Whist having a casual beer with an old American pall he asked me "how on earth did the Brit motorcycle industry disappear so fast"? I came up with some second hand information that Id gleamed from my father about the Japanese invasion in the 1970s but to exactly why and why so fast I was a bit "stumped". A bit of research was required.
Motorcycling always had a strong following in the days of British motoring. With a temperate climate and heavy taxes on car purchases owning a bike was as much as the ordinary British worker could aspire to. This led to a multitude of British manufacturers competing for their market share.
During The Second World War British industry produced over 80,000 motorcycles for the war effort. this was far more than any other nation. You would have thought that this would have led to a prolonged dominance of the world market but this what not to be.
Britain was forced to sell most of their bikes and cars abroad to repay vast sums borrowed from the United States and Canada to fund WW2. This led to a chronic shortage of new machines at home. This shortage was met in many cases by foreign manufacturers. Some of the overseas competitors had generous funding arrangements from their respective governments.
With eight times the power of convectional Lithium the new Aluminium Air battery is set to revolutionise motoring.
A claimed range of 1500 miles on a single charge could render the conventional internal combustion engine obsolete.
The benefit to humanity could be huge , but where would the classic vehicle scene fit in to this new green future?? Perhaps vehicles of a certain age would be granted "Grandad Rights" so people could continue to enjoy them.
If future authorities went against the classic bike world ,what would we do? Would we be forced to fit electric motors to our classic rides? It could save on finding rare and expensive spare parts. Will petrol become difficult to find in days to come? Could you imagine a classic bike being driven by an electric motor and the owner producing an engine sound artificially through a speaker? Lets hope that we can keep a small section of our history alive in its original form . Only time will tell .cleantechnica.com/2019/10/20/uk-man-invents-aluminum-air-battery-in-his-garage/
The scooter based crime spree that is sweeping across central London is giving motorcycling a bad name. I feel reluctant to leave my drivers window open in town as I've seen what these villains are capable of.
Having to carry water in case someone is sprayed with acid for me is unacceptable in a civilised society.
The Metropolitan police are prevented from chasing this vermin through fears that these criminals may be injured in a pursuit .
All we can do as bikers is stay vigilant and perhaps make our scooters more difficult to steal. It's high time that we give law enforcement a free hand to eradicate this menace from our streets.
A Police motorcyclist was recently threatened with a knife and had his tyres slashed in Holloway. For me this is a turning point , a "Bonnie and Clyde" moment perhaps. We cant tolerate this any longer and its time we supported the Police properly.
Ride safely and be lucky