November 2016  Classic bike news


Bobby Vee: 1943 - 2016
EX-WD 500cc BSA WM20: £6,325
Essential autojumble sweatshirts
Mahindra has bought the BSA brand
Dave Cash: 1942 - 2016
BSA M20 "Blueprints" back in stock

New BSA M20 "Blueprint" T-shirt

VMCC Pip Squeak Run April 2016
Ed "Stewpot" Stewart: 1941 - 2016
Calling British spares manufacturers
Stupid biker gives away his KTM 690
Festival of Motorcycling autojumble

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's 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
Subscribe to Sump - it's free

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


December 2014 Classic Bike News

John Robert "Joe" Cocker: 1944 - 2014
British Bike Bits for Interceptor Mk2s
Billie Honor Whitelaw: 1932 - 2014
Mike Hailwood print from the ACU
Ian Patrick McLagan: 1945 - 2014
One million Ducati dreams: Official

Cool Ducati 60 limited edition poster
European H.O.G Rally 2015 details
Goldtop Large Leather Care Kit
Mann-Hailwood-Beart bikes to sell

Norton Dominator SS for 2015?
Akrapovič custom "World Premiere"

Andy's Tiernan's Triumph 3HW
New style police court bright idea

First seven Hesketh 24s set to ship
2015 Limited Edition Rocket Three X
"500 Nortons headed to Australia"
Swinton execs fined £928,000

Old Empire Imperial Ducati Typhoon
Sterling Autocycles replica flat tanker
Ultra Low Emission Zone update
Barn Built Cafe Racer Dot Com kit


November 2014 Classic Bike News

Noise complaint e-petition appeal
Bonhams Bond Street Sale 2014
Gold plated Speed Twin on eBay
"True Greats" sale at Coys
£12.50 per day classic bike charge
Frankie Fraser: 1923 - 2014

Driving licence changes for January 2015
"Last V1000 Hesketh" is produced
1964 Triumph TRW: asking £5,000

Warning: Have you seen this man?

Watsonian GT4 Sports Touring chair
Triumph recalls various 2014 models
Rare 1934 BSA R34-4 now on eBay
H&H Chateau Impney auction
Bell Bullitt RSD Viva helmet
Hedon crash helmets

Terblanche shifts to Royal Enfield
Greeves Motorcycles Ltd is for sale

Vapour blasting service by SVS ...
Andy Tiernan's 2015 calendar
NMM 30th anniversary Vincent draw
New Broughs unveiled at EICMA

Bernard Stanley Bilk: 1929 - 2014
Sump's moving. Expcet prolbems
New emissions threat from TfL
Stolen Triumph Tiger Cub alert


October 2014 Classic Bike News

Matchless Model X: new teasers pics

Time to switch off London's traffic lights?

Limited edition "space age" Ural MIR
John "Jack" Bruce: 1943 - 2014

London to Brighton Run Sale
UK adult minimum wage rise

Alvin Stardust: 1942 - 2014

Oops! We screwed up
£104,540 Flying Merkel at Bonhams
Cheffins Cambridge Sale results

Fonda's chop: $1.35 million. Sold!
New Sump T-shirt "spy shots"

Herb Harris Vincents for Bonhams

BSA M-Series clutch chain wheels
Samuel Truett Cathy: 1921 - 2014
Police bail time limits proposed
Slovak Aeromobil drives and flies
H&H Duxford Oct 2014 Sale results

Ace Cafe's "Ultimate burn up" ride
Venhill generic switchgear

Johnny Foreigner clampdown plan
Holly Ariel Cyclone makes: $457,500
Bikesure-Sump insurance link
Atalanta relaunched and unveiled
Plausible Ferrari safety fear recall
No deathanol increase before 2017, promise
Council vandalises Bansky artwork
Lynsey De Paul: 1950 - 2014
Metzeler Sportec Klassic launched
New Mitas motocross mudpluggers
October tax disc changes crash DVLA website
2014 London-Brighton Run reminder
Triumph unveils the T214 Bonnie

"Nurb's" by Fred "Krugger" Bertrand


September 2014 Classic Bike News

Bob Crewe: 1930 - 2014
Graham Coxon's bike collection charity auction
GSXR-powered Bond Bug for sale

Norman Hyde's half century, and not out
Distinguished Gents charity ride

Mole Benn Collection for Stafford

Battlesbridge urgently needs your support
British Customs "Cassidy" project
Andrew Victor McLaglen: 1920 - 2014
Captain America's bike is for sale
The DVLA wants your classic view

Triumph Thruxton Ace unveiled

H&H Duxford Sale: 8th October 2014
Donald Alfred Sinden: 1923 - 2014
British Customs gel saddle: $329.00
New Bristol car promised by 2015
Free vintage Brit movie screenings
The Scottish independence myth
Triumph 250cc single project "on hold"
Bonhams Beaulieu 2014: Top lot
Elvis Presley found alive on moon
Ex-Buddy Holly Ariel to be auctioned
Three car shows bought by Mortons
Worst ever Netley Eurojumble?
New "road tax" complications ahead
"Anti-social" Ace Cafe warned off
IKON shock absorbers/dampers


August 2014 Classic Bike News

Ken Rees, the real Steve McQueen?

Mortons buys Fast Bikes magazine
William Henry "Bill" Kerr: 1922 - 2014
Britain First "hijacks" The Royal Crown
National Motorcycle Museum robbery URGENT APPEAL: £20,000 REWARD
Ugly Fish Slingshot Ozzie shades
New Heritage Buses Festival 2014
Watch the Foley beheading video and get nicked—Met Police
1953 Triumph Terrier. £10,000. eBay
Richard Attenborough: 1923 - 2014
Don't forget the 2014 Brighton Speed Trials
New domestic abuse laws mooted
"Last Hughie Hancox restoration"
McQueen's 1930 Chief: $100,000. Sold
170,000 Continental tyres recalled
Bob Derrick, RIP
Matthew Thompson ePetition opened
The Empire buys Wrighty's Show
Confederate Hellcat Speedster X132
BMF 2014 Tail End Show cancellation

