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Old Bike Australasia Issue 75

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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editor’s letter

(Author unknown, but possibly Edgar Jessop)Welcome to our seventy-fifth issue – an odyssey that began more than 12 years ago with what was initially intended to be a twice-yearly magazine. That idea lasted just two issues before we went quarterly, then bi-monthly, and finally, seven times per year. Each of those steps was in response to increasing sales, both at the newsstand and via subscription, and by support from our advertisers, without which we would be long gone as printing and distributing paper magazines is a costly business. Some of those advertisers have been with us since issue number one; Triumph, Royal Enfield, Motociclo, Procycles, Classic Style (then called Classic Motorcycle Warehouse), Shannons Insurance and The National Motor Racing Museum. Thank you to all our advertisers and we like to…

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write a winner!

Each issue, we’re giving away a pair of tough, stylish Draggin’ Jeans, valued at $249, for the Best Letter contribution.Don’t forget to include your name and address in case you’re selected. And why not have a look at the latest fashion range from the Draggin’ Jeans website at www.dragginjeans.net ■…

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letters to the editor

Paul Barfoot’s Venom Clubman. No vibration issues here.See ya later generatorI have always had a passion for single cylinder motorcycles having been brought up in a biking family where given the chance my father would tell all about how good his BSA Empire Star was. So imagine my delight when Yamaha introduced the SR500 back in 1978. At the time I was commuting over 30km each way to work on a tired ex-police Kawasaki WR1. I yearned for a Velocette but they were and still are thin on the ground here in WA.OBA 73 brought back a few memories starting with the monthly visit to my local newsagent to pick up my monthly copy of Two Wheels (August 1978). The front cover was a SR 500 and a Velocette Thruxton.…

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a most significant motorcycle

Draggin Jeans Best LetterThe post-war Sunbeam Motorcycle (OBA 74) has an interesting history. During the conflict BSA were given various captured enemy motorcycles for test. They were very impressed with the BMW R75 and that is the machine that the post war Sunbeam is based on. The Teutonic influence is apparent in the general lines of the machine and the brakes with their hidden actuating mechanism. The article speculated on the fat wheels, the reason is that the Military BMW had interchangeable wheels that used the same cross section tyre as the Kubbelwaggen (the German Jeep) so that, in the event of combat damage, salvaging a tyre off a wrecked Jeep could make the difference between walking or riding back to the lines. Why BSA carried this design feature over…

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blow your own!

If you’ve got something to say, why not write to Old Bike Australasia and get it out to those that might be interested. Send your letters to…Blow Your OwnOld Bike AustralasiaPO Box 95,Kellyville NSW 2155Ph: 02 9672 6899E-mail: scaysbrook34@bigpond.comLetters to Old Bike Australasia must carry the senders name, address and/or an email contact. By submitting your letter for publication you agree that it may be edited for legal, space or other reasons. The letters printed here do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the editor or staff of this magazine. Letters may be shortened or abridged to fit the space available. ■…

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classic cob

A real bitsaSo often owners of various motorcycles have had creative ideas, but not the talent or time to implement those modifications or changes which would result in a practical machine that was operational and reliable. At the July Lowood Swap recently I saw a machine arrive which initially did not attract my attention, but when later walking past I noticed some rather unusual features. I then got talking to the owner, John Horan, a Fitter and Welder from Toowoomba. He tells me that he has over the years restored BSA machines; two M20s, a M21 and a B31. Other projects he will undertake with parts that he has will be B31 and B33s.However the machine he rode to the swap is unique. It has a B31 rigid frame and…