Monthly Archive: November 2014

Twin carbs make all the difference…

Well, so you’d believe from all those sixties tune-up ads, John Tickle, Dunstall and the like… But I’ve never been so convinced. At 17, I had a single-carb Triumph 5TA and at 19, a twin-carb 750 Bonneville. I hated the paired Mk 2 Amal Concentrics on the T140. Partly because they had an annoying tendency to inhale the little foam rings that sealed the intakes to the air filter box. The first time it happened, the foam wrapped itself around one…

This horse walks into a bar…

Well, maybe not quite that bad but here’s a shaggy dog story for you… Now I’m not one to have a go at dealers for trying to make a profit. Those of us for whom motorcycIes are purely a hobby sometimes regard anyone who treats old motorcycles as business commodities as a moral-free shyster… Of course such dodgy dealers do exist… But in my experience most of the traders I meet are old bike enthusiasts whose hobby has turned into a business. Nonetheless, every now…

Stafford Show, what already?

Hmmm, full moon last night; always seems to turn Finbar a bit strange… Well, okay, this Halloween picture was taken a few years ago; he’s alright now-ooooo… (sorry) So, Stafford Show… Or to look at it another way…I was talking to the man who started the original Classic Bike Show, Alan Whitehead, and he made the interesting point that with the car shows and every other type of event he’s experienced, people tend to visit for a few hours and leave; the…