classic motorbike

A New Seat Cover

Interior trimmer Lydia has been making a new seat cover for our 1967 Suzuki TR 250. Before making the seat cover properly from Alcantara, Lydia

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Motorbike Seat Cover

We recently welcomed a 1967 Suzuki TR250 into the Bridge Classic Cars workshop. Known for its rugged design and impressive performance, the Suzuki TR250 has

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Another New Arrival

The Bridge Classic Cars workshop has welcomed several new arrivals lately, with one of the most recent ones being our 1997 Yamaha Virago 750. This

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More Progress

More progress has been made on the restoration of our 1984 Suzuki GSX 400T. The switch has just arrived and is very flat across the

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A Classic Lambretta

We have recently welcomed a 1977 Lambretta LI150 Special Jet 150 into the Bridge Classic Cars workshop. As you can see from the photos below,

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GSX 400T Progress

We have recently received an update on the progress of our 1984 Suzuki GSX 400T. The frame and smaller parts of the bike are being

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Getting Some Sun

Our 1984 Suzuki GSX 400T was able to enjoy some time in the sun recently. After being in the workshop of JAL Restorations for a

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Good Luck!

A good friend of Bridge Classic Cars, Karina (also known as Bike Like A Mum) is heading off for module 1 (MOD1) of her bike

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Francis Barnett Winner

Congratulations to Mike Parsons, who’s just taken delivery his 1953 Francis Barnett Rigid Body Trials Motorcycle. Mike’s winning ticket was number 130. Mauro drove all

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Francis Barnetts PDI

Mauro is carrying out a thorough Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) on our classic bike before it makes its way down to the south coast to winner,

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New In: Francis Barnett

This 1953 Francis Barnet Rigid Body motorbike was delivered to us yesterday. For those with keen ears, you may have heard Craig mention an upcoming

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Bike Spotting

Here at Bridge Classic Cars, we love anything with a motor and wheels. We’re lucky to have friends that share that love and have their

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Dan’s In Demand!

Our Director Craig has had a bespoke exhaust made for his 1984 Suzuki GSX 400T. The custom-built exhaust is the handy work of the genius

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A New Seat Cover

Interior trimmer Lydia has been making a new seat cover for our 1967 Suzuki TR 250.

Before making the seat cover properly from Alcantara, Lydia made a mockup to ensure her idea would work. She used a piece of scrap fabric to work out the shape and add all the fixings she needed, and this also gave her the time to work out the fluted design for the topmost seat.

Once Lydia had completed the base part of the seat, she moved to the back. The backrest needed to be fixed to the seat, so she drilled some holes to allow her to bolt the backrest onto the seat. She then attached the foam padding, which is quite thin to allow maximum rider seat space.

Lydia fixed the backrest cover to the wood and added decorative piping to the edge. This helps to close up the gap between the fibreglass seat and the material. Next, she checked that the front flap lifted as it should to allow access to the bolts underneath. These are so you can attach it to the motorcycle as and when needed.

Motorbike Seat Cover

We recently welcomed a 1967 Suzuki TR250 into the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.

Known for its rugged design and impressive performance, the Suzuki TR250 has all the power and torque you need for a successful race.

The owner of this bike is a keen racer and bike owner, as you can see from the images below, and has bought the seat into us so Lydia can put a new cover on it.

Another New Arrival

The Bridge Classic Cars workshop has welcomed several new arrivals lately, with one of the most recent ones being our 1997 Yamaha Virago 750.

This will eventually be won through Bridge Classic Cars Competitions but, for now, it will be inspected and assessed by our experienced workshop team.

More Progress

More progress has been made on the restoration of our 1984 Suzuki GSX 400T. The switch has just arrived and is very flat across the top. The speedo pops up 20mm and has a convex glass so you don’t have to be over it to read it with a fully digital display.

All of the controls are now sorted and a combined digital speedo and tachometer and rear light have been fitted, so just wiring to go.

The clutch issue is now solved, thanks to lots of mucking about with the sprocket and lift mechanism. The clutch lifter, when operating, moves toward the drive sprocket, with a 10mm offset sprocket and HD 520 chain they met at 1/4 lift.

Another lift mechanism has been sourced from a later model, which sits more flush on the inner case and gives 4mm extra lift, then another 3mm off the back of the sprocket and turned chain link to the inside and all is now fine with more than enough clearance at full lift.

A Classic Lambretta

We have recently welcomed a 1977 Lambretta LI150 Special Jet 150 into the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.

As you can see from the photos below, it certainly has a lot of character and will no doubt get lots of attention when it’s out on the road.

It will now undergo a full inspection and assessment before a plan is put together for its future.

