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  • Rod Slade's 'OBG Special' Roadster.

    Here's something scanned from my files for the roadster lads to enjoy, hopefully.

    It's an article scanned from the long out of print 'British Bike Magazine' (#33, June 1990), and although sadly no longer with us, Rod Slade will be known (as will this bike) to many long standing GRA members, especially those who attended the shows at Southend back in the day.

    A really neat little bike this.

    Brian.
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    Rod Slade's 'OBG Special' Roadster.

    Rod's special, plus his 32DC are exhibited at the Stondon Motor Museum http://www.flickr.com/photos/1132820...-6w3YMt-6w3ZpR
    http://www.motor-museum.co.uk/collection.php
    http://www.motor-museum.co.uk/
    Looks to have had further development since the road test, ie re designed exhaust system, according to tax disc it was last on the road in 1995.
    Last edited by John Wakefield; 22/12/2013, 11:38 PM.

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    • #3
      Rod Slade's 'OBG Special' Roadster.

      Here is another pic taken by myself in May 2004 giving the rear view, strangley both bikes are displayed with the same registration number.
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/10631124@N07/11514767133/

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      • #4
        Rob Slades Special a query as to frame

        Having recently revisited this thread there seems a query as to what bike the frame of Rod Slade's Special came from.
        In the article in British Bike Magazine the writer says that the frame was from an MCS scrambler, but the actual frame number (I took it down during a visit to Stondon some years ago) is 60/1125 which relates to a 1960 20TC. The real frame number is 20DC427, the 60/1125 number is on a metal plate stick to frame! So is the article wrong or did Rod mix & match frame parts & used a TC beam but an MCS main frame? Here is a link to the pic of the bike in Stondon Museum (its the one on the right) https://www.flickr.com/photos/106311...otolist-ixwc6P
        Last edited by John Wakefield; 09/06/2021, 12:02 AM.

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        • #5
          OBG Special

          Just read the article posted by Brian Thompson very interesting, is the Slade OBG still in circulation or is it in hibernation?The reg no's leave a few questions unanswered?

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          • #6
            Rob Slade OBG

            Originally posted by mikerwt View Post
            Just read the article posted by Brian Thompson very interesting, is the Slade OBG still in circulation or is it in hibernation?The reg no's leave a few questions unanswered?
            The bike is in hibernation along with Rod's 32DC retained by Chris Saunders who used to run the Stondon Motor Museum, which closed recently with the majority of exhibits sold at auction. The two Greeves which were not in the auction remained with Mr Saunders.
            The correct reg for the Special is FSV 549 & the 32DC XRD 274. I assume that like a lot of owners back then Rod used the same number on both bikes to save tax, highly illegal but no one bothered those days, no APR checks & a Greeves was a Greeves as far as the coppers on the beat were concerned. As long as the tax disc corresponded with the reg. number all was fine, no one bothered to check frame numbers back then.
            If anyone wants to find out what Mr Saunders plans are for the bikes his phone number was 01462 850339 email stondonmuseum@gmail.com (if its still connected)
            When I contacted Chris Saunders at the time of the auction he said that at the present they were not being sold, but if things change he would contact me. I have not heard anything further so presume he still wants to keep them, would be nice though if they did come up for sale that GRA members got a chance to buy them first.
            Last edited by John Wakefield; 21/03/2017, 12:58 PM. Reason: Rob changed to Rod

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            • #7
              More info

              I have recently gained a bit more info as to what has happened to Rod Slades bikes after the museum closed. Looks like they went back to his family. see http://www.greeves-riders.org.uk/for...ighlight=Slade
              Last edited by John Wakefield; 21/03/2017, 12:56 PM. Reason: Rob changed to Rod (full name Rodney Lance Slade)

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              • #8
                Its on eBay https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/234267669...4AAOSwUzxhdpWu starting bid at 2995
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