'Tansha' is the magazine of the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club. The title is simply a
Japanese abbreviation for the word 'motorcycle'. Tansha was the winning suggestion from club member
Nick Downs when the club ran a competition seeking ideas back in 2000.
The VJMC magazine is sized A5 and is published bi-monthly and exceeds 100 pages in full
colour. Tansha is well supported by the membership of over 5000 who supply articles covering
technical, event reports and local section reports.
The technical articles are comprehensive including serialised articles on full machine restorations
as well as information on paintwork, plastic repairs plus many others.
The VJMC attends the major Vintage and Classic Bike shows as well as running its own events. These
events provide lots of material for Tansha by way of reports and excellent photographs.
The VJMC (UK) has been running now for 30 years and is well supported by over 40 local sections.
The sections provide an excellent way for members to participate on a local level, taking part in
rideouts and organised events plus attending monthly meetings. Many of the sections take advantage
of the 'section news' in Tansha to keep members up to date.
Finally Tansha also includes the members services section where members who offer manufacturing,
repair and reproduction parts can place their adverts. As the supply situation regarding parts
becomes more difficult this part of the magazine can prove very helpful. In addition members can
also advertise free of charge their 'small adverts'. This includes having a small picture included
when offering 'bikes for sale'.
From our Editor, Steve
editor, new style magazine, new
layout.........phew; no pressure
Welcome to the December
2014 Tansha. Inside we have
show and event reports
coming out of our ears, two
competitions, some stunning
images of the Stafford show both
inside and out and much more.
John Dalton goes in deep
discussing the nuances of Honda
RC162s, Chris Mills tours
Scotland on his Suzuki T500, the
South Yorkshire Section squelch
around Ireland and we get an
inside line on Honda's exquisite
SS125. We learn how to deal with
seized bolts and grab
a resume' of
the Cosford AGM. Also
we're looking back to the
early days of the club with a new
"From the Archive" feature where
a young Doug Perkins reviews
early triples and twins.
Plus all the bikes and parts for
sale, wanted adverts, members
services and an insight into how
and why carburettors are a home
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Witterings from the new editor . . .
If you’re shocked at me becoming editor of Tansha imagine how I feel!
Frankly folks I have little idea how it happened; perhaps everyone else took one
step back when they asked for volunteers? Joking aside I’d always agreed to
shadow Dennis and be there if he wanted a break etc. but never really thought
it’d happen but here I am. Firstly a HUGE thank you to Dennis Lodge; the man
that took Tansha forward way beyond an ordinary newsletter making it into a class
leading club magazine. It’s going to be a tough act to follow but with your help I’ll
give it my best shot.
Notice the words there – with your help. Tansha isn’t my magazine, it’s not the
committees’ magazine – it’s the members’ magazine. It should always reflect
what you are doing, what bikes you are riding, what events you attend. As editor
my function is to put the magazine together not write it. This means I need your
input. Apparently every editor puts their own stamp on a magazine so I guess I’ll
be doing likewise but I don’t foresee Tansha changing into anything too radical
during my tenure. Hopefully we’ll be having a few regular columns and possibly
even some occasional international input if everything works out. I know of lot of
members are also interested in period Japanese competition machinery so I’ve put
some feelers out for copy from that area as well.
Please tell us about your bikes, your rebuilds, the trips you’ve made etc. Dig out
those Kodak Instamatic shots you took back in the day and write about them and
your memories. If you’re not sure how to put an article together just email or
phone and I’ll guide you through it. Everyone loves a technical article so if you
have a neat way of setting up carbs, can profile two stroke ports, build wheels,
dial in cams etc then please share the knowledge with the rest of us.
Times change and what was once common may now be rare so please tell us about
machines many of us may have forgotten. Just ten years ago NOS (new old stock)
parts were still littering dealer’s shelves but no longer sadly. Therefore many
classic Japanese enthusiasts are having to either genuinely restore and renovate
worn out components or use something else instead. Again please tell us about
how you are getting around these issues. Non-standard machines are always
welcome within the pages of Tansha. If you have a period Sondel Sport Yamaha
or a Read Titan café racer share it with the rest of the members. If the only way
you can keep your bike on the road is by deviating from standard tell us what
you’ve done and how. Of course nut and bolt concourse restorations are more
than welcome. The bottom line is that Tansha is inclusive not exclusive; polished
chrome and rusty panels are equally welcome.
I can’t guarantee to get Tansha perfect straight out of the blocks but with your
support it’ll continue to reflect all that’s fun, interesting and informative about
any Japanese motorcycle over fifteen years old.
Phone 07948 563 282