Frame And Engine Progress

More progress has been made on our 1984 Suzuki GSX 400T. The original guard was used instead of a hugger, as the arm was too narrow for this. Before deciding on a guard, huggers from Honda, Yamaha, and Aprillia were tried but they were all designed for cast alloy swing arms meaning they were too wide to be trimmed to fit.

Rear and lower stays have been added to the ally guard and the frame is now being prepped for powder coating.

Stainless allens and flanged bolts have been fitted ready for the engine to be installed. The bolts were taper headed to help improve the finished look of the bike and the new oil filter was fitted too.

GSX 400T Progress

We have recently received an update on the progress of our 1984 Suzuki GSX 400T.

The frame and smaller parts of the bike are being prepped to be powder coated in satin black. The rear loop has been shortened and it now sits under the seat. The rear guard will likely not be used so a hugger may be sourced and modified instead.

Another modification has been made to the swing arm to catch the calliper torque motion on a peg rather than an arm. This will clean up the back end before more brackets are removed to continue the restoration process.

Getting Some Sun

Our 1984 Suzuki GSX 400T was able to enjoy some time in the sun recently. After being in the workshop of JAL Restorations for a while, it has finally been able to be photographed outside in the sunshine!

It’s always exciting to get updates on this special project and we love seeing the bike outside and moving closer to being back out on the road again at some point in the future.

New Shocks For Our Suzuki

The new shocks for our 1984 Suzuki GSX 400T have finally arrived!

To make them fit as they need to, a new upper mount will need to be made on the drive side. The stub to the collar on the frame will need grinding off so it can be drilled out and a new one welded in. On the other side of the bike, a spacer and dome note should be all that is needed.

In The Workshop – Honda Goldwing

Our 1977 Honda GL100 Goldwing is now back in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.

As you can see from the photos below, it is looking great and its future will soon be decided. Motorcycles like this don’t come into the workshop very often so we are very excited to see what the future holds for our stunning Goldwing.

Good Luck!

A good friend of Bridge Classic Cars, Karina (also known as Bike Like A Mum) is heading off for module 1 (MOD1) of her bike test today.

We hope that wearing our Blueprint Limited Edition T-Shirt brings you luck and that everything goes well!

It’s been great working with you in the past and seeing you at our live draws, and we hope to see much more of you in the future.

Sold On MyClassics.co.uk – 1961 Francis Barnett Trials

Our very special bike has recently left the Bridge Classic Cars workshop after being sold on MyClassics.co.uk

This is a very rare bike that is an original Francis Barnett factory 250cc model.

After undergoing restoration work on pretty much every part of this bike, it was an enjoyable experience to see it drive out of the workshop and into the hands of its new owner.

Our 1961 Francis Barnett Trials left us to travel to Coven, Staffordshire where we hope it will cover many more miles with its new owner.

Before it left, we started the bike up one more time and experienced this very special bike before we waved goodbye to it.

Delivering Our 1994 Ducati 750 SuperSport

On Thursday 6th October, we held a live triple draw at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop. We had an audience in attendance as well as musical entertainment, food, and drink.

During the live draw, ticket number 146 was randomly selected as the winning ticket. Clive Thompson was the lucky ticket holder who won our 1994 Ducati 750 SuperSport.

Today, we delivered the bike to its new owner and both Clive and Alfie the dog look very pleased with it.

Everyone at Bridge Classic Cars hopes Clive enjoys his new motorbike.

Coming Soon – 2017 Ducati Scrambler 800 Cafe Racer

Coming soon to the Bridge Classic Cars workshop is this beautiful Black & Bronze 2017 Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer.

This bike is for our director Craig, but before that the team will give it a full check over and make sure its in tip-top working order.

Expect to see more very soon here on the Bridge Classic Cars news page.

Back From Rebuild – The Carburettors for the 1977 Honda GL1000 Goldwing

The carburettors for Gordon, our directors, 1977 Honda GL1000 Goldwing are back from blasting and have been freshly rebuilt.

These are over at Chris Self Motorcycles with the rest of the bike being restored and rebuilt back to its original condition. The carburettors on the Goldwing are crucial for the 1000cc horizontally opposed 4 cylinder so they have been completely gone through by Chris Self to make sure there is no residual dirt anywhere within the carburettors.

If you like classic motorcycle restorations, keep an eye on the Bridge Classic Cars news page for more updates on the 1977 Honda GL1000 Goldwing.

Francis Barnett Winner

Congratulations to Mike Parsons, who’s just taken delivery his 1953 Francis Barnett Rigid Body Trials Motorcycle. Mike’s winning ticket was number 130.

Mauro drove all the way to Mike today to drop off the bike, which was received by a beaming Mike who quickly proceeded to take it for a test drive around his barn.

