December 2015  Classic bike news


December 2015 Classic Bike News

Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister: 1945 - 2015

"Motorsport" CBE for John Surtees

Rare Vincent 2-stroke Uniflow Engine

Mick Grant replica 961 Norton racer

Old Biker Mantra T-shirt from Sump

Evel Knievel's XL1000 movie bike

H&H Chateau Impney Sale results

Broughs of Bodmin Moor to sell

Flying Tiger Moto Man poofy soap

Petrol drops to £1 per litre

Porsche Sunbeam S8 special to sell

Ural gets on the scrambler trail

Anthony Valentine: 1939 - 2015

Huge UK government tax disc loss

Optimate 5 Voltmatic charger on test

Watsonian Squire T100 sidecar

November 2015 Classic Bike News

Redesigned Sump Triumph T-shirt

Great service at Welders Warehouse

Ural's 2016 Dark Force combination

Wheelrider project seeks backers

Andy Tiernan's 2016 calendar is here

A blue plaque for Triumph founder

Victory Ignition Concept custom bike

Matlock Bath Mining Museum appeal

Swedish Italians head for France
Side view assist tech from Bosch

David Beckham's Outlaw movie

New Triumph Speed Triple for 2016

Steve McQueen's Chevy camper van

Kickback Show London Dec 2015

George Barris: 1925 - 2015

NMM to raffle a 1959 T120 Bonnie

Royal Enfield splined clutch drums
"Led Zeppelin" chop sold at auction

Have you seen this Ford Mustang?

Bonhams Hendon Sale Dec 2015

Movies we love: The Family Way

Bonhams 2016 Las Vegas line-up

Triumph's new Bonneville line-up

October 2015 Classic Bike News

Mark Howe Murphy: 1932 - 2015

Comet Classics' Pride at the NEC

Stand up for Owen

Old Empire Motorcycles Gladiator

Record money at Bonhams' Stafford

Richard Davies: 1926 - 2015

Gear Gremlin bandana fleece thingy
Yamaha 125cc Resonator concept
Odd things are happening on Sump...
Weise "affordable" Lima gloves

Triumph's 2016 Bonneville teaser

Another Hayward T140 belt failure

Second generation HUD for bikes

Marzocchi closes. It's official

Gordon Honeycombe: 1936 - 2015

Indian Scout IKON shocks

Harley-Davidson XA to Wheatcroft

The Complete book of BMW Motorcycles

So who's answering the Sump phone?

September 2015 Classic Bike News

Fat bastards. And skinny dudes

Fonzie's Triumph to auction. Again

Urban rider's workshop initiative

The NMM opens its doors for free

Great speedo cable fix from Venhill

BAD-ASS BIKER T-shirts are in stock
Buying a crash helmet; a Sump guide
Romney Marsh Classic Bike Jumble
New Goldtop silk scarf

Worst Netley Marsh autojumble ever?

New Kawasaki W800 buyers guide
Bonhams Beaulieu 2015 results
Lord Edward Montagu: 1926 - 2015
Triumph's $2.9 million US recall fine
New Fab Four coffee table book
Dean Carroll Jones: 1931 - 2015
Harley-Davidson test ride competition
Still awaiting your Skully AR-1 lid?
Two rare Italians headed for Stafford
Sump BAD-ASS T-shirt coming soon
Who the hell can you trust anymore?
Austel Pullman 1300 combo to sell
Oldtimer Motoren Museum
£4m government grant for Norton
BSH sells out to Mortons Media
Sammy Miller Run August 2015

August 2015 Classic Bike News

Jake Robbins Royal Enfield custom

Music we love: Everyday Robots

Ebay: Rare 1956 250cc Indian Brave

For sale: Ex-display team TRW?
91 English & Welsh courts to close?

"Tougher and darker" HDs for 2016

Yvonne "Bat Girl" Craig: 1937 – 2015

Confederate P51 Combat Fighter
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Cheffins Harrogate Sale August 2015
Lambeth Council bans nitrous oxide
TRF's £10,000 green lane appeal
Harley Street 750 set for Sept launch
Trouble: Triumph bobber on Ebay
Great new T-shirt designs from Sump
George Edward Cole: 1925 - 2015
Sammy Miller at Donington Classic
185,272 Harley Baggers recalled
Fifth Classic Car Boot Sale, London
Mecum Harrisburg results Aug 2015
Mecum Monterey Sale August 2015
Ace Cafe Beijing has opened
Free disc locks courtesy of the Met Police

