Monday, 20 February 2017

Resurrection Shuffle


Over the years I've owned several MZ Skorpions, the bike with the big single engine from Yamaha. I started with a Traveller, then bought a Sport, and finally completed the set with a Tour, so you could say that I like them. I still have the Tour and the Sport, although the Tour is due a rebuild after being stolen/recovered, and the Sport currently resides at the back of the shed having fallen out of favour because of the effect that it's riding position had on my worsening back.

Publicity shot of MZ Skorpion Sport & Skorpion Tour
The Sport is a great fun bike for short rides, but most of my riding in recent years has been confined to long-distance touring, and it just doesn't fit the bill. It was picked up reasonably cheaply, and I have had more than my money's worth out of it, so it probably makes sense to sell it on to someone who will actually ride it. I did dig it out for a service along with my Tour prior to taking the latter on a European jaunt several years ago, before putting it away again as I was still in two minds about what to do with it.

My two bikes
Finally, last year I decided to sell it and began the task of resurrecting a bike that been off the road since 2007 if the expired tax disc was any indicator. However, before I’d done much more than take all the bodywork off and give it a bit of a clean I was interrupted by the need to get another ancient relic fit for the road, this time my wife's old 125 for her brother to take his test on (for details see Here). Time and events then conspired against me and it went back into the shed for the remainder of the year.


A couple of weeks ago, I decided to give it another try. I dug out all the bits I’d acquired and made a list of what needed done. It was a surprisingly short list, so I’m hopeful that I can get it ready for the Spring. Current thinking is that once done I'll sell it off and clear a bit of space in the shed for other projects but, you never know, I might like it again so much that I hang onto it for a while yet. I really hate selling bikes.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Weekend Roundup (Sidecars)
















From the pages of the Internet

Doggles


Across America, dogs of all breeds ride in the open air in motorcycle sidecars, whether on short trips around town or extended adventures on the open road. Sit Stay Ride: The Story of America's Sidecar Dogs is a delightful and inspiring documentary film about motorcyclists and their beloved canine co-pilots. 

Sit Stay Ride follows a number of sidecar-riding duos, trios, and foursomes as they travel together - sharing the experience of being out and about on a sidecar motorcycle - a machine as unique as its passengers. Focusing on the dynamic and sometimes eccentric individuals who travel with a sidecar dog, we explore the essential relationship between humans and canines; the extraordinary bond that exists between them and flourishes through shared experiences and adventures. 

Sit Stay Ride is a rollicking, upbeat film that introduces you to the interesting personalities and heart-warming relationships that exist on the highways and byways of America through a series of insightful interviews, stunning visuals, and intimate portraits of dogs doing what they love best: living life to the fullest.

Strange Fruit



Painted a set of bar-end weights and the rear brake carrier for my Skorpion Sport this afternoon as part of its on-going refurbishment. This is them hanging in the garden to dry.