Saturday, 21 December 2013

Bob the builder

The last ride with bob he promised a pucker su carb my old Micky is shot and the word on the street is go su, so here it is, quick strip down with bob as mentor and all is in good order. Now the next question should bikes have sat navs?

Tuesday, 17 December 2013


Speed it up
Slow it down
Wish for more

Posted before worth another

The original loveless Tim the dog and Gordie giving it some rattle drinking a beer at some chopper club party Gordie was on the Bonnie and Tim on the first BM?

Come on Santa

Monday, 16 December 2013

Jon Hopkins

Some of my teenage years were spent reading scifi and listening to Brian Eno well both at the same time actually. Saturday morning listening to six music( left on from the night before) Mary Ann Hobbs and the sunriser track sucked me back into the scifi world of Eno and the track - Jon Hopkins "Collider" dial it in and lye back lateeeeeeeeeeeers

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

The way of things

Busy weekend doing lots of stuff, including going out to look at even more vdubs. But the really result was ordering parts for the shovel project, this as we know takes more time than doing job. Even more remarkable was that I got them from the states at half the UK price, and that includes postage. Result!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

shhhhhhh don't tell

Sunny afternoon an excuse to go over and see uncle John with the last of the NFR(not for race) BMW bits. What's the deal says Ammo, no deal John just yours for free, no time for tea just a quick chat, very soon I realise ammo is completely out the loop, doesn't know about the camper, doesn't know the sporty has been kicked out for triumph and on and on, blog world has become the de facto communication standard, ok for smart phone users but spare a thought for those that a free of the handcuffs of the internet, go and see them and have a brew.
I went to Westminster today I've been a few times it's not all it's cracked up to be, it's false in some strange juxtaposition kinda way. I'd rather been in the shed or sketching designs. I standing there half listening to some minster going on half filling in the virgin skin for you see a man is not born with tattoos, the journey from skin to art should one of deep thought and pleasure, although I would seriously question the latter. Normally there forever so best not fuck up with either the design or the man with the needles. With bike building it's a bit different if you take a bit too much off you just put it back. Easy when you've got a miller and a skilled operator, bit harder when all you've got is grinder, or even harder still one file. Our journey with bikes starts when it's your only transport for you and the good lady, work play rain snow sun. If it starts with Dice issue 1 ( I actually prefer issue 2 )then there is a lot of catching up to do if it starts with issue 51 your fucked. They didn't break the mould or even form it, by just showing others what we did, their world opens and us in the hardcore club well our world gets smaller. Yet we still spanner move a little underground sticking our heads up for the odd show or party finding bros to ride with gets more and more difficult either keep looking or condemn yourself to riding solo.

"It's that rat circus out there, I'm beginning to enjoy it. Look, any longer out on that road and I'm one of them, a terminal psychotic"*

* Mad Max

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Hayride Dutch shovel

You can do so much with shovels, that's way I've just run the one bike for the last four years, changed it ever year, swinging arm to rigid, sportster tank to fat bobs, wide to narrow bars, it's the best bike I've had, I ain't parting with mine. Now look at this dutch shovel at the hayride......another country another style lateeeeeeers.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Shed Vegas Chadd style

Tim dog, Wenge the welding boy and Ammo. TD's first BM on the table, my BM runner, T140 and the so low 6T. Bring it on......

The pre unit looks über cool yet not been on the road in the last 10+ years something's just get pushed to the back of the pack now that's just not right. No promise it will be done next year either.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Derbyshire's got talent or you're only one handshake away

I got the chance to see friends over the weekend and realised how much tapped and untapped talent that I know just in one handshake, like minded folk do attract and have more then just interests in common. You see me and Ben Jones a love for bikes and a good laugh, but deeper than that, a total mutual respect. Now Ben can talk bikes but he can't pick up a spanner and me I can talk tattoo's but I can't use a nine mag, talents only one handshake away, respect to friends !

