Saturday 7 August 2021


2011. 4,000 miles only. A few sensible extras. New tyres. £5,300. Genuinely immaculate. 07969050019.


I know it should be Tuesday to post a Triton but i picked this one up yesterday and its a belter. I bought it first in 2008 when it was an ex sprint race bike, a non runner and unregistered.  I sold it to Paul in Sheffield shortly after and he spent 4 years and much money getting it to the standard it is at now. 

Fully rebuilt engine with Morgo 750 barrels, rotary pump, 3134 cams, R followers, gas flowed splayed  head, BTH electronic mag and those wonderful Gardner carbs rebuilt by Ron Gardner personally at the age of 91. Transmission is an AMC box with Commando diaphragm clutch and Hayward belt. It goes very well (for an over 60) and stops like no other brit bike i've had with the Grimeca 4ls front brake. Nothing was left untouched, bronze bushed swinging arm, Lansdowne Engineering fork damping conversion, Scitsu rev counter, new alloy tanks (he liked them with the understated brushed finish)..... The only things i remember it having first time round are the exhausts which are loud, very ! He also got it registered with DVLA as a 1960 Triton. It isn't a tarts handbag, its a fully functional antisocial weapon that will cause neighbours to hate you, exactly what a motorcycle should be.

It was ridden for just over 100 miles in 2013 and then he put it at the back of the garage and bought a 1098 Ducati.

I didn't buy it to sell, i bought it because it's wonderful but if you cant live without it .........


Tuesday 3 August 2021


 No guarantees an EtR shirt will make you look as good as Molly but it will certainly improve your life. Printed on top quality ES Colour Ts by Somerset Print Co they are £20 including post worldwide. Paypal to Sizes are S, M and L but only 1 large left so if your'e a big human (or like a baggy shirt) look sharp.

Sunday 1 August 2021


Events like the Malle Mile always bring out the best in motorcycle photography and there are few better than Ivo. You will find his work on Facebook and Instagram under Ivo Ivanov and Imagefactorystudio.

Wednesday 28 July 2021



Hard to know what to say about the Mile, not a bike rally, not a race meeting, but undoubtably the friendliest bike event i've ever been to. Lovely people all trying to organise a huge number of racers ( i believe nearly 600) take part in events running up to 3 hours behind schedule but somehow it all seems to work. Please though, get a bigger bar for next year....and more food stalls.  I will be coming back !
As i was competing (queuing) i didn't get much chance to take photos but there were almost as many photographers as bikes so i'm sure you will find loads on Instagram/FB etc over the coming week. 
Of the pics i did take this lady pretty much sums it up, she is one of many happy girls all helping out non stop and always with a big smile. When you're hot and have queued for ages and your bike won't start because you haven't plugged your lanyard in a smiley face in white overalls shows up asking if you are enjoying yourself, and suddenly you are.
I had intended on racing the sprint, hill climb and Malle 100 but after some over revving on the hill and subsequent misfiring i retired for the day to spectate (and queue for a beer). 

Dead bike photo by Alison


DKW racer at the Castle Saturday night.

 *If you are American i believe you spell it queuing but we are British and we invented it so its queueing. 

Friday 23 July 2021

French Long Tourer

 1982 Harley Shovel FLT for sale. French registered from new, it was bought by my friend Pete 20 yrs ago to keep at his place in Annecy and occasionally ride home to North Yorkshire. During that time the motor top end was rebuilt by Matts Machine shop and gearbox rebuilt with new Andrews gears, it runs spot on. 

 The last time it was used was to ride back to the UK when Covid hit and it has remained here unused since. It will need some re-commissioning and small jobs,  clutch drags, left front caliper needs freeing off, battery doesn't hold charge and general servicing. 

It comes as shown with genuine bags and crash bar covers.

Currently there are no registration papers, we are trying to find these although they are in France which doesn't make things easy. There is no NOVA certificate, import duties have not been paid. You would need a dating certificate and then pay import duty/VAT (5% on a vehicle of historic interest). I can supply the appropriate receipt.

Price is £5,800. I can help arrange delivery within the UK.

