This page is a bit off-beat, as I have a whole website ( dedicated to bikes – mostly vintage Velocette, but of generic application to any old iron. This page and the blogs that can be found on this site will have to do with my experiences with and work on less ancient but not new beasts!

Above is my 1995 Husqvarna 610 TE taken about 8 weeks ago. This is the most modern bike that I have ever owned! Actually a full race motocross job with Nicaseal barrel and forged piston etc., and really ‘only’ around 570cc, it puts out an honest 50 horses, which for its 116kg, is a whole lot, believe me. I changed the gearing to make it tamer for the road and a bit more comfortable at speed and added pillion footrests (VERY hard to find that fit for this year – there are a few different ones about). Had to learn all over again how to kickstart, as this one has the kicker on the left, like a Desmo 450 Ducati. Now I fully appreciate the joke about being able to pick the 450 Desmo Duke rider from 200 Metres away – by the limp!

Hey, it took a week or so, but the knack was quickly acquired – at least until I fitted the pillion footrests… I had to modify my technique yet again, as the left footrest got well in the way at the start (pun not intended). All is well now, but caused a few bruises on the calf, I can tell you, despite Motocross boots.

But what a bike! More fun than a barrel full o’ monkeys 🙂 Loud, tall and VERY nippy.

Next picture is the bike fitted with the 19 Litre tank I recently acquired, which at least will mean that I can go a full week without having to fill up! Who knows, I might even treat myself to some proper tyres for it before the winter.

Just put it through the German TÜV (MOT) and only needed rear wheel-bearings to pass, so that’s done until August 2021!