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

Saturday, 26 May 2012

my brother from another mother.....





called in to see barse today, me and barse have been around the block a few times in the past twenty two years, birth's, death's, parties, rallys, raves and punk rock concerts, rides and builds, chops, racers, cafe racers we've shared beer's and tears, beer's and spliff's, beer's and tent's, the ride's down to kent for the glory years, nostalgia drags, on the bumper cars at three in the morning off our heads, dancing like mad men in the pigpen to the emporium sound system, tattoo's and bruises, fall out's and fight's, helping kev build the rock and blues shovelhead in front of an audience of thousands, prodigy gig's, dancing to the fire alarm, underworld dj darren emerson, crashes, demo run's, sharing part's, laughing until i've nearly been sick, eating mars bars when we've had the munchies, countless cup's of tea, the deftones, massive attack, the uk sub's and the grit, converse, maglight's and stone circles, pixie hats, yellow shades, fairground rides, belgian girls, belgian chocolate and belgian bikes, sitting in barses garden in a cut down triumph herald rear end, drinking tea and laughing with dangerous, barse, gordy and mandy, it all just seemed to make sense, my brother from another mother.........

hard days night


after a hard week, long hour's at work, [fifteen hour shift thursday] a wild bee swarm in the house, [cost me £120 to call out the pest control people to get rid of the bastard's, sweeping up dead bodies until 2200hrs and then up for another shift at 0500hrs] another no-show from the geezer who is supposed to be wiring the boxer racer, no phone call, another evening wasted, sometimes you wonder what life is all about, after last weekends hypothermia episode it really couldn't have been more different, 'cracking the flags' as we say in derbyshire, in other word's, sunny, hot and dry, fuck the racebike project, let's ride, dangerous trap's around 1030hrs and we are off, springtime in england, there's nowhere finer..............

sportster





i really don't know if i like the 'new' sporty's or not, the xr1200's look massive compared to the 'traditional' sportster's, almost like harley davidson have tried to 'upscale' the bike to appeal to the european market, trying to appeal to the un-faired market, [think aprillia tuono, triumph street's and ducati monsters] they look too heavy and ungainly and yet i keep stumbling across bikes on the interweb that make me go yeah..... one of our regular stops is the harley dealership in chesterfield, we usually stop for a 'comfort break' and a brew if the tea wagon is present to tell you the truth, [as well as taking the piss out of the hoggie's with their fake back-patches and attitudes, as dangerous as a fucking sheep with no teeth] today i saw a bike that stopped me in my track's, a proper ex-bsb support race bike, apparently bought from harley by the governor at the shop to do trackday's on, [and road legal to boot], the quality of the harris race part's from the full ohlin's suspension, the pipes and the exquisite adjustable yokes, yeah, i've made my mind up, i do like the new sporty's......

tourist trophy


it's that time of year, i watch last year's highlight's over and over again, as soon as the races finish, through the autumn, even boxing day, after everyone else has gone to bed, at least once a week, i watch the footage, i know every corner, every bump, every braking point and jump and yet, i know nothing, i've ridden the tt course many times on a road bike, but nothing, not anything else in the world is like the isle of man tt races, these photo's are for real, that really is a stone wall that bill swallow is ducking out of the way of on a 350, john mcguiness is really out there between the stone wall's, telegraph poles and kerb's of the mountain course, god-speed ladies and gentlemen,the ones who are competing over the next fortnight, please, whatever faith you may be, spare a thought and as the late, great dave allen used to say, 'may your god go with you'........