This is a veteran Douglas motorcycle that had been bought by Kevin as a complete bike. It was subsequently partly disassembled as he commenced work on it. He had worked on the engine and tank and these have now been put back into the frame for these photos. Other parts and spares are in the accompanying crates and incudes additional cylinder barrels, unused tyres (for display), a second veteran magneto, 1914 gearbox case, Douglas nuts and bolts, mudguard stays, reproduction pannier cases, headlight stay clamps, newly nickeled levers etc.
The frame on this bike is dated as 1915 and the engine number is consistent with 1914. It will require some work to get it on the road including a fix on the central shaft of the handlebars, attachment of the front brake, sourcing of footboard holders, restoration of the headlight stays etc. However, most of the major parts are present and in good condition.
This is a lovely little veteran project and will be a great bike for rallies when it is completed.
Please note that there is only one carburettor- the one shown attached to the engine is the same one in the parts display photo.
This bike is currently for sale on ebay. A second 1914 engine is also for sale on ebay.
It is a shame this was never built but the makings of a wonderful 1929 KTT 350cc engine are here below.
The KTT was a production racer built by the Veloce factory in Birmingham for the Isle of Man TT. Only 1000 were made over a 20 year period starting in 1929. It is said that these were the most successful 350cc race bikes in their day. This engine is from one of the earliest models.
The parts available for this engine are all shown below and it includes a barrel, 2 flywheels, cases, new and original pistons, racing carburetor etc. It will be sold through ebay. The start date for the ebay sale is Thursday 25th September 2014. It is planned to end 10 days later.
CORRECTION: due to ebay pulling the item listing down and it having to be re-listed, this ebay auction now ends in the early hour of 07 Oct, 2014, at 00:11:37 AEDST (ie. you will need to be bidding around midnight AEDST on Monday the 6th October)
This is a wonderful opportunity for a Velocette fan or a classic racing enthusiast to acquire the makings of a renowned motor and either start on the creation of their own KTT or to add to an existing frame.
Having handled these parts myself to photograph them, I would also like to add that you can really see the craftsmanship that went into making them all those years ago – beautiful alloys and precision made pieces. Stunning.
A fairly complete Royal Enfield project bike. This is a light-weight 250cc OHV from 1938 in original condition (apart from one primed rear mudguard and a new exhaust). It includes an original tank and a restored chrome painted tank (not a new or replica tank). Kevin had been slowly developing this project for over 20 years.
The S2 was the deluxe model 250cc produced by the Royal Enfield factory. It includes a Terry seat, luggage rack, rear registration and tail light plate, headlight, toolbox, Smiths speedo, horn and horn button, etc.
This will be a great restoration/rebuild project for someone wanting a reasonably rare and early, original, Royal Enfield. Historically, this bike was manufactured just as war was breaking out in Europe and at a time when the manufacture of Deluxe motorcycles in England was about to give way to the war efforts.
It includes the parts photographed plus some additional spares (photos still to be uploaded) and a 1938 Royal Enfield catalogue.
This bike was sold in October, 2014 to a lovely guy who is going to restore it and love it.
Manufactured by Rudge-Whitworth, the ‘Ulster’ was essentially a racing motorcycle turned out as a production bike. It is a 500cc, single OHV. This one was produced in the last year of the model’s production.
This gorgeous little 125cc bike is wonderfully original and while it hasn’t run for a few years, it certainly did. Kevin always has a soft spot for these bikes having also raced on a Bantam in the 50s/60s.
This is an early plunger frame D1 .
Bantams were made by BSA in Hall Green from around 1948 and each bike was test ridden on their famous track before being shipped out for sale.
Nowdays, Bantams are a popular classic bike to restore and run with their size making them easy to house, manoeuvre and ride.
This is now up for sale on ebay. There will be a single viewing day between 9:00am and 15:30pm (AEST) on Saturday 4th October, 2014 There will be a viewing day between 10:30am and 15:30pm on Sunday 5th October, 2014 at The Australian Motorlife Museum. The ebay auction ends on 08 Oct, 2014 at 23:39:40 AEDST.