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100 Biker No. 246

100% Biker is the leading grass-roots custom bike magazine in the UK. It is the Bible for all things custom bike in Britain, covering the best from the custom bike and biker event world. It features traditional choppers and bobbers, streetfighters, rats, cafe racers, cruisers and custom bikes that don't easily fall into any definable category.

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in this issue

3 min

I first met Arlen Ness at a show in Italy around twenty years ago. He’d brought a couple of his builds over and had a small booth. I stood and watched and, from the time the show opened until it closed, Arlen was talking to people, posing for photos, signing autographs. Even with the language barrier, he had time for every person who wanted to speak to him, no-one was hurried along. At the time, I thought, ‘He’s Arlen Ness! He doesn’t have to do this, he doesn’t have to shake hands for hours – he could have just sent the bikes and everyone would have been delighted.” But, as I learned, that wasn’t Arlen’s style. Incidentally, at the same show, there was a young American builder who was just becoming…

2 min
the wardill 4

But no, the Wardill is a real thing, it has been built and, moreover, it comes with an impressive history. The Wardill Motor and Cycle Works was established in Carshalton, Surrey, by Henry Wardill in 1903 to repair and maintain these new-fangled cars, motorcycles and bicycles. In 1923, his sons Ernest and Percy decided to take things several steps further with the Wardill motorcycle, a good-looking machine with a revolutionary supercharged engine. This was Percy’s brainchild; he was convinced that the traditional two-stroke engine could be improved and so he designed the valveless two stroke in which the crankcase compression had been eliminated. It was such a novel idea that he was able to patent it as an original notion. Between 1924 and 1927, the Wardill competed in a number…

3 min
the reverend paul sinclair

Born in Glasgow, he started his career as a sheet iron worker in the Govan shipyard but, after three years, left to follow his calling as a Pentecostal minister. In 1989 he took over the Willesden Revival Centre (otherwise called the Church on the High Road) in north London. It was a tough area but with his no-nonsense approach and sense of humour—his witty and punning billboards outside the church became famous worldwide—he won over the local community, which took to the motorcycle riding reverend. But this wasn’t a vicar who pottered about on a scooter or something mild and low-powered. Paul not only owned Honda Blackbirds and Suzuki Hayabusas, but took advice from the likes of Gary Rothwell on how to do stunts on those bikes. However, something that had…

2 min
crystal palace sprint

If you’re looking for something a little difference in the London area over the spring bank holiday weekend, then cast your eyes towards Crystal Palace in the south east of the capital. There Sevenoaks & District Motor Club will be holding its annual motorsport weekend over 26-27th May. Motorcycle entries include a 1963 Norton, a bike which won the French Grand Prix and a 1970 ex-Phil Read Yamaha TR2B, not to mention a number of classic sidecar outfits. Around 100 cars from all eras are also due to take part. But perhaps just interesting is that the event is held on parts of the old motor racing track within the ground of Crystal Palace. The circuit opened in 1927 as a mile long loop and the very first race was for motorcycles.…

1 min
court blocks mongols’ seizure

We recently reported on the seizure of the trademark of the Mongols MC by the Department of Justice in the US (100% Biker #243). Now a federal court has decided against the US government, not only allowing the club to continue wearing their patches, but also criticising the government for its abuse of power. This is a battle that has been raging between the Department of Justice and the Mongols MC for more than a decade, as the government has attempted to seize the Mongols’ trademark on several occasion, citing the RICO legislation which was designed to combat racketeering. However, at the end of February, Judge David O Carter ruled against the government taking possession of the trademarked logo and rebuked the “government’s attempt to seize symbols [with] chilling effects on speech…

2 min
into the jet age

The company has ten years’ experience of developing jetpack technology—its CEO, David Mayman, has flown over the New York Harbour to the Statue of Liberty using a jetpack. It does actually look simultaneously very odd and rather frightening. However, now JPA says it is taking pre-orders on a jet-powered motorcycle, the Speeder, which will be the first turbine powered, fully stabilised vertical take off and landing (VTOL) personal aircraft ever built. The Speeder uses four turbojet engines that can be powered by kerosene, aviation fuel or diesel and will produced a combined thrust of up to 705 pounds-force, enough to hoist the 230lb bike (and a rider up to a hefty 250lbs) into the air and keep it there. From there, the Speeder can climb to 15,000 feet (although, at that…