Archive for ‘Restoration’

May 16, 2017

When the Bike comes in.

The Days Catch – An all washed up, seaweed covered, rusted, beach combers find. This old sea-dog of a Triumph Cub rests on a pebble beach after some marine journey. The engine, tank and seat must have been liberated by Poseidon, though the tires may have given some buoyancy ‘neath the waves.

April 8, 2017

Trishula Triumph

Black Dog – Neptunes spear was the Trident; also the sharp stick used by Triumph to win a bevy of races in the late sixties… it’s also the possible next project for Geordie Biker Workshop. I saw this one at Morries Place as a suggestion from Ed Zender. Nice powerful three cylinder tool… a seed is sown!

“Trishula” is Sanskrit for trident and was the weapon of Shiva.

March 26, 2017

McQueen Moto

Sled – Glory Motor Works owner Justin Kell standing with a ’64 500 Triumph. Found in a dusty south California aircraft hangar it was determined to be one of Steve McQueen’s desert racers. There is talk of restoring it; I would hope they’d keep its aged patina and stop further corrosion, wipe the engine down with an oily rag, get the engine sorted to run like a champ, new Dunlop tires, and take it to the Mojave.

March 4, 2017

Allay Cat – finally put the finishing touches to the Cub. Tank decals, oil bag sticker, few tuning tweaks to the cables and tidy-up of wires. Had a quick run around some local alleys to rattle through the gears. Fun scoot! Just took 4 years!

March 3, 2017

Sunglasses 

Looking Up! Here’s a blue sky backdrop for a studious owner and her nipping clean silver-grey and black Triumph Cub. 

February 8, 2017

Re-Boot

A New Wave – what a gen of a motorcycle: this seriously upgraded Triumph Cub looks like it breezed off a designers screen and rolled off the assembly line. Big able tires for sure underfootedness, disc brake up front to screech the rubber to a stop. Good suspension, and brown leather upholstered saddle. Blinkers let other know where you’re going. 

Ten out of Ten for this one!

February 4, 2017

Scarab

Bug Cub – like some emerald carapaced bug, the wee trials bike was brought out into the chill February air. I took it around a parking lot to let the engine and gearbox ‘stretch their legs’. 

December 31, 2016

Annual Goals

NYR – New Year’s Resolutions: the time of year when you need to take stock and wistfully ponder on what the heck you got up to and wonder what bedevilment you can get up to in the ensuing year. Here’s mine: project; new bike; travel; go places with my lass.

December 13, 2016

List

Winter Projects – as the warm weather recedes into a distant memory now is the time to figure out the tasks to undertake on the bikes. Still some sorting of the Cub; cables, wiring, a timing cover seal, a little more carb fettling. The the Bonnie is getting a new front sprocket; two teeth up for a little more top speed, then fresh clutch plates for bite… some oil line work…. it never ends keeping these running! 

November 14, 2016

Crank

Meatball – Recent biker documentary Brittown features titular motorcycle connoisseur from the Hell On Wheels bike shop in Anaheim, CA as he eats, drinks, and sleeps British iron.

October 2, 2016

Bella Bella

Coming or Going – a gorgeous 650 BSA Lightning prepared by Spain’s La Raiz garage. 

September 15, 2016

Trim Shape

Low Bars – I replaced the handlebars to a flatter profile Renthal motocross shape. Much better in looks and feels more steady. I’m not a fan of ‘sit-up-and-beg’ steering. The work table is making thing a treat to mess about with too! I also rode around the parking garage  columns in left and right figure eights. Getting  time on the saddle (or not when standing on the pegs!) in slow-mo.

September 3, 2016

Exhausted

Home Straight – I might have said that before but I believe we’re out of the tunnel and enjoying the scenery. New muffler with chicanery mounted piping allows a few runs up and down the alley. New front brake shoes, sorted a catching throttle cable and the riding feels more plated. Still a little honing but nothing too serious. 

It was April 5 2013 when I picked up the frame and engine cases..http://wp.me/p201Lz-193 

August 8, 2016

Tigers Heart


‘Gin & Tonic – now that we have power then all the loose ends can get sorted. Nuts and bolts need tightening, cables need restrained, decals adhered, and engine breaking-in. 

August 7, 2016

Beware of Dog


A new Mikuni carb was installed for smoother power delivery. Some cajoling to make the fitment work but after a few kicks and cable tweaks a nice bark came from the new trials silencer.