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Triumph T140 Bonneville
& TR7 Tiger buyers guide



When I bought my first T140, a mate rode over on his CB250 Honda, took a look, frowned and said, 'You'll be dead in a bloody week on that, mate.' I said, 'Oh? Why?' And he said, 'British bike. They leak oil. Don't handle. Don't stop. Snap cranks. And fall apart at the worst possible moment.' So I said, 'You want a take it for a blast?' And he said, 'Yeah.' Three days later he bought a new T140, and he still owns it, plus two others. I've since owned six or seven T140s, currently own three, have ridden tens of thousands of miles on 'em, including a year or two on the London despatch circuit. And I'm still alive. Mostly.

Come find out why...

 – Danny DeFazio




Gift T-shirts for motorcyclists


Fantastic selection of cool & casual
motorcycle T-shirts from £12.99


We didn't want to get into the T-shirt business. It was an accident (but fortunately nobody was injured). When we started Sump, we really weren't thinking a long way ahead. Actually, not much further than the nearest pub. We just wanted to produce the best possible motorcycle news and features website given our general state of inebriation and limited "skill set". Anyway, we set to work cobbling it all together, sketching page designs and batting ideas back and forth, and arguing about the name. Etc.


Someone suggested 'Rockerama,' and we ignored that. Someone suggested 'Back Street Easyriding Classic Bikers'. And someone else added '...from hell!' And we naturally ignored that too. Another suggestion was something that we can't repeat this side of the watershed, and about a hundred other names went into the pot and we stirred it all around.


Finally the name 'Sump' bubbled up. And we thought, 'Yeah! Sump. That's where all the oily, greasy dregs go. Like us. Perfect.' And the die was cast. Anyway, it was about ten minutes after that that someone else asked, 'And how're we gonna fund this magnificent erect organ of delight and entertainment?' So we slowly whittled down the options (most of them illegal, improbable and downright stupid) to books and T-shirts and metal signs and stuff like that. And these tees were our first, so be nice to them. They've got a special place in our twisted hearts, you know?






Sump workshirt £26.99

All purpose street & garage wear


We spend much of our miserable lives in the garage. Usually we're fixing bikes and stuff, and all too often we're re-fixing the stuff we ought to have fixed properly the first time around.


So it goes.


Anyway, we wanted to increase our product range (that's partly how we fund Sump) and we've been thinking for some time about introducing workshirts and general shirts that we might want to wear when the weather closes in—which is most of the time in the UK. Anyway, this is the result; our first Sump branded garage/all purpose shirt.


The Sump logo is featured above the left-side pocket only (notice how we cunningly avoided saying "breast"?). The image quality is very good and will last the life of the shirt.


We think these are pretty good quality and worth the money. First come, first served, etc.


Hit the button below, baby...







BSA M20/M21

workshirt £26.99

All purpose street & garage wear


Seems that plenty of folk love our BSA M20/M21 T-shirt design which features the above roundel. So, to widen the appea we decided to reproduce it on a more formal shirt that you might want to wear in the garage or in the magistrate's court.


The shirts are 100% cotton twill, which means they're tougher than ordinary cotton. We wear these ourselves, and we're perfectly happy with them—and we're nothing if not hard to please. Follow the links and see if they're right for you (Hint: they probably are).


The BSA M20/M21 roundel is featured above the left-side pocket only. And when you wear this, other BSA folk will notice and might even become your friend and take you out for walks and stuff. It happens.


The image quality is very good and will last the life of the shirt. You know you want it, and you know we've got it.



Cool biker T-shirt from Sump

BAD-ASS BIKER T-shirt £19.99

Fun T-shirt for older bikers


Having a good sense of humour can extend your life. Look at Ken Dodd. He's about 150 years old and still laughing. And even if he croaked tomorrow (which we sincerely hope he doesn't), he would still have proved the scientists right. Humour really is the best medicine. It does things with the chemicals in your brain. Good chemicals. And if it doesn't work immediately, double the dosage. That's why we invented this BAD ASS BIKER T-shirt. It will make both you and other people smile and laugh, and it's available without prescription. Click on the image and take a closer look at what it says. And start smiling. It's healthy, non-fattening and highly contagious.



