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IN-YER-FACE 'ONDA

BACK IN ISSUE 420, IN THE H-D SUPPLEMENT WE DID FOR THAT ISSUE, WE INTRODUCED YOU TO KNOCKER, AND HIS NO-NONSENSE IRONHEAD – A BIKE THAT GAVE THE FINGER TO BOTH TRADITIONAL BSH CHOPS, AND THE NEW SKOOL RETRO-CHOPPER CROWD TOO.

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February 2021

THE SHINY SURVIVALIST

THERE’S LITTLE DOUBT THAT 2020 DIDN’T REALLY TURN OUT THE WAY THAT ANY OF US EXPECTED, OR HOPED, IT WOULD. MIND YOU, I DID WONDER IF THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC MIGHT’VE INFLUENCED BIKE BUILDERS IN A MORE VISIBLE WAY THAN IT SEEMS TO HAVE, AND EXPECTED A RESURGENCE IN THE BUILDING OF ‘SURVIVAL BIKES’.

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February 2021

MONTANA REO

MANY YEARS AGO I BUILT TWO FXR SOFTAILS – MINNESOTA FATS (A SORT OF SUPER FAT BOY), AND DAKOTA BLACK (A PROPER CHOP), ONE FOR ME AND ONE FOR MY MATE JIM. WE’D DREAMT UP THE NAMES IN THE PUB ONE NIGHT AS PART OF AN IMAGINED SERIES OF BIKES – THE NORTHERN STATES SERIES. THEY CAME OUT WELL, AND WERE FEATURED IN BSH 170 IN 1998.

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Back Street Heroes
February 2021

MORTICIA

I BUILT THIS CHOP 38 YEARS AGO (THE DRY BUILD WAS IN MY BEDROOM), AND I TRY TO KEEP IT LIKE IT WAS WHEN IT WAS FIRST FINISHED. I USED TO PRIDE MYSELF ON IT STARTING FIRST KICK, AND NOT LEAKING OIL – IT STILL STARTS FIRST KICK (OCCASIONALLY SECOND), BUT THERE IS NOW, NEARLY 40 YEARS LATER, ONE SLIGHT OIL LEAK…

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February 2021

UJB UNIVERSAL JAPANESE BOBBER

ONE OF THE WORST THINGS TO HEAR WHEN OUT AND ABOUT AMONGST ANY GATHERING OF MOTORCYCLE TYPES IS A SLIGHTLY NASAL VOICE SAYING, IN THE PAUSE BETWEEN PEOPLE SPEAKING, ‘DID YOU KNOW THAT…’ BECAUSE YOU KNOW, YOU JUST KNOW, THAT YOU’RE GOING TO TURN ROUND AND BE CONFRONTED WITH AN ANORAK.

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February 2021

LONG SHOP MUSEUM BIKE SHOW

THE THIRD BIKE SHOW AT THE LONG SHOP MUSEUM IN LEISTON, SUFFOLK, WAS HELD ON SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 13TH. IT’D BEEN HANGING IN THE BALANCE, LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE THIS YEAR, BUT UNLIKE MOST IT, WAS DEEMED OKAY TO GO AHEAD, DESPITE CONCERNS OVER LIMITING NUMBERS AND KEEPING EVERYONE SOCIALLY DISTANCED.

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February 2021

THE REWARD...

AS I’M SURE YOU’RE AWARE (IF YOU’RE NOT, REALLY? WHERE’VE YOU BEEN? DOWN A WELL?) OUR CHOSEN LIFESTYLE IS, AS ELIZABETH BATHORY MIGHT SAY, IN DIRE NEED OF AN INJECTION OF FRESH BLOOD BECAUSE… WELL, WE’RE ALL GETTING A BIT OLD, A BIT PAST IT THESE DAYS, AREN’T WE?

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February 2021

FACTORY CUSTOM

DURING MY VISIT TO MUDDY BEACH CUSTOMS BACK IN AUGUST, WHERE I TOOK THE PICS OF CHRIS LINDSAY’S CUSTOM CHAMPS-WINNING S&S (AS FEATURED LAST ISSUE), GUS, THE MAIN MAN, ARRANGED FOR A WHOLE LOAD MORE SCOTTISH BIKES TO ARRIVE TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED TOO. AS WE DON’T GET UP ACROSS THE BORDER THAT OFTEN THESE DAYS, I GOT ‘EM ALL IN THE CAN, AND YOU’LL SEE ‘EM IN A FORTHCOMING ISSUE.

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February 2021

HOT ROD SHOUEL

IF YOU’RE A LONG-TERM READER OF THIS AUGUST PERIODICAL (AND THE ONES PUBLISHED OTHER MONTHS TOO), THEN YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF THE BIKES, OR AT LEAST THE KIND OF BIKES, BUILT BY A GENTLEMAN BY THE NAME OF VINCENT SUMMERS

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February 2021

AMOC CUSTOM SHOW

AH, THE JOYS OF A SEPTEMBER MORNING – STILL SOME OF THE SUNSHINE FROM SUMMER, BUT THOSE SOFT TONES OF EARLY AUTUMN COMING IN, WHICH MAKES FOR A PERFECT COUNTRY RIDE... MIND YOU, I’M NOT SO KEEN ON THE BARRAGE OF CONKERS AND ACORNS WHICH SEEM TO MAKE A BEELINE FOR THE HELMET.

