Classic Bike News — June 2011.

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June 2011 Classic news

Above . Does the really need another on the Royal Enfield theme? yes, actually. We’ll ’em any shape, size, or

This model is the firm’s new Bullet 500. Fitted RE’s ultra lean-burning, x 90mm, unit construction, motor (c/w 5-speed the bike also offers electric and kick-starting. The price? The quality of these bikes is improving.

And the fuel consumption is over 70mpg.

May 2011 bike news

Don Godden:

We’ve only just the news about grasstrack engineer, and businessman Don Godden who on May 28th this year—but doesn’t mean we can’t him a belated mention.

We first met Don than 20 years ago, and the man was if not interesting, amusing, generous and a He began grass track and track racing way back in and spent over two decades in the notching up victory after and winning dozens of awards three British 500cc and the 1969 European Long Championship.

In 1958, Don founded Engineering and quickly built a for its high-quality speedway and grass racers powered by JAP engines. JAP could no longer cut it (or was not prepared to further in a diminishing market), Don with Weslake and helped a four-valve, 500cc single was to the seventies was JAP was to the fifties and sixties.

the Weslake tie-up soured, Don his own 500cc GR500 engine became the basis of a successful V-twin sidecar racing

Kent-based Godden Engineering Gary Drake, bought the in 2003. Following his retirement, Don busy working as an advisor and ambassador for the sport. It’s that his …, on June was attended by over 400 friends and

In his day, Don was unquestionably one of the best of his a man who understood the mechanics of grass and long track racing as as he understood the methods. He was 72.

— The Third Man



It’s been a time coming (38 years but now that it’s here, it like the obvious move — and long overdue. It’s the Ted Foundation; named after one of best known globetrotters, not Ted would ever call a biker. But in view of the fact back in 1973 he rode the planet on a 500cc ex-police Tiger 100 (and wrote a loved book called Travels ), a lot of people would

Regardless, the foundation will be launched on 6th October 2011, will mark the 38th of the start of the original global But the website’s up and running, and you can take a now.

What’s it all about? about pooling information and down national fences and world understanding, etc. dull?

Well take a before you write it off, if you’re a traveller yourself and to network with other of a similar bent.

If you want to the launch, you’ll have to along to the Coventry Transport and you’ll need to book rather than later if you to ensure a place. See the website for details.

Meanwhile, check out our Ted page for more on one of the most travellers (in various senses of the of our age. There’s a lot more to Ted most people realise.

— Happy

Norman Vanhouse

The late Norman Vanhouse left, with Fred and Brian Martin) was laid to on 2nd June 2011 at Robin Crematorium, Shirley, Birmingham.

in 1916, Norman spent 35 in motorcycle competitions and experimental before joining BSA in 1952 as a representative. Throughout his life, was a significant competitor in motorcycle events winning over 150 notably for hill climbs and

But perhaps his greatest claim to was being part of the 1952 Six Days Trial team won both the Team Award and the coveted Maudes trophy.

4500 miles from to Vienna, then through Denmark, Sweden and Norway, the BSA A7 team—which included Brian and Fred Rist—put on a faultless and returned safely to Birmingham, securing the Val Page, Herbert and David Munro-designed parallel reputation as a competent, reliable, tourer.

Norman, who had seen service with the British riding (notably) BSA M20s, published a book entitled BSA History . a down-to-earth. amusing and insightful tome that’s available through various and offline outlets, and of course

Norman Vanhouse will be

— Del Monte

Romney Marsh

Okay. Here’s the pitch. It to be the Hamstreet Bike Show, and now the Romney Marsh Bikejumble—which it the same, but different, and bigger and

It’s on this Sunday 3rd 2011, and you can find it all happening 10.00am at Marsh Road, Kent TN26 2JD (A2070 6 M20 J10).

So toddle along and watch motoball, and enter bike in the prize-giving, and stuff face, and drink whatever you like drinking, and generally do ya gotta do. The point is, it’s a show and still building, and the are already getting shorter and you getting any younger.

There’s a only jumble, by the way, and will be plenty of clubs and What more do you want on a Sunday?