Classic motorcycle metal signs make great gifts


Classic bike metal signs from £8.99

Brighten up your life


We were hanging around in the garage which had about six nude calendars on the wall. Lady nudes, that is. None of that six-pack fella stuff. Don't ask us where the calendars came from. They just ... appeared. Anyway, a heating engineer came around that day to fix the boiler-thingy in the garage. He took a look at the calendars and gave us a lecture on sexism. Can you believe that? We stood there with jaws hanging loose as this middle-aged baldy bloke explained the damage we were doing to girldom. Or womandom. We said, "We take your point, but the calendars are up now. If you don't tell, we won't." He wasn't impressed, so we acquiesced to his more delicate sensibilities and got some tin signs instead. But we miss the girls...






Framed classic motorcycle prints from Sump...

Stylish wall art for your home, biker den, clubhouse or shop


Vincent Engineers
framed motorcycle print

225mm x 175mm. Oak. UK made.


Vincent motorcycle framed print







Triumph 650cc TT
framed motorcycle print

225mm x 175mm. Oak. UK made.


Triumph motorcycle framed print







framed motorcycle print

225mm x 175mm. Oak. UK made.


BSA motorcycle framed print






Triumph Thunderbird
framed motorcycle print

225mm x 175mm. Oak. UK made.


Triumph Thunderbird framed print







BSA Super Rocket
framed motorcycle print

225mm x 175mm. Oak. UK made.


BSA framed motorcycle print







Greeves Scottish
framed motorcycle print

225mm x 175mm. Oak. UK made.


Greeves framed motorcycle print






Norton Commando
framed motorcycle print

225mm x 175mm. Oak. UK made.


Norton Commando framed motorcycle print







Sunbeam S7
framed motorcycle print

225mm x 175mm. Oak. UK made.


Sunbeam S7 framed motorcycle print







Norton Dominator
framed motorcycle print

225mm x 175mm. Oak. UK made.


Norton Dominator framed motorcycle print






Brough Superior
framed motorcycle print

225mm x 175mm. Oak. UK made.


Brough Superior framed motorcycle print







RE Continental
framed motorcycle print

225mm x 175mm. Oak. UK made.


Royal Enfield framed motorcycle print








Suzuki GSX1100S Katana
framed motorcycle print

225mm x 175mm. Oak. UK made.










Motorcycle buyer's guides from Sump...

Essential motorcycle information before you part with your money



T140 Bonneville
& Tiger TR7


Paperback • 210mm x 148.5mm
68 pages • 85 pictures


T140 Triumph Bonneville & TR7 Tiger buyer's guide








Essential Buyer's Guide
Norton Commando


Paperback • 195mm x 139mm
64 pages • 100 pictures


Norton Commando Buyer's Guide







Essential Buyer's Guide
BSA 350, 441 & 500

Paperback  • 195mm x 139mm
64 pages • 103 pictures.

BSA 350, 441 & 500 Singles Buyer's Guide






Essential Buyer's Guide
Velocette 350 & 500 singles

Paperback • 195mm x 139mm
64 pages • 100 pictures.


Velocette 350 & 500 Singles Buyer's Guide






Essential Buyer's Guide
BSA Bantam


Paperback • 195mm x 139mm
64 pages • 105 photos


BSA Bantam Buyer's Guide






Essential Buyer's Guide
Triumph Bonneville


Paperback • 195mm x 139mm
64 pages • 127 pictures


Triumph Bonneville Buyer's Guide







Essential Buyer's Guide
Triumph Thunderbird, Trophy & Tiger

Paperback • 195mm x 139mm
64 pages • 100 pictures.


Triumph Thunderbird, Trophy & Tiger Buyer's Guide






Essential Buyer's Guide
BSA 500 & 650 Twins


Paperback • 195mm x 139mm
64 pages • 104 pictures


BSA A7, A10 and A65 Twins buyer's guide








Free ebooks from Sump...


