Thursday, April 29, 2010


Yep. These give me wood

Thanks painter DUDE !

Sunday, April 18, 2010

I love my Norton

I don't know why. It's mostly all stock.

It isn't the oldest. Or the newest.

It just is.

The business end. Right side, reverse patern shifting is interesting......

A 1970 great looking front brake that actually works good.

Had it up to 130 today.

It's a 1970 Norton Commando. That means 750cc, dual Amal carbs,4 speed trans. It must have been delivered to Canada or someplace cause the gauges are km/hr. I've owned it for about X years and actually bought 2 bikes from the guy. The other, a Kow 650 got traded off on my preunit Triumph. I actually got enough trade off value to have the Norton for free, almost.
Riding it is a trip. The exhaust tone is crazy. Light, nimble and quick. In it's day, it was definately a hot rod.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

78 Shovel out for the summer

My shovel. Well, the first shovel I ever had.
When I got it XV years ago, it had a bent up from an accident frame, more oil leaks than the Valdez, and just general "I don't ride anymore" d p o stuff.
It got a new santee frame back then. This is the 4th exhaust it's had. The painter DUDE painted the fender, seatmount, sissy bar thingy last year for me.
Every bike I do gets something I've never seen before or tried before. This go around is the seat suspension. It's an elastomer "bumper" inside the tubes below the seat. Yea, I know. Seat suspension on a swingarm bike is gay. But this isn't big olde skoole springs, and it really does seem to help.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Gettin antsy

I miss you

* * _ _ UPDATE ! - - * *

Just heard from the painter DUDE, the primer is shot. The top coat is bought.