More details on: 344277

— Dexxion

2000 at Enfield weekend

Royal importers Watsonian-Squire are said to be chuffed about the attendance at recent Open Weekend on June 2011 at the Watsonian-Squire in the Cotswolds.

Two thousand visitors, we turned up to enjoy a couple of of chin-wagging, curry-eating, drinking, of course, test-riding RE’s of 500cc Bullets, with a new being launched at the event and at Ј3995.

Special guests motorcycle adventurer, author and Enfield expert Gordon and ISDT gold medallist Brittain. Meanwhile, the Motorcycle Group, were busy up support for their Get a Grip (see Sump April) .

were awarded for the best ridden to the factory which the above rare 1953 Enfield Meteor twin for fifteen years by Mark and said to be painted in a fetching of Dulux/Great Western Railway Vive le difference, etc.

— Del

Gold Star number one on

It’s on the eBlock now (Wednesday June 2011) and has six days to The seller is claiming it’s the production M24 Gold Star way back in 1938, and he’s got a signed by John Gardiner who was a Adviser to the BSA owners club who owned a 1938 Goldie.

not arguing about the provenance. take that at face (although the details certainly closer consideration). We’re marvelling at the auction start of AU $288,888—which converts to Ј150,462.

The is said to be unrestored and unmolested a touch-up brush on a few scratches), and was first sold on 15th 1938 by Bennet Wood,

The first owner was a Mr Rogers (no name given), who passed it to his son Malcolm, affectionately known as Hidden (or overlooked) during the 500cc, race-ready, all-aluminium resurfaced in 1955 and again in (when Curley died). The owner states that the (number: JM 24 101) was glued with hardened Castrol R, but sympathetic rebuilding, it’s in working order and ready to

If you want to buy it now, the price is AU Unrealistic? Cheap? A misplaced A bitsa?

Fact is, the blue-chip bike market has never stronger (particularly with to pre-war exotica), and continues to — and there’s no doubt that one will raise a lot of eyebrows. But if looking for top dollar, is eBay the place to offload a machine this (assuming it’s We’ve got our doubts and wonder Bonhams would have to say this one.

— The Third man

Fish biker specs Down Under

Okay. are already thousands of makes and of shades on the market. You’re much stuck for choice.

But the right ones ain’t easy, especially if you ride a and want to keep the windblast and grit out of your swollen

These shades are from Fish and have removable allowing you to strap ’em on And they’ve got gasket thingies on the to seal you in. They’re said to be leading brand, and they’ve all the usual safety and UV standards, or so told.

Prices are from forty quid to sixty-five depending on what package you buy lenses, etc). Strap, and hard case is included. ’em out.

— Girl

Ј45,600 for a British Anzani

Is a record price? We don’t for sure. But it seems likely. estimated it to sell at between and Ј15,000. And Bonhams is usually accurate.

But this time, expectations were (pleasantly) when a buyer stumped up forty grand.

The 1098cc lump was sold at Bonhams’ Annual Sale of Collectors held on 18th June alongside the VMCC’s Banbury The auction house turned-over with 85% of lots sold.

A 1950 Vincent 998cc Shadow/Rapide at Ј31,050; a 1952 499cc Comet at Ј10,350, a Vincent-HRD 500cc Meteor at a 1966 Velocette 499cc at Ј18,400, and an unrestored circa Triumph 550cc Model H at

But if you want an investor tip for the future, is looking very closely at

— Del Monte

Road Safety Penning launches new Think!

According to Mike Penning, bikers were … in the UK week during 2009 last year for which figures are available, we’re These numbers, although low, and generally falling, nevertheless got successive governments in a Why?

Because motorcycles up only one percent of UK traffic, yet for twenty percent of fatalities; a disproportionate statistic.

Mike’s as Road Safety Minister is to get numbers down, hence a new campaign unveiled on June 2011. Sounds good in And Mike, being a biker, no has his heart in the right place.

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So not complaining per se —except that it we’re hearing a lot of government these days about safety which might be the prelude to a new round of anti-bike perhaps in the form of compulsory lights, mandatory reflective more restrictive access for riders, and even power

No, we’ve heard nothing But clearly the government bean are hard at work trying to get costs down, and it might be that rider accident have pretty much the practical baseline—until, that is, bike-recognition devices are fitted as into cars, if they are fitted (and if they actually work).

