Egli Project part III

Egli Project part III

I was recently having a chat on messenger with Mr Fritz Egli himself about Nortons, specifically the modern incarnation of the 961 Commando, such as that which lives in my shed.   Suffice to say Fritz is not a fan of the new Norton however I enjoyed tapping into his...

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The Vincent

The Vincent

It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me that throughout my life I’ve had a strong yearning to own a Vincent motorcycle. I’ve come spectacularly close to owning a Vincent about two and a half times but life had other ideas for me (and that’s fine)....

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Motorshed Thunderbird part II.

Motorshed Thunderbird part II.

“Here was an utterly beautiful engine, lithe, angular and a metallic onomatopoeia for power (Frank Melling, Motorcycle USA).” Written 82 years ago, when onomatopoeia was a still a thing, Mr Frank Melling had just sampled Triumph's 500 cc Speed Twin and was clearly...

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Motorshed Mustang update number V.

Motorshed Mustang update number V.

With the Mustang body well on its way to being straight and true, it was time for me to turn my attention to the heart of the beast, a 289 cubic inch Windsor V8. The Windsor story is a fascinating one so grab a cup of tea and we’ll talk a tale of two cities. In 1904,...

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Norton M50 project, part II

Norton M50 project, part II

There has been some major progress on the Norton this week.  The frame has been repaired, likewise the oil tank and the whole lot has been bundled off to Perth for powder and paint. For a time, during the formative years of the motorcycle, the gearbox and engine were...

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Norton M50 project

Norton M50 project

A new project arrived in the shed this week in the form of a lovely little 1956 Norton 350 single. To be honest, the bike’s not so lovely - but she will be again soon. This machine is a valuable heirloom that belongs to a local family who have been beset by health...

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Rebuilding the Ariel part II

Rebuilding the Ariel part II

Rebuilding the Ariel Part II  This is the second instalment from “Rebuilding the Ariel,” available on this site in eBook format.    Given this is only our second excerpt from Rebuilding the Ariel it is perhaps timely to have a brief discussion around the origins of...

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BSA Rocket 3 rebuild part II

BSA Rocket 3 rebuild part II

1971 BSA Rocket 3 Things are moving slowly forward with the Rocket rebuild. Since we last discussed this project I’ve received a few bits and pieces back and suffered a bit of a shock where I was least expecting it. Let’s look and the shiny new bits first. Having...

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Mustang Rebuild Part IV

Mustang Rebuild Part IV

In Part III of the Mustang rebuild we left off with the floor welded into the skeletal remains of our 66 Mustang coupe. I saw this as a major step forward. The body was braced, the floor was in, what could possibly go wrong? It was time to get cutting. Recall one does...

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Egli Project Part II

Egli Project Part II

Recently we tracked down a stunning example of an Egli Vincent and, for your author, there was a special treat in store. In Part I of the Egli Trident project, we touched upon the exclusivity of the original Egli Vincent motorcycles and the growing market for replicas...

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