Pioneer Run eBook


Pioneer Run eBook


It's free, but it ain't cheap. This is a nice little photo record of the Pioneer Run with a little poetry to inspire, amuse and provoke a little thought. You don't have to be a culture vulture to enjoy it. But it helps...




Motorcycle eBook




If you're into war bikes and military history, this eBook might interest you. It's a collection of images from WW2 and other conflicts coupled with some memorable quotes and assorted words of wisdom. It's free to download, but (like the Golden Flash eBook above) it won't run on a Mac, and might not work on other platforms. Follow the link and see how it came about. But note that this is an exe file. A self-running program. We say it's safe, but do you trust us?



BSA B50 eBook


BSA B50 eBook


We were down in Wapping, East London hanging out with a bloke named Dave Baron (Hi, Dave!). He's into BSA B50s, and we wanted some snaps for posterity. He said he wasn't very photogenic. He said he felt a bit awkward. He said he wasn't used to cameras. So we gave him lots of instructions. How to look cool. How to look slim. How to look hunky. Stuff like that. He said "Okay, I'll 'ave a go." So we got the Box Brownie out. And guess what? The bastard was a natural. This guy's so cool he could start a new ice age. He's a real Beeza Geeza, and we gave him a Beeza Geeza T-shirt to warm him up a little.

Check the freebee eBook. Check the T-shirt too if yer 'ard enough.




Essential motorcycle locks from Sump...

We take motorcycle security seriously. So should you



Typhoon shackle lock



This is a large shackle lock that will give you extra protection for your motorcycle. The overall dimensions are 15.5-inches x 5.5-inches (393mm x 139mm).

The internal shackle dimension are approximately 12-inches x 3.5-inches (310mm x 90mm). The lock weighs around 5lbs (2.25kg). Three keys are supplied. The bright green colour will help remind you that you've got the lock in place, and it will help deter the opportunist thief from messing with your property. For more convincing security, we recommend a heavy duty chain lock such as the Fury (1.8m) or Nimrod (1.5m). Check the details of these locks. [More information...]






Fury chain lock (1.8m)



The Fury chain lock is a MONSTER. The combined weight (lock and chain) is around 17.5lbs (8 kilos) which makes it more suitable for home use than for toting around on your travels. But you can transport this if you need to. Either way, it's a very serious deterrent to all but the hardcore thieves with the correct thievery tools. And even then, a lot of these guys will look for an easier target.


The chain is made from CroMo steel. The lock has various anti-pick/anti-drill features. We have one of these and we're happy to recommend it. Just remember that motorcycle security needs a range of anti-theft measures. The Fury, however, is a great start—and you can start here. [More information...]



Heavy duty ground anchor


No ground anchor?
Well it's a MUST for serious home security. We could have offered a smaller, cheaper item. But small and cheap ain't gonna help when the thieves come calling.

This ground anchor weighs 3.75lbs (1.7kg), has a 5-inch square footprint and is made from 5mm steel plate. It's also double walled and is supplied with four M10 rawl bolts c/w anti-tamper bearings.

Ideally you'll have one of these for each of your motorcycles. But you have to start somewhere, and this is a great beginning for your new, or revised, security screen. Will perfectly suit the 1.8m Fury chain lock.
[More information...]



Tempest disc lock


What's yellow-green
, slips easily over most motorcycle discs, offers cost-effective additional security, and is available right here on Sump?

Okay, you already know the answer to that one. But what you might not know is that postage and packing, as with all Sump locks, costs just £1.

For portable, convenient and highly visible bike security, these are ideal. Just remember that motorcycle security is an on-going concern. We advise you to buy a more substantial chain lock or shackle lock for added protection. [More information...]


Disc lock reminder


Remember to remember
this one when buying our Tempest disc lock, or if you've already got a disc lock on your bike.

More than one biker has come to a sudden and unforgiving halt when trying to ride away having forgotten that one or more of his discs has been bolted.

