LIFE BE­FORE BONES…

Scootering - - Kickstart -

Tony has owned and rid­den ev­ery­thing from stan­dard scoot­ers and street rac­ers, through to cut-downs and chops… and he’s en­joyed them all. In­deed he built a DTC style street racer at the same time he was trans­form­ing Bones into Bones Re­turns. Tony takes up the story: “I got in­ter­ested in scoot­ers from quite young. My grand­fa­ther had a Lam­bretta TV175, though I wasn’t aware of it back then. That would’ve been where my in­ter­est in scoot­ers be­gan.

“My first scooter was a Starstream in 1983 and in 1984 I had a go at build­ing my first chop­per scooter from what had once been an Li125. I was young and didn’t have much money, but I did have a lot of en­thu­si­asm. I ex­tended the forks and did all the en­gi­neer­ing work my­self, it han­dled the way most Lam­bretta chops do with ex­tended forks, a bit rough! It sat too low as well.

“I was young, daft and with­out a care in the world back then. My fur­thest ride ever on a scooter was to Isle of Wight in 1985. It took 12 hours, af­ter which I did a pass­able John Wayne walk for the week­end. I drifted off the scene for a while, and worked abroad for a few years. When I came back a mate of mine told me where the frame of Bones was. I bought it back in 2015, then set about build­ing the scooter chop­per I’d al­ways wanted but couldn’t af­ford in the 80s, a show win­ner!

“Bones Re­turns was in­spired by my all-time favourite cus­tom chop Il­lu­sion, I fab­ri­cated and built it all my­self in a mate’s work­shop. Cut­ting off the fork tube and weld­ing on a set of Harley springers proved to be prob­a­bly the best thing I’ve done to it.

“With the springers it han­dles prop­erly, it was quite scary to ride with ex­tended Lammy forks, it took about a year to build the chop, a big chunk of which was wait­ing for parts to ar­rive, or for work I’d farmed out (paint, en­grav­ing, plat­ing etc.) to be done.

“When I built Bones in the 80s I wasn’t too both­ered about it sit­ting low and be­ing un­com­fort­able to ride over dis­tance. I think a seat with more pad­ding is a must, maybe even be­fore the gold-plated and en­graved hubs are done. I’m look­ing for­ward to rid­ing and show­ing Bones Re­turns this year.”

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