PUCH 250 SGS

Restoring a barn-fresh 1966 Sears Allstate

CVMG People’s Choice

At the 2017 Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group’s Paris National Rally, my 1970 Norton Fastback won the People’s Choice award for British bikes! I was totally surprised as I wasn’t even going to enter the bike. I found out at the end of the day when someone told me that I had won!

This was a super nice validation of all the work and effort I’ve put into this bike. It’s also great to see that bikes that are not concours-perfect are appreciated.


A colleague of mine saw my Commando in the parking lot and asked if it could be used for a photography class student photo-shoot. They brought in lights, smoke and some cheesy props and had fun. A student made a video, but I recut the video as I didn’t like the music and it was a bit long.

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750 Norton Commando rebuild

Phil and Herb Becker

Herb, of Herb’s Garage

This winter I took my lump over to Herb’s Garage. Herb Becker that is, engine builder of the bike that won first place in the 2003  AHRMA’s Formula 750 races in Daytona.

I managed to talk Herb into a full rebuild on my engine. I was concerned about the off-idle knock, the general leakiness, and occasional smokiness of the engine. Perhaps he felt somewhat responsible for the bike as I bought it from him as a rolling basket!

Good news was the pistons and barrels were in great shape, they are already .020 over from some previous owner. It needed a crank grind and I had the dubious distinction of having the worst crank wear that Herb has seen. it was an even 30 thou down from what is normally a thou. The wear was even, not oval (?!). The shells were worn down to copper, barely a trace of Babbitt left on them.

I joked and said “I guess I shouldn’t have been taking it up to 6500!” Herb’s response was “You shouldn’t have been riding it!”

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CVMG Paris Rally: 2015

Another Paris Rally, great weather – here’s a few pics of what caught my eye this year.

 

 

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Paris CVMG Rally – 2014

This year we decided to bring a plethora of bikes in a cubevan. We thought we were being smart and prepared but of course wrangling children, bikes and getting out of town on a Friday afternoon was a bit challenging.

We managed to stuff into a cube van the following:

  • 3 x Norton Commando
  • 1 x Honda Ascot
  • 1 x Puch with sidecar

As other years it was a scramble to Paris and we arrived at the registration desk with 5 min to spare (7:55pm).

Here are a few photos to give a taste of the weekend.

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1974 850 Norton Commando

This beauty is for sale, 1974, 850 Commando.

  • New rubber, Avon Roadmaster TT100
  • New Boyer digital ignition – first kick start
  • Dual Amal carbs in good condition – steady low tick-over
  • lots of chrome
  • stainless fenders
  • recent paint
  • matching numbers
  • Steel tank
  • new battery

Will be at CVMG rally in Paris for sale!

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