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5th June 2006

TP's Newsround

What's new in the world of classic motorcycling? Ceefers and Spitfires and burgled Bullets and handsome horns - and a tip of the cap to a man in the North Yorkshire moors...

BSAs Blast off at Billing!

This is your last-minute reminder to skedaddle along to BSA Day at Billing Aquadrome in Northants (J16 off the M1) on Sunday June 11th 2006. The fun begins at 11am with the kids' games, followed by the parade of theme bikes. This year the unit singles take centre stage, so expect to see an arena buzzing with Ceefers, B25s, B40s, B44s and B50s (if anyone can start 'em! Sorry…).

The day continues with further parades and inter-branch competitions, plus static displays, technical advice, and a special ride-in of BSA slopers.

A BSA C15, yesterday...

And of top of all that, there's a raffle - spend a quid and you could be going home with a new (to you!) BSA.

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The first prize is a 1967 250cc C15 Sportsman, one of about 250 manufactured and recently restored by a BSA club member. The BSAOC tell us that 'the bike runs beautifully and it will be MOT'd and ready for the road. It may need taxing but as a historic vehicle it is free!' Tickets cost £1 each (in books of five) and will be available at Billing - with the draw taking place as the highlight of the day. Even if you don't win the Sportsman, you might get a waterproof riding suit or a crash helmet, or one of the other runner-up prizes…

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Bullet Burgled

There is no doubt that having a bike stolen is always a traumatic occasion. It's bad enough when some low-life thief makes off with your modern motorcycle. But it's almost heart-breaking when an old bike is stolen - especially if you rebuilt the bike yourself some 20 years ago and have been riding it ever since.

So we can only commiserate with RC Clubman Rob, whose 1957 Royal Enfield Bullet was stolen over the Bank Holiday. You might even know the bike - Rob brought it along to the Ardingly Show this spring. Rob's garage was broken in to and the Bullet removed while he was out of the house; and he has heard that the bike was seen shortly afterwards on a trailer in the Dorking area.

So did you see a Bullet being trailered, loaded into a van, or even ridden on Bank Holiday Monday? It's a standard, maroon 1957 Bullet, registration RMR 720, frame number 41040, engine number G2/17080.

Please keep your eyes peeled, and in all parts of the country, because it may well turn up in a different area or even on eBay. If you're buying a similar machine or parts for one then do please look at the engine and frame numbers - check to see if they seem very clean (ie; recently stamped!), and ask to see paperwork to confirm the provenance of the motorcycle.

Any information would be very welcome; contact 01403 713123.


Super Spitfire at Bill Little's Barn

A 650 Beezer, yesterday...Fancy something a little special? There's an unusual 650 Beezer lurking in Bill's Barn - a 1966 ex-works Mk2 Spitfire Special.

Originally registered to BSA themselves, the A65 was originally featured in the Motor Cycle in April of 1966 - even appeared on the cover, with a full road test inside.

It's been carefully updated for modern riding with a Lucas electronic ignition and less fussy concentric carbs, but still retains the original 190mm front brake and flip-up footrests.

Bill's happy to tell you more about it - 01666 860577 - and he'll even let you read the magazine!

The same 650 Beezer, the day before yesterday...


Horn of Plenty

That clever chap Paul Goff has added another wotnot to his line-up of useful bits for old bikes. He stocks heaps of spares from dynamos to ammeters to oil filter kits to battery boxes, and now replica Altette horns, too, as fitted to many British bikes of the 1940s and 50s.

An Altette Horn, yesterday...

The 4.5-inch diameter horns are accurate reproductions, with a cast body and chrome bezel as found on the original items. Each horn costs £69 plus delivery. Paul also stocks mounting brackets so you can actually… fit… the… thing… (well, how often have you bought a bit and then discovered it has no obvious means of attachment?) for an extra sick squid.

If you already have an Altette horn which is working but looks scruffy, then Paul also offers a cosmetic kit with a sparkly chrome ring, and inner and out nuts in chrome, for £16.

Paul's website even includes a Top Tip on how to fit a modern replacement horn into an Altette casing - just in case you want to hang onto as much originality as you can, without paying through the nose!

Call for more info; 01494 868218.


New Wheels At Provence

The Classic Bike Provence grapevine makes for interesting reading - even if you've not yet enjoyed one of their motorcycle tours around the south of France or Spain. You can sign up for this regular e-newsletter, check out the weather in Provence, and dream of the day when you can escape to the hills… and in the meanwhile, you can mull over the news that the most popular bike in their stable is apparently the Sunbeam S7 - as voted for by CBP customers. The least popular option is their Honda CB750K4 - make of that what you will!

And the hot news is that a Hinckley Bonneville will soon be joining the CBP fleet. Speedmaster to Corsica, anyone?


Goodbye and Good Luck!

It's with some sadness that we bid a fond farewell from the classic bike trade to Mike Tonge. Mike - seen here in the green -- ran the Royal Enfield dealership in Hawes, in North Yorkshire, and he gave Rowena and Emm a really warm welcome during last year's Round Britain Ride.

Mike Tonge, yesterday...

Thanks for supporting RealClassic for the last couple of years Mike, and thanks for the cake, and best wishes for your future ventures…


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