You can contact me on 07969050019 or


Wednesday 14 July 2021


Blimey, we've been dormant for over 7 years  !  I always said  (to myself) i would bring back this blog in some form if i ever got to a million hits and here we are. Its going to take me a while to try to get the hang of working it again but i might just give it a go...................

Friday 28 February 2014


That's it all, hope you enjoyed it.
Thanks for taking the time to look in over the last few years, it's been fun but time to go....



Tuesday 25 February 2014


Our annual photos of Katoomba Hot Rod show from Dave Blamey. The event is held in the Blue Mountains in Australia an area hit badly by forest fires in the last year. Again it was a big success pumping much needed funds back into the towns economy.

Monday 24 February 2014


Original late '70s early '80s Invaders, 16" rear x 3.5"J and 19" front x 2.5"J. Come with good bearings and flanges to take Harley discs/sprocket. Rear is good chrome (but not mint) and has had two welds on inside but doesn't look to have ever been damaged. Front has fair chrome but a few rusty marks, worst one shown in photo, again no signs of damage. £650 the pair inc post to UK, shipping outside of UK will be extra at cost.

Friday 21 February 2014


Pulled all the shiny tat off the Shovel but then bought some shiny Invaders which isn't at all the look I had in mind. Also got a Pan tubular swinging arm which is, so not sure of a direction at the minute. All my inspiration (this week) has come from photos of bikes from Luck-MC in Japan, low, understated brightwork, small high mounted tanks, tons of style.
 Anyway I have a shopping list; I need
Forks, Ironhead Sportster 35mm disc type legs and yokes and possibly a decent 19" front wheel. NOW SORTED THANKS BRYAN.
Rear wheel spindle for early round swingarm.
Original kickstart lever.
Plain clutch cover (Derby cover). SORTED.
Pair of standard rear side mounting struts for rear guard. NO LONGER NEEDED
Exhausts like this, think they are usually listed as late 60s FL, separate pipes as pic or a 2-1 would do...
..and anything else you think I should have.
Of course it may be that a Shovelhead project is on someone elses' shopping list, in which case drop in and save me a load of work !

Monday 17 February 2014


This is Sami Graystone, local artist/illustrator/mural painter/musician/butchers daughter and biker lass.
I could tell you why you should make use of her skills but have a butchers for yourself...

Find her on Instagram as Sami Graystone and TheMeatHook.
Like her at The Meat Hook on Facebook and buy at The Cartel 
Listen to her at Zealous Doxy
Hooked ?

Friday 14 February 2014


Bought this last night, the seller told me it is called Sheeba (the Shovel), he also has a Beach Buggy called Beryl and a motorhome called Marianne or maybe it was Millicent, i was loosing interest fast by then and there were still another two bikes to go...
 It may be a fine example of American grotesque but it runs sweeter than pudding wine and, er, well that's all. If there is anything you want off it let me know but i'm guessing that if you are reading this Blog the only parts you will want are the ones I'm keeping.
 Live to shop.


Girls fitted Ts. Yellow Well Sprung and blue Hot Parts in medium and grey Hot Parts in small. Very limited numbers £20 each inc post anywhere.

Thursday 13 February 2014


Possibly your last chance to buy a rigid British bike on the road for under £3,000. Paul is selling his '47 Matchless 350, registered 1958, 3 owners, full history known. Taxed, Tested, ride it away. I can vouch for this bike, it's lovely. £2,750 (about the same price as decking yourself out in the new Matchless clothing range) and you'd better be quick. Phone Paul direct on 07719 487436.

Wednesday 12 February 2014


John is a local guy who's been buying Slabside GSXR parts off me for a few months for a bike he is restoring. He invited me to go and see the bikes he's built over the years so I went for a look yesterday. Each one has its own story and all apart from the trials AJS were built/restored by him. At least two were bought in the village pub, the green A7 in boxes for £100 ! maybe I should get out more. He has owned the '63 Bonneville for over 40 years.
 He went to the TT on the Lightning Clubman three years ago but with increasing years (he's even older than me) finds it hard to start them now so his riding is limited to an Aprillia Mille R and a Fireblade....