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VMCC library will charge you the earth.

I believe Beaulieu has a library, but these are both at the other end of the earth for you.

National newpaper library in North London perhaps.

Don't know if you have equivalent in Scotland. Some university library possibly?

Identify these bikes! / Re: Please help with the make of this bike
« on: February 19, 2018, 08:27:52 PM »
Model P Triumph was my first thought, but what an odd exhaust set up.

wasn't there also one called a "Wee Macgregor"?  that seems to have burped up from the recesses of my memory.

There used to be a running joke in the 1960s Motorcycle mag about the well established Scottish carburettor manufacturer Langmayerlumreek.

I suppose you need to be ancient and a vintage buff to get it. :(

British Bikes / Old bike magazines are they a burden?
« on: February 14, 2018, 12:02:01 PM »
Having a sort out,  dragged out all the old 'Motorcycle' mags I ever bought from back in the 1960s till it went tabloid. Dog eared, mice nibbled, damp, covers loose..........I just can't bring myself to dump them and in their present state they are worthless, but just my longest connection with bikes,  I bought some  before my first bike.

You can't give away old Classic Motorcycle glossies from even before the evil empire days.

Anyone else got this problem? I've a feeling they be used to line my coffin.

Identify these bikes! / Re: Ridged frame
« on: February 08, 2018, 11:40:25 AM »
Looks like Triumph, but with an awful lot of welding. Number is possibly fake.

I was going to pick up on the "ridged" frame  too, but must be feeling charitable.

At least the foul phrase 'hardtail' was not used. ;)

British Bikes / Re: Unknown British motorcycle found in ruins .
« on: February 01, 2018, 10:15:22 AM »
If you dad has skills for that job he could make  enough money to buy the bikes of your choice by making various spares for sale here.

Its getting harder to find an engineer to make small runs of parts.

Sunbeam club are looking for someone who could laser cut 5mm steel for a tool, cad drawings all ready.

 Some Best and Lloyd pump bodies are another problem.

British Bikes / Re: Unknown British motorcycle found in ruins .
« on: January 31, 2018, 08:38:00 PM »
Good luck is all I can say.

The chances of you finding  enough parts to finish it are very small. I'm sure you could  find a better British bike project.

British Bikes / Re: Unknown British motorcycle found in ruins .
« on: January 31, 2018, 06:25:47 PM »
An enviable ambition, but you'll never find enough parts to complete it.

New Hudson are not a common sight even here, and i can't remember the last time I saw one and I am over 70.

As for a parts catalogue forget it, they never had them in those days.

Cover it in some preservative and hang it on a wall, its history is enough.

British Bikes / Re: Royal Enfield Model D
« on: January 24, 2018, 04:35:44 PM »
You would know. Have you still got yours?

Yes.I love it a lot, so much that I thought I should log in to the C12 forum and see what good fellows I  could chat with there ;) ;) ;) ;) :o

British Bikes / Re: Royal Enfield Model D
« on: January 24, 2018, 09:52:39 AM »
Yes those are BSA C12 forks from mid 50s to 1960 era

European and Other Bikes / Re: Whats this engine in 1930's Monet Goyon
« on: January 21, 2018, 10:24:24 AM »

All I wanted was a answer to what the engine may be
Answer is, no-one knows :o :o :o

Anyway have a good one and take it easy.
        Cheers, Jon

 :D :D :D :D :D

I spent too many years in the bike trade you see, that and  what having to deal with some  of the biker types does to you.......

A very quick route to the nut house..... I have a fund of tales you would not believe, takes about 3 pints of Guinness to relate them all.

You are Frome area? not so far from me, so probably explains a lot ;)

European and Other Bikes / Re: Whats this engine in 1930's Monet Goyon
« on: January 20, 2018, 08:58:18 PM »
The number is a replacement for when it was first registered; some years back they were less stringent than they are now. That is why its non transferable.

It did not have to be a lawn mower, villiers engines and their french knock offs were used in all sorts of machinery and yes I have seen a two exhaust lawn mower.
its got the stubby lever because its not its original box, its got a  K/s but it probably had cycle type pedals when it was made, its what the french classed as a BMA.That gear-change is so obviously home made.

I think you need to do a lot more research into old french utility bikes from the 1930s, you can talk it up as much as you like, its a lash up, never been on a track unless it was a cycle track.
It is what is and if you like it all well and good.

I've been in bikes dealing and import/exporting them and have seen so much of this.
Have a holiday in france and do the rounds of the Brocantes/Vide Greniers and Bourses[auto jumbles] and see lots like this.

Sorry to be harsh, thats my lot.

nearest I can find to your thing is this

The Classic Biker Bar / Re: 1939 ISDT
« on: January 19, 2018, 11:03:21 AM »
As Ian says the 1939 ISDT has a great back story, whether bikes were abandoned I can't recall but quite a few competitors rode their bikes home.
What is overlooked is the real help the riders were given by the German organisers to leave Germany before hostilities started, fuel, visa's etc.
Somewhere I have the story in an old issue of either Motorcycle or Motorcycling and I'd suggest that would be a good start for background.
Then the BSA owners club, maybe the ACU.
A surprising number of ex ISDT bikes survive, your may well still be in a collection, even a museum, Sammy Miller might help if he's in a good mood.
Have you checked DVLA records to see if that reg is still on their books?

There has been quite lot written about that 1939 event over the years.

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