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Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Trial Trail

Early Spring 2014

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March 16 — Worn to be

Worn to be Wild: was well managing to entertain 27 participants for an worth of exhibition goodies. A out of thanks to Glenn for suggesting event.

March 15th Just a Little on the side. Dickson Wright … at 66

cooks Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright, aboard their classic Thunderbird motorcycle and Watsonian combination, in London, and prepare to their way across the nation in of the best ingredients for their BBC Two Fat Ladies. The former TV chef alongside Jennifer Paterson in the BBC 2 show Two Fat Ladies from to 1999. Paterson died of in August 1999.

The show more than 70million worldwide.(text We should invited these gals out to if they can get all that food and into their ride.

Happy 100th Bonneville !

The Salt Flats are amongst the important and hallowed parts of the for those who eat, breathe and gasoline. Situated in Tooele in northwestern Utah, the salt are celebrating their 100th this year as the global of land speed record the first ever record on the packed salt pan was set by “Terrible” Tetzlaff in 1914.(Text: The version of this image is at Silodrome, just click on the Art follow the download instructions.(photo: Webster images)

Iconic Alphabet — part 8 V W X

-Venom Thruxton

The well-proven was improved by Velocette designer owning-family member) Bertie with rearward placed having brake pedal and gear-change linkage to suit, four speed gearbox, rims, twin-leading shoe brake and ‘clip-on’ handle The engine gained a race cylinder head to accommodate valves, a downdraught inlet and an Amal 5GP2 13/8 carburettor with extended tract which was so long it a special cut out in the rear of the fuel

The upgraded engine delivered 41 horsepower (31 kW), 5bhp than the Venom. It was important for in endurance races such as the 500 that competing motorcycles genuine production machines, but the Velocette Thruxton was sold in a version, it was really targeted at the fraternity. No more than Thruxtons were manufactured the company collapsed in 1971.(text: photo: classic british

Whizzer — a bicycle horsepower

The Whizzer bicycle was first produced in 1939 by Engineering, a Los Angeles-based manufacturer of parts. By 1942, sales of the had not been entirely successful, sold only about units. The Whizzer operation was sold to Dietrich Kohlsatt and Goldman.

By 1943, World War II was underway, and Whizzer Motors forced to lobby the United Government for the right to continue of what was argued to be a great way for workers to travel to and from In 1948, Whizzer sold its pre-assembled motorized bicycle, the Whizzer motorcycle engines cease to be produced in 1965 due to the competitive bicycle engine In 1997, Whizzer motorcycles brought back into in the same style of the originals but technological improvements.(text photo:

Xingfu — a Jawa by any name. but a Happy one none the

Shanghai Xingfu Motorcycle Co. Insists on “Create Happiness” as the of company. Our aim is to create happiness for our society, employee and company Xingfu means happy in Chinese are not known for their

This 1950’s looking is actually a mid-1980’s. It is a memento of an plan to ride Chinese across China. These are very rare — not everyone wants one but because no one one, not even the Chinese.

is one of the last Xingfu classics the factory switched to making looking motorcycles. It is the only one of its in the U.S. The factory assured me no one has ever wanted to import ( and photo:

Iconic Motorcycle Alphabet part 7 S T U

Sunbeam —

Some motorcycles age better others. Like fine they seem to improve age, and gain more as the years pass by. The Sunbeam S7 and S8 are two machines: originally built 1946 and 1956, they did not in huge numbers but today a growing base of admirers.This machine, shot by Benoit was built in 1954. It’s a or “bitsa”, a mix of parts from the S7 and S8 models.

The frame is from the S8, whereas the and body panels are from the S7. will recognize the sprung from an S8; the S7 seat is cantilevered, springs are hidden from Sunbeams have a ‘heavy’ that’s very much in today. The oversized tires add to the and it’s a bike that wear vintage Firestones attracting reproach.

This has a shaft drive and the engine is of a design with an overhead good for a maximum speed of The build quality and finish is luxurious when compared to post-War machines, and the “Mist paintwork identifies this as one of the “Deluxe” models. It’s a smaller-capacity alternative to a Harley-Davidson or flathead, with just as style—if you can find one.(text

T W N. the other Triumph Cornet

Triumph-Werke Nürnberg AG or was German bicycle and motorcycle In 1886, Siegfried Bettmann the Triumph bicycle factory in England, and in 1896 he founded a bicycle factory in his native Germany, under the same name.

Both factories out into making motorcycles: the factory in 1902 and the Nuremberg in 1903.In its early decades the factory produced models the same 499 cc and 545 cc four-… engines as its plant in Coventry. Confusion motorcycles produced by the Coventry and Triumph companies led to the latter’s being renamed Orial for export markets.

