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November 2013  Classic bike news



Above: Brough Superior has unveiled its new SS100, the first completely new bike to carry the legendary Brough Superior brand since the Haydn Road, Nottingham factory closed in 1940. The DOHC, four-valve-per-cylinder engine is a 997cc, 88-degree four stroke V-twin. The bore and stroke is 94mm x 71.8mm. The power output is said to be between 102bhp and 140bhp @ 10,000rpm depending on buyer requirements and ECU programming. The compression ration is 11:1. We're advised that the dry weight is 395lbs, and that Brough Superior has designed this motorcycle as a 90th anniversary homage to the greatest Brough of all. See the main news story on this page.

November 2013 Classic bike news

"21st century" Hesketh 24 promised

Lewis Collins: 1946 - 2013

Watsonian Meteor sidecar returns

VMCC Hewing: jumped or pushed?

Brad Pitt Davida lid up for grabs

Andy Tiernan/Nick Ward Calendar

OK-Supreme missing parts appeal

Southern Classic Off-Road Show

For sale: 1964 BSA C15T - £2,850

1938 Matchless Model X - Cheffins

For sale: 1957 AJS Model 30. £3,300

Monstercraft Brat Kit for XS650 Yams

Bonhams Las Vegas, 9th Jan 2014

Young drivers see less, warns RAC

Lightmare campaign reminder

Interesting UK prison facts and stats
1935 Excelsior tops Harrogate Sale
Royal Enfield Continental screens
Stolen T100 returned after 46 years
Hövding invisible cycling helmet
SR400 Yamaha vs baby Triumph?
Ring of Red: respectful or mawkish?
McQueen's "Bullitt" tweed on sale
Jake Robbins taper-girders
Rare 350cc Triumph 3SW at Bonhams
Sump Magazine is now on Facebook
US Government ponders lid laws
Harley-Davidson's new streetsters
Milton Keynes's "driverless cars"
New T-bird, first whitewall radials
Weiss Montana heated glove
Upham's Brough project unveiled
Circa 1925 Douglas RA for Harrogate
Caterham Cars launches bike range
Cameron visits Henry Cole's Gladstone
bobber factory

British solicitors under threat
Norton's first US Commandos sent
Graham Stark: 1922 - 2013

October 2013 Classic bike news

Cheffins' Cambridge sale results
Lou Reed: 1942 - 2013
The Glory Days of British Motorbikes
Triumph Experimental by Mick Duckworth
Liverpool's bus lane suspension
Regent Street Motor Show update
Francis Beart Manx makes £61,980
The Breathometer is coming
Harley-Davidson recalls 25,185 motorcycles
Triumph T120 TT Special hits £16,000
Cool 1939 Triumph T100 on eBay
Superbikes of the 70s from Panther Publishing
"Project" Vincent-HRD Meteor offer
Rare 1938 600cc eBay Triumph 6S
Copdock Commando prize winner
Cambridge cops are nicking bikes
H&H at Duxford: 16th October 2013
Has Triumph run out of ideas?
Rat-out a trader, win ten grand
SuperBike sold, yet again
Norton "export volumes rise"
Last call for the classic Land Rover

September 2013 Classic bike news

Haynes retrenches and regroups
Billy Fury Tribute Night at the Ace
Gear Gremlin First Aid Kit
Ellis e-petition gathers momentum
Southbank car & bike boot sale
Pistons & Props: 28th-29th Sept 2013
Bike buyers robbed at gunpoint
1901 Ariel Quadricycle comes home
RAC demands 5p per litre fuel cut
1st Annual Motorcycle Film Festival,
Brooklyn, NY

"3D gun" on display at the V&A
Grayling's magistrates reform woes
Twenty's plenty in the Square Mile
Cool Ariel Square Four on eBay
Royal Enfield Continental GT roars
Weise Hi Viz jackets for cissies
Triumph T120R eScam taken offline
Bonhams' Beaulieu 2013 sale results
Satnav drivers "returning to maps"
Kenneth Horatio Wallis: 1916 - 2013
H&H invites October Duxford entries
Indian built 500cc Harley-Davidsons?
Brough stuff at Bonneville 2013
Triumph Rocket-3 streamliner details

