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1922 Ner-a-Car 2¼hp. Created in 1919 by Carl A Neracher, an American inventor, businessman and entrepreneur, the Ner-a-Car was nothing if not a radical attempt to redefine motorcycling for the masses and help bridge the gap between two and four wheels. An example of this "oddball" creation with its 221cc two-stroke engine, friction-drive transmission, pressed-steel chassis and hub-centre steering was in 1922 ridden from New York to Los Angeles by Erwin G. "Cannonball" Baker. The ride, we hear, took him 174 hours and 1 minute. Originally manufactured in Syracuse, New York State, the design was brought to the UK and built under licence at Kingston-upon-Thames by Sheffield-Simplex, albeit with a 285cc two-stroke engine of British design. Four stroke sidevalve and OHV models followed in due course. In the UK, 6,500 examples were built. In the USA, that number was nearer 10,000 units. Said to be simple to ride with good weather protection, Ner-a-Car marketed this "Wheeler" as "unskiddable" and therefore "safer than a car". The price was around 66 guineas (66 pounds and 66 shillings) in the UK. In the USA, you'd pay around $225 depending on which model you opted for—and there were commercial variants too. Dry weight was around 175lbs (79kg). Top speed was 35mph. Rear suspension was an option—at the expense of a longer wheelbase. Bonhams will be offering this example (Lot 525) on 7th September 2019 at its Beaulieu Sale, Hampshire. The estimate is £7,000 - £9,000.

 

September 2019  Classic bike news


Motorcycle news | Biking headlines | Latest motor bike stories | Press


 

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Poet's Corner: 1959

One liners

Incoming: nuclear hype from BMW!!

Harrison OK-Supreme to auction

2019 Brighton Speed Trials date




February 2019 Classic Bike News

H&H upcoming auctions reminder

One liners

Peter Halsten Thorkelson: 1942 - 2019

Charterhouse February 2019 results

59 Club May ride-outs to St Paul's

Nippy Normans "handy" airline tool

One liners

New classic car metal garage signs

2019 Kickback Show seeks sponsors

Bauer print sales take another dive

Australian cops speed camera poser

One liners

Henry Cole wants your shed

London Classic Car Show 2019

Christopher Chope's FGM backlash

Albert Finney: 1936 - 2019

International Motobécane gathering

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Charterhouse Auctions reminder

Bud Ekins' Husqvarna MX360 Viking

2019 Bristol Classic Show postponed



 


Henry Cole's Motorbike Show returns

Oxford Bradwell wax cotton jacket

Norton Commando Winter Raffle


2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 details

80 years of AMC with Colin Seeley

One liners

A blue plaque for Rex McCandless

"Barn find" RE Constellation to sell

Kawasaki Zed series restoration manual

Bonhams Stafford Sale hits £3 million

Weise®  Boston Jeans tried & tested

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Star attractions at Barber Sale

Andy Tiernan 2019 charity calendar

Zhongneng buys Moto Morini

Bonhams Autumn Stafford preview

Charles Geoffrey Hayes: 1942 - 2018

Mark Wilsmore's bikes to auction

2019 Street Twin & Scrambler boost


Two Wheeled Tuesdays invitation

Bonhams Alexandra Palace Sept Sale

NextBase 312GW dashcam tested

Charles Nicholas Hodges

Suzuki Motorcycles from Veloce

2019 BMW R1250GS & R1250RT
Dudley Sutton: 1933 - 2018 

Oxford Products Kickback Shirt

One liners

Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Sport unveiled

Burton Leon Reynolds: 1936 - 2018

Comet Classics Open Day

H&H Auctions seeking consignments

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Motus Motorcycles is bust




 

June 2018 Classic Bike News

One liners

Trump & Harley-Davidson toe to toe

"Governator's" Harley-Davidson sold

Car Builder Solutions recommended

Dirtquake VII 2018 at Arena Essex
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Mecum Auctions at Monterey 2018
H&H NMM auction shapes up further
Chris Chope gets 'em in a twist
Daniel David Kirwan: 1950 - 2018
Reg Allen Motorcycles is closing
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World Motorcycle Rally 2018
Glynn Edwards: 1931 - 2018
Den Hartogh Museum Sale
Grip-Tite Sockets, tried & tested
Donald Trump's US trade war starts


