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.
The show’s history dates back to 1992 when a small group of classic motorcyclists wanted to explore the idea of displaying their personal collections of bikes. The idea was to allow people of all ages to get up close and personal with the machines they were so passionate about.
Since that first idea, the East Anglian Copdock Bike Show has grown into one of the most popular motorcycle shows in the area. It is a family-friendly event and has something for everyone whether you have an interest in motorbikes or not.
The show is all about raising money for local charities and, so far, more than half a million pounds has been raised.
This year’s show looked to be a great success and we hope to be able to make it there ourselves next year.
In the meantime, the Bridge Classic Cars Bike Meet is making its debut this month so, if you want a fix of motorbikes while waiting for the Copdock Show to return in 2024, all the information you need is here.
We were saddened to learn about the tragic passing of rider Gary Vines during qualifying for the Manx Grand Prix.
On a personal note, I attended high school with Gary. Although we lost contact upon leaving school, I remember, even back then, that he had a huge passion for motorbikes. At just 33 years old, it’s sad to see such a promising talent and nice guy pass away so early in his life.
A statement on behalf of the Manx Grand Prix Races said:
“It is with a heavy heart that the organisers of the Manx Grand Prix Races can confirm that Gary Vines, 33, from Colchester, succumbed to injuries sustained in an accident during the first qualifying session of the 2023 event. The accident occurred at Ballagarey on his first lap of the session.
Gary was a regular competitor at the Manx Grand Prix, making his debut in 2015 where he took a highly impressive victory in the Newcomers B Race. He earned another podium in the 2018 Lightweight Race and also secured top-ten finishes at the Classic TT. He competed in the Supersport Races at the 2022 and 2023 TT Races, posting his fastest-ever lap of the TT Mountain Course this year at an average speed of 118.488mph.
Everyone involved in the organisation of the Manx Grand Prix would like to express their deepest sympathies to Gary’s family, his partner, his loved ones, and friends.”
Have you ever heard of a mystery so perplexing, that it consumes your thoughts day and night? Well, that is the current situation in the Bridge Classic Cars office following the discovery of a rogue number plate!
It all began earlier today when a very kind passer-by bought a number plate into the workshop after finding it on the road outside. After double-checking our current projects, the plate does not appear to come from any classic we are working on.
With a little bit of digging, we have so far linked the number plate to a 1957 BSA Shooting Star motorbike. A little bit more research and we found that the bike in question is finished in rare two-tone green.
With this limited information, we are turning our attention to the online world. We hope that with as many people as possible seeing the number plate, we will be able to reunite the plate with the beautiful bike it belongs to.
Nick, a Bridge Classic Cars representative said “This is the biggest mystery I’ve ever heard of in my vast career. I mean, a number plate without a vehicle attached to it is nothing more than a piece of metal with writing on it…I urge anyone with any information to come forward, you’re not in trouble, I just want to bring this case to a happy conclusion”.
Now that the weather has been much more summery as of late, there have been some great biking days and, Bridge Classic Cars Director, Craig recently took his 2017 Ducati Scrambler 800 Cafe Racer out for a ride in the nice weather.
As you can see from the photos below, the bike looks incredible and was undoubtedly an exciting ride out.
You now have the opportunity to win our 2022 Royal Enfield Meteor 350.
This is a beautiful classic-style modern bike that is fun to ride as a weekend cruiser or on your daily commute.
With less than 200 miles on the clock, our Meteor 350 will be a great addition to any bike collection.
Tickets are now available on the Bridge Classic Cars Competitions website.
Hannah is a passionate biker and has worked with some big names in the bike world, so we were very excited to spend some time with her.
Nick had a great time on the shoot and we hope Hannah enjoyed herself too. It’s always great to see an epic motorbike riding around Bentwaters and this was certainly no exception.
Everyone here at Bridge Classic Cars would like to thank Hannah for coming to see us and we are very much looking forward to finding the winner of her 2022 Royal Enfield Meteor 350 very soon.
Our 2022 Royal Enfield Meteor 350 has recently arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop. This will soon be available to win through Bridge Classic Cars Competitions.
As it is such a new bike, it has done less than 200 miles and is a fantastic example of a classic-style modern bike.
We are very much looking forward to seeing our Meteor 350 go live and for someone to become the new owner of this incredible motorbike very soon.
We were lucky enough to be sent some photos and a short video of a motorbike meet being held in Garstang, Lancashire recently.
Seeing this many motorbikes travelling in convoy is always an impressive sight and we are keen to attend more motorbike events in the future.
Classic car technician Dave has been looking at our 2008 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 in preparation for it being delivered to our lucky winner.
While checking over the bike, Dave fitted a new spring to the side stand.
Despite being a seemingly small part, it’s jobs like this that make sure everything is working as it should be when our vehicles leave the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.
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.
Our 2003 Aprilia RSV 1000 Millie has recently arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.
Now that it is with us, it will be inspected and assessed before the workshop team come up with a plan of action for its future.
We don’t always have many motorbikes in the workshop so it’s always exciting to see one like this arrive.
Our 2008 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 has just arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.
Now that it is here, our team of classic car technicians will thoroughly inspect and assess its condition before its future is decided.
As you can see from the images below, this stunning bike is in need of some attention but we are very much looking forward to seeing what the future has in store for our Harley!
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.
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!
Yesterday we teamed up with photographer, Lydia Harper to shoot some visuals for Deus Ex Machina. The team, which included Matt Wild (videographer), Alice Harper (Assistant), Hannah Coe (model) and Lydia, came down to Bentwaters to take our 1953 Francis Barnet trials bike and 1963 MGB Roadster out for a spin. Partnering up with clothing brand Deus Ex Machina, Lydia was putting together some stellar content for both the brand, her own creative agency Parc femme and for us here at Bridge. We’re very excited to see what Lydia and Matt shot from the day – watch this space!
It’s fantastic to get the opportunity to collaborate with other talented artists in the industry. Bring on more collaborations!
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.