Thursday, 26 January 2012

Beck 500 16 tyre

New back tyre for Matchless arrived today with the attached sticker stating "designed expressly for cars manufactured before 1948". So I'm OK putting on a 1959 bike then.

Monday, 23 January 2012

New Shoes?

I'm not, like, sure or anything, but I think I may need some new brake shoes n'stuff.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Yamaha XT250 Seat finished

XT250 seat is done. Covered it with tuck n roll Alcantara on the top and vinyl on the sides.
Foe comparison there is an original  US spec "heavyweight" seat next to it.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Yamaha XT250 seat re-shape

Re-sculpted a seat for my 1981 Yamaha XT250. Cut down the base to a narrower profile and plastic welded it together, then shaved down the foam lower and am about to recover it with Alcantara fabric and vinyl.
Much slimmer and tidier.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Cult Beer

An original can of beer made for promo purposes for The Cult to promote the Electric album.
The Cult ruled for a while and this album was their progression into a more metal sound which broke them massively in the US.
I liked the older style Cult from Dreamtime and the even older Southern Death Cult who I saw supporting Theatre of Hate at the Hammersmith Palais.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Thunderbird Son

My eldest son Jimmy sitting on my mate Alex's 650 Triumph Thunderbird lowrider outside my house in Streatham.
I reckon this was 1990. He's 23 now and has his own bike.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Kangol Pinto Helmet

My old Kangol Pinto "crash" helmet from 1992 which I sprayed matt black , re-lined with towelling and made the 4 stickers in the first photo for it. They are my copies of the ones in the original Tim Page Vietnam photo of the helicopter pilot's flight helmet.
The Matchless transfer on the front was laquered over, but is now peeling off and the other one is an original Pack sticker given to me by Kirk Brandon at their last ever gig at the 101 club in St John's Hill.
Which was where King Kurt used to play regularly.

Monday, 9 January 2012

At The Drive In

At The Drive In go fucking beserk on Jools Holland and then some talentless chimp tries to be funny.
They are one of my all time favorite bands and I just heard they are reforming.

SR250 forks rebuilt.

SR250 forks rebuilt, polished and new taper roller bearing in yokes. It's getting a 21" front wheel soon.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Schott jacket

In the early 1990's this was the jacket to have. Schott down filled with a leather "waistcoat" front and zip off sleeves. One of the best riding jackets ever. Warm and cool. I'm rocking mine this winter.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

XL250S street tracker

This is my 1980 Honda XL250S Flat / Street Tracker in it's nearly finished form.
I have just added a small screen on the bars and it's ready for an MOT any day now.
It's got a 60's Honda CL175 tank, old alloy Miller headlight, stainless steel reinforced seat unit, 23" front, 18" rear wheels, Micron exhaust, Montesa front guard, twin rear lights, Rover Hurricane gray paint.
I stripped this back to a bare frame and re-built it as a winter bike.

More Vietnam Pendants

These are the other Pendants I've made, all exact copies of the Vietnam produced 60's originals.
FTA stands for Fuck The Army, from the US Army advertising slogan "Fun, Travel and Adventure"
£20.00 each, or get a set of 5 for £75.00!

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

The Pack - Heathen

Best band I ever saw.
I played drums with the guitarist Simon Werner (RIP) and the bassist, his brother, John, in The Straps, when The Pack split up.
Kirk Brandon went on to form Theatre of Hate and Spear of Destiny.
The Pack ruled, though, every song a blinder.
They had a song called Over the Rainbow, and I only ever heard it live and on a bad bootleg cassette.
Would love to hear a studio version.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Vietnam Teardrop Peace Pendant

I have just made some replica Vietnam War era pendants, the first one is this Teardrop Peace sign.
They are exactly like the one's made for GI's and sold in the street markets of Saigon during the war, except they are made of jewellery grade Pewter/Silver and have a thicker hanging loop.
They are available for £20.00 each inc postage in the UK.
Other designs will be posted soon.