Yesterday was the warmest, sunniest day I’ve seen around here so far this year. Even though the robins are back, as are the red wing blackbird and even the gold finches, I heard the most convincing sound that Spring is here in our neck of the woods that one could ever hear! The vrroooom start of a British motorcycle!
Al spent the mid morning with the garage door open, and I could hear the tinking and misc sounds of tools at work ~ metal on metal, for the most part. Then, sure enough, within a couple of hours, the first roar came to life as he cranked up the 1967 Royal Enfield Interceptor. Those who don’t ride British don’t understand that it’s not like you can just go out and jump on a motorcycle after winter is officially over, and take off down the road. Well, at least not MY husband! It is a ritual of checking levels of this, cleaning that, testing the other and then comes the cleaning. He wipes down every visible (and invisible) piece of chrome on the machine before being satisfied enough to even just start it! It’ll be another couple of weeks before he’s ready to proclaim it “road worthy”.
A friend of Al’s had this bike, in pieces in a box mind you, sitting in his barn for 30+ years. He wanted to sell it, so he offered it to Al, who ended up paying $300 for it. Yes, it had been kept in their pig barn all this time, like I said, in a box! My husband, the avid enthusiast, had great hopes for fixing it up and getting it running. I knew if anyone COULD do it, he would be the one to make it happen.
Above you can see the bike initially as he kinda put it together to see what he had to deal with. Our Golden Retriever was insulted. But, that was 3? 4? years ago now. Al was successful in the rebuilding of this classis machine. He has since learned that it is quite probably worth several thousand dollars as it is rare, indeed.
Two other members of our motocycle family include Al’s 650 Triumph Bonneville and his Triumph Cub ~ both rebuilt and with custom paint jobs by my husband. I have my motorcycle license, and have had bikes previously ~ a Kawasaki KZ 440 was my first, then a Triump Legend 900 and lastly a Yamaha Virago 535. I’m not sure if I’ve given up riding, or am “between bikes” right now. Time will tell.
Even though it takes time and especially attention away from me when Spring hits and he’s out in the garage with the bikes for hours and hours at a time, at least I know the seasons have truly changed when the garage roars out with British enthusiasm somewhere between March and April each year. THAT’S my sure sign that Spring is in the air!
Until next time… TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt