1/4/13: Brad sent me this picture of his Gilera and Spiders. Nice! He also has a Honda CL77 Scrambler.
There’s some serious Italian metal in this garage!
12/27/12: Craig sent me this picture of part of his fleet -a very nice duo I think. Anyone else want to share a picture?
Color coordinated, technically interesting and neat! I’ve been looking longingly at /2’s for years. Thanks for sharing Craig.
12/23/12: I spent some time looking at Paul’s blog Vintagent the other evening, reminiscing about the days when I was all about motorcycles. Motorcycles are my first vehicular love, and my first love seems to be experiencing a revival, as I suddenly have slightly more than a few right now crowding my work space. I remember riding in front of my dad on his Triumph to preschool without a helmet -it was the mid-70’s, so I guess I was about 4 – must have stuck as great fun. I inherited that motorcycle for a few years (1991 – 2011 then gave it back), did a few miles on it and, most importantly, figured out how a lot of stuff, like brakes, clutches, electrons etc worked, and had some adventures. Alas for the near absence of pictures from the pre-cellphone days! 1961 Honda CB72 13393, a rare thing, along the lines of a ’56 Sprint sort of rare, with lots of ‘early, one year only’ parts, and a 1964 CL72, somewhat like a ’59-’61 Spider sort of rare. I’ve rebuilt a few of these engines over the years. State of the art superb mechanicals with poor-ish chrome and paint applied over bare metal. Sound familiar? In a weird way Honda of 1962 is a lot like Alfa of 1962, though a case can be made that Ducati is the Alfa of motorbikes.
But this isn’t entirely about motorcycles -it’s also about blogs. Paul’s blog got me thinking. I do searches, find blogs that seem interesting and most are like a crash diet or any other human endeavor that follows an asymptotic decay (or dead drop as often as not) after some initial spurt.
Note the descriptor ‘interesting’. An interesting blog is one that has a voice all its own – think Anthony Bourdain’s blog. Anyway, there are not many blogs I know of that both have an individual voice and have managed to stay current. Vintagent, Occhio Lungo, Jalopnik (does Jalopnik fit? they have a more collective voice) and I don’t even know. Squadra Alfa Romeo Madeira (even though I don’t read Portuguese) and Spider Veloce’s blog (even though I don’t read Italian) look to be current and interesting. And then there’s the house of self indulgence -among the very best blogs, consistent, inspired, creative, but focused on some odd shit!
Anyway finding a good blog is hard due to most search engines tendency to return results that it knows you like. Do you, reader, know any I should check out that have an individual voice and some history and will likely carry on into the future?? Post your favorites in the comments section! Early first series (expensive) tail light. Drool if you know about these things -meh if you don’t. Black head is wrong, but hard to rectify and made the bike cheap to buy! I have a spare engine that turns over, so someday… Seat cover is also wrong, but live-able. Pipes are stellar compared to most originals. I have a set of rebuilt carbs to put on this and a correct seat cover. Might give it to my dad to ride. CB160 with CL160 pipe. This is the real jewel of the Honda line – like a 1300 Veloce. Very capable despite its size, and light weight. Thats why there’s a vintage racing class dedicated to these. I am going to build one nice enough to sit next to the bikes in the first picture, and a race inspired street bike.
I hope none of you mind some occasional posts about vintage motorcycles. I’m working on procuring a vintage Ducati single, so the Italian theme will be carried on. Any of you readers have vintage motorcycles? I’d love to hear about it!