James' Gilera 175 Sport is getting an outing to the Bristol show over the weekend so time for a little love and attention. The bike is for sure never going to be a concourse winner but all the same out came the wax and polish.
I've been running it on a horrible looking modern battery for a while so it seemed like a nice idea to get something tidier looking. Italian batteries come in different sizes from British ones and any period correct ones I could find in the right sizes were very pricey. In the end I had the brainwave of searching scooter shops for Lambretta / Vespa batteries in the hope that they would be of the same size and came across Blitz batteries. They are a German brand and come in a range of sizes for continental machines; the batteries are gel type, finished on black and come with a hard rubber look lid. There's a few folks selling them on fleabay and, though not cheap pur se, they are a lot better priced than the alternatives. Job done.
Must get out on this bike more when summer comes around...
|Gilera 175 Sport 1957.|
|Handsome from either side.|
|Blitz battery does the job nicely. Camera angle|
exposes that I didn't clean totally thoroughly...