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30th July 2009

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In this month's round up of classic motorcycling news we have clever kickstarts, stolen bikes, the chance to win a Bonneville and the first warm clothing for winter...

Win A Bonnie

The VMCC's latest raffle was drawn last month and one Mr Davies is now the new owner of the top prize, a very smart 1964 Velocette Venom. Tickets have now gone on sale for the Club's next raffle, where the top prize is a 1968 Triumph Bonneville T120R with a Davida Jet helmet on offer for the runner up.

Win This Bike! 1968 Triumph Bonneville T120R

Tickets can be bought from the VMCC stand at events throughout the autumn, and the draw will be made on December 18th 2009. Tickets may also be ordered at

Last year's VMCC raffle winner collects his prize 1964 Velocette Venom

Classic Bikes Are Back…

…back, that is at the Classic Motor Show at the NEC, November 13th to 15th 2009, in their dedicated hall with displays from many major clubs and museums plus private entries, autojumble, concours competition and more. Admission to the bike show also includes the full classic motor show with over 1000 vintage four-wheelers plus the MPH performance car show. Watch this space for info on how to enter your bike for the RC-sponsored concours display. Advance tickets are considerably cheaper than paying on the day so prebook is recommended, either online or call 0871 230 1088. www.classic

Get Fleeced!

It must have been the warm weather which went to her head, but at the Royal Enfield Open Weekend in June, Rowena was so impressed with the new casual clothing on offer that she actually bought some, for cash, with her own money, and everything… Produced in the UK exclusively for Royal Enfield, the first items to be introduced are a fleece and a bodywarmer with more lines are set to follow. The fleece is made by Regatta, with an embroidered Royal Enfield logo. Manufactured from 280 series anti-pill fleece, the jacket has two lined front zip pockets and an adjustable draw-cord at the hem to keep the wind out. Rowena confirms that it certainly is snug, and the subdued colour scheme of dark blue and grey even matches well with RC regalia! The fleece comes in sizes S-XXL and sells for £29.95.

A fleece and a bodywarmer, yesterday

The bodywarmer is based on a Kariban design and manufactured from soft touch nylon taslon material, with an embroidered Royal Enfield logo in silver on the front and a printed reflective logo on the back. It has polyester padding and a fleece lining plus several outer and an inner zip pocket. This design didn't quite inspire the RC Crew who felt it looked like a little bit '1980s market trader' but then it is supposed to be a retro product… The bodywarmer comes in sizes S-XXL in black/grey or blue/grey at £34.99. Both available from 01386 700907 or see

Spot The Bonnie

An extremely unusual T140E will be the star of the show at this summer's Rudgwick Steam Show over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The Bonnie was never unpacked from its crate after being shipped to the States in 1979 and remained in storage until 2004. Still unridden, it'll be on display alongside a wide selection of other classics from around the world at the Rudgwick Showground, just off the A281 near Guildford. 01403 822378 or

Stolen Classics

If you have any info about a 1955 Norton café racer, reg TSJ 123 with engine number 14N77034 and frame number K122 62647 which was stolen recently then please call 07871 667509.

Then two BSA Gold Stars were stolen in Sussex; reg number YLN 949, chassis number CB32 9225 and engine number DBD34 GS 9225; reg 765 XUA, chassis CB32 5185, engine number DBD 34 GS 3515.

There is a large reward on offer for information leading to an arrest and/or their reward. Contact Sussex Police 0845 6070999 quoting crime number NC1-05623709.

Some Bonnevilles on eBay

A kickstart, yesterdayHinged Kicker

If your shins are bruised and battered thanks to kickstart impact, then Norvil have a new product to ease your pains. This folding kickstart has fits singles and Dominators with an AMC or Norton gearbox and is intended for moto-cross machines (but might come in handy for road-going mortals too, eh?).

The kickstart hinges at the bottom which allows it to fold right away, helping to prevent injury. Made from forged steel, the kickstart should be strong enough to cope with the rough treatment that the sport tend to throw at it too. See www.norvil for ordering info.

Sell-Out Sale

Bonhams celebrated its debut Banbury Run sale in storming fashion with 98% of lots sold and a total of £399,410 achieved. The sale was attended over 1000 enthusiasts, 400 of whom registered to bid.

