Racing Rhino update – 22 Sep 2014.

I’ve been saying for a while that there would be more progress soon but there’s been nothing to show for it.

Well, now I’m bashed about after the recent crash while riding Rhino’s friend, there’s going to be even more of a delay. I’m due back at the hospital in a couple of days to have stitches out. Then I’ll be plastered again for 4 more weeks. So here’s a round up of what’s happened recently.

The replica frame plates arrived and I got one engraved. The plate looks good but I’ve not been able to exactly replicate the engraving.


I got some special hammer drive rivet things to fit the plate as per original. looks good. Plates were produced for me by Tony at Vintags UK. He will have few frame plates left over,if someone else needs one, and the artwork is done if any more need to be produced.


I decided to deviate from standard and fitted some K & N air filters as recommended in Guzziology (R-0642 provides the pair).


These fit well and I am told they don’t restrict air flow so hopefully jetting will be ok. Time will tell.

The chroming came back. It took a while as the platers weren’t happy with a couple of bits and re-did them. Finish is excellent and they managed to get the deep scratches out of the headlamp rim which is pretty thin metal to start with. Work was done by Quality Chrome of Hull.


You can see that I’ve managed to get the grills back on the horns. I used M3 button head allen screws, nuts and washers. In the top right of the photo are all the brake shoe pivots. Some of these used to stick where the chrome had flaked.

I have redone the wrinkle finish paint on the fork yokes and headlamp brackets. I love using this stuff. I built a booth to spray paint in.


and then the parts had to be cured in the oven.


I think that’s it for now.


Too much excitement – 22 Sep 2014.

In my last post I was getting the S3 ready for my annual trip to the MGCGB V-twin Rally in Fordingbridge. I enjoyed this as always and much time was spent talking Guzzis with old and new friends. The bike behaved impeccably and the only downside was having to pack up in the rain then riding all the way home in some truly awful wet weather. Two fellow members of  MGCGB have agreed to me using photos they took of me and the bike. The importance of these will soon become clear.

Keith took this photo of yours truly on Rhino’s friend during the parade around Fordingbridge town on the Saturday.


This is a rather nice photo of the bike by my tent on the rally field. It was taken by Roy and posted on his excellent blog.


The problem came just two weeks later. It was warm and fine so I took a Sunday morning run down to the little harbour at Parog, Newport, Pembs as I do from time to time for coffee and a slice of cake. On the way home a car pulled out in front of me from a side turning with fairly predictable results. Police, Fire Brigade and Ambulance all attended and the road was partially blocked for a while. I broke my arm badly and during the following week had two operations on it when I gained some reinforcing metalwork. My other wrist took a bash as well so both hands were swollen badly for a while. Other than that, I’m generally scuffed and bruised and my chest hurts.

On the day there had been a lot of classic cars about for some sort of run. The car I hit was a Ford Escort RS2000 which is a shame as I like all sorts of classic machinery. Needless to say, the accident was not my fault but I’ve yet to hear the insurers view of the damage to the bike or what payments will be made, although I think pretty much everything from the steering head forward is bent. My insurance guarantees return of the salvage in the event of a total loss which I most likely will take up. Tonti framed Guzzis are phenomenally strong and this should only be a near death experience for Rhino’s friend.

The other down side is that I can’t get back to work on Rhino my V7Sport. That bike is sat on the bench waiting for my attention. I’ll write a little update about that later today hopefully but it’s hard work typing at the moment.