Monthly Archive: September 2014

Back on the ‘Beam

Three weeks after our accident, I’m pleased to report the Sunbeam was back on the road. Although I was very relieved at how minor the damage was to the old bike, considering the circumstances, I was still very disappointed about the handlebars. They were so badly bent that the front brake cable that runs up the middle was squashed flat. Original Sunbeam handlebars are difficult to find – being the first thing that goes in an accident and although I was…

Classic TT; maybe too Close to the Edge?

Unfortunately at the Isle of Man I suffered my first rider/tarmac interface for a decade or so… The rear tyre blew out on my 1932 600 Sunbeam at an inopportune time; I was peeling into a switchback bend on the Peel coast road.  I hit the ground, the bike crashing to earth behind me. I had just enough time to recognise that I was going to hit the rapidly approaching wall unpleasantly hard when, with a great thump on my back, it was all over and…

Fixit Fast! The Manx beckons…

In the last thrilling episode… Judy’s Scott popped a cork at the Scott Rally…but the season isn’t over yet! With her other bike in bits, things looked bad. Now read on… After a five-hour drive home from Abbotsholme, the bikes were unloaded and tucked up in bed by 9pm Sunday. We were due to leave for the Isle of Man in a couple of days so it looked like the Scott would be staying behind; there was no time to fix it…was there?…