▲ 1951 Peugeot 125cc TN55 Triporteur. At Sump, our mantra is a simple one; if it rolls, it rocks—and these Peugeot 2-stroke delivery hacks were once rolling (and probably rocking) throughout France and the Low Countries and even further afield (or is that further aroad?). "Peugeot" isn't exactly the coolest name on the street, but the company can trace its pioneering roots back 211 years to 1810. Impressive. However, it was in 1889 that the French firm produced its first motorised vehicle, a steam-driven tricycle that wasn't too dissimilar to the machine featured above. The Triporteurs were built between 1939 and 1958. These quirky three wheelers kept an army of trades people and farmers on the move. Top speed was sub-30mph. Fuel consumption was a miserly 90mpg. The original engines were 100cc. That was eventually increased to 125cc and allowed a rider to carry a load of 330lb (150kg). This example might suit a business looking for a classic delivery "van", or simply a pavement eye magnet—and a striped canopy and/or display boards would add to the pizzazz. Bonhams will be offering this machine for sale at Stafford on 2nd - 4th July 2021. The estimate is £5,000 - £7,000. Hint: if you're interested, check the UK registration status.
Update: The bike sold for £4,830.


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Long time Norton motorcycle engine/gearbox specialist and ex-motorcycle racer, Mick Hemmings, has died. He was working at his workshop in Long Buckby, Northampton when he collapsed and was rushed to hospital where he failed to recover. He is survived by wife Angie and son Steve. There are no details yet regarding his funeral.


We have a feature on Mick Hemmings which will give you much of his professional and racing background, suffice to say that over the past few years he'd been steadily scaling back his activities and was largely dealing only with friends and personal acquaintances—of which he had many.


Mick Hemmings was 77 and will be missed by hundreds, if not thousands, of people around the world.


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EU pegs H-D import tariff at 31%


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MoCo was facing a 56% tax

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Harley-Davidson has seen its share price rise by a significant 9% following the EU's latest decision regarding US import tariffs. Currently the tariff for H-Ds is 31% (a 6% general import tax with a punitive 25% hike). However, the EU had recently been considering sticking another 25% on top of that taking it to a whopping, and possibly unsustainable, 56%.


What's changed the position are the ongoing negotiations. There was a deadline for the new hike, and that was 1st June 2021. Since then there's been a shift in attitude (or at least in execution), and the status quo will remain for another six months.


But there's a sting in this tale. It relates to Harley-Davidson bikes built in Thailand. These machines are being manufactured in the Far East partly as a way to obviate the "Made in America" tariffs. Under the EU rules of origin, these motorcycles are subject to a 6% charge. However, the goalposts have now been moved, and Thailand-built Harley-Davidsons will be considered US made.


If you follow the link below, you'll find some more background to this story—an intrigue that actually goes even further back to a row over alleged state subsidies relating to Airbus and Boeing.


Meanwhile, H-D shareholders have seen a boost of 9% which translates into the highest share price in three years. The current value, as of 18th May 2021, is 50.72 USD.

See also: EU to slap new tariffs on MoCo


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We've been thinking about marketing tyres on Sump since—well, a long time ago. And we're talking years, not months. But as is the way of things (or, at least, as is the way of us), we were too busy doing other things (drinking beer, riding bikes and watching old westerns mostly). So we just didn't get around to it.


...which is a bit short-sighted, of course, because we've no doubt missed out on a lot of sales. However, we're doing something about it now. So angle your ears this way, if you please, and see what the deal is.



Our range of tyres isn't huge, and we really don't want it to be. You can spend your life checking and comparing tyres (and other stuff), and as often as not you simply end up being confused and undecided. So to help preclude that problem, we've started with a smaller selection of Avons that will suit a lot of people, and we'll be adding a few more tyres as and when we get around to it. Dunlops and Continentals mostly.


We're not pitching at the top price, and we definitely ain't in the bargain basement. We're simply offering good tyres at a fair/realistic price—and while we're talking about the basement retailers, you might want to check out why some tyres are so cheap. See the link you've just passed. Or check out this tyre warning.


Meanwhile, you might want to keep in mind that buying Sump products keeps Sump in business. We've already got over one million words online. With your patronage, we're aiming at another million. Or more.


Finally, note that we're not offering these tyres for sale outside of the UK. That's simply too expensive, and we figure that local suppliers are a better source.


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The Distinguished Gents are back


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"Classic and vintage motorcycles unite for men's health."

Sunday 23rd May 2021 is the date


Need we repeat what we've said many times about the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride event? Probably not; not if you're a regular visitor to this hallowed news portal. But if you're a fairly new arrival, and if our opinion even vaguely interests you, check the link below.


Meanwhile, the news is that the hirsute heroes and whiskered warriors will be suiting up for the 2021 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride, and as before it's a worldwide event. It's set to happen on Sunday 23rd May 2021, but unusually there will be three riding formats. This is because different cities/countries are carrying different restrictions regarding the on-going coronavirus pandemic.




Here are the three riding options:


Normal Covid-Safe Ride

Route-Only Ride

Solo Ride


So you need to pay attention to local government instructions and select your option accordingly. Just note that there are all kinds of rules and lines of guidance and registration issues and whatnot in play. So you'll need to check with the Gents via the website and see how things square up for you.



▲ Distinguished man and distinguished boy. How we love to raise our young in our own image (gawd 'elp us). And how the young love to emulate dad. What was it that Wordsworth said about the child being the father of the man?


Alternately, you can stay at home and simply donate some money to one of the relevant charities—and on that slightly sour note we can report that almost $29 million has so far been raised for various men's health causes. That's the word, anyway.


But hey, we've been mean enough about this event, and a lot of folk get a lot of pleasure from it. So we'll move onto to other things. If you do attend, we suggest that you bring a suitable coronavirus mask (if there is such a thing) just in case you get up close and personal with anyone.



Distinguished Gentleman's Ride—Sump News, September 2014


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