Friday, December 15, 2017
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Back then just as now certain sidecarists can't resist playing to the camera! The chap clearly having fun 'Doing his stuff' is a Mr Thomas Stanley North about whom sadly I know no more than he was an accomplished sidecar pilot. The combination looks like it dates from the early thirties though I cannot identify the make.
Saturday, December 9, 2017
I've perhaps rashly entered the AG bike in to the Motorcycling Club's Exeter Trial which always runs on the first Friday after New Year. The bike has received a few minor upgrades the last few days, more are planned but I thought I had better take it out for a short test ride....
|The light is low but the AG bike is hi vis!|
|Not designed to blend in.|
|I wanted to see if the charging was working ok. Sadly it isn't|
|The new 6v Motobatt battery was drained flat at about 30|
minutes of lights on riding. This bike has truly the worst
lights of any motorcycle I have owned (including a D1 BSA
Bantam which is like a floodlight in comparison). Some work
Thursday, December 7, 2017
A great photo dating from, by the looks of the bikes, the early thirties. The image is a professional one and quite sharp, for a bit of fun enlarge it and see how many of the bikes you can recognise in the line-up. Look closely and there is some quite tasty machinery in there.
It looks like the chaps were about to engage in something competitive from the attire and the number boards on the bikes. I say about to as the white coveralls some of the guys are wearing are still very clean! The bike on the far right seems to have Brooklands style streamlining fitted.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Friday, December 1, 2017
Compare and contrast, to the left the modern BSA Bantam clutch compressor and to the right the MCE compressor from back in the day. One of these works properly and one barely at all, guess which is which!
I was lucky enough to pick up the MCE one recently for a snip on ebay, they usually go for more than the retail of the new version. There is of course a reason for this, the new one is too flimsy and the arms spread at the least provocation. Added to this the arms are bolted on, it is nigh on impossible to get them tight enough and they are liable to let go just at that crucial moment.
Using the MCE tool is a joy and the new imposter the absolute opposite. I could have offered the now redundant new model up for sale but to save anyone else the experience it went in the scrap metal bin instead. If you have a Bantam do yourself a favour and seek out the MCE version, it is definitely worth the small extra expense.