Classic Bike News - September 2018




2019 Indian FTRS. This 1203cc liquid-cooled "flat tracker inspired" hunk of American hardware has just been unveiled in Cologne at Intermot, and understandably it's drawn a lot of eyes. Engine dimensions are 102mm x 72.6mm. Features include lean sensitive traction control, 3 rider modes (sport, standard, rain), ABS, a slipper-assist clutch, dual throttle bodies, high-flow cylinder heads, a trellis frame, an inverted front fork (no info on size), fully adjustable suspension front & rear, Brembo brakes, an LCD touch screen and LED lights. Max power isn't stated, but peak torque kicks in with 85lbs-ft (115Nm) @ 6,000rpm. Here at Sump we've got mixed feelings. The bike looks good, but ... well, derivative. Maybe it will grow on us. The price is £12,999. Delivery is sometime next year. A standard FTR is also available (simpler suspension and paint). Now, has this fuse been lit a little early?

October 2018  Classic bike news


Weise®  Boston Jeans tried & tested

One liners

Star attractions at Barber Sale

Andy Tiernan 2019 charity calendar

Zhongneng buys Moto Morini

Bonhams Autumn Stafford preview

Charles Geoffrey Hayes: 1942 - 2018

Mark Wilsmore's bikes to auction

2019 Street Twin & Scrambler boost

Two Wheeled Tuesdays invitation

Bonhams Alexandra Palace Sept Sale

NextBase 312GW dashcam tested

Charles Nicholas Hodges

Suzuki Motorcycles from Veloce

2019 BMW R1250GS & R1250RT
Dudley Sutton: 1933 - 2018 

Oxford Products Kickback Shirt

One liners

Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Sport unveiled

Burton Leon Reynolds: 1936 - 2018

Comet Classics Open Day

H&H Auctions seeking consignments

One liners

Motus Motorcycles is bust


June 2018 Classic Bike News

One liners

Trump & Harley-Davidson toe to toe

"Governator's" Harley-Davidson sold

Car Builder Solutions recommended

Dirtquake VII 2018 at Arena Essex
One liners
Mecum Auctions at Monterey 2018
H&H NMM auction shapes up further
Chris Chope gets 'em in a twist
Daniel David Kirwan: 1950 - 2018
Reg Allen Motorcycles is closing
One liners
World Motorcycle Rally 2018
Glynn Edwards: 1931 - 2018
Den Hartogh Museum Sale
Grip-Tite Sockets, tried & tested
Donald Trump's US trade war starts


May 2018 Classic Bike News

The Daily Not News

IOM jaywalker in the hoosegow

Rare Norton Hi-Rider to auction

Clint Walker: 1927 - 2018

Ducati Museum Hailwood exhibition

Tougher protection for cops mooted

One liners

New London-Brighton Run route

April 2018 Classic Bike News

Bonhams Spring Stafford results

Royal Enfield Interceptor NMM raffle

60th International Motor Scooter Rally

New Honda "Monkey Bike" for 2018

Carole Nash's dangerous roads

An Austin Anthology from Veloce

Bonhams Stafford Sale reminder

One Liners

Bradford Dillman: 1930 - 2018

Stolen Vincent Comet & BSA Bantam
Spirit of '59 Triumph Bonnevilles
We've been adrift, but we're back in port

Autonomous Tesla claims a cyclist

Motor insurance premiums fall

March 2018 Classic Bike News

Watsonian's GP700 & Indian Chief

Bonhams Stafford Sale April 2018

One liners

We Ride London new demo date

Dee Atkinson & Harrison March Sale

Bull-it Men's SR6 Cargo trousers

Franklin's Indians: Veloce Reprint

One Liners

Kenneth Arthur Dodd: 1927 - 2018

Carole Nash Google Petition

New Musical Express is out of print

1954 500cc Triumph-Matchless chop

1,800 bike collection to be auctioned

Art Exhibition at Sammy Miller's

2018 Cardiff Classic Motorcycle Show

John Lennon's monkey bike: £57,500

One liners

This day in history

February 2018 Classic Bike News

Foscam Wireless Camera system

Pioneer Run eBook: now £2.99

Oxford Clamp On brake lever clip

One liners

2018 Curtiss Warhawk unveiled

Here's the latest bike scam attempt

George Beale appointed H&H director

Next Kickback Show 7-8th April 2018

"Alley Rat" - 2018 UK BOTK winner

One liners

Defeat the online scammers with Skype

Triumph Hurricane scammer alert

CCM Spitfire-based Bobber for 2018

Cafe Racer Dreams: 8 bikes stolen

Coys' Feb 2018 London Excel Auction

Thieves ransom Triumph Thunderbird

Harley-Davidson recalls 251,000 bikes

"Police biker" banker convicted

Bringsty Grand Prix Revival 2018

Two new Weise wax cotton jackets

Murderous solicitor is still on the books

£7k - £10k Triumph 'X-75 Hurricane'

Retro wireless GPS speedometer

"Anvil Motociclette...

2018 Triumph Speed Triples launched

Royal Enfield Flying Flea stolen

Brühl Twin Turbine Motorcycle Dryer

January 2018 Classic Bike News

Laser Power Bar Extension Wrench

One liners

Harley-Davidson quits Kansas City

Online traffic accident reporting plan

Silverstone Auctions February 2018

12th Annual Dania Beach Show

Black Lightning sells for $929,000

Online motorcycle scammer alert

One liners

AJS Tempest Scrambler for 2018

Charterhouse's February 2018 sale

Can anyone add info on this rider?

HJC FG-70s Aries Yellow helmet

One liners

Peter Wyngarde: 1927 (ish) - 2018

Death Machines of London - Airforce

Lancaster Insurance; reality check

One liners

"Fast" Eddie Clarke: 1950 - 2018

Bonhams' Las Vegas Sale reminder

Ban on credit/bank card charges

December 2017 Classic Bike News

Information on this picture wanted

Levis Motorcycles set for comeback?

One Liners

Oops, we screwed up [again - Ed]

H&H December 2017 sale at the NMM

Immortal Austin Seven from Veloce

Triumph T140V for sale: 237km

Irresponsible journalism from MCN?
Hagon Triumph Bobber mono-shock
Bruce Alan Brown: 1937 - 2017

MCN closes its biker forum

Arm rural UK coppers suggestion

Bought a Sump T-shirt? Check your email...

Falling bike sales, 11 straight months

Triumph Birmingham is set to close

New electric black taxi breaks cover

Semi naked girl straddles an Indian!!

November 2017 Classic Bike News

Riding Japan; new touring website

British motor racing anniversary day

Triumph T140 restoration guide

Ratchet handle taps & dies - Chronos

White Helmet Triumphs reach £12K

H&H's first timed automobilia auction

Goldtop £50 off gloves—limited offer

London pillion rider ban idea

Ford Design in the UK - Veloce

Thruxton Track Racer Kit offer

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New Davida "Koura" full face helmet

One liners

NMM BSA Gold Star winner details

Norton 650 twin scrambler planned

RE travel book: Hit the Road, Jac!

Stoneleigh Kickback Show April 2017

Brough Superior Pendine racer

One liners

H-D Battle of the Kings 2017 winner

New Royal Enfield 650 twins launched

NMM's 2018 Speedmaster prize

Meriden Off Road Tiger Cubs

One liners

Andy Tiernan's 2018 calendar

Scrappage scheme classic car poser

Norton launches the California

Scooter gangs face new response

One liners

September 2017 Classic Bike News

Bobby Vee: 1943 - 2016
EX-WD 500cc BSA WM20: £6,325
Essential autojumble sweatshirts
Mahindra has bought the BSA brand
Dave Cash: 1942 - 2016
BSA M20 "Blueprints" back in stock

New BSA M20 "Blueprint" T-shirt

VMCC Pip Squeak Run April 2016
Ed "Stewpot" Stewart: 1941 - 2016
Calling British spares manufacturers
Stupid biker gives away his KTM 690
Festival of Motorcycling autojumble

December 2015 Classic Bike News

Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister: 1945 - 2015

"Motorsport" CBE for John Surtees

Rare Vincent 2-stroke Uniflow Engine

Mick Grant replica 961 Norton racer

Old Biker's Mantra T-shirt from Sump

Evel Knievel's XL1000 movie bike

H&H Chateau Impney Sale results

Broughs of Bodmin Moor to sell

Flying Tiger Moto Man poofy soap

Petrol drops to £1 per litre

Porsche Sunbeam S8 special to sell

Ural gets on the scrambler trail

Anthony Valentine: 1939 - 2015

Huge UK government tax disc loss

Optimate 5 Voltmatic charger on test

Watsonian Squire T100 sidecar

November 2015 Classic Bike News

Redesigned Sump Triumph T-shirt

Great service at Welders Warehouse

Ural's 2016 Dark Force combination

Wheelrider project seeks backers

Andy Tiernan's 2016 calendar is here

A blue plaque for Triumph founder

Victory Ignition Concept custom bike

Matlock Bath Mining Museum appeal

Swedish Italians head for France
Side view assist tech from Bosch

David Beckham's Outlaw movie

New Triumph Speed Triple for 2016

Steve McQueen's Chevy camper van

Kickback Show London Dec 2015

George Barris: 1925 - 2015

NMM to raffle a 1959 T120 Bonnie

Royal Enfield splined clutch drums

"Led Zeppelin" chop sold at auction

Have you seen this Ford Mustang?

Bonhams Hendon Sale Dec 2015

Movies we love: The Family Way

Bonhams 2016 Las Vegas line-up

Triumph's new Bonneville line-up

October 2015 Classic Bike News

Mark Howe Murphy: 1932 - 2015

Comet Classics' Pride at the NEC

Stand up for Owen

Old Empire Motorcycles Gladiator

Record money at Bonhams' Stafford

Richard Davies: 1926 - 2015

Gear Gremlin bandana fleece thingy
Yamaha 125cc Resonator concept
Odd things are happening on Sump...
Weise "affordable" Lima gloves

Triumph's 2016 Bonneville teaser

Another Hayward T140 belt failure

Second generation HUD for bikes

Marzocchi closes. It's official

Gordon Honeycombe: 1936 - 2015

Indian Scout IKON shocks

Harley-Davidson XA to Wheatcroft

The Complete book of BMW Motorcycles

So who's answering the Sump phone?

September 2015 Classic Bike News

Fat bastards. And skinny dudes

Fonzie's Triumph to auction. Again

Urban rider's workshop initiative

The NMM opens its doors for free

Great speedo cable fix from Venhill

BAD-ASS BIKER T-shirts are in stock
Buying a crash helmet; a Sump guide
Romney Marsh Classic Bike Jumble
New Goldtop silk scarf

Worst Netley Marsh autojumble ever?

