▲ Some folk would call it sacrilege; converting a very worthy (if plodding) 1937 Triumph 6S into the above (more sporting) Triumph T100 Tiger/5T Speed Twin "evocation" (or "replica" in more classic parlance). But that's exactly what the (late) owner of this motorcycle did. He removed the 6S 500cc single cylinder sidevalve lump and replaced it with a 500cc OHV twin engine. Naturally, that required a new magneto and a revised exhaust system, and in that regard he naturally opted for removable silencer end-caps. Most of the rest of the bike, it seems, was unaltered. We're talking frame, front fork, panel tank, brakes and wheels. Of course, a more convincing T100 replica would be fitted with an all aluminium engine—as opposed to the run-of-the-mill cast iron head and barrels featured here. Nevertheless, cast iron is generally better (meaning: more forgiving) for everyday use, and we won't quibble about the metallurgical differences. The bike was built around ten years ago, and it hasn't seen much action since then. But H&H Auctions are hoping that it will see £13,000 - £15,000 when it comes up for sale on Wednesday 27th October 2021 at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull (no lot number yet). In the current market, that might be a slightly optimistic estimate. However, we'll see what we shall see. It certainly wouldn't disgrace our garage. But it's a shame that the original 6S is no more. That said, who knows how the wheels will turn in the coming years. What goes around come around, and all that ...



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Charterhouse February 2019 results

59 Club May ride-outs to St Paul's

Nippy Normans "handy" airline tool

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Bauer print sales take another dive

Australian cops speed camera poser

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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

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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

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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

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Trump & Harley-Davidson toe to toe

"Governator's" Harley-Davidson sold

Car Builder Solutions recommended

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Mecum Auctions at Monterey 2018
H&H NMM auction shapes up further
Chris Chope gets 'em in a twist
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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


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Clint Walker: 1927 - 2018

Ducati Museum Hailwood exhibition

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New London-Brighton Run route

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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

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We Ride London new demo date

Dee Atkinson & Harrison March Sale

Bull-it Men's SR6 Cargo trousers

Franklin's Indians: Veloce Reprint

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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

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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

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Falling bike sales, 11 straight months

Triumph Birmingham is set to close

New electric black taxi breaks cover

Semi naked girl straddles an Indian!!

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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

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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

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Norton launches the California

Scooter gangs face new response

One liners

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Buell relaunch and new production


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1190 Hammerhead model planned

Reservations are being sought


It's been a very rocky road for the Buell motorcycles brand. That's hardly news. But the marque keeps bouncing back with new energy (and finance), and it now seems that another re-launch is imminent. Yes, we've heard it all before, but we're giving the firm the benefit of the doubt. More or less.


Production, we're told, will begin on 1st November 2021 at Grand Rapids, Michigan USA, and the company is now seeking reservations—which is perhaps another way of saying that the management is unsure about the scale of demand. But certainly, the enthusiasm for the Buell marque is there.


The re-launch model is the (immediately above) Buell 1190 Hammerhead that's based on the EBR 1190RX, and we've posted a few words on that machine (click the link you've just passed and take a peek). We haven't seen definitive evidence of a production-ready machine, note. In fact, it all feels a little ... diaphanous. Computer generated images of new models. Possibilities. What ifs? But if you believe the hype, and if you've got the cash, and if you love the marque, you know what you have to do.


And how much cash will you need? We haven't been told.


See what we mean?




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Charterhouse Auction: 14/10/2021


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Sir Costalot is the name

A Comet-Rapide is the game


We won't repeat the date. It's clear enough in the headline immediately above. But we will tell you that the venue is the Haynes International Motor Museum, BA22 7LH. Pre-auction viewing will take place on Wednesday 13th October from 9.30am and will conclude at 4.00 pm. There will be a second chance to poke and gawp pre-sale from 9.30am on the following day. The auction is scheduled for 12 noon.


At the time of writing this news item, Charterhouse has listed 119 lots and we can report that there's not much to get very excited about. But many of the bikes are coupled to low reserves, so there might be a bargain or two to be had.



One bike that caught our eye is the immediately above Vincent twin dubbed "Sir Costalot". Apparently, it began life in 1963 when the first owner paired a 1953 Vincent Comet frame with a 1951 998cc Rapide Series C engine. We're advised that the work is high quality, and it seems that the Vincent has collected a few awards here and there.



It also boasts a certificate of authenticity from the Vincent Owners Club—for whatever that's worth. Not that we've got anything against the bike. As we often say around here, if it rolls, it rocks. It's just that we don't fret too much about factory originality or peer approval. But the bike is now known to the VOC, so it's official or ... well, something.


Sir Costalot, meanwhile, is an appropriate name for a Vincent Twin special. But we'd prefer it if it was called Sir Ridealot—which, for all we know, is equally appropriate.


The estimate is £25,000 - £30,000.




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Clive Humphries cool custom for sale


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Older special with great provenance

650cc Triumph Bonneville from an ex-Meriden man


Twenty years or so before Sump there was Ride—a kind of embryonic Sump, if you like; a magazine that one or two of us around here were a part of. Ride was a paper publication and a tentative foot on a long publishing ladder that saw Ride morph into Custom Cycle which enjoyed a few rocky years on the mainstream magazine racks before ... well, before most of the fun fizzed away (there's a long story here, and we're not going into it).


Sump is now 12 years old (and 11 years old since we posted out first news page), which makes Ride around 30-odd years old since issue one. When Ride/Custom Cycle was canned, EMAP evidently liked the title and promptly appropriated it. Hence the current Ride magazine; an iron horse of a very different colour, etc.



Well, that first edition of Ride carried a feature on a 650cc Triumph Bonneville custom built by time-served Triumph parts dealer, ex-Meriden man and travelling adventurer Clive Humphries. And that bike is about to come up for sale at the H&H Classic auction at the National Motorcycle Museum (NMM) in Solihull (more on that auction further down this page).


Back then, Clive Humphries was running a parts business from a Kenilworth warehouse, just down the road from the castle. Over the phone, in his usual modest way, he described the bike and it certainly sounded interesting, so an appointment to view (and feature) was made.


It turned out to be one of the best Triumph customs we'd ever seen, and we've seen a few. What made it so good wasn't the OTT flashiness, or the in-yer-face glitz and gizmos and contrived attitude. No, its real appeal lay in the simple construction and the more subtle modifications thereof. It was the kind of bike that looked as if it just might have come off the production line at Meriden. Today, it probably looks a little tame to many. And it needs a little detailing to bring it back to its best. But back then, this bike was something very special—and we think it still looks like a contender.



The most obvious modification is the front lower downtube/lower frame rails which were removed by Clive. Asked why, he shrugged and explained it was partly for looks—and was justified by the increase in ground clearance. "But is that really strong enough?" he was then asked. And he shrugged again and said simply. "We'll see, but it seems to be holding."


Other details include the long travel front fork (non Triumph), the Morris cast wheels (18-inchers as far as we can recall), the petrol tank which carries both fuel and oil, the handcrafted saddle, the handcrafted side panel ("bashed from a piece of tin"), the handcrafted high level exhaust/silencer, the handcrafted grab rail, the brake caliper/torque arm arrangements, the 5-inch headlight, the high-level front mudguard, the T160 folding kickstarter, the custom rocker box covers, the repositioned sidestand, the petrol tank engine breather, the angled carburettor manifold which brings both carbs away from the exhaust and exits them on the right—and there are many other details that conspire to make this motorcycle look right from any angle. And most of it is off-the-shelf Triumph parts.





We don't know what happened to the bike over the years. But some time back (maybe 15 years ago) Clive told us that he'd sold it. And now it's up for grabs once again. H&H Classic Auctions is estimating £10k to £12k. Paradoxically, we can't see this motorcycle making that much money, but it might. These kind of customs, after all, are very personal (for want of a better way to express it). By their nature they generally don't have huge mainstream appeal. Instead, they occupy a zone in which the sale price is usually way below the cost to build.


So we'll see what we will see on the day. But if nothing else, the provenance is unimpeachable. And while we remember, the bike was featured once again in Custom Bike magazine—which one or two of us around here were also involved with.


Mysterious stuff, huh? Well no. Not really. Just stuff.


Check it out via the H&H web site. The auction date is Wednesday 27th October 2021. We've already told you that the venue is the NMM. Meanwhile, we note that the bike hasn't been used much in recent years. But if Clive Humphries built it, you can trust that it was built right.


Getting bidding, boys (and girls).




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H&H 1970s Jap "superbike" sale


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Four Jap classics from the same owner collection

No reserves on any


Four Jap classic "superbikes" are to go under the hammer at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull courtesy of Messrs H&H. The date will be Wednesday 27th October 2021. The bikes are all from the same owner collection. Here are the details (left to right in the image immediately above):


1. 1975 750cc Kawasaki KH750 H2C

2. 1976 900cc Z900 Kawasaki Z1 A4

3. 1979 997cc Suzuki GS1000EN

4. 1980 1,047cc Honda CBX1000


People talk fast and loose about the "seventies superbike era" as if there weren't superbikes before that point in time. But of course there were numerous motorcycles from the earliest days that could equally claim a contemporary superbike crown; notably the radical Ariel Square Four, or any of the fabled Vincent Twins, or the exquisite Brough Superior—not to mention offerings from the likes of Ace, Crocker, Harley-Davidson, Excelsior et al.


