Spare some change for the BNP? Let it not be said that here at Sump we’re afraid to tackle a little controversy. In fact, we love it, especially when it comes from the British National Party; the party that everyone loves to hate—or is that hates to love? To that end, we’ve just received a press release from BNP chairman Nick Griffin complete with an attached begging bowl seeking funds. Fifty-two year old Griffin is already a Member of the European Parliament North West England and now he’s campaigning to seize control of the London Assembly; that august body of never-do-wells who run the political machinery underpinning one of the greatest cities on earth. Only, the way Nick’s carrying on at the moment, it looks more likely that he’s gonna find himself not in the mayors seat but in jail for stirring up some serious racial hatred at a time when tensions are higher than they’ve been in a generation. Just check out the rhetoric:
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Have no idea why it is a 51 plate The Not so goods: It handles very well and does not affect the handling. Overall this is a great entry level Ariel that looks amazing. Really depends on how fussy you are. I will accept PayPal for a deposit, the balance can be paid by personal check when it clears , cashiers check when it clears and of course cash If you would like more photos I can provide them.
Memorable Motorcycle: BSA Rocket Gold Star. Our classic motorcycle expert provides the story of the BSA Rocket Gold Star, one of the finest British cafe racers of all time.
History[ edit ] Motorcross first evolved in the U. Off-road bikes from that era differed little from those used on the street. The intense competition over rugged terrain led to technical improvements in motorcycles. Rigid frames gave way to suspensions by the early s, and swinging fork rear suspension appeared by the early s, several years before manufacturers incorporated it in the majority of production street bikes.
Companies such as Husqvarna from Sweden, CZ from the former Czechoslovakia and Greeves from England became popular due to their lightness and agility. By the s, advances in two-stroke engine technology meant that the heavier, four-stroke machines were relegated to niche competitions. They dominated the event, placing their lightweight two-strokes into the top six finishing positions.
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Have no idea why it is a 51 plate The Not so goods: It handles very well and does not affect the handling. Overall this is a great entry level Ariel that looks amazing. Really depends on how fussy you are. I will accept PayPal for a deposit, the balance can be paid by personal check when it clears , cashiers check when it clears and of course cash If you would like more photos I can provide them. Posted April Ariel Square Four.
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The company built only about 1, Y13s from to Well styled, long and low, it included a pair of tool boxes, a rubber-mounted handlebar and an adjustable spring seat. The Y13 is also equipped with a triangular instrument panel on the fuel tank with an amp-meter and an oil pressure gauge. The lamp there could be unclipped from its holder, used as a flashlight on the roadside.
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Vincent Comet Friday, July 3, Classic Vincent motorcycles like the Rapide and Shadow often get high praise, but our man Melling makes his case for the Comet being the best of the bunch in this installment of Memorable Motorcycles. Velocette LE Tuesday, February 17, Designed with the best intentions, the Velocette LE is an example of how seemingly sensible market analysis can result a motorcycle that completely misses the mark.
Velocette KSS Monday, July 21, Melling looks at a technological marvel of its time, the Velocette KSS — a machine that requires skill and finesse to merely start and a sizable bank account to own. Honda RC Monday, February 18, Our memorable motorcycle correspondent heralds the cc five-cylinder Honda RC — remembered fondly by three-time world champion Luigi Taveri, and less fondly by others… Memorable Moments of World SBK Monday, February 11, As the World Superbike season opener approaches, we take a look back at the historic season, highlighting some of the most unforgettable moments.
Davies Honda 4 Thursday, December 20, Melling braves the cold, misty climate of Anglesey in November to have a run with the breathtaking Davies Honda 4, built by John Davies and his nephew Colin. Frank Melling, takes the Suzuki DR for a spin and finds a bike that is solid, reliable and fun for motorcyclists of all skill levels. Honda DN Friday, February 24, In the newest release of Memorable Motorcycles our vintage expert resurrects the DN cruiser, which was originally introduced by Honda at the Tokyo Motor Show but has since been discontinued.
Thompson ingrained Vincent motorcycles into the cultural psyche.
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Lawrence of Arabia on a Brough Superior SS The origins of the crash helmet date back to the Brooklands race track in early  where the medical officer, a Dr Eric Gardner, noticed he was seeing a motor cyclist with head injuries about every 2 weeks. He got a Mr Moss of Bethnal Green to make canvas and shellac helmets stiff enough to stand a heavy blow and smooth enough to glance off any projections it encountered.
He presented the design to the Auto-Cycle Union where it was initially condemned, but they later converted to the idea and made them compulsory for the Isle of Man TT races, although there was resistance from riders. Gardner took 94 of these helmets with him to the Isle of Man, and one rider who hit a gate with a glancing blow was saved by the helmet. Dr Gardner received a letter later from the Isle of Man medical officer stating that after the T.
The National Motorcycle Museum. The National Motorcycle Museum is recognised as the finest and largest British motorcycle museum in the world and originally opened its doors in October with a collection of motorcycles on display.