New Kawasaki W800 buyers guide
Bonhams Beaulieu 2015 results
Lord Edward Montagu: 1926 - 2015
Triumph's $2.9 million US recall fine
New Fab Four coffee table book
Dean Carroll Jones: 1931 - 2015
Harley-Davidson test ride competition
Still awaiting your Skully AR-1 lid?
Two rare Italians headed for Stafford
Sump BAD-ASS T-shirt coming soon
Who the hell can you trust anymore?
Austel Pullman 1300 combo to sell
Oldtimer Motoren Museum
£4m government grant for Norton
BSH sells out to Mortons Media
Sammy Miller Run August 2015

August 2015 Classic Bike News

Jake Robbins Royal Enfield custom

Music we love: Everyday Robots

Ebay: Rare 1956 250cc Indian Brave

For sale: Ex-display team TRW?
91 English & Welsh courts to close?

"Tougher and darker" HDs for 2016

Yvonne "Bat Girl" Craig: 1937 – 2015

Confederate P51 Combat Fighter
Subscribe to Sump - it's free

Cheffins Harrogate Sale August 2015
Lambeth Council bans nitrous oxide
TRF's £10,000 green lane appeal
Harley Street 750 set for Sept launch
Trouble: Triumph bobber on Ebay
Great new T-shirt designs from Sump
George Edward Cole: 1925 - 2015
Sammy Miller at Donington Classic
185,272 Harley Baggers recalled
Fifth Classic Car Boot Sale, London
Mecum Harrisburg results Aug 2015
Mecum Monterey Sale August 2015
Ace Cafe Beijing has opened
Free disc locks courtesy of the Met Police

July 2015 Classic Bike News

Where BSAs Dare

Rare 1912 Pierce at Netley
7 pence per minute to talk Triumph
Cheffins Cambridge Sale: 25th July
Matchless sunglasses: "Only £299"

Cool BSA Bantam diesel special
Brighton Speed Trials 2015 reminder
New Royal Enfield despatch bikes
M.A.D X-ray Art Exhibition Matchless
1964 Speed Twin bobber on eBay
Chris Squire: 1948 - 2015
Movies we love: Smokescreen (1964)
Road race & exhibition for the gents

June 2015 Classic Bike News

Christopher Lee: 1922 - 2015

Triumph Motorcycles: 1937 - Today

News about Roy Bacon

France bans earphones on the road

Road deaths up: first rise for 14 years

Daniel Patrick Macnee: 1922 - 2015

Tri-Cor is now Andy Gregory

Matchless-Vickers to stay in Britain

Samsung truck video safety tech

First middle lane "road hogger" fined

Brando's Electra Glide to auction

Pulford® wax cotton jacket, in "sand"

James "Hansi" Last: 1929 - 2015

Suzuki's UK café culture campaign

Disappointing Historics June Sale

DVLA "paperless counterpart" fiasco

Classic face masks, Boken style

Vibrating steering wheel idea for dozy drivers


May 2015 Classic Bike News

Council streetlight switch-off warning

Twinkle: 1948 - 2015

Historics' Brooklands sale draws near

Classic bikes for sale reminder
Hope Classic Rally: all for charity
Riley "BB" King: 1925 - 2015
Grace Lee Whitney: 1930 - 2015
Stondon Museum April sale results
RE buys Harris Performance Products
Geoff Duke: 1923 - 2015
Classic Motorcycle Restoration and Maintenance
NMM's winter raffle winner details
Stafford Sale: "£2,262,109: 86% sold"

April 2015 Classic Bike News
Norman Hyde polished T100 headers

Cheffins Cambridge Sale results

Harley's "Job of a lifetime" winner details

John Stuart Bloor is now a billionaire

BSMC Show, Tobacco Dock, London

"Rusty Blue" Route 66 motorcycle kit

Erik Buell Racing closes its doors

One of the Love Bugs is up for sale
Ronnie Carroll: 1934 - 2015
Sixty museum bikes to be auctioned
Goldtop classic fleece-lined gauntlets
Harley-Davidson Kansas lay-offs
Mecum's Walker Sign Collection results

March 2015 Classic Bike News

Ted Simon's website is "hacked by Isis"
Frank Perris: 1931 - 2015
ULEZ Zone charges for motorcycles
We're all down with a nasty disease
Eric "Shaw" Taylor: 1924 - 2015
E J Cole Collection at Mecum's

Rare 500cc Linto for Duxford Sale
Classic Car Boot Sale final reminder
DfT road safety website is to be axed
Autocom GPS bike tracker is "coming soon"
Jem Marsh: 1930 - 2015
New Triumph Thruxton book from Panther Publishing

New drug-driving regulations are here

HMS Sump is torpedoed!
New £350,000 Jensen GT for 2016

RE Continental GT, soon in black

February 2015 Classic Bike News

Lincoln bans legal highs in public places

Leonard Simon Nimoy: 1931 - 2015

Cheffins Cambridge Sale: Apr 2015

Race Retro Feb 2015 auction results
£4.7 million grant for Brooklands

Full size "Airfix" motorcycle kits
Two Francis-Barnett bikes "launched"
Gerry Lloyd Wells: 1929 - 2014

Harley-Davidson's "dream job" offer
Road accidents & preventable events
The velocity of money? What's that?
ACA auction Saturday 7th March 2015
Sump's new road safety stickers
Kickback Stoneleigh to be televised



January 2015 Classic Bike News

1948 Land Rover manufacture exhibit
UK Triumph Scrambler sales jump
Mecum Kissimmee Sale results
Ikon Basix shock absorbers
Sump BSA M20 metal sign—£14.99
Another great Marlboro Man has snuffed it

Mixed Bonham results at Las Vegas
Stolen Norton appeal for information
The Reunion by Jack Elgos
VMCC December 2014 raffle winner
Brian Horace Clemens: 1931 - 2015
Metal classic bike signs from Sump
Rod Taylor: 1930 - 2015
Derek Minter: 1932 - 2015
Tiernan's looking for a Flea crate
Jerry Lee Lewis Duo Glide to sell
"Killer drivers" sentencing review
Harley-Davidson recalls 19,000 bikes
Cutaway engine bonanza at Bonhams

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"Barn find" RE Constellation to sell


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163 bikes to H&H auction on 9th November 2018

The National Motorcycle Museum is the venue


53 years. That's right. Fifty. Three. Years. That's how long this 700cc Royal Enfield Constellation has stood in a Birmingham garage at the bottom of a garden pining for a stretch of tarmac, a drink of petrol and a cooling breeze. It's hardly a record, but it's still a sin.


A guy named John Hardwicke bought the outfit in 1962 for £231. He rode it for about ten minutes (or maybe a little longer), then parked it, abandoned it, and apparently forgot all about it.


That was also in 1962, by the way. Following Hardwicke's death, H&H Auctions man Mark Bryan heard the story and came to view the bike. A tree, we hear, had since grown in front of the garage door, so the Constellation wasn't immediately accessible. But evidently, it's since been liberated and now it's headed to the (relatively) nearby National Motorcycle Museum where, on 9th November 2018, it will be looking for a more kindly owner. The estimate is £3,000 - £4,000. The lot will include overalls, helmets and maps that were still in the sidecar when the RE was ... well, effectively dumped [oh, that's cruel - Ed].



Meanwhile, H&H reckon that 165 bikes are now on offer (up from 48 when we reported on this sale back in September 2018. See: H&H Auctions seeking consignments).


We'll come back to this sale in a couple of weeks and see what went down on the day. But meanwhile we've got some studying to do. There are one or two machines here that we're personally interested in ...


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Kawasaki Z-series Restoration ManualKawasaki Z1, Z/K900 and Z/KZ1000


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Veloce Publishing

Restoration Manual


If you're not a fan of the dull, dry, indifferent and witless delivery of the text in, say, the average Haynes Manual, you'll perhaps find refreshment for your beleaguered sensibilities in this Kawasaki Z1, Z/KZ900 and Z/KZ1000 Restoration Manual from Veloce.


We're by no means experts on Kawasakis, and we've never so much as spun a spanner or twiddled a screwdriver on a Zed. So we can't comment on the veracity of the information or the validity of the advice. But having flipped through every chapter and studied the captions and crisper-than-usual images, and having enjoyed the asides, we're reasonably satisfied that this guy (Chris Rooke) knows his fruit and vegetables.


The book, we're advised, has just been published. It follows a now familiar Veloce formula of simple design, convenient chapter breakdown, clear and detailed images, numbered captions, and fairly straightforward delivery of the text—except, as we've said, there's a little more humour and gusto in this one which "humanises" the copy and reminds us over and over again that the author is no doubt a pretty ordinary guy like the rest of us. And largely because of that, we trust him.


If we had to criticise, we might point to the index which perhaps could be a little more comprehensive. But note that we're offering this comment without having used the book "in anger". In other words, all the information you're seeking might be easily accessible once you're in the thick of it, regardless of any indexing deficits. Certainly, if we were restoring a Zed-series Kawasaki, we'd buy this book. It's as simple as that.


The years covered are 1972 - 1980. The book is softback. The dimensions, as with the others in the series, are 270mm x 207mm. There are 208 pages and a whopping 600 pictures. The ISBN is 978-1-787111-58-5. And Veloce is asking £35.


Good value? It is if it saves you time, money, temper and knuckles (which we're sure it will).


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▲ Lot 422*: Earlier this month we reported on this 1925 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 Sand Racer Project. The estimate of £100,000 - £140,000 was comfortably exceeded and saw this pile of bits sell for £264,500.


Bonhams Stafford Sale hits £3 million


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1925 Brough Superior box of bits makes top dollar

Bonhams reckons it's their biggest motorcycle sale ever


... actually, according to Bonhams it was more than £3 million. The full amount was £3,479,800. To help put that in context, we're told that 92 percent of lots were sold (281 bikes, 196 memorabilia) with the top lot (a 1925 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 Sand Racer Project) changing hands for a princely £264,500.


That's right. A quarter of a million quid.


Roughly the average price of a British house.


And yes, that sounds like a perfectly ridiculous sum of money for a box of rusty and incomplete "junk". But market forces are what they are, and there's nothing you can really say or do about that. A UK buyer bought the "bike", and we understand that the price paid is the highest ever for a dismantled Brough Superior.


If that surprises you, you might also be surprised by a 1952 AJS 498cc Model 20 Springtwin Cutaway Model. This bike sold for £68,750 which is more than eight times its estimate (and we've commented many times on the unlikely estimates routinely posted by Bonhams which naturally help hike profits, but arguably undermines the firm's credibility).


Other highlights include:


1937 Böhmerland 603cc Langtouren. Sold for £63,250
1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30. Sold for £47,150
c.1952 Norton-JAP 996cc Mk1 'Saltdean Special' Sprinter. Sold for £80,500

1992 Honda NR750. Sold for £62,100

c.1930 Henderson 1,201cc KJ Streamline Four. Sold for £56,580

c.1919 Henderson 1,147cc Model 2 Z Four. Sold for £48,300.

Ex-Rem Fowler silver hip flask. Sold for £25,000.


That hip flask, according to Bonhams, is recognised as "the most important piece of TT memorabilia in existence". Hmm. We'll take their word for it if you will.


The sale went down at the Autumn Stafford Classic Bike Show on 13th to 14th October 2018. There were three notable collections: The Adrian Reed Collection, The Willowbrook Collection (100 percent sold) and The Mark Wilsmore Ace Cafe Collection (also 100 percent sold).


The full details of the sale haven't yet been published. When they do, we'll update this news story. So no flippin'...



