted it was sounding, and looking great, even the tick over with the new carb that had been fitted early on was a big improvement.

The day the silencers went on

To say Kev's a happy chap would be a bit of an understatement!

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Too True

Seen the pic, read the words and it made me think about a few things.

Just a reminder, don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today, live everyday as its the last (one day you'll be right), this ain't no trial run, all sayings that start to ring true as you get that bit older and loose people around you. Make the most of the time, don't hold grudges... make up, live life and enjoy it

Friday Bike

Honda CB750 K2, took this pic at Squires Cafe in Yorkshire at the Classicbike Up North event in 08. Link to the Cafe site, click on title (Friday Bike)

Hondas history on the bike

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Just a Photo

Just a photo taken at the Scottish Classic Motorcycle Club during last summer on a Club night. The very nice BSA A65 (yet another one) has a 750 conversion done by a company called Devimead, now called SRM Engineering.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Friday Bike

A bit late but here's the Friday Bike. Its a Tony Foale Kawa, more details later..

This is one of my bikes that I built over 04/05. It started as a frame and some parts that I ended up buying while collecting a pair of silencers for the Kawasaki Avenger I had at the time, that would be 1999. The frame was built by Tony Foale some time in the late 70s early 80s and was originally designed to take a CB 750 sohc engine. It was basically taken home and put in the garage till the tail end of 04. Out came the the frame a bits to see what was what, followed by a few emails to Tony Foale for some info on the frame. He didn't have any real records of the early frames he built, but did remember the guys name that was in the log book (reg papers). Turns out that he had bought a complete rolling chassis and bodywork kit, that was the frame and swing arm, TF leading link forks, TF wheels, lockhead brakes and alloy tank. That would have been a fair amount of money back then.
So being more of a Kawa man the empty space in the frame would have to be filled with a Kawa motor. The dummy Zed motor was tried for size, and surprisingly the mounts all lined up, only needing a very slight tweak. So it looked like the project was a goer. Next step was to check what was in the boxes that came with the frame, there was a full set of brakes, most parts as new. I had the basic forks but no fittings, well they turned out to be in one of box all wrapped up... starting to look good. Time for a dry build, forks on frame, front wheel in and centre it in forks, work out spacers for wheel, spacers and bolts seemed to be missing for everything. A few more days work and the wheels were lined up, the dummy engine was in place bolted up with new spacers and even had the chain alignment spot on.
On to the next problem, what is the bike going to look like??? a Cafe racer, all in black to go with the chrome frame, or a style that I've liked for years, the "Endurance Racer" look. Well you can see from the pics what I went for. The twin head light fairing came from a mate, the seat was another problem as I needed the "look". On a trip to VJMC show at Donigton in Feb 05 my problem answered, there was a group of guys there showing their Classic Endurance racers. After a few hours talking to them a deal was done for me to borrow the seat off one of their bikes, and with in the week the mould was made, the new seats made and their seat sent back with two spares.

Time to strip it all down for welding, painting and polish. Next problem which engine to fit, after a bit of thought the engine came out of my No2 Rickman Kawa. It was a Z900 motor bored to 998cc with a Yoshi kit and some Yoshi fast road cams, topped off with a set of 28mm carbs off a MK2. Rebuild went well, everything fitted as it should and was starting to look good.

The body work just had to be Green, the paint work was carried out at the front of the garage in a make shift booth... I had green hair for weeks after that :-)
From buying a silecer to end up building an Endurance racer, thats the fun of old bikes, you never know were they'll take you...