European Bike Week: 2 - 7 Sept 2014
Stephen Hill's off the wall design
Lauren Bacall: 1924 - 2014
Video recording at English local council meetings is "now legal"
Jean Panhard: 1913 - 2014
Harley-Davidson Road Glide returns
Romney Marsh inaugural bike auction 2014
Motorcycling in the 1970s - new eBook series
Foundry Matchless 500cc G9 bobber
2015 69-inch Indian Scout launched
Classic Car Boot Sale goes Olympic
The UK "tax disc" is soon to vanish
Savatech Sport Force tyre recall


July  2014 Classic Bike News

Ex-McQueen 1912 Harley X8E to sell
Half price Gasolina boots at Foundry
Dora Bryan: 1923 - 2014
The 42nd International British Biker Meeting
Harley-Davidson VRSC V-Rod guide
Kieran Shortall: 1959 - 2014
James Garner: 1928 - 2014

"Quadrophenia Lambretta" to auction
Electric cars for 10 Downing Street
Johnny Dawson Winter: 1944 - 2014
Cheffins' July Cambridge Auction
Northampton Classic Club Scramble
Coys Auction kicks off at Blenheim
Dave Bickers: 1938 - 2014
Government scraps 60mph limit plan
MyLicence insurance honesty checks
Ex-servicemen's charity Euro jolly
Mecum's July 2014 Harrisburg sale
So who the hell are you people?
Francis Barnett "makes a comeback"
2014 Indian Chieftain at Sturgis


June 2014 Classic Bike News

Ariel Motorcycles launches the Ace
Eli Wallach: 1915 - 2014
Francis Matthews: 1927 - 2014
Government set to limit CCTV cars
New Harley-Davidson Sump features
Harley-Davidson "LiveWire" concept
High Beech tea hut under threat
The Hesketh 24 is officially unveiled
Bonhams' Banbury "Record" Sale
Avon & Somerset Police's Ariel Atom
1937 Matchless Model X eBay scam
Cotswold Classics is bust
Northants Classic MX Club appeal


May 2014 Classic Bike News

VMCC petition seeks blood

£60 million left on TfL Oyster Cards

AJS Model 18 & Matchless G80 guide

London Congestion Charge hike

Banbury Run 2014 reminder

Maserati centenary celebrations

Mechanical Art Devices Exhibition

First UK Royal Enfield Store opens
Dangerous Dogs Act amendment
Police dog ePetition wants your vote
Fiat-Chrysler chooses London
New logotype for Royal Enfield?
Sump plates for Triumph T140s/T120s

Cheffins April Cambridge Sale results

Bournemouth Wheels Free Festival
Efrem Zimbalist Jnr: 1917 - 2014

Charges dropped against Les Allen

Two civic plaques for George Brough

48% of bikers want to vote away your right to decide—IAM

Clarkson utters the "nigger" word


April 2014 Classic Bike News

New political T-shirt from Sump
Mark Upham nabs Brough's Brough
Ex Hailwood/Surtees Sportmax sells
Reunion of the Rockers, 3rd May 2014

u r txtng. stp drvng u mrn
Looking for a Stafford alternative?

Another implied classic bike threat from London Mayor Boris Johnson?

Houston Motorcycle Auction results

Government to scrap camera cars?

Cheffins Vintage Sale: 26th April 2014

The Stranglers Bonneville raffle

Rare DKW SS250 leads Duxford Sale

BSA C15, B25, B40, B44 & B50 aficionados look this way
Johammer electric motorcycles
Death comes calling at Bonhams
Wal Handley's Lagonda to sell at H&H

Vincent Series C Rapide raffle

Classic British Bikes book

Stuff we like: Bell Bullitt Helmet - TT

Triumph Model P from Andy Tiernan

Foundry First Anniversary Ride In
April - Houston Motorcycle Auction
Ernest "Ernie" Lyons: 1914 - 2014
UK campaign to reinstate .22 pistols


March 2014 Classic Bike News
DVSA to name and shame ex-MOT stations
Mick Woollett: 1930-2014
Richard Edmonds Sale - March 2014
Captain Maurice Seddon: 1926-2014

Introducing Stephen Hill, pop artist

Classic bike tax discs are on a roll
Kempton Park bike jumble sells out
BSA Bantam 3-string steel guitar
Boris Johnson to ban classic bikes?
Gruppo Bertone's in trouble. Again
Paris bans cars and motorcycles
Southend Shakedown & Margate Meltdown:
2014 biker diary dates

Rabers British motorcycle parts
Agostini and Cooper to headline
Mallory Bike Festival

Second Classic Car Boot Sale rocks
Anthony Wedgwood Benn: 1925-2014

Hinckley bullish about 2014 sales
UK bike parts distributor now accepts bitcoins

New BSA M20 T-shirt from Sump

New AA-Halfords "safety" campaign

Bandit 9 customs - Made in China

Secret British Government webcams
in the home...

Anglia's first classic sale "success"

UK magazine sales continue to drop

De Bruir Parachuter leather backpack


February 2014 Classic Bike News

New Lotus Bike: Not Made in Britain
Met set to pay out huge rape compensation
Any information on this outfit?
National Motorcycle Museum appeal
"Whole life sentences" ruled legal
Brian Hampton appeal bid update
Tom Armstrong Manx Norton for sale
Martin Squires Sketchbook Volume 4
ACA's first classic motorcycle sale
New Rocker T-shirts from Sump
Alex Botwright steps down as Fenman Classic Bike Show chairman
"Droves" at Bristol Classic Show
Kool new Davida candy coloured lids
Rare 1930 MGC makes £15,297
Nobody hurt in small earthquake
Royal Enfield "Valentine's Day sale"
Chris Bushell takes over Nourish
SBS Harley-Davidson "Speed Demon"
New 69 Club T-shirt from Sump
Mr & Mrs Oil Drip: under the hammer


January 2014 Classic Bike News

Vintage Boot Sale, London
Chelsea Bridge tea stall petition
Stylish café racer T-shirt from Sump
Triumph again tops UK big bike sales
2014 Brighton Speed Trials is back on
First British motorway pub has opened
Hurricane tank from Burton Bike Bits
1936 Brough SS80 and chair on eBay
General Jumbo control freaks ahead
Festival of 1000 Bikes is cancelled
New congestion charge "con"
Bonhams Sale: "New records set"
Twenty jobs at Triumph Motorcycles
Cafe racer rival for Triumph Thruxton
Phil Everly: 1939 - 2014
Stuff we love: Vanishing Point (1971)
Derringer electric board track bicycle
Illegally fingerprinting the kids

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Mecum Auctions: Las Vegas Jan 2017


Story snapshot:

1938 Indian Four Model 436 to sell in Nevada

1915 Harley-Davidson Model 11F also looking for a buyer


Here's a timely reminder that Mecum Auctions will be back in Las Vegas early next year (2017). It's a car and motorcycle auction with the bikes going under the hammer on Wednesday 25th January, with the action beginning at 1pm. That will quite likely continue on Thursday through to Saturday (at least, that's what Mecum is currently telling us). The catalogues should be ready in early December.