But certainly, with the "more modern" engineering architecture of the 1970s Japanese invasion, the term "superbike" gained new impetus. And if you were on the road during that period, you were probably more than mildly acquainted with all of the above machines that have rightly earned the right to be called "modern classics"—and, come to think of it, not too modern anymore actually.


So okay, the handling on any of these machines was always, well, interesting. The general build quality was frequently questionable. Winters could be cruel to the finishes. But the pricing was always very keen, the equipment was fairly generous, and the top speed performance was often little short of blistering.


However, for a long time at Sump we've been expecting to see these bikes climb way out of reach of the average classic collector. But that still hasn't happened; meaning that you can still pick up some half decent seventies "Jap crap" for less than £10k—and for less than five if you're shrewd, fast on the phone, and are prepared to travel.


But okay, we are seeing prices for some of these machines top as much as £30k. However, these bikes are generally offered by the more adventurous dealers who are generally way ahead of the private pack and who have plenty of customers on their books for whom money is plentiful.

All that aside, H&H reckon there are no reserve prices posted on any of these motorcycles, and we'll be watching with interest to try and glean which way prices are headed.


Stay tuned.




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Manchester Bike Show: 29-30/1/2022 (brought forward from 2-3/4/2022)

The HCVA is warning of E5/E10 fuel "snake oil" salesmen [fuel additives]

174 abandoned classic cars found in London warehouse—£1m valuation

Battlesbridge returns. Sunday 26th September 2021. £5 adults. 9am - 3pm

New UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss pushes Harry Dunn issue at UN

Dunn family/Anne Sacoolas US civil settlement. Criminal pursuit continues

ePetition launched: "Re-open Brighton Speed Trials to motorcycles"

Triumph Tiger 900 Bond Edition


Triumph launches James Bond 007 themed special edition 900cc Tiger


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Andy Tiernan calendar


Andy Tiernan 2022 calendar


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Back the East Anglian Air Ambulance if you can

£12 is the price for UK bikers


Last year, sales of the 2021 Andy Tiernan calendar raised an impressive £3,085.93 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. So naturally, this year Andy wants to at least match that figure—if not exceed it. And also naturally, he needs your help.


That air ambulance is a vital service for the county—and no doubt for neighbouring counties—and many broken bodies have been rapidly attended by this life-saving whirlybird and whisked off to the hospital. But the chopper needs cash to stay airborne. Your cash. So ante-up if you possibly can, especially if you live in the respective catchment area.

Mike Harbar is once again the calendar artist. He's beautifully sketched six Triumphs; one from each decade between 1910 and 1960 (and if you want to avail yourself of his creative services, visit: www.classiclinesartist.com)

Meanwhile, you can get your calendar at: Andy Tiernan Classics Calendars, The Old Railway Station, Station Road, Framlingham, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 9EE, United Kingdom.

UK buyers can buy one for £12.00 which includes UK 2nd class postage. EU buyers will pay £17, including European postage. Anyone in the rest of the world will pay £20, also including postage.


Cheques should be made payable to "East Anglian Air Ambulance" or by PayPal to AndyTiernanCalendarDonation@outlook.com. Please pay with a cheque drawn on a UK bank. Credit or Debit cards, take note, can't be accepted.

The calendars are being printed now and will be sent hot off the press. Talk to Andy if you need further details.




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Jean-Paul Belmondo: 1933 - 2021


Story snapshot:

The much fźted "New Wave" French movie star has died aged 88

He was professionally active from 1956 - 2009


Tonight we're lamenting the death of French movie star Jean-Paul Belmondo, and you're invited to spend a few minutes with us briefly looking back at his life and career.


Affectionately known as Bébel, he was primarily a movie actor, but he also worked in theatre and television. Crime thrillers, comedies, swashbucklers, spy flicks, and romantic dramas, Belmondo, with his popular down-to-earth Gallic charm, was apt to turn up just about anywhere and everywhere—not least when the subject matter was offbeat and quirky. His fame quickly spread worldwide and he developed something of a cult following. Box offices loved him.


▲ Belmondo performed many, if not most, of his own movie stunts. In 1963 he performed a motorcycle tightrope act at the Medrano Circus (Cirque Medrano) in Paris. The circus was once located at the edge of the Montmartre district, but is now a travelling enterprise.



Born in Neuilly-sur-Seine (now Hauts-de-Seine; a commune west of Paris), Belmondo hadn't initially planned on being a movie star. He'd wanted to be either a professional footballer or a professional boxer. And to that end, he enjoyed a very brief career in the square ring; a career that began in 1949 and ended the following year when he noticed the impact that it was having on his face (pun intended). But if his prize-fighting ambition was short-lived, it was at least successful. In his first fight he knocked out his opponent in round one, and henceforth Belmondo remained unbeaten.


▲ Belmondo riding a 500cc Triumph TRW through the streets of Paris.



By 1953 his latent interest in acting led to a part in a short movie Moliere. It

wasn't much of a role, but he got his first good look at the camera, and the camera got a look at him. As a follow up, he enjoyed a small part in On Foot, on Horse, and on Wheels (Ą pied, ą cheval et en voiture, 1957). But that performance, we hear, ended on the editing room floor—as these things are apt to do. We haven't actually seen that film to confirm, but Jean-Paul Belmondo is certainly listed among the cast.


In 1960 he made Breathless (Ą bout de soufflé). In 1964 he made That Man from Rio (L'Homme de Rio). The following year he made Pierrot le Fou. These three film are arguably his best known works, and largely because of them he was soon drawing favourable comparisons with the likes of Humphrey Bogart, James Dean and Marlon Brando—none of whom, we feel, were in fact possessed of that unique Belmondo charisma.


In 1970 he appeared with Alain Delon in the 1930s Marseilles-set gangster romp, Borsalino. Delon became something of a business and acting rival, but there was no mistaking either man on screen. Both were apt to turn out compelling performances, which was exactly what happened with Borsalino. It was a smash.



Jean-Paul Belmondo, rarely seen in public without a cigarette in his mouth, was married twice and divorced twice. He fathered four children. Beyond that, he was frequently in the international news as a result of his personal relationships with various high profile actresses and top models.


In 2009, after an eight year absence, he made a surprise return to acting in A man and his dog (Un homme et son chien). Despite diminishing health, he offered a credible performance playing a man with ... well, diminishing health.


Belmondo was honoured with numerous French awards, and he was twice nominated in the BAFTAs. A policeman, a gangster, a priest and an alcoholic, Belmondo was all of these on screen. And much more. He became one of the cornerstones of the 1960s French noir scene—which is something that we haven't reacquainted ourselves with for some time.


Belmondo's death, however, has prompted us to put that right at the earliest opportunity.


He was 88 years old.


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Covid passes at motorcycle events?


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A significant UK government vote is on the way

Ditto for the Scottish government


It hasn't happened yet. But if the government has its (wicked?) way, bikers could soon find themselves compelled to prove their Covid-19 status before entry at major motorcycle events. And the reason for this move is that Prime Minister Boris Johnson (surprise, surprise) wants to introduce Covid passes—despite having previously stated his opposition to them.


To change the status quo, the PM's plan require a debate and a vote in Parliament, and that's going to happen within the next couple of weeks: say, by around the 20th of this month (September). In the interim, the Scottish government will be holding a vote this week following a debate on the 9th September.


Down south in Whitehall there's likely to be a serious reaction from the usual Tory backbenchers, et al. And there are plenty of Labour MPs sawing through the floorboards where Johnson usually stands in the House.


Up north in Edinburgh, as we understand it (and we misunderstand so much in this world, folks), the passes are being campaigned by Nicola Sturgeon's Scottish Nationalists and backed by the Scottish Green Party (which has recently cozied up to the Nats in return for a little power, so now the Greenies have got to toe the line).


If the coronavirus passes/passports get the go-ahead, they won't apply to smaller gatherings. Not initially, anyway. But night clubs and football matches are among the first in line, and it's anyone's guess who's next. Somewhere down the list are any of the race tracks in the UK and any of the biggest biking shows. Is this scaremongering? We don't think so. But no one needs panic. We already do enough of that, etc.


At Sump, we've got mixed feelings regarding Covid-19 passes. But we think the ongoing claims of an imminent two-tier society are overstating the problem. Nevertheless, the goalposts are on the move, and Johnson is widely expected to score.


If you've got a view one way or t'other, tell it to your MP or MSP. There's a link below detailing a draft letter (if you need it). As for the image at the top of this story, that's campaigning group Big Brother Watch again projecting their thoughts onto Parliament (today, 6th September 2021).




MP or MSP Covid-19 draft letter




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Kickback Show 2022


Kickback Show 2022


Story snapshot:

Custom bike builders look this way

Organiser Lorne Cheetham is looking for entries


It will be the 21st edition of the UK's Kickback Show, and it's scheduled for the 2nd and 3rd of April 2022 (Saturday and Sunday). The venue is the Three Counties Showground in Worcestershire, WR13 6NW; more specifically inside the Avon Hall.

