Not a productive day

This afternoon I thought as its dry I might as well have a look at solving a few of the puzzles on the BMW. During the week I ordered some parts one of which was the spacers for the front wheel.

After the removal of the wheel I went into the shed to look at the spacers and moments later the bike decided to have a rest, thanks to the engine bars and it being a saggy BMW I was able to pick it up once I got the wheel in there. But to my annoyance with the wheel bolted up the disc hits the fork. Need to think about it a bit more I suspect I am missing something obvious but the wheel maybe from of a newer twin disc bike and that means the wheel might be the wrong way around or the wrong sized hub.

Front wheel parts.

For a break, I took a look at how the carbs connect to the air box. Much head scratching later and I think I know what needs to be done but need some more jubilee clips.

BMW Air Cleaner Parts

Looking at the parts its not clear what bits are meant to be rubber fitting in or over stuff but some googling later and it looks like I must be missing part 14 which I thought was the bit already in the tube and visible on the one in my hand.

But now dad was home and we thought for the heck of it we would just turn it over off of the battery. I thought I better make sure there was oil in there….hmm I smell petrol. So we drained 4ltrs of petrol/oil mix and added some nice gloopy oil. Next, we tried to turn it over, click, click. The damn starter needs some TLC now.

Of bits missing…a evergrowing list.

So as I look closer at the bike the more bits I am finding that are missing.

  • Ignition Switch
  • Front Brake
  • Indicators
  • Screen
  • Carb Attachments
  • Spacers for the front wheel

Then there are the bits that are just wrong such as the rear mudguard that has been hacked short or where the seat latching mechanism has been replaced with some home made bracket and some self tapping screws.

The carbs that came with the bike.

But first I want to get this bike started so we started by taking a look at the carbs that came with the bike and…drat, they don’t match. One is from an older bike and one looks newish but one of the legs on the float has been broken and I know that usually means leaky carbs. So I ordered a secondhand set from eBay as well as a standard original screen. I did contemplate fitting some Dellorto PHM 40mm units but I was getting a little lost on what bits I needed to fit them and decided it was a lot of messing about.

So I went about stripping them and giving them a good clean ready to reassemble. Sadly one of the top cover screws was rounded off so I managed to learn the skill of drilling out the screw without damaging the top cover. Sadly my ultrasonic cleaner died when it came to the last carburettor body but its all rather tidy now. But as I didn’t know the jetting etc for the bike I thought oh well I would just order rebuild kit then I would know the diaphragm and gaskets were all good. Also ordered some secondhand spacers for the front wheel.

A Oops Moment at the bike show

Well the annual VMCC Autojumble at the Bath & West Showground in Somerset was upon us and me and my Dad went down for our regular rummage for bike parts (mostly Matchless stuff), normally we leave empty handed or with some random tools as they looked shiny.

But this year was different while walking around one of the halls I spotted a large fuel tank, upon closer inspection, it was determined to be from a 1991 BMW R100GS PD (PD for Paris Dakar) and the rest of the bike sat there next to it in a somewhat dishevelled state. I looked at my dad and said we have always liked these but they have always just been too damned expensive and this is likely to be another of those moments. Then we looked at the price and we both decided we liked the look of the price and I am in a position to afford to buy another motorcycle. So my dad did his thing of looking about the bike and checking that it was actually a PD and that there were enough bits to get it going again. The owner wanders over and tells us its been stored in a barn for 8 years and he admitted he has borrowed the odd bit from it for his customer’s bikes and he would send us the front brake calliper that he didn’t rebuild. A deal was done and I bought it on the basis I could take it away from the show and save him having to take it home.

The Fuel Tank and associated bike.

So the next challenge was to borrow a lorry from my dad’s work then to load up the boxes of bits and bike and get it home. Walking back and forth I managed to set off my watches “You have achieved your amount of steps for today”. My dad happily walked the bike down to the lorry and was rather smugly happy when people would ask if it was for sale and he could say “no we just bought it”.

Yup, its in a bit of a state.

So I got it home and had to take a bunch of pictures before I started to do anything on it.

At this point, I realised the bike was in a desperate need of a damned good clean. So out with some WD40 and a rag to see if I can clean this bike up a bit. But I wanted to jet wash it but decided better of it because of the engine is open to the elements etc. But I did take to opertunity to take the crappy indicators off and add some bolts to hold some of the panels on.

So its a bit cleaner but requires some fresh paint in places but the plan is to get it running then over the summer I can do the odd bit of restoration to it to bring it back to its former glory.

RD125LC – My Mum’s Bike

This is my Mum’s motorbike but when I was 17 I started to ride it, at the same time I had a DT125LC so I had a few spares. We still have the bike but it is showing signs that we have not looked after it for a few years. This bike has had me off twice and that was due to me rider error both times.

Its an RD125LC Mk1 with Mk2 Wheels and Forks and TZR fairing. I want to restore this one day and get it back onto the road. It was a stonking little bike that even with my weight on it it would still get up to decent speeds.

My Mum rode this bike to the Isle of Man one year for the Manx Grand Prix. It got borrowed by a rider who was a newcomer and wanted to ride the course that year to get used to the Island. She loved it, it was doing about 115mph at times and she overtook a few guys on bigger sports bikes. Gayle was only little anyway and raced on 125cc bikes so she was rather quick.

The bike is a bright purple so it used to get the name ”The Purple People Eater”.

DT50 MX – My first Road Bike

I dont have many pictures of this bike as digital cameras were still quite new then and film was just expensive. But this bike I used for my CBT on my birthday when I was 16.

I later rode it all over the place even on a Long Distance Trial.

The picture was from one April when it snowed and the condition of the bike when I got it home. It was a standard DT but my dad had found a big trail bike kit which was just some plastics but they did make it look different.

Land Rover Defender 110

So with the Discovery engine turning into a rather expensive steam engine, well if you opened the oil cover it made a chuff chuff noise.

So I bought a Defender 110 in green, just as they were at there most expensive.

Matchelss G3LS ’61

My new toy, 1961 Matchless G3 348cc. I have been told this was part of the Dutch Army, I still have to do some research into this bike. But for now I am happy to just clean it. Once I get the docs back from the DVLA I will then move to get age related plates then it will be MOT tested and insured.

I did try to ride it to an MOT but it broke down 50yds from the MOT bay. It was misfiring all the way there. Turns out the valve spring had broke so I have replaced both of them. I also found a few bolts that hold the head on had been over tightened so the threads were messed up. Also, both the push rods were in too tight so one of the rocker arms has worn. All replaced and ready for an MOT.

From the pictures you might have guessed its had another issue. On the way back from Wales one April several years ago the engine lost compression, the piston had fallen to bits and rattled about the engine. It awaits my dad to put back together as he took it apart and knows where the bits go.

AJS 350cc 1957

The story so far.

I bought this bike off a local family as the owner had passed away and they didn’t know what to do with it. It is taking a while to restore but I plan to get it back on the road and to use it as the touring bike. This would then allow me to set the Matchless up as a trail/trials bike.