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21st February 2006


TP'S Newsround

More classic motorcycling news from TP's in-tray. Group discounts at Jumbles, fuss-free frolics in France, low down bums on Enfields and fresher air in London...

Group Discount At Jumbles

Looking for somewhere to ride to with your chums? Barry Jones, who organises the Marconi/Chelmsford and Bovingdon Airfield jumbles, has kindly offered to give any club or group a discount on admission. The standard price is only £3 -- if you can get together a group of a dozen or more then he'll knock a chunk off that.

The next Bovingdon jumble at Bourne End, Herts, is on April 9th; the jumble is car and bike, roughly 50/50 split, and there's usually 80 to 100 stalls lined up along the runway. There's a dedicated bike parking area and decent catering at sensible prices.

Coach parties are also welcome, or a gaggle of bikes from one club or organisation. You just need to make the arrangement in advance by contacting Barry (0208 252 6831 or see www.woodclass.com). If RC clubbers want to go along then nominate a spokesman and sort yourselves out a discount!

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What *is* she staring at?Fuss Free France: Coupes Moto Legende

This year's Coupes Moto Legende takes place during the first week of June at the Dijon-Prenois race circuit (it used to be at Montlhery, until 2003). This is Europe's largest classic motorcycle festival, with over 1000 pre-1976 bikes taking part in the track sessions and associated events. A vast array of attractions are offered - including a chance to get up close to some of motorcycling's legends like Agostini, Phil Read and Christian Sarron.

But many of us just don't have the spare time to get a classic bike fettled and ready to ride to France. So Classic Bike Provence have done all the hard work for us - Neil and Sarah at CBP have worked out the perfect package. All you have to do is turn up at the airport or station, and they'll take care of the rest.

Riding classic bikes from the CBP stable, the tour departs on Friday June 2nd from Aix en Provence and arrives early evening at the beautiful town of Beaune. On the Saturday morning the riders will wend their way through the burgundy vineyards to Prenois, the site of the event, returning back to Beaune after the day's entertainments on the track have drawn to a close. (The CBP team purposely chose a base just under an hour from the circuit to enable you to enjoy a good ride at the beginning and end of each day). The Sunday follows much the same course, and then on Monday the group will work its back through the picturesque valley of the Rhone to Aix en Provence and CBP HQ.

What could be easier? No hassle of having to prepare a bike, plan a route, buy tickets, or organise a hotel -- and yet you still have the enjoyment of arriving at this motorcycling Mecca in a suitable manner on a well maintained classic bike. All you have to do is find yourself a cheap flight…

A Clasic Bike in Provence, yesterday.

See www.classicbikeprovence.com for more info, or call 00 44 207 871 0471.

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One For Low-Down Bums

Is the world getting taller? Have your legs shrunk in the wash? Royal Enfield have the answer… a low seat option for their Bullet Electra. The normal seat height on the 500cc single is around 32-inches and, although that's not particularly tall by modern standards, it can feel like a long way up if you've got tight trousers!

The new low seat option reduces the seat height by a huge 4-inches, which brings it down to something like the level of a Harley Sportster - and makes an Electra saddle some two inches lower than that of a standard modern Bonneville. Royal Enfield reckon this 'makes the machine far more manageable for shorter riders and can significantly increase confidence.'

A new Electra with a low seat sells for £3582 OTR. Owners who want to lower a seat on an existing machine can purchase the low seat as an aftermarket accessory for £130 including VAT. Try before you buy; do remember that a lower saddle will significantly alter your riding position so although you might find life easier when trickling around at low speed, it will also affect the angle of your hip, shoulder, elbow and knee joints while you are riding…

Platform heels work just as well...

www.royal-enfield.com

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London Emission Controls To Tighten

At the end of January 2006, Transport for London published their expected consultation on proposals to create a 'Low Emission Zone'" aimed at improving air quality in Greater London. The proposals can be found at www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/... and include suggested measures to restrict (or at least discourage) the use of older commercial vehicles.

There was some concern that any new measure would also affect private classic vehicles, but the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs report that there are no proposals to impose restrictions on the use of older cars or motorcycles. Apparently, it has been recognised that these make little contribution to overall pollution levels.

The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs exists to uphold the freedom to use old vehicles. Without that freedom there would be little incentive to preserve them, and if that incentive was lost, so too would be a very large part of our national transport heritage. RealClassic is a Trade Supporter of the FBHVC, and we encourage other clubs and individuals to affiliate if they share similar goals. See www.fbhvc.co.uk

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