ABOUT ME and THE BITCH (Christine) and OUR UP'S and DOWNS - HOPE IT MAY SAVE YOU SOME OF THE PAIN and THE TEARS, THROUGH THE GOOD TIMES and THE BAD - MAINLY BAD....... BUT
HEY, WHEN ITS GOOD - ITS BEEN FUCKING GREAT!
Rowan's recent shannigans with Spanish Law reminded me of a time when something seemed to happen every couple of months.
Bushey park in Teddington, Middlesex was a short cut to Hampton Court via a very long straight road, impossible at that tender age of sticking to the 30mph speed limit.
And they were hiding in the bushes with their machine, no hand held radar job in those days. Just like an old Ogri cartoon sketch.
Its part 2 of the tortuous rear mudguard - and now sissy saga.
After some deliberation (beer is good) I cut a new side profile on the guard using the rear tyre as a guide. The eye is drawn to the curve of the tyre and so if the edge of the guard follows it then it looks right.
And as the mantra was repeated to me as a the studio junior
- if it looks right it is right.
The nuts welded onto the underneath of the guard for fixings were cut off and ground flat
and the muddy support on the sissy cut off as its now too high
and because I want the muddy to sit lower using the pre drilled mounting holes!
buttonhead bolts now fix from underside of the rear guard through 6mm spacers to the support bracket pushing the muddy down to towards the tyre.
A new tighter profile and the tyre doesn't scrape the mudguard fasteners as before when fully adjusted.
Still gotta weld the sissy support bracket - that'll be fun
Hmmm... nice empty hole where loads of shit could have got in the pump.
Why didn't I notice it (years) earlier, when I carefully taped up all those fittings. I guess from the side its not noticeable. A. The Oil pressure Switch is missing.
Another little job.
So I'll add that to the missing Alternator Rotor
And the barrels to be re-powdercoated because someone didn't fit washers on the headbolt kit and cracked off the powdercoat.
Thanks, its my fault, I didn't supply the washers did I... and I should have checked it was all there...
WORLDS FASTEST INDIAN... 200+ Anyone catch the movie on Sunday? Brought a tear to me and missis eye.
Watching the movie, Ren pipes up 'You're doing something similar to Bert, building your bike in the kitchen, when we have no money, so'as you can fufill a dream and you can then go and have an adventure in next year - and you're hair's grey going white'.
I buy a magazine a week, The Horse, DICE, BSH, GK to name a few, even 100% Biker when I'm desperate. The blogs I've joined are my daily reading matter, I'm consumed, I need my fix.
Finding 'the magazineman' got me addicted again, after all the dross in newsagents outside Soho.
Today I was reminded of a big storage box that had followed me from house to house through the years. One day in 2005 I was loading a truck up, moving yet again, and there was no more room.
My brother was there at the time and along with other stuff that would'nt fit in, said he would take it to the dump. I can't blame him, in fact in the seventies when I lived in Teddington he came down from Peterborough and picked up said box, when I was on the move yet again, and homeless.
That box contained every magazine I had bought and kept since sixteen.
In 1970 my dad came home with a magazine, he worked for EMAP a big printers in Peterborough and it was the first proof of BIKE.
I remember walking back to school in my lunch break reading this, dodging lamposts. In it were fantastic pictures of the exotic creatures called 'choppers', Ray Leon was featured in that first mag. I used them and others as reference for my O'level Art Entry.
Anyway I bought Bike Magazine for few years after the free copies my Dad would bring home.
Later I would buy Custom Car Magazine, when I lived in London, naked women, cars and bikes, that timeless combination.
I followed that with Superbike. I did a few Adverts for Jake at 'Motique' in Chertsey where I got my Sporty in '77. He had started importing Drag Specialities in '78. The Ads were for Superbike, not many people were doing Ads for custom stuff from the states back in the day.
Then came Easyriders.
I was working in Marylebone High Street then and for some reason was in Debenhams store in Oxford Street. Browsing the magazines, and there it was - Easyriders 1978. Weird, in Debenhams!
Fuck I couldn't put it down. For years.
I first bought Supercycle and other naughty biker mags in California 79' - reading material for our road trip.
So apart from the mid eighties porche 911 yuppie period it was Easyriders and Supercycle all the way. Then along came Heavy Duty, a great British custom mag with Maz Harris to 96ish or so and the mags went off a bit in 2000 and so did I.
It dont look right, the shape that I blended followed the mudguard profile and looked good. But against the round of the wheel looks wrong in the middle. Fuck.
I scribed another cutline this time following the wheel shape but tapered and then checked the other side.
The other side looks OK! and is at least 5mm deeper in the middle where it meets the top frame member.
So where it was cut and welded is different. Fuck.
Or the mudguards distorted.
And I take more off the side its going to sit too high. Fuck
It doesnt have to be exactly right, so long as to the eye its OK
Gonna sleep on it