July 2015 Classic Bike News

Where BSAs Dare

Rare 1912 Pierce at Netley
7 pence per minute to talk Triumph
Cheffins Cambridge Sale: 25th July
Matchless sunglasses: "Only £299"

Cool BSA Bantam diesel special
Brighton Speed Trials 2015 reminder
New Royal Enfield despatch bikes
M.A.D X-ray Art Exhibition Matchless
1964 Speed Twin bobber on eBay
Chris Squire: 1948 - 2015
Movies we love: Smokescreen (1964)
Road race & exhibition for the gents

June 2015 Classic Bike News

Christopher Lee: 1922 - 2015

Triumph Motorcycles: 1937 - Today

News about Roy Bacon

France bans earphones on the road

Road deaths up: first rise for 14 years

Daniel Patrick Macnee: 1922 - 2015

Tri-Cor is now Andy Gregory

Matchless-Vickers to stay in Britain

Samsung truck video safety tech

First middle lane "road hogger" fined

Brando's Electra Glide to auction

Pulford® wax cotton jacket, in "sand"

James "Hansi" Last: 1929 - 2015

Suzuki's UK café culture campaign

Disappointing Historics June Sale

DVLA "paperless counterpart" fiasco

Classic face masks, Boken style

Vibrating steering wheel idea for dozy drivers


May 2015 Classic Bike News

Council streetlight switch-off warning

Twinkle: 1948 - 2015

Historics' Brooklands sale draws near

Classic bikes for sale reminder
Hope Classic Rally: all for charity
Riley "BB" King: 1925 - 2015
Grace Lee Whitney: 1930 - 2015
Stondon Museum April sale results
RE buys Harris Performance Products
Geoff Duke: 1923 - 2015
Classic Motorcycle Restoration and Maintenance
NMM's winter raffle winner details
Stafford Sale: "£2,262,109: 86% sold"

April 2015 Classic Bike News
Norman Hyde polished T100 headers

Cheffins Cambridge Sale results

Harley's "Job of a lifetime" winner details

John Stuart Bloor is now a billionaire

BSMC Show, Tobacco Dock, London

"Rusty Blue" Route 66 motorcycle kit

Erik Buell Racing closes its doors

One of the Love Bugs is up for sale
Ronnie Carroll: 1934 - 2015
Sixty museum bikes to be auctioned
Goldtop classic fleece-lined gauntlets
Harley-Davidson Kansas lay-offs
Mecum's Walker Sign Collection results

March 2015 Classic Bike News

Ted Simon's website is "hacked by Isis"
Frank Perris: 1931 - 2015
ULEZ Zone charges for motorcycles
We're all down with a nasty disease
Eric "Shaw" Taylor: 1924 - 2015
E J Cole Collection at Mecum's

Rare 500cc Linto for Duxford Sale
Classic Car Boot Sale final reminder
DfT road safety website is to be axed
Autocom GPS bike tracker is "coming soon"
Jem Marsh: 1930 - 2015
New Triumph Thruxton book from Panther Publishing

New drug-driving regulations are here

HMS Sump is torpedoed!
New £350,000 Jensen GT for 2016

RE Continental GT, soon in black

February 2015 Classic Bike News

Lincoln bans legal highs in public places

Leonard Simon Nimoy: 1931 - 2015

Cheffins Cambridge Sale: Apr 2015

Race Retro Feb 2015 auction results
£4.7 million grant for Brooklands

Full size "Airfix" motorcycle kits
Two Francis-Barnett bikes "launched"
Gerry Lloyd Wells: 1929 - 2014

Harley-Davidson's "dream job" offer
Road accidents & preventable events
The velocity of money? What's that?
ACA auction Saturday 7th March 2015
Sump's new road safety stickers
Kickback Stoneleigh to be televised



January 2015 Classic Bike News

1948 Land Rover manufacture exhibit
UK Triumph Scrambler sales jump
Mecum Kissimmee Sale results
Ikon Basix shock absorbers
Sump BSA M20 metal sign—£14.99
Another great Marlboro Man has snuffed it

Mixed Bonham results at Las Vegas
Stolen Norton appeal for information
The Reunion by Jack Elgos
VMCC December 2014 raffle winner
Brian Horace Clemens: 1931 - 2015
Metal classic bike signs from Sump
Rod Taylor: 1930 - 2015
Derek Minter: 1932 - 2015
Tiernan's looking for a Flea crate
Jerry Lee Lewis Duo Glide to sell
"Killer drivers" sentencing review
Harley-Davidson recalls 19,000 bikes
Cutaway engine bonanza at Bonhams

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Lemmy on a Triumph Bonneville motorcycle


Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister: 1945 - 2015


If you can smoke as many fags as Lemmy, and drink as much booze, and take as many drugs, and sleep with as many women through the AIDS "crisis" and still make it all the way to 70, you're a pretty good advert for the virtues of rock'n'roll excess.


