Only thing in the way is the weather

12″ on the rail, WINTER STORM WARNINGS until Wednesday, will they come or will common sense prevail?

Even though we had a plow out yesterday there is still a mega load of snow everywhere and I’m not even sure where the Jag could go?

I was wondering what was happening on ebay as nothing sold this last weekend compared to 7 items last weekend  but eventually at 2130 last night the TY175 Carb sold at the asking price just after someone put in an offer. No post today as the Post Office is closed.

The Logo looks closer

A bit of a melt but more on the way! Patience IS a virtue, and in this case I’m more than happy to wait as I see the roadway disasters, mostly caused by reckless driving and excessive speed, but some of the black ice situations are more than difficult to deal with no matter how good you maybe behind the wheel!

The overnight Winter Storm Warning did all it said and another 5″ joins the pile. Today’s WSW says 5″ today then fizzling out around 1700.

If common sense takes over then hopefully Wed/Thurs look better days assuming the roads get cleared, getting to be one of the biggest storms we have had here. Another warning, this time High Risk Avalanche Warning just up the road at Rico !! NO THANK YOU!!

This is what happened 2 years ago when the ice melted! Just a mile up the road from where I turn round on the bike!!

Tuesday and a full 30 minutes to clear all the snow off the Cadi so I can get to the hospital for the bloodwok. Get home and little old lady in space 5 can’t start her car or get the snow off. Car cleared, hood up, battery a bit down but that click and nothing from the starter. I can’t get close enough with my jumpers so out with the charger and boost her up to 12.5v and now it starts. Need another set of jumpers with longer leads. Duly ordered.

Jumpers Coming

Wednesday and yet another day in the chemo chair, roads all clear and dry, a few snow flurries in Durango and the Summit area but all clear so no problems.

Thursday, not much change, 1F but can’t complain as I have power and wood to burn later, unlike those poor souls in Texas, my heart goes out to them.

Shipper drivers still greedy, but I’ve seen so many big rig accidents on the freeways I can hardly blame them, but caution doesn’t seem to be their strong suit. Dealership getting understandably pissed off with current inflated prices. They have been very accomodating to me so a few extra days in this cold snap won’t make much of a difference.

That was the Rock Slide 2 years ago, fotunately not a soul injured

It seems its all coming together and Big Red could be here sometime this week. Should be good and by then and the driveway well may be clear of snow and ice and even dried out. More Scans for me this week and the second Covid shot tomorrow which is a Sunday.

















Sitting wondering why two ebayers have not paid only to find one is in Brazil and the other in New Zealand ! Well that answered that, so I’ll carry on listing and I now have 63 listings up for people to peruse and make a purchase.

Off to Brazil

Another Lazer helmet gets sold! Money from all my checks now in my bank and by 1115 I had managed to transfer the money to the dealer! So far the day is going well and I actually enjoyed a good reasonable nights sleep! Better be careful with the chainsaw this afternoon as we need a load of logs but I must say I’m very happy to get all the business issues done!

Paid at last, one week late, but DONE!

Would be nice to declare tomorrow a rest day but I have several things left to do and the world of ebay waits for no man! Still need to have my final rumage in the loft and see what is sellable but judging by what I’ve seen it all goes! Another Cup Cake Bakery deal is causing a problem, I do hope this is not another SCAM

A light dusting of snow overnight but I suspect it will melt fairly quickly. A good night’s sleep again so into town and see if I can get my 3 spare watches new batteries and also check on a little sewing I would like done.

My Breitling I bought at London Airport on my way out to Saudi

New battery required, and others in a Citizen and last one in an old Seiko, but they to could find their way onto Ebay. Then I want to find out about Sewing or Ironing patches onto the new Jag jacket which is satin.

Don’t want this melting! 

Bit of a change of mind here as I have “Pins” which will look neater and more professional. Do the Cup Cakes look genuine ?

Three have gone missing?

Meanwhile, I still have my two new cycling helmets to personalise so a nice period indoors laughing at the ridiculous lamentable Trump lawyers trying to come up with a defence. Accept INSANITY!! Well now we have a sudden change in the weather, yes, predictably it’s started snowing again.

