Classic Bike News — March 2011.

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March 2011 Classic news

Kawasaki W800 mods

Norman Hyde is the above suspension goodies for Kawasaki owners. Made by firm IKON�a cunning for KONI�the shock absorber suspiciously like the equipment to one of Sump’s Triumph T140s, and we can you that ours offer a big over standard Girling/Hagon But you gotta pay for it, and Norman Hyde is �319.20 per pair, or �366 for

The shocks are progressively wound, and four damping positions without the need for tools). You can these shocks too, So okay, they’re not cheap.

But the will be significantly improved.

if you want to beef up the front, will flog you a pair of wound fork springs for

Talk to Norman Hyde on: 832345. Or check the website

� The Third Man

Spring Veterama

The organisers claim it’s the classic bike car market in attracting 4000 exhibitors and visitors, and it takes place in Germany.

Yes, that’s a long way to go to buy a couple of spark and a head gasket for your But on the other hand, these autojumbles often throw up all of oddities that you just see in Blighty�and you know you need to get out often, anyway.

The big 2011 show takes place year on the 8th and 9th October. But to prevent going cold turkey one event and the next, the organisers added two spring shows for The first is on the 9th and 10th�which caters to cars and bikes.

The second is on and 17th, which is bikes

Tickets are between �5 and �20 depending on how days you opt for, and whether or not you for any discounts. Check the website for instructions, etc.

We’ve never visited show, so you’ll just to ask around. But keep in mind April is a fairly busy for classic bikers, so check event listing.

Cylinder Shop ties up with BLR and GS Valves

Len Paterson’s Cylinder Shop hardly needs any from us. For almost two decades, Len has the man to talk to for up-to-the-minute cylinder work including valve cutting, installing unleaded re-facing, polishing, porting, and aqua blasting. In fact, if Len do it, it probably can’t be done.

The Head Shop, with its Serdi Systems equipment, has on (and has rescued) every of head you can think of from to flathead, to bronze head, to

It was a brave commercial move Len set up shop back in 1993; a that required a huge investment underpinned by years of slog. But now the time has arrived to the next step forward, the tie-up with BLR Engineering 38 years ago by Trevor Barnes, and now and operated by classic car engineering Ian Mole.

The new venture will be BLR Engineering Ltd trading as The Cylinder Shop. The business will be from Len’s premises in Surrey.

What makes the particularly exciting for Len and Ian is that the Head Shop has just appointed worldwide distributor for GS V Range marketed under the Sport banner.

The Cylinder Shop already produces its own performance Nucleus Sports products, but having long-established GS in their arsenal can only market penetration for both When we spoke to Len, 61, but going on 18), he was extremely his new business moves and is looking to successful partnerships with Ian and GS.

Do we recommend Len Paterson? 100%.

Francis-Barnett. The Complete Story

The is Arthur Gent. The publisher is Press. It’s got 208 pages, 57 illustrations, and 177 black and white The covers are hard, not soft.

The is 10-inches by 8-inches (none of awful millimetres here).

primarily a reference work and with machine dating, company history, etc. The incidentally, is between �20 and �25 depending on who you buy

Books on Francis-Barnett are a little on the ground, so this one should up your interest.

Arthur 01603 419056

� The Third Man

… on Mike Hailwood run

News has reached us that year’s Mike Hailwood run (reported last month ) to tragic halt when Christian, riding a BMW, was in with a car and died instantly. was said to have been in a group that included Hailwood, Mike’s son.

The we hear, was caused by a car joining a stretch of dual carriageway. was knocked into an Armco The car ended up in a ditch where the who survived, needed to be cut free.

was from Hertfordshire. The … was on 31st 2011.

Over 700 are claimed to have been in that day. Mike and his daughter, Michelle, were in a car crash 30 years ago on 21st 1981.

� Girl Happy

BSA A7, A10 Huntmaster dynamo belt kit

You used to have two choices for A7 or A10 dynamo drive. Either it was the chain set up (can be messy and or you converted to V-belt. However, chains and belts require even then, belts are to slippage.

The solution? Well Dynamo Limited think their 15mm wide toothed drive sorts it out. you’ve got the quietness of a V-belt and the of a chain coupled with and�wait for it�a twenty increase in gearing (over offering significantly more oomph for lower mechanical

The firm recommend this kit for conversions using a DVR2 (they can supply the regulator). If seriously using your A7 or possibly Ariel Huntmaster�this is a

The price is �82, which UK postage. Cheap? We think a bargain not to be missed.

