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Luckly there is a pretty good workshop here so that is next on the list. It was the workshop that my Dad used to build bikes in so it’s pretty well equipped. However it’s got rather messy now and has turned into a dumping ground for metal things and tools rather than a place for restoring motorcycles or working on projects.

So it is my next task, although I’m not going to start it right away I have to do a little bit more writing first so I won’t be able to get stuck in for a week or so. As you can see from the pictures it’s in quite a state but it has potential, oh yes, potential indeed.

The far end of the workshop

The far end of the workshop

The double doors open out on to a field which is perfect for testing bikes in but sadly they have been blocked up now with stinging nettles and some sort of broken forklift. It seems that before I can do any sort of restoration on motorcycles (like the Suzuki) I’ll have to restore the workshop.

The near end of the workshop

The near end of the workshop

As you can see there is no shortage of tools, but they are all jumbled up. There is even a lathe although I’m not quite sure what I’d use it for.

The vague plan is to get the workshop fairly sorted out and then use it to get the Suzuki I found in the shed into working order again, possibly on the road. It turns out that the bike was taken off the road pre-SORN and so it might not exist anymore. Hopefully the Dayona won’t spend too much time in the workshop but it’s handy to have one all the same.

Just looking at the photos of the workshop makes me want to have a cup of tea and stand around in a boiler suit examining project. Perhaps I should invest in a boiler suit, it seems only right.


Well I’ve started the first phase of the plan. I’ve moved back to my mum’s place for a bit. yes I know, now that I’m living at my parent’s house I’ll be fighting to keep the ladies away but that is not why I’ve moved home.

I moved back to save money, living in London is expensive. By moving home for a bit I’ll save lots of money which should hopefully help me buy a Daytona before all the oil on the planet runs out and we have to travel around in less exciting ways like on horses.

To start off the fun I’m going to sell a load of things I don’t need and co-ordinate this with cleaning out the garage which is where the Daytona is going to live. Optimistic I know, but it gives me something to do while I wait for editors to call me back or reply to emails.

I had the first day of this today, and it went well. The garage is in quite a state I even managed to find a rat that had died of causes unknown. It had dried out so it was like a mummified rat, or perhaps a zombie rat. Either way it wasn’t looking it’s best, I’ve decided this is not an omen.

The mummified zombie rat

The mummified zombie rat

Also while cleaning out the garage I stumbled over a motorcycle, I think it’s a Suzuki 125ER. Finding bikes in the outbuildings happens occasionally as my father used to collect them but this surprised me to say the least. I’m going to see how much it will cost to get the Suzuki on the road as it might be handy for getting about, or perhaps once it is running I could sell it and put the funds towards the 675.

Either way it’s a much better omen than a zombie rat.

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