The Gough leg­end

Old Bike Australasia - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

See­ing the photo of Bill Gough’s old twin BSA (OBA 57) brought a lot of good mem­o­ries of a very good old friend. Yes, Bill made that bike in Launce­s­ton to have a go at the speed record; he made ev­ery cast­ing, and the frame, he was a bril­liant en­gi­neer and could make a mo­tor­cy­cle per­form like no one else I have ever known. He also built a side valve 500 BSA that did over 120 mph and when he wrote to the fac­tory to ask if they could give him any ad­vice on how to im­prove on this they replied ex­plain­ing that they couldn’t get more than 100 mph out of one. He tuned a Vin­cent that beat the works bike that Phil Irv­ing brought over to Long­ford – that’s the sort of man he was. Un­for­tu­nately Bill has long gone and I have no idea what hap­pened to the twin but the side valve is still in Launce­s­ton. They don’t make men like Bill Gough any­more and I still miss my old friend. Wally Lunn Launce­s­ton, Tas­ma­nia

The Way fam­ily with their Zenith Gradua com­plete withy front-mounted pul­ley.

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