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

Thursday, 26 May 2011

neneh cherry, 'who's looking good today?'..............
early seventies at southgate secondary modern and the young loveless was getting his ear turned by black music, mostly motown and what later came to be known as 'northern soul', uptempo soul music, i was, i suppose what is now known as a suedehead, too young to be part of the original skinhead scene, a time when the skins were growing their hair longer and dressing a little more stylish, the ox-blood doc's and in our area, the to-tecter miners boots, [with exposed steel toe-caps], were being replaced by loafers, [ox-blood usually, 'seg's', metal cappings beaten into the sole which would cause terrible damage to whoever was the recipitent of a right royal kicking, sta-press trousers were replacing the bleached out levi jeans and prince of wales check trousers, red silk. [well, in the market hall in derby, red nylon], pocket handkerchiefs with one or two white buttons, were in our crombie's and even school blazer top pocket's, down at st. mary's youth club a new music was starting to be played, [new to us anyway, 'old hat' to the mod's and skins who came before], ska, blue-beat, the sound of jamaica, our mates at school who's old man came from the west indies delighting in the fact that they had the blue beat sound available in their family collections, things were changing and as we slipped into punk we heard more of the reggae influence, the clash gigs were famous for playing reggae and dub sounds before their gigs, that's why i got that old moonstomping feeling tonight when i was looking through my vinyl and i came across this little gem.......
heinz rosner at a classic bike meeting in germany parading the works 250 mz racer, i've been trying to track down a replica fairing for the next project, rarer than a very rare thing, no luck so far, i really like the way the bottom of the fairing 'bulges' to give clearance for the crankcase mounted carb's, very stylish, shame no one offers a replica, the nearest i can find is a suzuki tr250 item, strange really, degner defected taking all of kaadens secrets to the suzuki factory so i suppose that there would always be an overlap of ideas............