Whats it all about ?????

Over 30 years of buying, breaking, building, cutting, welding, riding and selling greasy old mo'sickles. Bare bones bikes from the middle of nowhere!

Saturday, 21 May 2016

A little bit more done to the Chout

Changed the modified 741 bars for a set of repo'28 101 Scout  bars from Roman in the Czech Republic, also fitted a 21" wheel with a spool hub, I'm rebuilding the 2ls braked hub into a 21" rim to match the 18" shouldered rear wheel... much happier with the stance and the riding position now



Saturday, 14 May 2016

#redskinracer

For the last couple of years Ive been gathering a 640 Indian Sport Scout together to build a little 45cu" racer. I had sourced a vertical twin Warrior TT chassis from Jim Preussner in the USA and gradually bought all of the main power plant components doing trades with mates and buying lots of scrap (some good some not so good) on ebay. I mocked up the Warrior last year and it looked like it would hang together fine, but to be honest the factory Sport Scout frame looks so much better .. it has a certain look about it when pared down to the minimum that looks so right! Genuine Sport Scout frames are becoming unobtanium, replicas are being produced in small numbers but they are very expensive and beyond the budget I have for this project, thats why I had settled on the Warrior chassis.. until.. I got an email from Poul Erik Mathieson in Denmark, he was producing fully welded Sport Scout style frames for around the £1000 mark, not cheap but I have seen genuine rear sections go for nearly twice that! I decided to buy one and see what they are like close up... Frame arrived on a pallet to my workplace on Thursday afternoon and was quickly unpacked to have a look When you stand back and look it is unmistakably a Sport Scout frame, on closer inspection you can see that it does not use frame castings, instead the tube joints have been over sleeved to give that look. the welds look good and the plasma? cut rear axle plates look the same outline as factory ones with out the cast in steps.. I will take some close up pics during the week. Yesterday I tried the empty cases and cylinders in the front frame for size.. I think it will work out fine 😎

Wots up boss tell me whats a happnin'

Been a busy month or so here in the Highlands of Scotland.. BlackBob went over to David at Loch Ness Restorations for his annual pre MOT fettling session and got a bucket of stainless fasteners thrown at him for good measure.. gradually chasing the rust away.. still got to fit a pair of rust free discs but I'll gust have to try and keep riding to keep em buffed up 😎
The little red Warrior TT Scout racer has now arrived safely at its new how in Madrid with David at ElSolitario I hope he has as much fun with it as I did.
The Stroker Scout has been laid up for a while in storage with the Chout, Ive just fitted a Mikuni conversion using an Enfield Racing manifold and new peek seals.. watch this space!!

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Its been a long time....

since I posted on here.. its a bit late for a new years resolution, but I hope to bring the blog back to life..

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Back In Black

BlackBob got taken over to Colin and David at Loch Ness Restorations last year to get a proper make over. I make no excuses I have never been much good at making bikes really shine. I tend to get them looking half decent and really concentrate on making them go, handle and stop well, after that it's time to hit the road.

To cut a short story long .. Ten years ago on my 40th birthday I bought the rolling chassis from Pete Stansfield @eattherich I built BlackBob up in the old filling station at the head of Strathbran in Achnasheen that I owned at the time (still do).. When I had completed the dry build the bike went to Colin Craig to get the motor commissioned in exchange for a Bultaco trials bike for his son David's first bike. Ten years on David is a trained bike mechanic and in partnership with his dad and uncle running Loch Ness Restorations.
A wheel build with new 17" alloy rims and supermoto tyres, powder paint and a lot of detailing work by David has given BlackBob a real show finish.

photos by Johny Cook

















Location:#lochnessrestorations

Friday, 9 August 2013

Ugly Jeep

I was looking for a picture of a Jeep I remembered seeing in a Four Wheeler mag years back, did one better and found this feature video

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

I dont want a pickle ......

Found myself singin this as I was doin waaayyy tooo fassst down the hillbilly highway today ...


i just wanna ride my motosickle.. 8)

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Sorting out the landrovers

The Dunnet Tug is heading north again



The Buggy is back, running, sitting on new chassis rails and tarted up in fergie grey



And the rearranged 90 is at work flexin its stuff!



Two weeks ago i had two dead landys, now ive got two running comp spec v8's 8)

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Friday, 8 March 2013

BlackBob ... Am I bobbered

New wheel and tyre on the back, frame newly powdercoated front wheel needs a bit of a tweek fom the wheel builder but should be on soon
Tyres are Pirelli dual sport 130/80x17 on black ally 3.50 rims






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Sunday, 27 January 2013

Norton Progress










I pulled the Ceriani fork off the Norton yesterday, i'm going to use it and the Honda tls wheels on the Stroker Scout. There was a good serviceable set of Roadholders in the stash of Norton stuff that came with the wideline model 88 basket and a good pair of borrani rimmed 19" wheels with a commando tls front brake. I put a set of new dirt tread tyres on and fitted up the front end last night. I'll need to turn up a pair of neck bearing adapters to take the taper roller bearings, otherwise it's nuts n bolts!

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Six Months

To get the carbueration sorted on the Stroker Scout and put some miles in on her

To fit a rear brake and do some .. er...dirt track miles


And to get the Chout finished, fettled, run in and lean it against the old sycamore in Achnasheen!