*Update: Note that we earlier used this picture, Lot 424, mistaking it for Lot 422 (main image this news story). Apologies for that, but as you'll see, the images are similar. This bike (Lot 424) sold for £126,500)


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Weise®  Boston Jeans tried & tested


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£99 traditional looking denim and aramid jeans

Comfortable, tough and stretchy - but tight at the ankles


Well no, we didn't deliberately fall off the bike and slide down the tarmac just to see if these Weise® Boston Jeans offer as much protection as the manufacturer claims. That would be stupid. But we did what we reasonably could to check if these denims were otherwise fit for purpose, and given that we ain't got a laboratory or a convenient boffin to hand, we can't give you a definitive scientific answer.


However, the truth with this kind of leg protection is that you (a) have to trust that the manufacturer has done his/her homework and developed the product to a certain reasonably high standard, and (b) accept that all accidents are different and that's there's only so much you can do within the limits of your fashion choice.


In other words, if you want to go riding around in traditional looking denims, you're gonna have to take the rough with the smooth (or possibly the other way around) if and when you take a spill.


That said, we've been riding, strutting and lounging around in these Bostons for a few weeks. We've even been on the deck on the gravel under the bike fixing a problem and checking to see if these jeans pass the Sump Careless & Repeated Scuff Test, and we're pleased to say that they did. More to the point, these jeans are not just tough but very comfortable, and they stretch agreeably no matter how you contort yourself.


Weise®, however, reckon that these strides are semi boot cut. But the pair we've got certainly ain't. Fact is, they're tight on the legs and ankles, and there's no way they're going to fit over heavy boots. And forget the image to the right. That ain't ours. It belongs to Weise®.


We further quote: "... a traditional classic fit, with a semi boot-cut, so they will fit over motorcycle footwear". But we're very doubtful that anyone over the age of 30 (well, maybe 40) is going to wear them at all if this is typical of the range. We measured ours and found them to be 13-inches around the ankle, or roughly 31 - 32cm, and they're equally snug on the calves. Not tourniquet tight, mind. Just ... well, snug.


We're being very generous here because we want to help business do business and keep the money moving. But we also want to be scrupulously fair to the prospective purchaser. And before you ask if this is a normal sized human being talking, or a champion doughnut/donut scoffer, we'll have you know that our in-house test dummy for this review is in great overall shape with no unusual lumps or bulges, except of course where they need to be for everyday bragging purposes.


On the other hand, if you like a tight fit between your hips and ankles (no, don't get smutty), this is probably your stop. So alight this bus and make a purchase at the nearest shop, because everything else is spot on. And if you prefer to wear traditional style riding boots over your jeans (as opposed to under), you'll probably also be very happy with these Bostons. Just take along your selected riding footwear. After all, our idea of "tight" just might be your idea of "loose".


Beyond that, Weise® tells us that these jeans are "lined with aramid fibre panels at key locations, the main seams are double-stitched for greater strength, and CE approved knee protection is included at no extra cost."


Speaking of which, the knee protection is fairly prominent, largely because of the tightness in the legs. And we have to say that the Velcro doo-dahs that hold the armour in place occasionally scratch and irritate those knees—and we're surprise that Weise® designed this feature which feels a long way from ideal.


In long term use, that scratchiness will perhaps fade, but who wants it there are all? Then again, a pair of long johns might fix a problem (that you simply shouldn't have).


Weise logoWeise® is asking £99 for these jeans, and that's not bad if the techy aramid fibres and included armour thingies do their job (knee protection only, remember, but there's provision for more padding at the hips). And as we said, these are very comfortable to wear. Additionally, if you've got to the age when you're uncertain whether you can "still wear" denims without looking like a geriatric teenager (or a teenage geriatric), we can tell you that the denim look, such as it is, is fairly mild.


We've got a blue pair, and they look fine. Not fashion style, but good, practical quality design. Black is an option, and the men's waist sizes range from S to 5XL, or 30-inches to 44-inches. There's also a short leg length in men's black jeans. Check your retailer for details. The women's Boston jeans are also available in black and blue with sizes from 8 – 22.


The bottom line, or ankle line, is this; these are nice, comfortable, tough, decent looking jeans. No problem there. They wash well—and it was post-wash that we noticed the ankle issue (and we washed them at 40C and dried on a heat setting suitable for cotton). But these Bostons came up a little snug for us, and you might want to investigate that at the first opportunity.


One final thought; at the small of your back these Bostons are cut a little higher than "normal" jeans to keep your shirt and T-shirt neatly tucked in and secure, and that, thanks to the fabric stretchiness does its job perfectly. Nice.


Call The Key Collection on 0117 971 9200.


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On Any Sunday Husqvarna - Steve McQueen

Star attractions at Barber Sale


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£176,000 for McQueen's Husky

Paul Newman's CZ and Peter Fonda's Bultaco didn't sell


You've probably noticed that at Sump we're not exactly celebrity groupies. Around here, people are just ... well, people. They get born, they (usually) ride bikes, they do whatever the hell else they do, and then sooner or later they shuffle off this mortal coil, etc.


We don't genuflect to any Gods.


But we can't ignore the fact that three celebrity motorcycles went under the auction hammer on 6th October 2018 at the Barber Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama USA, and it would be churlish of us not to give 'em a mention just because the bikes are associated with the rich and/or famous.

First up is Steve McQueen's 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross, Lot 170. This two-stroke dirt devil was ridden in the 1971 film On Any Sunday directed by Bruce Brown. So okay, the bike didn't feature throughout the movie. But it's right up there on celluloid if you look for it (tip: check the beach riding end scene).


Bonhams posted an estimate of $75,000 - $100,000 (£57,078 - £76,104), and that was clearly way off the mark (no doubt deliberately) because the bike sold for $230,500 (£176,740) including premium.


Then again, we note that another Steve McQueen 1971 Husqvarna 400 Cross sold for $144,500 (£110,798) including premium in May 2011 at Quail Lodge, California (Lot 101).

This On Any Sunday Husky, meanwhile, carries the serial number MH134.

The capacity is 396cc. The bore is 81mm. The stroke is 76mm. Induction is via a 36mm Bing carburettor. Max output is a claimed 40hp (30kW). The frame is chromoly. The rims are Akront (21-inch front, 18-inch rear).


We're advised that this motorcycle was one of the first 400 Cross models imported into the USA by racing promoter, designer, entrepreneur and businessman Edison Dye (1918 - 2007), sometimes referred to as "the father of US motocross".


McQueen bought the bike in February of 1970. Or, more accurately, his Solar Productions company bought it. And as soon as McQueen had one between his legs, a lot of other folk had to have one.


Not that we're suggesting that the bike wasn't a worthy mount in its own right. It was. Well balanced, powerful, reliable, fleet-footed and responsive, when you stuck one of these 400cc air-cooled singles in the desert and pointed it in the right direction, it was nothing less than a thoroughbred racing camel.


In fact, in the 1960s and 1970s these Husqvarnas, together with their 125cc, 250cc and 500cc stablemates, would throw down a very large gauntlet and in doing so took 14 world motocross championships, won numerous ISDT medals, triumphed in God only knows how many enduro competitions, and came out victorious in 11 Baja 1000 races.


Impressive stuff.



Next, actor Paul Newman gets a mention here with regard to a 1967 CZ250 (Lot 172) as ridden in the little known movie Sometimes a Great Notion (1971). Also starring Henry Fonda, Lee Remick and Michael Sarrazin, this film is an overblown tale of logging in Oregon and the resulting fallout when an industrial dispute kicks off leaving Newman and family challenging the might of a huge commercial combine.


As the drama unveils, Newman finds himself in a motocross race which, okay, has a few exciting moments—albeit with a stuntman (naturally) doubling for Newman who looks a lot more convincing on a horse than on a motorcycle. Regardless, you can watch the movie sometime and make up your own mind.


The two-stroke CZ carried an estimate of $35,000 - $45,000 (£27,000 - £35,000) and it was offered with documentation attesting to its provenance. On the day, however, the bike didn't sell.



Finally, there's Lot 173; a 1968 Bultaco Pursang 250 MkII. Peter Fonda briefly rode this two-stroke in the movie Easy Rider (1969). The estimate was $60,000 - $70,000 (£46,000 - £54,000). However, this bike also failed to sell—which means that, as with Newman's motorcycle, it will probably be quietly put away for a while and then brought out again with reduced expectations.


Before we depart, we ought to mention (a) the 1974 Ducati 750 SS (Lot 1) that sold for $137,000 (£105,047) including premium; (b) the 1936 Brough Superior SS80 that changed hands for $115,000 (£88,000); and (c) the 1989 Honda RC30 that sold for $27,025 (£20,670).


We're still studying the Barber Sale and will report on anything that we find interesting and newsworthy. But on the face of it, it looks like Bonhams and Barber are both very satisfied with their lot—or, if you prefer, lots.


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Andy Tiernan 2019 charity calendar


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The price has been kept down to a tenner

All proceeds to the East Anglian Air Ambulance


We could probably run the same copy every year with regard to Andy Tiernan's annual classic bike calendar. The story, after all, is always the same. Nice motorcycle artwork on a calendar-sized calendar. End of year felicitations. Proceeds to the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Will ship worldwide. Postage included. Etc.


But that wouldn't be doing justice to the spirit of the calendar, or to the effort that goes into it. So we're keeping our story as fresh as the calendar itself which is on the presses and will imminently be available to buy.


Last year Mike Harbar was the artist, and he's been reigned in again for this season. There are six classic bikes, each sharing a couple of months:


1951 350cc Douglas Mk5 (image immediately below)
1951 1000cc Vincent Series C Rapide
1959 650cc Triumph T110
1962 650cc BSA Rocket Gold Star
1965 750cc Matchless G15
1975 750cc Norton Commando Interstate



The price for a single calendar shipped to the UK is £10, all in. That rises slightly to £14 for European purchases, and £15.50 for the rest of the world. If you'd like to buy more than one, check the link below and/or talk to Andy or Justin for details.


Andy Tiernan—who trades from Framlingham, Suffolk as Andy Tiernan Classics—tells us that last year the sale of the calendar raised a very creditable £1,437.97 for the aforementioned whirly bird. And remember that this bag of bolts doesn't just fly around dirtying up the atmosphere. It saves lives. So please help keep it airborne. And if you want to donate a little extra, feel free.


Here are some links:


Andy's calendar page

Mike Harbar, classic line artist

East Anglian Air Ambulance


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Zhongneng and Morini logos



Zhongneng buys Moto Morini


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Giant Chinese scooter manufacturer bags an Italian

Bikes to "stay in production in Italy"


Most people don't know their Zhongneng from their Zongshen, but we do. Barely. The former manufactures scooters—and, well, so does the latter actually.


But the former (also trading as ZNEN) has just bought Moto Morini, whereas the latter hasn't. And selling out this classic Italian brand (founded in 1937) to a Chinese company is likely to make more than a few hardcore Morini fans reach for the Kleenex.


The deal was formerly concluded just a few days ago, but it's been simmering in the wok for a lot longer than that while the inscrutable Chinese accountants check the books and work out how they can add value to, and extract profit from, a struggling product.


