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17th January 2008

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New parts for BSAs, new dates for Enfield's open weekend; a new ignition timing widgit, new times for Tri-Cor, good news from Classic Transfers, a (newish) bike show in London and a new film at the movies. Heaps of classic bike news, then...

Beesa Bits

Draganfly Motorcycles are famous for supplying Ariel spares, but they also hold huge stocks of BSA components, and regularly commission new batches of otherwise unobtainable parts.

With or without ears. Pardon?They've just introduced a range of high quality fork shrouds for BSA A-, B- and M-series machines. 'We were amazed by the poor quality of shrouds available on the market' said Roger at Draganfly 'so we decided to make our own to our own high standard in heavy gauge steel.'

The fork shrouds (with ears) for A-series 1948 to 52, A10 RR/SR 1954 to 63; B-series 1949 to 52 and M-series 1949 to 63 cost £37 each and are part number 67-5042/4.

Without ears the part number is 67-5009 for A-, B- and M-series from 1953 to 57, and they're £27.75 each (all prices plus VAT and delivery).

You can order over the phone 01986 894798 or see www.DragAnfly.co.uk

Freebird the Film Finally Arrives

We've been following the fortunes of Freebird, a British movie with a storyline involving three motorcycle couriers and their trek to the Welsh mountains in search of an elusive hippy. Originally staged as a play in the theatre, Freebird underwent the transition to film and previewed at last year's Isle of Man TT races. From the beginning of February 2008 you'll be able to see it at a local cinema, including Odeon, Showcase and Cineworld multiplexes. The film's producers are hoping that many bike clubs will make a group outing to see the film (well, there's not a lot else to do on a wet night in February… is there?)

Mushrroms. Magic...

To watch a trailer or find out which cinemas will be showing Freebird, see www.free birdmovie.com

Excel Only Show in Town

The London Motorcycle Show, taking place at Excel in Docklands from 31st January to 3rd February, looks like being the only choice for London motorcyclists hoping to grab a pre-season bargain. There will be no show at Alexandra Palace this year, meaning that the Docklands event will be better supported by manufacturers and traders.

We're promised there'll be a display of classic machines as well as the latest new bikes, a Live Action arena, a 'Babe of the Show' competition and ride outs organised by BSM.

off to the show for some new leathers, by the look of it...

The show is open from 10am to 7pm on the Thursday, from 10am to 6pm on the Friday, and from 9am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Motorcycle parking is free, and you can save a few quid by booking your tickets in advance via www.londonmotorcycleshow.com

Times A-Changing At Tri-Cor

If you call or visit Tri-Cor, the classic Triumph specialist, then make a note that they now open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, but are shut at weekends. So don't go roaring off for that urgent T140 component on a Saturday lunchtime, because they won't be around to serve you!

However, you can call on Tri-Cor on any weekday at their premises just outside Ledbury at Whitwick Manor, Lower Eggleton; and they happen to be surrounded by lovely countryside and some great roads, so it's worth going for a blast rather than paying the postage. Alternatively, you can place orders over the blower (01432 820752) or browse their online catalogue, and order securely, any time you like at www.tri-corengland.com

T140 stuff on eBay.co.uk

Enfield Open Weekend Moves to June

Royal Enfield has moved its annual Open Weekend forward from its traditional dates at the end of July to mid-June. Last year approximately 1750 people visited the Watsonian-Squire factory in the Cotswolds, which has been the home of Royal Enfield in this country since 1999. Even bigger numbers are expected for 2008, following a record year for sales of new bikes for Royal Enfield, with UK registrations up 15% on the previous year.

The weekend provides visitors with an excellent opportunity to view the current range of motorcycles on offer, including UK-only specials and accessories. A fleet of demo bikes is available throughout the weekend and there are sidecar rides and access to the historic sidecar factory too. Home cooked refreshments will be on offer (it's normally very tasty Indian cuisine), with proceeds from selected activities going to the County Air Ambulance Trust (over £400 was collected in 2007).

Note leafy UFO comign in to land, top left...

The third Royal Enfield Open Day will be on Saturday and Sunday 14th and 15th June 2008. The RealClassic Roadshow will certainly be there for one of the two days - more details nearer the time or see www.royal-enfield.com

Classic Transfers Back In Action

We're delighted to hear from Bob and Marcia at Classic Transfers that, following Bob's illness last year, he's making very good progress. They'll be trading at a slightly slower pace this year; open weekday mornings on 01454 260596 and supplying all the transfers from their catalogue (over 200 different marques!).

Bob's on crutches at the moment but says he's determined to get to the Bristol Show in February, however they won't be coming to the Kempton Park autojumbles for the time being. So if you need water-slide or sticky-on transfers, it's best to give them a ring.

Was Your Classic Created In Coventry?