However in the there was already an Orial maker in Lyon, France, so the motorcycles were renamed as TWN, standing for Triumph Nürnberg. After 1929 the and German factories diverged, the Nuremberg works making with 248 cc and 269 cc two-… engines. the Second World War Triumph successful models including the 200 cc split single two-… and the 1 cylinder 350 cc Boss.

A split has one divided cylinder (with 2 but only one common combustion and spark plug. Triumph/TWN’s of split singles began the BD250 in 1939 designed by Rieze.(text:Wkipedia

Ural M70

The official version of the Ural reads that, after a discussion and debate, the BMW R71 motorcycle was to most closely match the Red requirements for a combat motorcycle. units were covertly through intermediaries in neutral and smuggled to Russia. Soviet in Moscow busily dismantled the 5 They copied every of the BMW design and made moulds and to produce their own engines and in Moscow.

Everything about the was reverse engineered. Early in the first trial samples of motorcycles were shown to who immediately approved production of the Incidentally, one of these original survives and is on display at the factory Harley-Davidson also copied the BMW and delivered about 1,000 XA (Experimental Army) flat-twin drive motorcycles to the US Army World War II.

Meanwhile, in Japan, was busy copying the Harley-Davidson V A more likely story is the BMW factory supplied the construction and casting moulds as a result of the Pact, and these transfers of had taken place in support of Soviet “friends” in different and industrial fields. Soviet toured German aircraft and brought back complete as samples.

The OPEL Kadett was to the Soviets just prior to the however, it commenced series only toward the end of the war as the Moskvitch In 1941, BMW began series of R75, and did not resume production of Supplying the Soviets with the R71 model may have seemed a idea at the time.(

Motorcycle Alphabet — 6 P Q R

Puch- 250SGS — Silencer

Puch is perhaps remembered in the US for importing the SGS 250, the and last split-single seen Marketed by Sears in their as the Twingle,it was styled much a BMW of the 1950s and 60s. The layout had popular in Europe between the because it improved scavenging, and fuel consumption, a feature less important in the US.

New models after World War II had an re-arrangement which improved lubrication, reducing wear on the vulnerable part of the engine, an early system of pumping the oil, along with the spark-plug ignition, greatly day-to-day reliability. Despite the heritage and performance potential of the engine, this particular model, with a top speed 110 km/h (68 mph), was at a disadvantage the loop-scavenged two-strokes that in the late 1960s. A total of of the SGS motorcycles were produced 1953 and 1970.(text photo:wikipedia)

— Feet Forward

The story started in about when Malcolm Newell a motor-cycle shop in Devises the unusual name of “Chitty Bang Bang”. He designed a using a Mini engine/gearbox and christened it “Revolution”. The trike was at Devizes but the frames were by a Chippenham firm, a Director of was a Mr Ken Leaman.

An appearance at the Earl’s Show resulted in some but at that time the banks very tight with and Malcolm was not able to expand his After making about Revolutions he closed his shop and on to other things.It took four weeks to assemble a including all the preparation of the fibreglass. labour, overheads etc. the ex-works cost up to £4750.

On top of went Car Tax, £365. and £770, making a total of Believe me, the taxes added to than the manufacturer’s profit. Top was around 110 mph, but the machine’s to cruise at 100 mph (at 4250 rpm) is important than absolute speed. Fuel consumption was 70-80 mpg at pretty high speeds, up to 90 mpg at 50 mph.

Acceleration, on at least, looks not exciting at 10 sec for 17 sec. standing 1/4-mile to 75 mph. Braking distance 30 mph: 28 ft.

Quasar was years of its time, and remains a credit to its Ken Leaman and Malcolm Newell. Its lines still make turn and crowds gather it is parked. The most modem UJM Japanese Motorcycle) doesn’t to compete with this of the early 1970’s. (text John Malfoy)

Royal — Bullet 500 ES

The Royal Bullet, in its present form, was introduced in Britain in 1949 as a bike. It incorporated an innovative element: swing arm suspension. feature along with its strong single cylinder allowed it to excel as a trials The 500cc model was introduced in during the 1950’s, winning of races.

This brought the international recognition and orders into the factory in Redditch, from all over the world. In the Indian government placed an for 800 Bullets for immediate service on the border. This order an incredible burden on the factory, but it was

The Bullet proved very in India, and the government placed for 1955 and 1956 of a similar This caused the home to make the decision to set up a factory in In 1955 an Indian partner was and trainees were sent to to learn the production methods. At knock down units shipped to Madras where were assembled.

