|▲ Sump visitor Dave Stow's beautiful Triumph 650cc T120 Bonneville “Clubman” 1968. This nut'n'bolt restoration was built with clubman racers in mind and was Dave's idea of the kind of BSA Gold Star/Rocket Gold Star style bike that Triumph ought to have built. Features include flanged alloy wheel rims, Dunlop K81 TT100 tyres, Thruxton rear-set footrests, Thruxton “M” handlebars, carburettor velocity stacks, export exhaust silencers, and clubman transfers. Recent works include a complete engine/gearbox/clutch rebuild including new bearings, pistons, valves, electronic ignition, chains, and a balanced the crank. Dave might be perssuaded to part with it if the interest is there. But he's in no rush to sell. Send us an email and we'll pass it on. Meanwhile, we've got a new CLASSIC BIKES FOR SALE page. Follow the link.|
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That's the name of the new page we've recently added to Sump. However, it's been slow going. Part of that sluggishness is because we're simply not campaigning the page as hard as we might. And you have to campaign these things if you want people to sit up and pay attention.
But we put the page online as a kind of low-key service to Sump visitors. Buy, sell, exchange etc. We'd had a few people email and ask for such a page. And we had a couple of dealers suggest the same thing.
So we obliged.
▲ Sump's new classic bike bargains page. Come and make a deal....
But the economy isn't helping much either. We watch closely what the classic bike market is doing, and at present it ain't doing very much. And what business it is doing is often nobody's business.
So okay, there are still a few blue chip machines fetching top dollar (and more than a few blue chips trying it on with little success). But overall, hope is triumphing (or is that Triumphing?) over experience, and the easy money of yesteryear has generally become very hard money.
One classic bike dealer, for instance, told us just the other day that he'd felt compelled to cut the price of his stock by a whopping twenty percent. And that was across the board (okay, except for one or two machines that were "extra special" and which he felt were worth holding out for).
Another dealer told us that last year was the worst trading year since he started a decade and a half ago. Yet another had just returned from his accountant and was "too fed up to comment" (we're paraphrasing here).
So generally, the classic bike market is suffering. Some of that is natural adjustment. Prices, after all, have for years been rising. The market was ridiculously overheated and now it's cooling. Readjusting, if you prefer. Downsizing expectations. But things will change for the better if we all just stay cool and keep our nerve (not that everyone likes rising prices in the classic bike market, anyway).
New classic bike projects
Meanwhile, we're doing our bit for the war effort. We've recently bought a couple of "new" classic bike projects that sooner or later will probably appear on Sump. And we're still buying spares for our existing classics and wearing them out as often as possible.
However, many of you people are still tightening those purse strings and focussing on the essentials (rent, mortgage, food, energy, etc). Except that classic bikes are essential, ain't they? And if you disagree with that statement, you could be on the wrong website.
Anyhow, times are tough, and we don't want to keep saying it (for fear of adding to the general air of despondency that we're all breathing). Our advice, for what it's worth, is to keep riding, keep buying, and keep the money moving as much as possible.
Most of all, keep living. You're a long time dead, after all. And for us, nothing makes us feel more alive than taking off for another trip on our classics.
Classic bike workshop
Finally, we've added a couple of other feature pages. The first is our CLASSIC WORKSHOP page. It's no big deal, really. Just some notes and snapshots of the problems we've been having with our bikes.
Naturally, we've also included the solutions. We'll be developing this feature as and when things go wrong (and round here, things are always going wrong). Check the link on the right: The one that reads CLASSIC WORKSHOP. Or click the link you've just passed.
Also, we've put our Sump videos on a new CLASSIC VIDEOS landing page for your convenience. Most of our humble offerings can now be viewed without leaving Sump. But one or two require a redirect to YouTube.
Okay, that's it. Gotta go. Have bikes, will travel ...
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