This little reminder will go a long way to protect both you and your bike. It will also send a visible signal to opportunist thieves that your wheels, are not for the taking. [More information...]



Nimrod CroMo chain lock £64.99

The Nimrod CroMo
chain lock is a baby brother to the Fury. But it's still a serious handful of heavy duty steel that weighs a little over 11lbs (5kg).

We're offering it with a 1.5 metre chain to help keep it portable whilst increasing your chances of looping it around a fixed object when you're out and about (and we know how hard it can be sometimes to locate and employ a suitable item of street furniture). The lock is supplied with three keys and a fabric sheath to protect your paintwork or chrome. Nice. [More information...]



Sundry items from Sump...


BSA Golden Flash ebook


BSA Golden Flash
eBook £4.99


Take note, people, that this is an electronic book, not paper. It's PC friendly, but it doesn't like Macs and might not work on other platforms. It was designed on a PC for other PCs. Put simply, it's a photo-extension of Sump's BSA Golden Flash buyers guide. Try it. But note that this is an exe file. A self-running program. We say it's safe, but do you trust us? Hint: Our mother's wouldn't...






Motorcycle safety sticker


STOP: Broken neck?
helmet sticker
£1.95 (pair)


Yes, it's a grim sticker. No one wants to be reminded of the fact that motorcycling carries risks. But everything we do has inherent dangers, and we need to be aware of that fact.


This particular risk concerns the dangers of removing a crash helmet at the scene of a road accident. Most "first responders" and even members of the public are pretty savvy about not making matters worse, but we ain't taking any more chances than we have to. Nor should you.


Note: postage and packing is free when combined with other orders. Discount will be applied either automatically on purchase, or when we review the order.






Brough Superior SS100 metal sign


Brough Superior SS100
metal sign


These are also designed by us at Sump, and you can buy them only from us (so beware of cheap imitations).

We tried not to get too fancy. Instead, we aimed for something that George Brough himself would have approved of. Something fairly modest, yet stylish. Something clear and crisp and clean.

Like us.

Most of us are never going to ride a Brough Superior let alone own one. Then again, you can get carried away with these things. The real fun of
any motorcycle is the fact that they take you places, and you can do that on plenty of other motorcycle marques.

Still, a spin around a block on a Brough would be kinda ... well, interesting.

Meanwhile, you can enjoy our Brough Superior metal garage sign. We call it the "Rolls Royce of Signs". But then, you gotta ham it up a little in this world if you want to make a few quid.

Ask George Brough.



Sump magazine sticker


Sump goggles sticker


What you see is what you get. One oval Sump sticker, made in England, priced at 75p plus postage and packing (or free postage and packing when combined with other orders).






Road safety stickers


Promoting road safety is in everyone's interest, except perhaps the funeral trade. You can do your bit for the war effort with these Sump designed stickers. Suitable for your top box, car bumper, crash helmet or

wherever. Fast despatch.




BSA M20 & M21 magnetic notepad  £3.99


Actually, it's a magnetic aide memoir and a magnet. Remember to buy this, and you can forget to remember everything else. Stick it on your fridge. You know the drill.



Triumph Bonneville
magnetic notepad  £3.99


Memory's a tricky thing. We can't remember how many things in life we wanted to remember, and then promptly forgot. But hey, we always know exactly where the beer is, and that's in the fridge. Hence this fridge-friendly magnetic reminder gizmo. Whatever else you forget today, try not to forget this...










THINK BIKE bumper sticker  - £1.95



THINK BIKE bumper sticker


We don't have to explain this sticker, except to add that we wanted to put our own stamp on an old message. The sticker is made of vinyl. The dimensions are 210 x 40mm. It's designed to sit on your rear bumper (or wherever you can fit it) and help drive home the familiar message that drivers (in particular) need to look EXTRA HARD for motorcycles. We included the Sump goggles device to help reinforce the vision/motorcycle thing.