In recent times, Moto Morini has been 100 percent in the control of Italian entrepreneur Ruggero Jannuzzelli (via his AutJann holding company). But Morini is now 100 percent in the hands of the Chinese, and although we don't have the numbers (but we've heard a few rumours), we think it's likely that Jannuzzelli is lately walking around with a huge bulge in his trouser pocket.


The Jannuzzelli family took full control of the company in 2015. Since then, the commercial emphasis has been on rebuilding the brand and stoking the fire in anticipation of a new investor with deeper pockets. Three models are currently in production, all built upon a common 1187cc V-twin platform.


These are the Corsaro, the Milano and the Scrambler. Exact production numbers aren't known, but it's reckoned by one Moto Morini dealer to be around 150 to 200 bikes per annum. Prices are currently between £14,000 and £17,000. There are three Morini dealers on mainland UK, and one in Northern Ireland.


Moto Morini motorcycle


We've heard about folk communing with nature, but this guy on the Moto Morini website evidently prefers to commune with his bike—as seen through his tinted visor. Is this the most cringeworthy picture you've seen this week?




The bikes, we're advised, will continue to be built in Italy—at least, the machines manufactured for Western consumption will be. But we might well see parallel production in China of Moto Morini motorcycles aimed at domestic or neighbouring markets.


Additionally, the near legendary Franco Lambertini (ex-Ferrari and the father of Morini's seminal 350cc, 72-degree V-twin) still has numerous designs and concepts that will almost certainly find their way onto Chinese drawing boards and computers.


Here's what Mr. Chen, the President of Zhongneng Vehicle Group, had to say about the venture:


"[Zhongneng] has great plans to increase the company’s business, which will remain on Italian soil, plans which regard both existing products and new models, also with different engine sizes. We are certain to entrust Moto Morini, its staff, its suppliers and its loyal customers to an important industrial realty which will improve the company growth."


So much for the commercial propaganda.


At Sump, we've never been great fans of Moto Morini, and on a personal level have had almost nothing to do with the bikes. No special reason. We just never went there. But we're pretty much inoculated against contemporary Chinese acquisitions of Western brands (such as MG and Benelli, for example). So it doesn't much hurt; not like it used to, anyway.


But as we suggested, many of the classic/purist Morini clan won't be entirely pleased. So they'll just have to vote with their wallets. However, in fairness to the Chinese, without their input, it's doubtful that the Moto Morini brand has much more road to travel (which for some might be a more acceptable ending than the generally perceived ignominy of brand dilution in the Far East).


Meanwhile, the two Moto Morini dealers we spoke to were very upbeat about the future of the brand and recognise the urgent need for serious long term investment.


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1933 Brough Superior SS100

Bonhams Autumn Stafford preview


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281 bikes at Bonhams' Autumn Stafford Sale

Good mix of machines from all corners of the biking world


The date is 13th to 14th October 2018. The place is Stafford. A total of 477 lots are to go under the hammer (281 bikes, the rest in spares and memorabilia). We've detailed 12 of these motorcycles further down this page (see: The Mark Wilsmore Collection).


Other interesting/selected items include Lot 423, a 1933 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 Project that's been in the same ownership for 55 years (image immediately above). The bike, we hear, was purchased by a certain Mrs Jean Knight from South London. That was 1963, and this was her first motorcycle. It came into her possession via a garage sale in which her husband bought the entire contents for £45, and sold the Brough to his wife for £33.




Well that's what we're hearing, and her domestic arrangements are her own business. Regardless, she needed the bike for commuting into Central London; a motor car being financially beyond her means (which underlines the value of Brough Superiors five decades hence).


Here's what Bonhams has to say on the subject:


"A keen cyclist, Mrs Knight didn't think that the Brough would be hard to master. She caused great amusement and bemusement when she attended her first RAC training session near Crystal Palace, as she was the first woman ever to attend the course. 'I couldn't praise the course highly enough,' Mrs Knight said. 'All of the instructors wanted a go on my machine, and they put me on a Tiger Cub to start the lessons with, even though I'd ridden to the course on my Brough in the first place!'

"After passing her test, Mrs Knight used the Brough for her daily commute and for family holidays around Europe, including the Chamonix – Val D'Isere Rally in 1966, though her husband always drove when they were out together. 'I loved the feeling of the wind in my hair, it is the most freeing thing.' Once, after getting fed up of having to wear heavyweight motorcycle boots everywhere, Mrs Knight decided to risk it and ride in a pair of high heels. After one attempt at starting the heavy Brough, the heel promptly snapped. 'It was back to boots from then on.'


"After her first child was born, Mrs Knight continued to ride the Brough, but by the time her second arrived her husband had put his foot down and said that he couldn't cope with the worry anymore. 'I agreed to save our marriage!' she joked. 'I think he worried about me an awful lot. In the end we got a car, which was more sensible, and the Brough was for high days and holidays only.'

"As the car became the family's main form of transport, the Brough was stored in the garden shed where it remained until earlier this year. 'I was surprised when we took it out of the shed again, it seemed smaller than I remember."


That brings us up to the present time where we learn that this Brough Superior is estimated to sell at somewhere between £140,000 and £180,000. Overpriced for a woefully neglected set of classic wheels? We think so, but it's just an estimate, and we'll see what it sells for on the day. If it sells at all.

Meanwhile, we've been looking at...



▲ Lot 516N: 1937 Böhmerland 603cc Langtouren. Czech designed and built. Single cylinder, air-cooled, 80mm bore x 120mm stroke, leading-link front fork, cast wheels, 10.5 feet wheelbase. Designed by Albin Liebisch and built between 1924 and 1939, we're told that between 30 and 60 examples of this radical motorcycle are still on the roads or in collections. Capable of seating four adults, the estimate for this Langtouren is £60,000 - £80,000.



▲ Lot 422: 1925 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 Sand Racer Project. 1925 SS100 JAP V-twin engine (the engine number is incorrectly recorded on the V5C). 1928 Bentley and Draper (B&D) SS100 sprung frame. Castle front fork. "Single family ownership for 70 years." The estimate is £100,000 - £140,000. Note: We earlier mistakenly used the image for Lot 424 which sold for £126,500 (check this Brough-Superior Sand Racer Project link and follow the story down).



▲ Lot 432N: 1972 MV Agusta 750S, one of only 402 made. Ceriani magnesium front brake. 3,283 kilometres from new. "Substantial spares included". Present owner since 1989. The estimate is £55,000 to £70,000.



▲ Lot 431: 1955 Vincent 998cc Black Prince, £50,000 - £70,000. Factory sidecar fittings. 18-inch aluminium alloy wheels. Matching numbers. Same owner since 1979. Last run over 10 years ago. Note that we had to do a lot of image manipulation to get a decent picture. Just the background really to bring the bike forward. So if you're interested in this machine, don't accept this shot as representative. Check with Bonhams.



There's a lot of other interesting stuff in this sale including a near zero mileage Jubilee Bonnie (Lot 329), and another restored example (Lot 332). The estimates are, respectively, £7,000 - £10,000 and £5,000 - £7,000. There's also a 1927 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 Pendine (Lot 427, estimated at £130,000 - £170,000).


Beyond that, there's plenty of Japanese, Italian and German iron to cater for all—or at least most—tastes. And note that as with the Wilsmore bikes estimates further below, the numbers are unrealistic.


One final thought, and this isn't aimed specifically at Bonhams or at any particular firm. But just remember to treat ALL auction houses with due care and caution, and carefully read the terms and conditions.


Repeat: read the terms and conditions and seek clarification. Firms often make mistakes, and it's the buyer who invariably ends up paying.


We mention this now because we've recently been reading some worrying/irritating stuff on other websites that reminds us that as with life in general, things aren't always as they seem.


So always check the provenance. Always check the condition. Always check for any amendments (right up to the point when the hammer goes down). And walk away if you've got any doubts.


In short, buyers should beware wherever the deal goes down.



Lot 423: 1933 Brough Superior SS100 project sold for £161,000

Lot 516: 1937 Böhmerland sold £63,250

Lot 422: 1925 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 Sand Racer sold for £264,500

Lot 432N: 1972 MV Agusta 750S sold for £73,600

Lot 431: 1955 Vincent 998cc Black Prince didn't sell


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Charles Geoffrey Hayes: 1942 - 2018


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Long established children's TV presenter is remembered here

Geoffrey Hayes was 76


We have to confess that none of us around here ever really watched more than a couple of episodes of the classic Rainbow TV series created by Pamela Lonsdale and developed by Thames Television for the kiddies—not that we were too old or too young, too smart or too stupid, too sober or too drunk, you understand. Mostly, we were just too busy between 1972 and 1997.


That's all.


But had we had a little more time, we might well have popped a beer tab and tuned in regularly to Zippy (the frog), Bungle (the furry bear) and George (a "slightly camp" hippo) and enjoyed the inane shenanigans and puzzled over the in-jokes and subtleties of this series much loved by millions of British kids, and more than a handful of adults.


If you were lucky/unfortunate enough to have had brats of your own in the seventies, eighties and nineties, Rainbow was one of those TV progs that, like Postman Pat and Captain Pugwash, crept out of the living room and into your consciousness, infected you with the theme tune, drew you into the childish dramas, taught you that numbers were fun, and more than occasionally made you smile.



Well, Geoffrey Hayes was the best known presenter of that show (David Cook was the other), and Hayes has just died aged 76—and we think he deserves a passing mention right here on this page. Why? Because he's of our time. Our generation.


His was a small light that shone brightly for a while in a juvenile, or infantile, corner of the universe. He began as an actor and took a fairly regular role in Z-Cars, the classic British police TV series that ran from 1962 to 1978. During the sixties, Hayes also managed to pick up one or two other parts here and there. But nothing memorable.



 We vaguely remember that there was another reason we sometimes tuned into Rainbow, but memory ain't what it used to be. Left to right is Geoffrey Hayes, George, and Zippy—and we think that's musician/presenter Jane Tucker (but tell us if you know otherwise).



Whether it was a lack of talent, a lack of drive, or a lack of luck, his acting career was fairly short lived, and he eventually gravitated to the Thames TV studios and began a dubious relationship with the aforementioned blokes dressed as various stuffed animals.


The show was actually cleverly crafted and skilfully scripted. Hardly Shakespearean, of course. But it was nevertheless thick with wit, inventive, a little sly in place, more than a little sophisticated in others, cheeky, cheery, subversive and madcap. The show also boasted a group of talented house musicians.


After Rainbow finished, so was Hayes pretty much. Rainbow had left him effectively typecast as that bloke on the kiddy show. No one would hire him. He was simply unable to shake off the TV animals. So to make ends meet, he took a job in a Sainsbury supermarket stacking shelves, and then for many years drove a taxi. Nothing wrong with either job (at some point in his life he'd also been a railway booking clerk), but it's unlikely that he enjoyed life in the ordinary workaday world.


Such unscripted everyday roles away from the cameras and theatre lights are usual for actors. Most accept their lot and look forward to better things to come. But Hayes probably knew early on that he was going nowhere very fast. So he (probably reluctantly) lent his face to a couple of pop videos, possibly caricaturing himself, and he appeared on one or two TV game shows and an occasional TV advert.


