Modern Motorcycle Mechanics
If you have had any experiences with British motorcycles in Canada or North America, you probably have had Modern Motorcycle Mechanics in your hands. This book has been the holy grail among the enthusiasts for many years. And now you can read all about the background via a new website.
Modern Motorcycle Mechanics Author J.B. (Bernie) Nicholson of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
I have many copies of this book in my shop, one of which was given to me in the eighties by a late friend (Donn Parker) who started my journey with Royal Enfield. With out it, I would have been lost in rebuilding and restoring these machines. One of which was a 1969 Interceptor and an older sibling, a 1953 Meteor 700. I started both bikes that were a box of bolts and manged to complete a thorough restoration on the 69 with the pictures and instructions contained within this book.
It was through this book that lead me to their shop in N.E. Calgary where I was given first hand information from Bernie on how to properly restore these machines. Those bikes are gone and have since been replaced with a 1964 Royal Enfield Interceptor 750 which is near completion and a 1966 Matchless G15CSR which is well on its way. None of this would have been possible for me without the road map within Modern Motorcycle Mechanics.
This site about pre 1916 bikes that are going from Washington to Florida in Sept 2010. Check out the rider profiles and the bikes that they are building and riding. Some are less than a complete motor and no frame. Marvelous engineering to get these done. I think it would be cool to see the run pass by in one of the states.
OK where can I get one of these bikes? I have taken 6 years to complete one bike with far more parts on hand than some of these guys have on hand. They are planning on having their projects complete in less than 12 months!!!!!