Popham Au­to­jum­ble

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - NEWS & EVENTS -

The great thing about the VJMC’S Popham au­to­jum­ble is that it’s his­tor­i­cally turned up the most un­usual parts and bikes for sale. Doubt­less sim­i­lar events may do sim­i­lar but tra­di­tion­ally the club’s sea­son opener reg­u­larly and re­li­ably of­fers an edge you don’t seem to get at other jum­bles. Top of this year’s rare pick­ings has to be a hand­ful of small Bridge­stone twins. Not made since 1971 there were three to choose from; a pair of red 175 Hur­ri­cane Scram­blers in Candy Red and an ex­quis­ite Mach II SS-7 in Candy Green and Cream. The lat­ter is the su­per rare 200 and very rarely seen. Prices were ro­bust to say the least (£2600 to £3800) but there was bound to be some hag­gling room. That said you could spend more try­ing to ren­o­vate a wreck. At less money and very cute was a DT175MX on of­fer for £1795 along with a used but tidy Honda F1 750/4 at £1500. The lat­ter ran like a watch and was sold to­wards the end of the day for a frankly rea­son­able £1050 which just goes to show if you’re pre­pared to hag­gle you can still get a good deal. And if there was a steal at the event it had to be the nicely turned out Suzuki GT125C. Last of breed and ti­dier than we’ve seen one for a long time you could start a dia­logue with the ven­dor at £1250 and thrash out a deal. Should you fancy

Words: Steve Cooper

some­thing smaller how about an ex­quis­ite Yamaha RD60? Never sold here of­fi­cially this su­per smart tid­dler was tempt­ing sev­eral wal­lets at £1500 ono and once again you re­ally can­not re­store one for that money. And for those who wanted a project the Kawasaki 250 with the Dyson or FLH body kit could have been yours for un­der a grand. And leav­ing the rarest till last how about some qual­ity Span­ish two wheeled his­tory? Long be­fore the Ja­panese got to grips with stro­kers Bul­taco was mak­ing them sing. A 1960 Tralla 101 125cc sin­gle boasting 12 bhp could have been yours for a sen­si­ble of­fer around £2950. Rare is never cheap but this one’s just right. Add in all the usual parts bar­gains, those miss­ing bits you’re al­ways af­ter, gas­ket sets galore and it re­ally was a grand day out.

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