Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Thursday, 17 March 2011
Dickie Dale on the Moto Guzzi V8 at the IOM 1957
Bob McIntyre on a 500 Gilera at the IOM
Honda 6cyl, not sure what model this is out of
Ever wondered what one of the old race bikes, or road bikes, sounded like back in the day, well have a look at Vintage Bike site as they have a sound section, click title to go straight there.
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Liberty Vintage run by Adam Cramer, is a bit like stepping back in time to the workshops of the past. Its a place you can take your bike to and have it serviced, repaired, parts machined in shop and parts fabricated.... none of this waiting a few weeks for a "special" bracket to arrive from the other side of the world.
It would be great to see more of this type of shop... my hats off to guys like him.
I came across this Video, the message in it is so true not only in America but a lot of Counties, with nations of keyboard pusher who don't know one end of a screwdriver from the other who is going to repair and manufacture things in the future???
Another thing that came to mind for me is who is going to look after and ride our type of machines in the decades to come. The interest for the old bikes has faded as far as younger people go, I just wonder what the answer is.... Let me know your thoughts
Friday, 11 March 2011
Sunday, 6 March 2011
The Morgan 3 Wheeler
The success of the Morgan Motor Company was founded on the manufacture of an icon, the Morgan Threewheeler. This brilliant but simple design by engineer Harry Morgan (HFS) became one of the most successful lightweight cars of the early days of motoring. From 1909 to 1953 around 30,000 Morgan Threewheelers were manufactured in Malvern and many more were made under license by Darmont Morgan in France. For many lucky owners it was their first experience of the freedom that car ownership could bring. Fast acceleration combined with a cruising range of over 50 miles to a gallon of petrol was an unbeatable combination in the day. On the race track the car became very successful, famously winning the French Grand Prix in 1913 and regularly lapping the banked Brooklands track at an average speed of over 100 mph. Stirling Moss who owned one is on record as saying “My Morgan was a great babe magnet”..... click on title to continue... I'll get these links sorted out one day!!!
Friday, 4 March 2011
This bike is a 1976 Red Line Engineering XR75. It has a nickel plated chrome-moly frame and swingarm, Ceriani forks and clamps, 17” front wheel, P.K. Racing ignition and 82cc piston, DG pipe.. list goes on. Its far from standard but most were modified as soon as they bought them.
Ok its a "Kiddies" bike, but very important as these bikes were the stepping stones to an interest in motorcycles and the sport. The honda XR75 would have been every Kids dream bike back in the 70s, it looked like the "big" bikes and was a great bike in Jnr motocross, being the bike to have
I came across this blog BBR Motorsports Inc (click title to go to link) and it shows the interest is still there with the small bikes, just the owners are a bit older.
On the home page of the blog you'll see a link to their shop, have a look its interesting.
Thursday, 3 March 2011
One of my bikes is a 1982 Kawasaki GPZ1100 B2, I've had it six years now. It was imported from the USA in 1998. When I bought the bike it was fairly original, bar missing the fairing and wearing B1 bodywork, but over the years the rust started coming through the paint on the tank. So a month or so back I had it all repainted in the original Fire Cracker Red, but went for black and white lines on the tank, think it looks great. once I get time I'll post a pic of the bike with the new paint work fitted.