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1939 496cc BSA M23 Silver Star. Mecum Auctions is looking to sell this Beeza teaser at Monterey, California on August 15th - 17th 2019. Handsome. Reliable. Competent. Tuned. But simple. And very sporting. This 82mm x 94mm, "all-enclosed", dry sump, OHV, 4-speed single was underbraked, but good for around 85 - 90mph on any day—and around 100mph with the right fettling and in the right conditions. An all-round class act from Small Heath, Birmingham. £65 - £73 new.


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Sump's going mobile.

We fooled around before with a smartphone friendly classic bike website portal thingy doo-dah, but we didn't push it as far as we might have. So we're tackling it again. But we don't really know what the hell we're doing, so bear with us for the next decade or so while we figure it out. Might develop into something. Might not. We'll just have to see what lies further down this road. Either way, you'll get easy access to Sump through your phone, tablet, or desktop computer. And if you have any problems, we'd like to hear about 'em.



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Check out these 7 new garage signs from Sump. 400mm x 300mm. Printed direct to metal. You can't buy them anywhere else, and we're asking a measly £14.99 plus P&P. See? We're practically giving them away.


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About us


Dexxion - classic bikerWelcome. We've been expecting you. Sump is a 100% FREE independent classic bike magazine website. We Sumpsters are into all historic and modern British iron, American iron, cafe racers, bobbers, choppers, specials, projects and vintage motorcycles. Actually, we're into pretty much everything on two wheels that pumps a piston, lays down a strip of rubber, fills the air with filthy hydrocarbons and takes our sorry souls somewhere new and exciting.


Del Monte - classic bikerSump Magazine is located mostly in the UK, but being a website magazine, we often find ourselves on the move and bouncing around the satellites and reaching those corners of the world where the established mags and rags have never been.


Queen of Sump - classic bikerVisitors come to Sump Magazine from Australia to Canada to South Africa to the USA to all over South America. And we've built a pretty good presence across Europe, Russia and the ex-Soviet states, Japan and China. In short, Sump Magazine is out there.


Sump Magazine is run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, meaning people just like you (unless you're a Googlebot or a web spider, in which case, just do what ya gotta do and move along there, if you please. You're blocking the view).


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Around here, we run Triumphs, BSAs, Nortons, Harleys and AJSs mostly. But there are always new old motorcycles coming into our garages and sheds. Old stuff is (naturally) constantly being hoarded, and new stuff is constantly being test-ridden (or just joy-ridden). Transport is transport, and we just love to move.


Sam 7 - classic motorcyclistWe don't buy personal data, and we certainly don't sell the information of the people who buy our T-shirts and books, or who advertise with us. You simply come and go onto this website as you see fit and leave a minimal trail. There are no log-in fields. No questions. No hassle. And no pop-ups.


If you like what you find, tell your friends. If not, jerk our leads and we'll listen carefully to what you have to say. And if we've got any news or feature information wrong, give our leads an extra jerk and we'll put it right.


That's it. That's Sump. Do your worst.


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We've created the biggest, most comprehensive, most insightful, most amusing, most provocative motorcycle news magazine in this corner of the galaxy (don't think we didn't check). But as much as we love motorcycles—from classic & vintage junk, to modern rides, to chops, specials and cafe racers—we occasionally lope out of the garage (sometimes drunk) and take a more sober look at what the hell else is going on in the world of sex, drugs, rock'n'roll, politics or whatever. And now and again we like to take a little pop at the religious hypocrisy of the world. So if you're a card carrying member of a so-called "faith", you'd better duck or wear goggles and a lid, because it's coming atcha.

You can contribute news items if you want. But if not, sit back and agree or disagree and see how it looks over here from way down there. Here's a link to our news page.



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Buyers guides


We also pen a large range of motorcycle buyers guides to help you decide what's what, what's hot, and what might not suit you. There are hundreds, or even thousands, of wonderful old crocks out there, and we're working our way through the more obvious ones and will end up wherever we end up. We ain't in any particular rush.

But if you're riding a hobby horse that you'd like to gallop onto our pages, ring our bell and make your pitch. If we like it, we'll sort something out. If we don't like it, we'll probably try to spare your feelings and will fob you off with some excuse.

