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▲ 2019 BMW R nineT/5. This new anniversary model has been built to both commemorate 50 years of BMW motorcycle production in Spandau, Berlin, and 50 years of the original /5 series bikes that marked a turning point for the firm. What changed in 1969 was the shift from worthy-but-staid-and-funereal-black Munich-built bikes to something that younger riders might actually want to swing a leg over, particularly those in the USA. That shift in thinking brought the world a new engine, a new frame, bright new colours, and more competitive pricing. Three models were on offer:  the R50/5, R60/5 and the R75/5 (500cc, 600cc and 750cc, respectively). This 2019 commemoration model features an 1,170 cc Boxer engine offering 110bhp (81 kW) of oomph. Rear suspension is via Paralever. Wheels are 17-inch wire front and rear. Twin 320mm floating discs c/w four-piston calipers anchor the business end (no word on rear braking). ABS, ASC (Automatic Stability Control). And heated grips. The colour shown is Lupine Blue. Typically, there's no price yet, nor is there a delivery date.


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125cc Mutt Mastiff


2019 Mutt 125 Mastiff


Would this dog give you a bone? Mutt Motorcycles is certainly hoping that it will stir your loins and encourage you to put your hand in your pocket. The Birmingham firm, which specialises in small-but-perfectly-formed funked-up motorcycles, calls this dog the Mastiff and is currently touting it as the top of its range. Powered by the same 125cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, Chinese-built Suzuki clone, Mutt has thrown extra knobbly rubber on the 18-inch wire wheels, enlarged the fuel tank by 5 litres to 17 (when compared to other models in the range), has bolted on a stainless steel exhaust, a heavy duty sump guard, LED indicators and numerous treats hidden everywhere in plain sight. And because the Mutt guys are bikers through to the core, they know exactly what's likely to turn on their customers. [More...]




Captain America crash helmet from HJC


Captain America helmet


So okay, it doesn't look exactly like Captain America's famous headwear. But this is reality, not a comic strip, and in the real motorcycle world you need real world protection for your noggin. Right? And why the hell shouldn't HJC cash-in on Captain America popularity? He's still a pretty hot ticket, and we're all super heroes on our bikes, and you've got to keep the money moving. This redesigned lid is called the RPHA 11. Catchy. Not. That aside, it retails for £499. It's available now. The features include: [More...}


KTM Adventure R Rally


KTM Adventure R Rally


KTM has revealed details of its new 790 Adventure R Rally, the latest off-road addition to the Austrian fold that takes the current highly competent 790 Adventure R platform to the next level. The prime difference between this 2019 special edition model (limited to 500 units, note) is the addition of the XPLOR PRO 7548 suspension kit which replaces the standard WP springs. With its front fork cone valve technology offering "unlimited damping" to preclude the risk of bottoming, there's now 30mm of extra travel—but at the expense of the seat height which has been hiked from 880mm to 910mm. So shorter pilots are going to feel that rise where they'd probably just as soon not feel it. But the narrowness of the bike/saddle still offers a relatively short path to ground. Meanwhile, the rear shocker's Progressive Damping System (PDS) offers "easily adjustable damping behaviour". [More...]



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Motorcycle workshirt



Sump workshirt £26.99

All purpose street & garage wear


We spend much of our miserable lives in the garage. Usually we're fixing bikes and stuff, and all too often we're re-fixing the stuff we ought to have fixed properly the first time around.


So it goes.


Anyway, we wanted to increase our product range (that's partly how we fund Sump) and we've been thinking for some time about introducing workshirts and general shirts that we might want to wear when the weather closes in—which is most of the time in the UK. Anyway, this is the result; our first Sump branded garage/all purpose shirt.


The Sump logo is featured above the left-side pocket only (notice how we cunningly avoided saying "breast"?). The image quality is very good and will last the life of the shirt.


We think these are pretty good quality and worth the money. First come, first served, etc.


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BSA motorcycle workshirt



BSA M20/M21

workshirt £26.99

All purpose street & garage wear


Seems that plenty of folk love our BSA M20/M21 T-shirt design which features the above roundel. So, to widen the appea we decided to reproduce it on a more formal shirt that you might want to wear in the garage or in the magistrate's court.


The shirts are 100% cotton twill, which means they're tougher than ordinary cotton. We wear these ourselves, and we're perfectly happy with them—and we're nothing if not hard to please. Follow the links and see if they're right for you (Hint: they probably are).


The BSA M20/M21 roundel is featured above the left-side pocket only. And when you wear this, other BSA folk will notice and might even become your friend and take you out for walks and stuff. It happens.


The image quality is very good and will last the life of the shirt. You know you want it, and you know we've got it.



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Without industry, the wheels won't turn. We're keeping an eye on the guys who grease your spindles.


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Fortunately, in the UK we have the rule of law. Unfortunately, few know what all those laws are, and the government keeps changing them anyway. But if it affects you, we'll tip you the wink...


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In a dangerous world, we're intent on keeping you shiny side up. So mirror, signal, brake, stop and read the latest news.



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