Of particular interest is the above (main image in this news story) 1938 78 cubic inch (1,278cc) Model 438 Indian Four. Restored by long time Indian aficionado Elmer Lower, a one-time owner of a Pennsylvanian electrical store, the 3-speed/hand-change bike boasts original or NOS parts only, a full engine rebuild by Mark Hill (sorry, we don't know who that is), numerous Best in Show awards, and 6lbs of receipts, restoration photos and general correspondence. Mecum reckons it's the best available anywhere, but the firm hasn't yet posted an estimate.



Also on offer is this handsome (immediately above) 1915 Harley Davidson, Model 11F V-twin. 1915 was the first year for the engine-driven oil pump, and the first year for the 3-speed transmission. For many riders, this more expensive gearbox was a welcome upgrade from the earlier one-year-only two-speed transmission. But conservatism, then as now, rules, and many buyers (particularly those living in the mid-west prairie flatlands), opted for the single speed chain-drive solution.


The expanding band rear brake, incidentally, offered little more stopping power than shoe leather, but if you had all of Kansas to fool around in, a few yards more or less probably wouldn't hurt none. At the front was no brake at all, and no one cared too much about that.



That aside, these bikes are legendary in their solidity and are easily capable of crossing continents, as has been proved many times. For this year, Harley-Davidson claimed a 37-percent power increase over the 1914 model. Larger valves and a bigger intake manifold was primarily responsible for the extra juice on tap, and to cope with the slightly wilder horses the firm fitted a (larger) 1-inch crankpin. The Milwaukee engineers claimed 29 refinements for the 1915 F-head engine.


The cylinder bore was 3-5/16-inches. The stroke was 3.5-inches. Fuel capacity was 1.75 gallons (US). The oil tank held 2.5 quarts. The horsepower was 11, and HD guaranteed that in writing, its reputation on the line. The 325lb bikes were good for around 80mph. The price new was $275. And it's said that the factory built 9,855 of these wonderful bikes. Very impressive figures for a single model.


Meanwhile, can you imagine how life must have changed when a man, or a woman, took ownership of one of these motorcycles and opened his or her horizons all the way from coast to coast, and beyond?


This example has evidently been restored. There's no estimate posted yet, but we can tell you that Mecum sold a 1915 Model 11F in 2014 for a very creditable $91,000.



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Harrier Jump Jet for sale: £100,000


Story snapshot:

Ex-Falklands GR3 S/VTOL Jump Jet looking for a new home

Fully restored, might need some additional fettling


If you're of a "certain age", and thousands of you Sumpsters are, you'll probably remember when the Harrier Jump Jet first flew. That was 28th December 1967. In fact, some of you will remember a little further back to the Hawker Siddeley P1127 which went airborne in 1960, and the Hawker Siddeley Kestrel in 1964.


The Jump Jet, in spite of its sub-sonic performance, is unquestionably one of the greatest aircraft ever conceived and built, and is arguably way up there with the Spitfire. It was designed as a S/VTOL (Short/Vertical Take Off) light tactical support fighter, and was subsequently adapted for various support roles.


Its greatest moment was during the 74-day Falklands War of 1992 when 28 Sea Harriers and 14 Harrier GR3s took on around 122 aircraft of the Argentinian air force, many of these being air-superiority fighters designed for aerial combat, which was never the Harrier's role.


By all accounts, the Argentineans were extremely reluctant to get into a skyborne punch-up with the Harriers fearing some unexpected combat tricks and lateral/upward/downward/backward movement from these still largely unknown aircraft. Twenty-five Argentinean aircraft were shot down by Jump Jets without a single combat loss (but several Harriers were lost due to other forms of enemy engagement). British Jump Jets later operated in Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan, and the Americans, Indian and Spanish military bought a couple too.



In 2010, as part of its Strategic Defence & Security Review, the entire British Harrier fleet (Royal Air Force and Royal Navy) was retired. The following year, the UK government sold off the remaining 72 aircraft and spares to the Americans who incorporated them into the US Marine Corp.


But they didn't quite get them all, because this one has just been restored and is up for sale. The asking price is around £100,000, which is probably as good as giving it away. Around 2,000 man hours are said to be been expended on this aircraft, and that includes everything from the Rolls Royce Pegasus engine to the tyre rubber. That engine, incidentally, has apparently been run to 35 percent of its power during a 4 minute and 30 second test.


Brough Superiors and Vincent twins might well still represent a good value investment for your money. But a $100,000 original ex-Falklands Harrier is a bloody steal. As it stands, it's a "ground-running" aircraft. But put this on the auction block in a few years and we'll see how high it gets.


So who do you talk to if you're interested? Jet Art Aviation Limited near Selby, Yorkshire. This firm restores aircraft, transports them and disposes of used aircraft parts. And if the Harrier doesn't do it for you, there was also a Tornado for sale the last time we checked.




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24th November 2016      


1903: New Yorker Clyde J. Coleman was granted a patent (745157) for an automobile electric starter. He'd filed the application two years earlier in 1901 having long experimented with the idea. A 1912 Cadillac was the first car to use his invention, and the vehicle had no starting handle at all. The electric starter motor might well have been called a "Coleman Crank." But it wasn't, and today almost no one remembers this US inventor.

1963: Jack Ruby, a nightclub owner, shot dead Lee Harvey Oswald, the sniper who killed JFK. Ruby was tried and found guilty in Dallas, but died of health issues pending a re-trial. He was 55.

