Jampot 1996

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Moto Morini 501 New York
Moto Morini 501 New York

The 1996 Northeast USA Jampot

Ben English

The Northeast USA Jampot is a unique event. The rally has its as a gathering of AJS and Matchless owners, but has to encompass a broad range of and mounts. It seems that AJS and enthusiasts often own and ride brands, and those other are sometimes more road than the Ajays and Matchboxes.

in some antique motorcycle and riders of European and other who hope that some of the and charisma will rub off on them if hang around with AJS and riders, and you have the Jampot.

The equivalent to the British jampot is jam the short squat shape of is likened to the rear suspension that Matchless and AJS used in the 50’s (replacing the earlier shock). The name is a favorite for rallies around the world; we distinguish this one as the Northeast This year’s rally place as usual on the fourth of June at Bucksteep Manor, in the Berkshire Mountains of western

The rally is organized by a “Kahuna” a two year term. This was my first go at the job.

We had an excellent of Matchlesses and AJS’s this so many that memory any effort to record all the models and There must have a dozen or more heavyweight from about 1950 up. a few twins also, including an of the very rare G15/45, the 750 was the swan song of the genuine twin before Associated Company began mixing and Norton and Matchless parts, on the Norton Atlas motor for all G15’s.

John Harris (world former editor of Motociclista, of the Italian Motorcycle Owner’s rode in on a hybrid AMC never of: a featherbed Matchless single, by installing a late G80CS primary drive and gearbox in a Atlas chassis. Cosmetically, the was more rat than concours, but the kind of functional engineering that makes a good John pronounced the marriage of frame with G80 power a

Maybe AMC should have it themselves.

John’s Matchton was the newest bike in one of the highlights of the Five riders rolling in as all with road dust and bags. Charlie Taylor led his 1934 Norton Big Four flathead single, oldest attending), followed by Jim Friedlander on his Indian Chief, Ross on an ex-War Department BSA M20 in nice trim, and David Dodge on his Moto Guzzi GTV (we love bacon slicer exposed and exposed valve springs).

modern Guzzi’s were by Richard Desir (850-T) and Talabach, who falls back on his III when his older bikes are out of Pete’s Harley Davidson was off the road this year, as was his Both are getting some work after the many of miles Pete has run up on them.

Some other H-D riders the Jampot more to their than the Harley Rendezvous the border in New York State the weekend). John Andrews his shovelhead, and Randy Noble his XLCR Cafe Racer.

riders on the scene were Cawley (BSA Victor; he the Sportsters home), David with his Cagiva Alazzurra, Sudak with the Excitable a very trim 1976 KZ900, Marty Messek on his acquired Moto Morini 501 definitely the modern dual bike of the meet, although English also waved flag with a Suzuki The only Triumph that I was John Rancitelli’s sharp Paul Campbell brought a Norton N15 up on Friday night.

We Laszlo Lusanyi for riding a 750 Sabre because he is good and he does really do some Jerry Schreiber had his Norton 850 and my own 750 Combat Commando just on truckin’. There was another was that Isaac Mizrachi’s?

Schreiber’s companion (alas, I get her name recorded) had the oldest bike, a mid 60s Yamaha YA-6

Kevin Hunt showed a real Royal Star like: a BSA A50. Sorry BSA was there first!

We always see a bunch of BMW riders who to have various antiques in the garage that don’t yet run well to bring. No exotica year, not even a /2, but Peter and John Borella brought Denise Talabach rode her and Peter Rocke his R100CS, with a humble paint Humblest of all was an R60/5 (or /6?), the of which I cannot credit.

And one brick, a K100RT.

Ruth and Bruce Pollard promised to a pair of the new India Enfields, but unable to make it. Someone did in Sunday morning with a new four … single: a 620 KTM

The only sidecar outfit year was Bill Mauro’s G80S + double … chair. A sidecar always the small fry, and Bill busy giving rides the campground.

In past years, the banner of the Jampot-Fishtail Thump-in, sometimes outnumbered the Matchlesses, but year was a disappointment: none at John Gurr had an acceptable for not riding his Thruxton down Montreal, as he was fairly fresh heart bypass surgery. did tell good tales of the Owners Club rolling in the northern Rocky Mountains summer.

Moto Morini 501 New York
Moto Morini 501 New York

If the Jampot gave a good bet for people’s choice have been Jay Hawley’s It started life as a 1943 Model 741, aka a 30.50 This one had been built year by Charlie Taylor as a neat bob job: Chief but otherwise minimal bodywork, and to accept 101 Scout pistons to 600cc displacement.

Jay is the Moto Guzzi National Club Massachusetts state but he says the little Indian is his pleasurable ride, as long as a speed of 55 mph is adequate to the journey.

were quite a few other bikes and worthy riders, but I taking notes, and the limitations of prevent their enumeration. My to those omitted.

Friday was time to hang out, the keg of Sam Adams Boston Lager, the parade of arriving riders, and get with old friends and make new The charcoal was lit for a do-it-yourself cookout, by extra delectables brought up home by Jean Cawley, and corn for roasting provided by Joe and Ann

Saturday morning we rode out to the Boy Diner in Huntington. They with 50 hungry motorcyclists and personnel very well for a with about 25 seats! thing the ride there was as as it was, so we didn’t all get there all at

The return to Bucksteep was pretty too, with various wandering around the backwoods of and Berkshire counties. I know for my group was gloriously lost, I was leading it. We found some gnarly dirt roads, fell down or disappeared in a and lo and behold, there we were in on Route 8. And it didn’t even on us.

With everyone back at the site at last, it began to like it would rain. folks tended to their lubed chains and bench but something like 10 riders traditional Jampot standards of by setting off for the Ashfield Lake famous for its license-plates-of-the-world decor and from the Berkshire Brewery in on tap. Most of the group back as the rain got heavier, but the or four who toughed it out reported the worst rain from the of the Lake House, and a dry ride to Bucksteep.

At 4:30, under a confirmed optimist might a clearing sky, all hands to Pittsfield for the Saturday night at a new venue, the Depot Street We had a reasonable idea of where it but some of Pittsfield’s one-way and no left turn signs to make it look like a you get there from here Just as it seemed that all was lost, Pete Talabach up and found a way.

The Brewery fed us although we didn’t hang drinking their estimable long enough to impair our back to Bucksteep. The optimists right, the sky was clearing, and it was still a worthy boon considering all the 6 electrical systems in use.

Later Saturday night, who had their fill of beer and at the campground could stroll to the manor house for a little in the bar. Drew Smith and Bogert brought a guitar and and some good songs sung.

Sunday dawned and clear, a promising day. served a fine breakfast at the house, and all repaired to the porch for the ceremony, distributing our unique of door prizes. John many hats with looking embroidered flying were the hits; some donated prizes were, as is really beyond description in subtle and twisted irony.

farewells said and the road under a perfect crisp all were homeward bound sharing a great weekend of

Moto Morini 501 New York
Moto Morini 501 New York
Moto Morini 501 New York
Moto Morini 501 New York

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