I got the Honda hardtail rolling today and rode it home from the shop, all seemed to go well apart from one of the carbs sticking open and dumping a wee bit of fuel, as it's been stood a wile it was expected but nothing a slam from a hard object didn't fix. I wrapped the exhausts white too cause I had some hanging around, also, I have some old BMX handlebars that bolted on and they looked freaking sweet, they do need to be wider so I may pop down the bike shop tomorrow to see if they have any appropriate sized ones for the job, if not I'll just cut and weld the ones I've got wider. I found an old video I did on my computer maybe a year ago or so, just thought I'd share it for a bit of a laugh.
Ok, firstly it seems that I've fixed my new lil bike 'HH', the regulator/rectifier seems to be at fault, that is gone and a fresh-un is on the throne and the battery is currently being re-soaked with billions of atoms of energy. good.
Now the bad, Richard died this week, this is his Harley. Rest in peace dude. My respects go out to Mandy at his time.
Its seriously been that long since the last post? well, here's a couple of photos to get you up to speed. There's been a old Dodge pickup truck, runs to the Ace cafe in London, crazy scooter chops and stuffed toys, ALOT of them. I'll come back tomorrow with something substantial when it isn't early in the morning as I gotta work tomorrow....
ok, I know, its been beyond months since I've been here. I'm very sorry. There are two excuses for this, one, I started uni and two, I started working for Battistinis. well the first year of uni went well and I finished that 3 weeks ago or so and as I'm at Battistinis now I've down graded my workshop to a little garage thats closer as I get less time to spend there now and work on my own bikes. BUT, I have been working on this little beauty...
but anyways, I'll keep you updated on this 1971 triumph and the other work I'm doing at battistinis from now on I promise....
check out battistinis here: www.battistinis.co.uk and come on down to our open weekend this weekend coming, 26th and 27th June.
To love to build and ride motorbikes is in no comparison table like the love of a girlfriend. Undeniably I love my girlfriend with no ounce of hate becoming involved whatsoever but with motorbikes it is somewhat different. I can be in love with the build, even reciting poetry to it as we develop our relationship towards the crescendo of the sucking of air and the exit of carbon and all of a sudden it acts like a fucking bitch. Firstly I have never before set the timing up wrong so the engine will ram the pistons into the valves and whilst we're on a magical tour of a nightmare like state I have never, within a matter of mere seconds afterwards, dropped a bike with a freshly painted frame onto a motorbike lift causing the meeting of metal that should never have met.
Hate. A very fine line between that and love which I have fluttered across today without the stealth of a tightrope walker.
I had a couple of minor battles with the cam chain this morning but I eventually won after a few false starts. Also got the engine in without destroying the frame which is quite a feat when your by yourself.
Iron Monkey comes from the time when I was riding around on a Honda H100 and I'd be asked if I was getting on the iron horse, I felt that was a little extravagant given the thing would go no faster than 55mph, thus, the Iron Monkey term was introduced. That is all.