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3rd April 2012

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Jampot Spares is reorganised; old bikes are invited to join in a mini jazzfest; important info about insuring components in storage, and everything is happening north of the border...

Club Shuffles Its Spares Scheme

The AJS & Matchless Owners' Club tell us that they have recently restructured their internal organisation 'to create semi-autonomous operating divisions which will service the Club's main commercial functions.' So the old Jampot Spares Limited will now be managed by an internal operating division of the Club, called the AJS & Matchless Owners Club Parts Service.

The Jampot Club, yesterday...From 1st April 2012 this new division will look to improve the parts ordering service, with improved stock control measures to enable Club members and the public to obtain the parts they need in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible.

The new service will also improve the web based parts ordering facilities, with near future plans to include photo images for all parts and components.

As the service progresses the Club is also looking to work with third-party specialists to create a 'one-stop-shop' for everything that enthusiasts might need to restore and maintain their machines of the marque.

This latter planned offering will only be available to members, reinforcing as it does the benefits of being with the Club. All contact details remain the same and the online parts list and ordering facility is still available via

If you'd like to explore the AJS and Matchless OC in person then the Club is holding an open day on 19th May 2012, when its Kettering HQ will be open to the public. Light refreshments will be available and club officials will be on hand to explain the new parts service operation. Info from 01536 511532.

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Call For Classics To Aid H4H

An array of classic motorcycles will be one of the added attractions at a charity jazz dance on Tuesday 22nd May 2012 at the Preston Cross Hotel, Little Bookham in Surrey. At least, that's what RealClassic reader Ken Rawlinson hopes - he's in charge of organising the motorcycle side of things. So we're spreading the word on his behalf. If you have a suitable old bike to show off to the general public, and would enjoy an afternoon of musical merriment, then you'd be very welcome to join the fun.

The Sussex Jazz Kings will be providing the aural entertainment. The band are donating their fee to H4H and the hotel are not charging for the hire of the hall. The advance ticket price of 10 will go to H4H, with refreshments on sale including a 'special jazz menu'.

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If you bring your classic along to join the display then you'll qualify for FREE admission to the show, although donations to H4H are encouraged - and don't miss out on the great grub. Says Ken; 'The band is very good - not just if you like trad jazz because they are very easy listening and play all over the UK and abroad.'

The Jazz Dance starts at 1pm and runs through until around 4pm. If you could bring your classic bike along to help raise money for a really good cause then please get in touch with Ken asap: ken.rawlinson (at)

Book Now For Vintage Training Days

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to ride a really old bike - by which we mean rigid, girders, hand-change and bicycle-style brakes - then the VMCC's Vintage Training Days were invented just for you.

These sessions on private land provide an opportunity to experience the type of machine that you don't normally get the chance to ride. Owners of 1920s and 1930s hand-change machines will be available to give instruction and encouragement in the fine art of lever throttles and tank-mounted gear sticks. Your entry fee of 37 allows you to ride at least 10 different vintage machines, and there are two dates to choose between. June 4th 2012 is in the Midlands at Curborough near Lichfield; Sunday May 6th 2012 is at Arborfield Barracks near Reading.

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James Hewing, CEO of the VMCC reckons that the 'vintage training days are a wonderful opportunity to introduce people to the joys of vintage motorcycling and are very much in keeping with the ethos of the Club. In this way we can help to ensure that the oldest machines are learned about, preserved and - crucially - used by a new generation of motorcyclists. With two training days this year we are appealing for hand-change veteran motorcycle owners to contact us if they can bring their machine along and help us in this most worthwhile endeavour.'

Places are limited and the VMCC advise early booking as no entries are taken on the day. One-day membership will be available for non-VMCC members at a cost of 3. Entry forms from 01283 540557 or

Scottish Show Ticket Giveaway

The Great Scottish Bike Show takes place at the Lanark Agricultural Centre at Muirglen, Hyndford Road, Lanark, on May 12th and 13th 2012. Attractions at the Show include special guests Jim Moodie and Donnie McLeod, a scrambles demo by the Scottish Classic Racing Club and the usual mix of static displays, club stands and trade stalls. The Show opens at 9am on both days, and tickets normally cost 8 but you could get in for free if you're quick.

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There's an online competition to win ten pairs of tickets at www.classicbikers which closes on April 25th. If you subscribe to the monthly RealClassic magazine then you can enter the competition for free (but you will have to complete the site registration process if you haven't already done so).

Don't forget that there are several other excellent events taking place north of the border in the near future; the Shetland Classic Motor Show on June 2nd and 3rd, and the Scottish Classic Motorcycle Show at Ayr on June 3rd, followed by the Bob Macintyre Memorial Races on June 16th and 17th in East Lothian. Check the Events Page for full details.

New Club in Northants

All old bike enthusiasts are very welcome to join the East Northants Classic Motorcycle Club who meet every Tuesday from 7.30pm at the 19th Hole Pub in Irchester. The club caters for anyone with an interest in old bikes, so you don't have to own one at present to join in. The group has very little formal structure but organises regular rides on B-roads and country lanes (travelling at the speed of the slowest rider/bike) as well as a variety of longer distance rides and social events throughout the calendar.


Specialist Insurance For Accessories

If we're lucky then most of us will never need to claim on our motorcycle insurance, so it's hardly surprising that we don't pay a lot of attention to the small print on our policies. It's only when the whole plot goes up in smoke that we might discover the worst. You may find that while the basic value of your old motorcycle is covered for theft or fire, your box of irreplaceable spare parts and replacement components are not. Many 'comprehensive' policies do not cover stored spares, even though they are just as vulnerable to theft and damage as the bike itself.

Lynbrook Insurance started offering specialist insurance for classic vehicles two decades ago, and they have always included up to 500 for stored parts or accessories belonging to the insured vehicle. As components have become more scare and risen in value, so Lynbrook have now extended this facility. You can ask to increase the level of cover for stored spares to 2500, or the value of the insured vehicle, at minimal extra cost. Just mention this when renewing or when you call for a quote on 0845 130 4662.


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