Francis Barnetts PDI

Mauro is carrying out a thorough Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) on our classic bike before it makes its way down to the south coast to winner, Mike Parsons tomorrow. We do thorough PDI’s on all our competition vehicles to make sure they’re running perfectly before they meet their new owners.

Charlotte Back On Two Wheels

Our talented presenter, Charlotte, recently got on our 1953 Francis Barnett and despite having little experience riding, she soon picked it up like a pro. At the weekend, Charlotte went out as a passenger on the back of this classic motorbike, owned by a friend. This beastly classic is a stunning 1998 Honda Valkyrie 1520 Six Cylinder.

It seems we may have sparked Charlotte’s interest for bikes now!

Francis Barnett Up And Running

Our 1953 Francis Barnett Rigid Body Trials motorbike was having some issues starting, so we had John take a look who quickly diagnosed the issue as dirt and debris getting caught in the carburettor.

Behind The Scenes With Charlotte

Last night our marketing team and visual gurus, Ellie and Freddie headed over to Bentwaters to shoot some photos and videos with Charlotte. The overcast evening sky made the perfect moody backdrop to shoot our classic 1953 Francis Barnett against.

We think Charlotte’s getting the hang of this bike…

New In: Francis Barnett

This 1953 Francis Barnet Rigid Body motorbike was delivered to us yesterday. For those with keen ears, you may have heard Craig mention an upcoming bike to the competitions. Stay tuned to find out where this bike is heading.

Although Craig managed to briefly start it up, it needs some attention to get it running smoothly. It currently has ten-year-old fuel sat in the tank that needs replacing and the electrics need a small amount of re-wiring. Other than these small amends, it’s good to go!

Bike Spotting

Here at Bridge Classic Cars, we love anything with a motor and wheels. We’re lucky to have friends that share that love and have their own stunning machines. Two friends of Craig’s own these bikes seen below and we couldn’t help but share them with our followers.

Honda Goldwing Has Landed

On Friday we welcomed our 1977 Honda Goldwing GL1000 into HQ. Bought by Gordon as a restoration project, we’re looking forward to seeing this Goldwing spreading its wings this summer.

This striking blue classic was originally designed to tackle the US cruising market of Harley Davidsons in the early 1970’s and would soon become a catalyst of change in the motorbike world. With the Honda Goldwing soaring into the cross-country cruising market, this desirable cruiser soon became a firm favourite of motorcycle enthusiasts everywhere.

Modified Suzuki Elements Back At HQ

With the modified fuel tank back at HQ, Craig can begin to fit his 1984 Suzuki GSX 400T back together. The seat frame had also come back and is ready to start being assembled.

Modifications for the Suzuki GSX 400T

Craig’s Suzuki GSX 400T has been pressure tested to check it can withstand the correct pressure with its new modifications.

The seat frame is also being modified so that the curved piece of metal seen below will make up the new smaller seat frame, leaving the majority of the bike exposed for a more rugged and raw dirt bike appeal.

Suzuki Fuel Tank Redesign

Craig’s 1984 Suzuki GSX 400T has had its fuel tank redesigned by Clinton from Holdsworth Artisan Metal Craft. This has been done by reshaping the side panels to allow the rider’s knees to sit more comfortably around the sides. Although this is more of an aesthetic refurbishment, it’s still just as important.

tomboy_a_bit – Francis Barnett Feature – January 2021

Back in 2019, we shot with Deimante aka @tomboy_a_bit at Bentwaters. Deimante is a die-hard motorbike fanatic and we couldn’t think of anyone more experienced than her to test out our beloved trial bike.

Deimante produced this video seen below where she talks about the interesting history of the bike and the quirks of riding it. From that day, we gathered plenty of photos and videos, some of which you’ll see on our website and other bits you can find on Deimante’s social media, so keep an eye out!

This charming bike is up for sale with us and you can check it out here.

Honda Goldwing Coming Soon

We’re welcoming this lovely Honda Goldwing GL1000 as part of our own collection, however, it will be sent to JAL Restorations for a freshen up. Stay tuned to follow this Goldwing’s restoration journey.

Dan’s In Demand!

Our Director Craig has had a bespoke exhaust made for his 1984 Suzuki GSX 400T. The custom-built exhaust is the handy work of the genius Dan Dew from Demand Engineering.

“Dan’s built the whole exhaust” Craig explains “he’s even made the can shorter upon my request.”

A shorter can on the exhaust not only better suits the café racer style Craig’s aiming for, but will also make the bike louder.

If anyone can make a bespoke exhaust and can – Dan can! We’re always super impressed with the craftsmanship from Demand Engineering. This custom-made exhaust is no exception.

The only thing left for this extraordinary build is to get the engine out and blacken the whole thing. Looking forward to hearing that exhaust roar!