The competition categories include; Best Young Builder, Best Freestyle, Best Modified Classic, Best Cub, Best Cafe Racer (inspired custom), Best Chopper/Bobber and Best Universal (unclassified) Custom.


If you want to enter your custom creation, you're asked to email good quality photos to lorne@rwrw.co.uk. The deadline for entries is 29th March 2022. When invited, you'll need to deliver your bike on 2nd April 2022 before 10.30am. The trophies will be awarded on Sunday at 3pm.


If you're seeking admission tickets, you'll need to contact www.ticketsource.co.uk. Meanwhile, you can look forward to "dozens" of trade stalls, refreshments, camping, free parking and suchlike.


This isn't the biggest custom bike show in the world, but Lorne Cheetham is a serious guy with ambitions, and he always puts on a decent event, Covid-19 notwithstanding.


Good enough?


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London Red Route fines set to rise?


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£130 is the current penalty

Mayor Sadiq Khan is now looking for £160


It's no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has hit Transport for London very hard. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has invested heavily in public transport, and for many people things have certainly improved under his watch¨—albeit largely at the expense of the private motorist and motorcyclist. We're talking about the congestion charge and/or the Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ), both of which are part of the wider mix aimed at keeping the British capital on the move.


Meanwhile, some revenue is also raked in via the controversial red routes which prohibit stopping at any time, except for buses. And the penalty for transgression is currently £130—or £65 if paid within 14 days—and that's set to increase to £160 (or £80 for payment within 14 days).


Of course, there is the formality of a public consultation which is currently underway. But essentially, it's probably a done deal. A £30/£15 hike is almost certainly on the way, and in fairness to Khan it's the first rise for a decade. That, says the mayor, aligns the increase with UK inflation (which may or may not be true).


And you might think that as a biker, the red route doesn't much affect you. But it does. Stop for a second the cameras will pounce—never mind that you paused only for a minute or so to put on some wet weather gear or drop off a pillion.


London's red routes account for only 5% of the capital's road space, or so we're told by City Hall. But that 5% accounts for 30% of traffic. Critics of the hike have called it a simple, unashamed money grab. And that's probably true. Revenue from buses and trains has fallen hugely since the virus came, and there are massive outstanding bills to be paid regarding various on-going transport projects. Meanwhile, it's worth remembering that it's the role of local authorities, government agencies and suchlike to do whatever they can to raise funds. That's how it works. Someone has to foot the bills.


You can register your objection to the rise—assuming you do object. Or you might want to sit this one out because, as we said, it's almost certainly going to happen. Then again, it might be worth gently jerking Khan's lead and telling him not to get too greedy.


The consultation ends on 19th September 2021.




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International Dirt Bike show moves to 2022 [Mortons; postponed again]

Bumper Expo for 2022 [Or: 2021 UK bike trade Expo postponed again]

Eddie “Webby” Jago 1936-2021

Shock Southampton closure [Park Road Superbikes closes]


2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660

Triumph Tiger Sport 660 unveiled: Trident engine used to take on Tracer 7

Garner faces prosecution: Ex-Norton man due in court over pensions

Honda Africa Twin models updated for 2022


New look at electric ‘Benelli’

What is E10 fuel and is it safe for your bike?


ULEZ 2021: Londoners considering a switch to electric pre-zone expansion


Strange line markings could save riders’ lives [Austrian road safety idea]


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2021 Brighton Speed Trials: No bikes


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The cars will be running

But apparently it's "too dangerous" for motorcycles


It's just been (belatedly) announced that bikes will not be sprinting at this year's Brighton Speed Trials (BST). But it's got nothing to do with the ongoing coronavirus situation.


Apparently, the issue revolves around the condition of Madeira Drive which, as usual, serves as the beach side race track. Here's what the organiser has to say about it:


"It is with regret that we have to announce that the motorcycles will not be running at this years BST.

"The ACU inspected the track and have decided that on the grounds of safety, a track certificate and permit cannot be issued this year.


"Some of the reasons given were the green painted cycle lane and the red painted pedestrian crossings. There are [also] projections which have been moved during recent works and are a cause for concern, to name a few. However, they [the ACU] have promised to proactively be in contact with the City Council to try to resolve these issues as they are keen to help us run in 2022. It is a great shame, but we have to accept their decision. We must all remember that the safety criteria for cars is somewhat different for bikes.

"The cars will be running, and we always appreciate their kind invitation year on year and wish The Brighton and Hove Motor Club great weather and a fast, safe and successful day and look forward to returning in 2022."


To clarify all that, The Brighton & Hove Motor Club has been running the event since forever. The VMCC Sprint Section has, by invitation, been handling the bike racing. However, for this year at least, the ACU has effectively queered the pitch (so to speak). The risks are considered too high.



The loss of the bikes will for many fans be a serious blow. Nevertheless,  you might want to mosey along there anyway and sniff some fumes and hang out. The date is Saturday 4th September 2021. And as we're fond of saying around here, Brighton is a pretty good place to visit every once in a while.


On the face of it, it looks like motorcycles could be permanently off the menu. But that thought, we stress, is pure idle speculation.



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Charles Robert Watts: 1941 - 2021


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The iconic Stones drummer is gone

He was 80


Q: What do you call a bloke who hangs around with musicians?

A: A drummer.


And yes, that's a very old musician/drummer joke, and it's totally inappropriate in the case of Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones who has died aged 80. Watts, who was possibly the most famous rock drummer in the world, was also a highly accomplished jazz man and spent over five decades behind the skins holding down the beat in his cool, calm and unemotional manner.


He hailed from Wembley, North London; the son of a lorry driver and, well, a mother. Reputedly, he started playing drums on a banjo. "I didn't like the dots on the neck, so I took the neck off." He then put the banjo head on a stand and created a makeshift snare drum. His burgeoning musical influences included all the jazz greats of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, and he studied the drumming techniques via his large collection of 78s which he played on a bedroom gramophone.



After a stint playing with various local jazz combos in coffee shops and suchlike, he met Brian Jones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richard, all of whom were exploring the London rhythm and blues scene. By 1963, Watts was a permanent member of The Rolling Stones—and, thanks to some experience as a graphic artist, he helped design many of the early album covers and much of the promo material.


In stark contrast to the hi-jinks behaviour of the other members of the band, Charlie Watts projected a very moderate and modest image. In later years he became famous for his Savile Row suits and other stylish accoutrements.


While rock fans will best remember him for his contribution to tracks such as Brown Sugar, Miss You, Honky Tonk Women, Get Off Of My Cloud and Jumpin' Jack Flash, jazz fans will perhaps better remember him for his work with the Charlie Watts Quintet and the Charlie Watts Tentet. He also had a passion for boogie-woogie music which, in the 1980s, he enjoyed with Rocket 88 (look it up).



One of the low spots of Charlie Watts' career happened in 1969 at Altamont, California where an 18-year old fan (Hunter Meredith) was stabbed to death by a Hells Angel—allegedly after having kicked a motorcycle. Sonny Barger, president of the group, has since been quoted as saying on a radio phone in show: "When they started messing over our bikes, they started it. Ain't nobody gonna kick my motorcycle. When you're standing there, looking at something that's your life—and you love that thing better than you love anything in the world—you know who that guy is. You're gonna get him."


"Nice one, Sonny..." replied a mildly sarcastic Charlie Watts who was fielding questions and comments on the show. And that phrase, "Nice one, Sonny," subsequently became a Stones catchphrase for any foolish word, deed or action.



Charlie Watts was married once and fathered one daughter who in turn provided him with a granddaughter. He had been suffering from ill health for some time and finally succumbed on 24th August 2021.


The last word goes to the Rolling Stones website which we checked about ten minutes ago. Everything on the site is gone—all except for a single and very eloquent image of Charlie; the final beat in what was a long and, we hope, very satisfying life.




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1934 Sunbeam Lion


H&H October 2021 Sale at the NMM


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Cool looking 1934 Sunbeam Lion up for grabs

Low estimate


You know the drill. You're getting on in life. Locked in your peculiar groove. Head full of cobwebs. Etc. But you're not quite ready to surrender to that good night, meaning that you're still looking for adventure. Excitement. New horizons, Indiana Jones style. But you need a little transportation for those long desert jaunts and wilderness forays—and the above 1934 Sunbeam Lion outfit could be exactly what you need.


A simple and rugged sidevalve. Five hundred of the best cubic centimetres. A lazy four-speed hand-change. Solid Webb-pattern girder front fork. Rigid frame. Enclosed rear drive chain. Token brakes. A pillion seat for whatever runaway princess you happen to meet. And a chair on the side to haul your tent, Webley revolver, ammunition, theodolite, tins of dried beef, tins of jam, tools, change of socks, spare fuel and oil—and of course you also need the sidecar to carry away all that buried Inca treasure as detailed on the scrap of parchment you found squirreled away in the British Museum Library.


Know what we mean?


Well, what makes this rig all the more tempting is the estimate as suggested by Messrs H&H who will be offering the Sunbeam for sale on Wednesday 27th October 2021 at the National Motorcycle Museum. And that estimate is a lowly £4,500 - £5,500.