But generally speaking, there's not much out there that we really hate. So don't be shy. Just honk our horns, make your pitch and we'll see what happens...



 Maughan Vincent



That's Graham Maughan from Maughan Vincent admiring another example of his firm's handiwork. And well he might.

Maughan Vincent knows its business, and so do the other specialists that are featured on Sump Magazine. Guys like Jake Robbins, for instance, who re-manufactures girder forks. And guys like Les Emery and Mick Hemmings, both experts with Nortons. Or Stuart Towner, magneto specialist, now semi-retired but still selling magneto and dynamo spares. Or Jesse Bassett in Ohio, USA who builds stunning custom bikes. And we like to add specialists as and when we can. So check 'em out when you get the chance. Do some business. And tell 'em who sent ya.

And if you're in the old motorcycle or customising business, get in touch. We'll show you ours if you flash yours. Know what we mean?



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Shows & events


Our classic bike events pages ain't anywhere near as comprehensive as we'd like. But that's partly because many of you club secretaries and show organisers need to fire your plugs more often and make yourself known.

But we do what we can to stay up to date, and we can steer a lot of custom your way if you tip us the wink. So send your full details (who, what, when, where, how and why, etc), and we'll put it out on the www. Don't be lazy, now.

As for you culture vultures—whether you're interested in autojumbles, shows, race meetings, or vintage club runs and rallies—you might want to peruse our events pages and get out a little more.

And we also run occasional event reports which you can enjoy if you care to explore the links on the right side of this page.

Finally, if you're thinking of starting a new bike show or jumble, or want to develop your existing event, check our Classic Bike Showtime page. It's packed with tips and advice on how to get the usual magazine suspects on your side, and how to increase your numbers. Ignore it at your cost.



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Classic bikes for sale


This is a fairly new diversion for Sump Magazine and we haven't quite settled on a suitable format. But we've put a FOR SALE page online, so you can take a peek at your convenience and maybe buy yourself another of life's necessary toys, be it an old classic or a modern bike or a cafe racer, chopper or other special.

If, on the other hand, you've got something historic to sell, email the details together with a picture, and we'll hang it where the whole planet can view it (if it cares to look in our direction).

The ad will stay live for a month, or two, or three and then we'll take it down unless we hear otherwise. Okay?

But look, we ain't "working" the page as hard as we might. The truth is, we Sumpsters are busy riding most of the time, and (as the bishop said to the actress, etc) we have to fit things in when and where we can. Maybe when the economy picks up, when people actually start buying bikes again in increasing numbers, we'll put a fresh coal on the fire. Meanwhile, you'll just have to take what you can get.


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So okay, Sump Magazine isn't exactly Marks and Spencers (read Walmart in the USA), but if we're not fielding the same range of tees as the aforementioned stores, we think ours are way cooler.


We keep adding to them as and when possible, and of course we've also developed tees promoting ourselves. You can take a closer look at them on our growing T-shirt pages.


We usually despatch the next day, or immediately after the weekend, and we think our stuff is good quality sold at fair prices. But you can decide that for yourself when you get yourself inside one of them.

And if you don't like what you buy, just send it back for a refund. Life's too short to argue about a few quid. And our experience is that satisfied customers have a habit of coming back, which suits us fine.



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These classic bike wall signs ain't exactly an essential part of life. They ain't air, or petrol or beer, and you probably won't die if you haven't got a few nailed on the wall somewhere.

But they do brighten up your miserable life and make your garage or shed (or whatever) that much more inviting. And anything that makes our lives a little brighter is welcomed. Right?


We've still got in stock one or two quality signs drawn from other manufacturers. But we're phasing them out and have developed a great range of our own designs—and we'll be adding to them as and when the hand of whatever-God-you-hardened-atheists believe-in makes it happen.


So if you're ever looking for a sign, come and look here. The world can be a dull old place when you forget to add some motorcycle colour.



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Motorcycle stickers


Has the golden age of motorcycle stickers been and gone? We think so. There was a time when stickers were an essential part of your bike's livery. Today, bikers are generally more fussy with the paintwork, and modern luggage doesn't always provide a suitable spot for the colourful little scraps of sticker vinyl.

Nevertheless, we've produced a few stickers that you just might feel differently about. That's because they're mostly road safety stickers, and that's something that interests all bikers, classic or otherwise.


