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1954 BSA 500cc GOLD STAR. We like this motorcycle and the story that comes with it. Part of the Bob Gardiner Collection, it was sold to him for use in the '54 ISDT, which that year was held in Wales. One of six machines prepared by BSA for private entrants, Bob collected the bike from the factory in Birmingham, took his place in the fray but retired early. Later, he used the machine as a daily ride and competed in various long distance events. In 1958, he entered it again in the ISDT and, despite an injury, won a 3rd Class Award. Then he rode it in a few more competitions before hanging up his boots. In 1966, married with property, he regretfully sold the bike for £125. But a few years on, he bought it back for £75 and managed to recover almost all the original ISDT equipment. Now mostly restored, Bonhams will be selling this Gold Star at Stafford on 27th April 2019. The estimate is a lowly £8,000 - £10,000—which will be a crime if it sells at that dismal price. And where's Bob now? We don't like to ask.

 

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February 2019 Classic Bike News

H&H upcoming auctions reminder

One liners

Peter Halsten Thorkelson: 1942 - 2019

Charterhouse February 2019 results

59 Club May ride-outs to St Paul's

Nippy Normans "handy" airline tool

One liners

New classic car metal garage signs

2019 Kickback Show seeks sponsors

Bauer print sales take another dive

Australian cops speed camera poser

One liners

Henry Cole wants your shed

London Classic Car Show 2019

Christopher Chope's FGM backlash

Albert Finney: 1936 - 2019

International Motobécane gathering

One liners

Charterhouse Auctions reminder

Bud Ekins' Husqvarna MX360 Viking

2019 Bristol Classic Show postponed



 


Henry Cole's Motorbike Show returns

Oxford Bradwell wax cotton jacket

Norton Commando Winter Raffle


2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 details

80 years of AMC with Colin Seeley

One liners

A blue plaque for Rex McCandless

"Barn find" RE Constellation to sell

Kawasaki Zed series restoration manual

Bonhams Stafford Sale hits £3 million

Weise®  Boston Jeans tried & tested

One liners

Star attractions at Barber Sale

Andy Tiernan 2019 charity calendar

Zhongneng buys Moto Morini

Bonhams Autumn Stafford preview

Charles Geoffrey Hayes: 1942 - 2018

Mark Wilsmore's bikes to auction

2019 Street Twin & Scrambler boost


Two Wheeled Tuesdays invitation

Bonhams Alexandra Palace Sept Sale

NextBase 312GW dashcam tested

Charles Nicholas Hodges

Suzuki Motorcycles from Veloce

2019 BMW R1250GS & R1250RT
Dudley Sutton: 1933 - 2018 

Oxford Products Kickback Shirt

One liners

Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Sport unveiled

Burton Leon Reynolds: 1936 - 2018

Comet Classics Open Day

H&H Auctions seeking consignments

One liners

Motus Motorcycles is bust




 

June 2018 Classic Bike News

One liners

Trump & Harley-Davidson toe to toe

"Governator's" Harley-Davidson sold

Car Builder Solutions recommended

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


 

May 2018 Classic Bike News

The Daily Not News

IOM jaywalker in the hoosegow

Rare Norton Hi-Rider to auction

Clint Walker: 1927 - 2018

Ducati Museum Hailwood exhibition

Tougher protection for cops mooted

One liners

New London-Brighton Run route


April 2018 Classic Bike News

Bonhams Spring Stafford results

Royal Enfield Interceptor NMM raffle

60th International Motor Scooter Rally

New Honda "Monkey Bike" for 2018

Carole Nash's dangerous roads

An Austin Anthology from Veloce

Bonhams Stafford Sale reminder

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Bradford Dillman: 1930 - 2018

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

Autonomous Tesla claims a cyclist

Motor insurance premiums fall


March 2018 Classic Bike News

Watsonian's GP700 & Indian Chief

Bonhams Stafford Sale April 2018

One liners

We Ride London new demo date

Dee Atkinson & Harrison March Sale

Bull-it Men's SR6 Cargo trousers

Franklin's Indians: Veloce Reprint

One Liners

Kenneth Arthur Dodd: 1927 - 2018

Carole Nash Google Petition

New Musical Express is out of print

1954 500cc Triumph-Matchless chop

1,800 bike collection to be auctioned

Art Exhibition at Sammy Miller's

2018 Cardiff Classic Motorcycle Show

John Lennon's monkey bike: £57,500

One liners

This day in history


February 2018 Classic Bike News

Foscam Wireless Camera system

Pioneer Run eBook: now £2.99

Oxford Clamp On brake lever clip

One liners

2018 Curtiss Warhawk unveiled

Here's the latest bike scam attempt

George Beale appointed H&H director

Next Kickback Show 7-8th April 2018

"Alley Rat" - 2018 UK BOTK winner

One liners

Defeat the online scammers with Skype

Triumph Hurricane scammer alert

CCM Spitfire-based Bobber for 2018

Cafe Racer Dreams: 8 bikes stolen

Coys' Feb 2018 London Excel Auction

Thieves ransom Triumph Thunderbird

Harley-Davidson recalls 251,000 bikes

"Police biker" banker convicted

Bringsty Grand Prix Revival 2018

Two new Weise wax cotton jackets

Murderous solicitor is still on the books

£7k - £10k Triumph 'X-75 Hurricane'

Retro wireless GPS speedometer

"Anvil Motociclette...

2018 Triumph Speed Triples launched

Royal Enfield Flying Flea stolen

Brühl Twin Turbine Motorcycle Dryer


January 2018 Classic Bike News

Laser Power Bar Extension Wrench

One liners

Harley-Davidson quits Kansas City

Online traffic accident reporting plan

Silverstone Auctions February 2018

12th Annual Dania Beach Show

Black Lightning sells for $929,000

Online motorcycle scammer alert

One liners

AJS Tempest Scrambler for 2018

Charterhouse's February 2018 sale

Can anyone add info on this rider?

HJC FG-70s Aries Yellow helmet

One liners

Peter Wyngarde: 1927 (ish) - 2018

Death Machines of London - Airforce

Lancaster Insurance; reality check

One liners

"Fast" Eddie Clarke: 1950 - 2018

Bonhams' Las Vegas Sale reminder

Ban on credit/bank card charges


December 2017 Classic Bike News

Information on this picture wanted

Levis Motorcycles set for comeback?

One Liners

Oops, we screwed up [again - Ed]

H&H December 2017 sale at the NMM

Immortal Austin Seven from Veloce

Triumph T140V for sale: 237km

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

MCN closes its biker forum

Arm rural UK coppers suggestion

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

Falling bike sales, 11 straight months

Triumph Birmingham is set to close

New electric black taxi breaks cover

Semi naked girl straddles an Indian!!


November 2017 Classic Bike News

Riding Japan; new touring website

British motor racing anniversary day

Triumph T140 restoration guide

Ratchet handle taps & dies - Chronos

White Helmet Triumphs reach £12K

H&H's first timed automobilia auction

Goldtop £50 off gloves—limited offer

London pillion rider ban idea

Ford Design in the UK - Veloce

Thruxton Track Racer Kit offer

Want to post a comment on Sump?

New Davida "Koura" full face helmet

One liners

NMM BSA Gold Star winner details

Norton 650 twin scrambler planned

RE travel book: Hit the Road, Jac!

Stoneleigh Kickback Show April 2017

Brough Superior Pendine racer

One liners

H-D Battle of the Kings 2017 winner

New Royal Enfield 650 twins launched

NMM's 2018 Speedmaster prize

Meriden Off Road Tiger Cubs

One liners

Andy Tiernan's 2018 calendar

Scrappage scheme classic car poser

Norton launches the California

Scooter gangs face new response

One liners



September 2017 Classic Bike News












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








New BSA M20 "Blueprint" T-shirt


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


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Bonhams promising 400+ bikes. April Stafford Sale. 27th - 28th April 2019


Norton Atlas & Ranger get 12,000 sq-ft purpose built factory at Donington


BSA Owners' Club Open Day. Sunday 26th May 2019. LE16 9HF. Free


Harley-Davidson Liverwire motorcycle

H-D is now taking electric Livewire "pre-orders". £29k. Autumn delivery


Bike Shed London Show. 24/25/26 May 2019. London E1W 2SF £22 - £25


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Bike Social's ULEZ support offer

 

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Is your pre-2007 bike subject to the ULEZ charge?

If so, Steve Rose wants your details...

 

You might not be familiar with Bike Social. The site is almost invisible unless, perhaps, you're a customer of Bennetts Insurance or related to someone on the firm. The company created the Bike Social site no doubt to lure some more names onto its database whilst bolstering its street cred.

 

Something like that, anyway.

 

Steve Rose (ex-EMAP, ex-Bauer and ex-Mortons man) is the publisher, and he's been around the block a few times on classics, customs and modern bikes. As a journo, he's pretty reliable and has edited more than his share of bike magazines.

 

Lately, meanwhile, he's looking to hear from riders whose bikes have fallen foul of the London Ultra Low Emissions Zone that came into force on 8th April 2019 (see Sump's Riverbank Motorcycles ULEZ Hope story).

