Winter Blues? Then Ride Red! Whether it’s a midget proportioned Cub, perfect for two-up gals, or a bath tubbed Speed Twin. He looks like a G-Man on some Agency field mission, the ladies are off on a jaunt on the highways.
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!
Verve- The aforementioned 90’s group frontman Richard Ashcroft has a freshly released album. One piece is supported by a cool video of this troubled troubadour alternately crooning and riding across a windswept British countryside. It’s a beautiful Triumph Cub in trials form that he scoots across meadow, through wood, and along lane on.
Urban Hymns by The Verve is quintessential 90’s music.
Black ‘n’ White & Red all over – more goodies spied at the weekend. A one lunged shark motif Suzuki grimacing down the road. The half century patina on an original complete Triumph Cub. The beautiful lines of a BSA A10 with stacked rifle emblem on the three cornered timing cover. And the L-twin Ducati which in this case included a bevel drive sight glass, polished tank completed the cafe style.
All good stuff.
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.
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.