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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
9 am – Bolton FAIR FAIRGROUNDS
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.

BRITISH BIKE AND PARTS VENDORS AND FLEAMARKET

• 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.

 

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Here’s a quick rundown of the front isolastic installation on my 1974 Commando. I did it by stringing together a bunch of clips as I wasn’t sure I could make decent edit of a long video so I could just redo a segment if I had to. You Tube doesn’t offer their resident editor which was easy but did lack some flexibility. DaVinci 12.5 is very good but very complex for a neophyte ( like me ). Anyway it got done and in the future I may do some editing if I feel ambitious. 

(Looks like I did the first segment twice so you can skip the first minute and a half or so.)

So here it is warts and all:

 

This was on the adv rider site, it gives a pretty good cross section of different years and models of US import Norton commandos.

It’s been a nasty winter we need stuff like this to keep us going!

Enjoy

 

 

Not too long ago I received an email from someone looking for parts who lives in the UK and you can see his bike above.

This is probably one of the nicest if not THE nicest MKIII I have seen, and if you have a long look you can see a lot of mods that are not obvious to the casual observer. 

Fat rims and tires stand out along with the twin discs and probably a big bore exhaust. The 5 speed sticker gives away the transmission upgrade, the rear sets are more discreet along with the finned valve covers etc etc. 

There are (a lot) more mods, but suffice to say this one is a labor of love and I’m sure it goes as well as it looks.

‘Good on yer lad…

 

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!

 

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….