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The Ride Forever Motorcycle Show 2017

Well, in a complete reversal of last year, I decided that I would forego the usual Saturday night cocktails and have an early night so I could attend the show this year. I also managed to persuade both of my (known) offspring to tag along because, as I’m advancing in years, I would need someone to carry all the loot/specials I would be collecting as I trawled though the showgrounds.

As I entered the pavilion I was accosted by a portly chap who was giving away free subscriptions to Kiwirider. Well I’ve been a sometime reader of this NZ magazine,

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News of the Day for September 2017.

It is getting to be that time of the year when we start thinking about the approaching summer and what we could or should be doing. Riding motorcycles of course. But with the weather that we have been having over the last few months any of that enthusiasm to get out to the workshop to do stuff has completely disappeared. Knobster has even admitted to sitting in front of the open fire watching Mrs Knobster carrying in the firewood to stoke up the inferno while he adds to his collection of empty bourbon bottles.

However things have been happening.


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1938 Norton Sales Catalogue.

I firmly believe that everybody wants to own a Royal Enfield, the only problem is that there are just not enough out there to supply the demand so next on the list seems to be Nortons (so my friend Ken says). Unlike a lot of manufacturers who were still struggling from the depression years, Norton appeared to be quite strong so for 1938 boldly offered up a staggering 14 models, ranging from the sidevalve 16H and 633 Big Four, to the OHV models ES2, 19, 20 50 and 55, right through to their OHC machines, the CS1, the 350cc Model

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Lodge Spark Plug Guide.

Further to our spark plug article on maintenance and fitment from many a year ago (Motorcycle Sparkplug Conundrum 2010) here is an update with the inclusion of the listings from Lodge. The information is from 1948 and covers most of the early motorcycle makes. Despite what the cover says I have only included the motorcycle section of listings (and the piece of string holding it together).

Probably the most informative of all is the heat range chart which I have extrapalated and displayed below. It will show where in the Hot~Cold heat range that box of new plugs that you

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1947 Velocette MOV MAC and MSS Instruction Booklet

Dave M from New Zealands North-Western Island (Straya for those who are geographically challenged) has kindly scanned and send us a Velocette Instruction Manual from 1947 that covers the MOV, MAC and MSS.

Its condition would be described as Well Used, which means its seen some action, and hopefully helped to keep a whole squadron of Velos on the road.

This booklet is 100 or so pages and a whopping 16Meg (by Barnstormers standards) , so if you have a bit of a slow internet connection then click the picture below and go put the kettle on.

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