 

May 2018 Classic Bike News

The Daily Not News

IOM jaywalker in the hoosegow

Rare Norton Hi-Rider to auction

Clint Walker: 1927 - 2018

Ducati Museum Hailwood exhibition

Tougher protection for cops mooted

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New London-Brighton Run route


April 2018 Classic Bike News

Bonhams Spring Stafford results

Royal Enfield Interceptor NMM raffle

60th International Motor Scooter Rally

New Honda "Monkey Bike" for 2018

Carole Nash's dangerous roads

An Austin Anthology from Veloce

Bonhams Stafford Sale reminder

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Bradford Dillman: 1930 - 2018

Stolen Vincent Comet & BSA Bantam
Spirit of '59 Triumph Bonnevilles
We've been adrift, but we're back in port

Autonomous Tesla claims a cyclist

Motor insurance premiums fall


March 2018 Classic Bike News

Watsonian's GP700 & Indian Chief

Bonhams Stafford Sale April 2018

One liners

We Ride London new demo date

Dee Atkinson & Harrison March Sale

Bull-it Men's SR6 Cargo trousers

Franklin's Indians: Veloce Reprint

One Liners

Kenneth Arthur Dodd: 1927 - 2018

Carole Nash Google Petition

New Musical Express is out of print

1954 500cc Triumph-Matchless chop

1,800 bike collection to be auctioned

Art Exhibition at Sammy Miller's

2018 Cardiff Classic Motorcycle Show

John Lennon's monkey bike: £57,500

One liners

This day in history


February 2018 Classic Bike News

Foscam Wireless Camera system

Pioneer Run eBook: now £2.99

Oxford Clamp On brake lever clip

One liners

2018 Curtiss Warhawk unveiled

Here's the latest bike scam attempt

George Beale appointed H&H director

Next Kickback Show 7-8th April 2018

"Alley Rat" - 2018 UK BOTK winner

One liners

Defeat the online scammers with Skype

Triumph Hurricane scammer alert

CCM Spitfire-based Bobber for 2018

Cafe Racer Dreams: 8 bikes stolen

Coys' Feb 2018 London Excel Auction

Thieves ransom Triumph Thunderbird

Harley-Davidson recalls 251,000 bikes

"Police biker" banker convicted

Bringsty Grand Prix Revival 2018

Two new Weise wax cotton jackets

Murderous solicitor is still on the books

£7k - £10k Triumph 'X-75 Hurricane'

Retro wireless GPS speedometer

"Anvil Motociclette...

2018 Triumph Speed Triples launched

Royal Enfield Flying Flea stolen

Brühl Twin Turbine Motorcycle Dryer


January 2018 Classic Bike News

Laser Power Bar Extension Wrench

One liners

Harley-Davidson quits Kansas City

Online traffic accident reporting plan

Silverstone Auctions February 2018

12th Annual Dania Beach Show

Black Lightning sells for $929,000

Online motorcycle scammer alert

One liners

AJS Tempest Scrambler for 2018

Charterhouse's February 2018 sale

Can anyone add info on this rider?

HJC FG-70s Aries Yellow helmet

One liners

Peter Wyngarde: 1927 (ish) - 2018

Death Machines of London - Airforce

Lancaster Insurance; reality check

One liners

"Fast" Eddie Clarke: 1950 - 2018

Bonhams' Las Vegas Sale reminder

Ban on credit/bank card charges


December 2017 Classic Bike News

Information on this picture wanted

Levis Motorcycles set for comeback?

One Liners

Oops, we screwed up [again - Ed]

H&H December 2017 sale at the NMM

Immortal Austin Seven from Veloce

Triumph T140V for sale: 237km

Irresponsible journalism from MCN?
Hagon Triumph Bobber mono-shock
Bruce Alan Brown: 1937 - 2017

MCN closes its biker forum

Arm rural UK coppers suggestion

Bought a Sump T-shirt? Check your email...

Falling bike sales, 11 straight months

Triumph Birmingham is set to close

New electric black taxi breaks cover

Semi naked girl straddles an Indian!!