But that was pretty much it, which is kinda depressing for anyone with ambition, not least in the world of entertainment. We'd like to end this small obit by telling you that Geoffrey Hayes won the lottery or invented a new piece of technology or wrote a couple of best selling novels or something. However, as best we can tell, he lived the rest of his life fairly simply and modestly until he eventually winked out completely.


All the same, for many years at Thames he played the modest part he'd been given. He entertained and educated the kids, didn't take an on-screen hatchet to any of the puppets, and generally acquitted himself as a suitable role model for the target audience. We'll all forget him completely tomorrow. But right now, he's got our full attention.


Geoffrey Hayes is survived by a wife and son.


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Well done, Sump people. Geoffrey Hayes was a cool professional. Shame he didn't get the right breaks. Nice obit. —Rainbow Joe, Oxon

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Mark Wilsmore's bikes to auction


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Ace Cafe boss is unloading 11 Brits and 1 Yank

Bonhams will be auctioning the machines at Stafford


Elsewhere on Sump we recently mentioned that Ace Cafe's Managing Director Mark Wilsmore will be flogging a few bikes at this year's Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale on 14th October 2018. Well, that mention was just a One Liner, and we've since decided to dig a little deeper and see what's at the bottom of the hole.


There are 12 machines in "The Wilsmore Collection", the "vast majority" being British, with the other being American. From where we're sitting, most of the bikes look to be in either reasonably good or excellent condition. But one or two could use a wash and brush up, and maybe a service. Beyond that, we note that in many instances Bonhams' estimates look unusually/laughably low and therefore highly unlikely. And we know why they do that, but it works. We're over it already.


Here the list:


The Wilsmore Collection

Lot 384: 1959 BSA 604cc Gold Star (est: £12,000 - £18,000),
Lot 385:1962 BSA 646cc Rocket Gold Star (est: £6,000 - £10,000)



Lot 390: 1974 Rickman Métisse Triumph 750 (est: £4,000 - £6,000)
Lot 387: 1959 Norton 500cc Dominator/Manx Special (est: £4,800 – £5,600)


Lot 386: 1964 BSA 650cc A65 Rocket (est: £2,800 - £3,600)
Lot 388: 1973 Norton 745cc Dunstall Commando (est: £3,000 - £4,000)
Lot 389: 1975 Norton Commando 850 MkIII Roadster (est: £3,000 - £4,000)
Lot 391: 1982 Triumph 649cc TR65 Thunderbird (est: £2,800 - £3,600)
Lot 392: 1983 Triumph 744cc TSS (est: £ 2,800 - £3,600)
Lot 393: 1979 Triumph T140 750cc 'Flat Tracker' (est: £2,800 - £3,600)
Lot 394: 1980 Triton 750cc 'Café Racer' (est: £3,200 - £4,200)

Lot 395: 1989 Harley-Davidson 1,340cc Electra Glide (est: £ 2,000 - 3,000)

We did try to contact Mark and find out why he's selling the bikes. He certainly doesn't look ready for a mobility chair, and he can't be stuck for cash. But when we called, he was at a bike show in Germany and therefore unavailable for comment.



Anyway, if you've got auction fever—or just a few pre-sale sniffles—you might want to check out these motorcycles on Bonhams' site. And dare we suggest it, but one or two of these machines (if not all) might prove to be reasonably sound investments for when Mark (one of the best known bikers on the planet, remember) ain't around anymore—and yes, that's a bloody morbid thing to say. But we're pretty sure that we're not the only people thinking along these lines.


Let's hope that any such investor has to wait a long, long time before he can cash in. We like Mark right where he is.



Lot 384: 1959 BSA 604cc Gold Star sold for £20,700
Lot 385:1962 BSA 646cc Rocket Gold Star sold for £10,580

Lot 390: 1974 Rickman Métisse Triumph 750 sold for £4,830
Lot 387: 1959 Norton 500cc Dominator/Manx Special sold for £15,525

Lot 386: 1964 BSA 650cc A65 Rocket sold for £5,750
Lot 388: 1973 Norton 745cc Dunstall Commando sold for £6,670
Lot 389: 1975 Norton Commando 850 MkIII Roadster sold for £5,520
Lot 391: 1982 Triumph 649cc TR65 Thunderbird sold for £5,175
Lot 392: 1983 Triumph 744cc TSS sold for £4,025
Lot 393: 1979 Triumph T140 750cc 'Flat Tracker' sold for £4,140
Lot 394: 1980 Triton 750cc 'Café Racer' sold for £5,175

Lot 395: 1989 Harley-Davidson 1,340cc Electra Glide sold for £3,680


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Triumph Street Twin - 2019 model


2019 Street Twin & Scrambler boost


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Lightened internals, more power, better brakes, uprated bounce

No prices yet. Delivery in the Spring of 2019


Probably the most significant upgrade for Triumph's class-leading 900cc Street Twin and Street Scrambler models is a claimed 10 percent horsepower hike. That translates into 65bhp or, if you prefer, 18 percent more grunt (up from around 54bhp). Torque is still 59lbs-ft, but will kick in at higher revs. That redline, incidentally, has been raised to a buzzy 7,500rpm (up from 5,900rpm).


The (270-degree) crank and balance shafts have been lightened slightly for faster pick-up, and the slipper clutch has been shaved and reprofiled to reduce inertia and save a few grams. And pay attention here because we're going to use the word "magnesium" for the cam covers which, although it makes little practical difference, will nevertheless add a little extra metallurgical kudos to the range. And naturally, there's switchable ABS and traction control.


Triumph Scrambler - 2019 model


Stopping all this is now a Brembo four-piston caliper up front acting on a 310mm disc (as opposed to the earlier worthy, but uninspiring, two-piston sliding Nissin). But the rear Nissin (on a 255mm disc) remains.


The front fork gets a new KYB cartridge and boasts 120mm of travel. Two new riding modes (Rain and Road) have been programmed in. And a new tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is optional.


Naturally there are subtle enhancements/design adjustments all over this bike to keep it on the boil—and we're desperately trying to like Triumph's current logotype as splashed (or glued) on the tank. But we can't. We think it look amateurish and feeble.


And cheap.



Other saleable features include new cast aluminium wheels (wire wheels on the Scrambler), a factory fitted immobiliser, a USB socket 'neath the seat, and an LED tail light to dazzle the hell out of whoever's in your slipstream come the hours of darkness. Colours are Jet Black, Matte Ironstone and Korosi Red


Specifications: 2019 Triumph Street Twin


Engine: Liquid-cooled SOHC, 8-valve parallel twin, 270-degree crank

Displacement: 900cc
Bore and stroke: 84.6mm x 80mm
Compression ratio: 11:1
Maximum power: 65bhp @ 7,500rpm
Maximum torque: 59lbs-ft @ 3,800rpm
Induction: Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
Transmission: 5-speed
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate, clipper assist clutch
Final drive: O-ring chain
Frame: Twin cradle tubular steel
Front fork: Non-adjustable 41mm KYB (4.7 inch travel)
Rear shocks: Twin spring-preload adjustable KYB shocks (4.7 inch travel)
Wheels: Cast aluminium
Front wheel: 18 x 2.75-inches
Rear wheels: 17 x 4.25-inches
Front tyre: 100/90 x 18-inch
Rear tyre: 150/70 x 17-inch
Front brake: 310mm floating disc, Brembo 4-piston floating caliper, ABS
Rear brake: 255mm disc w/ Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, ABS
Wheelbase: 55.7 inches
Rake: 25.1-degree
Trail: 4 inches
Seat Height: 29.9 inches
Tank capacity: 2.6 gallons (12 litres)
Fuel consumption: 65mpg
Dry weight: 437lbs (198kg)

At first glance, these bikes look much as they did. But Triumph has neatly managed to sidestep any "warm over" accusations by producing creditable upgrades to two of its bread'n'butter bikes.


With 65mpg possible (from the 12 litre tank), good looks, a two year warranty and a build quality second to none, these bikes might well be built in Thailand, but they're as British as tea and crumpets; in spirit if not in assembly.


We like 'em. Buy British, or British whenever you can.


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Those 2019 Triumphs twins might have had their performance tweaked (shame about making them more revvy and the addition of even more pointless electronics), but those paint jobs are as dull as ditchwater....Jeez, I can barely stay awake looking at them....Someone put some acid in the stylists latte while there’s still time.—The Village Squire

Have to agree with the last post. Triumph was always about great colours. Hinckley needs to buy a few new cans and then get striping. Agree with the logo comment too. What the hell happened? —Dave Gilling, Kent

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Metropolis Motorcycles in Vauxhall, London has closed. Poor trade cited

Ardonagh (Carole Nash's parent company) buys Swinton Insurance

Harley-Davidson to establish new EV research facility in Silicon Valley, CA

Triumph "teases" new Street Twin & Street Scrambler. Launch on 2/10/18

German company introduces "secure" Bikebox 24. Prices from €3.490

Tasmania "to ban outlaw clothing". Proposed bill to match existing Oz laws

Ace Cafe Mark Wilsmore's bikes to sell at Stafford Sale 13th-14th Oct 2018

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Hiya All. Re the Tasmania story, I lived in Australia for nine years, and they have some very draconian laws down under. Came back to England, and it seems we're slowly going the same way. —Ed from Beds

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Two Wheeled Tuesdays invitation


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Free bowl of curry or chilli*

Local ride outs, camping onsite and pub entertainment


Okay, brief one here. The Hook & Hatchet Inn in Hucking, Maidstone, Kent ME17 1QT is looking to drum up some more business with a weekly Two Wheeled Tuesday event.


The day, we're advised, kicks off at 12 midday with a local ride out around the local Kentish lanes before returning for refreshments—which includes a free bowl of curry or chilli and maybe a game of darts.


There's some kind of fund raising thing going on too which will benefit the local air ambulance service (and we think that the aforementioned free curry or chilli is conditional with respect to a suitable donation). Additionally, the pub organises music nights, has onsite camping, and serves up various other forms of entertainment.


We don't know the place or the publicans, but it sounds like a go-ahead establishment. So scoot down there and decide for yourself if it suits you.


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Bonhams Alexandra Palace Sept Sale


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£1,211,813 auction turnover

One owner collection of British, Japanese, Italian & Spanish bikes


The top selling lot at the Bonhams Alexandra Palace Sale on 23rd September 2018 was the above 1973 498cc MV Agusta, Lot 18. Sold for a whopping £126,500 (including premium), it was one of seven* MV's at the auction, all of which found new owners.


Bonhams is claiming an overall turnover of £1,211,813 representing a 97 percent conversion rate. There were originally 69 bikes on offer from a single owner collection. But one machine was withdrawn thereby bringing the total down to 68.


Thirty of the motorcycles were British, the remainder being Japanese, Italian and Spanish (in that order).



Top sellers include Lot 53, an ex-James Guthrie, Joe Dunphy, Manx Grand Prix, Isle of Man TT 1961 Beart-Norton Manx 350cc Racing Motorcycle which sold for £51,750 (it was featured on Sump Classic Bike News December 2014—see image immediately above).



