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Your Chance To Bid For An Incredible Barn Find Brough Superior

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Collectors will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire two important Brough Superior SS-80 motorcycles at the Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale at The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show on Sunday 21st October: one original, un-restored and not been seen publicly for more than eight decades, and the other once owned by the founder of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club.

1925 Brough Superior SS-80

The remarkable 'barn-find' 981cc 1925 model (estimate £55,000 – £75,000) has been owned by the same family since new and off the road since 1930.

Bonhams sold a 1924 model – thought to be the most original surviving example of its type – at the Autumn Stafford Sale last year. The machine, also offered at auction for the first time in its history, sold for £100,500.

1930 Brough Superior SS-80 De Luxe 'Black Bess'

Founder of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club (VMCC), the late C E 'Titch' Allen OBE, bought 'Black Bess', as the machine came to be known, using a £50 gratuity given to him in the aftermath of World War II, during which he served as a dispatch rider and a sergeant, being awarded the British Empire Medal.

He had a life-long love affair with the Brough Superior marque, and in a 1997 letter to the current owner, said of 'Black Bess': "In many ways it was the most important bike in my life."

Restored to original specification by marque specialists during the 1990s after its acquisition by the current vendor, the motorcycle is offered for sale in excellent condition, and is estimated to realize between £80,000 and £120,000.

Ben Walker, Head of the Bonhams Motorcycle Department, said: "We are delighted to be able to offer these two remarkable machines at our Autumn Stafford Sale.

"Brough Superiors still in the possession of the first owner's family can, in all probability, be counted on the fingers of one hand. So this wonderfully original and un-restored 1925 model, accompanied by a fascinating history file, represents a possible once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for discerning collectors.

"VMCC founder Titch Allen was tireless in his work to promote and preserve the vintage motorcycle scene, and we are honored to offer one of his favorite machines for sale.

"With the 1929 Grindlay-Peerless 'Hundred Model' that won the Brooklands 'Gold Star' award for a 100mph lap in 1937, Aled Jenkins's fantastic collection of modern Japanese classics and now these two machines, as well as many other exciting motorcycles, the Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale is shaping up to be one of our most important sales of the year."

See Lot Preview for further information on lots coming up in the Autumn Stafford sale.

LA County Sheriff Motorcycles Get Laptops

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Raytheon is installing laptops on motorcycles used by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department with a goal of having 100 motorcycles equipped with the computers by this fall.

The company said motorcycle deputies will use the computers to access data, as well as to conduct license plate checks and wanted persons inquiries.

These computers are similar to those  the company is installing in other LASD vehicles, said T.J. Kennedy, director of public safety and security for Raytheon’s network centric systems business.

LASD Capt. Scott Edson said the department will reduce voice radio traffic and use the computers to issue electronic citations.

Raytheon is also contracted to provide new dispatch consoles to LA County’s sheriff and fire departments.

Krawiec Beats Hines In An All-Harley NHRA Final At St. Louis

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Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec widened his Pro Stock Motorcycle points lead with his seventh win of the season, defeating his teammate Andrew Hines in the final round of the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park. It was the fifth all-Harley final of the season, and Krawiec won for the fourth time when Hines left the starting line early.

The result puts the Harley-Davidson team back on track after its 13-racing winning streak was snapped last weekend in Charlotte, where both Hines and Krawiec lost in the semi-final round.

“Our team focus is back on winning races, rather than on the winning streak,” said Krawiec, the defending NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, who debuted a Hard Candy Pink Flake paint scheme and leathers at Gateway that he will run during the next two races in October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“The Screamin’ Eagle team really had to work hard with my Harley-Davidson® V-Rod®  all weekend after we had transmission trouble in the fourth round of qualifying. The transmission skipped a gear again in the first round today and we would have lost if my opponent had not fouled. The third engine of the weekend got me to the finals.”

Krawiec now holds a 33-point lead over Hines after three of six races in the Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship playoffs.

Krawiec qualified third for the event with an Elapsed Time of 6.839 seconds. Hines qualified fourth at 6.862. Lucas Oil Buell rider Hector Arana Jr. set a new track record of 6.809 seconds to lead all qualifiers.

