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From Accrington To The Somme – Remembering Private Harry Bloor of The Accrington Pals.

In July I left Belfast for The Somme in France. I was retracing the steps took by Harry Bloor. Harry served in the Accrington Pals in World War One and took part in The Battle of The Somme.  Harry survived the war and in 1935 he rode his motorbike to The Somme and the Front Line at Serre where he visited the graves of his fallen comrades.

My trip was published by SLUK Scooter Labs UK and links to the four parts can be found below.

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four

JB Fabrication Lambretta Engine Test Stand

This is the Lambretta Engine Test Bed made by Jon Betts at JB Fabrication.

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The frame is painted black and comes in three parts, which fit together with the four supplied nuts, bolts and washers. You also get a bottle for the fuel supply which has an on/off tap and hose included that sits in a holder on the frame.

The welding is very neat and the metal is more than strong enough to hold a Lambretta engine.

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If you have a spare headset that you’re not using, the raised bar that supports the fuel bottle is the right dimension to support one, but it’s not a requirement.

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It may not be an essential item of Lambretta equipment, but if you find yourself building an engine and no spare chassis to try it on, it will save a lot of bother and time having to swap engines. Even if you do have a frame waiting for the engine. It’s an easier way of testing an engine before fitting. An example being, If you find an issue that needs the top end stripping, it’s a hell of a lot easier to do with the engine out the Lambretta.

There’s really not much to it and it’s very easy to put together. Just attach the CDI, fill the bottle with fuel and fire up the engine.

Jon, makes various parts and tools for Lambrettas. He can be contacted on his Facebook page.

JB Fabrication Facebook Page

Scootopia Rear Hub

Scootopia has produced the Series 2/Spanish style rear hub with studs, GP Cone and shim. This hub is one of a number of “Safer” hubs now available with this one being titled with the “Super Safe Hub” title. They’re stronger with bigger fins and a recess for the locking ring and with locking rings with three holes available, this goes a long way to safer riding on the Lambretta.

 

Monkey Fingers Bungee

Planning any trip requires luggage of some sort and this always includes working out how to hold it all on the scooter.

I’ve used all sorts of cords and Bungees and they’ve all done their job, but adjustment of standard Bungees usually consists of wrapping the cord over and over to the required tightness and it’s sometimes hard to get it just right. It’s either too tight or too lose. Another gripe is when you need to access your luggage on the road. It’s a task in itself trying to get to something that’s held on with wrapped Bungees.

While planning for my France trip I was on the look out for something better. As stated, I’ve already got a selection of Bungees, some better than others, but I wanted something easier and quicker to use than the standard bungee.  I came across “Monkey Fingers” by Dura Plastic.

They are adjustable from 6″ to 60″ and have a strong hook at each end. Incorporated on the back of each hook is a channel that takes the excess cord that isn’t required. All you have to do is connect each hook to the location of choice, pull the bungee as tight as you deem necessary and loop it back on itself through the channel and it holds tight.

It’s just as easy to undo, you just unhook the cord from the channel. You get the added bonus of not getting whipped in the face from a taught cord slipping from your hand

I have four of these and used them for my France trip of which I had bumpy roads, hot weather, wet weather, a crash and they held the luggage firm without a bit of movement.

The only place I’ve found them available so far in the UK is Homebase.