Of course it would NOT have made any difference whether he was there or not as the Trump Arse Lickers are going to vote NOT Guilty regardless, of facts or testimony!

Two batteries fitted, credit card declined!     Over to Walmart for car essentials, snow brush, deicer, chamois, and a duster    ….. card declined AGAIN!! back to the bank ……. Manager does it all over and off to the outside cash withdrawal machine ….. and this time it works so I’m armed with a working new account card and a fistful of cash.

No word yet on when the delivery will be but we are under a current WINTER WEATHER ALERT and they claim 10-20″ of snow between 0700 Saturday morning until 1100 PM Sunday night. Methinks it should stay in a nice warm garage until these 3 mega storms clear out. Time to test fire some more of these Cup Cakes.

0900 and the snow begins, now 1330 and it has snowed all morning generating about 2″ in town but I had to go back to Cortez for the Valentine Orchid which is now safely home and in pride of place on “her” desk. Where do these Cup Cakes keep going ?

The Valentine Orchid

Only 6 ?????

By 1700 the balcony rail was showing around the 5″ mark and no let up other than changing from resort snow to snizzle and then back to the heavy stuff.

0300, another Cup Cake has vapourised! and now there are only two left, it has to be a conspiracy theory from that rude Trump lawyer, more religious cults in space with their lazer.The snow is now around the 9″ mark and supposed to continue until 2300 later tonight.

This is serious!

0700  and 12″ on the rail

Open Outside Dining for Breakfast

0700, now the snowmometer is showing a solid 12″ on the rail and we are confined to camp! The cup cake mystery continues as one by one they are vanishing, both the dog and cat have been questioned by the Police.

Wasn’t ME!

Was it you? no point in asking WE KNOW you are going to lie!

Now Sir, You say you can’t eat sugar, is that correct ? and you don’t know what a Cup Cake is ?

None! one of the great mysteries of our time

Well here is another one! During my 8 years on BBMF one of my sideline jobs was “upping the image” to match or exceed our other national display team, the famous RED ARROWS. Some lengthy work and very soon we were in Black Flight Suits, 2 per year, and nicely embroided name plates, insignia and NO more sew on patches! I also acquired, cosmetics, full luggage from Samsonite, Boelle sunglasses, and after flight evening dress wear of slacks, blazers, shirts and ties, and really top of the line German Leather flight Jackets in Black. LEST WE FORGET! I also took delivery of about 15 very expensive Irvin Leather Flight jackets that Wartime Aircrew were all issued with to combat the cold of high altitude and lengthy operations on the massed bomber raids. We wore them for  a few photo shoots but were far too warm for our summer display season. As you wait, with baited breath …………… ……….. …………

Here I am with PA 474 City of Lincoln, the BBMF Lancaster, that’s me in the Boelle  Sunglasses

and here I am again in an advertising campaign by an American Company now selling “knock off” versions of the famous Irvin Leather jacket. The Jacket usually goes a darker color closer to black and the tan sheepskin liner changes color to a dirty white but everything goes much softer with use. Needless to say this picture they are using is the ORIGINAL IRVIN and how they got permission to use it, as though its their product, is quite beyond me!

The Lancaster is real, so am I, and the Jackets were supplied by Irvin and I signed for them!






More to come up in that, there, loft! Wasted a bit of time polishing a front and back TY set of spindles only to find the threads had been ruined by someone hammering them out. A little grease is the way to go when fitting after you have decruded same, also applies to the faces of the brake shoes and the actuator they fit on. Makes such a big difference.

That’s how clean I like them to be, and now add a little grease

Good start in the house and found my entire stock of Yamaha TY stickers in all engine capacities and Majesty. Also found a load of Harley sew on patches, and my collection of old watches, and their instruction manuals.

Tank decals

Majesty if you are that lucky

Quick trip into town as the only engine enamel I didn’t have was, believe it or not BLACK! Reds, blues, yellows and silver but no black. Well about 10 different  items to photograph and list……. YIPEEEE!

Cleaned up and ready to paint

The head gets cleaned and sprayed along with a 1974 set of cable guides, a rear shock, only one, gets a bit of reconditioning and three bicycle helmets are cleaned and ready to photograph. More paint stripper on 4 brake plates. I’m done now and its champers and shrimp to kick off SUPERBOWL 55.

