Oh Blackie

Dear axle of mine you are a riddle,
why are you not in the middle?
You do not look do not look proper I must say,
Have I assembled you in an incorrect way?

Plates and The Fuzz

No not the part of Mr Eastwoods hair that he hasnt combed, but those gentlemen in the blue uniforms. Speeding ticket this week.. no big deal just a road tax. First one on a bike ever, I guess if I spread it out over all the miles Ive done its nothing really. What irked me was the warning about my vertically mounted license plate. "Its illegal." Says Mr Plod. But.. its not.

Here be the law according to ;

Transport (Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Notice 1995 (SR 1995/136)
Section 6 Affixing of registration plates (other than trade plates)
Registration plates issued for a motor vehicle shall be displayed as follows:
(a) in the case of a motor vehicle other than a motor vehicle of any of the kinds specified in paragraph (b), one plate shall be displayed on the front of the vehicle and one plate shall be displayed on the rear of the vehicle, and both plates shall be in an upright position and so displayed that every letter, figure, and distinguishing mark on the plate is easily visible:
(b) in the case of any motorcycle, moped, tractor, or trailer, one plate shall be displayed on the rear of the vehicle in an upright position and so displayed that every letter, figure, and distinguishing mark on the plate is easily visible.

(up·right   [uhp-rahyt, uhp-rahyt] adjective 1.erect or vertical, as in position or posture. 2. raised or directed vertically or upward. 3. adhering to rectitude; righteous, honest, or just: an upright person. 4. being in accord with what is right: upright dealings.)

Simple stuff, apparently. Maybe not so to Mr Plod. I am aware that Jon over at Grease Monkeys fought and won against a fine for this very thing, so if you are like us, and have your plate mounted in an upright position, be aware of the law and be prepared to defend yourself in court..

Less is more

Rear guard chopped and fab'd the plate and light bracket & re-wired. Shorted a wire while test wiring and couldnt figure out what was wrong. I didnt know these things had a fuse box! Now I just need a new tire...

Take a seat...

Reshaping of the stock seat...

The Biltwell seat is great.. for one! So heres something a little better suited for two.

Paul Bigsby

Celebrating Paul Bigsby’s Birthday Anniversary

December 12th 2011 marks the 112th birthday anniversary of Paul Adelbert Bigsby. When it comes to guitar history, names like Leo Fender, Adolph Rickenbacker, and Les Paul may be more widely known, but their work would not have been possible without the man who designed and built the first solidbody electric guitar.

Paul Bigsby
A skilled motorcycle machinist—and also a music fan—Paul Bigsby got into the world of guitars in the mid-1940s when he designed a replacement vibrato mechanism for Merle Travis’s Gibson L-10. Paul’s device set a new standard, and it rapidly became the vibrato of choice for most guitar manufacturers the world over—a reputation it still enjoys today.
In late 1946, Travis approached Bigsby with a concept for a new guitar. Travis’s rough sketch depicted a solidbody electric with all six tuning pegs on one side of the headstock. Bigsby, whose personal philosophy was “I can build anything,” immediately went to work to make the concept a reality. When the guitar was completed, Merle Travis played it on recordings, on radio, and on public performances. The revolutionary design caught the eyes and ears of guitar players and builders alike—and it changed the sound and look of guitars forever.
Paul Bigsby continued to hand-craft custom guitars and vibrato units for the next twenty years. But by 1965 health issues prompted him to sell the Bigsby name and inventory to his friend Ted McCarty. That sale that was effective on January 1, 1966. Paul Bigsby died on June 7, 1968, leaving a legacy of innovation and craftsmanship for which every guitarist today should be grateful.
When Ted McCarty took over Bigsby, he retired from Gibson. He focused on filling the demand for Bigsby’s True Vibrato, which was being ordered by virtually all major US guitar manufacturers. Of all Bigsby customers, Gretsch Guitars was the single largest, establishing a strong relationship between the two companies. That relationship led to Bigsby’s purchase by Gretsch in 1999 when Ted McCarty retired after sixty successful years in the music business. Ted died on April 1, 2001.
Fred Gretsch describes the care that has been taken to preserve the Bigsby heritage, saying, “Gretsch guitars have featured Bigsby vibrato tailpieces for fifty-five years. Gretsch and Bigsby are often thought of together, and now we’re one company. We’re continuing to manufacture vintage-style Bigsby vibratos and bridges using the same hand-made methods prescribed by Paul Bigsby more than half a century ago.”
To learn more about the life of Paul Bigsby, be sure to check out The Story of Paul Bigsby: Father of the Modern Solidbody Electric GuitarHERE.

Project Blackie

The triumph has barely been touched all year and it isnt looking likely that much more will be done before this one is over. But the wheels are on - for now - and it looks like a motorccycle. Theres list of minor jobs as long as a long thing, and major components like the exhaust and wiring are still missing. Got the seat done by Rob Loader of christchurch - great job it is too in vintage style leather - so I can sit on it and make engine noises for now.

Its what we do

2200kms (1400miles) over six days for no particular reason.

Some of the trons finest



If you havent been to Horopito yet, its about time you took an hour or two to look around!

No need to post the new photos of the BSA, just go BRITISH IRONWORKS
Thanks Brian!

Evo of the Evo

Next : Mufflers, air cleaner, rear guard & tail light, front indicators...


I want to go up next week, at least for sporty monday. Trouble I have to be back on wednesday for the rugby.. And I have no accomodation.. any suggestions people?

The evolution of an evolution

Speedo mount fab. 40mm long tubing with 1-2mm wall thickness, 95mm OD. Two builders tabs from LBC.
Cut tabs to length and weld in place. You dont get to see a picture of my welding, its a heinous crime against fabrication. So heres me filing away the damage and making it look pretty.

Chrome comes later, after I've made sure my crappy welding doesn't break. But there it is.

Bollocks #2

This is what happen when you take tight corners on an unfamiliar road too fast at night. Correction.. this is what happens when I do it, racing around The Esplanade by Owhiro Bay in Welly on saturday night. Sliding, sparks, broken sidecover and rashed up mufflers. Good for a laugh if nothing else..
Despite having to remove the whole exhaust to get the cover off, it was a fairly simple operation. Off to the welders!

Dig The Lid

Contact Josh at Old School Helmets now and he'll hand paint a biltwell lid to your design! Do it now!

Or else!

...you wont have one.


Right in front of three cops. My timing was impeccable.