Month: August 2011

UPDATE: Need a little feedback from the readers on the blog please.

Update: Looks like we’re good to go. Thanks everyone for the feedback. always good to do a few diagnostics one in a while to make sure! And a special shout-out to Chris of Bike-Exif for the monitoring links hook-up! If you guys aren’t checking out his site regularly then get over there! He’s definately major league!

Quick question for the regulars please relating to the site. Is anyone getting any sort of security alert when checking in to the main blog page. I only ask because WordPress has notified that they:

“just discovered an error in one of our tools on that may have affected your password’s security. Please change your password on the Personal Settings page.”

….which I promptly did but a regular reader just alerted me that he was getting a security alert when checking in on the blog. I’m curious if this us affecting (m)any other people. If so I’ll get right after it with wordpress and get it sorted out.

Hope this hasn’t caused any problems for anyone. If so please let me know!

Thanks Much!
Steve Ducharme!

Another excellent Bonhams Bike! Moby Dick – The Fastest Motorcycle of the 1920’s

Thanks once again to Katherine Boyle for the excellent high resolution photo of another fantastic bike!


Bonhams are returning to the International Motorcycle Show in Staffordshire on 16th October 2011 with another exceptional line-up of motorcycles. The star of the auction is the 1929 Brough Superior SS100 known as Moby Dick, the fastest motorcycle of the 1920s, which has attracted a pre-sale estimate of £240,000 – £280,000.

Hailed in its day as ‘the fastest privately owned machine in the world suitable for road use’, this motorcycle is expected to prove very popular with bidders. Tested by Motor Cycling magazine in 1931, ‘Moby Dick’ achieved a top speed of 106mph, a staggering achievement at a time when very few road vehicles of any sort were capable of reaching three-figure speeds. Further tuning of the modified 1,142cc v-twin engine later raised that figure to 115mph in top (third) gear, with 109mph achievable in second. Sold but later repurchased by the vendor’s family, Moby Dick was restored in 1998 and since then has continued to delight and amaze enthusiasts wherever it appears.

A 1924 Brough Superior 980cc SS80 represents a rare opportunity to purchase one of the earliest surviving SS80s. It was the first of the Brough Superior range to feature the cradle frame derived from Bert le Vack’s Brooklands racer and also an early machine to feature a twist grip throttle and dynamo lighting as standard. It is also fitted with the desirable Bonnkisen 100 mph speedometer and it is expected to attract much interest. It is estimated to sell for £75,000-95,000. Another prominent Brough Superior on offer is the 1933 ‘11-50’ that took the ‘best original in show’ award at the BSOC Rally in 2004 (£32,000-38,000).

In pre-war days the Maudes Trophy was highly prized by British motorcycle manufacturers. Ridden by Phil Pike, the 1926 Norton 588cc combination in the sale secured this most prestigious award that same year, making it four wins on the trot for the Birmingham-based company (£28,000-32,000).

Barn-find offerings include a 1955 BSA DB34 Gold Star (£3,000-4,000), 1956 Ariel 998cc Square Four (£3,000-4,000), 1959 Velocette 499cc Venom (£1,500-2,500) and a 1960 Triumph 649cc T110 (£1,000-1,500).

Ben Walker, Head of Motorcycles at Bonhams, comments, “The second Bonhams Stafford sale of 2011 will offer one of our most eclectic selection of significant collectors’ motorcycles ever, with everything from one of the earliest Brough Superior SS80s to a concours condition Kawasaki Z1, and aims to build on the incredible success of our April auction and its £2 million result. With in excess of 200 machines we aim to have something for everyone.”

For sale enquiries please contact Ben Walker on 08700 273616 or

For further press information please contact Katherine Boyle on 0207 468 8363 or /

Reader Ride! Excellent XS650 Restomod from the UK!

Just thought I’d send a couple of pics of my recently rebuilt 1977 XS 650 D. Would love to see it on the site. Lots of work done to most parts of it, handles great and the engine mods mean it now kicks out a more respectable 51.6hp at the rear wheel.
East Yorkshire. UK

Love it Dave! 51hp is a handful on these bikes with all that torque! Well done! Looks like a real rider and a nice twist on the first year color theme. I should really get my hands on one of these sometime.