Great game, rather pleased Brady won, youth will get it’s day. Poor night’s sleep with the wretched running eyes. well lets see what today can bring as yet another (the last) oil reservoir sells.

Three sold, truly amazing

Today’s mission, finish the TY Cyclinder head along with cable guides and clean up two useable axels. Not going to happen! but the good news was that the Medical Insurance cards arrived meaning the Auditor has finished rummaging through accounts and life can go back to normal.

A bit of a surprise when the check arrived!

Checks all paid into the bank including another as my beautiful Beretta shotgun down in Phoenix also sold!

No more nosing about in Bank Accounts

Another awful night’s sleep and ended up sitting up in the lounge where I could close my eyes without them stinging. I think I got about 4 hours. It really is the limit !

Better have a nice slow day and get back to normal. Maybe the TY head and a couple of axels and decorate my two new posh cycling helmets. A lot of questions about my old Lazer helmet so another load of photos for the potential buyer so they can see everything.

My favorite Lazer helmet getting a lot of interest … SOLD!

Just to prove YOU CAN sell anything, I had only 1 rear shock of the standard pair, and yes, believe it or not it’s SOLD!!!


Some progress on the Head as the fins get cut, the broken one removed, and now the cutting back to bright metal to give them that new look.

All painted and dried now watch this!

Bright metal appears

Two plugs or a decompressor

You might remember this one was a bit scruffy

Repainted and varnished

Original front brake cable guides from 1974….. lot of interest!

A Clutch case could sell between $50-70

What will see today? I have a few more items to get ready and as I’m knee deep in all this stuff time to start putting it away in places that I can find it. Still convinced there is a lot more up in the loft so I think I’ll try up there again and see what I have. Another dusting of snow overnight and daily showers all week.

Closer, and closer, on the car deal, tomorrow or Friday and transfer funds then await delivery, but it’s still so bloody cold I don’t want the poor thing covered in snow, now of course I wish I had a garage.









Today is the day! I don’t care what it takes but, by hook or by crook I’ll get up in there today!

While I’m packing up the 6 packages from weekend E-bay sales, it has to be a record, my bicycle rack that I have on Craig’s List got another enquiry and by the time I had got back from a few measurements of the wheel racks yet another of the “spare parts” departs at the asking price of $75, its going crazy round here!!

Be  nice to sell this one by Thule

Don’t ask! Its crazy what people will pay, but I’ll just carry on

Apart from that loft, need to relist tensioner blocks, brake/foot pedal Hanger actuator, coils, and headlamp brackets, maybe some axles and swinging arm bolts. To finish the day an oil pump sells!!! well I couldn’t believe it so another relist.

Finally got into the loft and from what limited access I had I could see some front wheels, old fork legs which will need some work, two frames, a whole load of rear wheels, and a box of triple trees and brake backplates. The Harley pipes are there but I ran out of time.

Tuesday and two overnight sales with the first a set of headlamp brackets along with the oil pump, yes they really are nuts

Headlamp brackets

First of the oil pumps!

Having just woken up with these stinging watering eyes I’m even more surprised to find someone has bought an oil reservoir !

Well what can I say after all my comments?!!

Now I have a question from Australia re the headlamp brackets. When My bike arrived as No1 in the UK in 1974 the first thing to go was the lights! When I Started rebuilding Yams around 2000 I always took all the lights off. I sold a ton of them on ebay and one sold for over $200 to someone in Belgium. Badly dented tanks, put on ebay at around $5.00 could sell for $50.00 or $60.00 so you never know!  One guy did an exchange with me for 3 TY250s plus cash for the first “Glitz” and these incomers had never seen a trial and all came with luggage racks

The First “Glitz” that sold for 3 more TY250s and $500 

They, (the luggage racks) all sold for about $120 so you just never know what some people want.  Now it seems there is an almost manic desire to put these old bikes back in their original condition??? Better list a load of spindles, brake plates, and swinging arm bolts and then move on to some engine cases and even a TY175 head with either second plug or decompressor hole.