November 2017 Classic Bike News

Riding Japan; new touring website

British motor racing anniversary day

Triumph T140 restoration guide

Ratchet handle taps & dies - Chronos

White Helmet Triumphs reach £12K

H&H's first timed automobilia auction

Goldtop £50 off gloves—limited offer

London pillion rider ban idea

Ford Design in the UK - Veloce

Thruxton Track Racer Kit offer

Want to post a comment on Sump?

New Davida "Koura" full face helmet

One liners

NMM BSA Gold Star winner details

Norton 650 twin scrambler planned

RE travel book: Hit the Road, Jac!

Stoneleigh Kickback Show April 2017

Brough Superior Pendine racer

One liners

H-D Battle of the Kings 2017 winner

New Royal Enfield 650 twins launched

NMM's 2018 Speedmaster prize

Meriden Off Road Tiger Cubs

One liners

Andy Tiernan's 2018 calendar

Scrappage scheme classic car poser

Norton launches the California

Scooter gangs face new response

One liners



September 2017 Classic Bike News












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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


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I enjoy glancing at your website and appreciate your digging around the world of the motorcycling underbelly but please think twice before Political Graffiti drags you towards the BREXIT bunch. If we need Boris news there's plenty to be found. Sump seems to me to be a place where those with a shared interest in 2 wheels can find interesting titbits and fascinating stories. Please keep Boris and BREXIT off the site, whatever your opinion. We're not reading SUMP for that. —Phil Cowley, Hants.

Editor's note: Hi Phil, thanks for that. However, we often feature political news and comments, particularly with our Political Graffiti items – and we’ve got no plans to change that. Sump isn’t a motorcycle magazine; it's a magazine for motorcyclists. Everything affects everything else in one way or another, and the Brexit debacle is affecting us all. If you don’t like the story or our slant, turn the page. Simple. I suspect, however, that you think we’re supporting Boris, which we’re not. We're simply highlighting the fact that Westminster has an agenda that's completely out of step with the electorate. It's currently on a savage fox hunt looking for blood, and Boris is the fox. We're making a pertinent and timely critique of the slanted political system and the rampant media bias. It's not an endorsement of Boris Johnson, per se. Beyond that, when you eat a free lunch, you shouldn't complain about what's on the menu.


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Ex-Meriden Triumph staffer, author & scrambler Harry Woolridge dies, 88


Reminder: 6th October 2019. Copdock Bike Show (see Sump events page)


IOM firm Freedom Travel collapses. TT visitors check your bookings


Surrey police successfully deploy "DNA spray" to tackle anti-social riders


London Motorcycle Museum closes 7th October 2019. 80+ bikes to auction


John Page at Sprockets Unlimited has died. Future of the business unclear


New 2020 765 Triumph Street Triple set to launch in October 2019


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Barber Motorsports Museum auction

 

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5th October 2019 is the date

A cool Crocker and Ten Vincents are going under the hammer

 

Bonhams will be hosting another sale at the Barber Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama USA on 5th October 2019. The headline lot (Lot 155) is a 1940 Crocker Big Tank (see image immediately below) which is estimated to sell at $495,000 - $595,000 (£400,000 - £480,000).

 

The bike, we hear, was formerly the property of ex-Crocker employee Elmo Looper who in his day was renowned as a highly skilled machinist and cam grinder par excellence. Looper worked for Crocker during WW2 when the factory had ceased producing bikes and turned over production to Douglas aircraft parts.

 

 

But Elmo, a member of the noted 13 Rebels motorcycle club,  was very much a biker, and post war involved himself in the repair and maintenance of Crocker motorcycles. Actually, it was far more than that. When Albert Crocker decided to focus on industrial engineering, Looper bought the remaining Crocker factory stock and in doing so kept existing bikes on the road and maintained the sputtering flame. As a result, in some circles his name is almost synonymous with Albert Crocker. Certainly, there would be far fewer Crocker bikes on the road today had not Looper put his shoulder to these particular wheels.

 

However, he too would forego motorcycle repair and engineering in favour of other industrial diversions (notably within the printing trade), and eventually he sold the bike and moved on, both literally and figuratively speaking.

