Friday, September 29, 2023

Hillberry Corner

Not much left of that rock wall at this corner of the Isle of Man TT. The article is from mid 1926.

Monday, September 25, 2023

Timeless Bullets

A compilation of remarkable Bullets over time. I do not know if I would have chosen the same ones, but it is nice to see all these together. Who could forget the Clubman?

Friday, September 22, 2023

FortNine on the Scram

Interesting review by FortNine. It concludes that the bike is very slow and heavy, worse than other adventure bikes, but in the end superior to the other scramblers, which are just dressed up street bikes. The power curve it shows is interesting, noting that although considerably underpowered with respect to other scramblers, it delivers more power where it matters for an adventure bike,

I recommend you watch the whole thing,

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Tejas of Bangalore

 During my visit to the Raman Research Institute in Bangalore for its 75th anniversary, the hosts prepared a surprise for me on the last day of the meeting. One of the staff members, Naresh, rides a Thunderbird X. He arranged to go pick up his bike at his mechanic, who is a local legend in Bangalore. His name is "Tejas" and runs "Tarmac's Gears",

The shop was very neat and well organized,

A true Enfield enthusiast, Tejas and I bonded immediately and started talking like old friends,

I showed him pictures of the various Enfields I have had. He broke apart a UCE motor he needed to open because it had seized. It was a great opportunity to see the inside of an Enfield engine,
This is Naresh's Thunderbird X. His plan was to ride back to the Institute and maybe let me ride a little bit. Alas, it was raining, so we went back by car. It was a lovely hour and I enjoyed every moment of talking to Tejas and Naresh.

Saturday, September 16, 2023


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