The top price was made by the 1922 Brough Superior MkI, which sold for £35,050. Other highlights included the 1947 Vincent Rapide (£26,450), circa 1971 Egli-Vincent (£23,000), 1903 Excelsior Motorcycle Combination (£21,850), 1905 Invicta Forecar (£20,125) and 1954 Norton Model 40 Manx (£19,550). Entries are now being accepted for the firm's sales in the autumn at Beaulieu and Stafford; see or call 08700 273 616.

Interceptor Abundance

The RE Open Weekend was also graced by the attendance of an impressive array of Royal Enfield Interceptors. 18 of the big twins were gathered together in the area for their annual camping weekend and 14 roared along to Blockley for an afternoon at the Watsonian factory. When the time came for them to leave they were impossible to ignore… and not one of them misbehaved! Awesome, indeed…

Middle aged men in vests. Just say no.

Top Transformer

This is one Commando you can't possibly buy: an admirable film clip created by an animator, Steve Twist, with the help of the NOC's Neil Shoosmith. The short film incorporates some 750 photos of bike parts plus the machine itself; every second of filming uses 25 frames and each frame took some 15 minutes to prepare on the computer.

Steve graduated with first class honours for his Computer Visualisation and Animation degree - and this little film has indeed become an instant classic.

Sun Shines On Ross (again)

We can't quite understand how it can be lashing down with rain across most of the country, but still Ross on Wye remains dry. Sunny, even! Autojumble organiser John Harding must be extremely righteous to be blessed with such good weather, which drew out a good selection of bikejumble stalls and a decent crowd for his July event. As well as secondhand spares for British and Japanese bikes, a good few folk sold complete bikes including a couple of rarities - a cammy Velocette KSS Mk2 and a Norton Nomad - plus more standard fare like an Ariel KH, BSA C15, AJS 16MS, Matchless G80CS, AJS Model 14 and the ubiquitous T140 Bonneville, as well as a pile of older Japanese machines like an XL250, GT250, Gt550 and others.

Some men not wearing vests, yesterday.

'There seemed a higher proportion of genuine garage clearances' says John, 'and a few first timers too.' If you'd like to take along some jumble to the next South Midlands Auojumble then it's on September 26th 2009 at the Ross on Wye Livestock Market; call 01989 750731 for details.

Sent To Coventry

Sunday August 9th 2009 is the date for the 54th running of the Coventry Parade by the Warwickshire Section of the VMCC. Based at Coombe Park, near Coventry, a 65 mile route through the rural lanes of Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire is on offer, with a 40 mile route for older machines. Coventry's Lord Mayor will flag the machines away and late entries can be taken on the day (but without the prebooked slap-up lunch, sadly). Any machine over 25 years old is eligible and a range of trophies will be awarded at the end of the run. Non-members of the VMCC are particularly welcome, subject to taking day membership at £3. See

Combo Quest Completed!

RC readers Mike and Lorna Cottey successfully completed their Combo Quest this month, travelling 2160 miles on A-road only from Land's End to John O' Groats and back again. The trip was to encourage people to donate to the Autistic Society, which you can do via

Mike and Lorna had just loaded the sign into the sidecar when a photographer appeared...

Last Call For Beezumph!

This year's 18th Beezumph Rally on August 14th and 15th at Cadwell Park is shaping up to be yet another cracker. The original formula of this track-based event has remained the same with classic motorcycle owners getting the chance to ride the circuit on their road or track bikes. The biggest changes have come off track with a range of displays to keep the spectators occupied.

For 2009 the London Motorcycle Museum has a marquee with many prototypes including the P1 Trident on show. The National Motorcycle museum is lending three ex-factory Rob North racers (ridden by Gene Romero, Paul Smart and Ray Pickrell). These are on show in the (free) tea and coffee tent. The AMA Museum from America is showing the Vetter 3 prototype Hurricane, accompanied by its designer, Craig Vetter. George Pooley with be showing and talking about his specials. As a 'special' this year there will be a line up of "69" bikes this year celebrating the 40th anniversary of the BSA/Triumph triples going on sale in the UK.

The moment may have passed when you can enter to ride on the track but there's plenty else to keep you occupied. You're welcome to spectate for just £10 in advance, (£15 on the gate) for both days including free camping. Full details at or call 07505 566862


More Royal Enfields on eBay right now...


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