another perfectly good motorcycle ruined.......

Thursday, 21 January 2010


sorry for no recent post's, lot's happening in loveless land at the moment, sometime's you just have to get your head down and get on with it, working 16 hour days at the moment so not a lot of spare time, trying to get some bit's and bob's done in my dinnertime at work, can't get in the shed and had the good news today that my powdercoating is ready, the bad news is that the frame has some sort of shutz or waxoyl type preparation sprayed into the box section and it's contaminated the finish when they've put it in the oven to bake it, great, i wanted a nice finish and now it looks like i've got to smoothrite it after all, wish i'd saved my money and done that in the first place, deep joy.

kenny, louisville, 1975.

pantah, 696 concept bike, please ducati build this bike, i love the pantah's, they were a bag of spanners though, great handling but dodgy build, reliability dead suspect but what a cool looking bike, the paintwork is spot-on, used to go to davick motique on boulton lane and stare at them through the window, mint.

been on stuka's excellent blog 'arsehole customs', he's posted some cracking sr500 photo's on there, me and mrs b hired a van early 80's to go to london to pick up a 'mint' bike up from north london motorcycles, [n.l.m.], idea's of a flatrack project, ammo had swapped his ft500 honda for a particularly nice t140 bonneville so can't blame him even after he had promised me first dab's on the ft, the sr was a complete bag of shit, despite the repeated questions about the condition of the bike and informing the salesman that i was going to have a day off work, hire a van, [we had a nail of a metro car and it was february], and drive to london, bastards, i could have swung for the cockney bastard, mrs b persuaded me not to chin him and urged me to get back in the van which i did leaving the sad little neglected sr on the pavement, mate i hadn't seen for a few years called in to work the other day, he's had a few drug/alcohol problems but has now sorted himself out and bought a couple of new triumphs now he's back at work, 'what happened to that old sr500 you used to come to work on mate?', says i, 'i've still got it mate, right shed, starts ok and runs, valve guides are fucked and it's dead tatty, i was going to chuck it in the skip, if you want it come and pick it up', so, some bikes are like dogs, you don't choose them, they choose you and my thoughts turn to building something like this.....

...... or perhaps something like this?

flicking through ebay tonight and found this little beauty, it's on for a grand, worth two and a half times that and save a load of heartache if you want to build one yourself, it's got a load of spares included in the price, two days to go.......