Just wanted to pass this along if you’re using a plastic anti sumping valve on your Commando as below:

 

A customer stopped by the office to show off his recently restored 750 Commando which  was really beautifully done except it was draining its oil tank onto our driveway at a fairly alarming rate. After pointing it out to him I ran for some absorbent materials and subsequently found the above valve was broken and leaking like a sieve.

Not good.

When I saw the problem I grabbed one of our aluminum Velocette style valves and stuck it on as he wasn’t going anywhere the way it was.  Our valve (supplied by RGM) below:

 

 

 

Luckily the oil tank hadn’t gone dry (yet) and I had some oil on the shelf so he was on his way without doing any damage, but he was lucky.

I know there are endless debates about these valves to prevent “wet sumping” and regardless of where you come down on the issue, I would advise swapping out the plastic valve with one of ours if you want to use one.

If you’re not a fan, by all means don’t use one but check to see if you have one of the plastic time bombs on your bike!

Cheers!

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We’re clearing out the Brooks leather one piece race suits we have left in stock. 

They are on EBay for $199.95 , give us a call if you want one, there are only a few left. Sizes are currently 40, 42, 46, and 48. These are first quality suits that are worth far more than the asking price but Brooks is clearing them out. 

One piece leathers are a big seller in Europe but not so much in the US. Take advantage of a one time opportunity.

Call Brooks @ 877-366-4659 or email me.

Now

Well, we survived the 10 hour drive and had a great time overall.

Many thanks to the Motorcycle Classics magazine guys, Spectro, Retro Tours and many others. The Seven Springs Resort was very scenic and comfortable, and covered a huge amount of real estate.

Over 50 bikes made it for the tour and the rural roads made for some great riding.

I will be adding some pics and videos but for now I’ll just include the picture of our two Nortons  and a beautiful silver “S” model.

Cheers!

 

 

We’re heading to the 2nd annual Ride em don’t hide em get together this weekend in Seven Springs PA.

Planned to go last year but extenuating circumstances pulled the plug on the trip. It should be a fun weekend but it’s a long bloody drive for us. And yes we’re taking the Nortons in a trailer as we don’t have that kind of time.

Anyway, click on the picture for more info, put on by the Motorcycle Classics magazine, good chaps one and all.

Hope to see you there!

 

Wristwatches

Posted: July 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

I’ve been noticing a lot of you vintage bike guys also have some nice wristwatches so I thought I’d add some watch content to liven things up a little.

Here’s my Seiko SKX009 that was getting a little beat up from being worn every day for a few years. It came with the “Pepsi” blue and red ring which is aluminum. I found a nice ceramic black replacement on EBay (of course) and it was pretty easy to change. Transformed the watch really and I couldn’t be more pleased.

The picture isn’t all that great but you get the idea.

Cheers!

 

 

I’m not sure if Alec considers himself a blacksmith or a forger or what but he certainly has an infectious enthusiasm which is rare today. Being just a lad and learning more about his craft everyday you can plainly see the joy of discovery. For the most part I like his work and does he ever devote a lot of time to the the videos, editing etc. 

Watch a few of the videos to get an idea of what’s going on here and I think you’ll be hooked. If you’re anything like me you’ll learn something too.

Enjoy

 

 

Norton Ride Video Test

Posted: June 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

Figured I’d add some up to date content with a short ride around the block on the Norton.

Not too bad for a first effort but lots of room for improvement, I even left in the engine stall….

I did add some commentary rather than some vulgar music track, but in the end I do hate the sound of my own voice.

I used the you tube editor which leaves something to be desired but mastering a real editor takes some time, so  I posted this rather than be consumed by analysis paralysis.

Comments are welcome  but please, I don’t need some twit telling me this is amateurish, I am well aware and hope to improve over time.