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23rd June 2005

TP's Newsround

There's lots of news arriving in the Typing Person's mailbox: a Tiger on the loose; Sunbeams shining; a Ducati 900 goes to a good home; posh T140 yokes; a new Scott scheme, and a Panther which we'd like to find...

Trick Triple Tree (That's A Yoke To You…)

You might not necessarily think to look outside of the British Isles for spares and upgrades for your old Britbike. There are plenty of home-grown specialists, after all - but with the exchange rate currently in our favour it can make financial sense for us Old World types to do a little bit of overseas shopping. And (ahem) we do understand that this internet-thingy can be read all over the place, and not just in Chipping Sodbury, so…

New York-based British bike specialist British Bike Connection stock all sorts of items for Triumph, BSA and Norton bikes - a full range of service items, electrical upgrades, fuel taps and so forth, plus some original New Old Stock spares. But they also manufacture some really trick bits in-house, like the alloy triple-tree kit you see here. (Oh, all right. Yoke set, for those of us who speak English-English instead of US-English).

Can't make a triple tree without breaking some eggs...

These gleaming yokes are made for the twin-disc 750 Triumphs, and are machined to optical grade specs from solid 6000 series billet aluminium. The set includes top and bottom yokes, bearing stem, spacer, handlebar mounts and all necessary hardware for fitting. It costs $325 US (which is about £185 if our abacus is working correctly), plus delivery, of course. The BBC will also supply a similar yoke set for your T150 triple, should you wish - but that's a special order and will cost $395 US.

Go to and have a look in the Custom Parts section for more quality Britbits.


A Little Shaft Of Sunshine

Fans of BSA's splendid shaft-drive Sunbeam S7 and S8 machines may have been concerned to hear that David Holyoake of Stewart Engineering will be concentrating in future on his thriving garage business. Stewart Engineering are the first port of call for spare parts, technical info and advice for these bikes, so this would seem to be bad news for 'Beam enthusiasts. However we understand that only part of the rumour is accurate -- the garage is indeed thriving, so much so that David now has employed someone to manage it for him so he can develop the Sunbeam side of the business.

So the Sunbeam part of Stewart Engineering will be moving to new premises and the secondhand stock is currently being evaluated and catalogued, which means that some currently unavailable items may well surface for the first time in ages. Looking for an original mudguard? You might be lucky! Orders might take a little longer than usual to fulfil while the business is re-organised, but Stewart Engineering will soon be back in the swing of things.



Two New Choices For Holidaying Riders

Classic bike enthusiasts who fancy taking a riding holiday in the glorious countryside of Provence are now even more spoiled for choice. Two new charismatic Britbikes bikes have joined the Classic Bike Provence fleet, and are available for holidaymakers to ride on guided tours around the stunning French region.

The first new machine is a 1962 Triumph Tiger 100C (not at all unlike the one on the cover of RealClassic magazine issue 16); a single-carb, 38bhp street-scrambler which was a great hit in America when new. With their wide bars, high pipes and chunky tyres the trialised Tigers are extremely flexible and easy to ride: the perfect bike to relax with (and never tricky to start thanks to the single carb set-up).

Yellow. You can't go wrong with yellow. Unless you send in teeny-tiny pictures.

The second motorcycle to turn your head is a 1970 S-type Commando; added to the CBP fleet because their 850 Interstate has proved to be extremely popular with folk looking to try the last incarnation of the archetypal British twin. The 'S' is a 750, of course, and is another high-piper like the T100, boasting extraordinary swept-up silencers and an extremely comfortable riding position.

There are another 10 bikes in the CBP stable, including a couple of later Japanese classic fours, which means there's bound to be one to suit your riding tastes. Tours vary from single day outings to full five day excursions, with a range of local accommodation on offer.



New Scott Newsletter Goes Live

Scott enthusiasts Steven Enticott and Roger Moss have just started a new monthly newsletter, which they say is 'intended for all who have an interest in Scott motorcycles, their variants and their history. The objective of this free monthly newsletter by email is to promote a sense friendship, fellowship and objective mutual help and interest, using modern communication technology.'

The newsletter isn't connected with any other existing club, but is a stand-alone resource for fans of the Yowling Two-Stroke. Steven and Roger hope to fill their newsletter with owners profiles, technical case studies, stories of adventures with Scotts, technical tips, a Q&A section, supplier lists, a for sale section, and so on. All contributions will be very welcome - and if you'd like to subscribe (for free!) then you need to get in touch with Steven at senticott at


VMCC Ducati Goes To A New Home

Andrew Colvin of Dunblane is a very happy chappy: he's just become the proud owner of a 1980 Mike Hailwood rep Ducati 900, which he won as first prize in the VMCC's recent raffle. The raffle runners up collected other prizes including sundry magazine subscriptions and a Davida crash helmet.

You'd be smiling, too...

We wonder whether the VMCC got a greater or lesser response to their Ducati prizebike, compared to other raffles where more traditional British classics have been offered as first prize...? The next bike up for grabs in a VMCC raffle is a 1952 Triumph Speed Twin; we'll have to see if they'll tell us which prize bike proved the more popular!

Random Ducati 900SS Stuff on


Where Are They Now?

RC Clubman Roy Callcut would love to know the current whereabouts of a Panther which his father owned.

It was a 650, 'probably a 1950s model although I can't remember the exact year' and the registration was LGU 406. 'If it's for sale so much the better, but if it's not I'd like to pat its tank again!' says Roy.

Contact him by email at roy.callcut at



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