Will the novelty of a new motorcycle to ride wear off? I guess so, but not enough yet to stop me riding in some cold winter weather!
I took a run from Geelong to Colac, then Ballarat then home to Geelong. Temps ranged from 4C when I left to 9.9C when I got home. The connecting theme for today was old mates and their restoration projects.
First project was Steve’s Norton Dominator (his road ride is a black Commando).
Hours of work on the lathe goes into fabricating lots of new parts on a job like this.
Next project saw me take a quick trip on deserted winter roads from Steve’s to Andy’s place in Ballarat (a place not known for warmth!) to see Andy’s recently purchased T250R Suzuki Hustler and the beginning of what he calls a ‘birthday’ for his Commando Fastback – new isolastics, a belt primary drive, lots of stainless nuts & bolts and a whole lot more.
|Lots of happy memories from our teenage years when Andy had one just like this.|
Andy bought a Hustler as his first legal road bike not long after I first met him around 40 years ago. It did everything from get him to work in Melbourne everyday to riding the GOR on the weekends. You wouldn’t think that you could carry a box with a dozen long neck bottles of beer on a tank that small would you?
Less happy are places like this. A once bustling center of motor vehicle and British motor cycle repairs and service, in a town that barely exists now.