Thursday, June 16, 2016

Riding a Velo

As a child my mind would always gravitate to this underground storage area. a Mystical place for the mind to wander. What lurks behind the heavy door and massive stone work?

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

1956 Austin Healey 100 four

There are some days that it pays to be in the 'vintage'  motorcycle sceen. Hanging around an old style bike shop allows for the occasional visit of like minded people. Today T dropped in with his 1956 Austin Healey 100 four.  Now for many years I've read a copy of Osprey Colour Classics 'Austin Healey-  100 & 3000' .
by David McLavin & Andrew Tipping during the lunch hour. The copy is becoming a more dogged eared item from wandering the photos- daydreaming of the cars my pops' and his buddies owned back then. So to have T come in with the pure sight and sound;  well lunch break just got better.

The first thing to do was get on the ground and check out the rear suspension.  Evidently, the frame runs underneath the rear drive, hindering ground clearance. Having read this, I had to see for myself. True enough  one can understand the difficulties that could occur when loading up the rear drive. But at this present day that is probably no longer a racing issue, just a trivial bit of knowledge.  Ok, enough of my chatter, enjoy the photos!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

1963 Matchless G12 running again after 37 years

With a lull in shop jobs and a break in the weather, today was a good time to give  focus to the 63' matchless. I've been wanting to fire it up for the past few months but held off so as to have it outside while fluids were introduced.  One of the biggest chores was pre-filling the oil system. It seemed to be a wise idea to add oil into  the filter chamber and  both oil lines as well.  I had rebuilt one of the petcocks  but question the newer brass type to its fuel holding ability.   It took many kicks to get fired off. Later it was noted that the choke was being used backwards making starting somewhat difficult. However the engine settled down and a few rides around the parking lot were had.  

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

2016 MASSBIA Spring Show

Here are a few pictures from the May 29th British Iron Association Mass Chapter Spring Show. A great day was had by all! Hope to see you at Singletary R&G next year! More info at MASSBIA.

Duncan's Beemers' R80 DBSpecial

Here are a few pictures of the build at Duncan's Beemers last year. The base was a monoshock R80. There has been a bit more change since these pictures were taken possibly more than a year ago.  Quite a few people have already ridden this toy.