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.