So okay, an estimate isn't a sale price. We know that. But auction estimates have a curious way of guiding/directing/informing buyers and setting the bidding pace and limits. That's why so many lots pretty much hit the bullseye. It's not so much that the auctioneers know the market so intimately (although most are pretty shrewd characters). It's more that buyers generally rely upon the estimates and thereby keep close to the posted numbers.


Consequently, this British Lion just might be a great bargain for any latter day adventurers out there, and as such we'll be watching it closely. And while we remember, Bonhams sold a Model 6 solo bike in 2019. That fetched £7,500. We've seen them asking more than this.






▲ 1932 600cc Model 7 Sunbeam Lion Longstroke. 26 x 3.50 tyres front and rear. Dynamo lighting. Electric horn. Front and rear stands. Legendary enamelled finish and superior build quality. More power for hauling a chair, but the 500 (the Model 6) was almost equally capable. £75 new.


We're advised that the bike is in good working order and is about as original as you're gonna get, if not 100 percent. It's been re-bored and fitted with new rings, valves and guides—but some re-commissioning will be required. And, of course, an oily rag or two to preserve that patina wouldn't hurt.


There's a dicky seat, by the way (in case the princess has a sister). And the lucky buyer should remember to buy a pith helmet and a safari outfit to complete the fantasy.



We're currently taking a more in depth look at the other lots in this sale and, naturally, will report anything that catches our eye. But for now, we're focussed on this Sunbeam which would look fine in the Sump garage if only we had the space.




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2022 Kawasaki Z900RS-SE


2022 Kawasaki Z900RS SE revealed


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A few upgrades, but nothing sensational

£12,499 is the price


Kawasaki has introduced a special edition of its current 948cc Z900RS. It's called the Z900RS-SE and we've posted a few words on it via Sump's Motorcycle news section (as opposed to our Classic Bike News portal).


Given that it's a retro—and probably a modern classic—we could have run the full news story right here, right now. But like a lot of things in this life, it is what it is, and we wanted it there rather than here. So take a peek and come back soon.


There's bound to be some more interesting news on the way.


2022 Kawasaki Z900RS-SE story


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London Red Route fines looking to jump from £130 to £160. Consultation

John Bloor: "We donate money to the Tories and expect nothing in return."

ULEZ expansion set for October 2021. Check the M/C scrappage scheme

Motorcycles permanently banned from Pike's Peak "Race to the Clouds."


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Second Harry Dunn Memorial Ride


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All bikers welcome at this event

A candlelit vigil will also be held


The above graphic taken from the Facebook page tells you most of what you need to know about this news story. A Harry Dunn Memorial Ride. Friday 27th August 2021. RAF Croughton. 6pm.


We figure that most of you guys and gals will recall that Harry Dunn was the young British motorcycle rider killed in 2019 in a motoring accident outside an RAF base in Northamptonshire. Anne Sacoolas was the driver of the other vehicle—that was apparently motoring along on the wrong side of the road. Sacoolas has since gone to ground in the USA and, rightly or wrongly, is claiming diplomatic immunity.


Meanwhile, the Harry Dunn campaign, driven by his tenacious parents, is not letting go of this issue—and evidently neither are hundreds, if not thousands, of British bikers. Hence this second memorial ride out.



▲ RAF Croughton—as seen from, say, a Russian spy satellite (or Google Maps). It's currently home to the US 422nd Air Base Group and is essentially a listening post and communications switchboard. There are no runways here. Just radar dishes and antennas and suchlike. It was built in 1938 as Brackley Landing Ground. Then it was renamed RAF Brackley, and then changed to RAF Croughton. They used to fly Hampdens, Blenheims, and Wellington from here. We'd tell you much more, but we'd then have to kill you, etc...


The meeting point is Buckingham Road Industrial Estate, Brackley, Northamptonshire NN13 7ES. The ride begins at 6pm. Spectators (spectators?) are advised to meet at the entrance to RAF Croughton which you can find on the B4031.


The riders, meanwhile, will be completing a circular route near or around the base. And there will also be a candlelit vigil starting from around 7.30pm and finishing thirty minutes later.

"LET'S RIDE FOR JUSTICE" is the slogan for the ride. Need we remind anyone to stay cool headed, etc?


No, we didn't think so.


Harry Dunn Memorial Ride Facebook page


Sump Harry Dunn background story


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Don't say GB. Say UK. OK?


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It's a stick up

New expectations for British drivers and riders


From 28th September 2021, GB stickers will no longer be officially recognised on British vehicles travelling in mainland Europe. Instead, British drivers (and presumably riders) will be expected to display UK stickers.




Because the letters "GB" refer specifically to Great Britain, and that means England, Scotland and Wales—but not Northern Ireland. Evidently, until recently no one cared too much about that. It was largely taken for granted and was politically expedient to overlook the omission.


But things have changed. The UK is now out of the EU, and the controversial and divisive "border down the Irish sea" is a live and highly charged issue. And people on both sides of the Irish argument (or arguments) have ... well, let's say enhanced sensitivities.


So GB is out, and UK is in.


The new stickers and wotnot will be available anytime soon. So if you're planning on a European sortie or sojourn, you know what England (or the UK) expects of you.


And while we remember, if you are heading across the English Channel (or is that UK Channel?) better gen up on the latest road traffic rules and regulations. Leaving the EU club hasn't made us many friends, but it's antagonised a lot of people, some of whom are no doubt wearing uniforms and carrying guns.


Makes you think.


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July 2021



e-scooter petition launched


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Road registration is being sought

Cyclists are also in the cross-hairs


Nicholas Frank Freeman is the author of this new petition, and he's no one that we know. Regardless, he's looking for 100,000 like-minded people to share his concerns about riders of e-scooters and cyclists who, he feels, need regulating.


The deadline for this petition is 7th December 2021 (the day Pearl Harbour was attacked by the Japanese in 1941, fact fiends). If, by then, 100,000 signatures have been collected, the government will consider a debate on the matter (note the word "consider"). However, if only 10,000 signatures have left their digital mark, a formal response from the government will be made.


What's driving this appeal is, of course the rising number of e-scooter riders and cyclists who haven't exactly integrated well with modern traffic and pedestrians. The newspapers are rife with tales of collisions and near-misses, and what was once considered to be a minor nuisance is more lately viewed as a serious social threat.


What Freeman is advocating is visible ID, licensing, penalty points, greater enforcement of cycle lanes, and general accountability. No doubt there will sooner or later be calls for compulsory insurance, reflective clothing, mandatory crash hats, mandatory training, direction indicators and stoplights—and maybe even a requirement to have handlebar mirrors.


Here at Sump we've got some sympathy with Freeman's concerns (actually quite a lot of sympathy). But the notion of foisting even more laws and traffic regulations is anathema. What we'd really like is for everyone to simply behave themselves and give much greater consideration to others on the roads and on the pavements (especially the more vulnerable). Better still, we'd like the current international interest in e-scooters to dissipate like yesterday's fad, etc. But that probably isn't going to happen, so we are where we are and will have to deal with the problem sooner or later. And preferably sooner.


We could start with, say, greater public education. Might help. A bit.


Currently (28/7/21) there are almost 7,000 names on the petition. You can add yours by following the link below. Meanwhile, if anyone can explain the appeal of riding around on a seat-less, short-range vehicle with wheels the size of jam jar lids in a country riddled by potholes, corrugated tarmac, tramlines and sundry surface defects, we'd be interested to know. There's gotta be something in it.


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Goldtop Shop - Grand Opening


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The news came in late...

... but we're running it anyway


We had just ten minutes notice regarding the latest press release from Goldtop. We picked it up from our server at around 10.20am today (Friday 23rd July 2021), and we noted immediately that the new shop opens in—what?—ten minutes?


Nice one KC.


We're referring, of course, to Kasey Cullen who some years ago bought the hallowed Goldtop name and rights, and has since been patiently and steadfastly reviving and growing the brand; a brand that now offers a huge range of motorcycle gloves, scarves, leather jackets and other items of essential or luxury biking apparel.


The new store is therefore open from 10.30am today, and will be staging a Grand Opening Weekend (23rd, 24th, 25th July 2021). To that end, all bikers are invited to mosey on down to the premises to hang out, drink coffee, listen to some live music, and dig into their wallets and purses.



There will be numerous special offers and treats throughout the weekend, and Kasey will naturally be on hand to ensure that you get the right product at the right price, etc. He knows his stuff and is very much hands-on.


The aforementioned live bands, incidentally, are: The Rock-ola Rockets (Saturday), and the Hackney Hill Pickers (Sunday). Parking is free, and there's space for over 100 bikes. Hours are 10.30am to 5.30pm—but 4.pm on Sunday. Note that the retail store is generally open Monday through to Thursdays by appointment only.


Here's the bricks and mortar address: Goldtop, Pilgrim's Annex, Gipsy Lane, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 1HA. That's on the Essex/Hertfordshire border, 36 riding miles to the north east of London.