 

The bike, one of 30 Big Tanks, has enjoyed a fairly chequered history since Looper's ownership. After a serious crash, it travelled west to east across the USA, then languished for many years whilst awaiting the right person to come along and bring it back to life.

 

 

 

 

The present owner bought the bike in 2004 and spent around 15 years sourcing the parts and the skills needed to recreate this forlorn example of Al Crocker's handiwork.

 

All the parts were either new or NOS, or were recreated components by noted and approved Crocker experts. For all that, however, there are still a few jobs that need sorting, including an oil leak, a clutch problem, some flaking chrome and the faded paintwork.

 

We quote direct from Bonhams:

 

"In the past Buchannan's Frame Shop had spliced two frames together to come up with a straight-and-true foundation for the project, and a replica fork assembly commissioned from Gordon Salisbury was attached. Mike Lange rebuilt the engine and gearbox, using Carrillo connecting rods in the former and NOS gears in the latter. A cast-aluminum toolbox, complete with inset Crocker logo, is from a batch of 50 made by Richard Morris using original blueprints. So too, the lovely cast-aluminum [aluminium] gas/oil tanks are reproductions from Crocker Toronto. Restoration ace Steve Huntzinger crafted the gas and oil caps. Chuck Vogel supplied the repop fenders that dropped perfectly into place. Chuck Vernon, Daniel Statnekov and Mike Madden, among others, chipped in with various NOS parts."

 

Meanwhile, Bonhams is advising prospective purchasers to satisfy themselves regarding the provenance of this motorcycle—which in no way should be treated as a special warning regarding this bike. It certainly looks and feels right, but half a million spondulix is way too much money to part company with without studying the small print and asking some searching historical questions.

 

1949 Vincent Black Shadow Series C

 

▲ Lot 152, 1949 998cc Vincent Black Shadow Series C. The estimate is $110,000 - $130,000 (£89,000 - £100,000). This bike has been "restored to 1949 Earls Court Motorcycle Show specification", but it's not clear if this machine was actually at the show or carries an especially newsworthy history (but it certainly appears to have had a chequered past).

 

 

Moving on, we see that there are also no less than ten Vincent motorcycles on offer including four complete Black Shadows (Series C and D bikes); one Egli; two Comets; and three project Vinnies (a Black Prince, a Black Shadow and a Rapide)

 

We've counted 215 lots in total, including the [1921] "Dodge City 300 Mile" print (Lot 1) by noted artist Robert Carter (top of this news story). Featuring a Harley-Davidson flat tanker, this 36" x 55"  canvas print is number 1 or 25 examples. And there are a few more worthy of your attention.

 

As ever, we'll be studying the other lots and will flag anything that strikes us as interesting or newsworthy.

 

www.bonhams.com

www.barbermuseum.org

 


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Kickback Show Sept 2019 update

 

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Cheltenham Town Hall (GL50 1QA) is the venue

The organiser expects slight door delays

 

If you're travelling to the Kickback Show on Saturday 21st September 2019, and if you haven't bought an advance ticket or tickets, we've been advised by the organiser that you could spend a little longer than usual at the gate.

 

The event has been booked to near capacity and a scrum is expected for this increasingly popular show. Apparently there is a bar, but that might not be a lot of use if you're on a bike or driving—unless you want to hang around sipping coke or orange juice and eating peanuts.

 

That said, this gathering at Cheltenham Town Hall is likely to reveal some very interesting examples of the custom bike builder's art, so stay on target and be patient if you can. You will get in. Just expect a brief hang up or two.

 

Online tickets are/were £8. The gate price for adults is £10. The doors open at 11am and close at 5pm.

 

www.thecustomshow.com

 


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French MPs vote to scrap breathalysers for foreigners

 

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The law is still in force

Stay equipped for now

 

First the French government voted to mandate on-board breathalysers for tourists in France. That was in 2013.

 

Then President Francois Hollande decided to scrap the €11 fine but keep the law on the books. And now the French government has indicated that it wants to revoke the law—at least as far as Johnny Foreigner is concerned.

