- CBE Fundraising Event on Sept. 19 to Benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Societyby Jack Manning
The Wandering Woodburys Ride for LLS, a motorcycle and hot rod scenic tour takes place on Sunday, September 19, beginning at Classic Bike Experience (CBE), 104 Center Road in Essex.
All motorcycle or hot rod enthusiasts are welcome to join in the fun beginning at 1 PM with a rolling tour of northeastern Vermont followed by a cookout at CBE from 3 ’til 5 PM. It’s all about raising money to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and the fee to attend is by voluntary contribution. The ride is being held as a lead-in to the Light the Night Walk taking place virtually five days later on Friday, September 24.
Donate $100 or more to earn a free commemorative t-shirt or click to order one for $25 with $5 going to the LLS…
CBE is a business and a co-op focused on vintage British motorcycle restorations. Nick Woodbury and Jack Manning began it as a club that first met in Jack’s garage after he was widowed in 2005. Nothing filled the empty time and space better than a winterized garage with lots of bikes (mostly British), good tunes and good friends. The commercial side of the business grew with customers from all over New England and beyond who brought their bikes (mostly 1950 to 1979 era) for repairs and restorations. But in 2019, Nick was diagnosed with lymphoma and passed away in January 2020.
Nick also had a long history as a hot-rodder and was often heard to say, “If I had all the money back that I ever spent on cars and motorcycles, I’d spend it on cars and motorcycles.”
The club aspect became a guild, aka the Wandering Woodburys wherein members can work on their own bikes at whatever level of competency they have, from novice to a vintage race team. After Nick’s passing, the members wanted to stage a memorial ride but COVID put that idea on hold. With the LLS Light the Night event taking place, it seemed like the perfect way to remember Nick while raising money to help LLS to provide patient support services, advocate for lifesaving treatments, and pioneer the most promising cancer research anywhere.
Jack Manning, CBE owner and organizer has set a goal of $10 thousand dollars and they are nearing the halfway mark. “Any donation will help us make an impact. Thanks in advance for your contribution to a cause that means so much to us.”
All of the funds go directly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
- Mike’s Tritonby Jack Manning
Mike’s Triton has held a place of honor at our shop since it arrived last fall.
Unique, handsome and dripping with iconic lines, the other bikes in the shop were in awe and a bit intimidated – they had quickly figured out that this was a special machine with a special owner. But awe soon turned to concern, and then empathy, as the various motor bits came apart revealing metastatic mechanical issues. What started as repairing a failed attempt to graft on an electric starter before arriving at CBE, soon morphed into a complete engine job.
We consulted with Big D in Texas, who were kind enough to share their experiences with these e-starts. They repeatedly stressed having the bike properly tuned and running well. Any backfire could put us back to square one with broken parts. Mike and I reasoned the best thing to do was to get the bike running, timed/tuned and well sorted before attempting another starter-ectomy.
And so, after all of the various nasty little secrets revealed themselves, the bike was back on the mend. Over the quiet Covid winter months, and with a variety of Nortons, BSAs, a Velocette and my own ‘73 750 offering encouragement and advice, the Triton was steadily brought back to health. First kick was in early March, followed by parking lot and then at-speed road testing shortly thereafter. Mike had mentioned the bike never really ran as well as he thought it should. Three out of four sets of broken valve springs clearly did not help along with a list of other maladies. We did incorporate a thicker head gasket to lower the compression a tad, and the TriSpark ignition timed just a few degrees retarded to buy a bit more insurance against kickbacks. The Amals dialed in nicely and the bike is now a reliable first kick starter and feels like a T140 should. So much for the motor.
There is a great kid’s book called, “If you Give a Mouse a Cookie”
The story goes on to show that if you give a mouse a cookie, he’ll want a glass of milk to go with it… and then a bath… and then a bedtime story, and so on. So it is with the Triton. Headlight was a bit cocked, parts of the custom wiring loom needed serious love, some missing and loose fasteners here and there, alignment that should be done, etc.. In the end, we covered everything on our 3-page delivery checklist normally used for restorations. But hey, the bike is going back to the Editor of Cafe Racer Magazine, so I’m not taking any chances. The showroom bikes were in full support and kept nagging to fettle this and fettle that. Vintage bikes can be like that. They look out for each other, and I’m pretty sure the Triton will miss his buddies when he goes home in a few months.
OK now what? We have customized all the proper mounts and found space for the new KickMagic upgrade to safely ditch the e-Start, and will have the system finished in time for the next issue.