Va va Vespa!

September 12, 2013


Here’s the lovely Megan with our latest Vespa, a lovingly restored P200E.

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Our moped moves forward!

September 12, 2013

Our 1956 Motobécane moped is finally running and rideable. All we need to now is get this baby looking as good as it runs.

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Rise of the Phoenix

May 9, 2013

We’ve had this burned Triumph Bonneville in the shop for quite awhile, but the engine looked so bad we pushed it over into a corner. Then we were always bumping into it. Finally I decided to mount it on one of our engine stands and see what we really had left. Now that we’re breaking it down for a rebuild, the insides are in surprisingly good shape! Guess it takes more than a little fire to destroy a classic like this.

Anyway, watch in the weeks to come while we raise a new bike from the ashes of the old one. Below is a picture from Wikipedia showing what an unburnt Triumph Bonneville looks like:

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LeftSideLW

Recently we were approached by an eye doctor in the Kansas City area to restore a Lambretta for him. He had originally wanted to buy one of ours that was already finished, but then purchased one to restore himself. He finally decided it was a little too much specialized work. It’s a 1956 Lambretta LD 125, and has some Rube Goldberg modifications that one of the previous owners did to make the scoot work. (Parts were hard to find, pre-Internet!)

We’ve broken her down. The engine is in assembly, we’re searching for all the missing parts, a new electronic ignition system is on the way from England, sheet metal work in process, soon to be in paint. We plan to deliver it late spring!

The proposed paint scheme will be similar to the scoot pictured above, but with original Lambretta colors.

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They don’t make mopeds like this anymore

May 24, 2012

We’re working on the coolest little bike ever, a 1956 Motobécane moped. We just got tires from England and have started getting it ready for the road! In the meantime, here’s a YouTube video showing a bunch of Motobécane mopeds in their fully restored glory. Of course, ours will look much better. Motobécane was a […]

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1975 Norton Commando 850

February 21, 2012

There’s a new gunfighter in town: This 1975 Norton Commando 850, in the John Player Special color scheme. Best of all: 978 original miles. Big Eds will be doing the carbs on this bad boy. The MK3 Commando was first Norton fitted with an electric starter — which was a mixed blessing since it had […]

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Vespa 50 Special Small Frame

December 28, 2011

This bike was owned by the same family for 25 years, and was going to be given to the son for graduating college. We updated the bike and gave it a nice repaint. We also upgraded it with a sweet leg-shield mounted spare tire.

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I’m dreaming of a white Vespa

December 20, 2011

Look what Santa brought to Big Ed’s stable of scoots: a low-mileage Vespa P200 with sidecar — both in great condition!

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Meet the Hop Rod

December 19, 2011

Here at Big Ed’s, we recently came across a fun little toy called the Hot Rod. Those of a certain age will remember it as the gas-powered pogo stick that was manufactured right here in Wichita during the Sixties. According to what we could find on the Web, this is one of maybe three Hop […]

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1914 Henderson with a history

December 19, 2011

I have a neighbor, lets call him JR, who loves British cars and old motorcycles. He recently acquired an interesting find, that he had chased for 15 years. He’s a history buff, and always has his ear to the ground. He heard a rumor about this bike on a farmer’s property in southwest Kansas. The […]

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