 

There's still something of a political fog surrounding this issue, and no doubt clarification will emerge. But at the moment, it looks as if bikers and drivers travelling in or through France will soon not have to carry any form of breath-test kit.

 

Why the change of heart? Apparently it was simply because the law was serving no purpose and saw no reduction in drink-drive incidents. So the French, to their credit, have decided to undo what was done—or is this really about a fall in tourism?

 

We haven't any figures in that regard. But experience suggests that behind any given reason, there's often another silent reason lurking.

 

Meanwhile, keep a watch on this issue because technically the law is still in force until it's officially declared null and void, etc—and French cops are nothing if not a capricious bunch.

 

And remember that riders and drivers are still required to carry other roadside emergency equipment including reflective vests, a warning triangle, spare bulbs and an approved medical kit.

 

UPDATE: We've just checked, and France is actually claiming a 3% increase in tourists between 2017 and 2018. Around 90 million visitors currently annually enjoy French hospitality. Nevertheless, there might still be another reason for undoing the breathalyser law for foreigners.

 


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Hi, the figures for tourists I see are for last year. I normally travel to [mainland] Europe 3 or 4 times a year. Due to the uncertainty over Brexit, I haven’t travelled there at all this year due to not knowing how difficult it will be to travel. Maybe I am not the only one, and many others are playing the waiting game and now the French have realised that maybe our money was worth having after all. I’m not holding my breath though.—Ian


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Festival of Jurby

 

Classic TT Festival of Jurby cancelled

 

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Indefinite suspension of this popular Isle of Man event

VMCC cites rising costs and increased bureaucracy

 

One of the highlights of the annual Classic TT is the Festival of Jurby. The event, which has been running for 10 years, invariably happens between the two race days and is an extravaganza of vintage, veteran and classic motorcycles centred around the Jurby Motordrome on the North Island.

 

Organised by the VMCC, around 10,000 visitors are claimed for this gathering. But it's now been cancelled until further notice, which could be permanently.

 

VMCC Isle of Man Section secretary Gary Corlett said:

 

"We are seeing heavier regulation come into effect, and responsibilities grow to surpass the capability of the small team that organises the event. Keeping riders safe is our utmost concern and in the current climate we were facing additional uncertainties with insurance for any non-Manx riders given changes to EU medical cards. Consequently, and pending professional advice, the committee has reluctantly, and with regret, decided to suspend the festival until further notice.

 

"The VMCC has always looked at ways to promote the island’s strong history with motorcycling and the tremendous machines many of our members lovingly restore and care for, and for the past decade the Festival of Jurby has celebrated this perfectly. Our commitment to promoting vintage motorbikes remains as strong as ever, and the committee will be continuing with the many events we organise throughout the year, including the Manx Rally. However this is a perfect time to reflect and refocus our efforts to look at new events."

 

None of that sounds very hopeful as far as the Festival of Jurby is concerned. But it's worth remembering that this event brings a lot of money to the island, and the islanders are well aware of this fact.

 

So is this simply the VMCC firing a warning shot hoping to change the underlying rules, regulations and other financial burdens? We don't know, and we won't speculate further.

 

We've contacted the VMCC for clarification and we asked this question. But at present it seems that the news hasn't cooled sufficiently for others to touch it and explore the wider implications. However we are advised that the Classic TT racing is unaffected and will continue as usual. We're told that it's simply the Jurby Festival that been cancelled.

 

We tried to speak directly to Gary Corlett, but he wasn't available.

 

www.vmcc.net

www.iomtt.com

 


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Richard Gere's T140 Triumph Bonneville

Richard Gere's movie T140 for sale

 

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Remember the film: An Officer and a Gentleman?

This 750cc Triumph Bonneville is about to be auctioned

 

Remember the 1982 movie An Officer and a Gentleman? We do. Vaguely, anyway. It's one of those films that was over-hyped, and that pretty much put us off bothering to watch it until the excitement died. Same thing with Jaws (1975) and Close Encounters (1977) —although we eventually got the popcorn and coke out and watched them all.

 

An Officer and a Gentleman, you might recall, featured a 33-year old Gere playing "Zack Mayo" in this US military aviation macho yarn with a romantic/dramatic sub plot, etc. But all we really remember is Gere warming the saddle of a Triumph twin—and even then, we had the vague notion that the bike was a 500cc Daytona or similar.

