11/16/12

Your Favorite Five #17










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  "Panther" Shaun Veness. 48 years old. Born and raised in Kent England where he still live but feels more at home in South West France. Been riding bikes for over 35 years, mainly Brit though he does have a mongrel Indian Scout in his collection at the moment.
Favourite machines have to be Panthers,
Shaun work as a truck driver for Royal Mail to pay the bills but would rather be crafting metal in his shed/barn, spare time is spent mostly working on his hotrod truck, keeping the old Land Rover moving (1962 SWB diesel daily driver) or trying to put together some cool but different motorcycles.


Current projects are
The Saltster,1950'5 rigid M100 Panther stripped dow racer with 1920's leaf girders.
The Cub, 1950's 250 rigid Panther trials machine fitted with WD Enfield Girders.
The 4, NSU 1200tt Prinz motor, Ural gearbox and rear drive.. unknown frame as yet...
"Bessie", resurrection of his 1955 BSA A7ss which he has owned since he was 17.
"Pierre" the Velosolex, rebuild and slight custom touches...??
Francis Barnet/Bantam mongrel for his wife to use in the fields...



Shaun: I had a hard time reducing my wish list to just 5 bikes but here goes and if you ask me again next week it will probably change again!!!!


   
Top of the list is easy as it's a bike I own.. Bobcat the Panther.. lusted after a rigid Heavyweight Panther for years and finally managed to get hold of what has become Bobcat several years ago, registered the year and month I was born.. definitely a keeper...

A brief outline on Bobcat, 1963 M120 (650cc) Panther. She should have a swinging arm rear frame section but I was lucky enough to get an original rigid rear frame for her (from Australia of all places) built her into a Bobber around 7 or 8 years ago as I love that style of motorcycle. She is currently built in a more English dirtbike style for a change..
I am also building another Panther heavyweight, this time based around a 1955 M100 (600cc) motor and frame, I can't make up my mind which way to go with this one?? I would like another rigid but I do not think I will find another rigid rear frame, I do have a BSA M21 plunger frame I keep looking at, may get the plunger rear off of this cut and tweaked to fit or I wouldn't mind getting a custom swinging arm rear section made (the original swinging arm section is bloody heavy) and build a desert sled type of machine....
Ohh and I mustn't forget the rigid/girder 250 Panther also under construction...








Next has to be the 1924 Ace 4, this is just about the perfect shape a four could possibly be, I have plan's to build a special along these lines using the NSU 1200tt Prinz motor I have in the workshop...


 


Next is this superb old Indian Chief, I wouldn't change a thing on this beauty....









Odgies Triumph T110 is another bike I would just love to own, this is a bike that has evolved over 30 years of ownership into the capable rough and ready machine you see here, NOT to everyone's taste I'm sure but that has never mattered to me ....










The last on this list has to be this superb little BMW R27 single that has been converted into a pre-65 trials machine, I think this conversion is just so good looking and to use such an unusual engine just makes it that more superb...

If I was permitted I would have add a Wall of Death Indian scout to the list, along with a Vincent Black Shadow and god knows how many other's I will regret not mentioning....

So there you go Vincent.. I thought it would be easy but hell no.....



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