▲ British Customs of Gardena, California has sent us some snaps of their latest creations which are currently travelling around the USA as part of the 2013 Progressive International Motorcycle Show tour. Based on a 2012 Triumph Bonneville Scrambler, British Customs has been constantly restyling this bike largely as a platform to display its range of aftermarket components whilst advertising its bike building skills. The firm, which specialises in Triumph customs, is said to be "honoured" to be included in the touring Triumph Motorcycles North America Booth. Other cool bikes on the stand include: Klock Werks Thunderbird Café Racer; Elena Myers’ AMA Pro Road Race Daytona; Lowbrow Customs' Double Vision land speed racer; the Bonneville Performance 1200cc Street Tracker; and Team Empire drift bikes. Look also for the British Customs "Vintage Vendetta" Triumph Speedmaster elsewhere on this page.
T120 /T140 Bonnie owner?
We've just updated our Triumph Bonneville buyers guide, and we're looking to add to it with more Bonnie tales and images from Bonneville owners. We run three of these bikes, but we just can't get enough of them. So show us yours and we'll show you ours. All T120s and T140 variants are welcome. We're talking about TR7 Tigers, TR65 Thunderbirds, TSXs (we've got one of those too), TSSs or what have you. Images need to be large-ish, and we'd like to see what you look like. Interested?
November 2013 Classic bike news
"21st century" Hesketh 24 promised
Lewis Collins: 1946 - 2013
Watsonian Meteor sidecar returns
VMCC Hewing: jumped or pushed?
Brad Pitt Davida lid up for grabs
Andy Tiernan/Nick Ward Calendar
OK-Supreme missing parts appeal
Southern Classic Off-Road Show
For sale: 1964 BSA C15T - £2,850
1938 Matchless Model X - Cheffins
For sale: 1957 AJS Model 30. £3,300
Monstercraft Brat Kit for XS650 Yams
Bonhams Las Vegas, 9th Jan 2014
Young drivers see less, warns RAC
Lightmare campaign reminder
Interesting UK prison facts and stats
1935 Excelsior tops Harrogate Sale
Royal Enfield Continental screens
Stolen T100 returned after 46 years
Hövding invisible cycling helmet
SR400 Yamaha vs baby Triumph?
Ring of Red: respectful or mawkish?
McQueen's "Bullitt" tweed on sale
Jake Robbins taper-girders
Rare 350cc Triumph 3SW at Bonhams
Sump Magazine is now on Facebook
US Government ponders lid laws
Harley-Davidson's new streetsters
Milton Keynes's "driverless cars"
New T-bird, first whitewall radials
Weiss Montana heated glove
Upham's Brough project unveiled
Circa 1925 Douglas RA for Harrogate
Caterham Cars launches bike range
Cameron visits Henry Cole's Gladstone
British solicitors under threat
Norton's first US Commandos sent
Graham Stark: 1922 - 2013
October 2013 Classic bike news
Cheffins' Cambridge sale results
Lou Reed: 1942 - 2013
The Glory Days of British Motorbikes
Triumph Experimental by Mick Duckworth
Liverpool's bus lane suspension
Regent Street Motor Show update
Francis Beart Manx makes £61,980
The Breathometer is coming
Harley-Davidson recalls 25,185 motorcycles
Triumph T120 TT Special hits £16,000
Cool 1939 Triumph T100 on eBay
Superbikes of the 70s from Panther Publishing
"Project" Vincent-HRD Meteor offer
Rare 1938 600cc eBay Triumph 6S
Copdock Commando prize winner
Cambridge cops are nicking bikes
H&H at Duxford: 16th October 2013
Has Triumph run out of ideas?
Rat-out a trader, win ten grand
SuperBike sold, yet again
Norton "export volumes rise"
Last call for the classic Land Rover
September 2013 Classic bike news
Haynes retrenches and regroups
Billy Fury Tribute Night at the Ace
Gear Gremlin First Aid Kit
Ellis e-petition gathers momentum
Southbank car & bike boot sale
Pistons & Props: 28th-29th Sept 2013
Bike buyers robbed at gunpoint
1901 Ariel Quadricycle comes home
RAC demands 5p per litre fuel cut
1st Annual Motorcycle Film Festival,
"3D gun" on display at the V&A
Grayling's magistrates reform woes
Twenty's plenty in the Square Mile
Cool Ariel Square Four on eBay
Royal Enfield Continental GT roars
Weise Hi Viz jackets for cissies
Triumph T120R eScam taken offline
Bonhams' Beaulieu 2013 sale results
Satnav drivers "returning to maps"
Kenneth Horatio Wallis: 1916 - 2013
H&H invites October Duxford entries
Indian built 500cc Harley-Davidsons?