By 1956 a factory had been established in and the Enfield India, Ltd. producing the Enfield Bullet in its In India they produced the they had been trained to the 1955 Bullet. They the same bike in 1955, 1976, 1986, and 2006!

The for this great old motorcycle has stopped. Every year have produced over motorcycles, all a 1955 Bullet. The Bullet is made today in the manner it was in 1955. However the years improved metallurgy, machining methods and the passage of has produced stronger, more parts, making the Bullet in some ways to the same made in 1955 (

Motorcycle Alphabet — 5 M N O

MV Agusta 124

The name Agusta rose to prominence in the early century, identifying a pioneer in the Italian aeronautics industry: Giovanni Agusta. Originally Sicily but living in Lombardy, Agusta founded his company in at Cascina Costa in Samarate he died in 1927, the company into the hands of his widow and son Domenico, who quickly found having to deal with a in the aeronautics sector and were to diversify to avoid shutting

They decided to convert aircraft to motorcycles, in response to the growing demand for motorised mobility. The first thing did was come up with an engine was inexpensive to produce and run: a engine with a displacement of 98 cc and a port timing system, gear transmission, an oil-bathed and two gears.In the meanwhile, on the racing the Motorcycling Federation decided to competitive racing for mass-produced

For this new championship MV Agusta production of the MV Agusta 124 single-shaft, a derived from Cascina legendary racing bikes. The year, 1954, saw the debut of the 175 which was to rise to fame the nickname the flying saucer of the disk-like shape of its fuel This model offered than just attractive allowing MV’s drivers to win in the classes too.

In the second of the ’fifties the motorcycle market was booming, though the first were beginning to appear of the that would later many manufacturers to cut investment in and applied research. But MV went the trend here, purchasing helicopter manufacturing licences put new technologies at its disposal for application to Among the many innovations from this time are the of a number of prototypes of progressive gears, two … fuel engines and research bikes as the six-cylinder 500 four …. and text

Norton Commando 850

The origins of the Norton can be traced back to the late when the 497 cc (30.3 cu in) Norton 7 Twin was designed by Bert The twin-cylinder design evolved the 600 cc and then 650 cc Dominator and 750 cc Atlas being launched as the 750 cc Commando in As well as having a radical new the Commando’s engine (which was vertically in earlier models) was forward.

This was relatively as the engine was pre-unit, that is, the was not integral with the crankcase, and the gave three benefits: (i) the of gravity was moved further (ii) this allowed space behind the carburettors for the and (iii) it gave an attractive appearance to the motorcycle. The revolutionary of the Commando, compared to earlier models, was the award-winning frame by former Rolls-Royce engineer Dr. Bauer.

He believed the classic Featherbed frame design against all engineering principles, so designed his frame around a 2.25 in (57 mm) top tube. Bauer to free the Commando from twin vibration problems, had severely increased as the volume of the engine design expanded the 500 cc of Edward Turner’s 1938 Speed Twin. He, with Chief Engineer Bernard and assistant Bob Trigg, decided the engine, gearbox and swing-arm were to be bolted together and from the frame by special mountings. (photo:

Opel — Motoclub

Motoclub, an unusual 500c from between the Wars. machine was one of the highlights of the 1928 Automobil und Motorrad show: by Ernst Neumann-Neander, one of the pioneers of construction, it looked like no motorcycle on the market. The metalwork was plated, and most of the leather and was red—right down to the tires.

more strangely, Fritz von built a rocket-powered version According to The Vintagent, “The activated the rockets with a pedal, after using the engine to reach 75mph; calculated that 220km/h was then possible”. Opel’s to break the world land record was unfortunately thwarted by the authorities, but the more sedate, Motoclub lives on.(text and

Iconic Motorcycle — part 4 J K L

Jawa 350cc

František Janeček these motorcycles before the of WW2. During this František Janeček had many and inventions accredited to his name. The of JAWA didn’t finish in when the company was nationalised and state property. On the contrary the up-to-date motorcycle had been and constructed secretively during War II.

It was a powerful and beautiful 2-… known as the JAWA 250 cc with the engine, rear wheel and many other innovations. model was exported all over the In the fifties the further development of motorcycle using the new idea of line production allowing 250 and 350 cc motorcycle production to run side by

JAWA has exported this to more than 120 countries and photo: motorcycles introduced in India in 1960 and have a cult following to present day. Production was out directly in India by Ideal India Ltd based out of Mysore. The 353/04 designated as ‘A’ Yezdi 250 ‘B’ Type, 350 type 634 Twin and Yezdi 250 models are driven to this day in parts of the country. JAWA and bikes, especially the ones fuel tank paddings and systems on the fuel tank are now items.(text: wikipedia)

KTM — to Race

In 1953, businessman Kronreif became a sizable of the company which was then and registered as Kronreif Trunkenpolz KTM started serial production of in 1954. With just 20 motorcycles were built at the of three per day. The company’s title was secured shortly with the 1954 Austrian 125 championship.