 

To reiterate, some motorcycles are capable of hitting the Euro3 targets, but they don't have a certificate of compliancy (C-of-C) because the blunt axe (or hammer if you prefer) fell on bikes manufactured before 2007. Moreover, the testing methods and procedures, we're reminded, take little or no account of real-world motorcycle travel in urban or extra urban areas. That in turn has radically skewed the emissions data.

 

So, some pre-2007 bikes are far cleaner than Transport for London (TfL) thinks they are, and it's TfL that sets the pace and levies the fines. The problem is there's no single register that lists the "also ran" machines. As a result, two bikes might have come off the production line one after the other, and one gets the nod, and the other one doesn't. It's unfair, but there is something you can do about it.

 

To that end, Steve wants to grab details of all those bikes that owners feel ought to enjoy no-charge travel into the zone and compile a database. No doubt, this is a great opportunity for Bennetts to grab a lot more names and emails and whatnot and then start canvassing for insurance business. You can decide for yourself what Steve's real motivation is here. At Sump, we're happy to take him at face value (but we're amazingly naive at times).

 

Anyway, if your bike is subject to a charge, and if you feel you're being hard done by, you might want to contact Steve (and Bennetts) and tell him/them your sorry story.

 

We might mention here that when we recently contacted Bike Social regarding some road safety and bike promotion videos we produced, we didn't get any support or acknowledgement whatsoever. But let's not be mean. Our (three) emails probably got lost in cyberspace.

 

It happens. Doesn't it?

 

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Hi Sump. For years I had numerous bike policies with Bennetts, but NEVER again. Lousy service, poor attitude, unhelpful telephone staff—and the rate just got unrealistically and unjustifiably high. Finally I cancelled and shifted to Adrian Flux. I'd like to say that these guys are miles better. But they're not. They're only better in some ways. Haven't yet found a firm that's consistently good value and treats the customer right. So if anyone knows of such a firm, I'd like to hear about it. —PeeWee, Brum


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Southend Shakedown April 2019

 

Southend Shakedown back for 2019

 

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3,500 free motorcycle parking places have been allocated

The Oilheads Motorcycle Club is the organiser

 

The last time the Southend Shakedown took place was on 28th March 2016. That was Easter Monday. The Ace Cafe was the prime organiser. Thereafter the event was cancelled. Why? Because the police and the local council made organisational and security demands that the Ace felt were impractical, unworkable, or just too expensive. That's the official word, anyway. But maybe you know otherwise.

 

Well now the event is back courtesy of Southend motorcycle club, The Oilheads (image immediately below), and it will happen on 22nd April 2019. That's also Easter Monday, and everyone is invited along to help put this gathering back on the annual fixtures list.

 

The original event, we're told, was started by Roger Glover (aka Southend Roger), Ronald Miles and Ace Café's Mark Wilsmore. The Rayleigh Riders Club handled the marshalling. This year, Ronald Miles is back in the saddle (both literally and metaphorically) and has been instrumental in getting this event back on track.

 


 

"In 1998, the year the event launched, we were really pleased that around 300 bikes turned up," says Roger. "Then it started to grow. At one point the event was so huge that we saw around 10,000 bikers on the seafront."

 

Naturally, it remains to be seen how many bikers show up for this one, but we can imagine a very healthy turnout on the day, weather permitting.

 

The important thing is for everyone to behave themselves, which they probably won't. So a few show-offs and idiots are expected. Just keep in mind, if you will, that it's biking misbehaviour like this that helps shut down otherwise fun gatherings (as if you need to be told that).

 

Note too that the Essex cops have used stingers at the Showdown, and they'll be ready and waiting to feel a few collars and maybe even confiscate a bike or two—which is within their powers depending on what charge they throw at you.

 

3,500 free parking spaces for bikes have been allocated. If you park outside of these designated areas (pavements, grass verges, beach etc), you risk a fine. So find a bona-fide parking spot/meter—if you can, that is. Moreover, we see that there are many other rules that you'll be expected to obey, so check the website, wipe your nose and remember your Ps & Qs, etc.

 

On the day, you can expect motorcycle club displays stands, trade stalls, music tribute bands, face painting for the kiddies, "and more". The hours are 10am - 5pm. The sponsors are Devitt Insurance, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Stambridge Security Services. The benefactor is the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance.

 

Most of you reading this probably don't need to be told much about Southend-on-Sea. But for everyone else, the town is roughly 40 miles east of London on the north bank of the Thames Estuary, Essex. There are two routes in; the A13 or the A127 Arterial Road. We prefer the latter, which is more northerly and a two-laner (as opposed to three lanes for much of the A13).

 

Southend-on-Sea is okay to hang out in. Not great. But not bad. It's got the longest pleasure pier in the world (at 1.34 miles), and lots of chip shops and pubs. The beach front struggles a little. There are plenty of hotels and guest houses. It's got a certain down-to-earth vibe and is reasonably civilised. So it's maybe worth travelling a few miles if you've not been this way before.

 

Just watch the cops. They're not our favourites.

 

www.southendshakedown.com

 


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Hardback, £25

 

Last month we briefly mentioned Motorcycles & Motorcycling in the USSR from 1939, a new book from Veloce Publishing that's been looking for a review.

 

Well, we've since had a chance to dip deeper, and we can tell you that this is a more interesting tome than we expected.

 

Reading through the pages and studying the images is, however, a little like first day at school. Everything—or almost everything—is unfamiliar. The factories. The personalities. The politics. The propaganda. The sporting achievements. The art. The culture. And of course many, if not most, of the bikes.

 

Cold War politics has, after all, given most of us a pretty slanted view of what went on behind the Iron Curtain where everything appeared to revolve around missiles, bombs, grain harvests, five year plans, spies, KGB arrests, labour camps, and executions. So it's gratifying to be reminded of the more prosaic achievements of everyday folk building, developing, riding, racing and otherwise enjoying motorcycles.

 

People, we're tacitly reminded, have the same needs, hopes and aspirations pretty much wherever you go. It's invariably the politics and bureaucratic systems that queer the pitch. Author Colin Turbett has underlined this truth and has encapsulated it in 128 pages with 286 colour and b&w shots.

 

Clearly there's also much unsaid—and no doubt much that's been forgotten. Nevertheless, this book appears to be a pretty solid foundation for further investigation into Soviet era life as seen from, say, the saddle of a Ural, or an IZH or a Voskhod or a Jawa.

 

A Social and Technical History, is the sub-heading, and that sums it up. The writing is unfussy and reads authoritatively. The images take us way beyond the curtain and into the factories, towns and villages and help clue us in to the mindset of the Soviets since 1939, which isn't actually a lot different to the underlying mindset in the west.

 

 

Without knowing a lot more about the subject matter, there's not a lot we can praise or criticise. But we are satisfied that the author has made a serious study (as is usually the way with these books), and we note that many of the images are from the authors private collection.

 

This is what Veloce has to say about the publication:

 

• The first English language text on postwar motorcycles produced in the Soviet Union
• Technical information on every motorcycle produced in the USSR between 1941 and 1990
• Extensive use of previously unavailable material
• Fully illustrated throughout in both black and white and colour
• A fascinating insight into the lives of ordinary citizens in the USSR
• Hidden history of Soviet motorcycle sport – from ice-racing and speedway to road-racing
• Rare family photographs illustrating the place of motorcycles in social life in the USSR
• 20th Century Socialist-Realist iconography applied to motorcycling
• Aspects of motorcycling not seen elsewhere – bears as riders, camels as passengers!
• Describes state production of utilitarian motorcycles on a scale not seen before or since

 

... and all that sounds pretty accurate. But to find out for sure, you'll have to pick up a copy and do a little digging for yourself. The (hardback) book dimensions are 250mm x 207mm. Veloce is asking £25, which sounds reasonable enough. And it's available via the link below.

 

www.veloce.co.uk

 


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MOTORCYCLE NEWS EXTRA

 

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New picture-driven bike news portal coming atcha

Think lightweight. Think simplified

 

Life is short, and time is tight—and for many of us it's getting tighter. As such, it's easy to miss those motorcycle news stories on Sump that might be of interest—and it's nice to be reminded occasionally of the stuff that was thought-provoking or important to us weeks, months or even years ago.

 

So to that end, we've created an image-driven catch-up page titled MOTORCYCLE NEWS EXTRA. Catchy name, huh?

 

Anyway, it's no big deal. Just a collection of images and graphics highlighting some of our more interesting/amusing/provocative news stories. We figure it will suit people who like to have a casual browse rather than a more thoughtful study.

 

We'll be adding to the page every once in a while, so keep checking back if that's how you like to receive your information.

 

We're still fooling with the feature, so it might change a little, or might get a total revamp. But for now, it's out there and looking for a little attention. So follow the links and see if it grabs ya. Any problems, just wing an email this way and we'll look into it.

 

'Kay?

