Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Sunday, December 27, 2020
Thursday, December 24, 2020
A very Merry Christmas to all!
Friday, December 18, 2020
|Same 1920's Omega, different passengers.|
|Everyone wants a sit on the Omega!|
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Of interest to UK readers only this one.
Here's a snippet of news that has come out in the last few days and clarifies a law that, personally, I wasn't aware of. I had thought that the black and silver style of numberplate was only legal for pre-1973 vehicles, however apparently there was conflicting legislation that said that historic vehicles are in fact allowed to sport the black and silver number plate too. This means that any vehicle up to 1980 and registered as historic may currently carry the black and silver number plate.
Apparently DVLA are now aware of the loophole and are closing it. In closing it they are allowing any vehicle constructed (that's constructed, not registered) before 1980 to wear the black and silver number plate.
For the official word from the DVLA refer to the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs news page.
Sunday, December 13, 2020
|Fi-Glass motorcycle accessories|
brochure page 1.
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
|Cyclo / Sturmey hybrid gear|
Monday, December 7, 2020
Sunday, December 6, 2020
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
My last chance for a ride this season (due to imminent heading out to sea for three months) was a recent break in the rain. In my part of the world we're lucky that the roads haven't been salted yet, even if they had been the recent continual rain would have washed it all away. So, the roads were nice and clean and several bikes greeted me in the garage with pleading looks in their eyes and leashes in mouths hoping for exercise. Which one did I pick? The Bantam. Not really sure why it seemed like a good choice but it is easy and undemanding, perhaps that is why. Plus, on local country roads it's also a lot of fun. When you're lucky enough to have a Velocette Venom and a BSA Gold Star in the garage yet choose to give the humble Bantam a spin that can teach you a lot about value and smiles per mile. Or maybe it is horses for courses. I don't know. But all the same if I am to evalue it the most fun I personally have had on motorcycles has been on Enfield Bullets and BSA Bantams (so why am I messing around with the rest of the stuff? - a mystery).
So did the Bantam deliver? Yes, of course, as always. It is best suited to short local runs on small roads. We ran a few local errands and had a hoot. I've been riding this Bantam on and off for more than thirty years and it has never let me down. It's had its hiccups of course, but never failed to get me home. So here's to hoping I can still be riding the Bantam in another thirty years and that next year's riding offers more abundant opportunities than this year has.
Monday, November 30, 2020
|1905 / 6 Peugeot cycle|
I recently had a lucky find (thanks to James Kelly for the tip off) and picked up four early cycles that had been rotting away in a barn in France. Thankfully I didn't have to go over to France to get them as another chap had already done that hard work. It would have made a nice trip in other times but not during the pandemic.
The first I'll feature here is a Peugeot from, as far as I can work out, 1905 or 6. Luckily this cycle has survived reasonably well apart from some damage to the handlebars - sadly a couple of the the others in the haul are in a slightly more sorry state.
I'm a bit of a stranger to French cycles and had to get help from the VCC facebook group to identify. I've got to confess that I had thought it was a bit earlier as when comparing to British cycles of the period it looks to be at least five years older. It seems that British fashion was towards luxury and the French favoured minimalism. What appears to identify the age of the cycle is the fork crown - it is brazed up whereas pre-1905 models had a cast crown. Anachronistically the Peugeot still uses a block chain with skip tooth chainwheel. Looking around at other Peugeots pictured on the net a lot of folks date their Peugeots earlier than they actually are, probably due to a mixture of lack of knowledge / resources and wishful thinking. In all honesty I had desperately hoped that this would be a cycle I could join in with the London to Brighton veteran car run on (needs to be 1904 or earlier).
This site was a great help in helping to date the Peugeot too: https://www.bikeboompeugeot.com The remit of the site is Peugeot cycles of the sixties and seventies but there is a great library of early brochures too.
It seems like the Peugeot is a Model A which came in a very basic spec with no mudguards or indeed brakes. This one though shall receive something to slow progress at least on the front wheel. All Peugeot frames except the chainless models seem to be the same though so a pair of drop handlebars could convert this into a more desirable racer.
The plan is to give the Peugeot a sympathetic restoration and get it roadworthy again with a minimum of fuss. From a quick scan of the condition it shouldn't be too challenging.
Apologies for the poor quality photos. Taken on my phone in the rain as the cycles were dropped off at a lock up.
|My Peugeot is missing its head badge.|
It should look like this, if anyone knows
where I can find one then please do let me
know. Image taken from the Peugeot official
Friday, November 27, 2020
|BSA Model K combination.|
Monday, November 23, 2020
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Sunday, November 15, 2020
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
|Douglas 4hp 600cc and fluffy rider!|
Sunday, November 8, 2020
|This cracking 1930 Panther was parked|
outside and offered for sale.
|Any Wooler is a special bike but this one|
more so than most having been John
Wooler's personal bike.
|1928 Norton CS1.|
|An Evans Power Cycle is a very rare|
sight in the UK.
|Stacks of bikes!|
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Another British motorcycle industry might have been, the Ariel Pixie.
The Pixie was Val Page's last design and envisaged to be a 75cc ohc machine, a direct competitor to the Honda 90 that had scared the captains of the British motorcycle industry so much. BSA top brass are nowadays derided for watering down Page's design to a 50cc ohv engine and that is held as the reason that the Pixie was a sales failure but the real reason is far wider than that. Honda succeeded because they had new state of the art machinery capable of pushing out C90s manufactured to very fine tolerances in their thousands. Not only this but Honda had a huge market in Asia right on their doorstep. BSA on the other hand were producing bikes on outdated machinery and selling to a limited market of the former Empire and the States. It didn't matter at all what fantastical world-beating design came off the drawing board the sad reality is that when it came off the BSA production line it was always going to be more expensive and less reliable than a Honda Cub. If Honda themselves had licensed BSA to produce the Cub on the BSA production line it would have probably leaked oil and had reliability issues.....
Disregarding the above the Pixie is a cute little machine and for my eyes the styling is right. They are now something of a rarity and the production run was short - 1963 to 1965. This particular brochure is dated 1962, presumably printed in time for the Earls Court Motorcycle Show held in November.
Sunday, November 1, 2020
Thursday, October 29, 2020
|Gallic Horex Regina.|