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

Thursday 26 May 2016

The elephant (brick) in the room

I picked up a 1987 BMW K100LT last year as part of a deal, as you do! It was an real ugly piece of 1980's excess that i'm sure made it very popular with the Gold Wing and Pan European fans out there..
After one short ride I knew it would have to either go or get some serious modification.. the gold fairing and luggage was all pretty tired and the big screen up front was all cracks and going opaque in  places. As the bike was at may workplace i decided that lunch break to start to strip it down and see what could be done to lighten the load...

13 lunch breaks later it was back on the road, and I had a big pile of plastic lying in the yard!

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


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!!