I know it looks like I’ve given up posting but let’s just say there’s just been a hiatus.
I’ve continued to be absorbed with family issues but a little motorcycle related time has been had. Hopefully I can get back to normal soon.
Seb’s LeMans has been pretty much totally dismantled for some weeks now and the basic cleaning of parts has taken place and there is now a list of work to be carried out. The workshop looks fairly busy at the moment!
My personal injury compensation following the accident in 2014 finally came through late last year. You might notice a new addition to the garage in the back of the first photo as I’ve spent a little of the proceeds. I can’t get round it at the moment to take you any photos so I’ll just show you these two from the original sales advert.
I’ve never actually owned a British bike having started my riding at a time when Japanese 2-strokes were all the rage. Then I moved to Guzzis in the late 70’s and never looked back. I’ve thought for a while that I would like to own one for at least a short while and started looking just before Christmas. I dallied with the idea of something from the 1930’s but I had some doubts that the small sidevalve bikes I could afford would suit me. I ended up buying this 1954 BSA M33 500cc OHV single with a sprung (plunger) frame which arrived at my place in mid January. It says B33 on it but that’s wrong. I’m not sure what the fuel tank came off and for some reason it’s been fitted with a 21-inch front wheel but it looks the part. I can actually start it although I’ve never had to learn the technique before but haven’t ridden it yet due to the bad weather and the fact that the nipple has pulled off the carb end of the throttle cable. It’s already in bits! Whatever, it’ll be interesting.
I don’t know if you’ll hear much more about the BSA as it doesn’t really fit in here at The Racing Rhino although I might start a “not a Guzzi” section. However, I will post updates about the progress with Seb’s LeMans as well as the continued tales of my long-term Moto Guzzi ownership.
Yes, really. It has been a fantastic Summer for riding but there’s always been lots of other stuff going on. It’s taken me ages to get my garage/workshop back in order after rebuilding half of it. Then the central heating oil tank developed a crack, resulting in a new tank in a different place (regulations, you know), moving the green house, etc, etc. I’ve also been working one or two days a week at Internal Fire – Museum of Power as much as my wrist will allow and been busy with helping to organise the Red Kite Weekend with my local branch of Moto Guzzi Club GB.
I’ve still got to sort out the gearbox oil leak on The Racing Rhino, my V7Sport. I know what the problem is. It’s the O-ring where the clutch push-rod goes. Then, last weekend, I realised that the rear brake on The Fire Bike, the V7 700 was sticking on and dragging. I managed to do the 75mile round trip without touching the rear brake pedal. I use it a lot normally. As I’ve said before, I think the V7 700 is getting a bit tired.
There’s also another Guzzi in the workshop.
No. It’s not mine. It’s a slightly modified 850 LeMans (often referred to as a mark 1 although there never was such a thing) belonging to my friend, Seb. His brother owned it for many years but Seb is now custodian of the beast. The plan is for me to dismantle it over the Winter so that it can be refurbished. Having said that, it’s fairly tidy although I have noticed there are a few electrical gremlins. I did take a look at it in the Summer after it stranded Seb due to a dodgy charging system. The fault was traced to a loose earth (we think). I intend to leave the engine and gearbox internals untouched but will clean and service everything. This is a machine which has evolved over the years and, although it likely will be repainted, the current paint scheme will be retained. Seb’s plan is to maintain the bike’s current style and not to restore it to original. I like that.
The bike was first registered in 1978 and having checked the frame and engine numbers I can confirm that it is a genuine “Mk1” LeMans.
It’s going to be a good winter in the workshop.
Finally, four years on from the crash which saw the demise of Rhino’s Friend, the 750S3, my personal injury settlement has been agreed. Hoorah!
Well folks, Photobucket have changed their terms and conditions without giving me any notice. In the past I have put up with the clunky, interrupted service from them because they allow 3rd party image hosting for free. I received an email today to say that, to continue it will cost me $400 a year for the top price package. None of their other options allow any 3rd party hosting for blogs, forum posts etc.
I won’t be coughing up the cash for this given that traffic to my blog is pretty low. I have downloaded all my photos from Photobucket so none will be lost and, although I see photos are showing in the blog posts at the moment, this won’t last as they will soon cut me off.
Their action has caused a lot of anger in the blog community with some people not even being able to access their own photos or download them.
The upshot of all this? It will take me some time to rearrange the hosting for my photos and to edit all my old posts. Until then you may be met with a lot of broken photo links. Bear with me.
The wider implication is that, when searching the web for information, the photos will be gone. Photobucket has been used to host photos on forums and websites for many, many years. Not everyone will go back to update all their posts.
I’ve got behind and have a number of outstanding posts to write. I recently had a further operation on my wrist and was intending to get up to date while I was unable to ride or work on the bikes. However, I found typing at the computer difficult as well! I’m mended now and have even been away on the bike but, you know how it is…