Classic Bike News — December 2011.

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December 2011 Classic news

— Above: R Davies, 1895-1973. You’ve HRD often enough on the petrol of Vincent motorcycles; well is to whom those initials When way back in the 1920s a Phil Vincent wanted to and market his own bikes, he feared his name had no brand value and so to buy into an existing marque and on that until his personal was secured.

Howard R Davies was a builder, a motorcycle TT racer, an despatch rider, and an ex-World War One (twice shot down and captured and imprisoned). A Boy’s Own and a man’s man, this x 28-inch photograph of HRD is currently on on eBay (as of 11th December The buy-it-now price was (gulp!) but has since been dropped to �622.50.

It’s a little for us, but maybe one of you guys has deeper

May 2011 Classic bike

Manx Norton screen for Bonnies

Sump visitor Morgan asked us to pass on modification for owners of Thruxton with clip-on ‘bars. It that the (Hinckley) Triumph as fitted to the Special Edition costs a hundred quid, can be a little hard to stump-up in straitened times.

However, to Barry at Mead Speed in Pagnell, and you can pick up a Manx numberplate/flyscreen for �50. For an extra Barry will cut an eight hole for the headlight.

You’ll to turn up a couple of alloy 35mm long, with a thread of 13mm to screw the headlamp, and a 13mm female to screw the screen on. These are approx� 25mm long, advised.

The other fitting should be pretty obvious you knuckle down to it, and include a for the ignition switch. You should be at around �60 for the complete thing if you what you’re doing. or not you think it’s an improvement the standard Hinckley design is matter.

And remember that mod won’t fit the later Thruxtons a one-piece handlebar.

� Girl

2012 Andy Tiernan

Andy Tiernan and Nick have gone and done it one more calendar, drawn, sealed, printed and delivered�at it will be delivered once you your hand in your and do what’s necessary.

These are practically a rite-of-passage for classic In fact, your garage a true classic bike unless and until you’ve got a calendar nailed to the wall the vice and beside your pin-up.

The money doesn’t go to Andy or note. It goes straight to the Anglian Air Ambulance, and that’s name should be on the cheque. The for these minor works of art is a miserable five quid, and the needs your contribution to on saving lives.

So don’t be

That aside, Nick’s studies �of six classic Triumphs are drawn and highly evocative and get you thinking Spring thoughts these dark and desperate of winter.

If you’re buying the UK, add 92p for second class postage. If elsewhere in the EC, add �1.79. Everyone add �2.60.

Meanwhile, check out site. He’s changing all the time, and he trades on his reputation and see you alright.

� Del Monte

Top five UK gripes revealed

According to Insurance, the single biggest complaint by British motorcyclists are who fail to indicate properly.

One riders, we hear, were with 53% of them citing indicator etiquette, followed by cigarette butts (21%); and road damage (11%); bad-weather overtaking (9%); and observation and ineffectual use of mirrors by road users (6%).

If chimes well with own riding experience, then luck to you. But it seems to us the firing-order is wrong there, poor observation being the behaviour most likely to our boilers, closely followed by cyclists, … bus drivers, scooterists, black cabs, and tailgating (not necessarily in order)

Of course, we don’t what the questions were. But in any you can’t argue with the industry who, at times, to know as much about as a five year old playing a shotgun. It’s no wonder are so often way out of kilter with our experience.

But still, their release and transparent promotional was an amusing little distraction in an dull day, so put your together for Swinton with 603 one-stop shops, etc. the UK’s leading high insurance retailer, or so they And no, they didn’t pay us to say that if they’ve got a little loose lying around, we’re to say it a second time).

� The Third Man

sued over dodgy ABS light

So okay, the trial happened yet, and all the evidence has yet to be But on the face of it, we’ve got some for the victims of a road accident left the rider badly around, and left his (now wife with brain and lifelong health issues.

So what happened? It seems Californian rider Jack had been cruising about on his Road Glide for around thinking he had anti-lock brakes on when all he had was a (non-lighting) icon on his So when he finally urgently to throw on the anchors (faced sudden gridlocked traffic), the locked and down he went.