On a day when red-light fouls for leaving the starting line early would decide eight of 15 races, Krawiec opened Sunday eliminations with red-light wins over the Steve Johnson Racing Suzuki and Kuryakyn Buell rider Chip Ellis. Hines defeated Suzuki Extended Protection rider Jim Underdahl in round one, and advanced on a red light by Geico Suzuki rider Karen Stoffer in round two.

That set up a semi-final showdown between the two Harley-Davidson riders and the Lucas Oil Buell team of Arana Jr. and Hector Arana Sr., third and fourth in points, respectively, behind Krawiec and Hines. Hines won with an ET of 6.874 to the 7.013 of Arana Jr., while Krawiec defeated Arana Sr. 6.852 to 6.892.

In the final, Hines left the line 0.036 seconds early to hand the automatic win to Krawiec.

“We both knew we’d need to go for it on the tree, and I had a 0.006, which is cutting it close,” said Krawiec, who now has 18 career victories. “Beating both of the Aranas in the semi-final really helps our points situation, but I think the top four riders are still within range. If one of us lost in the first round and they won, it would be really tight again. There are still three races left. If I have this cushion after Reading next week, I’ll be happy.”

Hines also used three different engines during the weekend.

“I lost an engine in the second round of qualifying, and we were behind the eight ball on our tune up all weekend,” said Hines. “We still need to get a little more performance out of my V-Rod, but it was a good effort to get both Screamin’ Eagle bikes in the final. In the final I was trying to get a little clever at the line and had some brain fade and blew the light. Next time I’m against Ed I’ll just line up and race.”

Krawiec leads all Pro Stock Motorcycle riders with 2415 points. Hines is second with 2382 points. Arana Jr. is third and 109 points behind Krawiec with 2306 points. Arana Sr. is 148 points back with 2267, and Stoffer is in fifth place with 2229 points.

The Pro Stock Motorcycles will be back in action Oct. 4-7 at the 28th annual Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway near Reading, Pa.

Team J-Witz Bumps Their Own Record At Bub/Bonneville Speed Trials

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Mother Nature really threw racers and spectators a curve at the Bub Motorcycle Speed Trials this year with a massive rain storm that cancelled many passes on Sunday and closed the track on Monday. Once the rains cleared and racing appeared to get back on track, huge cross winds plagued the streamline classes who make it a point not to run with winds of 14 mph or higher. But, Jody Perewitz and Team J-WITZ came to race and with winds bordering on unacceptable the beautiful J-WITZ machine rolled to the start line. Making constant body adjustments to counter wind pressure from the side, Jody made several flawless passes, one at a blistering 196.9 mph while bumping her previous FIM World Record to 189 mph. So once again this frantic beauty has laid down the gauntlet and made it perfectly clear that she is and will be a major contender for years to come.

If you’d like to follow the adventures and race schedule for Jody and Team J’WITZ visit or

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Coolbeth Is Eighth On Factory Harley At Santa Rosa Mile

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Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle® Factory Team rider Kenny Coolbeth placed eighth in the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship race on the Santa Rosa Mile at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. The race was won by South East Harley-Davidson rider Sammy Halbert on a Harley-Davidson®  XR750 motorcycle.

Halbert was the fastest qualifier for the 25-lap main, but it was Crosley Radio Kawasaki rider Bryan Smith who took the lead on the opening lap and appeared headed for a run-away victory after stretching his advantage to 4.9-seconds over Halbert on lap 14. But a few laps later, Smith began to falter as track conditions changed, and Halbert and Rogers Racing/Blue Springs Harley-Davidson rider Jared Mees reeled him in. Halbert passed for the lead on lap 20, and Mees got by Smith on lap 21. Mees and Halbert battled in the closing laps, with Halbert finally winning by 0.874 seconds. Smith held off Zanotti Racing/Schaeffer`s Harley-Davison rider Jake Johnson to salvage a third-place spot on the podium, 3.726 seconds behind Halbert. Eaken Racing rider Robert Pearson was fifth on a Harley-Davidson. Coolbeth opened the race in 12th place, and moved up to eighth on lap 16.