Another day of Chemo yesterday and so far no changes of side effects or other misery. Main issues are paying for the NEW toy and not being screwed around by an auditor running behind! Just when you think you have all your bases covered!!!

Well my super car dealer says he understands the issue, which just adds to the pleasure of doing business with him, and I shall be giving him a GLOWING reccommendation when we conclude the deal hopefully by next weekend.

Bloody Auditors screwing things up

Coming soon I hope


Hurry up YOU!

This morning another set of headlamp brackets to Australia and a tensionner block to Kansas. Time for some more relisting and try and get axles, swinging arm bolts, air cleaner top box covers and the TY 175 head spruced up.

Damaged fin cut off the head, need to repaint and supply with 175 Plugs (BE9ES) which I have some of. Air cleaner Tops listed. Some Cycling helmets will go on today. Time to clean up some axles after checking the thread! Caught me out, twice! Cleaned the unit but the thread is buggered by someone hammering it out and not doing maintenance with a bit of grease. No doubt that’s why it was in the box!!!

Better keep listing













Almost there

With trinkets, badges and fluffy animals on their way now time to get on with the motorcycle spares parts and recoup some of what I’ve spent.

Monday morning, snow overnight, and the Winter Storm warning gets extended another full day. Poor night’s sleep, not sure why but the changeover of the chemo cocktail and steroids may have upset the system. Overall, though, I felt an urge to do more over the weekend so that was good. Today absolute Zero! However I did buy front and back license plate holders for  Big Red.

This one is for the front and I’ll put my campaigns up on the grille

and of course I was out in Saudi for Operation Granby, Desert Shield, and Desert Storm along with Enduring Freedom

On the back where I will be having some of my “gold” things I bought a rather nice brass number plate holder which I will have to buff up and then varnish a couple of times

Should keep me busy

Another I couldn’t resist was the Veteran Motorist badge which my father had and changed the number on a yearly basis. I like 53 as it was my riding number on the Yam in the SSDT in 1974

Needs a little repainting

ME on 53

I have had my eyes on a Jaguar watch and also this one which is a bit flash, but cheap

I haven’t ordered this yet as it may be another of those scams, seems its another No1 SCAM

This will be the center piece but there is another one I like a bit more but the site owner is away and his store is closed! 

It just says it all for me

Too cold and unpleasant to get in the workshop today but it will be the No1 priority tomorrow as without further exploration into the loft I have already identified over 30 items I can put on E-Bay so the camera will be must tomorrow getting everything shining and ready to list.

and still snowing

1130, and bright and sunny! It was ZERO at 0700 this morning and crisp and crunchy but we have now made 36F and things are melting and dripping.

Time to get the act in gear with some washing and scrubbing of a few items and a lot of camera work for the afternoon. First up clean some paths and make some others so that I and the feral cats can get in and out of the workshop. One full load of E-Bay goodies in the laundry room sink soaking so time to start scrubbing and see what I have.

Pathways cut to the Workshop and the last of the Woodpile

Running out of firewood so a lot of time spent brushing snow off wood before it gets too wet to burn. Not much left in the main pile but I have a reserve that will need a day or so with the chainsaw.

Quite a lot cleaned so onto the photo session tomorrow and just maybe get up in the loft!

Well the plan didn’t quite make fruition but an awful lot of spares were cleaned, polished and brought over to the photo shop where battle commences tomorrow.

Friday, and another 4″ in the forecast for tonight, but then its clear for the next week. While all the cleaning and preparation is going on a few more items arrived. The red Jacket which looked good and claimed to be my size says XL but is either a woman’s or a youth model. No matter, will sell it again, and while looking found a better one !

Let’s try this one and although I’m not big in jewels and pins there are some that I just seem unable to resist

Nice jags

King of the jungle

and just to prove its not all about the car I had said to myself I need a couple of NEW cycling helmets for the coming year after my 16,000 miles and my Lazer has lost the buckle so this $300 Helmet from Kask was a sure bet at $110.00

Even comes in USA colors. These are great helmets as worn by the old SKY TEAM and with any luck the Yam spare parts should cover all my wild indulgent expenditure

The Helmet has arrived today along with the last back seat occupant so we are full on the car front as the other two passengers are here already.