 

MOTORCYCLE NEWS EXTRA

 


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Allen Millyard Velocette V-twin

 

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Genius Berkshire-based bike builder notches up another one

One of a kind Velocette to display at 2019 Stafford Show

 

If you've been anywhere in or around the British classic bike scene in recent years, you've probably stumbled across numerous examples of Allen Millyard's amazing handiwork. He's a serial bike builder and engine fabricator, and he's got a string of convictions to his name.

 

Among his creations is a 2,300cc V12 Kawasaki, built by grafting two KZ1300 water-cooled lumps onto a common crankcase. He built a six cylinder RC374 replica by re-imagining two Yamaha FZ250R engines. He built a 4,804cc V-twin from a nine-cylinder Pratt & Whitney Wasp radial engine (The Flying Millyard). He built the Millyard Viper V10 (8-litre Dodge engine). He built a five cylinder 883 KH Kawasaki two-stroke (actually we think he's built a few of those). He built a 1,600cc V8 Kawasaki. And he's cobbled together all kinds of other stuff. Evidently, he just can't help himself. [More...]

 


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Hi there. Just a follow up to the article about Allen Millyards Velo V twin; its an amazing beast but not one of a kind. We have a 1000cc Velo V twin combo chugging round Derbyshire built by Bob Higgs, its called the Vulcan. Goggle Velocette Vulcan to be amazed.—Andy Cobb


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EU road safety stats: "disappointing"

 

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Britain officially has the safest roads in the EU

28 fatalities per one million inhabitants is the number to watch

 

Once again, we see that the safest EU country within which to motor around is the UK. You might want to keep that fact close to your savagely beating heart the next time you're screaming white hot steaming fury at the mush-head who almost T-boned you at the junction.

 

This welcome, but still grim, information comes courtesy of an EU report published this week which suggests that in the UK in 2018, for every one million residents, 28 of them died in a traffic accident—which, to paraphrase motoring organisation Brake, is invariably an avoidable incident.

 

At the other end of the scale, Romanians are responsible for the most fatal avoidable incidents with a whopping 96 deaths per million, which is over three times higher. Meanwhile, we hear that the European average is 49 deaths per million.

 

These stats should be viewed in the context of the EU's Vision Zero programme which is looking for zero deaths on continental roads by 2050. How they're going to do that without banning motorcycles and cyclists (and pedestrians) remains to be seen. But no doubt successive generations of automated vehicle control systems will have a part to play.

 

The next three safest countries, we hear, are Denmark (30 per million), Ireland (31 per million) and Sweden (32 per million). But if you prefer to live on the edge (or even over it), try Bulgaria (88 per million), Latvia (78 per million) and Croatia (77 per million).

 

The figures are headed the right way, say the EU. But only by one percent since 2017, hence the disappointment.

 

Violeta Bulc, EU Commissioner for Transport, is looking for ideas on how to solve the problem of avoidable incidents, and given that there's been no significant change over the past five years, it certainly seems that the EU has run out of meaningful ideas.

 

Ultimately, we suspect that the problem can't be "educated-out". It can't be "legislated-out". And it can't be "prayed-out". Rather, it needs to be "designed-out", and that probably means power limits, stringent traffic controls and an accelerated push towards full autonomy on the highway, none of which is likely to appeal to the average motorcyclist or motorist.

 

In the meantime, we'll just have to suck it up and accept that the UK, for all its faults, appears to have the best drivers in the EU. And although we can take some kind of chest-heaving pride in that fact, we also need to remember that proverbially speaking, after pride comes a fall.

 

Ride defensively. Don't ride angry.

 


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Shane Lance Deacon: 1929 - 2019

 

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"Scott Tracy" of Thunderbirds fame has died

He was best known to us as Shane Rimmer

 

Was his the most recognisable voice in British television? It was certainly one of them, and one that we, here at Sump, never tired of hearing. This was Canadian actor and honorary Brit known by his professional name of Shane Rimmer who has died aged 89.

 

To most people, he will be best remembered for voicing the Scott Tracy character in the puppet action TV series, Thunderbirds (1965 - 1966). But there was much, much more to Shane Rimmer than that.

 

He was born Shane Lance Deacon in Toronto, Ontario. For professional purposes, he adopted his maternal grandmother's maiden name of Rimmer and thus began his career, first as a disc jockey and then as a singer in a cabaret act called The Three Deuces.

 

Touring with that short-lived group in the mid 1950s brought Rimmer to the UK, and it was around that time that he "discovered" acting and took a role in his first TV series, Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans (1957); a joint US/Canadian production filmed in Canada. With that sharp, ringing, surefire Canadian accent, producers soon noticed Rimmer and hired him for voice-over work, firstly via an Italian sci-fi movie that needed dubbing into English.

 

In 1959 TV beckoned. Shane Rimmer, now settling in the UK, appeared in numerous British TV series such The Saint, starring Roger Moore, and Compact, a now largely forgotten soap opera set in the world of magazine publishing.

 

In 1964 Rimmer appeared in the movie Dr Strangelove (Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb). Soon after he took a role in Dr Who playing against William Hartnell, the first Doctor. Throughout this period, Shane Rimmer continued singing and found time to record a few records (none of which hit notable heights), and then came Gerry & Sylvia Anderson's Thunderbirds (AP Films).

 

Rimmer auditioned for the role, carried it away, and so began consolidating his grip on the ears of TV audiences both in the UK and worldwide. He voiced Scott Tracy in all episodes of the show and helped make the character real and enduring.

 

 

 

Rimmer also helped devise plots for the series, and later wrote numerous scripts for Captain Scarlet & the Mysterons, and Joe 90—both of which were produced by the Gerry & Sylvia Anderson's AP Films. Next time around, check for his name in the credits; it'll pop up sooner or later.

 

In 1966, Shane Rimmer took a role in the James Bond movie, You Only Live Twice, and was invited back for Diamonds Are Forever and Live and Let Die (voice only).

 

Soon he returned to soap opera, this time in the British northern kitchen sink series, Coronation Street. Subsequently, he appeared in the Gerry & Sylvia Anderson live-action series, UFO (1970) starring Ed Bishop, George Sewell, Wanda Ventham and the inimitable Vladek Sheybal.

 

Later, if you were a fairly regular TV watcher or movie goer, you might have seen Rimmer in the British TV series, The Protectors; the 1975 movie Rollerball; the Brit TV series Space 1999, Alternative 3 (a TV "hoax" show similar to Orson Welles' War of the Worlds radio programme); The Spy Who Loved Me (1977); Star Wars (1977); Superman (1978); Superman (1980); Gandhi (1982); and Out of Africa (1985).

 

Following that, he took roles in various less-successful TV  projects, then returned to Coronation Street for a handful of episodes (as a different character), took on some theatre work, appeared in Batman Begins (2005) and in Dark Shadows (2012). He published his first novel in 2014 (Amazon eBook).

 

 

Shane Rimmer married in 1963 and fathered three sons, all of whom survive him. He spent many years on the Gerry & Sylvia Anderson convention circuit and was always a popular figure among fans of Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet & the Mysterons, Joe 90—and all the other AP Films puppet shows on which he worked.

 

So okay, his physical presence on screen was never as relaxed or as comfortable as the A-list stars with which he appeared. He didn't have the looks or the charm or the depth. But he stood his acting ground reasonably well and delivered his lines more than acceptably. Beyond that, he popped up everywhere and was safely backstopped by that clear-cut voice that rang out through our TV speakers, never losing his Canadian accent, and we wouldn't have wanted him to.

 

Here at Sump we'll remember him primarily for the Scott Tracy/Thunderbirds role that he made his own. But clearly, this was a man of many talents and numerous facets who was always on call, always in demand, and always enjoyed.

 

The bottom line? Shane Rimmer was nobody's puppet.

 

See also: Francis (Captain Scarlet) Matthews obituary

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Inside Oxford Products video

 

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A glimpse into one of Britain's biggest biking firms

"Making life better on two wheels" is the embedded message

 

Oxford Products has sent us a link to a new company video hosted on YouTube, and we have to say immediately that we don't much like it. At 1:54, it's no great strain on your patience, but it simply doesn't do the firm justice.

 

Oxford Products is one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of motorcycle and bicycle equipment, clothing and accessories. At Sump, we've got various items from the company; some of which we even paid for. And although the firm gets its fair share of criticism, it delivers the goods time and time again, and we think the products are pretty much priced right and fit for purpose.

 

But the video is just plain dull and uninspiring, and nowhere in the footage is there a motorcycle or a pushbike—notwithstanding a fleeting catalogue shot. Maybe we're missing something, but it's not clear who this mini-production is aimed at. It's just a collection of shots of people working on CAD screens, or destruction testing bike gear, or rolling around in forklift trucks, and suchlike.

 

However, as a piece of corporate promotion, it ought to leave us feeling upbeat and animated. It ought to make us smile, or gasp, or light up in some other way, or sagely nod approval, or have any kind of positive emotional reaction. But for our taste it's simply ho-hum. And we're not bitching about it for bitching's sake. We genuinely like this kind of stuff (when it's done right), and we like to help keep the commercial and industrial wheels turning. However, we just weren't very impressed with this one.

 

But what do we know? Go take a look and see if you feel differently. Oxford is clearly broadcasting a message here. However, it's not coming through very well on our receiver.

