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.

Got the sidecovers and chain guard back from The Vintage Vendor who did a very quick turnaround on painting them up. Thanks Brent!

I was hesitant to do any paintwork as I wanted to keep it original, but after closer inspection I’d say the tank had been painted or at least touched up so I figured I’d make it look presentable and in the end I’m glad I did.

It probably doesn’t look  it but I’ve done a lot of work to this bike over the past few weeks sorting the carbs, replacing cables, replacing the headlight shell stickers etc etc.

Still have to replace the rear master cylinder, tires chain, fork seals and more detail work. The weather is still going to be dismal for a few days so I think I’ll mosey down to the shop and put in some shop time.

BTW I did run it up and down our street just to see if it ran ok and it ran through the gears like a good ‘un.

So I will proceed….

 

In the midst of epic downpours we attended the open house at Vanson Leathers in Fall River MA.

It was raining hard enough that the inside of the Wall of Death was getting wet so any riding was called off.

We met Rhett Rotten who wasn’t rotten at all, a very nice guy who was letting some of the kids sit on the bikes which went over very very well.

The wall was made in 1938 in Rhode Island and the main bike he rides is a 1927 Indian. Talk about authentic!

Had a great night despite all the rain.

Thanks to Rhett, Mike, Kim and all the gang at Vanson’s