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Old Bike Australasia Issue 80

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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NUMBER 80 EDITOR Jim Scaysbrook Email: scaysbrook34@bigpond.com Tel: (02) 9672 6899 (bh) Mbl: 0411 443444 PO Box 95, Kellyville NSW 2155 CONTRIBUTORS Alan Cathcart, Gaven Dall’Osto, Frank Dietz, Geoffrey Ellis, Stuart Francis, Peter Laverty, Geoff Nuske, Peter Smith, Nick Varta, Peter Whitaker. PHOTOGRAPHERS Michael Andrews, Robin Lewis, Mark Loiterton, Russ Murray, Colin Rosewarne, Sue Scaysbrook, Keith Ward. ART DIRECTOR Mat Clancy Emsee Publishing Design NATIONAL ADVERTISING MANAGER Cameron Davis Email: cdavis@nextmedia.com.au Ph: 02 9901 6177 Mb: 0401 547 112 ADVERTISING MANAGER Sue Scaysbrook Email: suescaysbrook@bigpond.com Ph: 02 9672 6899 Mb: 0418 174 558 CIRCULATION DIRECTOR Carole Jones MANAGING DIRECTOR Hamish Bayliss SUBSCRIPTIONS www.mymagazines.com.au Toll free: 1300 361 146 or +61 2 9901 6111 Post to: Locked Bag 3355, St Leonards NSW 1590 CHEVRON PUBLISHING GROUP a division of nextmedia Pty Ltd. Level 8, 205 Pacific Hwy, St Leonards, NSW 2065 Locked Bag 5555, St Leonards, NSW 1590 Ph: (02) 9901 6100 Fax: (02) 9901 6116 EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN David Gardiner COMPANY SECRETARY Bruce Duncan…

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editor’s letter

No time for the view While road testing the impressive Kawasaki Versys 1000 for this issue, I found myself at Kiama, so I zipped up to Sugarloaf Lookout to take in the vista. It immediately reminded me of an episode in the same spot, a long time ago. Back in those days there were several Reliability Trials for perpetual trophies that were very keenly contested, one being the Goodwin Shield presented by the Auto Cycle Union of NSW. This particular year, the Illawarra region was the venue, and the large field of contestants from various clubs scooted around the marvellous back roads through the hills and valleys that were virtually deserted and are largely untouched even today. One of the event’s sections concluded at the Lookout, but prior to that there…

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letters to the editor

The CB92 catalyst About 15 years ago I received from the editor of VJMC UK a photo of a young chap and his girl friend on a Honda CB92 in the 1960s; me being a fan of these motorcycles. All motorcyclists with the same model of bike tend to have contact with other owners, but I did not know the owner of this bike until 2018. My friend and also owner of a CB92, Dave Coleman, an ex-racer who lives in Australia he was one of the £10 poms in the 1960s. For people who do not know what this is, in the ‘60s you could immigrate to Australia on assisted passage for the small sum of £10 (if that was only true today). Dave comes to the Isle of Man…

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“without rose-coloured glasses”

Draggin Jeans Best Letter By the time I had reached the age of 50, I had played around with several repairs on Japanese bikes and built up a café racer from a sad 500 AJS single, but had never done a “restoration.” So when I saw the advertisement, “For sale Velocette”, I just had to have a look. After seeing the LE I was somewhat down hearted but said to my wife “the bike is very different so I would like to try and restore it.” I knew absolutely nothing about the LE but established fairly quickly it had a stuck clutch but the motor ran and it sounded OK. I thought it was worth making a low cash offer. I mean how hard could it be to fix the clutch?…

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out in the shed

Redfern Motor Parts bids farewell At the completion of World War 11 there was a surplus of retired military motorcycles and not much money. So it was that Jack Johnson purchased all he could acquire of the disposed of former military Harley-Davidson machines. His company Redfern Motor Parts traded in Redfern, Sydney. He was later joined by his son John. However not too long after Jack passed away his son sold the stock to well known Harley-Davidson guru Tony Blain. Blain is a native of New Zealand who came here in 1978. In his early motorcycling days he owned a 1954 Norton, a Tiger Cub, Norton Atlas and a couple of Commandos. He then went on to purchase a 1989 FXSTS Springer as an entry to vintage and classic H-Ds therafter. Tony…

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redfern motorcycles’ final fling

The oldest name in Harley-Davidson spares in New South Wales, Redfern Motorcycles held its final sale in May with the entire contents auctioned off. Established in the inner-city Sydney suburb of Redfern in the late 1940s Redfern Motor Cycles was the place to acquire vintage and classic H-D items, as well as being an Authorised Harley-Davidson Dealer back in the day. However it was the older motorcycles and parts and service that had Redfern become an institution to riders and enthusiasts. Owner Tony Blain says, “Stories of the 1940s Red U-Model Outfit circulating around Sydney laden with goods (I think Fridays was the drop off and pick up of chrome day), and John Johnson’s ability to locate items in what many might call a “pile” of parts scattered around, not to…