Archive for ‘Maintenance’

July 31, 2022

Lunmad

John Plews 1953-2022

Anyone who worked on their 60’s and 70’s Triumph motorcycles surely used the clear wisdom of Lunmad. His Yorkshire accent narrating the home videos expertly edited sharing his knowledge of keeping these aged machines on the road in simpler fashion. Sadly he passed away last Thursday and is a loss to the vintage motorcycle community.

July 10, 2022

Aad bikes ’n’ stuff

Morries Place

A visit to the premier classic British motorcycle shop in northern Illiniois was also included in the agenda. Always a treat to look over the various items parked shoulder to shoulder in the main display area. The workshop was so busy that bikes awaiting service and restoration work were stood outside.

June 11, 2022

Flat earth society

Pin sharp

– Dean had a mishap with an errant screw on the road today. A tube of fix-a-flat got him home.

January 13, 2022

Meow

Tao and the cat of motorcycle restoration

– BSA B25 off road with maintenance tabby. I can see some Pursigesque tale as a feline companion to a rebuild adventure.

December 29, 2021

Boots

Knobblies

A plethora of cussing and swearing echoed in my garage today as I wrestled the old tire off the back wheel and spooned on a rugged number. Front wheel the morn…

December 1, 2021

Knobby Clark

New Boots

– just picked up a pair of Continental TKC80’s. Give the underfoot grip a bit more bite on gravel roads. Looking the part!

October 3, 2021

Gentle Persuasion

Alive!

A new battery, ticked carbs, hefty kick and she started right up. Settled into gentle burble ready for the off. Want to check fluids, cables and tires. Then an autumnal ride should be on the cards.

September 28, 2021

Resurrection

Next Task

– as we head into cooler days I’m planning on getting the old Bonnie back on the road. Pulled out from a corner of the garage, there will be some workshop tasks to check over the engine, electrics, wheels, oil and various moving parts.

August 8, 2021

Addams Family

A Lightbulb Moment

[explaining why there’s a light bulb in his mouth] “Oh, the children persuaded me to light up and ride my cycle around, just for old time’s sake.”

Mortician: “We love to watch him ride his motorcycle in the house.”

Gomez: “And wrestle the alligator.”

Thaddeus Logan: “Wrestle… the alligator? A LIVE alligator?”

Gomez: “Not very sporting wrestling a dead one.”

January 26, 2021

Workshop Help

Oily Whiskers

– our feline friends make the perfect companion when busily concentrating on a project. Their attention is subtle and they can be quick to lend a paw when the flash of a wire or glisten of a small bolt piques their interest.

January 12, 2021

Beano

The Menace

– my Uncle Dave found this ‘toon strip and sent it over to be included in today’s blog post. The red & black striped jersey; unruly black hair; and the viscous dog Gnasher of protagonist Dennis have been the mainstay of the Beano comic for 70 years. This panel has The Menace’s Ma fettling the barrels of a ‘70 Bonnie with a kitchen whisk.

January 10, 2021

Goodies

– The Tiger was fitted with some new farkles to improve a couple of items for road awareness and navigation. One was a bar mount just above the information screen allowing my GPS to be affixed more centrally in my field of vision for clearer navigation. The other was a pair of indestructible rear-view mirrors affixed with sturdy Ram mounts. These are promoted by adventure tourists and off-road gurus as the most versatile units.

November 15, 2020

Relocation

Blinkers on the Move

– a quick alteration to shift the indicators from their lower, and exposed, position to a placement just off the headlight. The old location is replaced with a small flush Union Flag motif LED light. Kit made by Terry Harrison in the UK.

May 23, 2020

Cats Eyes

Most Illuminating

The Big Kitty got a pair of auxiliary lights affixed to it today. Added brightness down the road ahead and better conspicuousness in traffic. They are genuine Triumph accessories so once plugged into the bikes harness a switch, which until now wasn’t operational, gives easy control of the new lighting.

April 5, 2020

Reading

Tsundoku

It means buying books and letting them pile up unread. The word dates back to the very beginning of modern Japan, the Meiji era (1868-1912) and has its origins in a pun. Tsundoku, which literally means reading pile, is written in Japanese as 積ん読.