Now the lawyers are flying circles, and the wife wants a big

The salesman who flogged them the it’s claimed, verbally led the to believe that ABS was a feature of Hog. But Harley-Davidson, and the salesman, that Jack and Judy had over 12,000 miles and to have figured it out by the time the happened. Moreover, Messrs H D that all their Road are manufactured with the warning embedded in the tachometer in readiness for ABS.

And hey, nobody has complained. Or lived to.

Harley’s sounds pretty dodgy to us, and probably sound equally to the judge�if it goes that Which seems unlikely.

any Harley riders out there had check that all the other and lights on their bike perform a meaningful function�and check the tank badges too in case you haven’t upgraded to an Honda.

It’s a painful of what can happen when it do exactly what it says on the huh?

London bus lane for bikers

The experiment is over. January 2012, motorcyclists be granted permanent access to the of London’s bus lanes.

Transport for (TfL) has conducted two 18-month to see exactly what the effects be of opening bus lanes to bikers, surprise�they’ve concluded that safer for bikers, presents no risk to cyclists, cuts and speeds commuting.

But let’s be in victory. TfL has made their clear, and the lanes are ours. But Not all bus lanes are Tfl Lanes.

You can, and still get ticketed if you transgress and use lanes not open to bikers.

But how do you which is which?

Broadly TfL operates the red routes, with authorities operating those bus marked with yellow along the kerb. So check the and check your watch, most of the hot spots are policed by and policed by the buses too.

To that things continue to run a code of conduct has been up which can be summarised thus: do anything stupid.

Birmingham, Bath and some London have long opened bus lanes to bikers. But TfL’s is significant and can only help other British local to follow suit.

� Girl Happy

JVB Brit for �15,000

Take one (Hinckley) Thruxton . hack away the shave the seat, fabricate narrower side-panels, rework the chop some height and some new paint on the tank, and you have it; one Brit Bobber in, we hear, at around 200kg.

The and tank look bigger and muscular, we’re told. The is slimmed-down and taut. You sit low and relaxed, but the (designer Jens vom Brauck them chopped down bring your fists up in of your face.

We ought to be impressed, but we ain’t. Seems we’ve seen a thousand on this theme, few of which broken any new ground at all. But designer Jens has collaborated Berlin bike builders Motors and has given the soup stir.

Nice enough if you like that kind of (and generally speaking we And it’s easy to see that a lot of work has gone into project, but it’s hard to see thousand euros. And a 200kg

Sounds like it needs to cut on some more pork

But what do we know? It’s us about ten years to stick a new loom on our spare T140.

there’s more where came from (and you and us and GCHQ, more interesting the Jap crap), so check out the site.

� Sam 7

SORN to be scrapped.

And V5Cs

Rumours of this have circulating for a while, but now it’s The government has declared its intention to the annual Statutory Off Road (SORN) requirement and replace it a single, one-time DVLA

Currently, UK motorcyclists and motorists been obliged to declare if and when their vehicle is off The paperwork and postage generated by requirement was colossal, not to mention the (and expensive) bureaucracy coupled with the onerous of fines for failing to remember of your numerous classics is hors de combat . broken rotting in disgrace, withering on the or just languishing forgotten at the of the shed.

Scrapping SORN is one of 142 regulations that will be the bullet, or be improved, as part of the Road Transport Red Tape (launched on 7th April 2011) and to cut waste, shrink the pressure on the purse, and generally behave a more intelligently.

Other changes include:

the need to have an insurance (by working more closely the insurance industry and handling it all

Scrapping the requirement for riders and to retain a paper counterpart of driving licence.

Scrapping the issue of a V5C vehicle registration for fleet operators, and eventually it out for the private rider/motorist�which means the writing may be on the wall for log books.

the current rules, failing to SORN incurs a penalty of �80 for offence, whilst making a declaration can result in a maximum of �5000, and even imprisonment. The will probably still the same maximum penalties, but have to make your only once.

We would made all this up, except we’re not that smart. But the government has been forced to to the fact that the UK is awash in regulation (much of it introduced by Blair and Co) which we simply afford anymore.

We can only that the government also now also consider scraping the vast majority of the yellow red) lines that parking (and even in the UK a major burden for ordinary and which are a huge slap in the for thousands of shopkeepers who have had businesses decimated through the of old-fashioned kerbside trade. not holding our breath in anticipation of however. The yellow line earns big cash for our bloated but on the other hand, they’re not anything to help get the economy

More on all of this soon. But for we’re (almost) beginning to this recession.

