Month: September 2012

Beauty of an Ascot!

Since The Honda Ascot has been getting so much action lately I’m not surprised to see this beauty in the mailbox.

Reader Paul Danilowicz sends in his very clean ride ! Nice one Paul.

I have one too. Had it from new. Some mild mods. I’ve lowered the instruments and turn signals so that the fairing could fit in a better looking position. MAC Pipes.

CORRECTION: Wicked little Yamaha CS5 (RD200) Cafe from E-bay.

MY MISTAKE! I thought it was yours from the pics on the facebook page.

Just wanted to give you an update that I am NOT the builder of the CS5 you featured. Just the finder. Don’t want to take the credit of Wild Turkey Fab.

Reader Daniel Thornberry (link to FB page with build pics) pointed me to a his really trick little Yamaha for sale on E-bay (linked while it lasts). And no, I do NOT know the bike or the owner. Trick little build though.  That pipe is the bomb!

The Weeble “motorcycle” that literally will not fall down.

Probably in the minority on here but I actually think this is cool. If motorcycles are to evolve significantly I think this is an interesting direction. MORE HERE

The all-electric bike/car hybrid being developed by California startup Lit Motors features a pair of counter-rotating gyroscopes mounted flat at the bottom of the frame that not only allow it to stand upright on two wheels when stationary, but make it nearly impossible to knock down.

Wheels of Italy – MPLS 2012

Thanks very much to Jim Jenne for these great shots! I have to say though that the stretched out Desmosedici really put a stupid look on my face. I mean stretched? Really? Different strokes and all that I suppose. shrug.. That flying Merkle repli-mod is a neat bike. There was a build thread o it on ADV Rider somewhere. DR650 based engine. Cool stuff.

Hot Damm! Murph has a sponsor! And some nice pics of his rig.

Murphs been busy!


Great news, I have finally, after 2 1/2 years on the road self supported, got a fantastic sponsor in Wunderlich Germany. They are behind me now and love where the craziness of Wherethehellismurph is headed.
I wanted to let you and all your readers know as I had my doubts as to how long I would be able to do this on my own.
I’ve also included a shot of the finished sidecar outfit we spent the last 3 months building here in Holland.
More on the post is here.
Regards to you and your readers,

Published picture links:


Oh and while we’re on the subject. He took a visit to the WSB races at Nurburg…

Where there was also a race going on! LOL He managed to pull himself away to get Biaggi crashing!

In the immortal words of Ferris Bueller…

… “if you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up. They are so… choice.”

The latest from Bonhams


More than 50 bikes from Jenkins Collection will be offered at no reserve.

Bonhams is privileged to offer for sale the collection of motorcycles assembled by Gloucester-based dentist and keen motorcycle enthusiast, the late Evan Aled Jenkins, who died last year.

The collection, which will go on sale at the Bonhams October Stafford Sale at The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show on Sunday 21st October, comprises more than 50 motorcycles offered without reserve. The machines are mainly Japanese with some British and Italian representation, and include some of the most desirable limited-edition models of recent times.

Foremost among the latter is the 2002 Yamaha 750cc YZF-R7 (also known as the OW-02), one of only 500 of this exotic production racer built to meet the homologation requirements of the World Superbike Championship. Unused and unregistered (but with DVLA entitlement to the most appropriate number plate: ‘OW02 YAM’), it is estimated to fetch between £12,000 and £14,000.

Other highlights from the collection are:

A limited edition 1999 Honda TT100 Fireblade Evolution (£4,000 – £4,500)
A 2002 Honda SP-1 Joey Dunlop commemorative model (£2,500 – £3,000)
A 2005 Bimota YB11 (£4,000 – £4,500)
A 1994 Ducati 916SPS Fogarty Replica (£2,500 – £3,000)
A 1978 Honda CBX1000 (£6,700 – £7,200)
A 2000 Yoshimura Suzuki GSXR1300R Hayabusa X-1 Suzuka 8-Hour Replica (£5,000 – £5,500)
A 1999 Honda CBR1200XX Super Blackbird 50th Anniversary model (£7,000 – £8,000)
A 2000 Bimota SBR6 (£5,000 – £5,500)
The ex-Holeshot Racing, Jarrod Frost, British Land Speed Record 1999 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa (£2,000 – £2,500)

Ben Walker, Head of the Motorcycle Department at Bonhams, said: “It is a privilege to offer this wonderful collection of modern-day classics on behalf of Aled’s family. I can see exactly what Aled was trying to accomplish with his collection, and his passion and enthusiasm for machines is clearly evident.

“We anticipate a total entry of around 180 machines for our bi-annual sale at Stafford held in conjunction with The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show, which is one of the most important sales that takes place during the year and the barometer for values and prices.”

There’s a Bimota or two in there I wouldn’t mind toying around on.

1959 NSU Supermax Restoration from Argentina. A fantastic and well documented save!

Mariano Labat sends in some before and after pics of this excellent NSU rebuild. Very impressive!

Hello, my name is Mariano and I live in Argentina.
(I bought) this bike two years ago with the idea of restoring it. After much work the finish. I wanted to share this with your blog.

YEAR 1959
250 cm3
Greetings and thanks

Thank you Mariano! You did Fantastic Job!



Some nice build pics as well. I really like that engine stand!

Classic military bikes on a gorgeous day in Norfolk GB.

Kenneth writes in:

These were seen at the Ingworth Trosh here in Norfolk, GB. I’d forgotten to take my camera so you can thank my daughter Eleanor for the pictures.
The BSA M20 is in reproduction British Army Desert Rat livery.
The Peugeot is something I’ve never seen before. The owner was trundling around the field on it and it was licensed for road use.
Just in case you’re wondering, “trosh” is a Norfolk dialect word for thresh(as in threshing wheat) and these days a trosh is any celebration held at the end of the harvest. Ingworth is a small village in North Norfolk and its annual trosh is a fete involving vintage machinery like a steam traction engine operating an early 20th Century belt driven combined harvester, old tractors, amazing old stationary farm engines and almost anything else anyone cares to bring along including vintage cars and bikes. There are ploughing and shearing demonstrations, a medieval re-enactment group and the local amateur radio society. There’s also lots of tea and delicious cakes.

Kenneth Pantling