If you do own a Coventry Classic, then you might like to exhibit it on May 11th 2008 at the Coventry Centre Centenary at Gaydon in Warwickshire, which is being organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers to celebrate 100 years of automotive engineering in Coventry. This will incorporate the finest possible display of vehicles manufactured in Coventry and demonstrate 100 years of achievement by engineers in the area. Triumph, Rudge and Francis Barnett motorcycles are expected and entries from individual enthusiasts with Coventry-built machines are most welcome.

Email jmlroberts@aol.com for entry details

Festival of 1000 Bikes Gathers Speed

The VMCC have been beavering away over winter to organise an exciting line-up for the 2008 VMCC Festival of 1000 Bikes, which will be held at Mallory Park on July 12th and 13th. Over 1400 entry forms have already been sent out to classic riders who might want to take part in the track sessions, while the usual suspects (Bonhams, Footman James, the National Motorcycle Museum, the Ace Café and so on) are lining up to provide entertainment beside the circuit.

Following a substantial landscaping project at Mallory Park in 2007, the Festival will have considerably more display space for the 2008 event and as a result the VMCC have invited every single-make motorcycle club in the UK to join them and take a free stand to display their members' machines. The VMCC would also be delighted to hear from any clubs who would like to organise rallies or have their own track session at the Festival.

For private individuals, the VMCC have kept a lid on the cost of track session in order to encourage as many riders as possible onto the circuit over the weekend. The cost for three track sessions is £65 for VMCC members and £74 for non-VMCC members. All entrants will receive a free event programme. Entrants can have from one session up to a maximum of three sessions per machine, but can enter more than one machine if they wish giving the broadest spread of choice possible over both days of the event.

Are you sure they said they'd deliver pizzas to the circuit at Mallory Park?

The Festival of 1000 Bikes also features the biggest line-up in Europe of past masters' machines and star riders on track, a series of pre-65 trials, an historic grass track competition, historic sprint demos, the avenue of clubs (with 50 clubs in attendance in 2007), trade stands and autojumble stalls, a bar marquee which is open all day with panoramic view of the Stebbe straight, live music, entertainment and 'classic stars on stage' in the big top.

If you want to ride your classic on track then we advise entering asap; you can download the paperwork at www.vmcc.net/1000bikes/1000home.htm where you'll also find info about all the other aspects of the Festival.

RC Readers Are Winners All Round!

Every month we hold a prize draw for RealClassic magazine subscribers, and a couple of names are selected from the readership at random. As if by magic an RC fun bundle lands on the doormat of an unsuspecting individual - it's a bit like winning the Premium Bonds (if the Premium Bonds people gave away books and posters and t-shirts and dvds and stickers and things, which they don't. So it's not very much like winning the Premium Bonds at all).

Last month's winners were Barry Jepson of Newark and Bruce Stevens of Grays. Congratulations chaps; hope you liked the prizes. All you have to do to stand a chance of winning in the RC prize draw is hold a current subscription to the magazine - see www.RealClassic.co.uk/subscribe

Royal Enfield REVs for Cancer

Doug Young, who for a long while edited the magazine of the Royal Enfield Owners' Club, has produced a super cd compilation which will interest any RE enthusiast. Back when the factory at Redditch was building bikes by the boatload, the Royal Enfield company produced a magazine called REVS. It was published from 1946 to 1954, and revealed the behind the scenes activities of the workings of the company, the people who formed it and actually made the machines, and of RE dealers worldwide.

'Has he taken that photo yet? My arm's getting tired...'

The 16 magazines have been converted to PDF format and make fascinating reading. Doug undertook the project in order to raise money for charity, and if you order a cd then all the proceeds will go to Macmillian Cancer Care. (Makes a change from taking a holiday and calling it charity work!). We'd normally tell you how to order the cd at this point, but somehow the ordering instructions have become separated from the cd itself… so we'll add that info as soon as we've got in touch with Doug again!

Ignition Timing Made Easy (maybe…)

Proleck Engineering Services contacted us this month and asked if we'd like to try a new gadget, their Magneto Static Timing Indicator. Setting the static ignition timing on a magneto-equipped motor isn't always straightforward, because you can't always measure the exact moment when the contact breakers open. The MSTI overcomes this by singing and dancing when the contact state changes from 'closed' to 'open'. All the user has to do is to connect two leads across the ignition points before checking or setting static ignition timing. An LED indicator changes colour and an audible warning sounds at the precise instant the points open. It sounds so amazingly simple that we figured no one could possibly get it wrong…

...so we arranged for Mike the Adman to try one out, and he'll be reporting when (1) he's come back from his skiing holiday, and (2) he's discovered whether it really is as simple as it sounds. In the meanwhile, the Proleck MSTI costs £44 plus delivery from +44 (0)1229 586309 if you fancy trying one yourself.

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