BITESIZE

Our monthly col­lec­tion of clas­sic tit­bits

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Our monthly col­lec­tion of clas­sic tit­bits

HE WAS AW­FUL… BUT WE LIKED HIM

Dick Emery, ’70s comic and wom­an­iser of 5ft 4in stature, was a se­rial buyer of new-model Hon­das, own­ing one of each of the first CB750S, Gold­wings and CBX1000S in the coun­try (in ’69, ’75 and ’78 re­spec­tively), bought from Tip­petts of Sur­biton. Among the writ­ers for the long-run­ning Dick Emery Show, which aired from 1963-81, were Barry Cryer, Harold Pin­ter, Mel Brooks, Marty Feld­man and Dick Cle­ment. But read­ers with long mem­o­ries will have made up their own minds as to whether even they suc­ceeded in mak­ing Emery’s ‘Ton-up Boy’ biker char­ac­ter funny...

CUT­AWAY KING

A cut­away illustration of Yamaha’s RD350 YPVS, prob­a­bly by Yoshi­hiro Inomoto. Now in his late 70s, Yoshi­hiro has made a ca­reer of draw­ing 3D cut­away il­lus­tra­tions of cars and bikes. In spite of mak­ing most of his money from four-wheel com­mis­sions (bit.ly/inomoto), he prefers to ride bikes, owns no car and still has a ’70s Har­ley Sport­ster and BMW R65.

WOOLER THINK­ING

You think you’re fa­mil­iar with ev­ery for­mat of en­gine, and then you come across Wooler (1911-56), whose high­lights in­clud­ing bikes pow­ered by a two-stroke hor­i­zon­tal sin­gle­cylin­der with a dou­ble-ended pis­ton, and a 500cc trans­verse-four shaft-drive beam en­gine. Both fea­tured dis­tinc­tive head­lights faired in with the fuel tanks, and the lat­ter a frame which dou­bled as the ex­haust pipe.

THEY DON’T MAKE PRESS RE­LEASES LIKE TH­ESE ANY MORE

From 1978: “If three make a crowd, mo­tor­cy­cle ace Pat Hen­nen, 24, has no com­plaints as he takes a pair of Pets from Lon­don’s Pent­house Club on board his Suzuki in the West End to­day. The girls, Lonny Olsen, 21 (left) from Den­mark and Brenda Chap­man, 23, of Put­ney, were cel­e­brat­ing the an­nounce­ment that Pat, from Phoenix, Ari­zona, is to be spon­sored by Pent­house/ri­zla Rac­ing in his bid for the 500cc World Cham­pi­onship this year. Pat, who rides for the Tex­aco Heron Team Suzuki, is cur­rently lead­ing in the cham­pi­onship.”

TO BE THIS GOOD TAKES AJS

One of the most suc­cess­ful over-the-counter rac­ers of all time, the stance of the AJS 7R made its in­ten­tions plain. And thanks to a fun­da­men­tal fit­ness for pur­pose and decades of re­fine­ment, the Boy Racer made good on its prom­ise to pri­va­teers: take the fight to the fac­tory boys with a half-de­cent chance of win­ning. Ini­tially, the all-new 32bhp Phil Walker de­sign trailed ri­vals on power, but by ’54 in fac­tory form it was putting out 25% more, and the re­vised bike won the first two rounds of the world cham­pi­onship and the Ju­nior TT, lap­ping 1.5mph faster than the near­est Nor­ton ri­val.

CLOCK SHOT

1955 Peoria TT win­ner Ed Kretz, Jr shows un­known woman his clock.

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