This legendary electric hellraiser also had a penchant for owning and riding motorcycles, not least the Triumph T140 Bonneville above, and therefore toyed with a very different kind of danger. [More...]


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John Surtees racing


"Motorsport" CBE for John Surtees


He was awarded an MBE in 1959, and in 2008 was appointed to the OBE (Order of the British Empire). And now, in the Queen's 2016 New Years Honours list, John Surtees has been made CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire).


Did he deserve it?  Well, we don't care too much about rank, privilege and honours. But if anyone in the world of racing was due another gong, John Surtees is possibly, or even probably, that man. He's a living legend. [More...]


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Vincent two-stroke uniflow engine


Rare Vincent 2-stroke Uniflow Engine


Vincent Motorcycles and two-stroke engines are not usually spoken of in the same sentence. But this is a special case. It's a two-stroke motor designed and built  by Vincent Engineers (Stevenage) Ltd for use in WW2 lifeboats. Auction house Bonhams will have the rare privilege of searching for a buyer for this very unusual mechanical rubber band, and that will happen on Thursday 7th January 2016 at Bally's Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, USA. [More...]


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961 Norton Commando


Mick Grant replica 961 Norton racer


If you're a Mick Grant fan, and a Norton fan, and if you've got £18,000 plus change in the piggy, this might interest you. Announced earlier this month, it's Norton's limited edition 961 Commando Cafe Racer dressed up as a #7 JPS Norton replica. The bike, we understand, pays homage to Grant's successes as a Norton factory rider (along with the likes of Peter Williams and Phil Read). He signed up in the 1970s, and he's maintained his association with the brand. He's currently working with Norton on its TT racing programme. [More...]



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Old Biker Mantra T-shirt from Sump


Okay, this is what happened. We'd just put in an order for a new batch of Sump T-shirts, and our illustrious supplier told us that we'd come up short. Numberwise. It's too complicated to explain, but it's a lot more cost-effective to have our tees printed (right here in the UK) in certain groups and batches.  [More...]


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Evel Knievel's XL1000 movie bike


An XL1000 Harley-Davidson Sportster used in the 1977 movie Viva Knievel is to be auctioned by Bonhams on Thursday, 7th January 2016 at Las Vegas, USA. [More...]


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H&H Chateau Impney Sale results


Auction House H&H fielded 28 motorcycle lots at its Chateau Impney Sale at Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire on 9th December 2016. Of the 28 lots, 12 were not sold, and 1 was withdrawn.


The highest selling lot was (Lots 6) a restored/uprated 1966 500cc Velocette Thruxton (image immediately above) which made £18,480.



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Broughs of Bodmin Moor to sell


Eight Broughs stored in barns for over half a century will go under the hammer at the Bonhams Sale of Important Collectors’ Motorcycles at Stafford on 24th April 2016. The bikes were unearthed earlier this year, and until that time they were largely viewed as mythical machines.


Relatively few members of the classic bike community, including members of the Brough Superior Club, believed the machines were still around. But the late (and possibly appropriately named) owner Frank Vague had the rare motorcycles squirreled away on a farm on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall.



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Flying Tiger Moto Man poofy soap


Are you one of those cool, trendy, bearded, six-pack, fashion-conscious, macrobiotic designer types? Do you live in or around Shoreditch (East London), or aspire to live there? Do you use the phrase "man-cave" at least once a month? Do you look like you just stepped out of a Triumph Motorcycles' or Harley-Davidson brochure? [More...]



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Petrol drops to
£1 per litre

Actually, the price has fallen below £1 per litre, and that's the lowest level since 2009. Currently, the ASDA supermarket chain (owned by the US giant Walmart) has ratcheted the price down to 99.7 pence per litre. According to an ASDA spokesperson, this is simply a "weekend promotional deal". Which might be true. But analysts reckon that the deal could well last a very long weekend, which might mean way into the new year. [More...]



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Porsche-Sunbeam S8 special to sell


We're not sure which is the greater sacrilege; putting a Porsche engine in a Sunbeam S8, or wrapping a Sunbeam S8 around a 1955 Porsche "A" Series motor. Then again, does it really matter if you turn it all into something unique, memorable and fun to ride?