Steve over in CA has just scooped the pot with a truckload of spares for his collection of Yams and the Cub so now I must check on shipping costs and compare USPS and UPS to see who gets the job.

Time has flown by and now I could be only a week away from having the RED BEAUTY sitting outside. Perhaps Red Devil is not a good  name so how about BIG RED which we can associate with GOLD mining.

After dealing with Steve’s list and a spot of haggling we ended up with a “job lot” of parts for a handsome sum of $350.00 which is a nice start and then I get round to some listings. No sooner complete 7 and one item sells! Total for the day 377.53 and another item has a bid.

Well all 3 Yamaha front brake cables SOLD within 24 hours, methinks  I should have been asking a little more ? No matter I’ve now got 40 active items on E-Bay and haven’t even scratched the surface.

Well I did have,  during the course of the day the less than Magical rear shocks got snapped up and a chain tensioner block has also gone! Total for the day, another $150.00 and I still haven’t got up in the loft!

All 3 of these sold in one day!

The less than Magicals at $110 !

OEM Chain block for $10.00

Just when you think the day is done the Rear Brake Pedal Mount sells for $30.00 and a jacket from my first batch back in early December sells at $45.00 giving a new daily total of $225.00, and with that I went to bed.

I have some more of these

Hardly ever used this one

6 items to get in the post today, must be another selling record, so without fail I’ll be up in that loft later this morning.










While I hold my fingers crossed, in the hope they don’t sell my No1 Car Choice, I will eventually get in the workshop loft and see what else I can find. This is another “chemo week” which I must confess I’m getting tired of even though it is supposedly for my own good despite my personal feelings. If only these bloody side effects would go away.

In Waiting up in Denver, oh please this time!

Another Winter Storm warning with 6-10″ forecast, although local weather says only 2″ so the roads should be OK for my Wednesday drive to Durango.

More workshop sorting and cleaning. I’m always surprised to find chrome plated chain tensioner arms that have been spray painted but what do I know. Paint stripper applied and I should be able to rebuild 3 of same tomorrow as I had 3 new blocks all ready to go.

Tuesday, another day closer, the weather forecast of 1″ overnight seems a bit off as at 0730 I’m seeing a good 3″+ and its still coming down!

A bit more than the forecast 1″ !!

Today’s mission 5 fold, with more blood letting, a trip into ACE hardware for some more sanders, much cleaning and rebuilding,  and get some stuff on E-Bay. Finally get a deposit on “No1” for my peace of mind.

Finally it’s stopping

1030, 5 ” on the rail but finally stopped and the roads are being plowed. Forecast says another 3″ during the day. No replies from the Dealership as yet, snow cleared off the car, so more or less ready to leave circa 1200’ish and hopefully back by 1300 and get on the other tasks.

Blood, ACE, and Peace of Mind achieved!!! What a relief! Even had a low ball at that “red” sweater and they accepted and now its paid for! Still trying to get some answers on some badges for the “Red Devil” as she will now be called. Oh,  I have a vacc, vax appointment for this Saturday, lucky me!! Now that’s a 100 mile drive that is definitely worth doing.

Yippee, first shot on Saturday.  At least it’s not like the Smallpox Passport Stamp with a branding iron that I got back in the 1950’s

Branded for life!     Made in the UK

On the market of E-bay this one, to match, Red Devil, was at $99.99 and I offered $65 and it was instantaneously accepted! No hassle. Flush with success I saw a silly toy, again on E-bay and popped another low ball of $40

This one looks perfect for the new toy

Couldn’t resist, I can see him now strapped in the back seat

By the time I had put this rain jacket on my Watch List I got an offer and snapped it up!

Still trolling, along comes a partner for the backseat so the car is getting full!

Back seat full, but they have videos to watch and individual picnic tables

But is just doesn’t stop, as yet another Spyder Sweater I had been watching suddenly makes me a low offer, and on a day like this I just can’t resist. Better stop now! What a day!

I’m getting spoilt for choice

Saturday, and Vaccination Day in Durango. However its. snowing, there is another Winter Storm Warning, and the wind could be gusting 40 m.p.h.  Better leave a little early!

