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

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

harley davidson, 1964, crtt, re-badged as a harley, but in essence a 250cc aermacchi single, love it, said it before i know, but why do harley choose to ignore the sporting side of their heritage? , instead they choose to save the 'heritage' name for the obese big twin's, i just don't get it....

Monday, 29 August 2011









4am, phone ring's, we've been done at work, the scummer's have cut the fence at the back of the unit, smashed the security lights and smashed a hole through the wall with sledgehammers, very clever, bank holiday, the place is a right fucking mess, i try to get back to sleep, no chance, my head is buzzing, i'm thinking about the break-in, i'm thinking about the twat who turned up at my house with my old bike, neglected and wrecked, i toss and turn for an hour and get up, mash a brew, slice of toast and shout the dog's, they stretch and yawn and look at me like i'm mad, out into the early morning drizzle, grey and cold, a brief rainbow as the low early autumn sun catches the rainfall over the chevin, the sun is soon blanked out by the cloud, i walk for miles....

Friday, 26 August 2011

well, there you go, the day after i sold my mz racer i got a text off the bloke i sold my bmw cafe racer to asking me if i wanted to buy it back, what's all that about?, twelve long year's gone, all of a sudden my mind turns to converting it to a racer to race in the crmc series, i dropped a couple of e-mither's off regarding eligibility and was pleasantly suprised to find out that i could race in the post classic class with the bike, yes, i was interested, i texted the bloke, he didn't reply, when i sold the bike i received a letter off him wanting all the details about the bike, i sent him chapter and verse about the bike plus loads of photocopies of stuff i had picked up over the years, didn't get a reply, not even a text to say thank you, oh well, that's just how some people roll i suppose, i send him an e-mither and a couple of text's regarding buying the bike, nothing, i forget about it, then, out of the blue an e-mail tuesday, he's back in the uk this weekend, [he lives in france], he promises to send me some photo's of the bike in it's current 'state', nothing, i receive another 'mail, he's on his way and 'forgotten' the log book and documents, he turn's up tonight at 2000hrs, it's getting dark as we unload the bike from his van, i wheel it across the road into the light of my shed, my heart sinks, the tank has a hole the size of someones fist in the rear edge, the right-hand clip-on is snapped off and hanging by the brake lines/throttle cable, the front brakes are inoperative, the battery dead, the front tyre flat and squelching off the rim, the pipes red rust, the whole bike has the air of barn-find negligence, on closer inspection the fork seals are shagged, the stanchions pitted and beyond use, i turn on the fuel-taps and i'm greeted with the steady stream of old octane free petrol leaking out onto the floor, the mettise seat unit is loose on it's mounting's the seat cover ripped open to expose the padding underneath, he think's the sale is in the bag, he wants £2750 cash, i try to explain that this isn't the bike i sold to him all those years ago for a thousand pound's less than what he's asking me, [the bike i sold was immaculate, mot'd and taxed, ready to ride], he's adamant that he won't budge on his inflated valuation, i really try to be polite and tell him he's deluded, 'i can get three grand all day long on e-bay mate', i'm gutted, he's left my bike in a fucking barn in france to rot and then tried to work it back into me for old times sake, i'm biting my tongue, still trying to be polite, 'will you take a bid on it?' a quick estimate and i reckon around another grand on top just to get it roadworthy, 'listen, like i said, i can get three grand all day long on e-bay, you've wasted my time driving here, i'm not taking a bid, do you fucking want it or not!' i help him load it back into his van and give him directions back toward's the motorway, the final straw is when he demand's fifty quid for diesel..........'to draw philosophical guidance from the code of bushido, we must refine our mind to the point where we can embrace the mentality of non-violence and never let ourselves be drawn into the adrenal rush that is associated with any form of physical domination or competition. the spiritual warrior walks away from confrontation before embracing it. his honour is based in the understanding that physical confrontation is never a neccessity, only a choice'

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

yvon duhamel.

