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

Saturday, 9 March 2013

northern soul

the jewels, 'we got togetherness' digging through my vinyl collection tonight i came across this gem from the jewels, one hundred mile an hour, northern soul stomper, fucking brilliant, 'we gottt soulllll!'

northern soul

right, if your doing all-nighter's one of the most important thing's you have with you is your , 'nighter-bag', usually an adidas, covered in soul all nighter patches, showing which all-nighter's you have actuallly attended, [like now, people 'faked' it, buying patches and sowing them onto their bag's] i was there, i hold my hand's up, i never attended an all-nighter at the fabled wigan casino, [remember, this was from a time when the mainstream had caught onto the whole 'wigan' thing, fuck me, they even had a manufactured band called 'wigan's chosen few' on the top pop programme, 'top of the pop's' back in the day, me, as alway's, i sort out the more obscure venues playing real soul, cleo's in derby, nottingham palais, samantha's in sheffield,[ the 'oldies' room playing stuff that was more obscure than a very obscure thing, the majority of the crowd being in their late 'forty's /early fifty's], the st ivo recreation centre in cambridge, wirrina stadium in peterborough, derby tiff's, sheffield tiff's, coalville, mexborough, a thousand and one night's all over the country, the all-nighter bag was a neccesity, it contained everything you needed to survive, clean, vests and cap sleeeve t shirt's, storage for your essential record buy's, a toothbrush, soap and 'brut' deoderant so you were fresh and clean, talcum powder for the dance floor, your 'soul club' membership card's, train ticket's. [when you actually bought one instead of just hopping on a train to another city and taking the chance] and condom's, [although i own up, i never got the chance to use one], no mobile phones, no inter-net, just people with a common interest, soul music, the rarer and the more obscure the better....

sporty

in-between all the work on the aermacchi, chasing up progress on the airhead race bike, sorting out loads of other little jobs for mates and mates-of mates, i'm trying to nail the sporty together for this year, i'm acutely aware that this is my sole transport for the summer, my old vw polo isn't going to pass the dreaded m.o.t test this time and along with getting to work every day, i've got to get it sorted for the manx, or classic, tt, paul the sparky has been up twice 'laid hands' on the bike without actually connecting a wire up yet, i've been suprised with dangerous, i never realised he had it in him, but, he's turned up trumps with the rattle can paint job on the sporty, i wanted it satin black and the man dangerous has done me proud, the paint looks the bollocks, he's spent ages filling, priming and spraying, nibbing off between each coat to get a gorgeous satin finish, i've got to let the paint harden off before i nip down and get me old mucker roy to add some decals, i'm thinking racing stripes down the centre of the tank and seat unit, perhaps battleship grey or olde english white, [cream?] and just a plain 'harley davidson' in a nice typeface in the same colour, on the side of the tank, i had thought about going the traditional harley racing colour combo of orange and white on the satin black, but, now i'm not sure, is it too predictable?, any suggestions greatfully received, [i'll probably have changed my mind by then anyway], after i decide on the stripe/typeface thing dangerous is going to rattle it over with a clear lacquer to try and protect it and then wet and dry it back to the satin finish, the more i look at it, the more i like it, it's really changed the look of the bike, in fact, i don't think i'll ever own a shiny paint bike again......