We caught up with the man himself David Higgs at the recent Stafford Show. He said: “We’ve always produced the more traditional style of upswept exhausts that we Brits tend to prefer, but a trip to Norway showed me that this style of exhaust is also popular. We’ve seen our American and Canadian cousins go mad for this style of exhaust, too.”
So, thanks to (literally) worldwide demand, Higgspeed is now making this style of exhaust. They are handmade in the UK from stainless steel with the addition of your choice of end-can. These are available in silver, black aluminium or carbon fibre. Again, these are custom made in various lengths to (as Dave so eloquently puts it) “suit your ears – the shorter they are the louder they get!”
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Available for all the various 1970s strokers that Higgspeed looks after (such as Kawasaki and Suzuki triples and Yamaha RDs) these have been developed on Roy Richardson’s dyno, the TT and Manx race star, who is just round the corner – so they provide top performance as well as sound and looks.
? More information: www.higgspeed.com
• Bulk oil buying
Meanwhile, If you’re a big oil user you can make some big savings by ordering large, according to The Vintage Oil Company.
Phil Haywood from TVOC says: “We can supply SAE30, 40 and 50 detergent free monogrades and classic multigrades at up to 25% cheaper if you order the 25 litre size instead of the normal five litre oil cans.”
And, Phil says delivery to your door isn’t a problem. So call him on 01283 509562 or mail him on: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Wakefield College course
If your bike is your pride and joy, learn to look after it with the Wakefield College course. This will help you service and identify parts on your bike. The course is 90% workshop based and 10% classroom and assessment is by practical means.
It’s a one evening per week course (normally Tuesdays) so why not give it a go? Fees are around £195.
Contact tutor, Mark Butcher, on 01924 789453 email@example.comEnjoy more Classic Motorcycle Mechanics reading in the monthly magazine. Click here to subscribe.