Monday, 22 August 2011





'miles fom nowhere', i like that, i like that a lot, it sounds like a track off a calexico album, ['album', check me out, i'm not down with the kid's am i?], surely it should be 'miles from anywhere', i prefer the former, anyway, me and dangerous had a ride up tonight, me on the sporty and dangerous on stu's sv650, i'm worried about dangerous, we went out yesterday and by the time we had got 80 miles in, dangerous was talking about the merit's of the sv, he need's to get his finger out and get the triumph sorted, we ended up at the ritz in belper for a showing of the incredible 'tt-closer to the edge' screening, not seen it before and i must admit i didn't sleep easily last night, fantastic, anyway, back to tonight, cloudy but warm and we made the boring, boring ride in 15 minutes flat, grab a coke and have a chat with linda and ammo, the carpark fills quickly and i'm drawn at once to the great sohc honda 750, surely everyones owned one of these?, i've had a couple and can't fault them, this thing is great, someones shoved a ducati usd front end up the front and kicked it's backdoor's in with a monoshock aluminium swingarm, the monoshock casting carefully cut away and fabbed twin shock mountings welded in place, very nice engineering touches all over and a high standard of finish including the paintwork, very, very nice bike, had a look around the rest of the bikes and drifted over to the far side of the carpark to discover the radical beetle hotrod, front end kicked way out, radical roof chop and a baja style back end, german helmet air-filter cover and chrome chain steering wheel, proper attitude, brilliant.

Friday, 19 August 2011





friday night, post work ride, the shit that was the working week disappear's as i head out towards wirksworth, stopping for fuel, big fat raindrop's sting my face, [cromwell open-face tonight], big rainbow overhead, i'm chasing the swallow's down the single track lanes, grass growing through the middle of the road, front wheel skipping on the gravel, sky, flash of late evening sunshine, the weekend starts here.....

Thursday, 18 August 2011

cormac conroy, #71, get to a crmc meeting and see this lad in action, one of the most exciting racers i've seen for many year's and a star in the making, big up cormac.....

Wednesday, 17 August 2011




last few photo's from the crmc meeting at darley moor, the #7 bike of steve dobbie, a beautiful harris f1 kawasaki that run's in the post classic 1300 class, the #41 bike of mark george, the tz 750 yamaha, i love two strokes me, this thing made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck when i heard it, the frame look's so skinny compared to modern bikes, combine that with a peaky two-stroke motor with "on-off" power delivery and skinny tyres and you are going to get an 'interesting' ride, the stand out bike for me on the sunday was the 'famos' 50cc racer, air-cooled engine, combination composite/aluminium frame, skinny wheel/tyre combo and great engineering, check out the rider's helmet on the seat to get an idea of the scale of the bike, lovely..............

Monday, 15 August 2011





home after my shift, walk the dog's and get the sporty out of the shed for a ride over to mfn for the monday night bike night, i really don't fancy hanging around in a pub car park tonight, to tell the truth, the ride is a nightmare anyway, 30 and 40 speed limit's all the way, urban riding and speed camera's to boot, no fun, instead i head out into the peak district, it's great to ride the roads at this time of night on a weekday, traffic is very light, just the last few commuter's making their weary way home, there's a decidedly chill feel to the early evening, cloudy and almost autumnal, i guess that's no suprise as it's mid august and the day's are already getting shorter, first time this year i've worn my cromwell open face helmet, the wind is getting behind my glasses and my eyes stream with tear's, i cop a couple of large insects and i know why i mostly ride with my trusty arai full face, but, there's just something about riding in an open face lid at this time of the year, the pollen count is on the way down and i like the fact that you have unrestricted vision instead of catching the periphary and the senses of noise and smell are increased, it started to rain on my way home and i could smell the dampness way before i would have seen the raindrop's on my full-face visor, the induction noise of the big mikuni slurping petrol and air through the bellmouth, yeah, i like open face lids, [sometime's...........]

Sunday, 14 August 2011




 enjoyed the crmc meeting at darley moor so much yesterday that me and dangerous decided to catch the last six races this afternoon, we arrived around 1400hrs, no one on the gate so straight in and parked up, talk about low-key, only the infamous 'darley diner' was open for refreshment's, no catering van's and very little in the way of 'trade' stands, [apart from the ever present ken inwood of hersham racing service's, he's been supplying racer's with tyre's and consumable's from when god was a lad], my new hero the irishman, cormac conroy carried on his devastating performance from saturday on the brendan ryan bsa's, dave taylor the sheffield rider was on good form on his gs 1000 based machine, enjoying a pre-manx outing and collecting a couple of decent places, me?, i just wallowed in the sight's, smell's and sound's of glorious classic racing machines, oh yeah, here's a few 'devil is in the detail' photo's.................














more bikes from the crmc meeting at darley moor.