1971: Hijacker D.B. Cooper (not his real name) jumped from a Northwest Airlines 727 over Washington State with $200,000 ransom money in a bag. Nothing was ever found. Not for certain, anyway.

1991: Freddie Mercury, born Freddie Bulsara, flamboyant frontman for the pop-rock band, Queen, died in Kensington, London aged 45. Freddie was born in 1946 in what used to be called Zanzibar (now Tanzania),

Tonight at Sump, we're having an extra beer and playing Queen albums pretty much back to back. Do you remember where you were the day Freddie died?


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Digital Economy Bill - Part 5


Story snapshot:

New government bill carries data loss worries

Call to contact your MP


We meant to post this story about two weeks ago, but we took our eye off this particular ball, and now it's headed for the goal. Today is Thursday 24th November 2016. In four days (Monday 28th), the Digital Economy Bill, Part 5, goes back to Parliament.


This bill explores various aspects of the burgeoning digital economy including the erection of mobile phone masts, online age checks for viewers of pornography, sentencing for digital copyright infringement, mandating minimum internet download speeds, and increasing the penalties for nuisance calls. And there's some other stuff that's being addressed.


However, one particular area of concern is how personal data is stored and used. Pressure group Big Brother Watch is worried that there aren't sufficient safeguards in place to ensure that the usual suspects at the local council offices or the DVLA or any other government department handles, stores and (worryingly) disseminates your information appropriately.


These things are always complicated, and there's not much time to make your case to your MP. But at the very least, you might send an email expressing your general concern that your data needs an ultra-efficient lock and key, and that you don't like your information being handed out willy-nilly.


Specifically, Big Brother Watch has suggested that the bill (if left unchallenged) will limit, or completely block, your right to correct inaccurate data. Also, the bill will allow that data to be shared without your permission or knowledge.


Doesn't bother you? Okay. Do nothing, hope for the best. But if you're troubled by government laptops being left on underground trains, or general data breaches, or just idiotic civil servants getting their wires crossed, a brief word in your MP's ear can't hurt.


Google Big Brother Watch for the latest paranoia (which might in this case be justifiable), and check Wikipedia for details of the new bill. You might think that there's no point at this stage, but you'd be wrong. MPs check their email about every ten minutes, and public objection can have a huge impact.


Don't take our word for it. We've just voted to get the hell out of the EU, haven't we?


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Lot 507. AJS 7R 'Boy Racer'. Estimated at €25,000 - €27,000. No reserve, and no further details.

RM Sotheby's "2000 Wheels" Auction


Story snapshot:

Big Milan sale of cars, bikes, boats and bicycles

Some great "no reserve" bargains


Here's a note that might have a special interest to all you Italian Sumpsters out there (and we know there are a lot of you guys and girls because you're on our subscription list). This weekend, 25th - 27th November 2016, RM Sotheby's will be putting 430 cars and 150 motorcycles on the auction block in Milan, Italy.


There will also be 60 boats, hundreds of bicycles, and God know how many tons of automobilia. The event is part of the Milano AutoClassica event, and the venue is the Fiera Milano Exhibition Center. That's a little off our usual pub-crawl grid, but we're advised that this locale is easily accessible from three international airports.


Which airports? Get out of here already, and check Goggle Maps or something [I think you mean Google Maps - Ed]. Or talk to your travel agent. The world just ain't that big anymore. And everyone knows where Italy is.


Lot 503. 1956 BMW R 50. The estimate is €1,000 - €1,500, and there's no reserve on this bike either. Chances are that the price is going to rise a lot before the hammer falls. But you never know (and you have to be in it to win it, etc).


Lot 735. Five mini-motos. €2,500 - €5,000. No reserve for these pint sized off-roaders.


RM Sotheby's calls this event Duemila Ruote, and that translates as 2,000 wheels. We did some maths, and we figure that there will actually be more wheels than that at this event. But who cares? We always lose count after 67 or so. Just get along there if you're in the vicinity, or if you fancy an aircraft ride or a long drive from Poland or wherever.


Irritatingly, RM Sotheby's isn't giving away too much information about any of their lots. Or did we miss something? It's possible. If you're an auction kinda guy or girl, go check the website and email for details. The site could use some improvement in functionality, by the way. So stay calm. It's all there somewhere, and the clock is ticking. The doors open from 10am Central European Time (CET).


So who is RM Sotheby's? Well, the RM bit is Canadian. Sotheby's is British (and that apostrophe is in the right place). The two firms forged a partnership in 2015 when Sotheby's bought a 25 percent stake in the Canuck boys. The company is headquartered in Ontario, Canada, but it maintains offices in London, Germany and the USA. As a footnote, RM (but not Sotheby's) holds four of the five records for top-selling automobiles or something. Does anyone care about that? No? Yes? Well either way, go to it everyone.


Italy is thataway...




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EBR "Black Lightning" revealed


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EBR Racing releases details of "street-oriented" model

"Quick, dark and low" US sports bike teases the market


It's a V-twin, and it's called a Black Lightning, but it's no Vincent. This, instead, is a reworking of the existing 1190SX EBR sports bike with a Vincent monicker tagged on.


Aside from the moody livery, the bike has been lowered 25mm, higher handlebars have been added, and someone's twiddled some knobs on the engine to make it more raunchy for the street. And that engine, according to the factory engineers, churns out around 185hp which is pretty much standard for this model.


The Black Lightning has just been unveiled at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show in California, and we can't imagine too many people needed resuscitation after the dust sheet came off.


Over the past year or two, EBR Racing has had more than its fair share of commercial woes. A group called Liquid Asset Partners (LAP) bought the brand, and at first it was thought that the company would have it's assets kicked and stripped. But lo! LAP soon issued a statement announcing that bikes would soon be back in production, and the first machines are expected in the spring of next year (2017).


This bike, we suspect, has been announced simply to keep at least one spotlight on the EBR brand while the restructuring is being completed. Buell motorcycles have had more comebacks than Sinatra, but we like to think that there's a place in the world for this struggling marque. That said, you wouldn't bet your life on it being around 12 months from now.


