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January 14, 2012 / consort3


Nice to see 2 of my adolescent heroes, Norman Hyde and Dave Degens still plying their trade customising Triumphs. Saw Dave on the TV programme Cafe Racers. Dave won the Barcelona 24 hours race twice and has interesting ideas on all aspects of  bike development, engines, frames, brakes, electrics you name it Dave has modified it!

Good background on Dave:

Do you know the connection between motorcycles and the Marx brothers?

Zeppo was an engineer and his company designed the Marman twin moped.

Not so exotic but more effective was the Cyclemaster moped which put the engine in the rear wheel.Both engines being 2strokes. The spiritual home of the 2 stroke has moved from Wolverhampton (Villiers) to Zschopau (DKW & MZ) and then to Hamamatsu (Suzuki & Yamaha) There is a Motorcycle museum at Augustusburg  Schloss near Zschopau which I must visit sometime. As I must visit Joey’s Bar at Ballymoney to pay my respects. I was born a few days from Joey Dunlop and started my riding career on the same type of bike as Joey, a Tiger Cub. The BBC show the North West 200 these days and it makes F1 look like a game of tiddlywinks.

You have heard of the Swiss Army knife here is the Swiss Army Condor A580 motorbike complete with gun!

Here is the Italian army motorbike, a Sertum. Sertum made up the fab five Milanese motorbike makers, the others being Benelli Bianchi Gilera and Moto Guzzi
Here is the Itera Swedish Plastic bike an idea from the 1980’s that did not catch on
Y’all have heard of the Worlds fastest Indian here is the Worlds fastest Velocette:

A beautiful blend of British heritage, Indian craftmanship and American knowhow, the Enfield Musket V-twin

How retro do you want to go? Enfield V-twin in a Rofomoto Featherbed frame


Royal Enfield have introduced one of them new-fangled overhead cam engines

Looks like the “official” Royal Enfield twin will be a parallel twin design:

There is even a bike called the Consort! Excelsior Consort to be precise, with a 98cc Villiers engine


Ever since I rode a Honda Gold Wing with knackered front suspension, I thought there must be a better way of doing this. Now Honda have put the Hossack twin wishbone front suspension on the 2018 model Gold wing. BMW have a similar system called the Duolever.


Ducati have just launched the Stradale V4 Desmo engine in the Panigale. 210bhp at 13000rpm in a road going bike!


The Ernst Degner story


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