Thursday, April 22, 2010

Beautiful restoration - BSA M33

While I was getting the MOT done on the military Bombardier, this awesome BSA M33 pulled up.  I got chatting and took a few pics but didn't get the fella's name!  After owning this since '72 I was lucky to witness its first ride out in nearly forty years!  What a fantastic job he's done!

He's just waiting on the tank badges and she's complete.  An absolutely beautiful bike and a restoration to be proud of. 

Time for me to start looking for an M20 project.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Couldn't resist!

I couldn't let the Bombardier stay parked up any longer.  With the Can-am project in Australia taking a back seat for a few weeks, it was time to wheel out "old faithful". 

Well the battery was well past its best but that wasn't going to prevent me riding.  I checked the frame for two-stroke oil and half-inched a gallon of dad's petrol.  Several kicks over later and I guessed she was flooded.  Plug out and dried, engine kicked over to clear the crankcase and then the plug back in.  A few kicks later and she filled the shed and garden with the sweet smell of two-stroke fumes once more!

Then a quick blast up to Coleford and another MOT from Beales!  Success - and the return journey consisted of a few local trails I know.  The incredible scenery in the Wye Valley really is something else and not a soul to be seen!

A great afternoon and I'm looking forward to the next few days.  Perfect weather and a ride on one of my favourite bikes.  Good times!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Back in the UK

Flew into Heathrow at 3.30pm on Saturday.  Straight out into dad's shed a couple of hours later to see my BSA that's been under wraps for a year and a half.  She was looking good!

Sunday morning I was ready to start.  A new battery was waiting for me courtesy of the component shop on Ebay.

Under a tenner delivered - can't fault it!  A 6V 6AH battery that will fit inside the rubber "Lucas" battery box.  So the seat off and a new battery fitted, it was time for the oil to be sorted. 

The oil that should live in the oil tank had by now made its way down to the sump so draining was necessary.  This was made easy because of the SRM sump plate fitted.  Old oil out, new oil into the tank and we were nearly there.

A gallon of petrol out of dad's jerry can and it time to kick her over - instant success!  Runs like a top and soon the oil was returning to the tank.  Check the charging and she was ready for the MOT on Monday morning.

Monday morning came and a cracking ride up to Beales in Coleford to see John and we soon came away with the necessary document.  What a great feeling to be riding my old BSA again!

On the way home and a quick photo on the way into Staunton.  Days don't get any better than this.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Am I loving this!

And it's ready to be delivered - just not to me!

Mixed views from the biking world but, in my opinion, it's beautiful!

Well done Norton for making such a great looking bike!

Cruise to now to check out the new model variations and start saving those pennies.