’73 Triumph T140V

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But the constructor of this beautiful ride lacked the mechanical skill to make it run and ride like it should. We fixed some oil leaks, tuned the engine correctly and repaired a myriad of electrical issues to make this steed a joy to behold and operate!! It garnished a lot of attention whilst in the shop, it’s simple, clean lines, paint and parts that hearken to even earlier Trumpets made for many pleasant conversations!! And isn’t that what riding motorcycles of all vintages is all about?? The joyous wonder of the ride and the camaraderie amongst fellow enthusiasts?

Mr. Unsworth (is that not a proper British biker name?!?!) was thrilled with the finished product and gave us a glowing report on Twitter here! Here’s to many miles and smiles for him and his motorbike!!

Honoring a Hero

I never met Captain Shane Timothy Adcock. But I was privileged to work on his 2005 Honda VTX1300S, which now belongs to his father and is a memorial to his love of God, country and duty. Mr. Adcock had an airbrush artist cover the tank, fenders and side panels with Shane’s likeness, scriptures that expressed his heart and emblems to commemorate his service in the U.S. Army. After servicing and repairing the bike I asked my neighbor, a professional photographer, if he would clean up some pictures I took of the bike. Mr. Samardge went way beyond my expectations, also being moved deeply by the sacrifices of our military and created dazzling photos from my simple iPhone shots!

May God bless the USA and our military!!

Click this link if you would like to read more about Captain Adcock.

This is Kings Acres Road over I95.
This is the Hanover Wayside Park Veterans Memorial on Route 301.
The Hanover Wayside Park Veterans Memorial inset.

1970 BSA Thunderbolt

We added a tachometer to this splendid Thunderbolt. Found a rebuilt Smith’s tach on Ebay that someone had ordered for a Triumph only to find it would not fit. After installation, the tach locked up and twisted off the drive mechanism and tore the new cable on the test ride, in less than four miles!! Turns out that when the tach was rebuilt some eighteen years ago, they neglected to grease the new parts, or the old parts…. I suppose you win some and lose some. After finally getting everything operating correctly and mounted, I rode the bike some 35 miles to deliver it to my friend/customer. It performed flawlessly and was such a beautiful day to be out on Virginia’s byways!!