Feb 012015
 

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Anybody can buy a bike.
Many people can ride one.
You’ve gotta be a complete air head to build one.

On this website we like to include all variations of hand built motorcycles from classics to café racers, choppers to flat trackers. Ideally, we like ’em air cooled (the clue’s in our name), but there are some ace boilers out there as well. If you’d like to see your build included on our website, why not email some pictures and a description to mybike@theairheads.co.uk.

If you’re building a bike and need the assistance of some craftsmen to fix the bits you don’t want to tackle, take a look in our ‘Craftsmen’ section. Particularly useful if you’re near Bristol, UK like us.

Oct 012017
 

This bobber’s a really beautifully engineered bitsa. Kawasaki Z400 engine, but pretty much everything else is custom built to high standards. It’s kick only, however the kickstart would hit the foot rest, so it has a push button release to remove it for starting. Just one of the many quirky, clever and nicely made bits to this machine. Gold pinstripes were hand painted by the owner.

A simple speedo on the bars keeps the look clean but it’s nice to know the revs when setting tickover etc, so a digital rev counter can be viewed through the crankshaft viewing window – neat.

The keyless ignition is switched on by a press of a button on the key fob, which illuminates the warning lights set into a tidy console behind the tank.

Nicely arranged air filters are mounted on extensions to avoid fouling the frame. Extensions are welded sections of exhaust pipe covered in black sleeving.

French army leather ammo pouches make a handy tool bag for plug spanner, etc.

And here’s the proud owner himself Mr Steve Kilbey.

Sep 282017
 

Yam-n-eggs makes it on to the Ride Culture video!
Take a look at this short video from 12th/13th May 2017 and spot the glimpses of the red beast at the show (click images):

Aug 292017
 


Yam-n-eggs made it’s annual appearance at this years Bristol Bike Show. The event was well run as ever and, although there were a lot of pretty Harleys, there was also a bit more variation this year, such as:

Some very peculiar custom builds like this near-a-car scooter like thing that must have taken hours to build and attracted a great deal of attention.
Some other pretty trick XS650 builds as well like this one which had been meticulously put together:

Jul 162017
 

What a great event The Malle Mile is. A weekend of biking shenanigins in the grounds of a stately home, what’s not to like?
I’ve just come across another excellent video of the event in which you can just spot a certain XS650 Yamaha lining up for the off in the sprint race. It had to be shared:

Loads of fun, but not quite as comical as the Hoxton Moto take on the event:

A win for me on this run – yippie

Apr 232017
 

The Bristol Italian Moto Festival never fails to bring out some interesting exotica, and this year was no exception. One of my favourites was an ultimate cafe racer, the Bimoto Tesi 2D. A Ducati Vee twin engined bizarre looking machine that had the crowds puzzling over which end was which. It’s alledged to be very nimble due to it’s hub centre steering and light weight. A valuable machine from the mid ’90s that is supposed to be a joy to ride.

An interesting classic, this little 250 overhead cam Parilla from the early ’60s is very rare. Apparently only a handful were imported and only two are known to exist today, both owners living near Bristol.

And this shiny little number is just very pretty in a most Italian way, with it’s cam drive visible through a little window on the head.

Feb 052017
 

Some interesting bits and pieces from the Bristol Classic Bike Show at the Bath & West Showgrounds, Shepton Mallet.

I passed my test on a borrowed Bridgestone 90, owned a Suzuki 500 Gamma and have raced 100cc Karts in the 70’s, so rotary disk valve engines hold special memories for me. The Kawasaki A1 250 Samurai (c1967) was one of the best early examples of these engine in a production motorcycle.

It still looks quite modern and, at 31 BHP, it’s powerfull for a 250.

This Raleigh three wheeler was an absolute gem, mostly because of the owners account of his restoration.

Believed to be one of only 3 on the road it has a Raleigh made V twin engine that the owner tracked down after looking for one for over 20 years. It had spent time in a ditch and a junk yard before being rebuilt.

I love a cutaway, so this fully functional cutaway of a Vincent engine was a delight. Surely it was made as an exhibit and somebody hasn’t actually taken a hacksaw to an extremely valuable Vincent engine?

This is also a Vincent, but a very small one – a Vincent no shadow?

A Maseratti this time. A stunning 50cc racer.

A neat “Slippery Sam” replica.

Excelsior made 2 stroke engines for a variety of application from Berkeley three wheelers to this little moped.

Little REX moped was a front wheel, direct drive machine.