Aladdin’s Cave – A post for bike-lovers

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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