Sunday, February 28, 2021
Friday, February 26, 2021
Saturday, February 20, 2021
This series of sketches was a lucky find in a small box of pre-war literature that I picked up recently. Sadly the condition is a little poor, looks like the proverbial book worm has had a good old nibble at some of the sheets.
Monday, February 15, 2021
A big thanks to Shalon Melo from Brazil for providing this little snippet of his homeland's motorcycling history in the form of the below Kahena brochure.
Information out there on the Kahena is very thin on the ground but from what I can see the brand was introduced in 1990. I have not managed to find out when production ceased but, for sure, the volume of machines to leave the factory was small.
As background the Kahena was a development of the Amazonas, a VW Beetle engined all Brazilian (the Beetle was made under license in Brazil) bike that was made from 1977 up until 1989.
Necessity, as they say, is the mother of all invention. Importation taxes to Brazil were prohibitively high through the seventies and eighties (and are still high to this day) so the concept of the Amazonas was as a locally made machine envisaged to replace the long-in-tooth Harleys in use by Brazilian police forces at the time.
The Amazonas was, to say the least, an unusual looking motorcycle and was hugely proportioned and heavy. The Beetle engine fitted gave a moderate amount of power but reliability was excellent. The version of the Beetle fitted to the Kahena was 1600cc and as standard provided 65 horse power. Tuned version were available which gave up to 90. Amazonas and Kahena machines enjoy a bit of a cult following in their homeland and would make a decent, unusual classic anywhere in the world. The beauty of old motorcycles is that you can nowadays value them for charm and riding experience and without direct comparison to their contemporaries. Car engined motorcycles have long been favourites of special builders and there are several VW engined BMWs, Sunbeam S7s and Douglas Dragonflys out there, think of the Amazonas or Kahena as an off the shelf version of one of these. If the subject interests you, check out for comparison the French BFG and MF Citroen engined machines of the same era as the Amazonas and Kahena.
Rather than attempt to re-write what is already out there here are some links for those interested to find out more about Amazonas and Kahena bikes:
|Kahena brochure cover page.|
|Kahena ST model and tech specs.|
|The Kahena Custom 1600.|
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Here's the final batch of photos taken last Autumn at Sammy Miller's. Another eclectic mix....
|1967 Munch Mammoth 1177cc|
|The Mammoth in all its glory.|
|1949 Triumph Speed Twin, made by the |
factory for the 1950 Earls Court Show.
|The cutaway Triumph is a piece of art in its own right.|
|The cutaway Triumph is a great resource for restorers|
too. Note the position of the factory-fitted Vokes air
filter between the oil tank and battery.
|1920 Hawker 292cc two stroke. An ungainly looking|
machine. The wheel size seems a bit small, I wonder
if they are correct? The Hawker engine carried it's
oil in a sump under the motor.
|1923 Hawker 550cc Blackburne engine. The Hawker|
bike brand is the same as the better known aeroplanes.
|1911 Humber 2 3/4hp lightweight TT model.|
|1937 Douglas CL38 150cc. Made for the 1937|
Motorcycle Show but not put in to production.
|1905 Ariel Model 2 owned by Don Rickman. 2hp|
Minerva engine. The oldest known Ariel.
|1916 Ariel 500 sv with White and Poppe motor.|
|1949 Cucciolo. The first Ducati.|
|Plenty of Japanese classics in the new hall.|
|1968 Bridgestone 175cc.|
|1953 Hoffmann 250cc ohv opposed twin. Chain|
driven gearbox, shaft drive.
|1938 Zundapp K800 800cc flat four.|
|Full view of the freshly restored Zundapp.|
|IFA two stroke flat twin. A lovely and interesting|
machine from the MZ factory.
|1963 Honda CR110 DOHC 50cc production racer.|
Top speed 95mph from 8.5hp.
|Moto Villa square four two stoke 1969. 250cc.|
|Full view of the Moto Villa square four.|
|1952 EMC 125cc production racer.|
|Mondial 125cc DOHC works racer.|
ex Maurice Cann.
Monday, February 8, 2021
The Morgan 3 Wheeler brochure for 1947. Morgan had a production hiatus for the war and re-introduced their three and four wheelers in 1946. The Ford-engined F Type continued until 1952 by which time it was distincly old-fashioned and the company concentrated production on their four wheelers.
|Morgan 3 wheeler brochure 1946|
|Morgan 3 wheeler brochure 1946 centre spread|
including fold down.
|Morgan 3 wheeler brochure 1946|
|Morgan 3 wheeler brochure 1946 rear fold down.|
Friday, February 5, 2021
Monday, February 1, 2021
Here's the second lot of snaps from last Autumn's visit to Sammy's to eyeball the newly opened extension. No theme to the photos, just some interesting machines that tickled my fancy.
|BSA Beaver 50cc Morini engine 1980.|
|c1953 Norton 500ohc featherbed framed trials outfit|
Campaigned by Arthur and Harry Humphries.
|1977 CCM 350cc based on BSA engine.|
|1969 Cotton Trials Villiers 37A. Never used, bought|
and stored in a front room.
|1960 DMW Trials 32A Villiers.|
|1923 Cedos Model 16 two stroke 2 1/2 hp.|
|1924 Packman and Poppe fitted with a 1000cc JAP.|
|1921 Wooler Semi TT Model B.|
|1926 OK Bradshaw.|
|Matchless Silver Hawk-engined OEC in the oldtime|
|Spondon Phanton 500cc - two Greeves Silverstone motors.|
|1953 MV Augusta 125cc production racer.|
|The MV 125 is a sublimely beautiful|