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Old Bike Australasia Issue 87

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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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in this issue

3 min.
editor’s letter

Necessity is the mother of invention (Plato, a long time ago) I wasn’t going to mention the C-19 word, but it’s hard to avoid at present, even though we’re led to believe the corner has been turned. But what has really impressed me during this unprecedented crisis is the resilience of the public at large, and specifically, how our little world has coped. Everywhere I turn there are examples of ingenuity and positive attitude. For example, the Newcastle Vintage Motorcycle Club, which, like every other club, had no option but to cancel its popular monthly meetings, came up with an idea they termed the Cryptic Motorcycle Brain Teaser, which to those of us who embrace cryptic crosswords, is very entertaining. And it’s not monthly, or weekly, but daily, delivered to you via…

11 min.
letters to the editor

Balmy in Bathurst I’m just going crazy here in Bathurst; stuck at home (over Easter) when in other years we would all be riding in the Bathurst Rally. So I went to the rally ‘start line’ at 10am on Easter Sunday morning to take a photo. Maybe you can compare it to other years to show the effects of COVID 19. I enjoyed Bob Rosenthal’s story (OBA 85) on being reunited with his TZ750 very much. It reminded me of a TZ750 that was on the road in Sydney in the late ‘seventies (‘The Yazaki’). I wonder where it is now? Don Sinclair Kelso, NSW I remember seeing the ‘Yasaki’ at Motocross, Blacktown, the Honda shop run by Col Evans and Roy East. I didn’t take much notice of it then, but I guess it…

2 min.
ignorance is bliss? hardly.

Further to your editorial in OBA 86, John Connolly’s items in the Weekend Australian can at times be amusing and informative as he projects the persona of a sporting car wonk, mainly concerned with classic auction prices. His style tends to be jocular, facetious and irreverent. It is therefore hard to say if his words can be taken at face value or should be assumed to be confected antipathy towards motorcycling (and his editor). In his particular reference however to “the 1990s Britten V1000, whatever that is”, I feel he went a step too far with either his deliberate distain or ignorant disrespect. There are many Britten short videos he could have found easily on YouTube. There is also the movie “One Man’s Dream” or a free video documentary at…

3 min.
out in the shed

Mystery Wheel In the last issue I had a photo of a recently acquired wheel which I had not been able to identify. Brian Langton of the Gulgong Vintage and Classic Motorcycle Club contacted me. He tells me that it is for a BSA B40 specifically made for the Australian Army. He owns one of these machines which he uses in the Anzac Day celebrations in which he wears his grandfather’s World War I and his father’s World War II medals. However from material sent to me by Brian my wheel is different in that the brake drum is attached to and spoked into the actual wheel itself. His model has the brake drum sliding onto the splines, so there is a difference. With regards to Brian’s machine it transpires that…

1 min.
mac park titles forging ahead

The Australian Historic Road Racing Championships set down for 20-22 November at McNamara Park, Mount Gambier, are still on schedule. With restrictions gradually easing, the organising club is optimistic that the event will take place as scheduled, and has been pressing ahead with major improvements to the picturesque country circuit. “As this is an Australian Championship, the final decision (on whether to proceed) will be up to Motorcycling Australia,” says club president Alex Trnovsky. “At this stage we continue to have things in place ready to go should it all work out in our favour. The clubroom extension and disability access toilet is continuing and we’ve recently planted over 250 trees along our new viewing area. We aim to have all these facility improvements finished in time - the only positive of…

2 min.
tvs buys norton

In a statement, TVS Motor’s joint managing director Sudarshan Venu said, “This is a momentous time for us. Norton is an iconic British brand celebrated across the world, and presents us with an immense opportunity to scale globally. We will extend our full support for Norton to regain its full glory in the international motorcycle landscape.” He added they would “work closely” with Norton’s employees and customers and the company would “retain its distinctive identity” while expanding in to new markets. Norton becomes the latest iconic British brand, after Jaguar, Land Rover, Royal Enfield and BSA, to come under Indian ownership. TVS is the third largest motorcycle manufacturer in India and has a development partnership with BMW. TVS sold 2.82 million motorcycles in India alone last year. In comparison, Hero (the…