 

However, the bike was in fact a 750cc 1978 Triumph Bonneville T140. It was one of two examples used in the film. The motorcycles were supplied by Dewey's Cycles in Seattle, Washington USA, and this one will go under the hammer at the Icons and Legends of Hollywood Sale on 25th - 26th September 2019 organised by Profiles in History.

 

Actually, it looks as if it's already been under someone's hammer and arguably hasn't been sufficiently cherished to warrant the $20,000 - $30,000 price expectation. There's rust sprouting here and there, notably on the front disc. The tail lamp is broken. The left side tank badge is half adrift. The chrome has some pitting. And apparently there are two tabs welded to the frame somewhere which have been used to suspend the bike from a ceiling or something. Nothing too serious, mind, and relatively cheap fixes.

 

Meanwhile, it looks like a mostly complete and original T140, and Richard Gere's association is bound to add a premium to this machine—claimed to be one of the most iconic bikes in movie history. We'll be watching to see what happens on the day, but we won't be reaching for the credit card. It's listed as Lot 526.

 

 

 

Moving on, we see that the Russian Dnepr combination used in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1984) starring Harrison Ford and Sean Connery is also looking for a new garage. The bike, a 1988 model, was decked up to look like a WW2 German BMW, and it plays the part reasonably convincingly (and certainly more convincingly than Connery playing Ford's dad).

 

 

Steven Spielberg (left) giving directions to Sean Connery and Harrison Ford. With a name like Jones, you'd think Ford's dad would have been a Welshman. And that's not the same bike as the other one featured here. But check the text and you'll see that more than one was used. Still, you might want to have a closer examination of the provenance...

 

 

The Dnepr is one of three such outfits used in the film. It's also been knocked around a little, which is perhaps a minor miracle considering how many props are generally wrecked in the Indian Jones franchise.

 

Expectations are running high for this one (at least as far as the auctioneers are concerned). The company is hoping for $40,000 - $60,000. It's Lot 553.

 


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1941 Norton 16H

 

H&H NMM Auction November 2019

 

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490cc ex-military Norton 16H seeks a new soldier

£7k - £8k is the estimate

 

Around 100,000 Norton motorcycles were produced for the British military before and during WW2. The Model 16H was the most common (and certainly the best known). The other notable Norton was the Big 4.

 

The single cylinder sidevalve boasts a displacement of 490cc with a bore of 79mm and a stroke of 100mm. The bike is pretty much built along conventional line and offers much the same thrills and foibles of the rival BSA M20—and adherents of both models routinely argue/discuss which bike was superior in terms of reliability, performance, handling, ease of maintenance, style, etc.

 

This example (immediately above and below) will be going under the hammer at H&H's next sale at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull which is scheduled for 2nd November 2019.

 

Norton 16H - 1941

 

The bike, post WW2, was shipped to Greece (where more than a handful of military bikes have washed up, one or two literarily). By the 1980s the bike, we hear, reappeared on a US airbase in Germany, and sometime after that it was shipped to California, USA. Since then, it's been restored and then dry-stored since 2014.

 

Although the auction listing doesn't specifically say as much, the Norton is probably located right here in the UK—and will be sold (or not) not many miles from where it entered the world.

 

Luvverly.

 

The registration number is 661 YUJ, which supports the notion that the bike is now registered in the UK. The engine number is W16179. The frame number is W92938. And naturally, the bike will need some commissioning after a five year furlough.

 

The price is £7,000 - £8,000 which, although perhaps a little on the high side in the current slowing classic market, isn't totally unrealistic for a sorted 16H. The parade ground gloss finish isn't ideal for a military hack, but it doesn't look as if too much effort will be needed to get this motorcycle battle ready on the re-enactment scene if that's your bag.

 

No lot number has yet been assigned.


www.handh.co.uk

 

UPDATE: The 1941 Norton 16H sold for £6,975

 


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Chester bike dealer Bill Smith raided. Video on Facebook. Can you help?