August 2013 Classic bike news

Huge classic bike collection to sell
£4,600 Harley-Davidson FatBoy scam
Two classic Honda CX500 kits
Stolen BMW R80ST plea for help
Ace Classics (London) 2013 calendar
Sid Bernstein: 1918 - 2013
Judge denies Muslim burka motion
Brent Council shuts Ace "race track"
VW injunction blocks security hole
Bonhams return to Beaulieu in Sept
Pistol-packing copper is still busy on the job
Peter Fonda sues over Easy Rider T-shirt
Southern Classic Off-Road Show
Karen Black 1939 -2013
EU threatens MOT tests for caravans
New Norton T-shirt from Sump
2014 Indian range announced
Werner Lang: 1922 - 2013
Three staff arrested at Les Emery's

July 2013 Classic bike news

Cheffins Cambridge July results
Three "rare" Triumph TSXs on sale
Film company seeks Enfield riders
David Dixon: 1933-2013
Rare Triumph 6-1 on eBay: £16,000
Swinton fined for swindling
York council's 20mph slap in the face
French TV channel will be filming at the Ace
Lesney's Matchbox 60th anniversary
Free tickets to the South of England SuperBike Show and Bike Jumble
"... and do you take this poof to be your lawfully wedded husband?"
Henry Cole's "Gladstone" bobber
Triumph TRW pricing news
David "Fluff" Brown: 1930-2013
New Norton Domiracer breaks cover
£20,000 T120 Bonneville in sight
"Motorways are a rip off!" say IAM
Mortons postpones Big Kent 2013 event
VMCC Velo and Norton raffle update
Vincent Black Shadow T-shirt
Welsh Assembly votes away rights
June Pendine Trials "weathered off"

June 2013 Classic bike news

Roger LaVern: 1937 - 2013
2012 UK road deaths and injury figures
Cheffins fairground biker: £1100
Brake lights that see round the bend
Bonhams' 2013 Banbury highlights
New police powers and penalties
Bonhams & Banbury 2013 reminder
Cafe Racer Festival at Montlhery
Dirt Quake II
Historics at Brooklands results
Cameras to monitor cycle boxes?
Peter Williams £65,000 replica

May 2013 Classic bike news

TT rider Yoshinari Matsushita killed

2013 Brighton Speed Trials cancelled

Ton-Up Day 14th July 2013

Johnny "Chester" Dowling's
getting his kicks again

87 bikes for Historics at Brooklands

Sump seizes Kempton trader's stock

Welcome to classic Britain

DomiRacer liquidated and set for auction

Ray "Doors" Manzarek: 1939-2013

Indian's "sneak peek" at the Chief

Streetfighters magazine closes after 22 years

Bruce Main-Smith stops trading

Bike Shed custom bike exhibition

AJS-Matchless Club draw 2013

Bryan Forbes: 1926 - 2013

Watsonian-Squire Open Weekend

Call to lower the legal age of consent to 13

Royal Enfield's new UK home

April 2013 Classic bike news

Genuine Sump T-Shirt back in stock

VMCC Jan-Jun 2013 Velocette raffle

Storm conversion for XS650 Yams

Drive it Day for classic cars and bikes

Petition to ban mobile phone drivers

£246,400 Vincent; £246,400 Brough

Royal change to the laws of succession

Margaret Thatcher: 1925-2013

Ex-McQueen Indian Model F to sell

Eric's Cafe Racer Corner

Peter "Pip" Harris: 1927-2013

Pendine Sands Speed Trials 22/23 June 2013

Dr James "JK" Kelly Swanston: 1908-2013

Mortons buys Normous Newark

March 2013 Classic bike news
2013 Pioneer Run snowed and iced off

Dambuster charity motorcycle ride

One hundred cafe racers wanted

Hide your classic, and go to jail

Eddie Presbury "cheap" bike art

Norton acquires Donington Hall

James Herbert: 1943-2013

1973: New cut-off date for "historics"

Triumph T140D floating disc from
Norman Hyde

Rare Brough Superior BS4 to sell

First Vincent Lightning also to sell

British justice for sale, says Grayling

Indian reveals new 111-inch engine

Yamaha Bolt challenge to Triumph?

