This new beautifully made, stainless steel rack for the Triumph Daytona (pictured) will make you the envy of all your friends. It’s only one of a decent range of luggage racks for all sorts of bikes that John Jackson makes. Naturally a luggage rack on your bike improves the ride to work experience and also improves the touring capability. The range covers newer bikes than the Daytona as well as older. Looking for a rack? Give John a call and see what he can do for your bike.
Cost is a reasonable £75 and you can get more info from John Jackson on 07742 611811
• Strike a light
Next up is a replica Lucas L529 rear lamp as fitted to such bikes as Cubs/Terriers, many AMC Lightweights, Ariel 350s, Enfield 250s and Vincent Black Prince and Knights.These are stop/tail lights and can be supplied with 6v or 12v bulbs.
They’re the Lucas part number LU53256. There have been some poor quality – and sometimes expensive – pattern L529s about, but even the supply of those has seemed to dry up. Until now.
• Bike building
Ever wanted to build a cafe racer? This genre of motorcycle was born around the North Circular in London as the rockers of the time thundered from cafe to cafe on raceresque bikes ranging from basic dropped ‘bars to full on clubman trim. With production racers like Goldies beyond the reach of most young lads an alternative was sought. As there were lots of Triumphs in chassis’ that were not the best handling, and lots of Nortons with engines difficult to make go fast unless you knew what you were doing, the Triton was born – the Triumph engine could easily be fitted into the Norton rame with only a change of engine plates. How to buld a cafe racer is packed full of useful tips for those who want to customise their bikes too. Plus a useful gallery for inspiration.
The books costs £20 plus £2.50 postage for the A4 softback book with 144 pages and lots of colour.
It's available from Grantham Book Services, telephone 01206 255777
• After fun
This is the latest stuff for getting the crud off your bike after a filthy ride out. Okay so it’s mainly for those of us who choose to ride the dirty side of the street but will be just as good for cleaning your road bike too. As it is a concentrate it’s possible to dilute the strength if all you need is a quick brush up after a a summer outing, or if you’ve been in a winter off-road event then it’s probably best to use it neat. Either way, just top up the pump action scooshy thing and scoosh it all over. The suppliers tell us it is environmentally safe, biodegradeable and will shift the muck. It is available in 1L, 5L and 20L containers depending on how dirty you think you’re going to get and how often you clean your bike.
Cost for one litre is £5.99, five litres will set you back £14.95 and 20L will cost you £49.95, there will be postage on there unless you get together with a mate or two and bump an order over £50 thus qualifying for free delivery in the UK.