 

INSIDE OXFORD PRODUCTS

 


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Royal Enfield marketing hype

 

ATTENTION! THIS IS NOT A DRILL!!!

 

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Over-hyped motorcycle marketing alert

Tip: Do not stare directly into the blast

 

"With Royal Enfield the philosophy is let history inform the future. We are unique in the motorcycle world, we remain as faithful to the original machines as possible that built the legend of Royal Enfield. This is our core & our soul, for the future Royal Enfield will continue to be inspired by legendary names from the past, these will help shape our future."

Royal Enfield UK website, 5/4/19

 

Wow!

 


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Triumph "Blueprint" T-shirt reprinted

 

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Good quality pre-shrunk cotton T-shirts

£15.99, in stock now

 

The pubs are open, so we'll make this quick. The story is that we've gone and reprinted our popular Triumph "Blueprint" T-shirts. These were originally a brighter blue, and we've got one or two of those left on the shelf. But this time we opted for a richer hue and settled on "gunmetal", which is actually called blue dusk.

 

Either way, we think they're improved and we've just taken stock of the first batch which are ready for immediate delivery, while supplies last. The price is a good-value £15.99. The design is exactly as you see it above. Sizes are M - 2XL. The shirts are good quality, heavy-duty cotton (reinforced in the usual places). We'll ship overseas. And if you don't like it, just send it back for a no-quibble refund. We don't buy rubbish in our private lives, and we don't sell it.

 

Meanwhile, if you're a Norton rider, we've got a similar design in the same colour. Just click on this Norton T-shirt link, and check it out. And for BSA boys & girls, especially those with military bikes, we've also got our BSA M20 "Blueprint" T-shirt in stock.

 

TRIUMPH BLUEPRINT T-SHIRT

NORTON BLUEPRINT T-SHIRT

BSA M20 BLUEPRINT T-SHIRT

 


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Vinod K. Dasari replaces Siddhartha Lal as Royal Enfield Chief Exec


Met Police mobile mugshot vans "successfully target/snag" moped thieves


Wardill Motorcycles back after 90 years. Wardill 4, 250cc prototype shown


This year's Banbury Run (pre-1931 MCs) is scheduled for 16th June 2019


Carole Nash cites Belfast as UK female rider capital. 2.5x national average


Warwickshire/Solihull Blood Bikers "replaced by Ltd firm". £14 million deal


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‘The Wardill’.... Please, please, please, no more ‘Hand crafted in England’ motorcycles with an overblown sales pitch, generic Chinese engine and an out of date chassis (not much of a front brake either...).—The Village Squire


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#OpDarwen: "High Speed, High Risk"

 

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67 motorcyclists were killed or seriously injured in North Wales in 2018

This season, the local heddlu (as usual) are looking to cut that number

 

The cops in North Wales (or heddlu if you prefer) have long been banging on about the problem of excessive motorcyclist deaths and injuries on their manor. And rightly so. In the biking season, it's great biking country up there comprised of (mostly) good roads, superlative views, favourable temps, and even a few rays of sunshine between the rain bursts and deluges as and when God spares a kind thought for the beleaguered Welsh.

 

Well on 24th March 2019, Dyfed-Powys Police launched #OpDarwen. The idea is to highlight the fact that in 2018, 67 bikers were either killed or seriously injured in the (sometimes) fair counties of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.

 

Lumping together the deaths and serious injuries isn't actually very helpful, not if you want to take a closer look at the stats—and not if it isn't clear exactly what currently constitutes a "serious injury". And the definition varies depending on who you talk to.

 

Nevertheless, the new operation is underway. So expect even more well-intentioned, over-zealous, pain-in-the-butt policing in North Wales until October 2019. That could mean cops in high-viz cars, or cops on low-viz bikes, and even the odd helicopter.

 

Meanwhile, we're reminded that the national speed limit in the UK is 60mph (70mph on motorways). But many of the country and rural roads in North Wales, in certain conditions, require us all to cut the power and respect the bends. Also, we hear that men are eight times more likely than women to come a cropper, which doesn't really help us when out on the open road.

 

The local fuzz, we hear, is working with partners in Go Safe, Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS), and the Welsh Ambulance Service—and with all the doom and gloom surrounding that lot, you might instead prefer to forgo North Wales and spend some time in the garage.

 

Whatever you decide, try to not take-out anyone else with your silly antics, especially when you're out in a group. More than once, we've found the biggest threat on a busy biking road is another biker. And here at Sump we're not above doing stupid things every once in a while.

 

But what's your experience on that score?

 

Dyfed-Powys Police Campaigns

 


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Hi Sump. Simple answer to this one. Don't ride in groups. Not even in close pairs. I had a friend killed some years ago in North Wales. I wasn't with him that time, which was just as well. We've always been competitive, and that was basically what happened. A couple of guys got into a mini race. Eventually someone hit the hay, except that it wasn't hay. It was a road barrier. He died two days later. My advice is to simply stay at least a 50 - 100 yards apart, if not more. And be flexible with arrival times at stopping points. Allow 15 min windows.—Marc from Worcester.


This has got to be my favourite biking read. Keep it up, please. regarding over-zealous cops, you want to try living down here in Australia. Our gun-toting "boys in blue" are famous (or is that infamous?) for the way they treat road users in general, and ordinary motorcyclists and bikies in particular. Everyone gets pushed around and screamed at, and bikes are often subject to long roadside checks. Complain, and you soon end up in jail and sometimes come out bloody. Never been to the UK, but I'll be sure to check out North Wales and see how it compares.—Bill Seymour, NSW


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Headlight safety video from Sump

 

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DISABILITY GLARE KILLS

Watch it, and support it if you can

 

Here's another video from Sump that we're hoping to disseminate as far and as widely as possible. It's 52 seconds long, and the message reiterates what everyone knows; that maladjusted headlights are dangerous and can lead to a collision, etc.

 

Like many of our other safety videos, we created this a few years ago and put it on YouTube. We didn't give it that extra push, however. Why not? Just busy doing other stuff mostly. You know how it goes. But we're addressing that matter now, and we've fired off details of this video to all the major UK bike magazines and newspapers, various road safety organisations, various bike clubs, numerous political groups and many other individuals who we feel might have an interest.

 

Naturally, human apathy being what it is, we're not expecting fireworks. But a few sparklers here and there might help light up this particular problem.

 

We'll just have to see.

 

The underlying hope is that some riders/viewers will (a) spread the message among whatever car clubs they belong to, and/or (b) will be inspired and create a safety video of their own, and/or (c) will tag our footage at the end of their own production.

 

Once again, we'll happily forward the video footage to whoever wants it, and we don't much care if people remove our logo and web address. We just want to do something rather than sit on our hands and do nothing. So watch the video, if you will. And do what you can.

 

Human inertia is a powerful phenomenon. Pity we can't draw energy from it.

 

DISABILITY GLARE KILLS video

 


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Nice little video, Sump people. Brief and to the point. But good luck if you can get any of the other online or offline biking magazines to back it. These days it's every man for himself. You'll get more response painting the link address on a motorway bridge.—Brassic Thompson, Leicester


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March 2019

 

 

Find It, Fix It, Drive It: new TV show

 

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Henry Cole returns with yet another telly programme for petrolheads

And naturally, Sam Lovegrove is back with him

 

We would have told you about this earlier so you could be sure to catch the first episode. But as mentioned elsewhere on this page, we've been away from the Sump desk, and we're still catching up with the news. However, we can tell you now (if you haven't already found out) that Henry Cole and sidekick, Sam Lovegrove, have a new TV show.

 

Find It, Fix It, Drive It is the name of the programme (which sounds suspiciously like something we used to say when we were young & wild and whenever a nice looking member of the opposite sex walked by).

 

But let's not go there.

 

The content of the new show involves "crazy challenges" such as sorting out a classic tractor, a custom bike, a Brooklands racer, and something or other on the Isle of Man circuit. Sound like fun? Well we certainly enjoy Henry's adventures of the automotive kind even though (and whisper this among friends only), he's constantly at risk of being upstaged by Sam.

 

Episode uno was on Wednesday 27th March 2019 (i.e. five days hence). The TV station was More4. The time was 9pm. And there will be another nine episodes in the series coming along in the weeks to follow—and naturally, they'll all be repeated ad infinitum, and possibly ad nauseum. So if you missed the beginning, you'll be sure to catch up with it somewhere down the pike.

 

See also: Henry Cole wants your shed, Sump February 2019

 


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Triumph recall: clutch cable woes

 

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Bonneville and Street models need a check-up

Possible electrical short or control issue

 

This message is directed at owners or operators of the Triumph Bonneville and Street range. Apparently, Hinckley has outlined some concerns that the clutch cable on these motorcycles could rub up against the wiring harness and cause a short circuit or some other untoward riding or control issue.

 

So owners/riders are, in the usual way, being advised to go and talk to their nearest Triumph dealer and have the bike checked out. The recall, we understand, will affect tens of thousands of bikes worldwide. But of course the only one you need worry about is the one you're astride.