Triumph still in the number one spot

February 2013 Classic bike news

£6975 Triumph Tiger Cub, sold!
Ray "Dalek" Cusick: 1928-2013
Triumph Speed Triple R "Dark"
Despatches. Free eBook from Sump
Bonhams' Grand Palais "success"
Le breathalyser fines "postponed"
Government set to scrap 80mph speed limit hike plan
Driving test interpreters for the chop?
Reg "Wild Thing" Presley: 1941-2013
Bonhams Paris Grand Palais Sale 2013
New licence withdrawal powers

January 2013 Classic bike news

Freddie Williams: 1926-2013
Where's the Gaffer's Gallop film?
Andy Tiernan's ebay warning
2013 Triumph Rocket 3 Roadster
Insulting to be made legal again
One hundred years of Aston Martin
$480,000 1939 BMW Rennsport
Burtons' Triumph TRW register
James Austin's Classic Shows
Winter Restoration Show 2012
2013 Triumph Tiger Sports 1050
Winter Classic Bike Guide Show

December 2012 Classic bike news

Royal Enfield Musket revamped
Gerry Anderson: 1929-2012
Triumph Rocket Three dream bike
Bonhams' Ace hemi-head prototype
Petition to save Earls Court
Alex Moulton: 1920-2012
1st Southern Off Road Show, 2012
End of the UK tax disc?
Ultra-rare 1905 Leo to Bonhams sale
Dave Brubeck: 1920-2012
Italian Matchless's on the way?
Two Royal Enfield custom kits

November 2012 Classic bike news

Free British scooter exhibition at the Coventry Transport Museum
Ace Classics 2013 calendar out now
Johnny Giles opens new Ace shop

New Hughie Hancox book

Classic Stones 2012 line-up reunion

Futuristic sidecar sculpture art sale

National Trust Jenkins calls for UK
traffic light cull

French mayor set to ban classics?

Cool new Royal Enfield T-shirt

Steve McQueen's Husky to sell

Roy Price: 1929-2012

First radial tyres for classics

Police Runlock system rolls out

Pointless road sign cull

MOT shake-up for pre-1960s classics

New 2013 Royal Enfield Cafe Racer?

October 2012 Classic bike news

New Sump BEEZA GEEZA T-shirt

Rare 110-year old 1902 Rambler

Daytime "classic" LED running light

MBH goes into administration

VMCC Christmas Laverda raffle

"Old Bill" Brough auction record

Grindlay-Peerless hits £67,580

French breathalyser kit fines delayed

Ken Heanes: 1934-2012

Keanu Reeves launches bike firm

New Norton Commando Roadster side panels

The Right On Andrew Mitchell, MP

Barn find Brough & "Black Bess"

H&H's "no reserve" Brough to sell

Classic TT festival plans revealed

Offensive T-shirt man is jailed

Jimmy won't fix this

September 2012 Classic bike news

New wheel clamping regulations,
and more...

2011 Drink-driving deaths spike

Time to arm the British police?

Triumph's Jubilee Bonnie donation

Green light for cyclists?

