October 24, 2016
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.
October 22, 2016
A Right Pair – here are the two bikes in drive side profile. A little tweaking of fuel lines. Had the Cub in tight figure eights around the garage. Tomorrow is forecast as perfect autumnal weather. The Bonnie will be taken out.
On another note the Chicago Cubs just got through to the World Series.
October 3, 2016
Goal Achieved – I set out to put together a vintage trials motorcycle over three years ago. Using examples such as this image as guidance and inspiration you can achieve your objective.
September 28, 2016
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.
September 15, 2016
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
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 11, 2016
Green Tiger Cub – hardtail trials in emerald green and aluminum silver… Good look!
August 9, 2016
Bobble hat & Boilersuit- here is a lanky Chris Leighfield romping his brand new Cub over tussocks on some long forgotten Northern English fell.
August 8, 2016
‘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
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.
July 2, 2016
Cub for Sale – as seen on the local Craigslist here is a virtually complete Mountain Tiger Cub. Just needs a rugged path. .. And spare $2,700..
July 1, 2016
London Zoo – this week saw the arrival of a pair of precious Sumatran Tiger Cubs. And I thought my Cubs awakening was neat, but this is way cooler! Melati is the striped mother.
June 29, 2016
The Moggy – Tiger Cub takes her first tentative, and loud, paces along a Chicago alley. Rough engine but the gearbox shifted smartly up and down a couple of gears, clutch action light. Who says we can’t start having fun with this bike?
June 23, 2016
The Tiger Cub gave its first yowl tonight! Engine back in, oil lines and ignition reinstalled, exhaust pipe plumbed. A few hicks with ground but once that was disconnected an easy hoof on the kickstart and a healthy bark. A bit a coughing and spluttering. But hey! “It’s Alive!”
June 21, 2016
Gearbox buttoned up this evening. Smooth kicker action and crisp changing ‘clunk’.
Just need to put on the head with adjusted valves then drop it back in the frame. Hopefully get a firing soon!