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British Bikes / More Vincent Comet Burman Gearbox Issues....
« on: November 03, 2016, 10:07:09 AM »

A little while ago, I had some clutch related issues on my 1954 Comet.  A new clutch centre, plates, pushrod and operating plunger seemed to remove the horrible noises I was getting.

So far so good.

I have removed and replaced the outer gearbox cover so often during this process, I have gradually come to understand the process for timing the gear selection mechanism....  Or at least, I think I have...  But I still have a feeling this may the cause of the issues I still have.  I have also filled the gearbox with gearbox grease as it seemed very dry.

I currently have 4 good gears and a neutral.  This suggests to me that the selection mechanism is correctly timed?  But when changing from 1st to 2nd, 2nd gear is not there.  However, if I make this change in two discrete steps, i.e. go from 1st into neutral and then from neutral into second, all is OK.  But I can't make the change in one movement. 

All other gears seem to select fine in both directions - although some of the down-changes are crunchy if the engine speed isn't right.  I suspect this is down to the new clutch plates being a little sticky and not freeing up fully.

Any ideas why the change from 1st to 2nd could be so fussy?  I have not removed the inner gearbox casing at all, and the gears worked perfectly before I starting messing with the outer cover and clutch, so I can't help thinking that it is something I have done (my golden rule!). Could the presence of grease in the gearbox be a factor in this?

Thanks in anticipation...


British Bikes / Vincent Comet Gearbox Issue
« on: July 13, 2016, 09:59:54 PM »
Hope someone here can help me...

I have a Vincent Comet (with Burman gearbox).  All has been fine until....

1. A lot of slack suddenly appeared at the clutch lever (within a 1 mile journey).  Someone else was riding the bike at the time.  I adjusted the slack out by removing the small cover on the gearbox and adjusting the nut on the actuating lever fulcrum.  Clutch then seemed OK.  Not sure what brought this on, or whether it is relevant to the next issue....
2.Immediately after the clutch issue, when sitting with the engine running and  in neutral, I could here the sound of gears occasionally just catching each other, like the sound that you sometimes  get when in a false neutral.  Otherwise gears were fully functional and OK to ride home.  Further examination has confused the hell out of me.  With the bike on the rear stand, all gears (and neutral) can be selected.  However, as soon as the bike is taken off the stand and I sit on the saddle, the bike falls out of neutral.  It is then very hit and miss as to whether neutral can be selected.  As soon as the bike is back on the stand, or I dismount, then neutral is possible.

Has anyone any idea what I should be looking for when I strip down?



Identify these bikes! / Unknown 20s bike
« on: May 14, 2011, 08:28:39 PM »
Can anyone help Jim identify the bike in this photo of his parents posted on our Facebook page?



Identify these bikes! / What is this AJS sidevalve model?
« on: March 04, 2011, 02:15:46 PM »
Can anyone shed any light on what this model is?


Classic Motorcycle Sport / Agostini Interview
« on: February 25, 2011, 11:32:57 AM »
Tomorrow (26th Feb), I have the great pleasure of meeting and interviewing the great Agostini.  If anyone has any questions they would like me to ask him on their behalf, then I will be very pleased to do so!

Identify these bikes! / Is this a 1913 Yale?
« on: November 15, 2010, 08:50:36 PM »
Can anyone help Larry who has submitted this fantastic old picture to the galleries?  He believes it is a 1913 Yale but needs some help making sure...



Identify these bikes! / What is this bike??
« on: July 17, 2010, 09:26:17 PM »
This picture has recently been posted in the site galleries and the owner of the picture (the son of the gentleman in the picture) would love to know more about the bike.  The picture was taken in Palestine.

Ideas anyone please?


Identify these bikes! / What is this bike??
« on: July 04, 2010, 08:48:42 PM »
I've been sent this picture for the Vintagebike galleries, and asked what the model/year of the bike is.

can anyone help?



The Classic Biker Bar / Video of the new Kestrel Falcon in action.
« on: June 29, 2010, 07:38:41 PM »
I thought you all might be interested in seeing this video...



Site Feedback / test image attachment
« on: May 18, 2010, 03:51:41 PM »

Identify these bikes! / What is a Jackson..?
« on: March 23, 2010, 09:16:09 AM »
Can anyone tell us what this bike is?  It was sent in to the site for inclusion in the galleries by Bob Story, but we don't know anything about the history of this make.  Can anyone help...?

There are more pictures of the bike at

The VMCC is saddened to report the death of Club Founder Charles Edmund “Titch” Allen OBE, BEM on Thursday 18/03/10.

