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

Friday, 25 October 2013

post houmous

post shift, post holiday and post houmous, picked the bonneville up today, jack dropped me off after work, i'm hanging with a bad cold, [why do you always get a bad cold after a holiday?] fill in all the paperwork, start the bike and i'm away, initial thought's? fucking things very  heavy, front brake is shit, no feeling and very wooden, fork's need therapy, soft as fuck, even a slight tweak on the front brake see's them diving like a forest player, there's no power-band to speak of, no get up and go like an old bonny, [new bonnys are 61bhp, old bonnys 41 english ponies, but, on an original meriden twin there's that sweet spot after four and a half thousand arr-pee-emm where everything starts to make sense] the hinckley bonny? just a very linear torque curve, no kick in the pants yee-haw moment, soon get that sorted though with a pair of keihin flat slides, no airbox and a less restrictive exhaust, don't get me wrong, the bonny, in it's raw form, reminds me very much of a standard sporty, good fun but needing a little 'tweeking' to exploit it's potential, some of the cycle parts make me laugh out loud and riding it home has me chuckling inside my arai full-face, let's just say, rear end? [ooh-err missus] the indicators are camper than an elton john party, [but not as 'bro' as a ben jones run to matlock on cookie-cutter harley 'hell yeah fuckin' davison's [sic]  T.M. please note, mis-using your H.D. Moto-sickle. [T.M.] may result in serious injury or DEATH!' the back-end need's sorting, likewise the front end, softer than stuart hall's defence council, the indicator's, [turn signals for you yank's] remind me of princess di's earring's, the footpegs? rider and passenger? toss, need some light-weight ally doo-dad's turning up, likewise the front sprocket cover a.k.a pre-unit gearbox fooled 'ya! item, at least the fucking horrible 'air-injection unit' has been blanked off and replaced, it's not all moans though, for what i paid for this genuine, one owner, full service history bike? let's just say peanuts, two weeks holiday in florida and a bike? result, ok, it needs kicking into shape but i'm not afraid of a bit of hard work me........[and it's british racing green, yep, british racing green, wot you sayin?]


  1. no way ...have i ever seen a tree dive ...i did like the comment tho'
    grant "red dog"blog

  2. It's a motorcycle, it will require stuff, you will do that, it will be fine. So right about the old T120 sweetspot mate, the E3134 swap into the T140 was a magic cure for punch, even from 2500 . . . now I'm getting misty . . .

    1. Love the first sentence Whitey, very concise.

  3. As well as a less restrictive exhaust, can you make it less long one aswell.

  4. fuck me grant, and i always had you down for such a sensible bloke, thought you were from long eaton, you know, long eaton in derbyshire, [yeah, yeah, i know its got an ng post code] you know where i am mate, you and the benchdonkee crew are welcome to come and have a brew anytime and i still have that spare sporty belt for you in the shed, whitey dog williams, much love to you man-crush, keep your eye on the postbox, theres a 'little' something on the way!!! jan, let's just say. on researching the aftermarket options, this bonnie is going to get an exhaust considerably shorter than those horrible things that come as standard, stay tuned soul fan's......

  5. Looks like you have a new canvas to work with...have you seen the Triumph promo vid on the Sideburn blog yet? Might be some ponys to unleash lurking in those cases.Some good shots of Bonneville Performance bikes in the vid. Haven't seen any 'racing green' new Bonnie's over on this side of the river....

  6. on it .....i can drag benchdonkee from the bench ng on us way