Exmoor auction nets £667,128

New classic bike/car E-petition

Hyde Bonneville SE brake upgrade

Mike Ellis Memorial Run

French High Viz jacket confusion

Penning goes to Northern Ireland

Digital "Chronometric" clocks

August 2012 Classic bike news

"Bits Stuck Anywhere" archive film
Norton jumps US approval hurdle
Scott McKenzie: 1939-2012
Mick Hemmings' racing retirement
Exmoor Museum Collection to sell
British unemployment? Go figure
Adventure Travel Film Festival 2012
New style Euro MOT mooted
Alton eKit starters for the Norton Commando and Velo
Brighton Speed Trials reminder
AEB Auto braking is "imminent"
Sunbeam S7 video
Matlock Bath parking petition

July 2012 Classic bike news

Triumph Model H & BSA Bantam videos
Maurice Seddon's bikes for sale
Harwood cleared
Watsonian to mark its centenary
2012 VMCC Banbury Run report
VMCC competition winner
V5C "log book" warning
Battastini shut the shop, and go online
Jon Lord: 1941-2012
Founders Day is postponed
Royal Enfield's American growth
Win a Triumph 675 Street Triple
John "Jack" Difazio: 1914-2012
Martin Squires' Sketchbook
Hyde Bonneville luggage rack
BSA A65 complete alloy clutch
Triumph's new Trophy 1200 tourer

June 2012 Classic bike news

Andover Norton Commando gearboxes
Cameron's British licence plan
Glen English AJS-7R. £2,625. Sold
French breath test kit warning
New fixed penalties planned
Eddie Rickenbacker Quail sale
Norton wins Motul team award...
Michigan repeals helmet law. Partly.
Superbike up for sale. Again.
"Drugalysers" in use by 2013

May 2012 Classic bike news

Ted Simon's new book
SatNav death verdict: "accidental"
Hyde Bonneville America pegs
Raleigh Chopper designer dies
Rare Triumph TSX on eBay
Robin Gibb: 1949-2012
MOT scrapped for pre-1960s vehicles
Rare Crossley SD42 bus restored
Carroll Shelby: 1923-2012
Funky Made in Britain sidecars get MP approval
Honda dealers are revolting...
California dealer sales tag woes
Triumph top of the league again
The shape of bikes to come?
Texting drivers insurance woes
Save the British pub

April 2012 Classic bike news

H&H Duxford sale lacks lustre

Bert Weedon: 1920-2012

Norton set to race at the 2012 IOM Senior TT

Three Crockers head for Stafford

New Genuine Sump T-shirt - £15.00

Antique Bike Day at "mythical Montlhery"

H&H Hurricane to sell at Duxford

80th Royal Enfield birthday party

Dirt Quake: motorcycle mayhem

Radical new parking tax introduced

Continental wax cotton jacket from
Chequered Flag

Thames water "pride" initiative

2012 Festival of 1000 Bikes

Jim Marshall, OBE: 1923-2012

New Triumph Bonneville T-shirt

Frank "Radco" Farrington has died

Think Bike, Think Biker "a success"

Supercool Sump "Goggles" T-shirt

1939 Triumph Speed Twin on eBay

The Humber Bridge scraps bike tolls

March 2012 Classic bike news

Ex-Brian Verrall Vincents to sell

Somerset targets faceless bikers

£80,000 Brough Superior SS120

An end to rural petrol stations?

Interesting BSA WM20 3-wheeler

Jampot Spares scheme has rebranded
Interphone Motion Cam
Willie G Davidson retires
Big release of US oil reserves expected
BSA M20 & M21 T-shirt—£15.95

Mick Walker: The ride of my life

British bike magazines losing sales

Bonhams Bristol Sale: Sold out. Almost


February 2012 Classic bike news

Brightspark "EasyCap" Condensor C03

"Autopilot cars within 10 years"

Derek and Don Rickman: The Métisse Story

Norton Transformer video

DVLA set to close all regional offices by 2013

In search of Mr Nelk

1,000,000 UK drivers are aged 80+
Spare some change for the BNP?
Drivesafe goes live
Dennis Slaughter gets an MBE
"Time warp" c1917 BSA 4¼hp sold at Bonhams' February Paris Sale
OEC-Anzani replica outfit
Girder Fork & Classic Motor Cycle Club
Kevin Schwantz to ride at the 2012 Festival of 1000 Bikes


January 2012 Classic bike news

AP Racing brake calipers are back on sale.
But not just yet ...