Where ‘Historic Motorcycles are discussed, the Vintage Motor Cycle Club and the name of  Charles Edmund ‘Titch’ Allen are sure to be drawn into the conversation.  This extraordinary man has been a strong influence on the growth and the development of the ‘old ‘bike’ movement – not only in this country –but also throughout the world.
Born in May 1915 in rural Nottinghamshire, Titch claimed to have been born with oily fingers and that his favourite plaything at the age of two was a hammer. Totally negative experiences with father’s milk float horse sparked off an interest in two-wheeled transport that soon transferred to his first motorcycle when he was twelve years old, a two-stroke ‘Clyno’ in the form of a box of bits.
Despite a grammar school education at Loughborough, he left school at 16 with no real qualifications other than a ‘gift for the written word’ an attribute that has never deserted him – along with his ‘gift for the spoken word’. His ambitious and forceful Mother secured a position for him as a trainee reporter on the local paper.
His experiences and the contacts made during those years included a succession of thoroughly dreadful cars and motorcycles and which lead indirectly to his meeting and marrying Jess in November 1937 and becoming deeply involved with the resurrection of the Loughborough Motor Cycle Club
As did many other motorcyclists, Titch responded to the appeals for dispatch riders in the motorcycling magazines the ‘Blue’un and the ‘Green ‘un and signed up to the “Motor Cyclist’s Army Register” and after many trials and tribulations actually served as a DR concluding the war as a sergeant and with the BEM.
His obsession with motorcycles never left him in these tempestuous times and he claimed that the acquisition of a 1930 Scott in 1942 was the catalyst for the formation of a ‘Vintage Motor Cycle Club’ –the great stimulus being the series of articles on the adventures of tracking down and acquiring ‘old bikes’ written by Captain Jim Hall in the magazine“The Motor Cycle” The idea was Jim’s but it was the work of Titch and Jess that got the club off the ground with the historic inaugural meeting on the Hog’s Back on April 28th 1946.   The ideals Titch envisaged were those of a sporting club where sporting, historic motorcycles would be used in competition – an ideal that came to be frustrated.
It was at this time that Titch began his life-long love affair with the Brough Superior marque and when he made a complete career change, moving into the world of motorcycling as a sales representative for Jim Ferriday, the irrepressible owner of the ‘Feridax’ motorcycle accessories company, which led to all kinds of adventures and experiences –and many opportunities to enlarge and enrichen his collection of motorcycles,
His involvement with the emerging and developing Vintage Motor Cycle Club was, at times, a tempestuous affair, with numerous confrontations with equally strong-minded individuals at various stages of the Club’s development. Titch admitted that his singular devotion to old motorcycles and motorcycling lead to the breakdown of his marriage and subsequent separation from Jess.

There was tragedy in the loss of Roger, his eldest son, in a freak road-racing incident in the Isle of Man in 1992 and then to lose Barbara, his eldest daughter, to cancer in 2005. Over the years Titch had lost many close friends and associates through motorcycle related accidents, but to many who were close to him, it seemed as if the death of Roger left a permanent scar from which he never really recovered.
Titch’s relationship with his wife was back on friendly terms for the latter period of her life before she succumbed to terminal cancer in 2002.
Recognition of his contribution to Motor Cycle Heritage came in the form of an OBE in 2004. The presentation ceremony took place, most appropriately, at Donington Park  - a racing venue he had been associated with for 75 years
Reluctant to give up ‘competitive’ motorcycling, nevertheless, Titch retired, first from road racing and finally from sidecar racing on ‘the grass’. His interest and enthusiasm never dimmed, however and a ‘posing’ sidecar outfit was prepared for special occasions – of which the most celebrated must have been his appearance in the Past Masters’ Parade at the revival of the Festival of 1000 ‘bikes in 2006 at the age of 91.
   Never afraid to voice his opinions on Vintage motorcycles and motorcycling anywhere and at any time, he was frequently controversial both within the Vintage Motor Cycle Club and elsewhere. Sometimes he was proved to be wrong, on other occasions to have been correct. But his dedication could never be questioned.
There can have been very few people who have been able to indulge a life-long obsession to the full whilst earning a living and raising a family and leaving behind a remarkable legacy to remember him by.

There will be a private family funeral for Titch with son Stephen Allen stating “the family appreciates that there will be many Vintage Motorcycle Club Members and friends that will want to pay their respects so a memorial service will be arranged, details of which will be announced by the VMCC as soon as possible”.

Obituary – C E Allen OBE, BEM : 06/05/1915 – 18/03/2010.

when you next have a bit of time of your hands, you must check out this video documentary that you can find at

Its called Love, Speed and Loss and tells the moving and inspirational story of the New Zealand racer Kim Newcombe.

His widow Janeen provides much of the commentary and there is a lot of footage from their home-movies. Extra commentary is provided by people like Chas Mortimer, Chris Dodds, Dieter Konig , Bruno Kneublher, Rod Tingate (Kim's mechanic), Mick Woolett, Phil Read,
Kork Ballington, etc

Take a little time to check it out, its superb.



Autojumble / Wanted - A65 silencers
« on: October 11, 2006, 01:46:02 AM »
Anyone out there got a couple of silencers suitable for a 1963 BSA A65 Star?  Cosmetic condition is not important - but must be sound.

Wanted Bikes / Fraud Warning
« on: August 28, 2008, 04:54:10 PM »
If you are thinking of buying or selling a bike - please be careful.  There are criminals out there who will try to take your money!

Beware of seller Jaya Kencana of Indonesia.  He "sells" many bikes and has taken money from many people.  Do not deal with him.

A list of known criminal buyers that have tried to con sellers on this site is available at

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