The ‘Coven­try Ea­gle’ ex­posed

Old Bike Australasia - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

The bike shown in the OBA 46 Ed­i­to­rial “Rob McKen­drick with his self-built scram­bler” was ac­tu­ally built by John Slatyer in 1965-6 and first rid­den in May 1966. It car­ried oil in the frame in the fab­ri­cated front down tube and used BSA forks, gear­box and chain­case. The back shocks were front shocks off a Holden of some sort with the oil taken out and re­placed with dieso­line as with oil they were over­damped (my work, not John’s). The footrests were made out of spring steel with the top part com­ing down from the en­gine plates and the bot­tom from un­der the bot­tom frame tubes, and up­per and lower bolt­ing to­gether in the mid­dle. John made one for him­self for his Ve­lo­cette en­duro en­gine (Venom ba­si­cally) and as I re­mem­ber it had an early BSA bolt-on gear­box (in­ter­est­ing get­ting pri­mary chain align­ment). Ter­rific bike. I am pretty sure he did one for his brother-in-law Reg An­der­son from Bankstown Wi­ley Park club. The “Coven­try Ea­gle” name came about be­cause we were look­ing for a name to put on the tank and Barry Ryan had a set of Coven­try Ea­gle stick­ers which we thought looked the part. I sold mine to Rob McKen­drick when I got a ride on Barry Ryan’s Mon­tesa and he fit­ted Ce­ri­ani forks and or­di­nary rear shocks and rode it for a while then gave the frame back to me when he went back to NZ. In a mo­ment of mad­ness I threw it out when we shifted out to the NSW Cen­tral West in around 1990 and have re­gret­ted it ever since. I don’t know what hap­pened to the oth­ers and un­for­tu­nately lost con­tact with the Slatyer fam­ily too many years ago. Den­nis Alder­ton Man­ju­rama, NSW of the “Coven­try Ea­gle” to him. “This bike was built by George and John Slatyer. Den­nis Alder­ton lent me the bike to ride and main­tain and I later pur­chased it off him. I fit­ted the Ce­ri­ani forks and Match­less front wheel. The bike is no more, all that is left is the gear­box.” – Ed

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