Saturday, May 25, 2013
Had a great day working on the Thruxton today with Jimi and Bad Evil. I pulled the original clocks/dials off last weekend, I've actually had these new ones sitting around for a good few months now but hadn't gotten around to doing anything about it cause I've been so stoked on the Norton being on the road again. I'd also bought a British Customs mini brake reservoir which had been sitting around for a while. Anyway finally got around to getting into all this properly today. Jimi had made up some mounts for me during the week – I wanna mount the dials real low, flush with the top of the triple tree. The mounts are great but the rubber washers Jimi had made need to be rethought slightly (harder rubber). Bad Evil is our inhouse electrical genius so he was there doing some seriously mind-boggling fucking wiring work! I bled the brakes and got into mounting the new mini reservoir... which was a bit of a head-job until I realised that the thing actually comes apart!? Felt really stupid once I realised that, but hey British Customs (if you're there) maybe you could send these out with instructions? I'm not complaining though cause it looks bloody great and is a MASSIVE improvement on the stock one which sticks up all over the place. Very happy with the way this is all sitting much lower now... and I think this stuff is all making the old T150 breadbox tank looks really good. I just really love how the whole front end looks so much lower now.
A couple of issues to sort out though – 1. the indicator light in the speedo will only go with one of the indicators, either left or right, you choose, but not both. Hoping Bad can solve this? Then 2. Jimi's mounts need new, harder rubber bits.
So stoked to finally be getting this bike a little closer to what I've always been imagining it looking like. Slowly but surely...
Thursday, May 23, 2013
David Taylor, a regular at our Bike Nights (at Smash Palace every Thursday), has rebuilt a standard R100 that he got in mint condition and with real low miles on it. It's featured here on The Bike Shed website.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
This starts out kinda weird but its well worth watching for the first minute or two because it gets pretty good when old 'Sugar Bear' gets interviewed. The racism he's had to deal with in terms of bike mags wanting to show his bikes but not him is pretty interesting. His bikes are pretty amazing, especially his fork and front wheel set ups. I guess this is what he's known for, but me not being a chopper guy... well you know, it's all news to me!
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Following an awesome day dirtbiking with Simoen we thought we'd better show her what it was like on the road, and luckily Jimi and his T160 were free to help. Was a beautiful morning ride out round the bays of Lyttelton Harbour and then over to Akaroa where the harbour was calm and glassy. I thought Simoen might get freaked out about doing hi speeds, but she lapped it up and after stopping briefly in Little River she suggested Jimi "go faster"... which I think freaked me out more than her!?
Nads took the photos above from the back of my bike, and Simoen also took a bunch more photos on her polaroid which I scanned (below). Such a great weekend, Simoen you're welcome back anytime and you are absolutely one of my favourite people! Cheers.
Our friend Simoen has been down from Wellington this weekend. We'd been real worried, as we usually are when people come to visit form outta town, that she might hate it here. So we decided to do some cool shit with her! Mostly this meant riding motorcycles... obviously.
On Saturday we went out to the Ashley River with Bad Evil and his missus'. Bad and I have been keen to teach our girls to ride and Simoen was keen to have a go at it too. Unfortunately I didn't learn Simoen real good though and she crashed us both on her first go and we broke the front brake lever off the 185. It was a pretty good little crash, but I was super impressed when Simoen was keen to just get back on and try again (rear brakes only of course!). By the end of the day she was taking off on her own and cruising up and down the dirt rd that runs beside the river. Nads was still struggling with the whole mysterious phenomenon called 'the clutch' but had a good go at it. Becky (Mrs Evil) won the Womens Section hands down by taking on one of the muddiest tracks around, getting stuck, and then pushing the bike back out on her own!
When we weren't teaching the girls me and Bad were fucking about like teenagers in the dirt doing donuts and riding through the river and stuff.
Bad took the Val down, I bought ol' Pedro (dog) in the van with the bikes, and Simoen brought her Polaroid camera with her and took some awesome shots on that little sucker (a couple incl. here). I really wanna get one. You sure can't beat film!
All photos here by Simoen and Nads.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Just confirmed an interview with Stuart Page for the next issue of HFoS! Stuart made this video for legendary NZ band Snapper in 1988, along with a bunch of other awesome music videos for other kick ass NZ bands like King Loser (featured in HFoS issue #1). In fact it was a King Loser connection that motivated me to get in touch with Stuart – David Bennewith, while visiting recently, bought me a Chris Heazlewood 7" which, on the back, mentioned his buying a motorcycle off Stuart Page. The same motorcycle that appears at the end of this most excellent King Loser video (Dir. Stuart Page of course):
Monday, April 29, 2013
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Well that's Grant I guess. But there I go too, my 15 minutes (seconds?) of fame, and Hamish as well. This is an article Kerry wrote about our ride down to the Burt Munro racing in Invercargill last year (my pics here) and it's in the current issue of BikeRider magazine. It's a strange mag... actually maybe it's just very normal and I find that strange. Mostly it's full of horrific insect-looking bikes that I just can't stand, although there is a Suzuki 'Waterbus' featured and also a pretty cool old Matchless sidecar racing outfit, so it ain't all bad.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Rode up to Wellington with Chris and Grant last week. They were heading up to the 'Old School Nationals' at Manfield with a bunch of old cars as well. In hindsight I shoulda' gone with them, at least for the Friday night, it sounds like they had a pretty choice time.
I took the Norton and spent hours (HOURS!!!) last week working on it getting it ready for its first decent long ride in about 3 years. I'm happy to be able to report it fucking made it too! Did a bit over 1000kms and didn't miss a beat. The speedo fucked about a bit, but I fixed that for the ride back down, oh and the steering lock totally fell to pieces in Martinborough. Rode up there with Mattie from Wellington on the Saturday – in the rain for a bit, although it mostly stopped after we got over the Rimutakas (the photos below are taken then). Stayed in Martinborough to avoid more pissing rain and got pissed ourselves. Rode to Masterton and then back to Wellington the next day in nice bright sun but with pretty bad hangovers...
Left Wellington on the ferry on Monday. Originally we were supposed to be on a ferry that wouldn't get us into Picton until 11pm, luckily we managed to get onto an earlier sailing and got into Picton a bit after 6pm. I bought new strops to tie down my bike after one had snapped on the ferry on the way over (big thanks to Grant for being in the way of my bike falling over! don't think he got hurt too bad!?)...
It was pretty much dark anyway after we got off the boat in Picton. Our concern being Chris's total lack of lights and my old Lucas one being much like a candle with a mirror behind it. However Grant's light (on his dad's Kawasaki Z750 that he'd borrowed cause his bike still wasn't sorted) was pretty good, so we put him in front and me at the back and had a good headlight and taillight between the three of us. I think we freaked a few people out when they'd realise all of a sudden that there were 3 bikes! Chris's CB had something go wrong with the key barrel in Kaikoura and had to be hotwired to keep going. Little bit of drama in the middle of the night was good to keep the cold away.
Despite the cold this was an amazing ride and made me think I should do night rides more often. It's such a different vibe to the daytime, and much less traffic obviously. Although there were some pretty nutty truckers going flat stick through tight corners and blinding us with their lights. I tried taking photos from the bike at night but they didn't come out, which sucks 'cause it was quite a sort of surreal experience. Probably photo wouldn't have done it any justice anyway...