BMW to fit Datatags as standard
£65.72 KLG spark plug (and tin) on eBay
London Mayor Johnson opens Red Route bus lanes to bikers, permanently
8th Hotrod Hayride
Daylight saving bill thrown out
"Mandatory French high-visibility vests" to be replaced by armbands?
"Dayglo" e-petition gathers support
France bans SatNav speed camera warnings
Eighty bikers quiz MEP Pete Skinner
South of England RealClassic Show & Bikejumble Sunday 11th March
Du Pont Vegas sale hits $1 million
"High visibility jackets" to become
compulsory in France

New Tiger Cub on the way?
New winter classic show gets off to
a warm start

New Raleigh bicycle book
Continental time for British bikers?
MEP Pete Skinner's biking surgery
Triumph to build bikes in India
Carole Nash free iPhone app(lication)
VMCC July-Dec competition winner
"Wrong way" cycling to be legalised?
Dealer decals from Val Emery



Classic Bike Events




"21st century" Hesketh 24 promised


A new, series of limited edition Hesketh Motorcycles are on the way, or so the firm's current owner, Paul Sleeman, is promising. The bikes will be available from February 2014 and offered at an unspecified price. [More on Hesketh 24...]



Lewis Collins: 1946 - 2013


We're having an extra beer tonight as we discuss the career, such as it was, of the late Lewis Collins; motorcyclist, actor, musician, judo man and TV tough guy (not necessarily in that order). Aged 67, he died on 27th November 2013.

[More on Lewis Collins...]



Watsonian Meteor sidecar returns


They were first manufactured by Watsonian over 60 years ago, and now they're back in production. Built from left-over WW2 Mosquito fighter-bomber fuel drop tanks, 601 of these stylish Meteor chairs were built between 1946-1949. [More on Watsonian...]


VMCC Hewing:

jumped or pushed?


He was nine years in the role of CEO of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club. Now it's over and James Hewing is "stepping down".


In the press release we received, Hewing says that he "wants to spend more time with his family", which is usually code for getting the push.


 [More on VMCC Hewing...]


Brad Pitt Davida lid up for grabs


Apparently, actor Brad Pitt bought one of these from Davida, so now everyone wants one. So okay, not quite everyone, but enough people to make it worthwhile knocking up a few more.


Not that Davida, crash helmet manufacturer to the cognoscenti since 1976, "knocks-up" anything. This firm is the UK's only certified helmet manufacturer, and they create quality products. [More on Brad Pitt Davida Lid...]



Andy Tiernan/Nick Ward calendar


One day Andy might surprise us and not produce a new calendar (and one day the Israelis and the Iranians might sit down and have a peaceful lunch together having buried the hatchet elsewhere than each other's heads). But until that auspicious moment arrives, we'll just have to be happy with what we've got. [More on Andy Tiernan 2014 calendar...]



OK-Supreme missing parts appeal


Here's a simple one. Sump visitor Marc Goes has been trying to track down some very elusive OK-Supreme parts and has made this appeal.


Specifically, Marc needs the rockerbox covers from the right side of the engine (above), and the missing cover for the left side rear. He's been looking for these parts for donkey's years and is losing hope. We don't have any further details, but if you're into these bikes, you'll probably know what's what. [More on OK-Supreme missing parts...]



Southern Classic Off-Road Show


Here's another reminder that Saturday 7th December 2013 is the Southern Classic Off-Road Show at Kempton Park. [More on Southern Classic Off Road Show 2013...]



For sale: 1964 BSA C15T - £2,850


Sounds like a lot for a BSA C15? Well normally we'd probably agree. Except that this is a C15T and it's a lot rarer. This 1964 250cc single is offered at very close to standard specification, right down to the 20-inch front wheel (as opposed to a 21-incher). [More on BSA C15T for sale...]