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Bikes for men and proper music

After a proper man day talking to real men about bikes and tattoos I felt proper ard, tuning into loveless DAB to finish me off, my head sunk as I hear that the loveless have found a link between Wham and a modern triumph, pass me the bear skin I'll off to the shed.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Summer image

As the nights draw in its time to get into the work shop and start/finish some projects, it's been a killer summer and put loads of miles on the shovel, mainly with new friends. Certainly drank to much and laughed so hard that my ribs are black and blue, oh yeah did a few miles in a 67 split as well Nice!

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Thursday, 12 September 2013

The last of the sun Qu?

Home sun and ride off to Bens for a cuppa and a chat about this and that projects tattoos people and so on so on. Oh yeah nice A50 flat tracker.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Tripout road captain

Well it nearly went wrong, Friday booked plans made to travel on mass, blown away by the boss asking me to work, you might say stuff that take the holiday, but lets explain he has never asked me twice to change a holiday, so when he did I didn't hesitate in going to work, which in the end did me a favour, as it rained and rained and rained. Come 4 a o'clock the heavy rain had reduced to a shower, by a vote of confidence we choose bob as road captain and two of us(others went Thursday only to find the bar was closed) who earned his wings and did a Stirling job, here is his checking the sat nav aka the page of an old road atlas.


This is what we come for the bikes, it's why we do it, ride the miles and drink the beer, slow conversation and we stand more than looking deconstructing what the builder has put together, you see we can tell how it was built which bits were redone which bits are right first time..............very few words as we look and translate we see the dirt the oil, the hand cleaner the fun the smiles, the tears , we see it all...........


We hit the cider about 8 I was only having one, until they ran out of lager, at 7.4 % it went down a storm, and wasvresponsible for great conversation, belly laughs and team dancing.......and the following day a very deep voice and no hang over! Result


Tripout time line

1940 to 1983 one of each

Tripout 45 heaven

Including Jims mag driven red bobber/racer

Run out tripout

Back left to front right, grant - blog comment king aka tiger feet, somebody and his girl that I was introduced to on Friday, too wreck to remember their names, Jud and Betty boo, and Lad

Tripout flattracker

Shame it's in the back of the truck, it really wanted ragging around the field, take a good old look, the bits you can't see, joe hunt, spool front hub, narrowed and dented(bollock shape) tank

Yes please........

Tripout triumph

Nice pre unit reminded me of my 650 when I bought it about 25 years ago, never to be original always to be fun! Mine is now on the bench waiting for the great pre unit build off with dad and lad, on your marks..........

Luke's 45

Basking in the cold light of Saturday night, as the temperature dropped the party started rather later and slower than the night before, earlier in the day Luke let me ride his 45 around the field, won't forget that in a hurry springer dipping, pogo seat bouncing no front brake, foot clutch hand change and rutted field great fun!

Friday, 6 September 2013


Well not to pleased this morning, due to forecast heavy rain the lads left for the Trip Out last night and arrived before the rain. I couldn't make it so I'm sat having my breakfast and its raining cats and dogs, so I'm waiting until the rain stops, hopefully it will be today, I've do my fair share of wet raining and I don't choose to do it !

On the plus side here is the shovel wearing a Panhead swing, thanks to a tip off via Jud

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Just a number

Monday at MFN sees the final prep for the trip out ride, numbers have grown, and by the time we meet up with Jud on the 46, he will be the last of nine, three shovels, 45, two Indians, a pan, an evo chop and a buell chop and I'm not taking any tools!

It's all about VW

I've got it's thing about vw campers at the minute, particularly since my week in Devon, but more on that later, should it be a split- expensive, old, but hold their money, or a bay and early or late or even cross over... Think ill just keep looking

Sunday, 1 September 2013

True stories?

It's a month since I last posted, just been busy riding, not a shame at all.  I did get caught in a right down pour the other day, one of those one spot two spot soaked moments, luckily I found shelter under some trees, at least it gave me time to rebuild my carb.  The MFN crew continue to meet up mainly on a Monday night, to chat and tell long(sometimes true) stories about the weekend rides...........

Rain what rain