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February 2021

EVENT: STONHAM BARNS BIKE NIGHTS

WHILE THE MAJORITY OF EVENTS, BIKER EVENTS, WERE CANCELLED IN 2020, FOR THE TWO BRIEF MONTHS OF FREEDOM WE HAD, AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER (AND, OKAY, OCTOBER, BUT IT WAS BLOODY COLD AND WET SO NOTHING REALLY HAPPENED), THE NEXT BEST THING WAS BIKE NIGHTS.

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January 2021

MR BATCHELAR'S SCRAPBOOK PART 1

ONCE IN A WHILE A PACKAGE GETS PUSHED THROUGH THE LETTERBOX OF THE BSH EDITORIAL ORIFICE, AND ISN’T, FOR A CHANGE, A BILL, OR A DEMAND FOR SEXUAL FAVOURS FROM TOP SUPERMODELS – IT’S SOMETHING FAR, FAR BETTER (OR AT LEAST FAR LESS IMAGINARY).

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January 2021

BSH CUSTOM CHAMPS 2020 OVERALL WINNER - BEST NEW SKOOL

OF ALL THE CLASSES IN THIS YEAR’S CUSTOM CHAMPS, ‘NEW SKOOL’ WAS THE ONE I HADN’T A CLUE AS TOWHAT WAS GOING TOWIN. THE BIKES IN IT – TOMMY’S XS650 FLAT-TRACKER, STEVE’S INSANE TURBOCHARGED CAFÉ RACER, JESSE’S 250 VIRAGO FLAT-TRACKER RACER, AND BEN’S DIMINUTIVE SIDECAR OUTFIT – WERE ALL SO DIFFERENT, SO ECLECTIC, THAT I COULDN’T WORK OUT WHICH ONE’D TAKE TOP HONOURS.

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January 2021

BSH CUSTOM CHAMPS 2020 OVERALL WINNER - BEST CUSTOM

PICKING THE WINNER OF THE BEST CUSTOM CATEGORY IN THE 2020 BSH CUSTOM CHAMPS WAS SOMETHING I REALLY WOULDN’T’VE RELISHED DOING AS ALL THE BIKES (DANIEL’S IRONHEAD, GRAHAM’S XS, MARK’S TRIKE, AND MATT’S SPORTSTER) WERE ALL SO DAMN GOOD THEY WERE ALL, IN MY EYES, IN THE RUNNING. THE JUDGES, THOUGH, WERE UNANIMOUS IN PICKING MATT’S.

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January 2021

EVENT: HAYLING ISLAND BIKE NIGHT

I’M SURE IT’S NOT JUST ME, BUT ANY EXCUSE TO GET A FEW MILES UNDER THE BELT’S A GOOD ONE THE WAY THIS YEAR’S BEEN GOING, SO GRABBING THE OPPORTUNITY OF A DRY THURSDAY I HEADED DOWN TO THE REGULAR HAYLING ISLAND BIKE NIGHT, AS ADVERTISED ON THE BSH FACEBOOK PAGE.

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January 2021

BSH CUSTOM CHAMPS 2020 OVERALL WINNER - BEST ENGINEERING

WE KNEW ‘BEST ENGINEERING’D BE A HARD-FOUGHT CLASS ‘COS THE WINNERS WERE ALL SO GOOD (TONY’S TOTALLY ONE-OFF VICTORY, NICK’S SUPERCHARGED HARLEY RACE BIKE, AND JOHN’S COMPLETELY HOMEMADE SINGLE), BUT THE WELL-DESERVED WINNER WAS DUSTY JOHNSON’S MONSTER-WHEEL EVO’.

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January 2021

EVENT: ROUTE 11 TRIUMPH DAY

ONE SUNNY SUNDAY MORNING I CALLED IN AT ROUTE 11 CAFÉ ON THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE 11 NEAR ATTLEBOROUGH IN NORFOLK, BECAUSE THEY WERE HAVING A TRIUMPH DAY.

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January 2021

BSH CUSTOM CHAMPS 2020 OVERALL WINNER - BEST PAINT

OF ALL THE CATEGORIES IN THIS YEAR’S CHAMPIONSHIP, ‘BEST PAINT’ WAS THE ONE I THOUGHT’D GIVE THE JUDGES THE BIGGEST HEADACHE AS THE FOUR WINNING BIKES WERE ALL ABSOLUTELY AMAZINGLY PAINTED. I, PERSONALLY, HAD IT DOWN TO TWO, AND SO I WAS QUITE PLEASED WHEN VIC AND LIN, PAUL, DUTCH, AND MURRELLS PICKED ONE OF THEM – CHRIS LINDSAY’S S&S, PAINTED BY GUS AT MUDDY BEACH CUSTOMS.

