Bernies Bike Shed



THE ‘goveuneur’ on the INTERNATIONAL WEST KENT RUN; 2010

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On the Fleet lions run


Fleet Lions 2011

AS you can see the ‘Hoffmann’ is looking the best it will ever be! From now on its going to be used,I E ridden in wind ,rain, sun, what ever? I don’t beleive in static below from a Vintage Steam show , temperature in the 25-26 C  The arena was a dust bowl,the other extreme from those days when it was being assembled back in January minus 4C with snow covering the ground! You can’t beat a English summers  day. Take a more closer look at” “



  1. Hi Bernie,

    I have one of these bikes in Jakarta, Indonesia, unfortunately mine is missing the original generator,and cover, and the aluminium housing around the carburettor, and carburettor. It has been fitted with a small car alternator, and the missing carb has been replaced with a Japanese one. The bike still sees action on the roads, and I am seriously thinking of a sympathetic restoration, to a more original condition after being inspired by the work you have done. Do you know of a specialist club anywhere, that may be able to assist me with locating some of the required parts for the restoration?

    Best Regards,
    Richard Manson

    Comment by richardjohnmanson — February 22, 2013 @ 5:20 am

    • Hello Richard,good to know a hoffmann is in a far off place still working! to get spare parts for the ‘Gouverneur’is a like seaching for ‘Hens teeth’The owners of such parts tend to guard them like gold dust and are very reluctant to part with them!Having said that some of the parts you are after i have seen on German E bay! genarator cover,carb cover,and carb i have seen over the years.The carb covers often go missing because the bike runs better if the carb is running cooler,My experiance with bikes is that if a part gets taken off,sooner or later it will get lost or parted from the bike when it gets sold on.I will try to keep you informed if anything comes up on my travels. regards Bernie.

      Comment by berniesbikeshed — February 22, 2013 @ 9:49 am

  2. Thanks for the swift reply Bernie, The main thing for me is to keep her roadworthy. I would of course like to return her to original condition, but as long as she is roadworthy that matters more to me than anything else. She originally had a sidecar but the previous owner removed that for another project, and it is long gone in the mists of time! You have certainly inspired me to get her looking a little more original, but the white livery of the police version looks absolutely gorgeous so she may just end up paler than at present!

    Thanks again and best regards,

    Comment by richardjohnmanson — February 22, 2013 @ 6:09 pm

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