|Gallic Horex Regina.
Thursday, October 29, 2020
Monday, October 19, 2020
Friday, October 16, 2020
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Only a month ago I posted that things seemed to be getting back to some state of normalcy with old bike meets. How wrong I was....
A small band of us meet up every year for a moto camping trip, preferably to continental Europe and with an event as the destination. Despite optimism that a late season excursion might be on the cards it became evident that this was not to be. Rather than give in we determined to meet up somewhere quiet and enjoy a couple of nights away from reality. After all it's ultimately about the ride and the company so all else is insignificant.
As it happens Dan is of good Wiltshire agricultural stock and has family connections with land and barns: so it was that we ended up camping in a field close by the Cotswolds. Not only this but the luxury of a barn to shelter from the rain, for rain it did in spades.
|The Buell alongside Matt's Beesa A10 combo and
Dan's faithful Bullet.
|A trip out to Kemble Airfield for a very modern
|At this point Dan decides to check out
Matt's carpentry skills with a stress test.
|Restoration project discovered. A
genuine 'hedge find'.
|And ready to go home two days later. That barn
really was a life saver for the rain was certainly
more on than off for the duration of our trip.
|Having a mate with a sidecar is a valuable
thing. Not only can they bring the necessaries
they can remove them when it is all over.
Monday, October 5, 2020
After posting up Part I of the Africa Bullet 'restoration' I had imagined that the next post on the subject would follow a few weeks later and detail some minor step forward with the project. Instead I spent a few weeks labouring in my mind over what colour to do the bike (should I go for the red it was before or make it easy with black) and then when I got the frame back from the powder coaters went in to a frenzy of re-assembly and here we are on Part II with the bike looking fairly up together. Don't worry though there's still a lot to do....
|Here's the offside view as it stands at the moment.
The keen Bulleteer will spot a very unorthodox spec
for a 1955 model. In fact if I am honest only really
the frame, swinging arm, engine and gearbox are
original to the bike.
|Off-side view. The side stand is an Indian one - it
was lying around and besides they are pretty good.
|Previously the bike was fitted with a casquette from
an early sixties model. It didn't look quite right and
I like the appearance of the separate headlight. I scored
this Hitchcocks top yoke fairly cheap so on it went.
|To get the UCE shrouds to match to the
earlier headlight ears I had to machine a
small aluminium adaptor.
|In for a penny in for a pound on mixing up the parts.
I fitted a bottom yoke from an early sixties bike
as they are slightly stronger than the earlier
ones. Plus it has a steering damper. Not necessary
but it just appealed to me.