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It’s that time of year again folks!

It may be hard to believe but the biking season will be starting again, no really I promise…


40th ANNUAL British MC Meet

CHANGE: June 10, 2018
318 Seven Bridge Road
Route 117, Lancaster, Mass.


The Annual British Motorcycle Meet™, held every spring, is the oldest British Motorcycle Meet in the United States. It is a non-profit event sponsored by the BSA Owners Club of New England.

Held in Auburn, Mass. for many years, in 2014 the Meet moved to the Bolton Fair fairgrounds in Lancaster, Mass. The Lancaster site offers many benefits including easy access from all directions, covered paviilions for inclement weather bike parking, food options for attendees, substantial parking for non-exhibitors. attractive grounds, and more.

All motorcycles welcome. Display area is for British motorcycles only.

• Tech sessions, trophies and awards
• Door prizes (must register British bike to qualify)
• Spacious, attractive grounds • Food available
• Free parking for cars and non-British bikes* Show and Flea Market open to British motorcycles only. Plenty of parking for cars and non-British motorcyckes * Trophies and Awards: Oldest Bike, Longest Distance, Most Technical Interest,People’s Choice, Best Custom, Best BSA, Best Norton, Best Triumph, and many more! Admission — $10 Adults – Under age 16 free with paying adult.


• Bike display area and Flea Market for British motorcycles and parts only. Plenty of parking for cars and non-British motorcyckes

• Trophies and Awards: Oldest Bike, Longest Distance, Most Technical Interest, People’s Choice, Best Custom, Best BSA, Best Norton, Best Triumph, and many more! Admission — $10 Adults – Under age 16 free with paying adult.


© BSA Owners’ Club of New England Inc. All rights reserved.



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.




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!


Figured I’d better add some Brit Bike content after that Ford GT posting so here it is:

Lots of pics from a UK bike rally from England Kev. A real treasure trove of bikes you normally only see in the magazines. From New Imperial to Zundapp, to Velo specials there are tons of bikes all ridden and not pampered. Refreshing to see events like this with such a wide assortment of classic iron in one place.

Have a look:



Yes yes yes I know this blog is supposed to be about vintage motorcycles but we all have to look outside the fishbowl occasionally don’t we??

I follow this Pommy git who goes by the moniker of Shmee150 on you tube and to be honest I live vicariously through him. He owns some very nice cars and shares a lot of his experiences. Fair enough but I was really and truly knocked out by his coverage of the new Ford GT at the Geneva show. Shmee150 has a spot in line to own one of these things which I found surprising as I wasn’t awfully impressed by the previous iteration.

This car is totally and hugely a different animal from the design brief to the execution. It’s all carbon fiber, well executed and thoughtfully produced. Have a look at the video and I think you will see what I mean, this thing is really a supercar. It’s fast, beautiful and a tour de force of aero. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a Ford fanboy at all, but I was impressed at the effort that’s been put into making this a competitive car in a world of Pagani Zondas, Lambo Hurricans and Porsche RS3’s to mention but a few.

I may update this post later, but for now, I thought I’d take a minute ad at least post this.


Had a little time for some “garage therapy” this weekend so I figured I’d wrap up some little jobs on the Norton.

Ya gotta hand it to Norton when it comes to Commando clutches. Without trying too hard you can swap out a set of clutch plates in half an hour. Try that on ANY BMW. (bikes made weird)

Anyway, after the new Barnett clutch I adjusted the primary chain after finding a screwy bodge on the adjuster. Easy fix but the only evidence I’ve found of any service (normal or otherwise) on the bike. Then I polished the cover which went easier than expected. A light sanding and about a half hour on the wheel and it looks fantastic.

I used a chromed exhaust plate for an ignition switch mount. Might change it at a later date but it looks pretty good for now.

I also polished the brake caliper and test fit all the parts. I’m not going to add brake fluid until I rebuild the front forks.

All in all, a nice bit of progress.


I’ve been very lax about posting so I thought it was about time to post some pics of a customer’s bike that caught my eye. Truly a labor of love so have a gander and the rumor is that it’s for sale, so let me know if you have any interest.