30,000 Guzzi fans/friends attended Mandello del Lario Open Day 6-8/9/2019


Commons Transport Committee seeks UK pavement (sidewalk) parking ban


2020 Indian Roadmaster Dark Horse engine

 

2020 Indian Roadmaster Dark Horse engine primary side

 

2020 Indian Roadmaster Dark Horse

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Premier Vintage helmet     Premier Vintage crash helmet

          Premier Vintage Jet                            Premier Vintage OP9-BM

 

Premier Trophy Retro helmet         Premier Trophy helmet

 

         Premier Trophy Retro                              Premier Trophy BTR

 

 

70s style classic helmets from Sump

 

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Four lids, two open face, two full-face

£279.95 and £299.95

 

We've been meaning to get around to this for some time. But what with one beer and another we've been putting it off and curling up on the couch and never getting it done. You know how it works.

 

However, we've finally picked up the business phone and flapped our tongues and made our move, and we've gone and added the above quartet of crash helmets to our modest shop.

 

And we wish we'd done it sooner.

 

They're all 70s style lids from Italian firm Premier. That's because the 70s is where we're at, mentally speaking—which isn't to say we don't look beyond that hallowed decade to other eras, motorcycling-wise. Check around these pages and you'll see what we mean. We're nothing if not eclectic.

 

But if Dr Who landed in the driveway with his TARDIS and offered to whisk us off through the portals of time and all that Einsteinian-gravity-bending- black-hole stuff, we'd politely ask to be dropped off around ... say ... 1973, or 76 or thereabouts.

 

So if you can relate to these nostalgic whims and wistful caprices, and if you need a new lid (and pretty much everyone needs a new lid), we're inviting you to mosey on down to our online shop and check out these helmets.

 

Just click on whichever one interests you and listen to out sales pitch, such as it is. Then, if you're persuaded to indulge and kit-up with something new and stylish, reach for your wallet or purse and do what you have to do.

 

But check sizes carefully—and note that we've included postage costs. However, we're offering these crash helmets to UK customers only. Allow 3 - 5 days for delivery, and if you're not happy with your purchase, send it back in as-new condition with the original packaging, etc. You know the drill.

 

If it ain't right, it ain't right. We won't quibble.

 


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Triumph Speed Twin style bobber

Pure Triumph Wellingborough crafted this slightly cheesy Speed Twin lookalike. Not bad from this angle, but side-on it simply lacks the elegance of the original. Still, we'd find a space for it somewhere in the shed. And the name of the bike? A Pure Ed Turner. Nice.

 

Triumph Bobber Build-Off finalists

 

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Three UK Triumph dealers battle for the best custom bobber crown

Decision to be announced on 29th September 2019

 

Back in May 2019 Triumph Motorcycles announced the start of its first UK Bobber Build-Off competition. It happened at the Bike Shed Show, London. Since then, thirteen Triumph dealerships around the country have been busy building, adapting, crafting, colouring, personalising and presenting their respective entrants. And now, following public voting via the Triumph Motorcycles website, the three finalists have been marched to the podium.

 

These dealers are (in no particular order); Peterborough Triumph, Laguna Ashford, and Pure Triumph Wellingborough. The competition therefore moves on to the next stage with the winner being announced at the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride (DSG) in London on 29th September 2019.

 

 

Laguna Ashford took a Thruxton fairing and perched it at the business end of this Bobber and slapped on the livery à la X-75 Hurricane. Confused identity? Maybe. We're not exactly wetting ourselves over this one, but it's easy to be an armchair critic. No doubt the builders worked hard to get this contender into the ring. It's called The Drag Racer, by the way.

 

 

Peterborough Triumph took its inspiration from WW2 bombers and fashioned this entrant called BOB-01. It's the most radical of the three finalists. If this doesn't win, we're setting fire to the factory. Be warned.

 

 

So okay, it's a bit fussy and wants you to look everywhere at once. But the builders get credit for taking a few chances. Privately, however, we were fairly happy with the Bobber the way Triumph presented it—but that would be missing the point.

 

 

All the bikes were built using a mix of off-the-shelf Triumph parts and dealer engineering skills. Public voting ended on 29th August 2019. Triumph Motorcycles, unsurprisingly, is the main sponsor for this year's DSG.


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