Wednesday, August 31, 2011

More monkeys

Looks like Monkey and pocket rocket customization is in fact a whole movement. Now look at these cute tiny replicas.

Both ape 80s Bol d'or glories like Honda RS1000 or Kawasaki 1135R.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

British challenge

With the CBR quickly sold, I started to scout the internet again to find a new project. It took another several weeks scouring before this Speed Triple popped up at a dealer I know in the UK (I had bought a CBR600RR from them a few years ago). So that one couldn't be more British : not only is that a Triumph, but it's coming from the UK. One could sarcastically say it also could hardly be greener ...

We agreed on price and details, so now there was a bike to bring from the UK, but that's another story. Here are the photos of the bike at the dealer. You will notice there are some damages here and there (more on that later).

I remember trying one of these back in 2004 at a trial day in an Belgian Triumph dealer near Ath. That day I rode on Speed Four, Daytona 955i and that type of Speed Triple. The bike I was the most impressed with ? Call me a plonk if you want, but that was the Daytona. Sporty manners, torquey engine and a not too exclusive riding position (plus you don't happen to see one very often, Gsxrboy). The last ride came as the sun went down that day and I was on the Daytona. At a junction, a friend tapped me on the shoulder to remind me we said we would switch bikes. I didn't want to jump off from the Daytona and sadly gave him the bars.

Monday, August 1, 2011

In and out

The record for the motorcycle that stayed the less time in my garage has been broken by this Honda 2000 CBR 600.

Originally bought to compete in amateur endurance, it turned out as a very quick way to make money for other projects. The day I met the owner, he just didn't know what he had in his possession. We agreed on a price and he kept giving me boxes filled with tasty racing parts on and on. The bike was worth way more the money he was asking for it.

So when I came back with this 2000 CBR on the trailer, I almost immediately put an ad to sell it with its complete parts list : 
- Micron complete line
- a new set of Pirelli Supercorsa
- Öhlins PRCL rear shock
- Öhlins front fork springs
- Factory Pro jet kit
- Rear sets
- Steering damper
- Elliot dash
- Radial brake master cylinder
- HRC cams and valve springs
- ...

It took only 2 days before someone came to see it and hauled it. Bargain !