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Incoming Mail….Te News December 2020.

Meet Brian, our friendly presenter bringing current affairs and happenings direct to our attention. He is the handiwork of Rod Horton, who as you can see captures the handsomeness of the typical Kiwi male biker.

Well what a year! With Level 4 now in our rear view mirrors hopefully we can keep ahead of it and look forward to some great motorcycling events in 2021. Other countries have not fared as well as New Zealand, perhaps because they didn’t believe in the viciousness of this plague and refused to commit to even the basic requirement of

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1926 BSA 2.46hp Helpful Hints.

Advertised as helpful hints for the BSA 2.49hp Motor Bicycle it is more of an owners manual, pocket edition size. With its rather unique shaped petrol tank, often referred to as the ‘round tank’ or even ‘sausage tank’ BSA the B26 and B26 Deluxe 250cc machines were quite a striking little motorcycle. The Helpful Hints include pre-riding routines, then getting started, as well as routine maintenance such as valve and ignition adjustments, clutch and wheel bearings, and the 2 and 3 speed gearboxes. It is a greasy and well aged copy that may be missing a back page but

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1926 Watsonian Sidecar Sales Catalogue

Watsonian would be the longest sidecar manufacturer to date. They have a proud history of over 108 years production, with manufacturing first starting in 1912. Changing times and advances in motorcycles would have necessitated constant changes and up grades to models offered, but when one looks at sidecars in general a sidecar is just a sidecar. Or is it? Have a look at what was on offer for 1926 and see what you think. Then revisit us at a later date for a 1930s sales catalogue that we have and see the advancements. This is a very clean copy

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1926 Humber 350 Parts Manual

Restoring or assembling a Humber 350cc single? Then this could be a jolly helpful addition to identifying what you have got or may be missing. It has some excellent plate photographs of parts, as well as 2 cutaway photos of the engine. Contained within is also the additional parts for the Deluxe model with lighting set. It also has some sectional drawings of the ML magneto, B&B carburettor and manual oil pump (Enots?) which were also used in a host of other motorcycles from that period.

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1920 Royal Ruby Sales Catalogue

Royal Ruby had come along way since their introduction to the motorcycling world in 1909, and this 1920 sales catalogue for their 349cc 3hp single cylinder machine highlighted the type of ingenuity that was being sketched on their drawing boards. At only 4 pages the catalogue is impressive with ideas like a centre stand, Royal Rubys own 2 speed countershaft gearbox and their Spring Frame using leaf springs front and rear. The concept of rear suspension may have been seen by some as witchcraft so the design engineers cleverly provided a conversion to enable it to be returned into

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