Click the image to see what's on offer...



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We're probably more akin to Ealing Studio comedies than MGM blockbusters, but we do what we can with a video camera and a clapper board, and we've knocked-up a few thousand feet of digital footage to amuse, edify and entertain.

People complain all the time that we don't include enough motorcycle engine noise, and that we play too much music. But we LIKE music, and we want to hear the engines of our old heaps only when they're going wrong. The rest of the time, we've got rock'n'roll (and maybe some fusion jazz) playing between our ears. Only the occasional bark of the exhaust is allowed to disturb the rhythm of our souls (whatever the hell that pretentious crap means).

Anyway, you can check out the videos as and when you come across them, or go to YouTube and look for anything from Sump Magazine. Then you can decide for yourself if you prefer a nice chord progression on a vintage Fender Stratocaster, or the clatter of valves and the whining of a camshaft.


Here's the video link to Sump motion pictures. So let's roll it...



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We ain't the world's greatest motorcycle mechanics, you understand. But we've got a lotta heart, and we do what we can, when we can.


Lately we've got into the habit of recording our spannerisms so that ... well, so that we can enjoy all over again the things that we screwed up and the stupid things we did in the workshop.


Not that that this kinda stuff is funny, really. Good maintenance is essential if you want to get the best from your heap (and if you want to stay on the right side of the hereafter). And good advice is essential too. We have no idea exactly how useful our advice will be to you, but you can have it anyway. Gratis.


We're also featuring on this page some of the general problems and solutions that we've heard about here and there. So the next time you come up for air, check the link below and see if there's anything pertinent, or even impertinent, to your good selves.


It's pretty early days for this magazine feature, and we're trying not to spend much time in the garage while the sun's in the sky. So don't expect too much. On the other hand, if you've got some interesting tales about your own problems and solutions, and if you've got a snapshot or two, send it all along. We'll hammer it in somewhere.





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Motorcycle trade advertising


If you're running a motorcycle business and can get by through word-of-mouth alone, then good luck to you. But for the rest of us, promotion is the name of the game.


Our ad rates are pretty cost-effective, and we reach a lot of people that the usual old bike rags don't. But we don't do the heavy sell. If you want an ad, email us or throw a brick through the window with a note attached.

We figure that you're big enough to decide for yourself whether you want some space here, or not. And okay, that's not the way the hardnosed professionals do it, but around here, we're all heart.

However, if you're flogging mobile phones or Spanish timeshares, don't call us. We'll call you, etc. This is an online motorcycle magazine dedicated to ancient, historic, modern and custom two-wheelers and we want to keep it that way.



Henk Joore BSA website



... such as Henk Joore (right) who owns and runs one of the best—if not the best—motorcycle forums on the planet. And if that ain't the truth, we're all Dutchmen.


Henk's special interest (but by no means his only interest) is the venerable 500cc BSA WM20 military sidevalve. He also enjoys an interest in other military motorcycle mounts from the Norton 16H to the Matchless G3/L. In fact, he's into a lot of stuff, especially pre-war, and especially-especially Beezas.


Round here. we're coming across interesting people all the time and are adding them to our pages as and when the mood and energy allows. But most of these people keep moving around, which makes 'em hard to pin down. All the same, check back now and again. There's gonna be another one along any time now.

You can follow this Henk Joore link as see what makes him tick, or visit his fantastic website that carries the aforementioned forum.


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If you've recently bought a Sump T-shirt, a book, a motorcycle lock, a framed print, a tin wall sign or whatever, and if your order hasn't arrived, you might want to check your email spam box. We regularly find that customers have failed to give the information we need to process the order (size, full address, style, colour, etc).


If there's a query, we make three attempts to contact buyers, and if we get no reply, we cancel the order and return any payment. But that can lead to disappointment, especially if the item Classic bikeris a gift for someone. So if you haven't heard from us within 24 hours of placing your order, please check your spam box, or contact us again.



Isn't it time you bought a new crash helmet?


At Sump we don't just talk about lids. We sell 'em too. Check the helmet selection below and get set to buy a cool 70s style lid to help recreate a little of that old magic. We wear what we sell, and we'll take your lid back if you don't like it. Just return it in as-new  condition in the original packaging and we'll refund without quibbling.



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