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Yamaha 650cc Dragster

We have just added a photo of a beautifully restored Yamaha 650cc Dragster to the Gallery. This is the culmination of many hours of hard work on the bike itself and, of course, the rebuild of the wheels by Wheelwise Engineering. The owner is understandably very pleased with the end result!

1923 Francis Barnett Zarabout

A great photo of a 1923 Francis Barnett “Zarabout” has just been added to the Gallery. This is fitted with a 147cc Villiers engine, has two speeds but no clutch or kickstart.

The owner, Chas, who was responsible for renovating it to its current first class condition, said; “Thanks for your help with the wheels, Steve, brilliant job!”

1923 Francis Barnett “Zarabout”

1974 Kawasaki S1B 250

We have added a photo of a superbly restored 1974 Kawasaki S1B to the Motorcycle Gallery, back, as the owner said: “looking like you would want it to look like on your drive when you were seventeen!”

Take a look at this!

Take a look at this rare Kawasaki W2TT Commander – a Japanese take on a BSA…. done properly! – restored back to showroom condition with, of course, wheels provided by Wheelwise Engineering.



Wheelwise Engineering supplies wheels for UK “Milano-Taranto” team



Wheelwise Engineering is pleased to be supplying wheels for a British team taking part in this year’s “Milano-Taranto”.

So what is the “Milano Taranto”?

“Milano-Taranto” is a six-leg challenge on classic bikes to discover the best of Italy’s villages and countryside (as well as good food and, maybe, a little wine!). It commemorates one of the longest, most exciting, back-breaking motorcycle marathons, which ran until 1956. The 31st commemorative event (the first was in 1987) will be held from 2 to 8 July 2017 and at least 230 riders from around the world will take part.

The route goes along minor roads through Tuscany, Lazio and Puglia (and touches on Umbria and Abruzzo). The total distance is around two thousand kilometres, just to ensure eight to ten hours in the saddle each day for the courageous competitors.


Team Motori Di Marino

Entering as a British team under the Motori Di Marino name, Jan-Willem, Les, Bjørn and John are busy preparing their bikes, ready for their summer adventure. The man in charge is Pietro Di Marino, the owner of one of the leading Italian bike specialists in the South (visit their website at for more information).

Motori Di Marino Team. Top left: Jan Willem Labeij (1955 Moto Morini 175 Settebello); top right: Leslie Hampton (1950 Moto Guzzi 500 Astore); bottom left: Bjorn Christiansen (1953 Moto Guzzi 250 Airone); bottom right: John Watson (1955 Gilera 500 Saturno Sport)


For more information and photos, visit their blog at:

Yamaha TDR250

We have just received this photo of an immaculate Yamaha TDR250, fitted with Excel rims, and added it to the gallery.

Another great before and after story

This 1955 Francis Barnett Falcon 70 was bought in July 2015.


1955 Francis Barnett Falcon 70 in its original condition


After a lot of loving care and attention and hard work, its transformation is almost complete……….


1955 Francis Barnett Falcon 70 after renovation in October 2016