Lot 49, a 1939 Ex-Harry Lamacraft Velocette 348cc KTT Mark VIII sold for £50,600 (image immediately above and immediately below). A TT racing bike, records show that this motorcycle was supplied by London Velocette agent L Stevens to a "Mr Lamacraft". That was 24th April 1939. That same year the bike was ridden by Lamacraft in the Isle of Man Junior which was won by Stanley Woods also piloting a Velocette (one of six in the top ten). Lamacraft was a finisher and came 19th. That's him in the picture.


This "matching numbers bike" was one of 49 Mark VIII Velos sold before war broke out in September 1939. The model first appeared in 1938 at the London Motor Cycle Show to huge public acclaim. After the war, another 189 examples were manufactured until the production run came to an end in 1950.


With its swinging arm suspension and Dowty Oleomatic rear suspension units, these four-speed, girder-forked 350cc Velocettes were seriously tough competition and acquitted themselves well both on and off the Island.


Harry Lamacraft, we understand, joined the RAF soon after WW2 began and was killed in action (no details available). The bike was sold with a collection of period photographs and authentication documents.


Other top/notable sellers include:


Lot 15: 1978 750S MV Agusta America, £74,750

Lot 54: 1955 998cc Vincent Black Knight, £49,450

Lot 22: 1975 Laverda 750SFC Elettronica, £41,400

Lot 55: 1949 499cc Vincent-HRD Meteor Series B, £28,175

Lot 11: 1972 903cc Kawasaki Z1, £28,175

Lot 62: 1965 Triumph 649cc TT Special, £13,225



Lot 26: 1959 Lambretta TV 175 Series 1, £8,625 (image immediately above)

Lot 39: c.1965 Greeves 250cc Challenger 24MX2, £6,325



Lot 3: 1974 49cc Yamaha FS1-E, £5,175 (image immediately above)



Lot 4: 1967 Honda CB125SS, £4,715 (image immediately above)



Here's what Ben Walker, Director of Motorcycles at Bonhams has been quoted as saying: "We are very pleased with the results of this sale. We offered an incredibly impressive range of machinery, from vintage tourers to ultra-modern superbikes, and nearly every lot found a new owner.


"The variety of motorcycles on offer illustrates the sheer breadth of our department’s expertise, and the top prices realised indicate that the collectors’ market remains buoyant."


* We're reading elsewhere that there were eight MV's at this sale, but we can find only seven on Bonhams' list.


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NextBase 312GW dashcam tested


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£99 motoring camera gets a thumbs-up

Easy to use, simple to set-up, reliable in operation


Dashcams are divisive devices. Whilst thousands of drivers use them and feel better for their presence, thousands of others take a different view.


Some guys and girls, for instance, believe that in the modern world, a dashcam is an essential independent witness to a driving incident or accident, meaning that when the crunch comes there won't be much argument about who was at fault, and who wasn't (although most accidents are contributory, note).


Others, meanwhile, feel that dashcams effectively victimise the user, the thinking being that these devices fuel your natural (or unnatural) paranoia and force you onto the defensive, mentally speaking, thereby taking away whatever enjoyment you might otherwise have had. Moreover, a dashcam can turn around and bite the user if and when an accident happens and the cops seize the device and find evidence of some of the dodgy stuff you've been up to over the past few minutes or so. [More...]


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Charles Nicholas Hodges: 1943 - 2018


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The frontman for the band Chas & Dave has died

He was 74


You might be forgiven for thinking that this guy did little else with his professional life aside from sit in a pub, drinking beer, hammering a piano and singing corny cockney themed ditties whilst fronting the cheesy London pop duo Chas & Dave.


That's certainly how we first viewed him. Downmarket. Not to be taken too seriously. Good for a laugh. But we were wrong because Charles "Chas" Hodges was in fact a highly accomplished musician (piano, banjo, guitar, ukuelele) and a shrewd and sophisticated songwriter; a man who backed some of the biggest names in pop and rock music. We're referring to Roy Wood, Phil Lynott, Gene Vincent, Jerry Lee Lewis, Mike Berry, Cliff Bennett, Albert Lee and Ritchie Blackmore. Chas & Dave even opened for the likes of Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin and from all accounts did a good job of warming up the "room" for the forthcoming rock gods.


Born in North London, a lifelong Tottenham Hotspur fan and a keen gardener, Hodges' early musical career was working as a session musician for legendary record producer Joe Meek (Johnny Remember Me; Telstar, Just Like Eddie).


Following a spell with the British rock group Heads Hands & Feet (which broke up in 1973), Hodges developed the idea of a two-piece combo working the London pub gig circuit and addressing the highs and lows of ordinary folk, notably cockneys.


As with Ray Davies of the Kinks, Paul Weller of the Jam, and any number of British punk bands, the notion of singing in a US accent was anathema for Hodges. He wanted an English sound that was better suited to British idioms, and he soon found a kindred spirit in bassman Dave Peacock.


What followed was their "rockney" style of music; a grass roots mix of rock, pop, pub singalong with a touch of the old time music hall thrown in—and plenty of contemporary social comment. Their rise seemed meteoric. But as is the norm with overnight successes, it was actually years of hard work playing night after night for a growing local audience and then reaching out across the country and the world to spread their musical message, such as it was.


Notable success came in 1979 with the song Gertcha which hit number 20 in the UK chart. In 1980 Rabbit made it to number eight. In 1982 Ain't No Pleasing You reached number two.


Album-wise, One Fing 'n' Anuvver was released in 1975, but failed to chart. Rockney followed in 1977 but also failed to chart. Ditto for Don't Give a Monkey's. Of the succeeding 13 albums, Street Party in 1995 ranked highest and made it to number  3.




But Chas & Dave wasn't really about massive chart success. These guys were always more comfortable on smaller stages with their tongue-in-cheek beer and sawdust music for the common man—and we don't mean that in any disparaging way. They spotted a niche which suited their tastes, and (like Deep Purple and Zeppelin) they became masters of that niche.


In 1983 Chas & Dave enjoyed a short-lived variety show that featured artists such as Eric Burdon, Lulu, Linda Lewis, Rocky Sharpe and the Replays, Clarence "Frogman" Henry and Lonnie Donegan. But once again, it was the wrong platform and looked contrived and stilted. After that, it was back to where they wanted to be which was gigging, touring, writing new songs, and enjoying the celebrity that rightly found them out. And Hodges, of course, also found plenty to do in his much loved garden.



Following the death of Dave Peacock's wife in 2009 there came the announcement that it was all over for the band. But music will generally find a way, and old habits and associations have their own momentum, hence a reunion in mid 2011 for a final tour. That led to a number of follow up appearances. However, in 2017 health issues for Chas Hodges began to intrude, and the duo wound down professionally. And yesterday, 22nd September 2018, we got the news that Hodges had died.

We were never the world's biggest Chas & Dave fans. But we've tuned into their music numerous times over the years, we've enjoyed pretty much everything we've heard, and we've revised our opinion of these guys. In hindsight, it's clear that Chas Hodges and Dave Peacock were simply great performers who slipped noisily into the hearts and minds of the British people (in particular) and rightfully earned their place at the microphone.


Chas Hodges was 74. He's survived by his three children and Joan, his wife of 52 years.


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Hi Sump, glad to see that you posted this. I've seen Chas & Dave play many, many times. Very entertaining duo and much underrated musically. Chas will be missed.—TriBsa Jack, London

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Suzuki Motorcycles from Veloce


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The classic two-stroke era: 1955 - 1978

Author: Brian Long


We have to confess our ignorance here. Suzuki two-strokes are not our strong suit. We remember them well enough during the sixties and seventies, mind. And in our time we've ridden one or two. But none of us here in Sumpland has never been initiated into the two-stroke fraternity, Suzuki riding or otherwise. So we've approached this book in the full glare of our aforementioned ignorance.


Nevertheless, we know a thing or two about books having written a few, and having designed a few, and having read more than one. And this volume looks like it's going to broadly satisfy both softcore and hardcore two-stroke Suzukistas.


The author is Brian Long. We don't know him, or know of him. But he confesses that his first love with regard to Suzuki products are actually Suzuki cars. That said, his motorcycle interest has apparently been slow cooking for years, and more recently it's boiled over into ownership and restoration, and he's since drawn in a lot of slack.


Based in Japan, Long has clearly expended a huge amount of effort researching the material, decoding it, collating it and re-presenting it in a logical and incisive manner. The years covered are 1955 to 1978. The book is divided into six chapters, plus an introduction, acknowledgement and index. The photographic quality is good, but never exceptional.


The writing is direct and straight to the point. There's no flowery prose here, nor does there need to be. Instead, there are facts, technical insights, model exposures and acres of publicity information. However, much of the reproduced publicity material is in Japanese—which is fine if you've already built a UK-centric library of Suzuki two-stroke books or relevant sales literature and want to expand your understanding with Japanese source material. However, it's a little frustrating if this is the first volume in your collection—unless you can read Japanese. But even then, the reproduced brochures are generally too small to study in detail.


Meanwhile, there's plenty of insight into Suzuki's two-stroke racing years with something to say about Barry Sheene, one of the greatest Suzuki pilots of them all. But we don't have much knowledge of the motorcycle competition scene either (least of all from Suzuki's vantage point) in order to pass further comment on the accuracy of the information.


Actually, we can't comment either on the accuracy of the rest of the material. But having read a couple of chapters, and having dipped in here and there, we're satisfied that Long is a fact fiend and genuinely cares about the detail.



Design-wise, there's nothing much to get excited about. The caption font is too large for our taste (and the formatting is klunky in places). The body text is also too large—and there's not much air (white space) on the page. We would prefer a little more breathing room and we'd happily sacrifice a font point or two for that. But if you're interested in the source material, you probably won't much care about these considerations.


And one more relatively minor point. The title, we feel, really ought to make it immediately clear that this is a two-stroke volume. Yes, it says that on the sub-heading. But ideally, buyers will want that up front when browsing a library or book shop. And search engines will pinpoint the book more easily.



The 1955 to 1978 classic era





The Classic Two-stroke era

1955 to 1978


Beyond that, it's clearly a book aimed directly at Suzuki two-stroke fans. Here are the salient features as highlighted by Veloce Publishing:

• Definitive history of the two-stroke Suzukis
• Sales in all major markets covered in detail
• Written by a recognized author and historian
• Racing exploits covered year-by-year
• Written with the full co-operation of the factory
• Handy reference charts throughout
• Detailed production figures, including exports
• Unravels what is indeed a very convoluted story
• Contemporary photography to help owners with authenticity issues
• The author is an owner of vintage Suzukis


All that sounds about right (albeit from our ignorant POV, remember). The book dimensions are 250mm x 250mm. There are 160 pages with colour throughout. The covers are hard. And the ISBN is 978-1-787112-12-4.


Veloce is asking £35.


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2019 R1250GS BMW


2019 BMW R1250GS & R1250RT


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More cubic centimetres, more horses, more torque

Introducing BMW's revolutionary ShiftCam concept


The BMW GS series of motorcycles are modern classics. That's hardly news. But what is new are the freshly revealed R1250GS and R1250RT models that will be coming our way for the 2019 season.