And here's the web address: www.goldtop.co.uk


See also: Goldtop Classic Gauntlets: Sump 2015


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Stock shortages hit Manchester Show [Manchester Bike Show]

New owners for Scottish icon Shirlaws


Norton CEO outlines ambitious racing plans

Riding on coconut shells: Activated carbon inserts


Top 10 motorcycle discount codes & competitions

A2 test to allow 245cc-plus bikes


Father reunited with son after 24 years, 500,000km motorcycling search

How to keep cool and safe while out riding your motorcycle

Indian Motorcycles reveals first of three tattoo inspired designs for the Chief

Paris streets to be restricted to 19mph - and bikes have to pay for parking!


King of biker films dies aged 87 [Interesting piece on William Smith - Ed]

Brussels Museum Celebrates Vespa’s Diamond Jubilee: 75 Rare Models


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Too many email bounces, guys/gals


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Want to keep receiving Sump news reminders?

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We've got thousands of subscribers on our Sump News Reminder List (thank you very much, one and all). And each month (or every other month at the moment) we fire off the latest missives designed to keep you Sumpsters in the loop. It all takes time and effort compiling the information, and we don't like to waste a drop. So naturally, we're a little disconcerted at the rising number of email "bounces" that we're receiving.


We're not talking about hundreds. Yet. But it's certainly in the dozens—and then sometime later in the month we receive smoking emails from puzzled or slightly disgruntled subscribers wondering if they're still on the list. Or what?


And responding to that takes time.


The underlying problem is simply that most folk don't check their email software and ensure that it's up to date, or take a peek in their spam boxes to check if the filters have been over-enthusiastic. And sometimes, their email inboxes are just full.


We can live with this situation. But we'd rather not. So if you're not receiving your news updates, you know what you have to do.


And keep in mind too, if you will, that we have the same problem notifying Sumpsters about products they've bought (sizes, availability, addressing queries, etc). In the age of mass communication, the signals don't always get through.


Your cooperation will be much appreciated.


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H&H Online Auction 11th August 2021


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Consignments are now being sought

Auction viewing by appointment only


We still haven't really got to grips with online auctions. Mentally, we put these sales into the same category as online sex inasmuch as things look the same and sound the same and end up with a fairly predictable result, but it just ain't the same.


But Messrs H&H seems to know what they're up to and are apparently making a good fist of it (so to speak), and they've scheduled another such sale for 11th August 2021. To that end, the firm is looking for more consignments, either bikes are cars or bits and pieces. So if you're downsizing your classics, etc, you might want to give H&H a call.


At the time of writing (16/7/2021, 23:16), there are only twelve lots on the books; two motorcycles, a bicycle, and nine cars. But that will no doubt change soon enough. The balloon goes up at 12 noon. For motorcycles and automobilia, the commission is 15% (plus VAT @ 20%—and that's VAT on the commission only, not on the lot). For cars, the commission is 12.5%.



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Manchester Bike Show is again postponed. 11/12/21 moves to 2-3/4/2022

Petrol price rises seventh month in a row. Average UK unleaded: 129ppl

Triumph and Swiss watch firm Breitling limited edition bike & watch in 2022

Harley-Davidson Sportster S: Revolution motor. 1,252cc. 121bhp. £14k

Tough guy/biker/cowboy/gangster movie actor William "Big Bill" Smith dies aged 88

Actor Stuart Damon (The Champions/General Hospital) dies aged 84

Triumph announces off-road plans for new MX and enduro motorcycles


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Derek Rickman: 1933 - 2021


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UK top motorcycle engineer and racer has passed the finish line

He was the co-creator of the beautiful Metisse


He was a motocross rider of no mean talent. He was also an engineer, a motorcycle fabricator, a kit car builder, a spares manufacturer, and a very astute businessman who recognised a good opportunity when it appeared on his horizon, and then seized it and made it walk and talk. We're talking about Derek Rickman—one half of the hugely respected and much lauded Rickman Brothers—who has died aged 88.


Elder brother to Don, Derek's riding career began in the 1950s primarily astride Royal Enfield singles. By 1959, the racing duo had created the Rickman Metisse (French for mongrel); a Triumph/BSA twin cylinder sporting hybrid that quickly set the pace for what was to follow. Other motorcyclists, impressed with the success and style of the Metisse, were soon looking to the Rickman brothers to sprinkle some of their engineering magic on their own bikes. Riders included Clint Walker and Steve McQueen.


Steadily, operating from a factory premises in New Milton, Hampshire, a range of frame kits began to appear catering to pretty much whatever single, twin or even multi that came along. We're advised that 16,685 kits and complete bikes appeared in the 21 years between 1960 and 1981. A huge achievement if true.





Next came a range of Hondastyle spares that included fairings, carriers, seats and many other bespoke parts. But already Derek was casting his glance elsewhere, notably at the burgeoning kit car market where he saw a fresh opportunity. Over the next few years around 1,100 kit cars were produced including the Ranger, the Space Ranger, the Rancher and the Metisse—and the firm also sub-produced kits for other companies.


In 1974 the Queen recognised the output and scope of the Rickman boys and bestowed upon them a Queens Award to Industry.


Other high spots in Derek's life and times included the winning of the 1966 FIM Coupe d'Europe 750 astride his hand built 600cc Mk3 Matchless Metisse.



Would it be correct to suggest that Derek Rickman and brother Don are among the top ten British motorcycle personalities ever? We think so. The company produced a world class product, helped develop racing motorcycles, employed hundreds of men and women over the years, and thoughtfully and cautiously dissolved their interests into other hands when retirement came.


Fortunately there are still plenty of Rickman motorcycles out there in the marketplace that are still competitive and great value. And just as fortunately, there are also new bikes available if that's the way you prefer to go. See the links below.


Derek died on 3rd July 2021 at Lymington, Hampshire. He was nothing if not a biking legend in his own lifetime.





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Hi, I guess a few of your readers will be of a demographic that was riding around on BMX’s in the 80s (or even still are, like me!). I noticed this aspect didn’t get a mention in your Rickman piece, so here’s some info gleaned from 'Rickman BMX Official Owners Group’ on Farcebook. Rickman BMX was an offshoot of Rickman Motorcycles (a company formed by Derek & Don Rickman) who during the 1980s were based in New Milton, Hants. All BMX frames, forks & 'bars were made from the finest Reynolds 531 Tubing. Produced from 1984 through to 1985/6 (as far as we know) Rickman BMX frame-sets have become one of THE most desirable Old School BMX items to own as they were produced in limited numbers to the highest quality. It's thought that well under 1,000 of each model were ever made & we are learning more every day.—Tim Ruck

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The helmet law in the Covid-19 era


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A few words on personal liberty

... and why the riders rights movement is missing an opportunity


In light of the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson's, latest remarks about the British public taking personal responsibility with regard to the lifting of some or all the UK coronavirus restrictions, it might be a great opportunity for the riders rights community and the more liberal minded bikers among us to re-present the compelling case for repealing the compulsory crash helmet law—and, come to that, the compulsory seat belt law too.


The crash helmet law in the UK came into force in 1973 (note the use of the word "force"). The seat belt law followed in 1991. After those dates, some fundamental rights were removed from British citizens; notably the right to decide one's personal safety behind the handlebars of a motorcycle, or the wheel of a car.


Given the rise of injuries caused by practitioners of extreme sports, not to mention the huge cost of repair work routinely undertaken by the National Health Service in order to mitigate the damage caused by so-called "healthy sporting activities" (broken limbs, concussions, torn ligaments, wrenched shoulders, broken necks, boxing injuries, internal injuries, etc, the wearing of crash helmets (or not) doesn't actually represent a significantly high cost to society.


Add to that the massive cost of alcohol related health issues, smoking issues, eating disorders and general obesity, the financial case for compulsory lids and belts is trivial—never mind the basic moral case regarding self-determination.


Put simply, right now is a very good time to try and claw back some of the libertarian rights that the government had no justifiable case for removing. Moreover, if the crash helmet and seat belt laws were repealed, we suspect that the vast majority of people would lid-up and belt-up anyway. But the point is, we'd have the right to decide.


Which is right.



▲ A stupid advert that underlines a lot of social bigotry regarding bikers. Of course, if you're a sikh, you're exempt from wearing a lid. But why should religion get special privileges while secularism is sidelined? We've been trying to figure that out forever.


Boris Johnson has been quoted as saying: "We should trust the British people to behave sensibly and take responsibilities for their actions and behaviour." This line, remember, is spoken in the context of 128,000 Covid-19 related deaths over the past eighteen months, with thousands more set to follow.


... not that anyone here at Sump would ride a motorcycle without a crash helmet, or drive a car without a seat belt were the laws repealed. Not for any distance, anyway. That's our personal choice. But that ain't the point. The helmet and seat belt laws are self-evidently wrong, and they look increasingly absurd in a nation where mandatory vaccination is, if you believe the government, a non-starter.



▲ Actually, it's still perfectly legal to smash your face in. Just do it abseiling, or in a boxing ring, or playing rugby, or similar. You can't do it in a car, however; not so easily anyway.



So is the helmet law and seat belt issue a lost cause? Well it certainly is if we give up on it. Meanwhile, while you're busy opening an email window to fire off a suitable missive to your MP and/or (noted, or supposed, libertarian) Boris Johnson, just take a moment to reflect on the fact that social freedoms are generally lost not in huge chunks, but are removed piecemeal.