Royal Crusader info wanted

It was by the Royal Enfield factory in and has been residing in a shed 1965. It’s got an all-alloy based on the 250cc Crusader, a speed gearbox, a lightweight and long leading-axle trials � which were shared the Bullet trials. Also is a genuine trials speedo and Renthal handlebars.

Owner Yates, who inherited the bike his father, would be very if anyone out there can shed light on this machine, or on machines.

According to author Roy Royal Enfield listed model for two years�1962 and 1963�priced at and �225, respectively. Evidently, the wasn’t a great success and has largely forgotten.

� Del Monte

This bike is currently on (as of 22nd December 2011) 32 bids and a current price of Whether that reflects in the bike, or the registration plate VPL) remains to be seen. But it an awful lot of dosh for an otherwise 250cc Brit single).

Update (24th December The Enfield sold for:

Joint enterprise bikers

Remember back in August when five Yorkshire were charged for causing the of one of their riding buddies and his Well the charges have dropped.

Dean and Helen were … when between Cottingley, near Yorkshire to Squire�s cafe in Elmet, also Yorkshire. the 32-mile ride, Slater, a modern Yamaha sportsbike, control over a bridge and hit an Vauxhall Vectra. Both he and his died at the scene.

Five riders were subsequently with jointly causing by dangerous driving.

However, at Crown Court on 5th December Judge Geoffrey Marson out the case stating that is no evidence from which a properly directed could conclude that the way in which any of defendants rode in some way Mr Slater to ride dangerously or him to continue to ride dangerously.

In words, Slater was solely for his own demise and the … of his wife. Not there was much doubt the group were at times And probably taking chances.

But the evidence against the other riders was not viewed as compelling to show much promise of a

More commonly used in such as gang violence, and street brawls, joint known as common purpose or design�is intended to convict viewed as peripherally complicit in an

But it can also be dusted and deployed by the incompetent Crown Prosecution for lesser crimes, and has recently under renewed scrutiny and for inadvertently, carelessly or even convicting members of a group who in fact largely, or entirely,

The 1952 Derek Bentley/Christopher Let him have it … intrigue is one of the well-known examples of a conviction by enterprise. More recently it was to convict three teenagers of the of Garry Newlove, even Newlove (aged 47, from Cheshire) died from a kick to the head.

The Home note, keeps no records of how many people have in times been jointly under the law.

� Del Monte

If you the days of great barn were behind us, you’re have to think again. In we’re looking at a whole new of essential junk because men boys, they will and hoard until they which is when the cycle�or motor cycle� starts

This lot (above) was found not in a barn but in an old village hall Bristol and will be put on sale by at, appropriately enough, the Bristol Motorcycle Show on 18th 2012.

1928 Ariel B De Lux (estimate �1,000 � 1,500)

Ariel 350cc Red Hunter �1,000 — 2,000)

Norton 16H (estimate �1,000 �

1947 Velocette KSS (estimate — 4,000)

1958 Model 100 (estimate �1,500-2,000)

Velocette Venom (estimate

Most of the machines are in a woefully state, some of which suffered a little further collection, we hear. The lot preview is under construction on Bonhams’ so you’ll have to be patient and for the full list. We’ll this story as and when the comes in.

Meanwhile, try not to spend all pennies in the Boxing Day Sales. with the Euro going and Merkel and Sarkozy desperately to force 26 very disparate into marching to the rousing of Das Lied der Deutschen and La Marseilles, got a suspicion that a few very bargains are on the way when the big meltdown

� The Third Man

BBC online road map

We don’t know how long one will be up on the web, but it’s now (Tuesday 6th December 2011). an interactive map that plots a of UK road deaths, county by vehicle by vehicle, etc. In numbers that’s 36,371.

The years are 1999-2008, inclusive years are quoted by other but if you’re from Northern you’ll have to look for the full picture. The Department for supplied the data, the object well, we’re not sure Information for information sake Or more public fearmongering?

Or a responsible reminder of the perils of alive in a dangerous world.

way, you can go and muck about the map for yourself and decide what it has to but don’t come crying to us if it all looks a little too close to

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