 

These are the models specifically (or at least possibly) affected:

 

Triumph Bonneville T100/T100 Black (2017-2019)
Triumph Bonneville T120/T120 Black (2016-2019)
Triumph Street Cup (2017-2018)
Triumph Street Scrambler (2017-2018)
Triumph Street Twin/Street Twin A2 (2016-2018)

 

If you've got any doubts or suspicion that your machine might be in the mix, you can first check Triumph's recall website.

 

Meanwhile, we're heard nothing about any injuries caused as a result of this problem. But for some riders at least, this needs to be fixed before it breaks.

 


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2019 Royal Enfield Bullet Trials Works Replica

 

RE Bullet Trials Works Replicas

 

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Royal Enfield launches two new models...

... but so far these are for the Indian market only

 

Noted trials rider Johnny Brittain, who died earlier this month, is the inspiration for two new Royal Enfield motorcycles. Marketed as Bullet Trials Works Replicas, the bikes will be available soon in the Indian market with a choice of 348cc or 498cc engines. Other features will include dual-channel ABS, trimmed mudguards, a single saddle, a luggage rack, and a mesh headlight guard. Wheels are 19-inch front, and 18-inch rear. Tyres are CEAT. The front fork has 35mm tubes. Rear suspension is via twin gas-charged shock-absorbers/dampers with five-step adjustable preload and 80mm travel. Brakes are a single two-piston caliper up front coupled with a single piston caliper at the rear.

 

 

Johnny Brittain Royal Enfield trials rider

 

 

Between 1948 and 1965, Johnny Brittain notched up over 50 championships on Royal Enfields. Following the Indian launch, the company is expected to roll these machines out across most world markets, but we've no specific information regarding when these motorcycles will arrive on British shores.

 

Colours are either green or red. Prices to be announced as and when.

 

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1915 Harley-Davidson Model F

 

Mecum's March 2019 Glendale Sale

 

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Top lot was a restored H-D Model F

Nothing else too startling at this Arizona auction

 

It wasn't the most exciting auction ever held by Mecum. But no one really expected it to be, so few were disappointed at the results which were fairly modest, workaday, and respectable.

 

The top selling lot was the immediately above 1915 Harley-Davidson Model F (Lot S246.1) which sold for $121,000. There's not much detail regarding this clearly over-restored V-twin, except to say that 1915 was the first year for HD's three-speed transmission, and that the bike was part of the Dr Craig Venter Collection.

 

Craig Venter is an ex-US soldier who, in 1968, served as a corpsman in the Vietnam War. Post-conflict, he arrived in London, bought a new Triumph Bonneville, largely (we hear) to help blow away the memory of his no doubt gruelling tour of duty, and so seeded his interest in motorcycles.

 

After spending some time in the British capital, Venter returned to the USA and achieved a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Physiology and Pharmacology, both from the University of California at San Diego. Later in his professional career he founded, or co-founded, various institutions that addressed issues of scientific education and human longevity.

 

His passion for old motorcycles developed steadily over the years and grew into a large range of machines from Harley-Davidson, Indian, Brough Superior, Vincent and of course Triumph. However, as is the way of collections, it eventually became unwieldy and needed reducing. So Mecum was tasked with the job of finding buyers for all the bikes that simply had to be re-homed.

 

Mike Parti, incidentally, was the restorer. He's barely known (if at all) on this side of the Atlantic. But in the USA he's a well respected craftsman.

 

We don't yet have an official statement from Mecum regarding the sale. But we have looked carefully at the results, and they appear to be fairly modest and without any special surprises one way or the other.

 

Meanwhile, here are the next nine lots...

 

1940 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead

Lot F7: 1940 Harley-Davidson EL, 61ci, $62,700

1970 Clymer Indian Enfield

Clymer Indian Enfield - 1970

Lot F289: 1970 750cc Indian Enfield Floyd Clymer, $44,000
Lot T328: 1929 BSA Sloper 500cc single, $20,900
Lot F21: 1958 Triumph TR6A, $20,350
Lot T127: 1956 Triumph TR6, $19,800
Lot F17: 1947 Triumph T100, 500cc. $19,800

2017 Rewaco ST2 Trike

Lot U21: 2017 Rewaco ST2 Trike.140 HP. Automatic, $19,800
Lot F20: 1963 Triumph T120R Bonneville 650cc, $18,700
Lot T124: 1960 Triumph T120R Bonneville 650cc, $17,600

 

Mecum's next motorcycle sale will be at NRG Center One, NRG Park Houston, TX 77054 USA on 4th - 6th April 2019. So far, we see that around 100 bikes are listed. Mecum is looking for further consignments.

www.mecum.com

 


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Road Safety GB, in association with THINK! gave us some much appreciated webspace for our short (1:17) biker safety video. So okay, our initiative ain't likely to exactly change the world, but we figure it's better to do something than nothing. What do you say?

 

Sump THINK BIKE video gets support

 

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Dozens of press releases sent out

Most were unanswered...

 

Earlier this month Sump launched a mini-campaign focussed around a couple of videos we knocked-up some time ago and simply left floating around in their YouTube bottles for anyone to retrieve. The first was our YOU CAN'T BEAT THE BIKE video, and the other was our THINK BIKE, THINK CAMERA, THINK JAIL vid.

 

Not unexpectedly, they didn't get much attention. Probably washed up on the wrong beaches, etc. So we fired them off again into various orbits, and (as expected) we received very limited support. But the Triumph Owners Motor Cycle Club (TOMCC) gave us some generous web space. So did British Dealer News, the National Motorcycle Museum, the Ariel Owners Club, and Road Safety GB. We might have missed someone, but we don't think so.

 

However, we haven't given up, and we're anticipating maybe just a little more support from the dozens of press releases we sent out. Meanwhile, we're still hoping that a few more of you everyday guys and girls associated with clubs and forums can give these videos a mention—especially if your interests cross over into the car world, classic or otherwise. That's where these messages needs to land.

 

And as we stated in our original stories, we'll happily send the video footage to anyone who wants it to tag onto videos of their own—and if you want to edit Sump out of the frame (as much as is possible, that is) then so be it. We just want to (a) increase interest in biking in the UK, and (b) make it safer.

 

We'll be naming names later regarding the guys in the wider biking world who couldn't or wouldn't support these videos. We're talking about magazine editors, bike industry heads and suchlike. And naturally, all of them purport to support British motorcycling. But for now, we're just watching and waiting to see what happens next.

 

Meanwhile, lend your support if you can. Please.

 

YOU CAN'T BEAT THE BIKE

 

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I think you're aiming at the wrong websites to promote your THINK BIKE video. Motorcycle owners' clubs and dealers may be interested, but to make a difference it needs to be seen by "Joe Public". I'd suggest trying the UK online newspapers, as they are desperately hungry for "content" especially if there's a video included (which keeps their punters logged in to their site for longer). —Ted Wilkinson.

[Sump comment: Hi Ted, thanks for your input. But we ARE trying the online newspapers—plus online car magazines, motoring bloggers, road safety organisations, government departments, etc. However, we've also aimed these videos at bikers because many riders have connections with other sites (cars clubs, music groups, and so on); hence our request for support. You never know when your message will be picked up and disseminated by a very influential source. Just because you've seen this video on a motorcycle magazine, that doesn't mean it wasn't aimed at other targets. Meanwhile we'll continue to do what we can.]

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Riverbank Motorcycles' ULEZ  hope

 

We probably ought to have knocked up the above collage using an image of City Hall (where Sadiq Khan, the London Mayor hangs out) rather than the Palace of Westminster (where he doesn't). But the latter image is generally more recognisable than the former, and it amounts to the same thing.

 

The underlying story here is that Riverbank Motorcycles in East London has been authorised by TfL (Transport for London) as an approved emissions testing centre. What that means, specifically, is that if your motorcycle falls foul of the new ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone) regulations, you can now have your machine officially tested by Riverbank. If the bike passes, you can ride freely into London without having to pay the £12.50 per day charge (note; this is not the same as the Congestion Charge, which doesn't apply to bikes. Yet).

 

As it stands, motorcycles manufactured before 2007 (excluding bikes registered as historic) are subject to the new ULEZ charges which will be in force from 8th April 2019. However, many of these bikes are either powered by the same engines as post-2007 machines, or are in any case equally "clean". But the TfL hammer has, up to now, been blunt. You're either on-side, or off-side.

 

Well, that could change for many motorcycles that occupy the grey area that's caused so much concern and frustration among riders. The threshold for exempt bikes is 0.15g/km. We don't really understand exactly what that means. Sounds harmless perhaps. However, plenty of folk complain about chronic breathing problems in the capital, and elsewhere. But the gas analysing machines do understand, and if these gizmos detect NOx emissions above that level, you'd better reach for your wallet if you want to continue commuting into Central London on that particular machine.

 

 

We spoke directly to Riverbank (a firm we know a little), and Neil Freeman and John Rusby confirmed the story. They're still working out some of the technical issues, but feel they could be up and running in a week or so. And in the meantime, they are taking bookings.