The Covid-19 emergency has thrown a lot of issues and questions into a new light. The lid law and seat belt law needs to come out of the shadows and see what, if anything, can be done about them.


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World record for an AJS Porcupine


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98% sell-through rate at Summer Stafford Sale

Total sales of £3,585,000


Auction house Bonhams is boasting a record price paid for an AJS Porcupine which was sold at the firm's recent 3-day Summer Stafford Sale (2nd - 4th July 2021). The estimate for the 1940s 497cc E90 (Lot 33), once the property of esteemed works rider Ted Frend, was £250k - £300k. In the event, the bike sold for a very comfortable £293,250.



The second highest seller was Lot 739, a Brough Superior SS100 1,000cc Supercharged Special Re-creation built by Ewan Cameron of Cameron Engineering. It sold for £126,500, and we refer you to the bike at the very top of this page.



Meanwhile, we see that a very rare Pioneer era Brough (but not a Brough Superior, note) did very well at the sale and sold for £103,500. This 1914 Model H (see image immediately above) was built by Nottingham-based William E Brough, father of the more redoubtable George—who was a partner in the venture, but reputedly left following a dispute.


With its air-cooled 497cc, 70mm x 64.5mm, fore-and-aft flat twin configuration and two-speed transmission, the motorcycle cut a stylish dash when first conceived in 1912 and released from industrial captivity the following year. As with later Broughs and Brough-Superiors, the build quality was very high and the model quickly found favour with the more discerning (and well-heeled) members of the buying public.


There were three models in the range. This flat tanker took silver, as opposed to gold and bronze, and was priced at £56. It's the oldest survivor of its type, or so we're told, and it spent the first sixty years of its "life" in Wales. J M Jones, Motor Engineer of Tryal Garage & Motor Works, Cribyn, Llanybyther, was the supplying dealer.


The story goes that in 1974 this machine (Lot 707 incidentally), plus another 1915 model, was discovered by a certain John Greenland [there's slightly more to the tale than this—Ed]. They were 100% original and unused since the 1920s. The 1915 model was subsequently restored. The 1914 bike was in 1989 sold to the National Motorcycle Museum—which, as many of you Sumpsters will know, has recently been flogging off much of the family silver, so to speak.



A large history and build file accompanied the bike which includes photographs, assorted correspondence, and various photocopied items (brochures/magazine articles).


William E Brough, you might want reminding, began building motorcycles in 1902. Prior to that he had built a motorised tricycle and engaged in much mechanical experimentation with other designs and concepts. He closed his firm in 1926 leaving son George (who had left the firm in 1919) to continue the family tradition, such as it was.


Overall, it seems to us that classic bike prices are still depressed when compared to, say four or five years ago. But as ever, there are highs and lows in every auction, such as a 1955 149cc Triumph Terrier (Lot 20) that sold for a respectable £4,140 whilst a clean looking 1951 489cc Sunbeam S8 (Lot 39) realised only £2,760. That said, you have to check the detail before drawing too many conclusions. There are often underlying issues and interesting provenances.


Meanwhile there were a bunch of cheap sprinters starting at Lot 41, a 1980 GR500 Godden grass-tracker that changed hands for just £977, and Lot 42, a 649cc Triumph that fetched £1,610. Of course, with sprinters you're  mostly buying problems rather than solutions. Nevertheless, these are entry level prices and represent a small outlay if you fancy some long fun on short tracks.


In general, it could be that classic bike prices are starting to level off following a long and steady slide. We wouldn't put much money on this vague assertion. But we wouldn't take many sizeable risks at the moment, either.


Other sales include:


▲ 1940 11/50 Brough Superior. Lot 698. 1,096cc. £59,800. Sold.

▲ 1939 Zundapp KS600. Lot 701. 597cc. £13,225. We gave this bike a romanticised vignette because for us, this outfit instantly evokes thoughts of the heady between-the-wars 1930s Art Deco era and all that it promised. Travel. Adventure. Unexplored continents. Spies and skulduggery. And so on. Of course, Hitler came and put a damper on the optimism that much (but by no means all) of the world felt. Regardless, rigs such as this do it for us. How about you guys?


▲ Keith Emerson's 1973 Norton Commando Roadster (Lot 772) sold for £12,650; a fair sum for a handsome bike—and less than we expected given its connection to one of rock's greatest keyboardists (notably The Nice and Emerson, Lake & Palmer). The bike was a replacement for a 750 Roadster that was stolen. Keith had been commuting between his Sussex home and a London recording studio at the time. He was impressed with the model and wanted a new replacement, but alas, Norton had since folded. So he opted for a secondhand replacement which, like the first, was sourced through Elite Motors in Tooting, South London. Keith Emerson died in 2016. The Commando was sold by his family, and it will need some re-commissioning.


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June 2021


"Mick Hemmings laps Silverstone"


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The late Mick Hemmings, that is...

A few words on the ritualisation of death


Either way you look at it, this story is bound to upset a lot of people. But if we wrote only about stuff of which everyone approved, we'd never write a word. Yes, we've said that before on Sump, but it bears repeating. Some things we write will hurt. And some things need to hurt.


This story concerns the late Norton engine and gearbox specialist, Mick Hemmings, who died in May 2021. As reported in the motorcycle trade magazine, British Dealer News (see image immediately above), Hemmings managed to complete two full laps of Silverstone Racing Circuit on his way to the crematorium. That's the long and short of it.


His coffin was loaded into the rear of a black Ford Transit van (private ambulance) that was driven by friend, Tim Abbott, and together with son Steve Hemmings and ex-race commentator and MotoGP race champion Keith Huewen, the cortčge (such as it was) made its grim way to Silverstone (where Mick had spent many happy hours astride various motorcycles dating back half a century). After a couple of circuits and a few words of eulogy, the coffin was taken to Northampton Crematorium.


Now, some folk evidently feel that this was a great send off for one of Britain's—if not one of the world's—best known and most respected Old Nortonians. Certainly, Hemmings' widow Angie has been quoted as saying, "It's a good job we're all mad," a comment presumably made in support of the day's itinerary.


But others, no doubt, would consider this event not so much mad as tasteless in the extreme, mind-numbingly mawkish and even bordering on gruesome. Indeed, some might also reference the black comedy Weekend at Bernie's and/or Vladimir Lenin's mausoleum which ... well, let's not go there.


However, we also hear that this was exactly how, following a grim pact made with the aforementioned Tim Abbott, Mick wanted to go. True or false, it underscores our often bizarre attitude to death in which we think and act as if the deceased still occupy their bodies and lie around for centuries in cemeteries or urns long after they've shuffled off into oblivion.


The dead are dead. Full stop. At some point in the future there might be a second coming and a resurrection (but don't bet more than a fiver on it). In the meantime, when the living pop off, they pop off everywhere. They're gone. Defunct. Vaporised. Evaporated. The personalities dissolve into the ether and into history, and all the black feathered horses and crisp suits and oak coffins and carved headstones and hymns are mere trifles, baubles, and bagatelles in this relentless and unforgiving world and have no place in the other.


We were sorry to hear about Mick Hemmings. From all accounts, and from what little we personally knew of him, he was decent bloke who served hid time on Earth and paid his way. But the idea of lapping Silverstone in a box in the back of a Transit van leaves us as cold as ... well, death.


Around here, we've got a different attitude. When we're gone, we're gone. Chuck what's left in the flames. Get a dustpan and brush. Walk away. Move on. Forget or don't forget. But spare us the dignified Transit and all the other Bible black Victorian affectations. And if you carve anything on whatever unlikely memorials remain, just write GAME OVER or something.


All that really matters [warning: preachy indulgence incoming] is how we treat the living. We need to get that right before we get too funereal about those who are past caring. And ritualising death, some would say, simply ain't healthy.


Or wait! Maybe the Silverstone last gasp is in fact the right way to handle these things. And maybe there is no right and wrong. Maybe the naysayers should simply say nowt and look the other way while the mourners do whatever it is they need to do to close the book on their private grief.


Your views on this, dead or alive, are welcomed.


British Dealer News story


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Hi Sumpheads. You nailed it. Tacky in the extreme. Great mag. Best around by far.—Loose Bruce, Oxon

In a perfect world we'd all live our lives exactly the way we want to. We would also exit the planet in the way we thought most appropriate. It's sad that we now live in a society where people feel it's fine to be judgemental even about an individuals chosen way to leave the world. If it doesn't affect us and it's not illegal then surely it's down to the individual, not us. If Mick Hemmings wanted to do a last few laps best of luck to him and I for one am pleased that somebody thought enough of the man to carry out his wishes.—The Village Squire

[1. Mick Hemmings, as we said, wasn’t in the coffin when the van lapped Silverstone. Mick was gone. He wasn’t anywhere. It was just his body in the van. You could argue that they might as well simply put one of Mick’s suits in the van, because he wasn’t in that either. Our news piece simply questions how we think of death, and how we treat human remains either by agreement/arrangement or otherwise). We’re questioning how we’re conditioned to think in certain ways, and behave in certain ways.
2. It’s fair to pass comment here because this event wasn’t private. It was made public when it was revealed to the biking press via British Dealer News. Therefore, it fairly invites fair criticism.
3. Judgemental actually implies rushing to judgement, and not simply making a judgement. One way or the other, we all judge things.—Ed]

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"World record for unrestored Vespa"


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Early Douglas Vespa comes of age

£10,925 was the sale price


We don't know if this really is a world record, and frankly we don't much care. Records, after all, come and records go—and the only ones that really matter to us are the ones on our stereo turntable. This particular claimed record relates to a 1951 125cc Vespa scooter (Lot 24) which recently sold at the June H&H sale at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull and changed hands for £10,925.