Brough stuff at Bonneville 2013
Triumph Rocket-3 streamliner details
August 2013 Classic bike news
Huge classic bike collection to sell
£4,600 Harley-Davidson FatBoy scam
Two classic Honda CX500 kits
Stolen BMW R80ST plea for help
Ace Classics (London) 2013 calendar
Sid Bernstein: 1918 - 2013
Judge denies Muslim burka motion
Brent Council shuts Ace "race track"
VW injunction blocks security hole
Bonhams return to Beaulieu in Sept
Pistol-packing copper is still busy on the job
Peter Fonda sues over Easy Rider T-shirt
Southern Classic Off-Road Show
Karen Black 1939 -2013
EU threatens MOT tests for caravans
New Norton T-shirt from Sump
2014 Indian range announced
Werner Lang: 1922 - 2013
Three staff arrested at Les Emery's
July 2013 Classic bike news
Cheffins Cambridge July results
Three "rare" Triumph TSXs on sale
Film company seeks Enfield riders
David Dixon: 1933-2013
Rare Triumph 6-1 on eBay: £16,000
Swinton fined for swindling
York council's 20mph slap in the face
French TV channel will be filming at the Ace
Lesney's Matchbox 60th anniversary
Free tickets to the South of England SuperBike Show and Bike Jumble
"... and do you take this poof to be your lawfully wedded husband?"
Henry Cole's "Gladstone" bobber
Triumph TRW pricing news
David "Fluff" Brown: 1930-2013
New Norton Domiracer breaks cover
£20,000 T120 Bonneville in sight
"Motorways are a rip off!" say IAM
Mortons postpones Big Kent 2013 event
VMCC Velo and Norton raffle update
Vincent Black Shadow T-shirt
Welsh Assembly votes away rights
June Pendine Trials "weathered off"
June 2013 Classic bike news
Roger LaVern: 1937 - 2013
2012 UK road deaths and injury figures
Cheffins fairground biker: £1100
Brake lights that see round the bend
Bonhams' 2013 Banbury highlights
New police powers and penalties
Bonhams & Banbury 2013 reminder
Cafe Racer Festival at Montlhery
Dirt Quake II
Historics at Brooklands results
Cameras to monitor cycle boxes?
Peter Williams £65,000 replica
May 2013 Classic bike news
TT rider Yoshinari Matsushita killed
2013 Brighton Speed Trials cancelled
Ton-Up Day 14th July 2013
Johnny "Chester" Dowling's
getting his kicks again
87 bikes for Historics at Brooklands
Sump seizes Kempton trader's stock
Welcome to classic Britain
DomiRacer liquidated and set for auction
Ray "Doors" Manzarek: 1939-2013
Indian's "sneak peek" at the Chief
Streetfighters magazine closes after 22 years
Bruce Main-Smith stops trading
Bike Shed custom bike exhibition
AJS-Matchless Club draw 2013
Bryan Forbes: 1926 - 2013
Watsonian-Squire Open Weekend
Call to lower the legal age of consent to 13
Royal Enfield's new UK home
April 2013 Classic bike news
Genuine Sump T-Shirt back in stock
VMCC Jan-Jun 2013 Velocette raffle
Storm conversion for XS650 Yams
Drive it Day for classic cars and bikes
Petition to ban mobile phone drivers
£246,400 Vincent; £246,400 Brough
Royal change to the laws of succession
Margaret Thatcher: 1925-2013
Ex-McQueen Indian Model F to sell
Eric's Cafe Racer Corner
Peter "Pip" Harris: 1927-2013
Pendine Sands Speed Trials 22/23 June 2013
Dr James "JK" Kelly Swanston: 1908-2013
Mortons buys Normous Newark
March 2013 Classic bike news
2013 Pioneer Run snowed and iced off
Dambuster charity motorcycle ride
One hundred cafe racers wanted
Hide your classic, and go to jail
Eddie Presbury "cheap" bike art
Norton acquires Donington Hall
James Herbert: 1943-2013
1973: New cut-off date for "historics"
Triumph T140D floating disc from
Rare Brough Superior BS4 to sell
First Vincent Lightning also to sell
British justice for sale, says Grayling
Indian reveals new 111-inch engine
Yamaha Bolt challenge to Triumph?
Triumph still in the number one spot
February 2013 Classic bike news
£6975 Triumph Tiger Cub, sold!
Ray "Dalek" Cusick: 1928-2013
Triumph Speed Triple R "Dark"
Despatches. Free eBook from Sump
Bonhams' Grand Palais "success"
Le breathalyser fines "postponed"
Government set to scrap 80mph speed limit hike plan
Driving test interpreters for the chop?
