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British Bikes / Re: George Clarke Motors a formidable force
« on: January 11, 2019, 10:08:00 PM »
I think Geo Clarke was too downmarket to be photographed.........

Anyone here remember Streamline motorcycles in Dulwich?

Sems once upon a time there was a bike shop of one kind or another every half mile.

British Bikes / Re: George Clarke Motors a formidable force
« on: January 11, 2019, 04:11:49 PM »
That part of London has changed beyond recognition and the site of geo clarke is not identifiable to me any longer.

In the 1960s he was regarded as the poor relation of Pride and clarke,[no real relation] selling Panthers,sidecars and really crap bikes.
They had a sidecar fitting place very near to Brixtion hill, I had them fit a Garrard GP to my Thunderbird, about 1967.

That episode sticks in my mind for one outstanding thing, when I collected the bike in the workshop was the very first MV 4 to be brought into the uk, it was offered as a prize by one of the bike mags and the flat cap and stormcoat winner was having it hitched to a large sidecar of the Geo Clarke type.

How long that lasted was any ones guess, not long I reckon.

Last time I went inthere was in the mid 70s and what I recall was a number of ex-police Triumphs in a pile.All leaning up against each other.

Place seemed to be coated in grease, even the walls
I would never have called it a formidable force.end of the bloody line more like.

I think this was about the spot,-0.1209129,3a,37.5y,256.87h,87.93t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sBFvyY66lUmSr83v9g0z5zA!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

European and Other Bikes / Re: 1929 Motobecane M2 JAP 250
« on: January 10, 2019, 06:19:55 PM »
Looking at the rust pits on it, it'll break in half soon enough, french steel of that period was rubbish.

European and Other Bikes / Re: 1929 Motobecane M2 JAP 250
« on: January 10, 2019, 11:39:57 AM »
highly unlikely.

That lightweight Burman gearbox will provide you with hours of fun.

British Bikes / Re: Nut Sizes
« on: December 05, 2018, 04:28:23 PM »
You can't beat a King Dick, kate says so anyway :o

British Bikes / Re: Nut Sizes
« on: December 04, 2018, 05:00:40 PM »
this lot are for  breakfast and tea time. :(

British Bikes / Re: Nut Sizes
« on: December 04, 2018, 11:16:01 AM »
Far too many odd nuts on here :P

British Bikes / Re: Polychromatic/Shell blue.
« on: November 22, 2018, 04:50:17 PM »
After searching the very dark recesses of my memory the paint from Enfield, which was common to all the range, was called  poly-chromatic Burgundy.

A lovely rich colour it was. 

I am beginning to recall all sorts of odd things from the 1950/60s, bu still can't remember where I left my slippers this morning. :(

tempus fuccus.

That scooter blue looks original,same colour as  the 3TA.

Candy apple was an American term back in the 1960s, no custom junk/go faster flames here at that time. mostly just brushing Belco.

British Bikes / Re: Polychromatic/Shell blue.
« on: November 21, 2018, 02:33:44 PM »
If I remember right these  polychromatic paints were applied over a  metallic silver base coat?

in the 1960s I bought such a thing for my Crusader sport from Enfield, it came in two separate tins the silver and an almost transparent red top coat.

Sprayed it on  with a flit gun, quite a good job it was.

British Bikes / Re: 1974 model T100R tank colours.
« on: November 21, 2018, 02:29:10 PM »
your man was talking out his empty paint tin. Colours are immutable, fixed in physics.

Some years ago I went into a house paint store to get a match for some older paint, "no said the pea-brain in there,  "we don't do that colour any more this year they are all new colours"

'No they aren't'
'yes they are'
'no they aren't'

I said to her, ' if you could invent a new colour you'd be rich  beyond all dreams, colours are fixed,you have your basic spectrum, thereafter its all shades, pigments and mixes, just the silly names dreamed up are new'

She just could not get it, i't says in the colour chart they are all new'.

,more or less the same applies to your useless painter.

British Bikes / Re: More pics
« on: November 05, 2018, 08:06:55 PM »
more than likely, considering the age of it, that these tanks mounts were replaced because the originals, as is so often the case had stripped threads or some twerp pushed a bolt through the bottom of the tank?

British Bikes / Re: Original vintage tank or import copy?
« on: November 05, 2018, 05:11:03 PM »
you probably got more chance to find an original in USA than here. That's about 75 quid in so you got nothing to complain about.

A genuine tank in that condition over here will set you back well over 500  possibly near to 1000 the way things are going.

You can't judge by the chrome either as you can get far higher chrome over there than you can here, that tank would cost 500 to chrome here.

But then again you lot over there do like shiny stuff ;)

British Bikes / Re: Original vintage tank or import copy?
« on: November 05, 2018, 10:20:06 AM »
Question is..

does it fit?

does it look right?

why are you worried then?

British Bikes / Re: Sunbeam
« on: October 29, 2018, 08:17:01 PM »
I sent you a PM Klaudius, see if that works

Identify these bikes! / Re: Identify a wheel
« on: October 29, 2018, 03:13:40 PM »
mid 60s triumph

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