EBR's call to patriotic American (September 2016)

EBR resumes production (March 2016)


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Lot 87, a 1932 BSA Model G12 combination (in need of re-commissioning) that was estimated by H&H to sell at between £16,000 - £18,000. But it didn't find a buyer. Check below for other no-sales.


H&H's November Donington Sale


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Two bikes sold for big money, but many failed to sell

37 bikes offered for sale post-auction


H&H Auctions tell us that they're pleased with their recent sale at Donington Park, Derbyshire. It was held on 16th November 2016. The firm is claiming a 73 percent conversion/success rate for motorcycle sales. But we've been looking at the numbers and it doesn't quite check out.


Note, however, that H&H has clearly included all motorcycle lots (which is reasonable), whereas we've looked only at the bikes (which include a BSA three wheeled car). Of those 91 motorcycles, 62 bikes sold, and 29 did not sell. Therefore, our maths suggest that the conversion rate is actually 69 percent.


If you include all motorcycle lots (i.e. bike parts), there were 103 in total of which 74 sold. That's a conversion of around 71 percent, and it's slightly less than H&H's 73 percent. But we won't quibble, especially when our maths is so poor, and we might have missed a bike/lot.


However, that's not the complete picture. The top selling lot at the sale was a 1938 Series-A HRD (Vincent) Rapide which changed hands for £267,696. That's a pretty big headline number, and H&H is justifiably pleased. But the following bikes, all with big (or biggish) price tags, didn't sell.


Lot 14: 1990 Godet Vincent (est £50,000 - £60,000)
Lot 25: 1930 Brough Superior 680 (est £150,000 - £160,000)
Lot 36: 1993 Hyde Harrier (est £16,000 - £17,000)
Lot 42: 1939 Brough Superior SS80 (£80,000 - £85,000)

Lot 57: 1961 Honda CB92 (est £8,000 - £10,000)

Lot 69: 1961 T120 Triumph Bonneville (est £10,000 - £12,000)
Lot 71: 2004 Beale G50 Replica (est £20,000 - £23,000)
Lot 76: Triumph T160 (Steve Tonkin) Replica (est £25,000 - £27,000)
Lot 77: circa 1980 Egli Vincent (est £50,000 - £60,000)

Lot 87: 1932 BSA Model G12 combination (est £16,000 - £18,000)


And note that some of these bikes were on offer at H&H's sale at Duxford on 12th October 2016.


On the plus side, a 1934 680cc Brough Superior Black Alpine sold at Donington for £131,560 (the estimate was £120,000 to £140,000). But beyond that, the sale results look very poor. Consequently, H&H is offering 37 bikes for post-sale reconsideration if anyone is interested.


You can't blame H&H for trying to put a good spin on a poor sale. That's how the business works. But if you're thinking of buying or selling at auction, you need to know exactly what's happening to prices. In this instance, it might simply be that H&H has failed to get the word out to the right buyers, and that's one of the basic jobs of a successful auction house. But it might also be that prices are cooling.


That's a conclusion we've been flirting with for some time. And just when we think we're sure, we see some sudden and unexpected upturn on auction prices. So as ever, treat what we say with caution and make your own analysis. Check the results on the H&H site and see what you think.


See here for more on H&H's Duxford Sale

See here for more on the Donington Sale




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Honda Rebel bobber for 2017


Honda's 2017 A2 licence ready Rebel


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Twin cylinder basic factory bobber gets rolling

A2 licence friendly and ABS


Honda Motorcycles has released details of a new mid-capacity bobber aimed at the younger biking market. We didn't actually know that there was a younger market anymore, unless the firm is referring to anyone under fifty. But it looks like a decent enough bike that could have a much wider appeal... [More on the Honda Rebel bobber...]


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Game Over Cycles' Steampunk Hog


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Prize winning Poles take Best Sportster at Faaker See, Austria

Music themed radical HD hits the right notes


If you were one of the estimated 120,000 visitors at the Sept 2016 European Bike Week Custom Chrome Bike Show in Faaker See, Austria, you might have seen this bike. It took 1st Prize for the Best Sportster and set a lot of people busily scratching their heads as they tried to figure out the theme. And that's simple enough once the penny drops.



The bike was built for the Hard Rock Café in Krakow, so it was only natural that the theme was music, hence the microphone style air filter, the guitar fretboards for the swinging arm, the amplifier styled battery box, a saxophone for the front caliper stay, and a Fender guitar shaped horn (at least, we think it's the horn).


And naturally, the more you look, the more music-related cues there are to see. The engine is a relatively humble 883 Harley-Davidson Sportster lump, and as we understand it, it's standard internally but heavily dressed for a night on the town. And what a night.





Game Over Cycles is based in Lisie Jamy, near Lubaczow, Poland. The outfit has been around for some time and operates from a nondescript building that you wouldn't look twice at in passing.


The firm focuses on Harley-Davidson based customs, but also customises cars, restores vintage automobilia, and manufactures high-quality motorcycle parts. In that regard, the business operates some pretty sophisticated CNC equipment and can handle everything from media blasting to powder coating to traditional paint to leather work.


Naturally, themed bikes ain't everyone's cup of tea, and we've got mixed feelings about this one. But as ever, even if the style doesn't suit, the engineering will no doubt impress.


The Steampunk interpretation is ours, by the way. Game Over Cycles make no mention of the sci-fi sub-genre. But from where we're sat, it looks exactly like the kind of motorcycle you might expect to find yourself astride when piloting through a Jules Verne novel.


Game Over Cycles is always looking for new projects, and the weirder, whackier and more wonderful they are, the better. Check the link to the firm's website, check your pulse, and then check your bank balance.


Whatever else these bikes are, they ain't cheap.


Game Over Cycles


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Ebay changes
are coming 


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Sellers need to check their pages

Active content to be restricted


Just when you thought you had your ebay shop sorted, the firm has gawn and shifted the goalposts. It's not an urgent problem, but it's coming this way, so you'd better think ahead if you want to continue flogging those motorcycle parts or bikes or whatnot.


It's to do with active content. Active content is background scripting stuff. You can think of it as pretty much anything on a webpage that's moving, such as video clips, or animations, or drop-down menus or scrolling galleries.


Mobile phones often have trouble with active content, and ebay has found that an increasing number of people are using mobile phones to buy and sell. Consequently, the auction site is pandering to consumer whims and habits and is demanding that its online shopkeepers make some adjustments.


