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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!

The annual British Motorcycle Meet put on by the BSA Owners Club of New England is on May 21 2017 this year in Lancaster MA at the Bolton Fairgrounds

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British MC Meet 2017






Thanksgiving morning, a perfect time to work on motorcycles!

Well, I had an hour or two so I figured why not see if the barn find runs?

Believe it or not, she started first kick! After some fiddling with the carbs a little it ran pretty much the way a Commando should bar some exhaust smoke. After sitting for 20 years or so I think the rings may be a little gummed up, as the smoking has dissipated after a few more heat cycles. It’s running way too rich so I think the next job is to install some fresh needles and needle jets. Normal vibration and use tends to rattle them about and open up the clearances so it’s my first tuning step.

Have a look at the video and enjoy some turkey!

I cooked up a you tube video with some basic Boyer information.

Have a look and maybe it will answer some questions you might have.

The Boyer kit demonstrated is for a Norton but they are all pretty similar

Yes folks, it’s that time of year again to visit the British Motorcycle Meet (Previously the BSA Meet in Auburn)

Anyway, it’s in Lancaster MA at the Bolton Fairgrounds and it’s a very nice venue for greasy old antiques and motorcycles too.

May 22 featuring competition bikes this year so it should be a little different.

Sponsored by the BSA Owner’s Club of New England

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I was reading an article in Car & Driver about brand loyalty and thought to myself: You should do a little writeup about brand loyalty for the bikers out there. Shouldn’t take but a minute or two.

After thinking about it for a while, I don’t think it’s that simple. At least not for me.

I mean, back in the day you were generally a Ford or Chevy (GM) man and that was that. Dad drove one so you were inculcated into the fraternity without even realizing it until it came time to put down the newspaper route money on your first set of wheels. It was then that you realized you were hopelessly locked into a path that you were unable escape from. (I’d rather see my sister in a whorehouse than a friend driving brand X and all those similar tee shirts).

When you start talking about bike brand loyalty the 900 pound gorilla (or FXRSLTHDFLH) in the room is of course the bar and shield.  The owners won’t even consider anything else and will defend the brand against all rational argument. Probably goes back to toilet training or something because most dads didn’t own one, so that influence goes out the window.

I’m basically addressing the vintage bike market here, relevant or not. The basic battle lines are drawn between BSA, Triumph and Norton I suppose. Triumph had the numbers in the US, but I think overall the BSA and Norton crowd may be more vocal in their support. A little further down the production scale you have the BMW and Ducati crowd. Ducati only lately has had a stable enough production facility to even be considered legitimate. Over the years they lurched from bankruptcy to bankruptcy with a brief period of actual production in between. But given all that they certainly have their supporters. Back in the bevel drive days (yes I owned one) you could spot them by their nervous expression of anticipating impending mechanical mayhem and fingers burned by a combination of scalding oil and errant electrics. Nowadays, just they stand around drinking overpriced coffee and complaining about their stock broker. The BMW guys…well unless they cover 500 miles to get their coffee they’re bloody antisocial anyway.

So which is it, BSA Norton or Triumph? I had hoped that this far into the writing I would have come up with some foolproof logical indicator of who would prefer what.  By that I of course mean that the truly intellectual giants among us would own Nortons, the fleet of foot would opt for the Triumph and the hopeless romantics among us would be astride a BSA.

Or not