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100 Biker No. 242

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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Jazz Publishing
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editorial

We are delighted to be able to start the new year—and a belated Happy New Year to you all—by bringing you the latest news of the fine young people at Stolen Motorcycle Recovery Bristol. You will remember that we told you about them back in the News pages of 100% Biker #234; they’re a group of volunteers who have been instrumental in returning dozens of stolen bikes to their rightful owners. They do this through both social media and going out on the streets—something which can be dangerous which is why they have invested in stab-proof vests. The group started a year ago in the wake of one of the founders’ bikes being stolen. Now, when a bike is stolen it’s likely that it will be one of two scenarios—either joyriders…

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nostalgia is what it used to be

Designed and built in 1934 (no-one is really sure as to who the designer was), it never went into production, was never seen by the public and, indeed, never even left the factory. It was intended to be BMW’s flagship, but, due to a combination of cost and company politics, only one prototype was ever built. All that remained was one single retouched photo. Well, not quite… Although the R7 project never came to fruition, the prototype survived. The bike was dismantled and, along with the blueprints, quietly stored away at the BMW factory. There it remained for more than seventy years, its legend growing—and rightly so. The R7 was not only a triumph of Art Deco styling, it was also way ahead of its time with innovations that would not…

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the monkey run — romania

Now they’ve taken on Romania, land of the Danube, vampires and now a lot of people going ‘What the hell was that?’ as fearless adventurers zip, plod and occasionally push past them on monkey bikes. If you thought the fact you’ve never ridden a motorbike before would be a stumbling block for riding along the best in the world then it’s time to think again. You may not look quite as cool as Tom Cruise in Top Gear, but once you’re pulling donuts outside Dracula’s Castle or are ‘knee down’ on a hairpin bend on the Transfaragasan Highway, you’ll soon forget that you look like a bear on a unicycle. After a pioneer run this year to check that the run was possible and that everyone had a 50-50 chance of not…

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dvla rule changes

As of 1st January 2019, the DVLA has made changes to which bikes you can ride when taking your full A licence motorcycle test. Until the end of 2018, the full UK A license test could be taken on any motorcycle with a capacity of at least 595cc and a total power output of at least 54bhp. However, the new changes mean that the bike now used for that test must have a kerb weight of at least 180kg and 67bhp total power output. If your bike doesn’t meet that criteria, you won’t be able to use it for the test and there’s some pretty popular models which don’t meet the new legislation, including the Harley-Davidson Street 750; Triumph Scramble; Kawasaki Vulcan 650; Honda Deauville; BMW C600 and C650 and…

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salvage hunters

The MSC Napoli’s cargo included vodka, shampoo, dog biscuits, car engine, weed killer, explosives, Polish bibles—and thirty-nine brand new BMW motorcycles. As more and more people arrived under the guise of salvors, the story was televised around the world and watched by Austrian artist Christian Kosmas Mayer. One of the most memorable images of the shipwreck were the photographs and videos of people wheeling BMWs away from the beach. Three local men were even interviewed at the time as they pushed a bike away. Even when the story had ceased to be news, it stayed in Christian’s mind and he constantly wondered what had happened to the bikes. He discovered that, months after the wreck, salvagers who had given all their details to the Receiver of Wrecks had been allowed to…

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get out on the highway

If you learnt to ride in the late 1970s or early ’80s, you will have read the Highway Code. Remember those diagrams of hand signals and the like, demonstrated by an image of a motorcycle from behind? You might have thought that was dreamed up by a graphic designer but no, that 1973 Triumph TR6R Tiger with the number plate TGK621M was a real bike, a Triumph bought new and owned by the Ministry of Transport. In March that very bike will be up for sale at the H&H Classics’ auction at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham. It has owned by the current seller, Nick Searson, since 1982 and has been kept in its original and running condition ever since. Now Nick has decided to sell it as he uses…

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