For some, or even most, ebay shops it's not a problem. You can carry on doing business as usual. But a few of you will need to do whatever needs to be done. There is a third-party tool to check your page or pages for mobile phone friendliness. We haven't tried it because we don't do ebay (it just gave us grief), and we can't vouch for the tool. So suck it and see, or don't suck it and don't see. There's a link to that tool at the bottom of this story.


And take a tip. If you need professional support, it shouldn't cost  very much at all. It's relatively basic stuff. So query any prices that are thrown at you. That said, you can probably do it yourself if you set aside an evening or so.


The start date for compliancy is January 2017. But you'll actually have until June 2017 to do what's necessary. Of course, the chances are that you'll spend a lot of time and trouble shooting through the new goalposts only to find that (a) the posts have since been shifted somewhere else, or that (b) mobile phones suddenly have new software/capabilities and no longer have active content issues. But who are we to argue? We're just little people.
See the following story for more on software troubles.




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Bad Ass Biker T-shirt from Sump

PayPal glitch - but don't panic!!


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Minor text display issue needs clarifying

Otherwise business as usual


Who can figure out computer software? Not us. We just keep pressing the stupid buttons until something suitable happens. Then we forget about it and go riding. Or start drinking. Or whatever.


But over the past couple of weeks we've been wrestling with a persistent glitch that, we hope, will be sorted by the close of play today (17th November 2016). And we've noticed that other websites are facing the same issue.


Put simply, some of our T-shirts and whatnot are showing the correct prices. And we're showing the correct postage and packing. And PayPal is showing the correct total. And our customers are paying the correct money.


But the postage and packing price isn't displaying at every step of the way during the buying process. Therefore, occasionally it looks like an extra couple of quid is being tagged on, which isn't the case. And if that did happen, we'd spot it pronto and you'd get an instant refund.


Practically everyone has recognised that there isn't really a problem. But two buyers did query this, so we thought it prudent to issue some kind of clarification. We've since given PaylPal a slap, and we're generally happy with the service (and we've never had a problem with a Sump payment, and neither has any of our customers as far as we know). But it's an irritating glitch, and we're addressing it. Stay in there if you will. Email us if you need too. We're never far away.




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1938 Series-A Rapide sells: £267,696* 


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Donington Park Sale of HRD (Vincent) twin fetches top money

A 1934 Brough Superior Black Alpine sold for £131,560


£200,000 - £220,000 was the estimate. But H&H auctions found a buyer for this 1938 Series-A HRD (Vincent) Rapide who paid £267,696 (£234,000 on the hammer, plus 12% commission & commission VAT). It happened on Tuesday 15th November at Donington Park, Derbyshire. The bike is one of 78 Series-A Rapides built, of which around 50 are said to survive.


This machine was the genesis of Vincent twin cylinder motorcycles. It came about in 1936 when two Meteor cylinders were grafted onto a newly engineered crankcase. The result was a 45hp (@ 5,500rpm), 998cc, 110mph road-burner. It was an instant success and propelled HRD (as the company was then known) onto to the A-list. Or is that Series-A list? Either way, this was the HRD (Vincent) that was affectionately, and perhaps occasionally derisively, referred to as the plumber's nightmare (due to the numerous external oil pipes).



This example, we hear, had been stored for many years. It's said to be highly original, not only due to "matching" frame and engine numbers, but also because the gearbox, oil pump and magneto numbers conform to information on the Stevenage worksheet. And its provenance is otherwise well documented and is apparently the only Series-A photographed with Philip Conrad Vincent at the helm.




The story is that Brian Verrallof Verralls Motorcycles in Tooting, South London—discovered the bike, sold it to ex-AMC man (and long time Vincent enthusiast) Bill Cakebread. Cakebread part-exed a Black Shadow for the Rapide and set about restoring it.


Brian Verrall subsequently re-purchased the bike, and it was sold to a collector in Japan. More recently, the Rapide was "discovered by its present owner" (whatever that means) and was returned to the UK.


The registration is CUP 660. It was Lot 64. The chassis number DV1515. The engine number is V1020. A V5C is present.


The last Series-A Rapide was manufactured in 1939.


At the same sale, a 1934 680cc Brough Superior Black Alpine (image immediately above) was sold for £131,560 (115,000 on the hammer, plus 12% commission & commission VAT). The estimate was £120,000 to £140,000.

With matching numbers, we hear that the bike is well restored, is in good condition, has optional factory-fitted rear suspension, and has a Castle front fork. It's also had the same owner for the past 50 years.


*Note: There was conflicting information on the H&H website that caused us to change these prices three times. The listed prices are now, we're assured, the correct prices. So far...


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John Carson: 1927 - 2016


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Classic British actor dies aged 89

TV credits include Emergency Ward 10, the Avengers and Dr Who


In a week that's seen the loss of legendary songwriter Leonard Cohen and ex "Man From Uncle" Robert Vaughan (equally famed for the Magnificent Seven and Bullitt), we've also learned that actor John Carson has died. His passing will earn significantly fewer column inches than Cohen or Vaughan, but we think a few lines here on our (ahem) modest web magazine might be appreciated by some of you Sumpsters.


John Carson (born John Derek Carson-Parker) was a highly prolific British actor, and one whose face was far more familiar than his name. He appeared in numerous British TV shows including (not in order): Dixon of Dock Green; Telford's Change; Doctor Who; The Avengers; Man in a Suitcase; The Adventures of Robin Hood; The Avengers; The Saint; Adam Adamant Lives!; The Baron; The Champions; Tales of the Unexpected; The Professionals; Crown Court; The New Avengers; Out of the Unknown; The Troubleshooters; William Tell; Emergency Ward 10; and Department S.


Among his movie credits, many of which were low budget pot-boilers, he appeared in Seven Keys (1961); Smokescreen (1964); The Night Caller (1965); The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970); and Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970). And if you remember the old Sunsilk shampoo or Benson & Hedges cigar adverts in the 1960s and 1970s, that was John Carson handling the voice-over. It was a vocal talent that kept him in demand.


