Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Sunday, December 27, 2020
Back to nature - an ambitious project
Spotted on a recent short break away on Helwell Beach in Somerset, UK. Nature fights back! It doesn't even look so very old to me. Anyone recognise what it is?
Thursday, December 24, 2020
Merry Christmas 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
News - black and silver numberplates, a change of law
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 1962
|Fi-Glass motorcycle accessories|
brochure page 1.
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Mystery veteran combo
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Cyclo / Sturmey Archer hybrid gear conversion
|Cyclo / Sturmey hybrid gear|
Monday, December 7, 2020
BSA Golden Flash
Sunday, December 6, 2020
Rudge Multi seaside prop
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Last chance ride
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.