Certainly, Gordon Griffiths who owned the S8 (registration number XML 841) way back in 1969 evidently decided a little transplant surgery was perfectly acceptable when he felt he needed more puff and go. [More...]


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Ural Scrambler


Ural gets on the Scrambler trail


Considering the fact that this bike, like many Ural outfits, is equipped with a driven sidecar wheel, it's perfectly natural that Ural should be way out in the dirt fooling around and getting mucky. In fact, it's a wonder that it took the firm so long to produce a dedicated Scrambler-badged model to add to its rapidly increasing range.


This is the newly released limited edition combo being built for 2015/2016. Actually, pretty much all Urals are now being manufactured for limited edition/niche sales (check out the firm's Dark Force edition on Sump November 2015). [More...]


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Anthony Valentine: 1939 - 2015


We first remember him as Toby Meres, the psychopathic killer in the ITV Cold War spy series Callan which ran from 1967 to 1969. But later, he became the nation's favourite love-to-hate Nazi in the Colditz TV series (BBC/Universal Studios, 1972 - 1974). Later still he was cast as Raffles, everyone's favourite gentleman jewel thief (Yorkshire TV, 1977).


We're talking about actor Anthony Valentine (pictured above right alongside Edward Woodward starring as David Callan) who has died aged 76. Mostly, Valentine was cast as a villain of one sort or another, but many of the characters he played might be more generously described as "loveably misguided".



Anthony Valentine was a Lancashire lad. He was born in Blackburn and began his acting career aged just ten. By that time, he had moved to London with his parents and took a part in the film No Way Back (1949). Four years later he appeared in The Girl on the Pier (1953) playing Charlie Chubb, son on Inspector Chubb and a boy with detective ideas of his own.



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Huge UK government tax disc loss


£80million. That, we hear, is the loss to the British treasury as a result of road fund licence (tax disc) revenue evasion between 2014 and 2015. Following the scrapping of the ill-fated circular paper discs (October 2014), there should have been a £10million saving. That was the government prediction and the justification for the change. [More...]



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Optimate 5 Voltmatic charger on test



Probably very useful and worth buying. But we've got some concerns and doubts that need addressing.




We've been handed an Optimate 5 Voltmatic battery charger gizmo, so now we're supposed to say something deep and meaningful about it. And we certainly would if we could. But the fact is, when it comes to a battery charger, it's very hard to deliver anything profound, or witty, or insightful. These things are like smoke alarms, ain't they? You stick 'em someplace sensible and then you go about your daily grind secure in the knowledge that the little piece of high tech gadgetry will do its duty and will make your life easier and safer, etc. [More...]



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Watsonian Squire T100 sidecar


It's gotta be tricky coming up with new sidecar product ideas and marketing ploys. A sidecar is a sidecar is a sidecar? Right? Well not according to Watsonian Squire which manufactures these chairs with the same kind of enthusiasm that, say, creates a Savile Row suit. Like the suits, these sidecars are not exactly off the peg, they're all essentially the same, and yet they're all slightly different. That's bespoke retail for you. Or simply call it niche manufacturing. [More...]


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1964 247cc Ariel Arrow Super Sports. Val Page's daring glimpse into the future of motorcycling produced the cool and quirky Ariel Leader twin-cylinder two-stroke. The Leader arrived in 1958. The following year, the racier Ariel Arrow variant appeared and quickly found favour with numerous rockers impressed with the bike's features such as its light weight, its good handling, it's ease of maintenance, and its looks. Beyond that, the Arrow was also cheaper than the heavyweight 4-strokes of the era. Throughout the 1970s through to the noughties, the Leader and the Arrow were largely forgotten (or at least ignored) by the classic bike world. The bikes were cheap to buy, many having been untouched for decades. But times have changed. Bonhams has this Super Sports Arrow (Lot 217) for sale at its 10th December 2015 auction at Hendon RAF Museum, London. The estimate is a heady (but realistic) £5,000 - £6,000. We've enhanced Bonhams' images slightly, but we're advised that the bike is indeed in very good condition. Check it out.


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Pioneer Run eBook:

What's it all about? Well, it's a photoshoot of the world's greatest veteran motorcycle run with poetry and quotes from Ixion to John Masefield to William Shakespeare to William Wordsworth. It's unique (as far as we know) and has been downloaded thousands of times from both the Sump website and the website of the Sunbeam Motor Cycle Club. Think of it as poetry in motion. It's a treat. Sorry, it's not available in hardcopy or for Macs.



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