Affable, gentlemanly and very British, John Carson was a reliable supporting actor who was often compared to James Mason, but only with regard to his well modulated voice that could switch easily from to genial and generous to cool and calculating to sinister and even sadistic. He could be suave. He could be threatening. He could be deadly. And he was always watchable.



Born in Ceylon to British parents, he was educated in Australia, did national service in the British army (artillery officer), took a law degree at Oxford, but chose instead to "walk the boards" instead of joining the bar. Restless, he travelled to New Zealand, became a member of a repertory company and presently made his way back to the UK. In 1947 he took his first movie role, and he never looked back.


TV producers loved his style, and he was evidently an easy man to work with. From the public's point of view, Carson was very well known in the 1960s and 1970s and, as he once commented, often found it difficult to travel around London and elsewhere without being buttonholed by fans. It was sometimes a problem, but a problem that he accepted and dealt with as necessary.


In the 1980s, John Carson emigrated to South Africa and developed a new career by employing much of the old "magic" that had served him so well for around four decades. Allegedly, his phone was bugged during that period by the South African authorities, largely (if not entirely) due to the fact that his second wife, Luanshya Greer, was a writer who frequently antagonised the South African establishment.


He later returned to the UK and discovered that he'd re-emerged as something of a classic actor from the old school. He was rewarded by many new fans who'd since stumbled upon his huge back catalogue of work, and film and TV producers noticed him once again.


Carson took a role (as a faded actor) in The Deal (2008), and in Doomsday (2008). His last UK TV role was Midsomer Murders (2013)


In 2007 he returned to South Africa, and it was there that he died this month aged 89. John Carson is survived by his second wife and two children, plus four children from his first marriage.


Unfortunately, we don't have a recent picture of John Carson. But as he was a man with many characters and faces, we're happy to remember him as the face in the image at the top of this news item. How about you?



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2016 Triumph Thruxton R


Triumph Thruxton R Winter Raffle


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National Motorcycle Museum offers a £13,800 Thruxton prize

An AJS Model 18 is the second prize


The National Motorcycle Museum (NMM) is raffling a 2017 1200cc Triumph Thruxton R valued at around £13,800. Included with the prize is a Track Racer Kit (fairing, tail tidy, brushed Stainless Vance & Hines silencers, LED indicators, etc). The second prize is a 1954 500cc AJS Model 18. Third prize is a classic weekend break.


Tickets are £2 each, and they're on sale right now via the NMM. The draw will happen on Sunday 23rd April 2017 at the International Classic Bike Show.

Tickets are £2.00 each when bought at the museum or at various upcoming shows. But if you purchase online, you'll have to buy five ticket at once (or in multiples of five). All the monies raised will go towards museum funding.


One final thing: the UK gambling laws mean that you have to be a UK resident to enter.


NMM Summer 2016 Raffle and winner details



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Royal Enfield Bullet: The Essential Buyer's Guide


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Basic RE buying advice

Published by Veloce


Peter Henshaw is a name that many of you Sumpsters will be familiar with. Based in Dorset, he's been around the block a few times and has penned numerous buyers guides on a variety of motorcycle marques including Triumph, Norton, Harley-Davidson and Honda.


Well, we've been reading another little guide by Henshaw, this one on the Royal Enfield Bullet. The publisher is Veloce, and the book was launched in September 2016. Like all Henshaw's books, it's a fair enough little pint-sized publication that, in this instance, deals with the nuts and bolts of purchasing your first Indian-built Bullet. But it doesn't "shine" anywhere, or impress you with humour, or leaving you feeling particularly good about the marque, or the production. [More ...]


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Triumph Street Scrambler for 2017


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Triumph adds a new Scrambler to the Street Twin range

An A2 restrictor kit is available


The latest addition to the Triumph Street Twin family is the (immediately) above 2017 Street Scrambler. The details have just been released at the 2016 EICMA show (Esposizione mondiale del motociclismo), and at first glance the bike looks pretty much like the "old" Scrambler. But of course, the Street Twin architecture has significantly upped the ante what with Triumph's new high-torque, 900cc, liquid-cooled engine; ride-by-wire-throttle; switchable traction control; switchable anti-lock brakes; and a torque assist clutch. [More on the Triumph Street Scrambler...]


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carl-martin-injured-motorcyclistsBiker down:
can you help?


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Injured rider needs cash

£10,000 is the initial target


Introducing Carl Martin. In September this year (2016), Carl was seriously hurt at a motorcycle track day event at Brands Hatch. Amongst his many injuries is spinal chord damage at chest level. We don't know the details, but the long term prognosis is pretty bleak and will see Carl in a wheelchair indefinitely, if not permanently.


He therefore needs maximum support which will include long spells in rehab, a stair lift at his home, and other forms of domestic adaptation. Unfortunately, in this instance we're told that the family is not eligible for a financial grant (presumably from the government).


Married with one two-year old daughter, Carl had recently been undertaking major DIY work at the family home. This, naturally, has left the property in some disrepair. But the immediate need is around £10,000 for the aforementioned stair lift.


We haven't communicated directly with Carl. But we have checked with Brands Hatch, and we're satisfied that this isn't a scam. The appeal, incidentally, came through a family friend (Saral Kiely), and because the initial email was so clumsily written (and contained inconsistencies), it simply couldn't be taken at face value.


But Brands Hatch are aware of the crash and have communicated with the family, and this appears to be a perfectly genuine appeal for an injured biker looking for some support. Of course, you can just forget that he's a motorcyclist and think of him as a bloke who needs help.


So if you want to contribute, you know what you have to do.


BBC News story



UPDATE: We've just checked the appeal, and it appears that a little over £17,000 has already been raised by 348 supporters. But don't let that put you off. Carl might have got his stair lift, but there are still huge costs to be faced.


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1939 BSA M22 and Steib at Tiernan's


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Andy Tiernan's flogging this handsome outfit

Asking £12,500


Suffolk classic bike dealer Andy Tiernan is offering the (immediately) above BSA M22 & Steib outfit for sale. This bike, we hear, was despatched from the BSA factory on 13th March 1939. We're mentioning it here because these bikes don't come around too often, and we know there are other M22 fans out there who would be very interested in this handsome duo.