Call: 880552

Captain America’s on the block

No, that that America, set to hit UK cinema screens in 2011 in the movie Captain The First Avenger. This is the Fonda chopper from the Easy Rider�or, rather, a replica, as opposed to one of the numerous Harley clones currently around the world.

Fonda’s Harley Panhead was based a couple of 1949-1952 ex-police Glides. Ditto for Dennis Billy Bike (give or a year or so). The original were stolen sometime the end of filming in 1969, presumed

In 1993, the late ex- Los Angeles publisher, Otis Chandler replicas of both bikes were bought and displayed by the R. Guggenheim Foundation at their 1998 exhibition The Art of the Motorcycle . The however, doesn’t collect and so the two iconic replicas are now for sale.

The replica is being auctioned with a faithful Billy copy. The estimates are between for the Hopper machine, and $20,000-$30,000 for the bike. They’ll be sold reserve, and the sale will place on May 14, 2011 at Quail in Carmel, California.

If you’ve ever fantasised taking that once-in-a-lifetime

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� The Third Man

UK switches drink drive

to drugs

The good news is the current UK drink drive of 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of is to remain following a government But the bad news is that new roadside and testing powers are on the way that detect that spliff you had for or that quick snort of you took with your leading to an instant ban.

The was considering dropping the drink limit to just 50mg per but that would wreak in the drinks industry (and cut for the cash-strapped chancellor), so the huge of boozy motorists (and can carry on as before, while the far common druggy-drivers are in for a rough

Not that we condone drinking and or even drugging and driving. But another aspect to this mentioning, which is the move to the right to a blood test a positive breathalyser reading�provided less than 40% over the In other words, if the breathalyser you’re guilty (by a factor of no than 40%), you’re If however you’re more 40% over the limit, you can still opt for a by blood.

Which is where it all to unravel.

Fact is, the drink laws in the UK are largely nonsensical. deaths aren’t caused by drivers. Most deaths (by a margin) are caused by perfectly idiots, which is why we really the rozzers out there on the street with idiotalysers taking all the obvious maniacs off the road of wasting public money the government’s target-driven obsessions and on speed cameras to snare the targets.

Put simply, what we have the current laws is the persecution of a number or road users though often technically an arbitrary limit, were doing no wrong. Sure, a number of drivers involved in accidents are found to be over the But a significant number of drivers in road accidents were no also listening to the radio or bubble gum, but that necessarily mean that a substantive correlation.

In short, drunk drivers are victims of bad (sober or otherwise).

The proposed will now mean that marginal cases will an instant ban based upon a (and supposedly reliable) breath test, while it to be seen how the new drug testing performs in real world The government watchword is greater not that we’ve got many of the left on the streets anymore.

Our is not to drink and drive at all. But you to be realistic if you want to actually a life before you …, and kind of blunt hammer, criminalise-Honest-Joe-Public policing is unlikely to do to alter the habits of the serial but will likely have a impact on the otherwise sensible, responsible, and sober road

* Scotland, note, could yet be a drop to 50mg of alcohol per of blood. The question is likely to be after the May 5th (2011) Holyrood

� Dexxion

Shadows’ bassist Jet dies

When it comes to music for the classic bike it doesn’t come much classic than The Shadows. all too easy to forget just how this boot-stomping, guitar-twanging, British combo was. But 69 UK hit records in their back they made even The sit up and take notice.

Today, however (Friday March 2011), brings the that Jet Harris, the original with The Shadows, has died at the age

of 72.

Terence Harris in North Jet (2nd from the right, image) met Cliff Richard, Marvin and Bruce Welch in 1958 and, being the musician in Britain to play an bass, quickly set the pace for a of hits that included Wonderful Land, 36,23,36, FBI and Man of

Jet left The Shadows in 1962, and with band member Meehan enjoyed a few more before a near-fatal car crash put his lights out forever. In the 1970s, Jet up a career as a photographer, but within a he was back in the music biz. His album was in 2007.

Squeeze out a few if you will for the passing of this But not too many. Jet lived a very life, gave a lot of pleasure to a lot of and left a legacy that endure for generations.

Better to off some of that old vinyl, or log on to and re-live some of the best of The Shadows.

Terence Jet Harris.

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