1938 Matchless Model X - Cheffins


This old 990cc workhorse, we hear, hasn't seen much usage over the years, but the current mileage isn't given. However, it's the old story of some regular use at the outset followed by a long period of storage, then a rebuild, then some more storage, and finally a sale. [More on 1938 Matchless Model X at Cheffins...]



For sale: 1957 AJS Model 30. £3,300


This 600cc Ajay belongs to one of our guys who needs to reclaim some garage space and whittle down his collection.


It's a magneto model, has new rear shocks, a new rear tyre, and new clutch plates. It's a first-kick starter, ticks over smoothly and at low revs, and being a '57 bike it's tax and MOT free here in the UK. [More on 1957 AJS Model 30...]



Monstercraft Brat Kit for XS650 Yams


We clocked this guy on ebay tonight (18th November 2013) and were impressed enough by what we saw to find a space for him on Sump (we like to see people get ahead, you understand).


His weld-on frame kit retails on ebay for $199 and is designed to transform your stock XS650 Yamaha into a pretty cool looking bob-job at a budget price by relocating those stock shock absorbers and offering a new seat base. [More on the Monstercraft Brat kit...]



Bonhams Las Vegas, 9th Jan 2014


At this moment (18th November 2013) we can see only two British bikes at this sale, but that will no doubt change over the next few weeks.


The two bikes currently listed are a 1949 Triumph 6T bobber, and the ex-Jeff Decker 1952 998cc Vincent Rapide Series C "Black Lightning" Special that failed to sell at Quail Lodge in August 2013 (see Sump August 2013).[More on Bonhams' Las Vegas sale...]


Young drivers see less, warns RAC


Older drivers, as a group, have poorer vision, but younger drivers are less likely to do anything about it. That, we hear, is the findings of the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) which has been asking questions in the run-up to UK Road Safety Week (18th-24th November 2013) organised by Brake, the motoring safety charity. [More on young drivers see less...]



Lightmare campaign reminder


So okay, we're not exactly spring chickens here at Sump, which means that our eyesight ain't what it used to be. And the copious amount of beer that gets guzzled between breakfast and suppertime (and sometimes also between suppertime and breakfast—but strictly when off the road, you understand) simply adds to our general optical confusion.[More on Lightmare campaign...]



      ▲ Regents Park Mosque                  ▲ Strangeways Prison


Interesting UK prison facts and stats


The latest Ministry of Justice report has revealed that the percentage of UK prisoners self-described as Muslim has almost double over the past ten years. [More on interesting UK prison facts...]



Bonhams Harrogate Sale results


The top selling motorcycle at the Bonhams Harrogate Sale held on Wednesday 13th November 2013 is the above 1935 Excelsior (Lot 338) which fetched £15,525 (including premium). This 350cc Model F12 Manxman is a SOHC, two-valve engine and shares the design with its 250cc and  500cc stablemates. [More on Bonhams' Harrogate Sale...]



Royal Enfield Continental screens


Skidmarx has released details of three screens to dress up your new Connie.


Left to right, the firm is offering its standard GS cockpit fairing; fibreglass, gel coat, Enfield fitting kit, £79.95. [More on the Royal Enfield Continental screens...]



Stolen T100 returned after 46 years


Seventy-three year old Donald DeVault from Omaha, Nebraska had his 1953 Triumph Tiger 100 stolen 46 years ago in February 1967, shortly before the Summer of Love.


Almost 50 years on, US Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted the bike while it was on its way to Japan via the Port of Los Angeles. It was checked on the computer and came up as stolen, and DeVault is soon to be reunited with the bike that was uninsured when it was purloined. [More on stolen Triumph T100...]



Hövding invisible cycling helmet


With those "ABBA" looks, the girl in the funny hat (above) just has to be Swedish. Except that she ain't wearing a hat. She's wearing an "invisible helmet", which actually looks pretty visible to us, even when it's not inflated.


