The standard silencer/dead-cat thingy on the Elefant is a bit of monstrosity weighs a tonne (7.6kg to be precise) and comprehensively spoils the music. This beautiful Micron can came off a Kawasaki ZX6R. It is sleek and lovely, weighs 1.9kg and promises to restore the music. (Many … Continue reading
I met the owner of this beauty today. It really is as lovely in the flesh as it looks in the photo. Spotless. And so tasty you wanted to lick it. You don’t see much of this sort of exotica in West Cornwall. Well, I don’t. As the owner climbed off I rather let my … Continue reading
The main frame is pretty clean, but the surface corrosion in the sub-frame was an offence to me so it’s been blasted and repainted. I used Halfords wheel paint (‘steel’) which isn’t a bad match if you are not being too anal. My priority was to get … Continue reading
Just arrived! Great-looking bikes, in my humble opinion.This one has got a carbed version of the two-valve Ducati motor much-loved in 900SS/Monster 900 form. Needs a bit of love but otherwise sound I think. Obvious stuff: one fork seal is well-blown; previous owner had been running it with a slash-cut exhaust (!); clutch deafeningly … Continue reading
Had a visit from Mike Fordham, maestro at Influx Magazine. Cool guy and very ‘simpatico’. This was the result. www.influx.co.uk He’s done a great job of the photos. The Sport 15 looks peachy. Can’t see how the others could be bettered without a time machine or a bit of plastic surgery. (Now, where’s my Dremel?)
Marble Arch to Arc de Triomphe in 9 hours (including the Channel crossing)? 250mpg (excluding the Channel crossing)? Bit basic for modern roads, you say?