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Old 09-21-2014, 12:20 AM   #1
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Saturday's Kempton visit

some nice bikes there again, and a bargain or two to be had if you looked around hard enough, I found some nice Norton parts for both my bikes...



anyway all the pictures can be seen here in my slideshow...

http://kevindean.zenfolio.com/p756568637/slideshow

Blimey I will soon be doing one of these from the Barber festival

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Old 09-21-2014, 02:08 AM   #2
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Message from Joji

Dear Mr Kevin,

Joji here, thank you for the photos and wish you a safe trip across the pond and back.

Take care and stay well.

Reg,

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Old 09-21-2014, 06:06 AM   #3
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Something I noticed after going to a British car and bike meet last weekend, and to a Model A auto swap meet yesterday: Not many young people are interested in these vehicles anymore-All I see in your photos is guys with grey hair,too.
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Old 09-21-2014, 09:02 AM   #4
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Nice stuff Kev. Have a great time at Barber.

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Old 09-21-2014, 06:28 PM   #5
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Something I noticed after going to a British car and bike meet last weekend, and to a Model A auto swap meet yesterday: Not many young people are interested in these vehicles anymore-All I see in your photos is guys with grey hair,too.
I think cost is a factor. A lot of the highschool aged kids around here are into the 70's and 80's bikes because they are cheap to get, and to work on; plus they are better suited to modern traffic and highway speeds. I fugure a fair nuber of them will get bit hard enough that they'll start looking at the older machines once they have the financial means.

I'm in my 40's and money is all that's keeping me from shopping for a BSA project.
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Old 09-22-2014, 03:34 AM   #6
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Over here (Holland) it's a combined lack of interest and the high costs.
The younger people all want instant grativication, like going through a corner with you're knee down. The grativication of getting a bike to run just right after hours of tinkering may be higher, but it's too much work in these 'fast' times. Besides, no one is used to use their hands anymore.


I'm relatively young (34 next week), the fast majority of the classic-bike scene here is ~70 years old and is having a lot of problems with that. I was at a museum steam-pump (a massive pump keeping the land dry) which is being operated periodically by volunteers. Even for something as cool as this they just can't find <60 year old volunteers.

I can see the prices of the true classics go down really fast the next decade as the current owners can't operate them anymore. I can also see a lot of knowledge disappear.

It is sad (I really felt sorry for the guy that sold me an 30's Ariel in parts. He really had trouble letting go, but age and health issues forced him to sell it. I payed way too much for it), but it is the reality.


Back on topic: Thank you for the photo's again!
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