Nigel Lines’ ride to work Velo is out in all weathers.
1 March 2013
Reading Jerry Thurston’s article two issues back about no MoTs for pre 1960 vehicles, he suggested not using them every day, only for club runs, so as not to upset the authorities, so as they are not banned from the roads completely

Then in this month’s issue Roy Poynting is telling us to not use our bikes in the winter. I thought The Classic MotorCycle was a magazine about riding motorcycles not sitting in the shed polishing them; they were made to be ridden.

As you see in my photograph taken this morning at work, my Velocette is used all winter for my commute to work (just what Velocette made it for), it doesn’t get cleaned from October to March when it gets a full service so that my wife can use it in the summer. She moans that it’s not fast enough and she has no mechanical sympathy at all.

As you can see it’s been modernised to make it safer to use in the dark nights and modern traffic. It also has somewhere to put my sandwiches.

It’s more likely the state of our crumbling roads that will slow down our use of prewar motorcycles in the end; Kathy’s had both wheels off the ground after hitting a pothole on a bend, scary when it’s somebody you love in front of you, good job she’s on a Velo.

Nigel Lines, via email

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