But Hövding, the manufacturer which has just developed these bonce balloons, has cunningly designed the device to be worn around your neck like a big scarf, so when some idiot rear-ends you at the lights, it inflates like a solicitor's lie and protects your noggin. [More on Hovding helmet...]



SR400 Yamaha vs baby Triumph?


So okay, neither bike has arrived yet. But Triumph, Yamaha and Harley-Davidson are all urgently exploiting the market for lower capacity bikes with new sub-500cc models either in development, or up and running and ready to ship.


Yamaha, in fact, never left that market, and the above 400cc SR400 single (along with smaller capacity models in the range) has been in production for decades and selling well in Japan where these machines have a cult following. [More on this SR400 Yamaha...]



Ring of Red: respectful or mawkish?


We're hearing that a large number of bikers gathered yesterday (10th November 2013) on the 117-mile M25 London orbital ring road to pay respects to the dead of two world wars, plus the dead of all the other conflicts waged over the past century including Korea, Viertnam, The Falklands Campaign, Iraq and Afghanistan. [More on Ring of Red...]



McQueen's "Bullitt" tweed on sale


It's coming up for sale at Bonhams Scottsdale (Arizona) Auction on January 16th 2014, and interest is likely to be high. McQueen wore this jacket in the 1968 movie, Bullitt, and can be seen wearing it in various scenes during the now famous car chase (1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 versus a 1968 375 hp 440 Magnum Dodge Charger). [More on McQueen's tweed...]


Jake Robbins taper-girders


The last time we were at Jake's workshop way back in the hilly-billy country of East Sussex, he was working on a new batch of replica Castle forks to satisfy demand for his products (and very good quality forks they were too).

[More on Jake Robbins girder forks...]





Rare 350cc Triumph 3SW at Bonhams


It looks like a BSA M20, and sounds like a BSA M20, and was (perhaps unsurprisingly) essentially designed by the same bloke who designed the M20 (Val Page: JAP/Ariel/Triumph/BSA/Ariel). But it's a 1940 Triumph 3SW, and that makes it one of the rarest British WW2-era military bikes.

[More on rare 350cc Triumph 3SW...]



Sump Magazine is now on Facebook


Look, we held out for as long as we could. We're simply not big fans of social media sites. That's because most of what we've seen simply isn't very ... well, interesting.


But increasingly over the past few years we've received emails from Sump visitors wanting to share their views and/or tell us a little about themselves, so we've set up a Facebook page. [More on Sump on Facebook...]



US Government ponders lid laws


Nineteen American states already have mandatory crash helmet regulations for motorcyclists. Twenty-seven states have a minimum age requirement for non-helmet riding. Two states have age/insurance requirements. And two states leave riders to make up their own minds.


But a federal task force, we understand, is currently examining the status quo and looking to see not how they can save lives, but how they can save money. [More on US lid law story ...]



Harley-Davidson's new streetsters


The first completely new model range from Harley-Davidson™  since the launch of the VRSC V-Rod™  thirteen years ago. That's the story. Messrs H&D are launching two new offerings as part of their Dark Custom™  concept. [More on the new Harley-Davidsons...]



Milton Keynes's "driverless cars"


Actually, they're not really cars at all; at least, not in the way most people think of cars. Instead, they're two-seat "driverless" electrically propelled pods that will trundle along the pavements and walkways in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire at a sedate 12mph. [More on these driverless cars...]



New T-bird, first whitewall radials


At just shy of 1700cc, it's just been launched at the EICMA Show in Milan, Italy and will join the Triumph range of cruiser motorcycles.


It's called the Triumph Thunderbird LT. And yes, it's another variant on the Harley-Davidson big fat tourer clone theme.


In some eyes, at least. [More on the new Triumph T-bird...]


Weiss Montana heated glove


You can select 60°C or 45°C at the touch of a button on the cuff. That, along with the £200 price tag and the "up to six hours" battery life, is the essential information.