“I spun out on the start and ended up way back on the first lap,” said Coolbeth. “The track was a little rough and very dusty, so we could hardly see on the straights, and it was really tough to pass. This was not a typical mile track.”

Halbert also won the four-lap Dash for Cash sprint bonus race.

After 14 of 16 AMA Grand National events, Mees leads the series with 262 points. Halbert moves past Johnson into second place with 248 points. Johnson is third with 246 points, followed by Smith with 193 points. Coolbeth is in eighth place with 124 points.

The Grand National Twins will next race on October 6 on the Tucson International Raceway half-mile in Tucson, Arizona.

New Easy Squeeze Handlebar Reduces Clutch Lever Reach

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The new Easy Squeeze Reduced Clutch Reach Handlebar ($119.95) from Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Accessories® features an offset clutch-side grip that moves the palm a half-inch closer to the clutch lever. This position provides improved leverage and permits the rider to reach the clutch lever with the stronger part of the hand, reducing hand fatigue while riding in traffic. Available to fit the 2007-later Sportster® SuperLow® (P/N 55800180), 2006-later Softail® Deluxe (P/N 55800182), and 1986-later Heritage Softail® Classic (P/N 55800181) Harley-Davidson models, each Easy Squeeze Reduced Clutch Reach Handlebar is shaped as a direct replacement for the Original Equipment bar, so installation requires no changes in cables or brake lines on specified models. The kit includes a left-hand grip styled to match the Original Equipment rubber throttle-side grip.

Cool Head Bands For The Ol' Lady

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DesignWraps Brands offers the “Butterfly Collection” . It consists of head wraps, head bands, riders’ beanies, woman’s tank tops and woman’s ¾  length sleeve v-neck  tops. Wraps of Hope and Savvy Threads are beautifully designed headwear and apparel comprised of the finest quality rib knits, burn outs and stretch fabrics in a vibrant color palette of rhinestones centered around black or white as the basic fabric colors.

Riders Wraps, Wraps of Hope and Savvy Threads are sold in upscale Harley-Davidson dealerships and motorcycle shops across North America. Wraps of Hope and Savvy Threads may also be found in mastectomy and motorcycle boutiques. 

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Modular Engine And Coil Mounts

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Choosing a custom engine and coil mount that’s just right for your scooter is made easy with this vast collection of Yankee Engineuity modular components. These hi-tech mounts and associated accessories allow builders to mix ‘n match  pieces for their particular application. As noted the mounts come in numerous styles for most HD and S&S engines so you need to visit the Paughco Web Site or obtain one of their catalogs in order to determine exactly which pieces are appropriate for you. For complete details or to order your own catalog call 775-246-5738.

World's Crookedest Indian

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The son of a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) constable has been arrested by the Chikkajala police for stealing 18 two-wheelers in India.

The police said Harsha (20), a resident of CRPF Quarters in Yelahanka, used duplicate keys to steal the vehicles from parking lots and from homes.

He was caught while trying to sell one of the stolen motorcycles and a video camera. Harsha reportedly confessed he had stolen the motorcycles in Sriramapuram, Magadi Road, Seshadripuram, Yelahanka New Town, Cottonpet, Chickpet, HAL, Mahadevapura, Vyalikaval and Kodigehalli police station limits.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northeast Division) G. Ramesh said Harsha was doing his PUC in a Shimoga college but returned to Bangalore after he failed some exams. He is said to have confessed to taking to crime to live the good life. After he pulled off the first job, he said he became emboldened.

Riders Beware: Today, Pasadena Police Plans "Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Campaign"

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You know what this means if you're planning to ride in Southern California today…


Police are planning a motorcycle safety enforcement campaign Sunday, officials said.

Extra officers will be on patrol in areas frequented by motorcyclists, and where motorcycles crashes are known to occur, Pasadena police said in a written statement (this probably means in and around Angeles Crest Highway).

In addition to impaired drivers or those riding carelessly, officers will also seek out other motorists that commit traffic violations that could lead to motorcycle crashes.

The City of Pasadena has experienced one motorcycle fatality this year.

Funding for Sunday's campaign is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.