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!!!!!






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.










I actually remember that path, and always a welcome relief when you come round that corner.  SSDT for those that haven’t been there.

12/29 spent the morning under going those unbelievably  noise ridden scan machines called MRI. That took ALL morning and didn’t impress me one little bit! Especially the “Man in the Mask” session which must cause a lot of complaints from those suffering from claustrophobia, not at all pleasant!

Awful contraption

40 bloody minutes in this thing

This was all I could think of

Home after that and removed the broken oil pipe but with the loss of dexterity had to take it to Mancos Motorsport  for the soldering which I will pickup today, 12/30 and hopefully finish the job off.

Soldering and annealing of the washers

Picked up the soldering (no charge) however It won’t fit as the picture above shows the way I wanted it BUT, yes you guessed correctly, its now 180 out of phase! Back again tomorrow.

AND THEY ARE CLOSED! Well its New Year’s Eve so another Plan B and go and see the welding Guru who welded up the tank when it split! Says it will be ready at 1500 so ever hopeful. Very cold out there at 21F but fortunately no wind and the firewood is in.

All repaired and again No Charge! Perhaps they like me ?

Tried to fit this neat unit from Webco but it sticks out a little too much under the tank, crying shame

Looks good but a bit too tall

Standard fit as before, but now back in one piece

The show continues despite the cold and Mister Del Orto is in the shower house for a bath and blow through  


No disrespect here but I’m afraid I do find this funny!

For those that don’t  Happy New Year

Still cold but must press on with the Cub as the days are ticking by. Today’s mission clean Del Orto and rebuild and fit. Well that got done and a new plug cap for the 125 and a new plug. Can’t see a spark yet on the Cub but I’m having trouble standing up and kicking it over all caused by these bloody side effects! Almost at my wits end as these side effects are driving me insane.

The way I’m feeling

Thank God it’s done!

The carb got its cleaning and another good product got its first try as my School bus mechanic, Jack, who suggested this product, for multiple uses. It seems it also destroys that “ethanol” gum that gets in the jets.

Impressive stuff

All cleaned and blown through, ready for the off

Now with fumbling sore fingers I’ll try and sort out the ignition as I rather think I must have pulled a wire somewhere when I was taking the oil pipe off. I believe I had already checked the spark before I started polishing, can’t remember its “Chemo Brain” again, don’t you just love this shit!

Getting to the point of contacting Ray Iddon who is the Master Guru when it comes to Cubs can’t get hold of him over the weekend and now in waiting mode until its time for CA to open up for Monday morning. Don’t know why but I have a dreadful sensation that he may have passed away. If that is the case my next port of call will be Adrian Lewis at Lewisport and see what he can do. He had one of Ray’s “One Trick Cubs” some time ago.

Adrian, yet another Brit trials rider along with his wife Mandy, who is another horsewoman, and also rides trials run LewisportUSA and have everything trials that anyone could want. I think a NEW electronic ignition is required the current one is PVL or it could be just the top coil or even something simpler that Chemo Brain isn’t seeing.

Might even send Superglitz out with this package as with all these side effects, trials and balance may be out of the question for me!