Battery life? Well these are rechargeable gloves and have an in-built battery pack. They're new from Weiss (aka Fowlers of Bristol) and might suit classic bikers who haven't got the electrical capacity to run standard heated grips, or simply don't fancy all the extra wiring strung around the 'bars. [More on the Weiss Montana heated glove...]



Upham's Brough project unveiled


That's Mark Upham above, CEO of Brough Superior and the man behind the brand new, up-to-the-nanosecond, in-yer-face SS100 that was unveiled today (5th November 2013) at the EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy.


This 997cc bespoke motorcycle (think Saville Row) has been years in planning and development by Boxer Design in Toulouse, France and Akira Design right here in the UK. [More on the new Brough Superior project...]





Circa 1925 Douglas RA for Harrogate


This 494cc, OHV, circa-1925 horizontally opposed Douglas Model RA (Lot 337) is on offer by Bonhams at its Harrogate Sale on Wednesday 13th November 2013. The reserve is £10,000 - £14,000. [More on the 1925 Douglas...]



▲ Above: Caterham Cars plans to move into the bike world with the 750cc, DOHC, water-cooled Brutus. Looks like a big Tonka Toy, but does it have any off-road cred? Or is Caterham just muddying its identity?



Caterham Cars launches bike range


This has been on the cards for a while, but now it seems that Caterham Cars has spun another wheel of possible fortune by revealing a range of bikes that it plans to put onto the market as early as next year (2014).


There are three models in the pipeline. The first is the (above) Brutus which is being hyped as "the SUV of motorcycles" and is powered by a 750cc quad bike engine driving 14-inch wheels via a quad bike (CVT) transmission. [More on the new Caterham Bikes...]


David Cameron visits Henry Cole's Gladstone bobber factory


According to Prime Minister David Cameron, TV presenter Henry Cole is building a "world class product" at his Cotswold base—or so reports the Witney Conservative Association following the PM's recent visit.


Cameron, who describes himself as a "modern compassionate conservative" (hence all the stray ordnance being dropped on innocent Afghan and Iraqi villagers) has been the MP for Witney, Oxfordshire since June 2001. He came in with a majority of 22,740, and will be going out in a body bag (metaphorically speaking) if he doesn't sort out the economy (as if he can). [More on Cameron's Gladstone factory visit...]


British solicitors under threat


We have to admit a personal interest here. We hate solicitors. Not individually perhaps, but as a breed. As an industry. Most are lazy. Many are incompetent. And some are out-and-out crooks.


So okay, a few do a decent enough job. And the odd one or two are even wonderful. But good or bad, it looks as if their days are numbered, at least as far as sole practitioners or traditional partnerships are concerned.


Why? Professional Indemnity Insurance, or PII. That's what. [More on this story and what it means to classic bikers ...]


Norton's first US Commandos sent



We haven't been given the numbers, but if the above image is accurate, and if we can still count accurately, it looks like there's eight motorcycles in the line up. And that batch represents the first consignment of 961 Norton Commandos that, even as we type, are on their way to the USA.


Awaiting the arrival of those bikes from Norton are, we hear, three dealers in California, plus six other dealers in Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, New York State, Texas and Washington.


That looks like at least nine, rather than the eight we counted. [More on Norton Commandos in the USA story ...]



Above: Julia Foster and Graham Stark exchanging confidence in the 1966 movie Alfie.


Graham Stark: 1922 - 2013


Many (if not most) will recognise his face, but we suspect that few will remember his name. However, Graham William Stark, who died yesterday (29th October) was one of those reliable and prolific supporting actors who appeared in dozens of 1960s, 70s and 80s movies.


He usually played a slightly pathetic, inadequate hard done by character desperately trying to be civilised and reasonable in a world that was anything but, in reality he was as sharp as a tack and there was nothing pathetic about him. [More on actor  Graham Stark ...]







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