Monday, 8 October 2012

More Board Track Racers

A while back I did a post on Board Track Racers, Interesting bikes ridden by mad men on slippy wooden tracks in the early part of the last century sort of sums up what it was about. I came across this blog, which shows the interest in the board track bikes, and the velodrome pacer bikes, is alive and well.
Also noticed this on their site, a Harley Davidson fore and aft boxer twin, a bike I never knew they built.....

Wullies Indian Motorcycle (s)

The other day I bumped into a friend I hadn't seen in a while. We soon got on to the subject of his Indian motorcycle, which one he said. It turns out a few others have joined the family over the last couple of years, with him getting two projects and his son buying another (thats his Indian/ Well bike in the pics). So that makes five in one family...

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

W 650

Just spotted this W650 with a W2 tank, just one little change and its so much better looking, I think anyway.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Honda CL350

This wee Honda CL 350 arrived a few months ago, bought by my mate who owns the Honda 400/4 I've been slowly restoring in between my own bikes. Its a 1972 model, bought from DK Motorcycles about ten years ago by the previous owner to restore but he never got round to it. Its fairly original with only a few minor parts missing, most of which we have managed to pick up. Work on it will probably start next Spring once the other bikes are totally finished. Hope to have a couple of up dates on the BMW R75/6 and the Honda 400/4

Monday, 10 September 2012

Tea Room

Not too bad looking for a place built in the 1920s. Last Thursday I went out on the bike for a run up towards Callander,and then headed to Aberfoyle via the Dukes Pass. On that route you pass through a place called Brig O Turk, which has an old Tea Room (Cafe). It had been closed for a while, but I had heard it had re opened earlier this year and was looking forward to see how the placed looked now. Well on the outside it still had its original look, wooden hut with a few windows and painted green. The inside had more or less kept its original look, but fresher looking (and smelling)with new tables etc. So I was glad to see it hadn't changed too much, well other than the food, its 100% better. I think I'll be stopping off a few more times before the years out. Stuck for somewhere to stop for a bite when out and about look here

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Tim "Twister" Hastings

Tim rides in the Metzeler National Superstock 600 championship, and as a bit of a fund raiser Ashley Enright has put up one of her prints on canvas as a raffle prize. I hope a lot of you will join in with the raffle, best of luck! Your chance to win this great canvas print of Tim "Twister" Hastings, and help out the team, see details
The print, the prize!
Tim just after some track testing on Friday, pic by John Mclean By Ashley Enright When Tim Hastings announced that there was a chance he wouldn’t be able to finish the 2012 Metzeler National Superstock season I was surprised and wanted to do something to help get him back where he belongs - on track within the BSB series. I had one of my photographs of Tim printed onto a 30"x20" canvas for Team Twister to raffle to raise funds in the hope that they can compete in the final three rounds of the season. The photograph was taken at Brands Hatch in April 2011 and shows the “Fan Zone” containing names of supporters through the “Twister...Powered by Fans” campaign. I am offering the canvas as a raffle at £5 a ticket, so please show your support and message me with a name, phone number and how many tickets you’d like. Payment can be direct to the team at Donington or Silverstone, via the TeamTwister website at by clicking the paypal donate button or cheque. We are going to ask Fred Clarke to draw the winning name at the Silverstone BSB round.

Chang Jiang CJ750

The bike on the right, Chang Jiang 750, is a bike I've had since about 1999. I used it quite a lot the first six years and was fairly reliable, not like when the first owner had it with a breakdown nearly every trip. Might have something to do with having a bit of mechanical sympathy that I didn't have any major problems. Its been sitting with a cover over it for too long now so this Winter it'll be getting the once over and back on the road for Spring....... well thats the plan.

Friday, 31 August 2012

Friday Bike

Flat Tracker Zed

Spotted this Flat tracker/ Street tracker styled Zed while over in Germany for the Z1 40th anniversary rally at Edersee. There's a lot of nice work done to the bike, a lot you don't notice right away. Nice job!

Pre Historic Head Cam

John R Walker photo (above)
Back in the 70s/80s this was the way to get your on board footage, as you can see not as compact as the modern helmet cams. The batteries for it were carried in a back pack and weighed in at about 50lbs, this gave about enough power for one lap.... Rider is Lang Hindle, former Canadian Superbike Champion

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Honda CB400/4

This is the latest project that my mate James has bought ( the owner of the BMW R75/6 from a few months back, an update of that later), a 1976 Honda CB400/4. Bought on ebay from DK Motorcycles a few weeks back. A bit rough round the edges, but surprisingly totally rust free (California import). A few things are on the way for it and paint work is off to the painter. This should be a fairly easy tidy up with the plan to have it registered and on the road by the end of the month.......

Monday, 26 March 2012

Second Look

How many modern parts can you see on this bike.More info here

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Steve McQueen

One of my all time favourite Actors, he would have been 82 today. He was not always Steve McQueen, when entering motorcycle off road events he'd use the name Harvey Mushman, mainly to try and keep it quite from the Studios. Think I'll go and put The Great escape on....

Friday, 23 March 2012

Bike Shop in Japan

Nice Kawasaki Z1A

Rows of nice, and very nice Kawasaki's

Show room shot, nice Honda 400/4

Double Up Motorcycles are based in Japan and are one of hundreds of shops supplying the Customer with the bike of their dreams, and some of ours!!

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

One of the main suppliers of replacement parts for our old Zeds, here's their HQ in Japan, their site

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Landmarks 2012

Over on Mr Combo's site, Thistledown, he has launched the Landmarks 2012 challenge click for info Thought it would be fun to join in, so here's my first couple...

Bridge... Forth bridges taken from Port Edgar

Body of water... Side of the Carron Valley Reservoir

Statue... Rob Roy Statue in Stirling on the road up to the Castle

Monday, 20 February 2012

Honda 60s Adverts

A couple of Honda America Adverts for the C models of the 60s