Classic Bike Guide
Greetings, one and all
Hope we find you escaping for a little peace, coffee in hand and phone in another room. The weather’s been great and we even had an extended bank holiday to play with to honour Her Majesty The Queen – hope you were able to make the most of it.
Here at CBG (falling down) Towers, the BSA B31 is still off the road because the magneto still needs refurbishing – I’m fed up with bumping it! And now Maria’s Tribsa has developed a misfire – I suspect the coil, but haven’t had a good look yet – all time available is spent on the BMW at the moment.
It is hard living in Norfolk and ignoring the coastline we’re so lucky to be surrounded by, so, with Avi the new Classic Bike Guide pooch, we’ve been up to Cromer for some stunning sunsets. And he’s gone on the tank of the BMW in a special bag! Who says a dog is a tie? That’s on hold at present though, as the trusty German ex-police tourer refused to start yesterday; I need to investigate – all our bikes are breaking down!
Neville’s been busy recently, but we managed to get him out on Friday to head over to the local meet at Whitwell on his Norton ES2. Hadn’t been started for more than six months; some fresh petrol, a tickle, three kicks and it started. The bike, not Nev. It ticked over for a few minutes to get the oil back up inside the tank from the sump while I used the oldest (and best) foot pump to make his tyres round again and we were off. Maybe that’s the key to reliability – don’t clean ’em, don’t wash ’em and they’ll start straight away…
The bike nights have seen some wonderful machines turn up. I’ve included some here, but they look so much better in the flesh. They get better and better, I come home invigorated and ready to head back into the shed. Meanwhile
CBG colleagues Billy and Dave have been enjoying the range of bikes on the Isle of Man in superb weather – lucky things!
Lastly and selfishly, I’d like to say a welcome back to a friend of mine and many Harley-Davidson riders in our area, Oli Gook of Rooster’s bike barn, who has greatly suffered recently through ill health.
Happily he is getting fitter all the time and will soon be back on the spanners. It was great to see plenty of bikes at the workshop to give him a welcome return from hospital recently, and shows what a superb, supportive world we in the old bike world live in.