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To me part of the fun of owning old bikes is also owning some of the parts, history, and back sories that go along with them. I love reading those old magazines and books, that were written in a different time, and I enjoy looking around for old parts at the many jumbles I attend over here in the UK, or even on the internet for parts from far off places.

Now as it happens, I picked up an old leather tank bag at the Shepton Mallet VMCC do last weekend, it cost no money, just £2.00,  a bargain I feel, and it has cleaned up really well, and should be worth at least £2.50 now!  have a look at the pictures below

Old leather tank bag

Old leather tank bag

Expandabke top section

Expandabke top section

Rain Cover

Rain Cover

It comes in three sections, a base, a clip on leather lower section, and a zip on expandable top section, with removable map pocket, and a rain cover.

So it was while I was looking for information about this, that I came across a very rare 1975 50th Jubilee ISDT, competitors tank bag for sale on US Ebay, it belonged to one of the USA team riders who competed on the IoM,  from that year, although the guy I bought it from could not remember the name of the rider. But what a cool item to own.

1975 ISDT tank bag

1975 ISDT tank bag

ISDTcompetition tank bag

ISDTcompetition tank bag

50th ISDT Jubilee insignia

50th ISDT Jubilee insignia

If you would like more information on the history of the ISDT then have a look at this great site here…

http://speedtracktales.com

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I found this picture out there in web land, while searching ideas for my Norton Clubman project build, there are so many parts of this bike I like, and would like to copy on my build. The flanged alloy rims, and stainless spokes are already in the mix, I need to sort the little polished scoop for the front brake, and I like the double hoop rear mudguard stay too.

Norton Garden Gate

Norton Garden Gate

I should be picking up the rear wheel this coming weekend, so as soon as I throw a tyre on the rim I shall have a go at getting the rear guard fitted up, then it is decision time, on whether to get the alloy guards polished or painted black?

Picture was found here… http://www.themotart-journal.com/