At a glance, you'll be forgiven for thinking that these are the same bikes, but different. And broadly speaking, you'll be right. But the difference is ... well, different, and it focuses around BMW's novel take on the variable valve timing concept with a system that we haven't seen before.


Check the link below for a closer look at the new boxer. It's not merely still a contender. it's the champ and looks unbeatable.


Sump Motorcycle News 2019 BMW R1250GS


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The Leather Boys movie - Dudley Sutton and Colin Campbell


Dudley Sutton (left) and the late Colin Campbell at the Ace cafe in The Leather Boys (1964). The Smiths used scenes from this movie for the band's Girlfriend in a Coma music video.


Dudley Sutton: 1933 - 2018


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Norton riding co-star of The Leather Boys has died aged 85

He also famously appeared as Tinker Dill in Lovejoy


He was almost always something of an offbeat, suspicious and slightly shady on-screen character. It wasn't just his looks—although that was the greater part of it. It was also in the way he carried himself. The heavy-lidded eyes. The way he delivered his lines. And the subtle sophistication in his voice. We're talking about actor Dudley Sutton who died yesterday, Saturday 15th September 2018.


Most folk will probably remember him as Tinker Dill in the TV series Lovejoy which ran for 71 episodes between 1986 and 1994. More recently, TV viewers might remember him for the roles he played in EastEnders, Casualty, Father Brown, Emmerdale, and Doctors (not necessarily in that order).


But hardcore biker movie fans and pretty much anyone who was a rocker in the 1960s—and can still remember being a sixties biker—will associate Sutton with the part of played in The Leather Boys (1964).



Actress Rita Tushingham took first billing in this film. Dudley Sutton took second. And actor Colin Campbell (1937 – 2018) took third. The Leather Boys was a reasonably convincing "kitchen sink" drama (mostly without the sink) that revolved around the degenerating marriage between Tushingham (as Dot) and Campbell (as Reggie). Dot quickly discovers that the realities of working class life are not exactly what she signed up for when she said "I do", and matters are further complicated by Reggie's developing and suspicious relationship with Sutton (as Pete).


We're not going to spoil the plot here, not that anyone would mind very much now, but there's a reason why Dudley Sutton's image on the film poster is inverted—and it's got nothing whatsoever to do with poor repro work.


The Leather Boys was set in and around London. The Ace Cafe takes a prominent position along with The Tidal Basin Tavern in Canning Town, Harbut Road in Wandsworth, Kingston Cemetery, and (further afield) the Esplanade at Bognor Regis, West Sussex.


But The Leather Boys wasn't Sutton's first movie outing. He was born in Surrey, was educated in Devon, served as a mechanic in the Royal Air Force, became a member of RADA (the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) in London, and joined the legendary Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop group.


His inaugural on-screen appearance came in the 1958 movie, A Night to Remember. This tale, starring Kenneth More (correct spelling of "More") recounted the last days of the ill-fated (but well-fêted) RMS Titanic that went down in 1912. Dudley Sutton played a lookout who saw what was coming at them, but the producer never gave him a credit for his farsightedness.


After a spell in theatre (to which he returned many times in later years), Sutton revisited to the screen in 1962 as Boy Lover in the movie Go to Blazes (not to be confused with the 1942 Will Hay propaganda film of the same name, but with a very different "plot").


Go to Blazes (1962) was a comedy about an inept bunch of English crooks who decide to use a fire engine as a robbery getaway vehicle. The movie was replete with familiar British character actors (Dave King, Robert Morley, Daniel Massey, Dennis Price, Norman Rossington, Maggie Smith, David Lodge, Arthur Lowe, and John Le Mesurier), but it's almost forgotten now.


That same year (1962), Sutton appeared in The Boys, a gritty-ish tale about four young men on an evening out in London town who are subsequently put on trial for the murder of a night watchman. Sutton played Stan Coulter and gave a pretty good account of himself in this still watchable courtroom drama—which is also an interesting insight into British youth and social mores at the dawn of the sixties.


Over the next two decades, Dudley Sutton popped up in a variety of TV and movie productions including The Avengers, Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), The Sweeney, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, The Prince and the Pauper, George & Mildred, Porridge, Orlando, and The Football Factory. In fact, if you wanted someone slightly menacing, manifestly dubious and/or mysterious, you simply called Dudley Sutton's agent and filled the part.



The main cast of Lovejoy. L to R: Chris Jury, (the late) Malcolm Tierney, Phyllis Logan, Dudley Sutton, and Ian McShane.



Ian La Frenais's 1986 production of Lovejoy saw Sutton playing second fiddle as barker/tout to Ian McShane's titular role and in doing so enjoyed a significant on-screen presence, albeit one that (typically) became a little stale with its predictable repetition. This light-hearted contemporary prime-time tale of a roguish antique dealer (Lovejoy) operating from the more quainter leafy and stately haunts of the county of Suffolk has since become something of a British classic and has travelled the world scooping up fresh audiences—and didn't do anything to hurt Ian McShane's later celebrity.


Interestingly, during his career Sutton has played a lot of "boys", starting with the movie The Leather Boys, and then the character Boy Lover in the aforementioned Go to Blazes. Then he appeared in the movie The Boys, and then (in a Sweeney episode) he played Golden Boy.


Later still, to add fuel to a questionable fire, Sutton can be found on YouTube lamenting the demise of the gentlemen's public lavatories of London.


But does any of this really add up to anything? We don't know, and we don't much care. We're happy to accept Dudley Sutton simply for the characters he played on screen and the decades of quality entertainment he gave us. And he's right. These day it's tricky finding a decent public convenience in British capital—and elsewhere in the realm come to that.


Dudley Sutton married four times and fathered one child. The most recent acting outing that we can find for him was in 2015 in the movie Tin set in 1895 in a Cornish mining village; a tale of a swindling bank and the damaged caused to a small rural community.


A year ago Dudley Sutton's health began seriously deteriorating and he knew that he was enjoying (for want of a better word) the last few scenes in the production of his life.


As an example of a genuinely quaint, offbeat, intelligent, urbane and charming English gentleman, you can bring the curtain down behind Dudley Sutton and tell the other hopefuls that the part has been cast.


He was 85.


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Oxford Products Kickback Shirt


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New black or military green casual padded shirt

List price £99


Everyone knows that when you sally forth on a motorcycle, you really ought to be wearing a crash helmet, heavyweight jacket, protective jeans, boots and gloves. Etc. But realistically, there are occasions when it's either too hot for all that palaver, or it just takes too much time to gear up—especially if you're just nipping down the road for a pint of milk. And then there are other moments when you just feel like throwing a little (but not too much) caution to the wind and prefer to travel light. And cool.


Most of us have been there at some time, and that's what we like about this Kickback Shirt from Oxford Products. It nicely fills the gap between riding with only a T-shirt on your upper body, and riding in an armoured trenchcoat.


This shirt feels very well made. That's the first thing that struck us. Being the cynics we are, we were expecting something thinner, lighter and more flimsy. Or, alternately, a piece of shaped cardboard bulked out like a straight jacket. But that wasn't the case. This Kickback is very comfortable and reassuring, doesn't billow in all the wrong places, and gives you the kind of hug you used to get when you were young and pretty and desirable.



The main fabric, we're advised, is heavyweight cotton. It's lined with 100% DuPont ™ Kevlar®. There's hidden "structure stitching" and "nylon bonded coat threads", but most of that techy stuff goes right over our heads. Suffice to say that it ain't likely to fall apart any time soon. We gave ours a pretty severe beating, and there was no surrender.


The outer fasteners are press studs and feel like decent enough quality. There's a YKK zip on the end of each sleeve to keep the wind out, and there are press studs at the wrist too for extra comfort. Meanwhile, those cuffs have soft edges and are pretty snug (for us anyway). So if you've got abnormally large hands or unusually thick wrists, you might be struggling a little. Check that aspect carefully.


Other features include two outer pockets, with two more tucked away inside. You won't want to (or be able to) stuff those pockets with too much junk. But you can accommodate an average size smartphone or wallet without spoiling the look (if that matters to you). And there's a handy belt loop down below to keep the shirt snug.



This shirt isn't waterproof, and it doesn't pretend to be. But Oxford tells us that it does have a water resistant coating to help keep you dry through a mild shower. Twice we put that to the test, and it lived up to expectations.


There's no armour supplied. But there is provision for elbow, shoulder and back protection. That said, it's worth reiterating the general thickness of this shirt. That aspect might not be so obvious when you wear it loose. But tuck it into those pegged jeans, or cargo trousers, or purpose-built riding jeans and you'll feel the pinch. So ideally, you'll want looser leg wear to accommodate it. Even in its basic form, it'll help soften any blow.


But like we said, this shirt really suits a more casual, loose approach, and that's how we'll be testing it further (and will report any deficits).


There are another four fabric designs in the Kickback range, all of them boasting real or contrived tartans. However, we like the plain and simple black shirt (which wrongly looks slightly blueish here) and we like the military green shirt (which is actually more like khaki). Sizes are S to 5XL.


The shirts are machine washable, by the way. So wash 'em at 40 degrees centigrade. But don't tumble dry. Just let the shirts air-dry away from bright sunlight.




Overall, we genuinely like this Kickback shirt, and when it wears out we'll probably go and buy one if we can't blag another for review. The list price is £99.99, and we think that's more than fair. We can imagine this shirt lasting many years and will no doubt offer reasonable protection in a relatively minor spill.


Try one, and there's a good chance you'll buy one.


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Visiting Brussels? LEZ registration now required for all vehicles, inc foreign

2018 Classic TT "a washout". Fewer IOM Steam Packet bikes and visitors

New BMW self-riding GS [We'd be happier with a self-fixing example-Ed]

Two new 2019 Kawasakis. Ninja 125 & Z125. 14.8bhp liquid-cooled singles

Inventor Fred Spaven to ride electric RE Bullet. Land's End - John O'Groats

Bristol Big Bike Theft Awareness Ride on Sunday, September 16, 2018

2019 Moto Guzzi V85TT 850cc, 80bhp adventure "enduro" bike revealed

Bike Stop free Biker Down course. Saturday 20th Oct 2018. 10am - 1pm

Motorcycle Action Group claims Birmingham CAZ bike charge exemption

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2019 Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Sport


Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Sport unveiled


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853cc Bobber variant on the way

54bhp @ 3,000rpm


We've never been overly impressed with the original Moto Guzzi 853cc Bobber launched in late 2015, and we're not crazy about this new Sport version, either. Just seems like too little, too late and generally it doesn't convince us as much more than a token offering.


But we've penned a few choice words on the bike on our Motorcycle News pages. Check the link below and see if you share our views.


2019 V9 Moto Guzzi Bobber Sport


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Burt Reynolds is more closely associated with Harley-Davidson, but during his high school years he's been quoted as saying that he owned an Indian Scout—which his father used to sabotage to prevent him riding.