Reg "Wild Thing" Presley: 1941-2013
Bonhams Paris Grand Palais Sale 2013
New licence withdrawal powers
January 2013 Classic bike news
Freddie Williams: 1926-2013
Where's the Gaffer's Gallop film?
Andy Tiernan's ebay warning
2013 Triumph Rocket 3 Roadster
Insulting to be made legal again
One hundred years of Aston Martin
$480,000 1939 BMW Rennsport
Burtons' Triumph TRW register
James Austin's Classic Shows
Winter Restoration Show 2012
2013 Triumph Tiger Sports 1050
Winter Classic Bike Guide Show
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It started out as a 2009 Triumph Speedmaster, but British Customs from Gardena, California had other ideas about how this bike might look, and so they conceived and crafted the above "Vintage Vendetta".
The Triumph Speedmaster, says the firm, is an ideal foundation for re-interpretation, not least due to its 270-degree crankshaft that gives it exactly the kind of offbeat vibes and feel demanded by red-blooded custom bike engineers looking for both poise and poke. [Read more about British Customs' Vintage Vendetta Speedmaster]
He was never a household name like pianists Dave Brubeck, Thelonius Monk, Oscar Peterson or Chick Corea, and was often confused with Stan Kenton. But Stan Tracey, who died on 6th December 2013, was one of England's greatest exponent of jazz piano and will be much missed by his contemporaries and fans alike. [More on Stan Tracey]
Well we finally got to see the new 21st century Brough Superior SS100 as conceived by Mark Upham, the driving force behind the most talked about motorcycle of the moment, and one that's rapidly shaping up to be a future classic.
The UK public unveiling took place on Saturday 7th December 2013 at Eric Patterson's Southern Classic Off Road Show and Jumble at Kempton Park, Surrey, a well attended gathering of souls with a good pre-Christmas buzz, a welcome patch of decent weather, and plenty of bargains on offer as traders looked to clear some stock and make the best of what hasn't exactly been a great year.
As hoped, we managed to get an interview with the redoubtable Mark Upham, and a very revealing tête-à-tête it was, too. [Read more on what Mark Upham had to say about the new Brough Superior].
The future of motorcycling? Maybe. Probably even. A least one notable French firm thinks so and is nailing its colours to the mast of that future with this giant battery-pack on wheels, and that firm is Voxan and they call this the Wattman.
So okay, that name might ring cool in downtown Monaco where these are being made, but it sounds pretty naff on this side of the English Channel. Maybe it's supposed to put us in mind of "Walkman".
But we think the French should have come up with something a lot more stylish or imaginative. Such as "Ampster", as in; "Can't stop, mate. Got to hurry home to feed my Ampster".
No? Well it was just a thought. We're think of registering that name anyway just in case. [Read more about Voxan's new electric bike...]
Are we the only people deeply uncomfortable about the minimum ten year sentence handed down today (Friday 6th December 2013) to Alexander Blackman, the British Royal Marine found guilty of murdering a Taliban fighter back in September 2011 in Helmand Province?
“You have betrayed your corps and all British service personnel who have served in Afghanistan,” opined Judge Advocate General Jeff Blackett during the trial. [More on this Alexander Blackman story...]
... but unfortunately, not to the tax. We're still going to have pay for it, but the circle of paper proving that you've paid your Vehicle Excise Duty has finally had its day (see Sump December 2012). Instead, your details will be read by ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras and by hand held devices that will tell the authorities all they want to know about who is the registered keeper of the vehicle, where it lives, if the MOT or insurance is current, and—most of all—whether the Chancellor of the Exchequer has had his wedge. [More on this story...]
No, it doesn't actually shoot out concentric blue circles and turn everything into a negative. But the press release picture we dragged from the spam box was uninspiring and showed a line of dirty traffic cones with a bored looking guy on a bike coming to a controlled stop, and we figured that something a little more dynamic was demanded by our regular Sumpsters. So we got out the paint box and the Spirograph (showing your age now, huh?) and we scribbled the above graphic.
The problem is speeding, stolen and general getaway vehicles. The solution, we're told, is the RF Safe Stop system. [More on this story...]
Spit and Polish? That would be the immaculately turned-out SS80 Brough Superior that George Brough built, endlessly fussed over and rode at Brooklands notching up an unofficial 100mph. That was in the early 1920s. George Brough subsequently campaigned the bike in dozens of other races, and generally came out on top—but once almost underneath. [More on this story...]
This isn't the first time this issue has come up, but technological advances have given it new teeth.
The story is that the EU (read: the ongoing Franco-Germanic conspiracy) is looking to standardise road signs across Europe in an effort to "cut road deaths". [More on this story...]