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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.

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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!

 

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….

 

I’ve been beavering away on the Jubilee when I get a chance for some garage therapy, and so far so good.

Minor puttering is yielding improvements far beyond the effort involved. Some light compound is bringing the paint back to a pretty decent state and the side covers and chain guard are due to arrive next week with their new paint. I can only hope it matches acceptably as the original paint was never anything to write home about on these bikes.

All the lights are working along with the horn and the wiring itself is in pretty good nick, bar the OEM pin connectors in the headlight shell. Not sure what they were thinking but I have to believe it was a price job. Tiny little pins in a cheap plastic connector are not what you need in a motorcycle that can shake itself apart in no time flat. Not to mention the nasty front brake switch which is a thing of wonder in itself. They updated it later on to a Commando style pressure switch but this bike still has the pretty frail original.

I was thinking of swapping out the seat cover but the replacement ones don’t replicate the original colors very well so I decided to spiff up the faded red piping on my own. A red sharpie looked like a close match to the red piping color so I applied some and it looks decent. I’m sure it won’t be as durable as I would like, but I may have an alternative by then.

That’s it for now, Cheers!

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:

http://www.kevindean.zenfolio.com/p490263707/slideshow

 

 

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.

Enjoy.