 

The test fee isn't exactly cheap. But we've no doubt it's fair. And that fee is £175. Just make the call, wait your turn, and they'll plumb you into their dyno equipment and give you the nod where appropriate. And £175 is probably a lot less than the money you'd lose trading in your bike and mucking around buying a later/compliant model.

 

We're advised that riders should present their bikes in tip-top condition for the best chance of passing. That's means tight inlet gaskets/seals/filters, and gas tight exhausts too. And if you give the cylinders a good high-speed flush before presentation, that won't hurt.

 

 

 

Testing on their dyno will look at idling, acceleration and deceleration numbers. Your bike will be run-up three times, and the average figure is the one that counts. With luck, you'll then be Euro3 compliant, which is acceptable to TfL. However, we don't yet know whether your successfully tested bike will still be compliant further down the line as new standards come into force. You'll have to ask your own questions in that regards. Our suspicion is that that eventuality hasn't yet been closely looked at.

 

While we remember, we should mention that once tested, your bike's registration details will be uploaded to the TfL website and marked as exempt.

 

If nothing else, this news suggests that TfL has indeed been listening to, and acting upon, the concerns of bikers who have vociferously challenged the logic behind the aforementioned blunt hammer approach to motorcycle exhaust gas emissions. We live in hope that powered bikes will be increasingly accepted (and supported) as viable, practical and efficient modes of transport, both in and out of our cities,

 

In the meantime, call Riverbank on: 0208 983 4896. And also while we remember, try not to be put off by Riverbank's premises (and we mean that with no disrespect). The firm, which is integral to the London bike scene, operates from little more than a hole in the wall in an old industrial estate near to Blackwall Tunnel. Glamorous it isn't. But hundreds, if not thousands of bikers have good reason to be grateful for this outfit. Riverbank repairs bikes, conducts MOTs, hires motorcycles and generally does whatever they reasonably can to keep the wheels turning.

 

www.nationalemissionstestcentre.com

 


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UK car production Feb 2019 down 15%. 123,203 units. 9th consecutive fall


Marlin Sports (kit) Cars founded 1979 is for sale: terry@marlincars.co.uk


New universal Ixon airbag system. £760 inc "brain". Partial lease option


Ace Cafe Scooter Sunday. 31/3/19. Bring old pics. Youth Culture Museum


The Wolverhampton Sunbeam factory (1912 - 1937) is for sale. Google it


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Yes, we doctored the image above. That's a Metropolis Motorcycles shot with a Triumph logo grafted on. Lind isn't yet trading there (see text).

 

 

Triumph Motorcycles Central London

 

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The Lind Group is opening a Central London solus Triumph dealership

Look for it opposite the MI6 building at Vauxhall Cross

 

This used to be the site of Metropolis Motorcycles. The location is Albert Embankment, Vauxhall, London. You can find it opposite the MI6 Babylon-on-Thames building as featured in numerous movie and TV dramas.

 

Well, Metropolis went bust in September 2018, and that was a great blow to many London bikers. For a decade or more, franchises represented at Metropolis included Ducati, Triumph, Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Piaggio (not necessarily in that order). The business also carried the usual racks of biker riding clobber, motorcycle luggage equipment and general accessories.

 

What's changed is that the Lind Triumph Group will soon be opening a solus Triumph dealership at the site. The move will give Triumph Motorcycles (Hinckley) a sweep of dealer coverage from Romford in East London to Ashford (Middlesex) way over to the South West (both of which are nominally operated by Jack Lilley*), with Lind more or less in the centre.

 

Metropolis Motorcycles enjoyed 10,000 square feet of space which it used for retail, workshop and administration purposes. The failure of the business, which has roots dating to 1987, was put down to numerous factors including the current general retail decline coupled with rising motorcycle theft, acid-attack issues, rising costs, increased competition and (wait for it) bad weather.

 

Yes, it's official. Bad weather affects motorcycle sales.

 

Regardless, it's a prime location that's put a fat smile on the management at Hinckley. But naturally it remains to be seen whether the Lind Group can thrive here, etc.

 

We don't have details of exactly when the new dealership will open. But the premises, as far as we know (and we're personally familiar with the site), look to be in good condition, and there's no obvious reason why Lind couldn't be operating within a few weeks if not a few months.

 

Beyond that—and this is pure speculation—we wonder if the landlord here is Network Rail which, in September 2018, announced plans to sell off its railway arch properties to private investors. The sum involved was reputed to be £1.5 billion. As a direct result of the sell-off, many firms (both small and large) announced plans to relocate or cease trading in anticipation of punitive rent rises.

 

We'll try and speak to the Lind Group sometime and see if they can set us straight on this point. And if you have any pertinent information, we'd be interested to hear it.

 

Note: *The Lind Group owns the aforementioned Jack Lilley Triumph shops, plus four Harley-Davidson stores (Guildford, Newmarket, Norwich and Reading), and two BMW Motorcycle stores (Norwich and Welwyn Garden City). Additionally, Lind car showrooms represent Audi, BMW, MINI, Honda, Mitsubishi, Isuzu, Subaru, MG, Rover, Volkswagen, Porsche and Land Rover.

 

www.lind.co.uk

 


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EU speed limiter proposals gain pace

 

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Speed restriction technology is looking to make it into UK law

Volvo to voluntarily restrict its vehicle speeds to 112mph

 

Ultimately, it's bound to happen sooner or later—and probably sooner than that in this era of confused and frequently irrational safety consciousness. But motor vehicle speed limiters have long been on the agenda; ever since the first cars and motorcycles hit the highway, in fact. Trouble was, there were few reliable/viable/practical ways to do it aside from swingeing engine power cuts that have been forcefully and artfully resisted by the motoring companies and associated lobbyists.

 

However, a new Red Flag Act is effectively on the way—assuming that the latest proposals from the EU actually make it all the way through to hard legislation. Petrolheads, and probably the new breed of electroheads, are concerned about how vehicle speed caps might work in practice, and how hard that introduction will impact upon the excitement of motoring. But road safety campaigners and cycling groups are agog at the idea that such limiters could be with us by as early as 2022.

 

Other measures in this new round of proposals are automatic braking protocols, electronic data recorders, and technology designed to improve visibility—such as intelligent cameras all round, A-pillar monitors, vehicle-to-vehicle distance locks, and so on.

 

Officially, the Eurocrats are talking not so much about speed limiters but intelligent speed assistance (ISA) devices. But of course it amounts to the same thing.

 

On the one hand, there's clearly a need to wrest back some control from the usual morons who evidently don't understand the difference between "merely" breaking the speed limit and speeding when it's totally inappropriate. And of course there is a difference. But as alluded to before in Sump, there are still practical, legal and moral issues to be unravelled and thrown into the legislative mix.

 

For instance, how do we deal with those instances where it is perfectly sensible and advisable to accelerate beyond the posted limit such as when overtaking (and especially when you suddenly spot some mush-head coming right at you who is unable or unwilling to duck back where he or she belongs)? An accelerator "kick down" device to assist your own manoeuvre? Or a verbal override? Or a simple panic button on the dashboard?

 

And how do we deal with the issues of legal responsibility as and when the systems fail (which they inevitably will from time to time? And how do we reconcile the issue of—or even the conflict between—new high-tech vehicles fitted with limiters, and older low-tech vehicles that are effectively allowed to run free on shared roads? And, more pertinently to Sump, how will ISAs affect motorcycling, both in terns of riding pleasure and road safety?

 

Meanwhile, there's also the question of whether or not these new EU laws will have any impact on the UK if and when the country actually makes that long promised final Brexit leap. But the word is that Whitehall will indeed follow the mainland Europeans into this particular battle and incorporate speed limiter protocols into UK legislation. And if Brexit is cancelled, the EU will simply do what they want with us.

 

 

All this news, take note, comes just a couple of weeks after Volvo announced that all new vehicles built by the company will, from 2021, be limited to a maximum speed of 112mph. That's still a very respectable rate of knots, but it (arguably) points at further limits to come. The underlying plan, incidentally, is Volvo 2020 Vision goal designed to ensure that by the year 2020, no one is seriously killed or injured in a Volvo car.

 

No word yet from the firm on how that might impact (pun intended) on anyone outside the vehicle.

 

Antonio Avenoso, the executive director of the European Transport Safety Council, has been quoted as saying: “There have only been a handful of moments in the past 50 years which could be described as big leaps forward for road safety in Europe. The mandatory introduction of the seatbelt was one, and the first EU minimum crash safety standards, agreed in 1998 was another.

 

“If [this new] agreement is given the formal green light, it will represent another of those moments, preventing 25,000 deaths within 15 years of coming into force.”

 

Hmm.

 

But true or false, when this new anti-speeding paradigm finally arrives, it might be interesting to see how the motoring and motorcycling marketers spin and re-present their products in what is likely to be a new era of socially responsible motoring oneupmanship.

 

 

 

Speed and performance (in the widest sense of "performance") pretty much go together, and you can't really have one without the other. Or can you?

 

We'll be watching with interest to see how the admen and engineers deal with these issues in what could be a brighter dawn for personal transportation—and we'll be watching closely to see how safer roads might in turn lead to increased bike usage.

 

If at all.