Should be home circa 1600 and maybe get on with the workshop spares sale of the leftover Ty parts. I have cables, levers, clutch cases and a useable clutch, some engine cases, side stands, footrests up the wazoo and at least 5 chain tensioners, some yokes and triple trees, maybe some forks, wheels, brake plates and some HD exhausts, maybe some barrels and pistons. Not forgetting a box of axels, swinging arm inner units, and the carbon retainers, and shocks various including the so called “Magicals”.

The collection of car trinkets is coming to a close, as they say YOU can OVERDO it! Surely not ? Well couldn’t resist these, and I have more on my shopping list!

I remember my Father was a member, can’t recall what year he got up to but it’s in his memory and happens to be my riding number in the Scottish Days Trial when I was in my youth. It  needs a little repainting. My current number would be 57 !

1974 SSDT Edinburgh Cattle Market

From the same merchant a memory of the First of my Two Wars

Trying to find one for the Gulf War

Can’t believe this is a used item

Now what’s this?

It’s the Geico Gecko. The back seat is now full! 

No reaction from the vaccination, completely painless and quick. Some snow showers in the expected areas but a pleasant drive home, and maybe less snow in Dolores where it has been raining but all dried up now.

Sunday morning, the two Football Divisional Championships are on today so that takes care of a good 6 hours. Up at 0630 and about 1″ on the rail but in the first hour we are already up to 3″.














Bye bye trusty steeds

With the “No Excuses Cub” and the TY125 gone, time to return to the workshop and see what I can find to list  on E-Bay as my selling has been going fairly well.

Need to get back up in the loft and see what I can find in my old Squadron plaques and whether I can convert them to car grille badges.

Got to find something to do to occupy my mind for the next 20 days before I leap into the “Car Game”. It does seem E-Bay people are making money on crap TY250 parts at outrageous prices!!! I will be up in my workshop loft to see what goodies I have left over, I rather suspect quite a lot. Trolling through 10 pages on E-Bay and the parts on offer are awful! Bent shocks and the majority just in the state they were taken off the donor bike and not even cleaned.

Would anybody buy these at $20.00 ???

Well abused and, Not even wiped off at $26.71

This must be a joke! at $39.99

Seems not, these are $34.00, without the eyelets, but a good rust collection, and maybe a little bend


both offered at $80.00 EACH !!!!!

This is junk that I would throw away immediately I started on a bike that had been abused and just come in. The Redneck fraternity always  had the front fender on arse backwards, despite the arrow on the underside, MX rear tire, no chainguard, and bashplate also removed.  Sometimes the rear DISHED sprocket had been turned, honestly the mind does more than boggle! not forgetting the chain link also fitted the wrong way round.

Well if any of that junk sells in that state I could be a millionaire overnight!!!

Meanwhile up in the loft several suits and jackets along with a Tux (can’t remember the last time I wore it, circa Christmas 2000) a few pairs of gloves, all my lost plaques, and some Yamaha clothes and my rather nice luxury camera bag when we had multiple lenses and flash sets and video cameras, circa 1994 when I was in Saudi.

Made for me in Saudi Arabia

Enough for one day, tomorrow the workshop. I know I have one super front wheel for a Yam that has a narrow rim on it and I had previously had it on the Cub. Still with tire, tube, and rim lock and will polish beautifully. I know I have some shocks and the awful (in my opinion) Majesty $500 shocks called “Magical” they were not Magical in any way other than losing all the gas and were useless after one season!

The Super wheel with the high polish narrow rim, and I haven’t cleaned it yet!

Also I have axels, swinging arm bolts, footrests, chain tensioners, about 5 or 6 oil pumps, several oil reservoirs, a couple of lower engines, clutches, and maybe a couple of sets of forks. Now that’s all without looking, so be interested to see what else is there. Should be the old Cub barrel and piston and I think an ignition side case.

Axels and swinging arm bolts up the wazoo!

Clutch’s and other engine bits ?

1/13/21 and into the shop to see what’s what? Man, I still have a hoard of stuff, some good, some pure rubbish, and some even new and I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface and get in the loft. My guess of about two weeks seems about right looking at the stuff I still have to look at or open the box.

