Monday, April 10, 2017

My my, what big cylinders you have...

Do you remember Marco's BMW?
It started life as a very early R45 and went through several iterations, evolving with time as a lot of garage-built bikes tend to do.
It had gotten to a pretty good stage, with 650 cylinders, the final transmission off an R80, new Asatek shocks just to name a few of the many improvements that were made to it, but then some electrickery  went wrong, causing the ignition module to fry, timing was all over the place and the engine basically ended up needing a full rebuild after it almost completely self destructed.
Long story short, Marco was able to acquire the 980 motor that had already powered Witold's G/S as well as his R45000, so we know that it runs very well. 
Now it's in Marco's bike and looks fantastic. There are still a few things to do, but this is finally well on its way to being done.
For starters, Marco decided that the Asatek shocks weren't actually working all too well for him as they're just a bit oversized for this bike, so he swapped them out for a pair of softer TSK.
Let's not forget one thing here, this bike has tackled Corsica, the Alps and Abruzzo without ever feeling like it was out of its depths.
I'm looking forward to finding out what this thing can do now...

Friday, April 7, 2017

The warm South beckons.

I'll do my best to be there, together with a sizable group from Rome; I need to get the Norton ready...


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Important reminder:

it's finally Spring again! The sky is blue, nature stirs itself from its wintery slumber and daylight saving time is in effect, so to those of you who can, I say "GO RIDE!"


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Ogling my chopper...

I know that this blog really ain't what it used to be, but rest assured that all is well at the garage and I may even be able to get back in there a bit more often in the very near future; at least to tidy up, take stock of what each bike needs (surprisingly little as it turns out!), and prepare for the three outings planned for this year.

Last time I was at the garage I started looking around and made a plan; then I fixed a few small details on the Sportster that were annoying me, and once I was done with that I took the cover off the BSA and reveled in its glory. It really is a beautiful motorcycle (I suggest you click on the photo to look at the full-size version):

You may remember that uncle Fester had already sorted out the broken gas tank mount last year, so the bike is pretty much good to go again; I'd like to go ride it a little bit before I take it on one of the aforementioned three outings, more than anything just to re-acquaint myself with it. So I've started by doing an oil change, checking the battery (it's dead, not surprisingly, I'll need to get a new one), the usual stuff.

Somewhat worryingly I found a fair bit of metal particles in the oil, the magnetic plug in the sump looked like a Christmas tree when I pulled it out (nod to Brian...). They are very fine particles, and the magnet obviously caught them so I won't worry too much about it. It goes without saying that the right thing to do would be to fit an external oil filter, but I don't think I'll do that just yet.

Before I actually start the bike, I'm handing it over to uncle Fester again for a special project, hopefully it'll turn out great (and it should be reversible, just in case anyone is worried about ruining those perfectly proportioned lines...); I'll keep you posted!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Monday, January 9, 2017

Happy new year.

Behold, as our Great Leader rides bravely into the future!

Let us all follow him fearlessly and hope we can actually go motocamping again this year...