Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Swan neck clip ons seemed like a decent answer. I had a pair kicking around that I had bought at an autojumble some time back. I tried those on but the angle of them was cast down and though the position was raised from regular clip ons they still put a lot of weight on the wrists and at a bad angle. So, back to the drawing board. Fortune had it that I walked by the Barleycorn Engineering stand at the VMCC Shepton Mallett autojumble.
Barleycorn proprietor Simon was decent in taking the time to go through the options, even down to the possibility of a bespoke set of bars. In the end I opted for his regular swan neck clip ons. Made to order they arrived in a very swift five working days. They're a beautifully made piece of kit, stainless steel and the fabrication is spot on; they might seem expensive at first glance but when you hold and see a pair in the flesh they are good value.
The Barleycorn swan neck bars give a far more comfortable position. The lines of the bike are changed more than I expected by just swapping the bars but not necessarily for the worse, just different. The bars are very generous in width but I would rather have this to be able to accommodate all the handlebar furniture and then cut down to taste than have something too narrow to start with.
The long and the short of it is that the real value in these bars is the extra enjoyment that I can get from riding the Gold Star. The position is now one that I can live with all day rather than one which gives neck, wrist and back ache after half an hour.
|Head on view of the Gold Star with Barleycorn swan necks|
fitted. A tad wide for my taste but I'll cut them down later when
I am sure.
|Rider's view. The bars sit about five inches higher than the|
standard clip ons did and the angle is a lot flatter.
|Very nicely made.|
|The Amal alloy levers are a period accessory.|
They take up a lot more space than regular
levers. Good job the bars are wide. Still
some scope to narrow them down though.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Here are the rest of the bunch of photos from the 1956 and 1957 Pioneer Runs.
|Royal Enfield v-twin again.|
|Not completely sure but that looks like the Kerry as|
featured in the last post.
|Easy ride on a Henderson.|
|Can't identify this machine.|
|1950s version of a go-pro.|
|Terrible blurry photo. Top of the class if you can identify|
|1910 Scott 486cc|
|Looks like another Scott.|
|Wilkinson four combination.|
|Another Royal Enfield on Madeira Drive.|
|Far smaller crowds than nowadays.|
|Brighton sea front could be every bit as grim sixty years|
|Riding a veteran in the rain. At least there was less|
traffic to contend with.
|Well before helmet laws were put in place.|
Friday, June 24, 2016
Thursday, June 23, 2016
I passed through Myanmar (formerly Burma) for work recently and came across this ex War Department Chevrolet truck. The truck is still looked after and is pressed in to use as a shuttle bus to take tourists between Thanwe Airport and a resort. There seems to be quite a few transportation remnants of the War floating around in Myanmar. I would love to spend some time there and discover more, must be some interesting bikes to be found!
|Wartime Chevrolet truck. The Burma|
AA badge is a nice touch.
|The coach body seems to be a fairly|
new addition and is really well
executed in hardwood. Great to see
that it still gives good service.
|Another view of the front end of the Chevy.|
|A common sight in Myanmar is old wartime sand tracks put to use|
as fencing. The Allies must have abandoned miles and miles of it
when they left.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
I recently came across a series of images from the Pioneer Run dating from 1956 / 57. Many of these machines were already 50 years old back then. Interesting how the accent of the Run was on really early machinery though the cut off date of 1914 was the same as it is today. I wonder how many of these bikes are still making the annual pilgrimage to Brighton?
|There is a note on this image that says 1909 Motosacoche|
but that is plainly wrong. The machine is far earlier, c1901
and is perhaps a Werner?
|1904 Kerry. I believe this machine is still around and|
|Not too sure of the identity of this machine.|
|Beautiful Henderson 4.|
|Motosacoche circa 1909.|
|Victoria 1902 146cc|
|1904 BAT 482cc|
|Unidentified tricycle. De Dion is the obvious guess.|
|Rex fore-car 1903 550cc|
|Royal Enfield makes it to Madeira Drive.|
Monday, June 20, 2016
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Thursday, June 16, 2016
A spot more fettling on the Gold Star of late. It's nearly there, didn't make the deadline of getting it sorted in time to ride to Dijon though. That was probably a Bullet dodged - I'd forgotten just how far Dijon is away and four days' ride on a 350cc cafe racer wouldn't have been a lot of fun. The bike seems good now, the only problem left is that the Newby belt drive conversion has upped the primary gearing. With the standard final drive sprockets in place I'm geared for Bonneville. I can hit 70mph in first but barely pull fourth. At least it's an easy fix.
Monday, June 13, 2016
Great photo of a veteran Triumph circa 1912. The gent riding has got a bit of a Tyrolean vibe going on with his outfit. The fact that in most of these veteran photos the chaps are wearing hats leads me to believe that they must have ridden everywhere in the sub 15mph zone...
|Veteran Triumph free hub model.|
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
The final batch of pictures from Moto Legendes.
|One of a trio of tastefully cafe racerised sixties BMWs.|
|This 1929 Model 19 Norton definitely has the|
|As does this TT model Triumph.|
|Beesa Gold Star / B34 bitsa has character.|
|Proper French eccentricity. Velosolex with knitted accessories.|
|Another view of the brilliant knitted Velosolex.|
|Can't be too clever when it gets hot!|
|Loved this period Italian modded Triumph Tiger 100.|
|Lovely little Gilette two stroke triple.|
|Such is the scene for pukka vintage race machinery at Dijon|
that plenty of folks brings there bikes over from neighbouring
countries. This New Imperial was over from the UK.
|Have to admit I don't know the marque but what|
a peculiar motor. It's a two stroke and the carb
seems to feed through the crank. Could it be
disc valve? The oil compartment is built in to the
engine and the unit clamps on to the frame.
|Cushman scooter is a rare sight in Europe.|
|Even rarer is a Japanese Rikuo. The Rikuo was a licensed|
|Another view of the Rikuo.|
|Equally rare is this US export market Velocette Viper 21 Sports.|
|A trio of Aermacchis|
|Sweet Harley JD racer.|
|Heavily modded Motosacoche racing combo.|
|'Stovepipe' model Nimbus.|
|Dohc Moto Morini.|
|Nearside view of the Morini.|
|And the Morini in its full glory. Beautiful.|
|BMW R65 monkey bike!|
|Harley bitsa racer looked right.|
|Tatesfully modded Moto Morini 3.5.|