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January 2021

BSH CUSTOM CHAMPS 2020 OVERALL WINNER - BEST BUTCHERED CLASSIC

AS SOMEONE WHO IS, AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN, A FAN OF BIKES THAT GO FAST, THE BUTCHERED CLASSICS CLASS WAS ONE CLOSE TO MY OWN HEART, AND IT’S ALSO THE ONE IN WHICH I’D HAPPILY’VE VOTED FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE (ANDY’S SCHIZOPHRENIC LC, CARLOS’ VERY EIGHTIES GSX, STEVE’S UBER-BLING GIXER, AND RICHIE’S SUBLIME TDR) BUT, PROBABLY SENSIBLY, I’M NOT A JUDGE.

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January 2021

BSH CUSTOM CHAMPS 2020 OVERALL WINNER & BEST IN SHOW - BEST CHOPPER

WHEN IT CAME TO JUDGING ‘BEST CHOPPER’ THE WINNER WAS ALMOST A WALK-OVER, WITH THREE OUT OF THE FOUR JUDGES PICKING LAYLA LEATHAM’S BSA. I’LL LET HER TELL YOU ALL ABOUT IT. N.

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January 2021

P&D CUSTOM SHOW (2019)

WHEN DAVE BATCHELAR AND CHRIS NICHOLS AT P&D CUSTOM BIKES FIRST DISCUSSED THE IDEA OF A ONE-DAY CUSTOM SHOW AT THEIR LOCAL VILLAGE CRICKET CLUB, THEY STARTED WITH ‘LET’S DO IT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS’, AND IT WAS GOOD.

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Back Street Heroes
November 2020

LIFE'S A BEACH...

WHEN YOU’RE INVOLVED WITH SOMETHING AS ARCHETYPALLY CHOPPER AS THE EVENT CALLED THE HOOK UP, WELL, IT JUST WOULDN’T DO NOT TO HAVE A CHOPPER, WOULD IT?

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November 2020

TURNED OUT NICE AGAIN

FRED AUSTIN’S A PROUD YORKSHIREMAN WHO BELIEVES IN DOING A JOB THOROUGHLY, AND WITH PANACHE.

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November 2020

The Butcher's Apprentice

MANY FOLK MIGHT NOT LOOK AT A YAMAHA DRAG STAR AND THINK ‘CAFÉ RACER PROJECT’, BUT LUKE AND MIKE AT BRISTOL BOBBERS RECKONED ONE’D MAKE AN IDEAL DONOR FOR A TRIBUTE TO THE ICONIC 59 CLUB, AND DECIDED TO BUILD IT TO THE STYLE OF THAT ERA – LOW RACER ‘BARS, AND A SLIM-LINE TANK.

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November 2020

LEARNING CURVE

MOST OF US’VE VERY FOND MEMORIES OF OUR VERY FIRST BIKE WHICH, IN ITSELF, GOES TO SHOW WHY THE DEMAND FOR THE LIKES OF FIZZIES AND BANTAMS HAS SEEN SUCH AN INCREASE OF LATE – PEOPLE WANT TO RE-LIVE THEIR ‘GOLDEN YEARS’.

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November 2020

YAMAHAHA... SORRY?

I'VE ALWAYS LOVED GS SUZUKIS - MY FIRST BIKE AFTER PASSING MY TEST IN '89 WAS A f500 850G, AND I RODE THAT FOR A FEW YEARS BEFORE CHOPPING IT INTO A LOWRIDER THAT WOUND UP IN BSH. THREE MORE 850S, AND A 750 (ALONG WITH ABOUT 35 OTHER BIKES), 25 YEARS, AND FOUR CONTINENTS LATER, I BOUGHT A BUTT UGLY COBRA ENGINEERING FRAMED '93 HARLEY FXR.

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November 2020

ENTER SAND-MAN

AS A KID, PAUL MILBOURN WAS FASCINATED BY THE STORY THAT THE STAR OF THE FILM CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG (THE CAR, NOT DICK VAN DYKE) WAS BURIED BENEATH PENDINE SANDS.

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November 2020

CLASSIC TRIKE FOR A CLASSIC RIDER

MY DAD, MIKE FARMER, LOVES HIS ’63 BSA A50, AND WHEN HE COULD NO LONGER RIDE IT HE ASKED ME TO CONVERT IT TO A TRIKE FOR HIM.

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November 2020

ARDINGLY AUTO JUMBLE

IT’S THE WEEKEND SO A QUICK CHECK – KEYS, CHECK; WALLET, CHECK; VAGUE IDEA OF WHERE I’M GOING, CHECK; HAND SANITISER AND FACE-MASK FOR THIS BRAVE NEW WORLD, CHECK. AT LONG LAST, AN EVENT TO ATTEND – LET’S FIND OUT HOW DIFFERENT THIS’LL BE.

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Back Street Heroes
November 2020

Shudy Camps Bike Meet

Far, far back in the mists of ancient time (well, the late eighties anyway), there used to be a bike show/rally in the little (barely 400 people live there) village of shudy camps in cambridgeshire.

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Back Street Heroes
November 2020

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