Burton Leon Reynolds: 1936 - 2018


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Star of Deliverance and Smokey and the Bandit has died aged 82

He was actor, producer, director ... and an occasional biker


For us here at Sump, the John Boorman movie Deliverance (1972), was Burt Reynolds' greatest acting moment. It was certainly the point where the cinema world (as opposed to the TV world) began to take him seriously. But most folk will associate Reynolds more closely with popcorn films such as Smokey and the Bandit (1977), The Cannonball Run (1981) and possibly the sleazy piece of celluloid entitled Boogie Nights (1997).


Either way, his was a compelling presence on the screen, an actor who generally kept our attention, gave good value for money and played the role he was supposed to play whether dramatic, ironic, comedic or sordid.


Burt Reynolds was born either in Waycross, Georgia or Lansing, Michigan depending on which account you favour—and Reynolds himself has been quoted as highlighting both locales.



Burt Reynolds and Jon Voight (the "Midnight Cowboy") in John Boorman's Deliverance (1972). The movie is remembered largely for the famous "Duelling Banjos" scene, and for the moment when actor Ned Beaty (as Bobby) is raped by the hillbillies. But as with Lord of the Flies, the theme revolves around how society can, in the right/wrong circumstances break down with devastating consequences. A movie landmark.



He came from mixed ancestry which included Dutch, English, Scots and Irish—and some biographers record that he also claimed a few drops of Cherokee Native American blood. But was that simply to add credibility to two memorable acting roles such as John Hawk in the US TV series Hawk (1966–67) in which he played an Iroquois detective working in New York City, and/or Navajo Joe (1966), the spaghetti western directed by Sergio Corbucci? Either way, he looked fairly convincing in both parts and earned some acting plaudits which added to the developing Burt Reynolds mystique.


Acting wasn't his first career choice, however. As a high school graduate he had played American football and looked forward to turning professional. But a (typical) knee injury followed by injuries in a serious car crash put paid to that notion. What followed was a sidelong shift into acting (mostly on New York's Broadway) underpinned by a series of everyday jobs including waiter, dishwasher, truck driver and door security.


In the late 1950s he took a number of small television roles. His first real break came with the US TV western series Riverboat (1959–61) in which Reynolds co-starred with Darren McGavin. It's said that Reynolds was chosen because of his (evident) similarity to Marlon Brando. Regardless, he lost the part midway through the series following personal conflict with McGavin and was replaced by Noah Beery Jr, aka "Jim Rockford's dad".


More TV appearances followed, and in 1961 Reynolds took a role in Angel Baby, an unmemorable production that nevertheless pushed Reynolds into Armoured Command (1961). Then it was back to Broadway for a spell.


Other US TV series roles included Naked City, Ripcord, Everglades, Route 66, Perry Mason, The Twilight Zone, Bonanza, Flipper, Branded, FBI and 12 O'Clock High. In fact, you could sit in front of your TV set for a couple of months or more and watch Burt Reynolds pop up each day in a different old favourite.


His last TV role (voice over) was in 2012 in Archer, an animated US production featuring a bunch of half-assed secret agents. The show regularly invited guest stars to caricature themselves, and Reynolds happily took the bait and kept his flame alive.



Movie-wise, the list of appearance is huge, largely being overshadowed by Burt Reynolds' more popular films (Smokey, Cannonball, etc). But overall, he took roles in almost 100 movies, his final appearance being in Defining Moments (2018) which is yet to be released. Actually, he had signed up to appear in Quentin Tarantino's latest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019), but Reynolds died before his scenes could be filmed.


His personal life was replete with sensational, scandalous and merely newsworthy relationships with women such as Dinah Shore, Sally Fields, Judy Carne, and Loni Anderson—the latter two of which he also married.


In his private life, Reynolds established numerous commercial ventures (with mixed fortunes), was heavily involved in NASCAR racing, suffered various and serious health problems—one of them as result of accidentally being hit in the face by a metal chair during filming. That led to him becoming addicted to pain-killers, a habit which he later broke.



There's so much more to Burt Reynolds including bankruptcy and his "shocking" nude centrefold appearance in a 1972 issue of Cosmopolitan—which happened shortly before Deliverance was set for cinema release (read into that what you will). There was also the films he directed; his brief singing interlude with Dolly Parton; his co-authorship of a children's book; his numerous high-profile friendships; the tales of his womanising shenanigans, and the whole living, breathing, headline-grabbing Burt Reynolds experience.


In short, he was simply excellent at being Burt Reynolds, and more than once he commented on that fact. He was 82 when he died, and from all accounts he lived every single one of those years right up to the red line.


Burton Leon Reynolds is survived by Quinton, the son he adopted together with ex-wife Loni Anderson, and a very large number of women who, we hear, also knew him pretty well.


He's also survived by millions of fans worldwide, and in a low-key way we count ourselves among them.


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Comet Classic Motorcycles


Comet Classics Open Day


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Sunday 9th September 2018 is the day

Southbourne, Hampshire is the place


Well we just checked the weather forecast, and it looks as if this coming Sunday, 9th September 2018, is going to be warm and dry—if a little cloudy—down in Hampshire, England. And that's good news for Comet Classics which is holding an Open Day & Coffee Morning and is inviting along anyone with an interest in old bikes, old petrol pumps, and classic motorcycle ephemera.



Doors open at 10am. We're advised that up to 100 bikes with be present (and possibly correct), with a few clubs and even the odd celebrity in attendance (and we use the word "odd" advisedly). There's no charge to drop in, and it will be over when it's over.


Comet Classics can be found at: Unit 6 Clovelly Business Park, Clovelly Road, Southbourne Industrial Estate, PO10 8PE. You'll find this locale a few miles east of Havant, and a couple of miles north of Hayling Island.


Tip: While you're down there, go check out the cool art deco houses on the island—if you're into that kinda stuff, of course. You might have to hunt around a little. But they're there.


The contact is Ray on: 07540 776 888.


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H&H Auctions seeking consignments


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9th November 2018 is the auction date

So far 48 motorcycle lots are listed


H&H Auctions reckon that it's rare to see a Sun Wasp scooter (image immediately above and below) in this prime condition. And we agree. In fact, we can't remember when we last saw one this sorted. The bike is just one of the lots going under the hammer at the firm's sale on Friday 9th November 2018 at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull B92 0EJ.


Sun Motorcycles grew from the very fertile soil of the 19th century bicycle industry. It was based in Aston, Birmingham. The origins can be traced to 1885 and James Parkes & Sons. This company made brass fittings and carbon lamps for the lighting industry—hence the later "Sun" name—but soon moved into the bicycle components market which one was of the hot tickets of the day.


The following year (1886), the Sun Cycle Fittings Company was founded and the first complete bicycles were manufactured. By 1911, the company moved into motorcycle production, but continued its outstanding interests in cycles and fittings.



Over the next five decades Sun Cycles designed and built a range of bikes from mopeds to roadsters to scooters. Proprietary engines were obtained from JAP and Villiers. Other (typical) suppliers included Webb (forks), Armstrong (forks) and Lucas (electrics). The machines were all fairly conventional in design, but well built and fit for purpose.


Notable models include (in no particular order) the Cyclone, the Tourist, the Overlander, the Hornet, the Challenger, and the Geni. Engine configurations were sidevalve, OHV and two stroke.


The Parkes family owned and ran the company until 1961 when they sold the business and rights to Raleigh, which promptly dropped the Sun name.


This Wasp scooter is said to be in running condition and features an electric starter. The estimate is £3,000 - £4,000, which isn't unrealistic. But naturally, this lot is more likely to suit the collector—and that market is steadily shrinking as advancing years claims more and more of the old enthusiasts.



Other interesting bikes at this sale include:



1958 247cc Moto Guzzi Lodola Regolorita. Never seen one in the wild, but from where we're sitting this quarter litre Italian off-roader looks pretty coolisimo. Two-valves, four-strokes, 68mm x 68mm, 17hp @ 7,500rpm, 24mm Dell'Orto carburettor, 18-inch front wheel, 17-inch rear wheel and a top speed of around 80mph. These are the basic numbers for this rare piece of dirt-dishing kit that, we hear, was featured in a 1991 issue of Classic Bike magazine. The estimate is £4,500 - £5,000.


1953 MV Agusta Pullman

1953 MV Agusta Pullman. H&H tried to sell this bike at its July 2018 NMM sale, but no buyer came forward. The estimate was £4,500 - £5,000. That's since been re-estimated at £2,000 - £3,000. We still love the look of this motorcycle, but it doesn't quite fit our current requirements. However, at three grand, it's gotta be tempting someone.

1974 T150 Triumph Trident

1974 Triumph T150. H&H also offered this triple at the July 2018 NMM Sale, but it didn't sell. The earlier £10,000 - £12,000 estimate has been dropped to £8,000 - £10,000, and the bidding starts at £4,000. Check the description carefully if you're seriously interested. The bike was a Category C insurance write-off, but there could be a bargain here. Clearly, the bike wants to be gone. Tip: Sorted Triumph Tridents will make your beard black again, and you won't been needing that Viagra after a long ride.

1913 Precision. This 499cc V-twin is well known in the Pioneer motorcycles circle. It's been a regular entrant on the annual Pioneer Run, and its now being offered with a dating certificate and a comprehensive history file (sadly, it sounds like someone just won't be needing this bike anymore, if you follow our depressing drift). It looks to be all original, but has been fitted with a 3-speed Sturmey Archer rear hub. Over the last few years this motorcycle has been unused, so it's no doubt begging to get back out on the road. The estimate is £7,000 - £9,000. Precision (later Beardmore Precision) was founded by Frank E Baker in 1906. Bicycles were the firm's initial product. By 1910 the first motorcycle engines were built, and complete bikes came along in 1912. This was a great company, both in terms of size and products—notable a huge range of proprietary engines that other manufacturers employed. The company is almost forgotten now. But this bike could turn out to be quite a revelation.



Meanwhile, if you're looking to sell a bike, H&H would like to hear from you asap. Lot numbers have yet to be assigned to this sale, and there are only 48 motorcycles presently listed. But we expect that to pick up over the coming weeks.


We've checked through the other lots, and we see a lot of pre-war stuff there, much of it carrying pretty conservative estimates.


Will keep you posted.


UPDATE: We had earlier wrongly said that Sun produced a Dayton and Panther model. This was totally incorrect. In fact, Sun Motorcycle shared some bodywork with Dayton and Panther. Apologies for the confusion.


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Reminder: Saturday 27th October 2018, 5th Museum Live Event at the NEC

Bonhams has been sold to private equity group, Epiris (undisclosed price)

Indian Scout Bobber custom


NASA employee wins Indian Scout Bobber build comp. $10K prize

"Pavement road signs needed for careless texting pedestrians"—TRL

Average UK petrol up 13p since July. Now £1.30 per litre. Four year high

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Motus Motorcycles


Motus Motorcycles is bust


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Niche American V4 sports-tourer manufacturer has run out of road

Customers have been informally notified


The headline pretty much says it all for most of us, and there's not a lot more detail at present, anyway. But what we do know is reported on Sump's Motorcycle News pages. Follow the link if you're so minded.


Shame that another bike manufacturer has gone.


Motus Motorcycles is bust


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