KTM first made an at the International Six Days Enduro in where Egon Dornauer a gold medal. Racing to be a testing ground for production but next in line was its first the Mirabell. It started providing a team for the ISDE in ’64. As the continued to expand, the workforce 400 in 1971, and forty years it was founded, KTM was offering 42 different .(text and photo:

— 750 SF

Throughout its history Laverda has been characterised as an and bold company, carefully the passion of two-wheel enthusiasts, to bring itself back up for and to develop the widest range of from 1950s runabout quick but reliable, to the powerful bikes in the 1960s and 70s that set the competition world on fire, to the powerful and innovative 125 models in the Established on 13 October 1949 by Laverda, Moto Laverda at Breganze, in the province of Vicenza, as a manufacturing company.The first the Laverda 75, was officially introduced in

The commitment to sport competitions and the in various editions of the Giro the Motogiro, the Italian regularity — in addition to a numerous of wins in national and international with the Laverda 75 and from with the Laverda 100 — the small company to grow and to gain recognition among Until the mid-sixties production was on small engine bikes, and scooters.

It was July 1958 the Laverdino 48 was introduced- a 4-… — and a year later the 49 cc made its début, whereas was the year of the 200 twin cylinder. the late sixties Massimo son of founder Francesco, turned an page for the Breganze brand’s pushing company production higher engine capacity

As early as 1966 the Laverda 650 cc was and favourably welcomed by the general but huge success came in the with the Laverda 750 which, all over the world, open the to an extremely fortunate series of bikes that would the legend of the Breganze brand. In the Laverda 750 SF series was created, continued through 1976, the market demand turned even higher engine than those that until then, classified the SF as the pinnacle of maxi sport With its orange colour the Laverda SFC, a competition made from 1968 to made a great stylistic taking a healthy series of in the sport events reserved for bikes, from the 1968 d’Italia to the regularity and speed all over Europe.( photo:retrocustomracer.blogspot)

Motorcycle Alphabet — 3 G H I

Gilera — The Gilera

Gilera’s history of racing machines goes all the way back to when the factory bought the to the CNA “Rondine” four-cylinder machine. was the first practical bike to the cylinders transposed across the in the manner which, much the Japanese made the industry The Gilera Four had many until its peak year in when it won the 500cc World

Gilera was owned, and very controlled, by founder Giuseppe and he had ambitions to make his company a leader in motorcycle design and As well as being an astute Gilera was a talented motorcycle and mechanic, and understood the potential of the engine – and the publicity it could to the Arcore factory. Always an across the frame design for the Gilera “Four” underwent re-designs until it reach almost, ultimate form in recreation of the five-speed, 1957 which gave Bob McIntyre the World Championship. (photo: melling text motorcycle

Hodaka — Combat

One of the biggest names in the dirt craze that hit the US in the 1960s was The history of this Oregon-based is complex, unlike its products: it was a joint venture, was owned by Oil at one point, and towards the end of its life to purchase Fuji Heavy Hodaka disappeared at the end of the 1970s, a legacy of lightweight and competitive bikes—with names such as Wombat, Super Rat, Squirt, Road Toad and (photo and content :bike

Hesketh — V1000

Motorcycles was inspired by Lord following his huge success in 1 culminating in Hesketh Racing the 1975 Dutch Grand with famous British James Hunt at the wheel. The and his team wanted to use the knowledge from their F1 victories and an all new high quality, British After two years of intense on site at the Lord’s Easton estate, the first Hesketh to be introduced to the world was the Hesketh and during 1981-1982 a purpose factory was built at Daventry to the first Hesketh model.(photo and

Indian — Scout

The Motocycle Co. was originally founded as the Manufacturing Company by George M. in 1897 to manufacture bicycles. were initially badged as King and Silver Queen but the name American Indian quickly reduced to simply was adopted by Hendee from onwards because it gave product recognition in export Scout and Chief V-twins, in the early 1920s, became the firm’s most successful

Designed by Charles B. Franklin, the Scout and larger Chief a 42-degree V-twin engine Both models gained a for strength and reliability. Between and 1967,Burt Munro from New used a modified 1920s Scout to set a number of land records, as dramatised in the 2005 The World’s Fastest Indian.(text: )