The 496cc OHV M22 Sport was introduced in 1937. Val Page was the newly arrived chief designer whose first job was to revitalise the BSA singles range which was beginning to look a little stale.


What followed was a line-up of very worthy and very attractive bikes that entirely matched BSA's ethos of practical and reliable transport, and at an "affordable" price. The 496cc M22 Sport, a standard version of the flagship M23, was available with either a single-port head, or a twin-port. Other features included a stylish panel tank, a 4-speed gearbox, and quickly detachable wheels.



The cylinder bore is 81mm. The stroke is 94mm. The engine produces a claimed 22bhp @ 5,400rpm. Brakes are 7-inch front and rear. Wheels are 19-inch. Top speed is around 85mph, with a cruising speed of 55 - 60mph.


Andy Tiernan says that the motorcycle came his way as part-exchange for a V-twin. And as attractive as this outfit is, he will consider splitting the pair. The asking price is £12,500.





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"Retro cues & future tech define the ICON 1000 design ethos. An eclectic mix of bespoke tailoring set within the dystopian landscape of ‘One Possible Future'. Ours is a concrete couture stitched together with sheer intestinal fortitude. Scavenging the outer rim and pillaging the unroadworthy, we are the fist that strikes and the tie that binds. A vast moto horde, astride superbikes of our own creation, operating outside the perimeter of polite motorcycle society. High velocity gear for low intensity conflicts. Remember us when you look at the night sky."


Icon 1000, Portland, Oregon, USA


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A E Wildman Motorcycles is for sale


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Lincolnshire's "oldest motorcycle dealer "is for sale

The asking price is £300,000


Long established Lincolnshire motorcycle dealer, A E Wildman & Son, is looking for a buyer. Better known as "Wildmans", the business is the sponsor of the well-established Spilsby Bike Night which takes place in May every year and draws around 1,500 motorcyclists to the small rural East Midlands town. The key beneficiary of the event is the local air ambulance.


Wildman Motorcycles was founded in 1926 by Ted Wildman. Primarily an AJS and Matchless dealer, the business in fact sold pretty much all British marques from Ariel to Triumph. Ted Wildman was also a keen scrambler and serviced Manx Norton racers during the 1940s and 1950s.


Ted Wildman died in 1969, His son, John, took over the business and retired in 2005. For a short period, a guy named Mike Powell owned the shop. However, it was not a success, and in 2007 Powell sold the business to ex-builder, Peter McDowell.



McDowell has worked hard on the business which, we hear, sells around 100 bikes per annum. These are mostly Chinese Sym lightweight models which suit the more restrained budgets of this relatively poor region. But Wildman also sells a small range of more contemporary second hand bikes and scooters, including some classics and motorcycle projects.


Additionally, a chief source of income is the MOT station which accounts for maybe 500 to 600 tests each year. And there's also the bijou Triumph Cafe which serves up drinks and snacks during normal opening hours.


McDowell, now 64, runs the business with his wife, Lisa. There are two other staff on the books; a mechanic and an apprentice. The reason for the sale? McDowell, a long-time motorcyclist and former Wildman customer, is said to be looking to retire.


And the price? £300,000. This includes the main shop premises (actually two connected shops with bay windows), a residential flat, an adjacent showroom, a workshop and storage space at the rear.


If you're interested in buying, this is a nice looking business with an old world feel situated very close to the centre of Spilsby, which is just a small town, but fairly busy. Wildmans is well known throughout the immediate area, and even further afield—and as far as we know, the business has generated plenty of goodwill.

Contact Peter McDowell on: 07786 693459 or 01790 753219


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1990 F1 Norton Rotary


NMM November Open Day reminder


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National Motorcycle Museum opens its doors for free

Norton F1 Summer Prize Draw to be made


Okay, we'll keep this one short and to the point. On Saturday 5th November 2016 (which is in just a couple of days), the National Motorcycle Museum (NMM), adjacent to Birmingham and Solihull, will be throwing open its doors to all comers. It's the third such Open Day. The museum will also be making the draw for the (immediately) above 588cc F1 Norton which tops the NMM's Summer Raffle.


Free access to the museum is offered for the one day only, and there's a comprehensive programme of entertainment to make this a pretty good day out. On the roster are numerous biking celebrities including Carl Fogarty, James Whitham, James Ellison, John McGuinness, Ian Hutchinson and Maria Costello. Frame building maestro Ken Sprayson is also expected to be in attendance. And Norman Hyde, ex-Meriden development engineer will be on call to both entertain and edify.


If you're hungry there will be food. If you feel like getting drunk, there will be a bar (not if you're riding or driving, please). And if you fancy spending some dosh, there will be trade stalls.


The nights are drawing in, as if you need reminding. Events such as this can help stave off those end-of-season blues. Here are some contact details:


National Motorcycle Museum

Coventry Road,
West Midlands,
B92 0EJ

Telephone: 01675 443311




UPDATE: The Norton F1 was won by Mr David Schofield of County Durham. The ticket number was: 1015193. The second prize, a 1951 500cc Norton ES2, went to Mr Colin Hodgkins of Staffordshire. The ticket number was: 1603567.


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Ariel R expected at Motorcycle Live


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A new, faster and limited edition Ariel is promised


In June 2014, Ariel Motorcycles announced the launch of the Honda VFR1200F-powered Ace. The 1,237cc, 16-valve, 150mph V4 model was tipped (by Ariel) to be in production by 2015, and 150 bikes per annum were planned.


Ariel's production, however, hasn't exactly exceeded expectations. We don't have any figures, and we haven't been able to peek in Ariel's order book, but there are certainly at least a couple of examples rolling around somewhere.


Undeterred, the new Ariel R (computer-generated image immediately above) is expected to feature a "more unique colour scheme, a lot of carbon, lots of machined aluminium parts and a lot of power". An Ariel spokesman further explained that the new R is to be a limited edition bike with a production run of just ten.


Ariel Motorcycles operates from Crewkerne, Somerset. The company currently boasts numerous dealers around the world. But it should be noted that all of these dealers appear to be catering for the space-framed Ariel Atom car, not the motorcycles.


Motorcycle Live takes place on Saturday 19th to Sunday 27th November 2016. The venue is the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham.


See Classic Bike News June 2014: Ariel Ace



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