The Talmag Trial…

Posted: January 29, 2017 in Just Me
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Today Sunday 29th, was the day of the annual Talmag pre 65 trial, held at Hungry Hill, Aldershot. 200 riders enjoying a Sunday in the woods.

Mr Schonknecht came over from Germany with his fine old 1925 Indian Scout 600

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1925 Indian Scout from Germany.

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Hand change hand clutch

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1925 Scout 600

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Indian

Kempton Jumble…

Damn it was cold here today, it was cold enough to freeze the flame on a lighter Brrrrrrrrr! The marina was frozen, my Mercedes was frozen, did I mention it was cold? but that won’t stop me heading out to a Kempton jumble, and it didn’t, and so I did.

So lets have a look at what was about.

First some French guys were there with a nice CB450 -K1 Black Bomber, and a sweet little Ducati…

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Ducati 350

There were also a couple of Sunbeam’s for sale, did I mention it was cold?

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Sunbeam side valve

I bought a nice little 5 in 1 Whitworth spanner for my tool roll

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Whitworth 5 in 1

And a walk around the car park, revealed this nice 1972 AMF Harley Shovelhead

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Harley FLH Shovel

More here… Slideshow

So first outing of 2017, and it starts sunny and dry, just need it to warm up a little now.

Dania Beach Bike Show, FLA…

Posted: January 16, 2017 in Just Me
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I wish I could make it, get away from this cold damp weather here in the UK, but I have to go stand in the woods watching some old trials iron at the annual Talmag trial the same weekend.

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11th Dania Beach Show.

Norton, November 1964…

Posted: January 15, 2017 in Just Me
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Now I would love one of these Norton Scrambler models, just too cool.

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Norton 750 Scrambler

The John Bull Rally, 2017…

Posted: January 2, 2017 in Just Me
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Looking forward to this rally already, I try to make it every year, the BSAOC Belgium always do it just right. If you have an old bike why not come along.

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John Bull 2017

Good Bye 2016, Hello 2017…

Posted: December 31, 2016 in Just Me
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As 2016 draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have visited my blog, and those who have left a comment or two. it is always nice to get some feedback from people around the world. it proves we are not so different, with our love of old motorcycles to bind us all together.

Have a good 2017.

Kevin.

Now I have a few dates for you guys in the UK, or maybe even those from further afield, if by chance you are travelling to or through the UK at the same time… First up is a list of dates for the Kempton motorcycle jumbles, that you will have seen throughout this blog. This is always a great day out, and worth making the effort for.

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Kempton Jumble dates.

Also for January, the 29th,  and an event I try not to miss, is the Talmag Trial, for pre 65 motorcycles with or without sidecar, held at Hungry hill, Aldershot.  Talmag Details

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Norton at the Talmag

21/01/17 – Springfields Motorcycle Show, Spalding Lincs. Saturday, January 21, 2017 – 10:00 to Sunday, January 22, 2017 – 17:000

4/02/17 – Bristol Classic Bike Show. Saturday, February 4, 2017 – 09:30 to Sunday, February 5, – 17:30 returns to the Bath and West Showground at Shepton Mallet.

25/3/17 – The VMCC BIKE-JUMBLE,  Bath and West Showground at Shepton Mallet.  genuine old bike jumble plus trade stalls selling new spares and accessories. plenty of interesting ‘barn fresh’ bits. Complete bikes for sale as well. Opens 9.30 to 4pm. Free parking, good refreshments . Admission £3. 01297 32853 /

22/04/17 – Bristol Italian Auto Moto festival.

Damn Unreliable Triumph, part 2…

Posted: December 27, 2016 in Just Me
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Incase any of you guys are interested, I came up with two answers to the starting problem.

1. I bought a small power pack assembly, about the size of two mobile phones, that comes with a set of jump leads, and has enough power to start a car. it was just £34 and also has a USB port for charging a phone if needed. I will take a picture later, so you can see.

Here is a video I found on the Tube…

2. When I got the bike back in June, I fitted a new MotoBatt battery, I always fit new batteries to any bike I buy, as it takes the guesswork out of the equation. But when talking to a friend about this, he told me to change the battery again, to a Varta maintenance free type battery, as these have a higher storage voltage, not a lot higher, but over 12.6V. So that is what I did, and even during this cold weather, I have had no further problems so far.

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Triumph Bonnie SE