The bike was actually imported by Bristol-based Douglas which, as a manufacturer, collapsed in 1957. However, the firm enjoyed a last gasp with these "rod type gear change" scooters (as opposed to cables) modified to suit UK tastes and regulations.




▲ According to Douglas-Vespa, these scooters were good for 45mph and could climb a 1 in 4 gradient. When launched, the price was around £100, plus £27s.15s.4d purchase tax (abolished in 1973 and replaced with value added tax, or VAT). However, judging from the "1960" on the road fund license disc, this soldier didn't actually see all that much action. Still, it looks like the bike's journey isn't quite over. A £10,000 price tag will ensure its survival for some years to come...


The first Vespas were designed by aeronautical engineer Corradino D'Ascanio. They were produced by Piaggio in Italy from 1946. This example, we're told, has had just one owner since 1955 who used the bike, among other things, to tour Scandinavia. The last UK Douglas-Vespa scooters were sold in the early 1980s.


We can't remember seeing other unrestored Vespa hitting the ten grand mark. But then, we don't pay as much attention as we might to these small wheelers—not that we've got anything against them. Regardless, let's hope that whoever bought it will do the decent thing and get it running and maintain its original time-worn patina.


Might happen. See below for more on the June H&H sale at the NMM.




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London-Brighton Run motorcycles


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Sunday 7th November 2021 is the date

Note that TfL and H.M Customs have some requirements


Not everyone is aware that both cycles and motorcycles can take part in the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run—provided that said vehicles fit the entry criteria which means being manufactured before 1905. Of course, pedalling an Edwardian era pushbike, or labouring an Edwardian motorcycle is likely to be hard work. But for 2021 there are fifteen participants from each class already signed up to cover the 60-odd mile route between Hyde Park Corner, London and Madeira Drive, Brighton. And the organisers, we hear, are happy to see a few more motoring masochists join the throng.


But note that if you're coming from Europe, the UK's recent Brexit has put an obstacle in your path that you ignore at your peril. Specifically, you'll need to download a C110 customs form and register your vehicle as a tourist bike, tourist pushbike or tourist car.


Also (and this makes us want to spit, so join us around the spitoon if you will), you need to open an account with Transport for London (TfL) and beg an exemption from the demands of the Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ). So much for the fabled emancipation credo which lies at the heart of this event (look online for Locomotives on Highways Act 1896). But it's not the organiser's fault; the organiser being the Royal Automobile Club (RAC). And while we remember, 2021 is the 125th event.


Meanwhile, here are some links:


1. TfL page on historic vehicles

2. Post-Brexit Euro transportation rules

3. Veteran Car Run entry regulations


We've no idea how long these links will stay alive, so if you check out this page at some future date, you might have to do your own legwork.


Meanwhile, the date to keep in mind is Sunday 7th November 2021. That's when the run kicks off. But you need to get your entry in without delay to be assured of a place.


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H&H NMM results June 2021


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Decent, if largely unspectacular sale

But an Indian Four and a Sparkbrook drew big money...


£95,450. Ninety-five grand. Plus change. That's the (OTT?) price paid for the top selling lot at H&H's recent sale at the National Motorcycle Museum on 9th June 2021. The image immediately above is the bike in question; a 1,265cc 1937 Indian Four 437 (Lot 61) that looks dangerously close to being over-restored. We posted a small item on this machine on our Classic Bike News page for April 2021.


A month or so ago the £45,000 - £50,000 estimate sounded plenty to us. But the market evidently had other ideas because the bidding sailed past those numbers and ended just shy of £100,000—so now we're hastily searching the Sump garage just in case we're got one or two of these squirreled away in there (which we know we haven't).


As much as we like Indian Fours (which is less than we like Indian V-twins) we're surprised to see that kind of money being thrown at one (not without some weighty celebrity/industrial/racing provenance). But in these increasingly polarised times, there seems to be no end of folk with whacking great chequebooks endlessly over-inflating the price of pretty much everything on wheels that's more than ten or fifteen years old. Then again, you have to bow to market forces.


There were 150 bikes in the sale, of which 25 didn't find buyers. By our maths, that's a conversion rate of around 83%, and that's respectable enough.



One bike that's perhaps worthy of a passing mention is Lot 13; a 1969 750cc Triumph Hurricane "evocation"—meaning, in this case, a BSA Rocket Three dressed up in Triumph livery. The sale price was £13,800 which is some way short of what you'd now expect to pay for a genuine Hurricane (which would usually fetch around £25k, and often asking a whole lot more).


However, in the Sump neighbourhood we'd be perfectly content with a good quality Hurricane "evocation" as long as it walked and talked and otherwise chugged like the duck it was pretending to be. And yes, that's old-fashioned riding talk as opposed to shrewd investor talk. But we don't care. You can get carried away with this genuine-original thing. Are we right? Moreover, the Hurricane is a BSA Rocket Three. So it's almost as if fate is trying to set the record straight [Steady on there—Ed]. Meanwhile, we have to mention our X-75 Triumph Hurricane metal garage signs. We've still got a few of these in the box if you're quick and willing (see image immediately below).





Another well built "evocation" is the above 1923 Bradbury racer (Lot 120). There's not a lot of detail on this "between the wars" velocipede, but we'll give you what we've got. It's a single-port 350cc OHV single. It was fabricated in honour of the "1923 TT machine".  Except that we can't see that a Bradbury racer got anywhere near the winner's podium in that year. If it had, this one would have been in the 350 Junior class, and that was won by Stanley Woods on a Cotton (and followed very closely by Harry Harris (AJS) and Alfie Alexander (Douglas). Any info on this would be welcome, Sumpheads.


Bradbury Motorcycles hailed from Wellington Works, Oldham, Lancashire. The company, which dates back to 1852 when it manufactured sewing machines, built its first motorcycle in 1902. The firm was both adventurous and ambitious (weren't they all?) and launched the Peerless brand in 1903. A range of engine configurations were subsequently deployed from vertical singles to horizontally opposed twins to V-twins. The largest machine was 750cc, and if you were a racing man, or woman, you would have seen Bradbury's successfully taking part in hill climbs, endurance events and speed trials.


But the 1923 TT? Maybe we need to look a little harder. It happens. Meanwhile, we note that the bike was estimated at £20,000 - £22,000, but failed to launch. As for the company, it ceased motorcycle production in 1924, but wound up all its interests five years later (1929).


Other bikes sold include:


▲ 1943 750cc Harley-Davidson WLC V-twin (Lot 130). Sold for £14,950.

▲ c1940 350cc Triumph 3HW (Lot 97). OHV single. Sold for £4,830.



▲ Lot 45 1914 Sparkbrook 770cc. We featured this on Sump Classic Bike News April 2021. The estimate for this rare machine was £22,000 - £24,000. But it topped out at £43,700. And note that Lot 104 was a c1912 Sparkbrook V-twin which sold for £18,975 (see the bike immediately above).


▲ Lot 137 1949 500cc Sunbeam S8. A decade ago these technically interesting, if slightly ponderous shaft-drive inline twins, were fetching around five grand, sterling. The balloon-tyred S7s, meanwhile, were priced slightly higher. But over the past decade prices appear to have stagnated. Actually, they've dropped a little both in real terms and in relative terms. This example, which appears to be in prime condition, carries a lot of receipts from Sunbeam S7/S8 specialists, Stewart Engineering. Finished in the correct Polychromatic Grey, the bike has collected a few awards, but needs light re-commissioning. It sold for £5,175.


▲ Some folk would say that this creation is a bit pointless. This machine, owner-badged as a TriGrumph, carries a 500cc Triumph twin motor in a Greeves Hawkstone frame. Ergo, more power, better handling. That's the plan, anyway. But the bike also carries more weight, which ain't so good. At Sump we'd prefer a fresh-from-the-crate Greeves two-stroke single or twin, but then again, the half-litre Triumph twin is such a good engine with plenty of feel—and it sounds a whole lot better than a smokin' ring-dinger. The frame is from 1974, so that's the year of registration on the V5C. The bike was built in 2019 for long-distance trials, but has actually covered 100 test miles and needs a little debugging. It sold for a lowly £2,760. Not a lot for a lot of fun in the dirt.


Overall, it looks like H&H had a pretty good day, especially in view of the pandemic which is still manifesting itself in all kinds of ways. We're still studying the lots and will post anything we feel like mentioning.


The next H&H Sale (motorcycles) will be the A | B | C Live Auction Online scheduled for Wednesday 11th August 2021 at 12 noon (A | B | C means Automobilia, Bikes and Cars).




