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Man finds lost AJS motorcycle on eBay after fifty years

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Former rocker reunited with his beloved motorcycle after half-a-century.

Paul Hayes of Oxfordshire in the UK first bought his AJS Model 31 in 1959 and lived the life of an original café racer, spending time ‘riding, listening to rock music, hanging around cafes and going to picture houses’. But despite it being the way in which he and his girlfriend used to travel back from school, once they were engaged his future mother-in-law was insistent that a motorcycle wasn’t a mode of transport suitable for a married couple and so the bike was sold in 1969, never to be seen again.

Or so he thought.

Over the years, the AJS travelled around the country, from owner to owner, where it was fitted with a sidecar and briefly owned by the then Earl of Cardigan before ending up in an auction at Silverstone. From here it was purchased by a buyer in Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, who placed it for sale online.

“When I retired I thought ‘I wonder whatever happened to my AJS. I really loved that bike’. When I typed the registration into the DVLA’s website it came up with the Range Rover and so I thought it must have been scrapped,” said Paul speaking with the Oxford Mail.

Paul Hayes admires his pride and joy back in the 1960s

So what did he do next? He decided to do the next best thing and look for a similar machine on eBay.

And it was then that he got the find of his life!

After a quick browse, he discovered that a very similar 1959 AJS was on sale and he contacted the seller for a little more information,

“He said he had the old registration documents and so I asked what the old reg was. He read out the first few digits and I started getting heart palpitations.

Then he read out the rest and I thought ‘good God, that’s my bike’. What are the chances of that happening?’”

And so, after a separation of nearly half a century, Mr Hayes bought the bike and it’s now back in his life.

“I never wanted to sell it. That motorbike, it’s how I met my wife. It’s how I got to work. It was everything.”

Source: Oxford Mail

Who said romance was dead eh?

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Harley-Davidson release two new, old Sportsters

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New Harley Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special come with new graphics, chrome and high bars.

There are a lot of new motorcycles coming out of the Harley-Davidson stable – at least one hundred by 2027 in fact, so we can expect a frequent flow of model revisions and changes to be revealed over the coming months and years.

The two new bikes announced today by Harley aren’t hugely new or exciting – but the new graphics are pretty sweet and ape-hanger bars are always worth clinging onto.

‘Since its inception, the Sportster has offered the perfect combination of size, power and character that makes it appealing to so many different riders’ -Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson V.P. of Styling & Design.

The Harley Sportster was introduced in 1957 and has now hit somewhere in the region of 30 varying production models. Along that time owners have got pretty used to stripping their bikes down and customising/re-inventing them. It’s this fact that Harley say they’ve used as inspiration for their two, new machines.

The Forty-Eight Special comes with a tiny 10 litre tank, new, steamroller front-end and 8 inch high Tallboy handlebars. Compared to the regular Forty-Eight, there’s also a lot more chrome.

The Iron 1200 features a ‘fast-back’ café seat, mini-ape black handlebars and a glossy black fly screen. It’s also got more range with a 15 litre tank and fancy colour paint/graphics. There’s also a lot less chrome and a lot more black.

So that’s two more of the 100 bikes out of the way.  And a new electric just around the corner

 

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Harley-Davidson’s electric motorcycle will be a ‘Revelation’ (according to trademark filings)

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Harley-Davidson trademark casts revelatory eye into future of their electric motorcycle plans.

If you were to have said a year or so ago that arguably the world’s most famous motorcycle brand would be frequently linked with falling sales and financial woe then most people would have said that you were barking mad.

However, with recent stories of millennial woe and mounting board concern the immediate future of the famours Bar and Shield brand is far from certain.

With a commitment to releasing 100 new motorcycles over the next ten years however, the folks at Harley-Davidson motorcycles do at least seem to have a plan to tackle their problem, and – along with Indian Motorcycle – they are preparing to take that battle to uncharted territory.

Last month the news broke that Harley were looking to get their electric motorcycle out and onto the streets by the end of 2019 and now it would seem that we know a little more about what form that new electric technology might take. Or the name of it at least.

According to a recent trademark application filed with the United States Patent & Trademark Office then name that Harley Davidson will use to refer to their new electric drive-train technology will be ‘Revelation’.

The interpretation by our (genuine) friends over at Asphalt & Rubber is that this will not be the name of the final motorcycle however, but rather the name used to refer to the technology/motor itself.

We’re not sure if the final name of the electrified Harley will be that of the Livewire moniker attributed to its pre-production/concept that was produced as a test vehicle back in 2014, but the choice of ‘Revelation’ for the motor technology is an interesting one to say the least.

The company already uses similar sounding names for it’s Evolution’ and ‘Revolution X’ V-Twin engines, so ‘Revelation’ isn’t too far of a stretch for the imagination, but it’s certainly an interesting one…

The Book of Revelation in Christian faith is effectively an apocalyptic prophecy.

The notion that it will be the old, warhorse Harley-Davidson to be the first major manufacturer on course to release a production electric motorcycle could well be considered an event of almost biblical proportions.

Source: USPTO via Asphalt & Rubber

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