Thursday 1/14/21 closer still, but plenty to do here on the discovery front to see what I have for sale. If memory, in these chemo brain times, serves me right then I believe I have a few Harley Davidson parts including the mufflers/silencers I took off the Screaming Eagle V Rod. Might even be the barrels and pistons that came off the other Harley back in 2000 ? We will see.

Think I still have the original mufflers for this SE Harley V Rod

With all of yesterday’s photo shoot uploaded 9 more items on E-Bay so we will see what happens as I now move to the workshop and a bunch of finds there. No sooner had I listed those 9 items and by the time I moved over to see my mail one of them was sold and paid for!!

Friday and another afternoon in the workshop, still haven’t got in the loft, too busy cleaning all manner of useful bits for E-Bay and sorting out a new bank account to deal with E-Bay who are not using Paypal for some reason and will now add or subtract from this New Account.

Footrests, air cleaner tops, and some oil tanks

Found the $500 Magicals, just need to dismantle and clean, and today being Saturday, time to find a load more bits before the afternoon double header of NFL games.

The not so Magicals, new front brake cables,  chain tensioners, levers, perches  and bits and pieces.

Sunday, 1/17/21 and time for my curiosity to get to work in the workshop loft before it’s NFL time with a couple of cracking teams. My favorites from yesterday both won. Today I’m torn as I like all 4 teams and they all deserve to be there! Last year’s superstars Kansas are playing the much improved Brown’s who were always a joke team like the Bengals but this year have richly deserved their placing so I rather fancy them. On the later game, Brady with his new team, and some variable results, or with the Saints with Drew who just has the edge for me.

Front brake assembly found!

Prior to the first game I found quite a few other bits including the Ty brake plate assembly for the nice Cub wheel, a chrome TY stand, springs, chromed TY pegs, the Cub spare barrel and piston, inlet adapter, chromed or polished handlebar clamps for the TY and a supply of bolts.  Loft still to come but the downstairs is done!





Pearly Gates ahead to most likely MY LAST CAR

As I start the next phase of transactions several of the cars I liked have suddenly SOLD! So time to review those that I still like and start working on what must be “Plan J” by now!

Top of the tree in the likes department is the 2008 XJ Supercharged B.R.G. out in NJ. Of course it’s one of the most expensive, has the most miles, and is the furthest away, but nonetheless I LUV it!

Absolute Beauty!

No2, is up in Denver, the closest, not too many miles, and most likely the best deal. Red and Supercharged and even has a British Union Jack logo already on it.

Has something about it


All the wood, and DVD’s

All the woof!

Could it be telling me something ?????

Not exactly the last one but really nice exterior but no interior shots to make a solid decision

I haven’t seen a Jag in this color

Well I’ve done a little shopping for trinkets already with another Spyder Windstopper sweater as my old ones are now too big and are selling well on the Bay.

This is the first I bought for the Green No1

Of course if I were to go Red in my increasing years here is one I could wear

Nice but a bit overpriced, better make some offers, not bought it yet!

Some baubles for the said Red motor

Might look good ?

A universal pressie for me that will be good for all

It has a little class to it I think

On the car front badges I would somehow like to have all my Squadron Badges on the grille and amazingly my RAFMSA badge from my RAF days looks a little tired being 50 years old now! Damn that’s  a long time I’ve had that, anyhoo while drifting through E-Bay here is one in the States!!!!!

Looks to be in excellent condition

About 3 weeks to wait, as even with a $2000 deposit, (non returnable) the dealer won’t hold it. Greedy methinks but it is their business. Never know, something closer might pop up while I’m waiting. Fingers crossed but 3 weeks is a long time! But there again I’ve been looking since October 2019 while I was about 1/2 way through the first 12 sessions of Chemo and before we had even heard of the Covid 19 Pandemic to come.

Another day slips by and only 6F on the thermometer. Another day closer so never give up. Today the loft needs to be explored and find all my Squadron Plaques which were tossed in a box when we left Phoenix in 2008 and have been there ever since. All my years in the RAF just thrown out of sight, I strongly object!

30 years of service needs to be remembered

Huge bounty found, suits, jackets and a Tux (James Bondish) gloves, Yamaha riding gear, and a Big luxury camera bag. Not forgetting all my Squadron Plaques. Can’t wait to see what’s in the workshop loft and all the long forgotten parts.

