Posts Tagged ‘BSA’

Well, the snow is coming down like gangbusters but this notice just popped into my inbox:

The 2016 British Motorcycle Meet in Lancaster Massachusetts

They’re branching out a little this year by welcoming competition bikes to the show,

so dust off that Belchfire 500 GP Special and bring it!

Click on the flyer below and you will be directed to the official site which will provide exclusive information, directions etc


I’ve been putting some videos on you tube, here’s the link:

CS on You tube

Currently there are videos of my completed Norton project, flight of the Chow Hound, and some tips and tricks type of things

I’ll be adding some more if there’s any interest and probably even if there isn’t


We had a decent day so I figured I’d take a video of the Norton Commando I built last year.

It’s going on EBay and we’ll see what kind of interest it brings

UPDATE: Bike is off to a new owner

Link to EBay Auction

It’s been a few weeks of catching up since we got back from Barber’s.

Two days is a lot of driving to get there but it was worth the trip. Weather was cooperating so it was pretty painless overall.

As usual, the races were top notch, track staff was helpful and a good time was had by all.

Rumor was that the race entries were up to 1100 which is a huge number of bikes. Most races had two or three classes so I think the numbers were accurate. One race had sixty entries which is a lot of bikes to have on the track at once for sure!

I’ve attached a few pictures but it really doesn’t give you the feel of the event, The bikes just driven to the track would have made a good museum of their own, Most brands were well represented and the quality was impressive.

The Ace Cafe Was Well Represented

Dave Roper’s rapid Aermacchi¬† (nice Brooks Leather sticker)

Not sure what to make of this one but it did blat around the pits

Lots of eye candy in the pits

Motorcycle Classics had a big bike show, lots of Nortons and other lesser known marques

I think these are made in Italy or something

A brace of Brittens

Here’s a Beeb documentary about the “glory days” of British motorcycling that’s worth a look.

It starts out with a general overview and then meanders into the TE Lawrence era with some good vintage footage mixed in with new stuff.

(Minor complaint: The Brough they are filming in the present day is in dire need on a set of rings, you’d think they could have taken care of that at least. )

Anyway I digress; we then move on to the Isle of Man which can’t be underestimated when it comes to Brit Bike history. It was really a case of Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday! The bikes that took home the trophies at the Island not only proved they were fast, they also stood up to 7 arduous high speed laps of a heavily publicised race. Reliability was very¬† important in an era of bad roads, nascent metallurgy and owner ineptitude.

Norton dominated in the pre war years but in 1939 BMW was backed by the Nazi juggernaut and finished first and second to stake their flag on foreign soil.

The mighty Norton Manx did soldier on for long after their sell by date just by being very good at what it did. The big lazy single was developed to within an inch of its life and dedicated riders knew how to use every bit of its meager horsepower and predictable handling.

Mark Wilsmore related the tales of the ACE cafe, with some help from Dave Degens and Dave “crash” Croxford.

The 59 club came into being around the time of the iconic 1959 Triumph Bonneville and finally the motorcyclist got some grudging respect.

“Reverend Bill” seemed to come along at the right time and make friends with the biking community on his terms, and in the process his accepting and unthreatening attitude spread the gospel far and wide.

The final chapters of the whole scene were brought about by the increased traffic and its handmaiden , heavier law enforcement. Also not to be overlooked is the advent of the BMC Mini; for the price of a motorcycle you could get a real car and not be so exposed to the elements, and do a little snogging with your bird in relative privacy.

Anyway, if you have an hour to kill, it’s worth a look.

Here’s a charming period piece from a simpler time.

Father Bill, the 59 Club, Rockers and some classic bikes from when they were used as practical transportation.

The Mini was so cheap that it made bikes a lot less attractive and the scene was changing rapidly but have a look at 9 minutes of cafe racer history.

Well, it’s that time of year again, for the 34th annual British Motorcycle meet put on by the BSA Owner’s Club of New England at the Auburn Elk’s Club
This year they aren’t charging for flea market space so there should be more vendors than recent years and that can only be a good thing.

Show your support for the noisy old cranks and come to see some old bikes too!

Click on the image below to go to the event flyer