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What an unexpected treasure in Evanston, Wyoming; ‘

Easton Bros, Motorcycle Research – Motorcycle Parts, Service, Repair & Restoration’

Yesterday afternoon I had an unexpected but very welcome surprise. I was lay on the bed watching TV when there was a rap on the door. It was very hot and the air con wasn’t up to much so I was down to my undies only. I scrabbled around for something to throw on and then answered the door.  I didn’t know the guy standing there but he introduced himself as ‘Doug, the guy with the Guzzis’ This was the man Bruce had taken me to meet the other day and who had been out on a bike ride.

I invited him in whilst I washed and got dressed and then we went over the maps and the routes, I have done/plan to do. Doug told me the Moto Guzzi Rally is in Iowa this weekend. Doug needs to put new tyres on his own Guzzi and then he will be heading there. We then went to the workshop.

His workshop/garage is unbelievable, an absolute delight of a motorcycle Aladdin’s Cave. Doug is a Moto Guzzi restoration specialist but he has lots of other fantastic bikes – some very rare, many of them in immaculate condition – prize-winning even. He also casts and machines parts.

Doug took a stock Le Mans 850 to the Salt Flats, and giving it everything he had, got up to 129.875 mph. Just not enough to get to 130. But impressed the heck out of all the onlookers, as everyone else in class, were running modified Ducatis. He also did the tuning on a Guzzi 750 that reached 127 mph

 

Doug's Workshop

Doug’s Workshop

Puchs (Allstates in the USA)

Puchs (Allstates in the USA)

Two 850 Le Mans

Two 850 Le Mans

A home cast with sand still on

A home cast with sand still on

Two BSA Rockets

Two BSA Rockets

Modified drum-to-disk brakes

Modified drum-to-disk brakes

Acid Etching

Acid Etching

Another beautiful restoration - a prize-winner

A beautiful restoration – a prize-winner

Doug's very first moped

Doug’s very first moped

Doug's son built this go-kart

Doug’s son built this go-kart

Doug's usual bike

Doug’s usual bike

Doug's son built this scooter

Doug’s son built this scooter

An early Honda in original condition

An early Honda in original condition

Fire damage from a heater in the workshop

Fire damage from a heater in the workshop

Folk Mule - early trail bike

Folk Mule – early trail bike

Gilera

Gilera

Home-done casting

Home-done casting

Italian police model

Italian police model

Kawasaki 3-stroke 2-cyl 750cc

Kawasaki 3-stroke 2-cyl 750cc

A long-distance tank project

A long-distance tank project

Making a statement!

Making a statement!

A mini Aprillia racing bike

A mini Aprilia racing bike

Modified link brakes

Drum-to-disk modified link brakes

A modified racing engine

A modified racing engine

Parts for the 850 Le Mans

Parts for the 850 Le Mans

More Guzzis

More Guzzis

Mini Racers

Mini Racers

Nameplates. The Taifun are for the Maico

Nameplates. The Taifun are for the Maico

An old USA police Guzzi with the red light camouflaged

An old USA police Guzzi with the red light camouflaged

P1050036

A Zundapp

P1050037 P1050050

Guzzis

Three Suzuki 500s

A Pair of Suzuki GT750s

A Pair of Suzuki GT750s

Pick a tank - any tank

Pick a tank – any tank

Puchs (called Allstate in the USA)

Puchs (called Allstate in the USA)

A rare Guzzi with only 5000 miles on the clock

A rare Guzzi with only 5000 miles on the clock

A rare SWM

A rare SWM

A Royal Enfield disassembled

A Royal Enfield disassembled

Inside a cast

Inside a cast

Rare SWM

Rare SWM

The Watsonian side car

The Watsonian side car

Sear's Puch

Sear’s Puch

See Explanation below, or in separate emailWhen Doug’s son built the  ride-in wheel, the only tyres that would be suitable had to be imported from France. The size he needed is used in the vineyards, as a smaller version of the tractors  that work American cornfields.P1050058

The only available rim, of that diameter, is the rim in the foreground on the photo above. It had to be carefully cut apart, then the outer edges  welded together to make the rim for the tyre.

Restored to show standard Maico seen from the other side

Restored to show standard Maico seen from the other side

Maico restored to show standard

Maico restored to show standard

SP1000 with Watsonian side car

SP1000 with Watsonian side car

I think this is a 350 rotary valve Bridgestone

I think this is a 350 rotary valve Bridgestone

More 3 cylinder 2-stroke Kawasakis

More 3 cylinder 2-stroke Kawasakis

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