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In Kevin’s shed
Continued from page 16
Mr Heritage has attended
the annual Yorke Peninsula’s
Vintage & Veterans Motorbike
Rally in Port Vincent for the
past five years, and this year he
took his 1949 Triumph Tiger
100 with him.
The rally was held on the last
weekend of February, and it is
an event Mr Heritage always
“There were about 85 bikes
entered (this year), and a lot
more people because some
(bikes) had two people on
them,” he said.
“It’s just a good two-day
Mr Heritage restored his
Tiger 100 in 1999 after purchas-
ing it in parts from Wentworth
and began attending rallies as
soon as it was completed.
“I’ve been to about 20 or so
(rallies) now,” he said.
“I usually do about one to
five a year.”
After attending events in
other regions and noticing their
historic motorcycle clubs, Mr
Heritage became frustrated with
the lack of a similar group in
He decided to form his own,
and in August 2012 the classic
motorcycle group held its first
The group became a fully-in-
tegrated part of the RVCCC –
of which Mr Heritage is also a
member – in January and cur-
rently has about 30 members.
AFTER finishing his Tiger 100 it
was time for historic motorbike
enthusiast Kevin Heritage, of
Paringa, to restore his second bike.
Mr Heritage began working on a
1950 Triumph Speed Twin, but
it was a long process – one that
took 12 years.
“Having one restored bike, the
attraction was to have a second
one,” Mr Heritage said.
“But it got in the way of farm-
ing because I’ve been farming
most of my life, so I took a long
time to finish it.”
Mr Heritage bought the Speed
Twin, which was also in pieces,
in 2000 – a year after he bought
the Tiger 100.
“It looked like a pile of scrap,”
The 1950 Speed Twin and the
1949 Tiger 100 are both 500cc
parellel twin engine bikes, with the
Tiger producing about 32HP and
the Speed Twin producing 28HP.
The Tiger 100 gained its name
from its ability to reach 100 miles
per hour, although Mr Heritage
has yet to put that to the test.
Mr Heritage said the Tiger
100 was the “super bike” of the
1950s, featuring high-compres-
sion pistons and a performance
“This (the Speed Twin) was the
one that every average Joe would
buy,” he said.
“It was a bit cheaper, it didn’t
go as fast, but otherwise most of
the components were probably a
“There’s only a year between
them but they’re pretty much
Mr Heritage said restoring
the bikes had introduced him to
like-minded people and helped
him make contacts in the small
but close-knit historic motorcycle
“When you have rallies... you
catch up with people that you’ve
gotten to know and become
friends with over the years,” Mr
“Some of the people I’ve
known now for probably well
over 10 years.
“And then you need a network
of friends or mechanics.
“I’m fortunate to have two
friends who are mechanics, so
they rebuild the engines and gear-
boxes for me and then another
guy I know paints things so I end
up sort of farming off the vari-
ous bits where I don’t have the
expertise, and then I bolt the rest
Mr Heritage said the restora-
tion process was challenging but
“It’s a difficult process having
it (the bike) look like it came out
the factory when you start off
with a bucket of bolts,” he said.
“(But) it’s very satisfying, and
it’s also very expensive as my
wife will attest.”
“It’s really good fun.”
Kevin Heritage, of Paringa, bought his first historic motorcycle in 1999 and since then has built up a collection including
four Triumphs. PHOTOS: Will Slee
Mr Heritage took his 1949 Triumph Tiger 100 to the recent Vintage & Veterans
Motorbike Rally in Port Vincent. About 85 people attended the two-day event
held on the last weekend of February.
The BSA C11 belonged to Mr Heritage’s friend and well-known Renmark local
David Showell, who died at the beginning of last year. Mr Heritage worked on
the bike to get it up and running, and Mr Showell’s family gave him this plaque.
Restorations and renovations
Mr Heritage said restoring historic motorcycles
back to their original state was a challenging but
Mr Heritage loves English motorbikes, particularly
ABOVE: Mr Heritage’s 1926 Triumph Model P, which
originally belonged to the founding member of the
Riverland Vintage and Classic Car Club (RVCCC),
Doug Samuels of Barmera.
BELOW: This 1950 Speed Twin was the second
classic motorcycle that Mr Heritage restored.
He began work on the bike in 2000, and the
restorations took 12 years to complete.
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