Izh- Jupiter

IZH are all 2-strokes and pretty much all These have been to the UK under the names Cossack, and for a very short period Tough modern emission in Europe have … bikes as far as new imports go. Fairly to identify, the Izh Jupiter has 2 cylinders and the Izh has only one, there is the Planeta Sport, with a power (for Russia) (photo and text: Cossack

Iconic Motorcycle Alphabet part 2 D E F

Douglas —

The Dragonfly was known as the Dart in development and was based on the Mark V and an earlier 500 cc (31 cu in) prototype. Aiming to the outdated image, designers commissioned from the Reynolds Company to develop a completely new duplex frame of welded including a swinging arm with Girling dampers (state of the art for the with leading link suspension. The strengthened and streamlined 348 centimetres (21.2 cu in) engine had a coil ignition, AC generator and with bolt-through cast cylinders and heads and pushrods from Duralumin.(text: wikipedia nadder valley classics)

— The Manxman

The Manxman was raced at the 1935 Isle of Man TT. The works bike had a left aluminium head and barrel but had a long … and was slow. The year saw the first appearance of … four-valve cammy They raced again in TT in both 250 and 350 capacities but were in May 1938 before that TT.

The TT bikes reverted to 2-valve but had plunger rear suspension. were just as quick as the and much easier to set up. Excelsior did not contest the 1939 TT but a syndicate the previous year’s machines as as a prototype 500cc production

Although Excelsior Manxman did not win a TT the war, they came in 36, 37 and 38 and 3rd in 1939. Perhaps their success was winning the European GP in of 200,000 people at Chemnitz in in 1936.(text:wikipedia photo:

Flying Merkel

The Flying had a conservative engine-control system an automatic inlet valve and a outlet valve.The V-shaped initially displaced 884 cc and delivered 6 hp a two-speed gearbox and a belt, and had a speed of 97 km/h (60 mph). A version without brake was with a 997 cc motor including bearings, Bosch magneto Schebler carburetor and chain

The roadworthy version had a band on the rear wheel and was sold for USD.An innovation was the motorcycle patented by Joe Merkel as a truss and which could be seen as a of the telescopic fork. The Flying had an automatically dripping oil feeder, was subsequently copied by Indian and In 1913 a new model appeared: the had now an automatically controlled inlet and a spring-loaded kickstarter.

Production in 1915. The Flying Merkel its iconic status through the of its tank and the colourful body Merkel achieved its iconic through the shape of its tank and the body paint .(photo: text: wikipedia)

Iconic Alphabet — part 1 A B C

Who know their alphabet! May we the first instalment of the Iconic Alphabet. Now Iconic means a lot of things to a lot of different folk. said the opinions expressed are purely arbitrary and culled various other expert dealing with old iron and the like.

To paraphrase a line out of an old Python sketch. Don’t much about art but I know I like. So in that spirit I enough about motorcycles to their design, innovation and context to attempt this

Shall we begin?


The original company was established in by James Starley and William to make bicycles. The name from the first penny bicycle, which was so light called it the Ariel .It merged Westwood Manufacturing in 1896 and a powered tricycle in 1898 a de Dion engine. In 1902, produced its first motorcycle, had a Kerry engine with an magneto ignition and a float

In 1918, Sangster’s son Jack over and developed a range of to include 586 cc and 992 cc machines and persuaded the Val Page to join the company. was merged with a company Components Ltd. but this failed and in 1930, Jack was to regain control and set up a new factory in One of their first bikes was the Square Four,(aka the Squariel) by Edward Turner followed by the Red Hunter The Red Hunter was a success, and Ariel able to purchase Wikipedia

Bultaco Sherpa T

The origin of the Bultaco company dates back to May Francisco Paco Bultó was a of the Montesa motorcycle company in 1944. Although they road and road racing the company’s area of dominance was in motocross, enduros, and observed competition. Perhaps the most Bultaco model is the Sherpa T, a bike, which revolutionised the in the 1960s.(text: Wikipedia

Can Am Spyder

Can-Am is a motorcycle subsidiary of the Bombardier Recreational a Canadian corporation. Can-Am producing motocross and bikes engines provided by the company another Bombardier subsidiary. The motors used a slightly style of intake.

A rotary system was employed and this was altered repeatedly between (track and trail) and MX models. plate is accredited with the gain over conventional port motors used on motorcycles. The MX3, produced in was the pinnacle of Can Am.

Its 36 horsepower (27 kW) was 6 more the closest competitor. In 2007, the brand was also used to the Spyder.(text:wikipedia photo: motorcycle

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