The third Nifty Run that I've turned up to but previous times other commitments have meant that I could just be a spectator for the start and then have to nip back home. This time was to be different, I had the time, I had the bike. I prepped the Gilera 175 Sport and it was running sweetly. The ride over was a slog on a long straight road with a small bike but it was running like a Swiss watch. Then just before arriving I decided to take a quick stop for the call of nature, on starting again the Gilera was misfiring and refused to clear up. Pulling in at the start of the run I noticed a fairly severe fuel leak from the tank. That sealed my fate, once again I was a spectator and had to head off home straight after everyone else had set off.
The decision to ride home or call out assistance was a tricky one but in the end I cleaned out the carb and that made the bike run sweet again. The fuel leak though I trusted to the gods that I wouldn't be incinerated on the bike and decided to ride it. In the end all worked out well, the leak was at the top of the tank so the more I rode the less the leak and rider and bike arrived home unburnt.
|Ariel Arrow. One family owned until very recently. The bike is|
in cracking unrestored condition and was recently featured
in The Classic MotorCycle magazine.
|Here's a machine you don't see often, a British|
Sun Wasp Villiers powered scooter attached to
a Watsonian Bambini sidecar.
|Detail on the Sun Wasp.|
|The Sun did the run with rider and passenger in the Bambini.|
|Villiers power in James cycle parts. They may be|
derided in some quarters but the 'E' series Villiers
engines are really excellent motors. Forget power
figures these engines are one of the nicest products
of the British Motorcycle industry,
|T'other side of the Villiers.|
|Leaky Gilera on the way home. Fingers crossed we don't end|
up in a huge fireball. That petrol tank is big and full!