 


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Arlen Darryl Ness: 1939 - 2019

 

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US "King of the Motorcycle Customisers" has died

He was 79 years old and had for some time been ill

 

There have been a lot of great custom motorcycle designers and fabricators in the bike business. But it's difficult to think of anyone who matches, let alone eclipses, guys like Arlen Ness who has died aged 79.

 

As a badge of style and quality, the words "Arlen" and "Ness" on a product, or on an item of packaging was pretty much all you needed to be confident that you were getting the best of the best.

 

He was an original thinker, a pioneer, a skilled craftsman, a shrewd businessman and a great ambassador (whatever that means to you) for the motorcycle business as a whole—and the custom bike business specifically. More than that, he was modest, very much down-to-earth, and accessible.

 

Among his near legendary creations were motorcycles such as Two Bad, Nesstique, QuickNess and Ness-Stalgia. He was also very closely associated with the design and build of numerous baggers and custom cruisers, many of which echoed and amplified his interest in Art Deco styling.

 

Operating from Dublin, California USA, Arlen Ness Motorcycles has for decades been managed by son Cory Ness, himself a noted custom motorcycle builder and innovator. The company currently designs, builds and markets a huge range of aftermarket motorcycle accessories and biking bling primarily for American V-twin motorcycles, but also retails biker apparel including boots, T-shirts, saddle bags, hoodies, jackets and hats. Annual turnover is reputed to be around $20 million. Roughly 70 people are directly employed by the business.

 

Arlen Ness Two Bad

 

In July 2016, Sump Magazine reported that Arlen Ness had received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sturgis Museum, in South Dakota, USA. There's some more biographical information there about Arlen that details his rise to fame and his many achievements. Suffice to say here that his regrettable passing has been well noted by us at Sump, and no doubt by tens of thousands of custom motorcycle builders and enthusiasts around the world.

 

Arlen Ness is survived by Beverley, his wife of 59 years, his son Cory, and daughter Sherri. His grandson, Zack Ness, is now also firmly embedded within the business and will be campaigning the next generation of Necessities.

 

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Sump Magazine is back in the saddle

 

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Getting quickly back to normal

 

At least a couple of you Sumpsters have probably been wondering what's happened to the news on this page. Well, we can tell you now that we've been away on a long (and physically shattering) trip to some of the more remote, distant and not altogether enjoyable locales in Europe, and we're slowly getting back in the saddle, businesswise. So apologies if you've been going cold turkey for biking info and suchlike, but there's more news and views coming atcha soon.

 

Meanwhile, for all of you guys and galls who've been patiently awaiting your Sump product orders, we're dealing with this right now and should have the backlog sorted within the next 24 - 48 hours (and as far as we know, everyone has been notified and is otherwise happy with our service). But if you know differently, tie a note to a digital brick and lob it this way, if you please.

 

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UK reported bike thefts: 27,000 in 2018. Down from 34,000 in 2017


Noted Royal Enfield Bullet trials rider Johnny Brittain (left) dies aged 87


 

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Think bike, think camera, think jail

 

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Can you help us promote this?

 

We've got another motorcycling video that we're looking for help in promoting. As with our YOU CAN'T BEAT THE BIKE video, we knocked-up this vid some years ago and put it on Sump's YouTube channel and pretty much left it to sink or swim.

 

Well it didn't swim very far, but we liked the message and we wanted to dry it out and give it another shot.

 

Getting other people to ride on your hobby horse is very difficult. Most of us mean well, but few of us actually do well. That's how the world works. However, that doesn't mean we ought to give up trying to improve our lot as motorcyclists. We certainly ain't giving up.

 

We've sent appropriate press releases out to many, if not most, of the other online magazines. We've asked them to back this THINK BIKE, THINK CAMERA, THINK JAIL initiative and give it some promotional space. But we ain't holding our breath over this one. All the biking rags and newspapers, both online and in print, are pretty mean spirited when it comes to this kind of stuff. They've got vested interests that they want to protect. They tend to think small rather than big. And that means that messages from rival (did we actually say rival?) online publications are considered a threat or something, and they're consequently ignored.

 

Here at Sump, meanwhile, we'll give almost anyone a free shot if it backs biking and helps make the roads a little safer. But we ain't everyone else.

 

Anyway, we've dried our tears, and we're asking you guys and gals to (a) view the video, and (b) forward the link to someone who you feel might want to see it (or who needs to see it), and (c) consider using the footage as an advert on one of your own videos—especially if that video might be seen by car drivers.

 

We'll send the footage out to anyone who's interested. Just fire off an email and ask. You can have it gratis.

 

That's the whole thing right there. View the video. Help us promote it in some way (club website—or car website if you're a member of a car club and/or use a car forum). And maybe you could consider tagging the advert onto one or more of your own vids. YouTube can be a great tool if we use it appropriately. Just needs a little imagination and gumption.

 

That's it. Help, or don't help.

 

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2019 Suzuki Katana prices and spec

 

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Yours for £11,399

 

There's no question that the original GSX1100S Suzuki Katana, introduced in 1981, was a near instant modern classic. It arrived seemingly from nowhere and was a stunning looking German styled concept backed by an ass-kicking 1,100cc, 16-valve, 111bhp transverse four-cylinder engine capable of propelling the bike up to 132mph with concomitant blistering acceleration.

 

Yes, it had many faults such as excessive engine noise, induction issues, dodgy black chrome exhausts and silencers, increasingly ineffective anti-dive forks and a high centre of gravity. But as a statement of pure motorcycling machismo and bravado, the GSX blew the dust off numerous lesser machines from rival marques which quickly had to play catch up.

 

Well, a new Katana is soon to arrive on UK shores, and Suzuki has just sent us prices and some (very limited) specifications. Clearly, the original curvy Katana concept is notionally embedded in the 2019 angular drapery. And clearly the designers have done what they can to ensure that it's the same motorcycle, but distinctly different. And yes, it looks pretty good from where we're sitting—and will probably look much better up close and personal.

 

But arguably the newcomer simply hasn't got the visual impact of the original which pushed the boundaries of design and made many of us catch our breath long before we hit the high numbers as they appeared on the slightly wacky speedo/tacho. In short, you don't get a second chance to make a first impression. However, there's still a little marketing magic in the Katana name. So we are where we are...

 

 

We have to confess that we removed the Quasimodo hump on the back of this guy's riding leathers. We know that many sections of the biking community like to ride around looking deformed. But at Sump we're traditionalists. Next time round, we're going to stick him in a Brando jacket and skid lid. Any objections out there?

 

 

Based on the current GSX-S1000, the asking price for the new retro muscle bike is £11,399. The engine capacity is down from the 1981 model's 1,100cc to 1,000cc (although there was also an homologated GSX1000 Katana introduced in 1981 with slide carburettors which many riders preferred for its snappier reflexes).

 

Maximum grunt for the 2019 model is 110kW (148bhp). Maximum torque is 108Nm (80lb-ft). The weight is 215kg (473lbs). And the seat height is 825mm (32-inches).

 

 

Other features include 10-hole fuel injectors and dual throttle valves for precise metering and flow. ABS, traction control and a slip-assist clutch is a given. So are the usual rider modes and LED lighting.

 

The front fork is an inverted KYB unit. The radial front brakes, incidentally, are courtesy of Brembo. The cast wheels are 17-inch front and rear (120/70 R17 & 190/50 R17). Rubber is expected to be Dunlop Roadsport 2. The colours are silver or black.

 

And note the image immediately below inviting us to register our interest in "Katana". Not "a Katana", or "the Suzuki Katana", but simply "Katana" which, presumably, we can think of as a religious experience or something. Maybe they should have called the bike the Nirvana Katana.

 

 

We've been given conflicting information on when the bike is due to arrive. But most UK Suzuki dealers are telling us to bring our lid and licence along come May 2019.

 

Lastly, an optional "Samurai Accessory Pack" will be available for around £1,000. That, we understand, will include a smoked fly screen, a carbon effect front mudguard, carbon fibre engine covers, heated grips, blinged up calipers, a Katana logo on the saddle, and some other goodies.

 

It ain't the original machine. So just try and think of it as a new beginning or something. Sounds corny, we know, but it's a corny world.

 


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Norton Motors dissolution notice

 

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Companies House issues an official notification

But don't jump to conclusions...

 

It's dated 5th March 2019, and it's posted on the Companies House website. So we're taking it at face value. The above document reads:

 

Companies Act 2006 (Section 1000(3))

 

The Registrar of Companies gives notice that, unless cause is shown to the contrary, at the expiration of 2 months from the above date the name of

 

NORTON MOTORCYCLES (UK) LIMITED

 

will be struck off the register and the company will be dissolved.

 

Upon dissolution all property and rights vested in, or held in trust for, the company are deemed to be bona vacantia, and accordingly will be belong to the crown.

 

"Bona vacantia", incidentally, is Latin for "vacant goods" or "ownerless goods." But we should beware of reading too much into this. These dissolution notices happen for a variety of reasons, and not necessarily because the company is dead.

