Taking a grinder to Britain's motorcycling heritage.
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Saturday, 24 November 2012

Anybody recognise these???

Browsing the Bay and came across these, any ideas on the middle set? Cool set of yokes, ain't got a clue meself.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Today's the day...............all change!!!!!

....or "Beware Greeks bearing gifts"

Pic from The Daily Telegraph site.
Driving the car, Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, Transport Minister Mike Penning MP, in the front passenger seat, and Rt Hon Greg Knight MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Historic Vehicles Group in a 1914 Rolls Royce Alpine Eagle  

November 18th it is then, the day that vehicles in Britain that are pre-1960 no longer require a yearly MOT (safety inspection). Not wanting to be a Killjoy over this, historically governments are not in the habit of giving nowt for nowt. Rather than try to explain the reasons behind this move, here is a copy of David Milward's article from The Daily Telegraph site posted in May this year.

The changes, which will come into force on November 18, will apply to cars the estimated 162,000 cars still on the road which were built before 1960.
Despite their age ministers believe that the loving care bestowed on the cars by their owners mean that they in a better state of repair than more modern vehicles.
It is estimated that two thirds of the cars travel less than 500 miles a year and have a lower accident rate than the national average.
The decision to scrap the compulsory MoT follows the Government’s “red tape” challenge, aimed at scrapping thousands of rules deemed to be unnecessary and outdated.
“Owners of classic cars and motorbikes tend to be enthusiasts who maintain their vehicles well,” said Mike Penning, the roads minister.

“They don't need to be told to look after them, they're out there in all weathers checking the condition of the engine, tyres and bodywork.”
However owners of the cars will still be obliged to ensure their cars are in a roadworthy condition, Mr Penning added.
Greg Knight, who chairs the all-party Parliamentary Historic Vehicles Group. welcomed the announcement.
“I am delighted by this announcement. Accidents involving historic vehicles are extremely
rare and the majority of owners are meticulous in keeping their vehicles in good condition. “Having to have an annual MOT test for a vehicle which may only travel a few hundred miles in a year was costlyand absurd.”
However there has been some opposition to the changes. Nigel Case, owner of the Classic Car Club, described the move as ridiculous.
“Scrapping the MoT on any car is pretty daft,” he said.
Just gotta wait and see.

Friday, 16 November 2012

1953 Thunderbird

Looks pretty honest.......doncha think?

Monday, 12 November 2012

Brit Survivor Chop - ****** FOR SALE ******

Built back in '83 this 500 Ajay has spent the last 20 or more years on a pretty big shelf in a house. That's why the timing side outshines the drive side, couldn't get 'round to dusting it ya see.
Motor turns over well and there is a strong spark but otherwise it will need recomissioning before it sees the road again.

Offers in the region of £2,000

Drop a mail to the addy at the top left corner if it floats ya boat and ya wanna buy a slice of character.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Class Unit From The Flatlands

Dan from the wide open plains of Norfolk sent these pictures of his recently finished 1971 unit Trophy.

Running a stock pre OIF front section mated to a David Bird 6" stretch, 2" drop hard tail, it definitely looks a helluva lot better than those numbers would make you think.

Home made exhaust system looks the dog's on there, far better than the factory option where they kink in behind the barrels.

The full build is covered HERE it makes for a good and inspirational read.

Thanks Dan, can't wait for the next build.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Searchin' for information

Been searching for a dimensioned diagram of a standard rigid frame for quite a while now. Came across this on a Triumph parts list CD, gotta be the best I've seen as it's the only one I've seen, anybody got any links to anything showing more detail?

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

The real deal on a reel.

First saw this on Paul's Show and Go site.
Gotta be some of the best original footage I've ever seen, some of the bikes at the drags somewhere around the middle certainly hit the spot. Well worth grabbin' a beer and watchin' the full half hour.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

The Way We Were


Snapshots of the British chopper scene in Hazel Grove Village, Cheshire, from the late 60's and early 70's. Song is 'My Generation' by the Who (as if you didn't know!) Easy Rider was the catalyst that inspired the chopper scene in England. The most popular bike to chop was the Triumph 500 or 650, and the frame of choice was the 'sprung hub'. As more and more American films and magazines featuring custom bike trends started to reach our shores, we built things like stretched frames, goosenecks, springers, ect. We had to build them as you couldn't buy the stuff! 74 c.i. Harley's were beyond reach for most with their cost, and lack of availibility, so Triumphs were the bikes of choice. Riding time was short in the North of England, so when there was nice weather in the summer, you rode the crap out of them and rebuilt and modified them (plus added more chrome) every winter. Hope this brings back memories for some.