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Taiwan geriatric biker advert


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Old gits back in the saddle in this "inspiring" video

Get your hankies ready...


We're reluctant to give this YouTube video a mention (let along a thumbs up). That's because it's pretty cheesy and sickly sentimental. But evidently a lot of folk take a more generous view and have helped rack up around seven million views.


As best we can figure it, the vid is an advert for Taiwan Cooperative Bank (aka TC Bank). The ad was created by Ogilvy & Mather, one of the world's biggest advertising and PR agencies with a fat list of blue chip clients (and a fair number of controversies notched on its belt).



It's not a new advert. But it's new to us. It was just lying there on the screen as a YouTube suggestion, so we swallowed the click bait and saw that it was created in January 2011. However, the "live now, die later" message is as valid today as it was a decade ago, and we figured a few people on Sump might want to see it—if they're not already aware of its existence.



We won't try to explain it. It will all become quickly apparent as you view. Just be aware that for some it will hit the right spot, and for others it will simply hit a nerve and depress the hell out of them. The advert is called DREAM RANGERS.


Watch it, or don't watch it. Different strokes, etc.




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Winter 2021 NMM Raffle winner


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"NOS" Bonnie finds a new home

But is it "correct" (and do we really care)?


If your name is Ian Milford, and if you hail from Perthshire in Scotland, you don't need to be told who that is in the image immediately above, because it's you. And you don't need to be told why you're in the frame because you know that too. It's because you've just won a 1979 new-old-stock (NOS) 750cc T140D Triumph Bonneville Special in the National Motorcycle Museum's Winter 2021 Raffle.


The (black and gold) T140D was introduced in '79 shortly after the arrival of the (black and gold) Yamaha XS650 Special. One or two of us here at Sump remember the moment well. The SOHC Yam was a pretty cool looking motorcycle with similar performance, generally fewer vibes, and more features (that included an electric starter, a kick starter, and cast wheels). Also, it was cheaper. But Triumph was fairly quick in producing its own Special, and we think the (pushrod) T140D hit the spot, looked better, and felt better/gruntier.


Features of the T140D included a (then) fashionable gaiterless front fork, a 2-into-1 exhaust system, a (divisive) stepped saddle, and Lester cast wheels—which, on the machine above, are actually Morris cast wheels that didn't appear in the Triumph range until a year or two later.


It was 1980 when Triumph launched an electric starter on the T140 (but never on the Special; not as standard, anyway), and the bike was available in either Euro specification (low 'bars, square tank) or export specification (high 'bars, "peanut" tank). We also note that this example doesn't have the abbreviated T140D front mudguard which, along with the incorrect wheels, throws the as new/NOS claim into question. But let's not go there, except to say that in 1979 through to 1985, Triumph was serving up quite a few variations on a theme that you wouldn't find in the brochures).


Either way, it's a nice set of wheels, and Ian Milford is no doubt every bits as pleased as he looks. The winning ticket, incidentally, was: 0969073.




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Thor's Kermit wins Indian build-off


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Custom building on a £3k budget

Cornwall based dealer comes out tops


We recently gave this dealer competition a very brief mention; brief because it's simply not all that interesting. Not to us anyway. But we didn't want to be mean and churlish. So we ran a single line and an image to mark the moment (it's on this page a little further down).


What we're talking about here is a basic a marketing wheeze designed to point a few more eyeballs at Indian Motorcycles and drum up sales. Nothing wrong with that, of course. However, it's more than a little passé.


Officially dubbed the Project £3K Challenge, the idea was to encourage UK Indian Motorcycle dealers to tart up a Scout for less than three grand. A sixteen week build time was granted, and the newly announced winner was Thor Motorcycles from Cornwall which created the bike immediately above; a bike named Kermit.


Features of this mild custom (for want of a better word) include mini-apes, stylised exhaust headers, a side-mounted number plate, an LED headlight, and a green vinyl wrapped finish. So okay, the bike looks decent enough. But the thing is, there's nothing remarkable about these creations. The ex-shop custom scene has long since become a little too easy and obvious. A few bits off the shelf. Crank up the welder. Open a fresh tin of paint. And spend a little time in the workshop on a restrictive budget moving some obvious atoms around.


Cruel words, perhaps. But they ring true. We've simply seen and heard it all before. Meanwhile, what we're really looking for at Sump is something different. Something inventive. Something surprising. Something else.


So okay, some of these ex-shop bikes are/were built by very talented hands. We know that. But without some seriously fresh thinking, it all pretty much comes out exactly the same.


What would be a lot more interesting would be, say, a competition to explore the things that people do with their bikes and the places they go. Not just so-called charitable rides, note, but life-building exploits and all that good personal karma hippy s#!t. Or maybe some amateur short films about people's bikes and their riding experience. Or some short motorcycle fiction movies made with smartphones. Or a competition in which people/dealers create homages to their motorcycles (artwork and stuff), or are tasked with devising a biking advert of some kind. The trick, of course, is finding novel/cost-effective ways to market these ideas.


Meanwhile, what we've got right now is the same old same old yah-dah-yah-dah wearing the same old groove. Nice bikes, but so what?


All that aside, congrats to Thor, etc. However, Déją Vu might have been a better name for this one.




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I have to say I agree with the Sump editors on this one. These shop customs are getting very 'samey' and there's just not enough effort going in at the ideas stage. Custom bike styles are like fashion in clothes; you have to move on to something new every so often. These things are stuck in a rut. Punk was edgy and vibrant until you could buy it off the rack in Marks and Spencer and then it just died. If these people can't get away from 'formula build' bobbers and pseudo flat trackers and come up with something fresh we're all going to stop taking any notice. Personally, I already have.—The Village Squire.

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National NHS datagrab imminent


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The UK government would rather you didn't read this

The biggest ever NHS information snatch is about to happen


You don't really need to remember the date above; June 23rd 2021. That's because if you care about this issue, you need to deal with it immediately. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But NOW.


Alternately, do nothing.


What's happening is that the UK government is about to copy a huge tranche of National Health Service patient data to a digital database where it will be available to researchers, government departments and (perhaps more ominously) private institutions. That's around 55 million names and records. Some or all of the data, we're told, will be anonymised. But you'll have to take the government's word for that—and if we've learned anything at all over the past twenty or thirty years, it's that you can't trust the state with digital data. Moreover, anonymised data can be always be reversed when it's politically expedient to do so.


Meanwhile, it seems that the collected data will include information relating to pregnancies, abortions, criminal convictions, drug use, alcoholism, relationship status and many other factors. Put simply, whatever you've got on your NHS record will go into the mix.


Officially, the title for this project is: General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR). But consultation has been negligible. Transparency is non-existent. And the plans have been hurried through, probably in the hope that no one notices.




A backlash has started, not least within the medical profession where numerous GPs are refusing to hand over their data. The London Borough of Tower Hamlets appears to be the focal point for this burgeoning revolt. But many doctors and other health workers elsewhere in the UK are said to be very unhappy with the proposed data grab. And note that there could be legal consequences relating to this refusal under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, but that's an issue for another day.


If this news troubles you, click on the link below for a template letter that you can send to your own GP. Also, we've supplied a NHS link which will register your interest, or lack of, directly to the government.


Some would say that accessing this data could have huge benefits, notably when it comes to long term medical and social planning, and when dealing with issues such as pandemics. And naturally, a few people are likely to trouser a lot of money, no doubt in ways that we ignorant mortals probably haven't considered. Either way, it's a huge change and it's being steamrollered through by Whitehall, and that alone is a pretty good reason to hit the pause button.


And remember too that this data can and will be correlated with other data profiles already being bought and sold around the planet. Meanwhile, it's only a question of time before the database is hacked and cracked, etc, etc.


It's not the first time that this kind of grab has been tried. It first appeared back in 2013 and was quietly abandoned three years later. Well now it's back, and you might be interested to know that the plan was officially announced just six weeks ago. That's how fast this steamroller is moving.




Too much paranoia here? You can decide that for yourself. But here at Sump we'll certainly be dropping a line to .gov and suggesting that they include us out of this move. We can, after all, decide later to opt-in.


At the risk of overdosing on raw cynicism, it's a sly, underhand and duplicitous world out there. Most of us are already over-exposed with our data, if not voluntarily then simply by being too fast and loose with the personal information that we broadcast.


23rd June 2021 is D-Date. But right now is the moment.


GP opt-out template letter

NHS opt out link


UPDATE 1: We've just completed the opt out process via the link above, and it's fast and simple. Whether or not the government honours our decision remains to be seen. And we might change our minds (albeit unlikely). But for now, we've put the brakes on.


UPDATE 2: The government has since extended the opt-out date to 1st September 2021. However, if you want to opt out, we suggest that you do it immediately.


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2021 Triumph Speed Twin revealed


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Slightly more power

Faster pick-up and sharper stopping


Triumph has just released details of the 2021 Speed Twin. It's all positive stuff, but we're still hoping that the original Amaranth Red might feature on the colour palette. But so far, there's only Red, Grey and Black on offer.


Meanwhile, head over to Sump's mainstream Motorcycle News Page for a few more details on the forthcoming arrival.


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