 

 

The notices are posted, for instance, simply because a company has failed to file its accounts on time. So Companies House duly fires a "First Gazette" warning shot to bring the offending firm into line—and upon checking with Companies House, we note that Norton is indeed late with its accounts.

 

And sometimes it happens because a company changes its registered address and fails to notify Companies House. And there are other reasons why a dissolution notice is issued.

 

To have the strike-off notice suspended or set aside, a firm will need to first contact Companies House and uncover the root cause of the suspension (which will usually be pretty obvious to the company directors), and then the firm will be required to redress the problem and make an appropriate strike-off objection application.

 

If nothing is done, however, the dissolution will run its course—assuming there are no creditors or other intrigues involved. And frequently, take note, a company is simply naturally winding down, has paid off its creditors, has tied up any loose ends and wants to exit its business. So the dissolution notification is effectively a formality.

 

Our guess is that someone in accounts is going to get beaten up tomorrow and that Norton will still be in business for some time to come.

 

Then again...

 

UPDATE: Norton Motorcycles appears to have now fixed what looks to be an administration error (later filing of the accounts, as mentioned above). Stuart Garner has since made a statement that it was just an oversight.

 


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Salvage firm Synetiq to end cash for crashed bikes. Bank transfers only


Trevor Pope Motorcycles, Gosport, Hants. Four KTMs stolen. £15k loss


Erik Buell electric Fuell start-up. 11kW & 35kW. "Ready by 2021". $11k 


Sammy Miller Museum. Planning permission for 2-floor 10k sq ft extension


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New Suzuki Katana pre-production bike now touring UK Suzuki dealers


Tesla reckon "sleeping driver" cars "could" be rolled out by 2021


Oliver's Mount, Scarborough to see "the return of road racing" July 2019


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Classic Car Boot Sale Kings Cross April 2019

 

The Classic Car Boot Sale is back

 

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Cool central London boot sale with a little class

Traders can apply now for pitches

 

You can see the date; 27th & 28th April 2019. That's a Saturday & Sunday. The location is Kings Cross, London. And of course it's the Classic Car Boot Sale which has returned for its first outing of the season.

 

The specific story here is that the organisers are looking for more traders to come forward and show the world what they've got. This could mean that the organisers are having a tough time filling the available slots. Or it could mean that the event is continuing to grow. Or it could just be the usual marketing push needed to keep all interested parties in the loop.

 

Either way, we've attended a couple of these events, and they're great fun. Just forget yer average grass roots motorcycle boot sale, mind (not that we've got anything against them). But these guys think differently. You can call these events trendier, if you like. Think hipster. No, better still think Bohemian.

 

The traders (and many of the visitors) make a serious effort to ham it up and add as much colour as possible. So expect a hint of Steampunk and old school punk. Expect girls in feathers and guys in immaculately tailored suits. Expect moustachios and high and low fashion. Expect leather and lycra. Most of all, expect to enjoy yourself. And in case you were wondering, we don't know these guys and have no other contact with them. We just like what they do.

 

So if you've got a classic car, van, motorcycle or scooter, truck, bus, jump jet or anything, get in touch for the display details. And if you're looking to sell stuff (old records, 50s furniture, comics, upcycled lamps and whatnot) the visitors to these shows are generally ready to buy. But it's not really the place for floggin' engines and frames and petrol tanks. Keep that in mind.

 

Advance tickets for both days are £4. No word yet on gate prices, but they won't leave you penniless.

 

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"You can't beat the bike"—Sump vid

 

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Can you help us promote this YouTube video?

Just have a look and a listen, and pass it on

 

Look, here's the situation. We made this video a few years back, and since then it's been kicking around on the Sump hard drive and has been languishing on the YouTube servers.

 

Yes, we should have promoted it more energetically. Some of our videos, after all, have been watched by tens of thousands of people. But this one's been viewed (at today's count) a total of ... 145 times.

 

The thing is, it really ought to be seen by a lot more people, especially those who spend weary hours each day in traffic jams. And if the video somehow came to the attention of one or two people in local and national government who'd like to legislate bikes from the road, it might help in some small way.

 

So here's the plan. Go and watch the video, if you please. Then watch it again or something. And if you can put a link on your club website, or your own website, that would rack up some numbers—and we could yet see 200 views. Or even 250.

 

Might happen.

 

 

A little cheekily, we put a Creedence Clearwater Revival track with the video. We say "cheekily" because we deliberately "spoiled" it by overlaying some motorcycle racket, and we also faded the music before it was done. That's because John Fogerty deserves to be paid for his stuff, and we don't want to be giving away his music unadulterated.

 

Anyway, that's it. The video carries an important message, and as we said, it might help promote biking across the UK, and elsewhere.

 

Message ends.

 

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Transdiffusion Broadcasting System

 

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This won't appeal to everyone out there. But some of you guys and gals will perhaps find this fascinating—not least because it relates to matters and issues that formed the backdrop to the lives of many of us and helped shape our views and, probably, characters.

 

We're talking about the stories and features on the Transdiffusion Broadcasting System website that we've recently stumbled upon. Put simply, this is a history portal for British radio and TV broadcasting, and it covers issues such as wartime propaganda, the early days and development of the Beeb, the introduction of new broadcasting frequencies and platforms, and all the associated political, technical and creative issues that passed largely unseen by the wider general public.

 

 

It's a well written and insightful site that takes us back to the beginnings, fleshes out the present and gives us a thoughtful glimpse into how the future of broadcasting might unfold. In particular, we like the Faces of War page; a feature about the BBC announcers of WW2 charged with spreading the news whilst talking a fine line between spin, blatant propaganda and outright lies. There's a lot more going on here that a few plummy Old Etonian voices blabbing out the headlines. So if you're of a military bent, check it out sometime.

 

To avoid a nostalgia overload, our advice is to open the site and stick it on your computer monitor or smartphone and dip into it every once in a while. There's plenty there to read.

 

If it's for you, you'll know it pretty quickly. And if not, just move on, brother.

 

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Hardback, £25 UK

 

We haven't yet seen a copy of this book. There's probably one on its way to us—and if so we'll have a peek and a poke and will write a review.

 

But for now we're just telling you it's out there. The author is Colin Turbett (no one we know). The sub-title is: A Social & Technical History. And the focus is on Soviet Era motorcycles and related political and industrial issues and intrigues.

 

The book dimensions are 250mm x 207mm. There are 128 pages and 286 colour and b&w pics. The asking price is twenty-five quid.

 

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World record Brough Superior claim

 

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F P ("Gentleman") Dickson's Brough Superior SS100 sells for £425,500

H&H Auction Sale "nets £1.2 million"

 

The estimate was £160,000 - £200,000. But on the day (2nd March 2019), the above 1930 Brough Superior—once the property of F P ("Gentleman") Dickson—sold for a whopping £425,000. It happened at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull, near Birmingham UK.

 

Who was Dickson? Well, aside from being a close friend of George Brough, he was also one of the team riders in the 1930 International Six Day's Trial held in Grenoble, France, and taking in the scenery of Switzerland and the Italian Alps (see the story immediately below for more on this).

 

During the event, Dickson—riding his Brough (reg: TV 2001)—crashed and suffered a particularly nasty break on his leg. He was rushed to hospital, and his Brough Superior factory teammates decided to retire from the event. To make matters worse, en route to the hospital George Brough was hit head-on by a car that was said to be motoring along on the wrong side of the road. George also suffered a broken leg. It was an injury that plagued him for the rest of his life.

 

 

Well, in February the following year Gentleman Dickson (pictured immediately above astride TV 2001) contracted pneumonia (said to as a result of not having his foot amputated relating to injuries received in the ISDT crash). He died soon after aged just 42 and was buried in Geneva. George Brough was one of the mourners.

 

This Brough Superior SS100 sale is claimed by H&H to be a world record for such a bike, and that tallies with our reckoning. It overtakes the next most expensive Brough Superior which was sold by Bonhams in November 2014 at its Bond Street Sale in London. That bike, a 1929 Brough Superior 986cc SS100 'Alpine Grand Sports' (Lot 14) sold for £315,100 including premium.

 

Overall, H&H claims a sale turnover of £1.2 million which, we hear, saw 70% of the lots sold. The ISDT history and the direct connection to George Brough and F P Dickson are cited as the main reason for such a high price (£425,000). The Brough Superior was bought by an American and is now on its way to the USA.

 

Other sale highlights cited by H&H include:

 

1993 Ducati Supermono. Est: £70,000 - £80,000. Sold: £73,125
1937 Brough Superior SS80 Outfit. Est: £40,000 - £60,000. Sold: £56,250
1951 Vincent Rapide. Est: £35,000 - £38,000. Sold: £34,875
1999 Yamaha YZF-R7. Est: £25,000 - £28,000. Sold: £28,687.50
1938 Norton Manx 30M. Est: £24,000 - £27,000. Sold: £21,937.50
1932 Matchless Model X. Est: £13,000 - £15,000. Sold: £19,406.25
1956 BSA DB34 Gold Star: Est: £6,000 - £8,000. Sold: £15,468.75
1934 Velocette KSS. Est: £14,000 - £16,000. Sold: £14,625

 


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