Wednesday already, 1/13/21 and the first surprise of the morning was my No1 choice, which was already overpriced, according to Car Gurus has gone up $2500 ???? I think somebody screwed up here and it should have gone down instead. Will have to check. Lots of bullshit on this one and no, the price apparently was dropped by $2500 for a Christmas sales event which finished 2 days ago so this one is out!

Well that promotes everybody else and a couple more contenders, as fast as one is sold along comes another to perk my interest.

Frosty Blue, 2008 Vanden Plas 

Another Blue, nicely detailed but without the VP trim 2008

So the clock keeps running and I’m not much wiser! Choice 2 went down another $1000 so it’s creeping up in the contest whereas another Green has appeared and a further pale blue is running high on the list.


Another Green

Green but not the full Vanden Plas

Frosty Blue is making inroads, its a 2008 in full Vanden Plas trim with nice wheels. My other Seacrest Blue has gone down that $1000 but compared to the others does not have Navigation even though I love the color.





Well these colors would go with any of the pale blues

Time to get in the workshop and get up there which means unloading all of the outside big Christmas deer and other things  I normally only move once a year. Getting excited but I know what disappointments can lie around the corner.










Ho, Ho, Ho!

NEW toys loaded and dispatched to CA! Hope you like them, very precious machines!

Well they are on their way, a few last bits and bobs, and piccies too, starting with “No Excuses”. Front end BSA B50 forks 200-230 cc of Fork oil or ATF, these forks have poor oil seals (Not a BSA strong point!)  Drain hole in under the bottom of the leg where the axel goes through. Tighten up spindle before the “8” bolts then spread the legs. You can see I replaced the the brake shoes with EBC lined ones  (they work very well) .

All cleaned, re-greased and working

These work well.

You can see the drain plug above the spindle nut

No sparks but other than that ?

$500 Rockshocks, unweighted 10mm of free play

Primary case SAE 10 or ATF, gearbox ATF, Engine SAE 50, filler under the Ejection seat velcro panel

Superglitz  still wants to ride so just might come out to Donner Ski Ranch which I always enjoyed and see if my 75th year is as good as my 16th!

Ready for 2021

The joy of polishing

The “SG” Superglitz motif, big bore WES pipe through the frame Ossa style


TY 350 front end, Gas Gas fender from Adrian and the IT Yam front wheel. Color coordinated grips and cables of course

Have fun and let me know about that PVL thing!!!!!




5th 0r 6th? Well no matter time for the decs to come down, out with the tree if it was real

12th night was the official last day of Christmas and was a left over feast for all with much partying and then remove all those decorations when you were sober!

Some say the 5th, some say the 6th? well whatever, we are all wrapped up and today was also the start of Session7 of the dreaded chemo. Tumor index down to 15 from the pre Christmas 20. The scans show nothing nasty in the brain, nothing in the lungs but an increase in a liver tumor, but only one!

Well its Thursday, bag on no side effects from yesterday, no nausea either but a poor night’s sleep due to flushing poison about every 2 hours and then another top up drink.

The   NEW poison sounds more to my liking as they target the tumor just like our current covid vaccination does. Also the side effects are different and no mention of the ones that are crucifying me!

Came home to the horrifying scenes from the Capitol, when will he ever give up his nonsense?   No doubt they will attempt to impose MARTIAL LAW and we will see BLACKWATER back on the streets as I forecast in previous articles.

Only ray of sunshine was “do nothing arse licker Pence” actually did his job and certified the electoral college results.

Let’s hope there are no more dirty tricks up his sleeves


Everything back in the loft, just a couple of things to do on the Cub then switch over to Superglitz for a little tarting up.

Quite a good day for a Thursday, bag off tomorrow a little earlier than usual as the “nasty” side effects poison got taken out of the mix. Some slight feelings  of nausea but so far under control. bit of a fight with this nausea but keeping it down.

Saturday and at last a decent night’s sleep without pills, nyquil or any other agent! Up at 0800, late for me, great breakfast, the bikes got collected, and now a nice cold day watching NFL playoffs with all, well nearly all, my favorite teams playing.









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