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Old Bike Australasia Issue 78

Old Bike magazine is a must for those who ride as well as the dedicated enthusiast and rebuilder, covering everything from Vintage to early 1980s bikes - marvel at the restoration of machines that could still sit proudly on the showroom floor. Each issue brings you the latest news and results from recent events, race reports and Rally Roundup, along with new and old bike news and reviews, readers letters, Club Directory, What’s On and much, much more.

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escape mechanisms

In today’s cautious and litigious society, it is imperative to avoid providing a direct answer, no matter what the question. In order to facilitate the process of sidestepping any verbal communication, certain words have crept into the lexicon and these may be trotted out strategically. As an example, we may consider the following hypothetical telephone call to, say, the Department for Abandoned Shopping Trolleys. “Good morning. May I speak to someone about abandoned shopping trolleys please?” “I’m sorry. That issue is covered by our privacy policy.” “Privacy? But I just want it removed from my fish pond.” “Fish pond? Oh, that would be a safety issue. We cannot comment on safety issues until the appropriate authorities have been notified and measures put in place to ensure the safety of all concerned.” “The only ones concerned…

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blow your own

TX500 tales The Ariel Leader and Yamaha 500 twin articles (OBA 76) rang a few bells. As a 16 year old I learned to ride on an Ariel Leader in Dorset, England. It was my father’s and he never said a word when he found me quietly putting it away after a ride. So I adopted it and he went off and bought a very nice rigid A7. I went around all the local “Scrambles” courses following the Rickman brothers and their rivals Triss and Bryan Sharp. Triss had a satin-chromed frame alloy Tribsa with Manx (sacrilege) hubs. The courses in the south were quite fast over undulating ground, like one at Bulbarrow, Dorset. Whilst the Leader wasn’t very fast it didn’t lose much cornering speed. The build quality in terms of…

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classic cob out in the shed

Goulburn Swap 2019 The Classic Riders Club of Goulburn conducted their annual swap on Sunday 20th January which saw some 250 site holders with 1,400 buyers coming through the gates. There was a good variety of American, European, British and Japanese machines and parts on sale. The swap in 2018 was conducted on two hot days especially so on the Sunday. This year was much cooler with drizzling rain late Saturday and early Sunday before it cleared and a good trading was had. Goulburn Swap is improving with finer points of the Nabiac Automotive Swap being copied. A display at the swap was organised by The Antique Motorcycle Club of America which included Harley Davidson and Indian machines. One of these was a 1914 Hedstrom 7 H.P. which is considered to be…

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buzz box old bike news

• IFOS 2019 • RACING BARBAGALLO • KEN LUCAS AOM • Racing to return to Barbagallo? The recent complete resurfacing of Perth’s Barbagallo Raceway may herald a return of motorcycle racing to the circuit. The entire 2.42km lap received a fresh coating of a compound called Stone Mastic Asphalt, which uses a finer mixture than the usual Dense Graded Asphalt and is said to be kinder to tyres. In addition to the resurfacing, a ‘Bus Stop’ chicane has been added to the track before Turn 3, specifically for motorcycle racing. This takes the direction of racing away from the notorious wall at Turn 3 before rejoining the main track for the long sweeping left hander up the hill. The track will be inspected by Motorcycling WA before a final decision is made…

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under the chequered flag

Entries out for Oz Historics It may seem a way off, but entries are now open for the 2019 Australian Historic Road Racing Championships at Collie Motorplex in Western Australia from 28-30 September. Hosted by the Historic Competition Motorcycle Club of WA, the meeting will see competitors riding the brand new lengthened circuit, which now has a 2.5km lap. The club has arranged for subsidised container transport to help get bikes and equipment to the venue. For details of this, email club president Bob Humphries at president@historicracing.asn.au It is important to note that the event will run on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, as Monday is a public holiday in the state. An optional practice will be available on Friday 27th at additional cost. To stay up to date on all information for…

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southern star

Born on 5th May 1942, Dave left school at 14 to take an apprenticeship as a motorcycle mechanic at J.N. Taylor, the South Australian BSA agents based in Adelaide. He loved being around motorcycles but it was racing that really had his attention. “I was as keen as mustard so I joined the Atujara club and built up a rigid frame 500 B33 BSA,” says Dave. “I had access to stuff from Taylor’s and in those days you could pick up a whole bike for five quid. You’d see one leaning at the side of a house and knock on the door and offer a few quid and they’d say, ‘take it away’. I got a special licence at 15 that allowed me to ride in scrambles and observed trials and…