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Saturday, 7 May 2011

Does it get any better than this.........................

.............if it does, I ain't seen it!

This jaw dropping piece of art is featured in this month's Back Street Heroes mag, I'd seen snippets of the bike in various places since it appeared at Alexandra Palace a couple of months ago. This was the first time that I had seen a complete set of pictures in High Res showing the detail.
Built by Larry Houghton of Lamb Engineering down there in the West Country, it doesn't so much raise the bar as make the bar redundant.

Powered by a '49 ZB32 with a ZB34 top end grafted on, Larry says the inspiration comes partly from the old Yam FS1E of the mid '70s. There is certainly a feel to it that supports that, whether it's the colour, the flat line beneath the tank and seat or the curve of the down tube that somehow mimics the back bone of the old Fizzies I ain't sure.

If you've not seen this bike before take a little time out to open up the pictures and absorb the the sublime quality of the craftsmanship and detail. If there's been a better bike built in the UK, I can't think of it at the moment, of course all suggestions will be gratefully received at the e-mail addy above.

The fact that a similar '49 ZB32 motor is the next in line to go up on the BIW bench is purely coincidental and holds no sway over the previous comments.

A huge thank you to BLUE of BSH for taking and sending these great pictures.............respect

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