Archive for June, 2016

June 15, 2016

Gnarly Dude 

More Skateboarding! Hugh ‘Bod’ Boyle is an Englishman relocated to SoCal to take on the  boys of Dogtown and went and done good. He made good boards which can go for upward of $1,000 such as this mint Triumph motif deck from 1990.

June 14, 2016


Last time I tried to have a go at a skateboard was in 1979. I didn’t fare well and didn’t get the hang of it. I’d rather take a skoot on the Bonneville…

June 13, 2016

Go! skate!

Skateboard Art – these offer great ‘canvases’ for graffiti or screenprint Art. This example by Kyle Yarrington from Maryland is a hand drawn Triumph motor with a scribbled upon Union Jack-like backdrop. His Etsy store name is ZenAngel13. 

June 12, 2016


Girl on a Moto – by Claude Monet. Discovered in a dusty store room behind the artists house at Giverny. Le Thruxton Rouge is the title written on the back…

June 11, 2016

Open heart surgery…

Ok, so I bit the bullet and opened up the engine. Trying to accomplish this without the guts spilling out. Well the cam pinion gears were synchronized at top dead center, and the valves are now snug with a smidgen of clearance, well ten thou clearance. I could use a fresh splined gear lever spindle…

June 10, 2016


Mint Julep – bourbon headed beauty zooming across some foothill highway upon a sweet looking Bonnie. 

Classic lines with formal elegance, this a machine to enjoy looking at and, I’m sure, riding.

June 9, 2016

Sit on it!

Richie Cunningham takes Fonzies Moto for a spin in Arnold’s Diner. 

Then again through the front door of his parents, Howard & Marion’s, house. Fonz wears his leather jacket over his dressing gown. 

June 8, 2016


Arthur Fonzarelli- aka The Fonz. TV’s Happy Days’ King of Cool, riding into the scene on his Triumph TR5 and collar-up leather jacket. Greasy slick back hair and a fist bump to turn on the jukebox or start a car. 50’s Anericana when is was cool to reminisce during the doldrum 70’s – look up American Graffiti.

Richie Cunningham looks on in his ever bemused attitude.


June 7, 2016

I keep forgetting restoration is 99% frustration. 

I need to contemplate tranquility – a zen peace of mind like a content fox. The Cub is taking a major step back. It is decided to take the whole engine out back to the bench and strip it down. Something major isn’t jiving… 

June 6, 2016

Valve Job

Well, I think I may have worked out the reason for the Cub woes: the valve retaining collar was of a type with a high rim which interfered with the rocker arm action. I dug out another type which provides excellent clearance. Top photos show two types. Fitted valves back in all looking tickety boo.

June 5, 2016

Bob’s Pantry & Deli

Ice cold coke at a regular stop-off on the North Shore. Nice weather with a fresh breath off the lake and hot sun. A short 50 mile jaunt with plenty of other riders out enjoying the roads. 

June 4, 2016

It’s Alive! Not!

Not a peep. No bark, non-ignition. Looked at valve timing, ignition set-up; workshop manual settings were followed … And still no chirp. Here it sits in Deans garage with big brother Bonneville sitting nearby.

I took the cylinder head off and perhaps the valve seats have exceeded recess allowance so the rocker arms bind against the valve spring collar perhaps keeping a peep of valve open and hence zero cylinder compression… 

June 3, 2016

It stands to reason

Silly Old Moo – cockney mysogynistical racially bigoted homophobic anti-Semite, anti-Catholic, anti-Irish and West Ham supporter Alf Garnett pilots chair bound long suffering wife Else and pillion perched friend Min in this wartime outfit (BSA M20). Voicing an ugly post war psyche of Britain he ranted against all around him. However Else could cut him down with a curt response or withering glare as he spiraled into a tirade.

Warren Mitchell 1926-2015

June 2, 2016

TBT #xyz

Throwback Thursday- well this takes me back; ten years ago and the red ‘n’ black Ninja. GTI stays at home on this day whilst I take the express train into work. 

June 1, 2016


Former Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl thrashes a mean beat and growls a roaring vocal. Grunge fashion takes on white Johnson Motors t-shirt with a hint of Triumph. Good driving music. Can’t believe the seminal Nevermind album is 25. Sheesh where’d the time go?