Frank Bowden, a successful lawyer and convert to cycling, bought the firm in and in December founded The Raleigh Cycle Company as a limited liability private company. In , Sturmey-Archer gears were added to the product range. Six years later, Bowden bought back Raleigh, which was to remain in family hands for the next quarter century. By the early s, Raleigh was a world leader, capable of producing annually , cycles, , hub gears 15, motorcycles and 50, motorcycle gearboxes.
Raleigh survived the Great Depression well. It acquired Humber cycles in and the following year started producing a three-wheeler car. By , its production of bicycles had grown to nearly , units per annum and the company had stopped making motorcycles and cars. During the Second World War , Raleigh concentrated on munitions work. The name of its budget range, launched in as Gazelle, was changed to Robin Hood, and Raleigh acquired Rudge-Whitworth. By , it had reached about , , the majority of which was exported.
But between and , as increasingly prosperous consumers abandoned the cycle in favour of the car, cycle sales in the UK halved. This led Raleigh in to resume moped production and later to launch a motor scooter. More significantly, during this period Raleigh acquired two major rival groups: Unfortunately, it was a market that was rapidly shrinking.
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With an inventory of British Motorcycles as large as ours the displays in the five halls that make up the National Motorcycle Museum and constantly evolving and changing. On the special exhibits page you will find the latest news on our latest, temporary, exhibits. However our mainly alphabetical listings are designed to whet your appetite as regards just how special a place The National Motorcycle Museum really is.
The team exists to showcase some of the museum’s competition inventory as it was originally intended to be used – back on track! For full details and some great video footage see the main Team National Motorcycle Museum page. Close Latest Acquisitions During any given year any number of new machines will go on display within the five large halls that make up the National Motorcycle Museum.
FRAME No BICYCLE DATING. HOW OLD IS MY BICYCLE? ‘How old is my bicycle?’ is a question I get asked a lot, nearly as much as: ‘I have a bicycle that looks like one of yours; if I send you pictures please can you identify it for me?’.
Our Needle roller and oil end feed conversion completely eliminates the problems associated with the timing side bush. The bush is replaced by a combined ball and needle roller bearing which withstands substantial radial and axial load, the combined bearing eliminates end float, it locks the crankshaft to the timing side so no more shimming of the crankshaft. The oil ways are altered and re-routed so the oil is fed directly from the oil pump to the big ends via an oil seal housed in the timing casings and through an end feed quill situated in the end of the crankshaft.
Best quality big end shells. Dynamic balancing to smooth out the vibrations. Failure of an old conrod will destroy the engine. Hardened valve seats fitted to run on Unleaded fuel. Fin and thread repairs.
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Where do we buy our Bantam spares? A few more projects were completed over winter and while there haven’t been any Bantams amongst them, we’ve been working our existing bikes. The best news is the “discovery” of Rooster Ignitions – a great company in the UK with a range of electronic ignitions and other wonderful things to make the electrical side of your Bantam a whole lot easier to live with.
Les has finished his military M20 and Jim’s military M20 has also been completed. We will post some photos and details here soon. Jim’s civilian M20 is finished – read all about it and see the finished bike.
WELCOME TO THE BSA FRONT WHEEL DRIVE CLUB Established March , This new website was launched in March Welcome to our club, as you browse through the various parts of this site you will become aware that this is a club run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, the marque is very special in that BSA were virtual pioneers of Front wheel drive technology in the UK, and made FWD cars, three.
Nigel Clark, pics by Chris Langton BSA Poster for the Spitfire Whether the Americans truly desired the specification of machinery that we sent them, or whether it was merely the interpretation of the factory stylists in their smoky offices of the 50s remains arguable. However, one thing is for sure, these days in particular, that era of Trans Atlantic styling is eye-catchingly different… BSA Spitfire Scrambler In this old motorcycle game of ours, fate can sometimes play a decent hand by laying in front of us a certain path, which eventually results in a machine that originally was not quite what we had planned.
Well, OK, not literally, but had it not been for a pal in need of a replacement alternator for his car, Dave would not have received the remains of a BSA engine in exchange for the required electrical component. Born and bred in the villages on the east side of Lincoln city — which, if development continues, will soon become simply suburbs — he was fortunate to live on a farm and have a father with a keen interest in motorcycles.
The farm, by its very nature, had a plentiful supply of old tractors, lorries and cars too, all of which formed a very thorough grounding in the workings of the internal combustion engine, transmission and the other mechanical systems connected to vehicular forward and reverse of course motion. Indeed, as well as another couple of tasty machines in his workshop which will perhaps grace these pages in future issues, there is a classic Mk 1 Escort Mexico, a superb but presently body-less Morris Eight and an immaculate, scarlet, convertible XJS Jaguar in his drive.
His first road machine was the now much sought after 50cc FS1-E Yamaha , followed by a cc Honda on which he passed his test. Several other everyday machines passed through his hands but were of little interest as he soon realised he preferred the older machines. His reward for rescuing his friend from the darkness was the remains of a B31 chopper frame and cc Shooting Star engine and gearbox.
It had thrown a con-rod sometime in the past and though it had damaged the big-fin barrel, the cases were fortunately intact.