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Sidecars On Line Issue 49
The October 2020 issue of
Sidecars on Line is available to download.

Oscar's Odyssey begins a detailed History of the South Yorkshire Sidecar Club . The Motorcycle Action Group remains active on many fronts despite the negative effects of the Covid pandemic. Sidelines addresses potentially negative issues arising from the pandemic that are neither health, nor economic related.
Also, even more nostagia with a personal look looking at decades past motorcycle sport.

Pete Kemp
Sad to report that one of our own, lifelong motorcyclist and sidecar enthusiast has passed away. His passion for sidecars was evident as he developed a good reputation for assembling sidecar outfits. A variety of motorcycles and sidecars for himself and Eileen, and in more recent times assisting others with the odd ball desire to join the sidecar fraternity.
Pete will be missed by his numerous bike connections, particularly other members of the South Yorkshire Sidecar Club. Most of all it's a sad loss for Eileen and his devoted family.

Norton Update (October 2020)
The TVS, the new parent company of Norton Motorcycles, has released a statement of plans for customers who ordered bikes and were left high and dry and no bike. When the old company collapsed there were numerous part finished motorcycles at the factory. TVS has confirmed there is a commitment to address outstanding orders in a statement issued at the beginning of October 2020.

"Together with our parent company, TVS Motor Company, Norton appreciates the great importance of this need to look after customers who placed deposits on orders that are as yet unfulfilled despite there being no legal obligation to do so. In this initial stage of Norton's rebuilding phase, with the powerful backing and support of TVS, the most important ongoing commitment we face is to address all open orders. We are doing our utmost to ensure all our valued customers involved can reach a positive outcome as we work to satisfy everyone providing any balance outstanding after the deposit is taken into account is paid by the customer."

How much this statement will resolve matters for those who handed over large deposits for bikes, only time will tell. Some customers could be satisfied by obtaining one of the part finished motorcycles, assuming there are sufficient components available. For someone wishing to secure a
"collector item", this may be attractive. On the other hand, others may be dubious about future support with spare parts, warranties, etc. Lingering doubts might influence handing over sizeable additional payments. After all, the monies involved appear to have only been deposits. It is likely that some could simply be glad to receive the money already paid returned.

Motorcycle Racing Surprises
MotoGP was always going to be different when serious injury at the opening event of the delayed season removed multi champion, Marc Marquez from the starting grid. That subsequent races have featured numerous podium finishers and winners has proved more than interesting. Seven different winners in nine races, including unexpected guys on the top step, has provided some excitement. Top this off with different manufacturers and teams sharing the spoils, it's proved to be a unique season.
In the other championship, World Superbikes, the contets has been almost as interesting, but still with an air of familiarity. Whilst as this is written, Jonathon Rea (Kawasaki) is likely to become champion again, there has been some serious competition, notably from another UK rider Scott Redding (Ducati). Following a successful rookie season in British Superbikes, Redding has shown that he is something of a natural when it comes to the big superbikes. Great to see.

Chaostours - Sidecar Couple's New Venture

Kerstin and Kevin Holford, our German based friends' spent three and a half years on world trip through Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and South America. Problems prevented carrying on into Central America, North America, and Africa, but the whole exercise still proved to be an epic, life changing experience.
On their return the pair have embarked on a business providing mobile catering based upon the culinary experiences gained whilst in many lands. The added ingredient is that the venture incorporates their love of motorcycles and sidecars.
We wish them well.

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