Classics at the Scottish Motorcycle Show:

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Classics at the Scottish Motorcycle Show:

Postby Bob.Murphy » Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:42 am

Classics at the Scottish Motorcycle Show – 8th Mar 2014

The Scottish Motorcycle Show is held in March at the Royal Highland Showground at Ingliston on the West side of Edinburgh, which is about a mile from my house. I could walk, but as there is always the possibility of me buying something heavy I took the large truck (Toyota Landcruiser) and paid the £5.00 parking fee.

The show is not as grand as those down south and some manufacturers have stopped going (BMW for instance – their Dalkeith Dealership has an open day instead). There are lots of clothing stalls and one of the rear halls is devoted to tools & consumables which is ideal for stocking up on things like grinding disks, jointing compound, stainless bolts etc. This year I bought polishing materials in readiness for converting my 6”, 250W bench grinder into a polisher.

However, the highlight is in the other hall where the ‘Classic Clubs’ have their displays and this is where I spent most of my time.

I was hoping to see some nicely restored Ariels as there were some nice ones there last year. This year however we were limited to an Arrow and a Leader. So, with insufficient material for an Ariel article, I’ll show some of the other stuff . . . .


This is a Silk, a modern take on a Scott. They look good and I believe they handle well.

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And here is another one. .


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Now compare them with the genuine article . .


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The Enfield Owners’ Club had some nice bikes on show, this is a 1938 'Model B':


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The ‘Honda PAN Owners Club’ had a good collection of bikes as well. I once had a ride on one when a friend and I swapped bikes (I was on my BMW K1200GT). Very nice, I quite fancy an ST1300 and I suppose they are classics now. The trouble is, I fancy most of the BMW touring range as well.

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Ah, a real classic. I bet that sounds good (who needs silencers anyway?).

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Now we’re talking; a lovely cammy Norton.


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And a side valve model (I didn’t get the details!).


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Hullo, Hullo, Hullo; what’s this ‘ere then . . Shouldn’t that be a remote float Amal ??? It looks like a Mikuni to me (but I may be wrong).

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And to complete the set – an overhead valve model (again, I didn’t get the details, I never learn).


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Now some earlier classics – J Steel’s 1921 ‘oily rag’ sunbeam 3.5hp (500cc) heads this group of sporting Sunbeams.


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They don’t come any more ‘Classic’ than a Vincent with a sports chair (is that a Monza??).


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A 1965 BSA B40 of the Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS). These were used to escort the ‘Green Goddess’ Fire engines.


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Read all about it here:


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“It’s a Matchbox, Jim – but not as we know it” !


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The older bikes have been beautifully restored and must have taken years of dedicated research and painstaking work. I’d like to think that I can do a similar job but I’m not sure I have the dedication or time these days.


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At last – an Ariel. This is a 1960 Leader


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A nice Trials Cub. I have a load of Cub parts that I am intending to turn into a 1958 standard model in silver and black. My neighbour thinks I should make it into a trials iron, I am almost tempted.


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Mine is earlier than this and doesn’t have the ‘bathtub’. It also has the ‘Mushroom points’ motor.


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Fancy a two-stroke Ducati Scrambler ???


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Or would a BSA Gold Star Scrambler scratch that itch better ??


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It’s amazing how much stuff is out there. Another example of an early classic BSA.


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Everything is collectable nowadays.


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And the second Ariel – a 1960 250cc Arrow. This was first registered on 24th October 1960 by Davies Bros, Chester.


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I love ‘specials’ when they are well done, and they don’t come better than this – a 1938 Norton/Brough known (of course) as the “Norton Superior”. I believe it featured in a Classics Magazine recently.


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This stand was on the theme of “Barn Finds”. I should have dragged my Panther bits along!


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A modified 1976 Honda CB750 F1. I agree that the CB750 is a Classic, but I’d prefer to see one restored to original spec. How I envied the guys who had them, as I queued for the IOM ferry with my 350 AJS back in 1968.


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And finally . . . Whatever floats your boat. I’m afraid these don’t do anything for me, but I do recognise the amount of work that goes into them.


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Well, there we are. My old grinder is now a polishing machine, which means I need a grinder – so I had to buy a Sealey 8” 560W grinder and stand and now I need a bigger workshop. Well a guy can’t have too many tools.

Now I have to get the ‘VH’ fettled in time for the LDR on 11th April. Will I be using the new polisher though . . ?

Bob.
My avatar shows the late Len Rich in 1970 with the bike I now have - a 1958 Ariel VH

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Re: Classics at the Scottish Motorcycle Show:

Postby Steven.Carter » Sun Mar 16, 2014 7:56 am

Hi Bob, nice pictures again. I read about the Norton superior in one of the mags recently, apparently the engine is new.

The big tourers like the Pan are great motorcycles but are becoming a bit too big for me, or am I just getting weaker! I had a 1200 RT for a few years but working on building sites I regularly got stuck in gravel carparks :D
I flew back up to Scotland on the Wednesday after my cancelled trip on the Monday, I saw signs for the Motorcycle show as I walked up the the airport. My friend likes to give me a walk to the airport as it saves him paying £1 parking.
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Re: Classics at the Scottish Motorcycle Show:

Postby Keith.owen » Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:18 am

Excellent report!!
Yes like you I like nearly all bikes - good job I don't have the space to keep them much less the money!

I also saw the Norton in Classic Bike. I don't normally buy magazines except as a treat to read when I'm on a 'plane, and then nearly always that one - there are sometimes some good articles and they can be a good way of localising specialist services.

Like Steven, I'm not so keen on really large machines these days; I recently hired a Kawasaki KLR 650 and forgot to get the suspension lowered so could barely touch the ground with the tips of my toes (and I am nearly 5 foot eleven). This was quite interesting since the machine is also a bit top heavy (especially with wife astern)!

Keep the pics coming!!

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