Note: postage and packing is free when combined with other orders. Discount will be applied either automatically on purchase, or when we review the order.



IDIOTS TAILGATE bumper sticker - £1.95



IDIOTS TAILGATE bumper sticker


Tailgating is one of the main causes of traffic accidents (and one of our pet peeves). It isn't simply that the fool behind is driving so close that he actually runs into you. It's also a problem because tailgaters are a major distraction, which means that the tailgatee (to coin a new word) is more likely to run into the vehicle ahead of him or her, or make some other error.


In short, tailgating kills.


We've been hit on two wheels and on four. So we're fighting back. Yes, it's probably bows and arrows against the lightning. But it's either this, or doing nothing (until they licence handguns and make murder legal). So come and join our mini-crusade aimed at making the roads a little safer. The dimensions of this sticker are 210mm x 45mm. The material is vinyl. Will suit boot/tailgate or bumper.


Note: postage and packing is free when combined with other orders. Discount will be applied either automatically on purchase, or when we review the order.



CAUTION: FRONT & REAR CAMERAS bumper sticker - £1.95





Do we really have cameras on our own vehicles? We certainly do (see this Sump Comment piece for details). We also wear helmet cameras whenever we're on the road, and the cameras have paid off more than once. We're talking hard cash here. Moreover, our cameras have led to at least a couple of prosecutions (and have jerked the leads of numerous silly truckers).


Of course, cameras don't make everyone moderate their behaviour. But they do inhibit many drivers from doing stupid things on the road, and we recommend investing in the available technology (which is cheaper every day, and with higher and higher resolution). But even if you haven't yet splashed out for an in-car/on-bike camera system, you can still wear a sticker and bluff it (Tip: Get a proper camera sooner rather than later).


These stickers are made of vinyl. The dimensions of this sticker are 210mm x 45mm. The material is vinyl. Will suit boot/tailgate or bumper, or even a top box.


Shame that we have to live in a world where we need security cameras. But that's the world we live in. Get over it.


Note: postage and packing is free when combined with other orders. Discount will be applied either automatically on purchase, or when we review the order.









We only sell signs that we

hang on our own walls. If you have a problem with anything you buy from Sump, tell us and we'll sort it out. Pronto.

No fuss. No arguments.


Classic bike shop


We've been meaning to get this page up online for a long time. The products and biker gifts we sell here help fund Sump, and that keeps this magazine free-to-air, and that keeps you Sumpsters coming back week after week.

But the thing is, we didn't want to stuff this online shop with just anything. Instead, we're trying to be a little ... well, selective and flog only the stuff that we like and want to lend our good name to.

So this is where we're currently at. Some books (including eBooks), some T-shirts, and some metal motorcycle signs and some stickers.

We've got other stuff in the pipeline, and it will all be along as and when we're ready. We ain't in a hurry here, you understand.

Meanwhile, see if anything here catches your eye. If it does, just do whatever comes naturally and we'll despatch asap (i.e. usually within 24 hours).



Postal costs & discounts


Postal costs are high these days, particularly if you live on the opposite side of the world from the UK.

We do everything we can to keep costs down. But there are certain realities here.

However, if we can arrange postal discounts anywhere, we will.

Above all else, although (like any business) we very occasionally screw-up the odd order, we won't cheat you. So if you have a problem anywhere, just email us and we'll slap someone around here and will sort it out.


We wouldn't take any nonsense from anyone, and we wouldn't expect you to take any from us.

And remember to come back soon. We're looking at a lot of other stuff.

Let's do some business.



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If you've recently bought a Sump T-shirt, a book, a motorcycle lock, a framed print, a tin wall sign or whatever, and if your order hasn't arrived, you might want to check your email spam box. We regularly find that customers have failed to give the information we need to process the order (size, full address, style, colour, etc).


If there's a query, we make three attempts to contact buyers, and if we get no reply, we cancel the order and return any payment. But that can lead to disappointment, especially if the item is a gift for someone. So if you haven't heard from us within 24 hours of placing your order, please check your spam box, or contact us again.




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