Which, might leave the government little option but to target the of motoring stupidity rather tackle the perpetrators.

That, at is so often government thinking—and new is, after all, generally than putting more on the streets, or funding high-profile safety campaigns.

So what can you do it? Not a lot, except watch out for first rumblings of approaching legislation and react accordingly. The road safety programme is

But you can be sure that the government is to want a return for its money.


Think car!


— The Third Man

Draganfly’s birthday

Draganfly Motorcycles has to be one of the successes in the classic bike in terms of enthusiasm, service, respect, and plenty of quality for Ariels and BSAs.

The company has celebrated its 35th birthday, is no small milestone. We prefer to our own copy for Sump news But in this instance, we’re to let Draganfly tell you in their own what all the fuss is about.

birthday, guys.

Thirty five years ago August Roger Gwynn Draganfly Motorcycles. The summer of ’76 saw the of a business that started a vague plan, no real and crumbling premises. More three decades and a 100 mile later ‘Drags’ is a specialist delivering parts (and worldwide.

Roger only that he wanted to work for having had trouble fitting moulds in ‘conventional’ jobs, and he wanted to work with He also wanted to become with some facet of to be the company to go to — what hadn’t been decided He had Ј400 from the insurance his Triumph had afforded him and a lock-up due for demolition.

This, combined the fact that he had no other of what to do with his time, led to the Draganfly Motorcycles we know

“This is where I hoped we be” says Roger “We’ve got the of small family business and domination just right! I want us to get much bigger!”. On his ‘the Ariel guru’ he is a sheepish – “it’s flattering people know who you are and what you do, but you’re introduced to new people that it can be a bit embarrassing!”

When about high points in the history he responds immediately “marrying my wife Janet” who now works at Draganfly too — showed me that I could work before 10pm and keep the shop going!” And in all the 35 not one employee of Drags has had a serious on their motorbike. One broke arm, one broke their lever arm and Roger hit a manhole at 20 mph and his head. Storeman Mick did an altercation with a large van which ran over his BSA WM20 but he jumped off quickly enough to damage himself.

And low points? we had to move premises in the early We spent three months our stock and equipment in someone premises without their so we couldn’t do any business for all that but had no other choice! They want to sign their and were stalling as they in liquidation but the estate agents pity on us and gave us the keys

Over three decades business is still booming despite the recession it is clear people still have a for vintage bikes and Draganfly set to continue for many years to Roger’s son Iain has just a partner in the business, replacing Graham who has just retired 33 years. He hopes to update the old system and improve speed of among other things, retaining Draganfly’s friendly service.

— Del Monte

It’s Ј145 VAT . That’s the important bit out of the way. Norton say that this doo-dah replaces the cylinder isolastic top mount on all Commandos and is in various planes for ease of It’s made of zinc-plated with a machined aluminium clamp. If you’ve got a Commando, know exactly what is all about.

If not, don’t

Roy Bacon dating certificates

We’ve been alerted to the that classic bike expert Roy Bacon is longer at his previous address of:

New T120 pistons from Norman

Okay. Here’s the story .

Development Engineer and Trident Norman Hyde,

has commissioned a of pistons for 650cc and 750cc Bonnevilles.

They’re also in + .020 and + .040 oversizes, and are to offer standard compressions of 9:1 and 8.5:1 (T140s).

However, in mind that most are probably running slightly compression engines at between and 7.9:1 to cope with octane fuels, etc. So to Norman about this if got any concerns. Chances are, of that Norman’s already this, but it pays to check.

include a pair of pistons, and circlips. The price is Ј151.99 includes UK VAT. Overseas can get them for Ј125.99

— Del Monte

Daventry Motorcycle Festival

DBP manager Sally Halson “We were very pleased the attendance, both from enthusiasts and the general public. We to keep this first fairly low key so that we could the needs of those attending and address any shortcomings before larger next year (19 May with local dealers and exhibitors. We are planning trade a parade, and entertainment linked to such as simulators and motorcycle

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