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  1. welbike

    D Day 2019 Motorcycle event?

    The vehicles are usually Ok, but axis uniforms is "not done" Cheers, Lex
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    D Day 2019 Motorcycle event?

    John, this one: "dkw nz and rt serie WW2" Cannot seem to post the link here, but copy and paste, you'll have to become a member though. Cheers, Lex ps, Alex Smittens on FB.
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    D Day 2019 Motorcycle event?

    Ok, just found this on Facebook, not strictly motorcycles, but still….. Start is outside Carentan. Cheers, Lex
  4. Hi all, This is not going to be another restoration post of another ex BEF early Royal Enfield WD-C, Ron certainly did his utmost best on that, but just wanted to post here that another one was found recently in France, by Jan, passed up by Richard Payne, and bought by me! It was quite the trip to go and collect it, but well worth it!! The bike a model WD-C is a matching numbers (No. 727) so from contract C5107 dated 27-09-1939 delivered (educated guess) 12-02-1940. sadly no C number was found on the engine, and no erasion marks either, strange! The old chap in France had a go at "restoring" the bike about 10 years ago, and painted it all black, as he thought it was from 1937, he ordered parts and stuff from Hitchcocks, but could not get the engine to run because of magneto failure. Before he acquired it, it was used by a priest in the 1950's, previous history unknown, but may have been left by the BEF in Bologne, Le Havre, or even Bordeaux ? (I bought it from near Vannes, the area number; 44 is on the bike and on the car from the prev. owner, so must have been there a long time) Non original parts were a BSA DeLuxe petrol tank, early Norton rear mudguard and Luggage rack, French headlamp, tailllamp, numberplate holder and speedo. And the most difficult parts, the wheels! they are of French origin I think, or maybe the back one Ariel, not sure yet. After I picked up the bike I went on south to visit friend Arnoud, who supplied me with the right pertol tank and wheels, very nice!! (and free of charge!!) so only sort of missing the aluminium brake plates, that might be prove to be difficult to find….. (anyone here??) Ron supplied me with an unribbed rear guard (Jan will make a rib in it for me) and a slightly butchered rear carrier. The Deluxe BSA tank has been sold to recuperate some of the costs, as was the Norton rear carrier. More parts were made by Jan, and kindly donated to the project, and I picked them up yesterday, THANKS Jan!! (also for lunch!) I will fit these parts at a later stage, before completely dismanteling the bike, and start restoration, some other projects have to be finished first! Below some pictures, from before the "repaint" and as I have it now, many parts have the Khaki Green No.3 undermneath. original exhaust system is present, and very usable! Will add some more pictures and info at a later stage, want to have the bike complete before I begin restoration, luckily I have a spare speedo, 6,5" Lucas headlamp, and MT110 taillamp in stock, and some more little stuff. Cheers, Lex Schmidt Holland
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    D Day 2019 Motorcycle event?

    Just replied on the Kradrider page, and have seen a big group with German bikes in the past too, but think they're all French? they only do their own French forums etc, never much on English speaking forums etc. A shame really, but 80% just cannot speak anything else than French. Cheers, Lex
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    Amal carb rebuilders

    Yes, and Martyn doesn't like the quality of their parts..... he makes his own, usually cheaper too. Cheers, Lex
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    Amal carb rebuilders

    Martyn Bratby still does very good work, takes some time, but worth the wait, no email or computer, Ron will have his phone number handy? below a carby he did for me. Cheers, Lex
  8. Very nice Jan!! and I've seen him in action with the english wheel, even removed dents out of my Norton B4 sidecar mudguard!! keep up the good work!! Cheers, Lex
  9. Just found out the front wheel on the WD-C is Thriumph Speed Twin!! this bike is getting cheaper by the month! Cheers, Lex
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    Austin 10 Key Card

    Hi all, While scanning the last of the Matchless motorcycle Key Cards, I came across an odd one, and thought I'd share it here aswell as on Facebook, would be nice if someone's Austin was on here! Cheers, Lex
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    WW1 finds and discoveries

    Wow, wouldn't mind one of those!! and I had the radiator badge for a long time. (on my 1939 model 704S) Also a period picture. Cheers, Lex
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    Flying flea parts

    Regarding repro's, the above Dutch seller also had a so called "Flea" for sale, with a bogus story, and high price, but the fact was, it wasn't even a Flea!! it was a Swedish NV Bolagen, a Royal Enfield engined postwar bike, I only have the pictures from before they painted it green, but the frame, forks, wheels etc. are very different ! Hope nobody bought it, as that was a nasty piece of conwork! Cheers, Lex
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    Number plate size

    Ok, we'll see!! have fun tomorrow! don't forget the rubbers!! Rob is ever so slow. Cheers, Lex
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    Number plate size

    No Ron, it's a Hungarian calender, so don't know who she is?? you should have her telephone number, and inside leg mesurements for sure??? Anyway, only a Hardley Ablesone….. Cheers, Lex
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    Number plate size

    Hahaha, it's a Dutch number plate, but don't know the gal??, will ask on some dutch forums!! Cheers, Lex
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    Yes, it's not 40's, it's a 1950's New-Map, with a French AMC engine in it, that was used in more makes, nothing military at all as far as I know. Hope this helps, Lex
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    Something a bit different

    Nice progress Ron, but you can still buy the whole pillion rear grip stuff NOS in the states, think I bought it before from Rocky. Looking forward to see the bike in the flesh! do you have the contract plate too? Cheers, Lex
  18. Here the first two prototypes, needs some adjusting, but getting very close now! Cheers, Lex
  19. Finally after some years of development, we will be producing the Vokes filter elbows, for the Vokes tanktop desert airfilters. 100% like the originals, and will be working the same way.Will also have the hose, connector and period hose clamps available, maybe as a complete set. OK, there seems to be enough interest, so we will go ahead with it, price for a complete set, with hose, clamps, adaptor and the complete elbow will be around 175 euro's. So ready to fit most British makes, exept Matchless G3L, that was different. I will post pictures when the first prototypes are ready in a month or so. Cheers, Lex
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    Miller tail lamp

    You're making a loss there Ron!!! Cheers, Lex
  21. welbike

    Something a bit different

    Nice one Ron!!! Do you have the excellent book about this bike?? have some scans of manuals and other stuff if you need anything, sorry, bit late I know! Cheers, Lex
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    post war sales catalogues

    Also well underway with the Matchless Key Cards, all scanned and halfway through putting them in an Excell file, so it can be searched on frame or C number too. Cheers, Lex
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    post war sales catalogues

    Hi all, I got another bunch of sales catalogs in, mostly from the 60's and 70's will go through them this winter, and see what interesting stuff there may be. Cheers, Lex
  24. Hello Mauro, We are not ready with it yet, waiting for the last parts. I will give an update here and on Henk's forum, and Facebook, but it will take another month at least. Read about it here too: http://pub37.bravenet.com/forum/static/show.php?usernum=3155626639&frmid=16&msgid=1404458&cmd=show Thanks for the interest! Lex
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    Matchless WD G3L Engine plates

    I can have a DXF file done, will give him a plate, but will cost something. Will measure thickness later this weekend, have NOS G3L plates somewhere too, but where?? Lex