Sunday, 28 August 2016
Since I've bought the Bonneville, I've really got too many bikes now (yes, that is possible!), so my white Traveller is for sale.
It's a 1998 MZ Skorpion Traveller, however I believe it was originally a Tour that has had the fairing and panniers added by a previous owner. I bought it about 8 years ago, but a change of circumstances meant that I didn't use it until April this year. During that period I started the engine regularly to circulate the oil, repainted the bodywork, and upgraded various bits on it. It passed its MOT (annual safety check) in April, and I have been commuting 30 miles (50 km) a day on it since. The speedo shows just under 33,000 miles (53,000 km), I've no reason suspect this isn't genuine.
It's got the original Hepco & Becker 30 litre panniers, which I've never used, they are a bit tatty and have been repainted and one has been repaired on the back, but this doesn't affect their use. It also has a home made luggage rack.
It has a good set of Avon RoadRider tyres and the front brake has been upgraded with a Brembo unit.
Other upgrades include:
Yamaha TRX 850 headlight (better pattern and takes standard H4 bulbs).
4 additional LED running lights (operated through switch on fairing)
Rear LED foglight
4 way hazard flashers
Output socket for charging battery or attaching camping lights.
Mirror extenders (homemade) so you can see behind you and not just your shoulders.
Clock that works! (Rare on a Skorpion)
Scottoiler with double output and 'touring' tank that fits behind numberplate.
Respray was done with aerosol cans so finish and durability won't be as good as a 'proper' respray.
Wheels and rack are brush painted, so finish isn't great - won't corrode though!
Wobbly tacho - they all do that!
Open to sensible offers before it goes on Ebay. If interested, e-mail me at:
If you're interested, bear in mind that I live about 15 miles (25 km) west of Glasgow. I'm about 5 miles (8km) from Glasgow Airport, so you could fly here and ride it home!
Any questions, just e-mail me.
Saturday, 27 August 2016
Fitted a set of Hepco and Becker luggage frames to the Bonneville today so I could fit the panniers and topbox I already had.
Also fitted my Sat Nav. Might change the location if I can't see the warning lights whilst riding.
Starting to get ready for a big trip! (Which probably won't be until next year).
Friday, 26 August 2016
Friday, 19 August 2016
2003 Triumph Bonneville T100
What’s so special about this bike? I’ve just bought it!
I’ve been riding only MZ Skorpions for 16 years now and fancied a change. I’ve always liked the Bonneville so when one came up at the right price....
Useful accessories like centrestand, fork gaiters, windscreen, heated grips, Scottoiler and after market shocks had been fitted by the previous owner.
Friday, 12 August 2016
These Police bikes
The City of Brighton and Hove in Sussex, on the South coast of England, is well known for its very welcoming and tolerant society. This has led to it being voted 'Happiest Place in Britain to Stay' in 2015, and the establishment of a very large LGBT community.
Every year in August there is the 'Brighton Pride' event which regularly attracts 160,000 visitors to the city, and last year Sussex Police decorated a Police car and bike to commemorate the event.
This led some criticism and accusations of 'wasting tax payers' money' (what? do LGBT people not pay tax?) so this year the head of Brighton and Hove Police issued this statement (like the rainbow shoelaces!)
And this is the van.
And they also decorated a second bike.
This is what I call 'community policing' - working with the local people and not against them.
In return, the people of Brighton and Hove crowdfunded the painting of the vehicles, thereby bypassing any 'wasting money' comments.
Saturday, 6 August 2016
Velocette Vogue 1963 - 68
It was very neatly finished with footboards and a car like dash, but the engine only produced 8 bhp which gave a top speed of around 60 mph/ 100 km/h.
Very rare now, I've never seen one other than in a museum, but it's an interesting example of a 'different' type of bike.
Friday, 29 July 2016
.... and now for something completely different......
Found this, ahem 'interesting' bike on American Ebay.
The listing says that it's fitted with a Buell engine and as it appears to be a single, I assume it's from the 500cc 'Blast' model that we didn't get in the UK.
If you're interested, it's listed here, and at time of writing it's reached $3000 and there are two days left.
Don't really know what to say about this bike other than if I look at it for too long my brain hurts!