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    I want to compliment Greg Williams on his fantastic column, 'Pulp Non-Fiction' in the Antique Motorcycle. I find myself looking forward to his well researched, and well written articles on motorcycles I didn't know existed, or knew anything about. What he is doing is the very essence of the AMCA, as well as bringing awareness to bikes that, frankly, nobody was aware of Speaking for myself, I can be pretty myopic about the motorcycles I like, so his column has really broadened my appreciation for European, and Asian motorcycles. Thanks Greg, keep those articles coming.
    Eric Smith
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    I'd like to second your comments, Eric. Every issue, when Greg's column comes in, I always looks forward to learning something new. And I love seeing the promotional pieces companies used to promote their bikes back in the day.

    Bill Wood

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    I also appreciate Greg's columns. I have long been a fan of esoteric Foreign brands of motorcycles. As a long time subscriber (25 plus years) to both "Classic Bike" and "The Classic Motor Cycle" (Both English publications) I have always thought that the British coverage of worldwide brands is far greater and in much more depth than any US publication. So it is refreshing to see Greg's work being published in the AMCA club rag.
    Well Done!
    Robbie
    Robbie Knight Amca #2736

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    If you like Greg Williams's writings you should visit his web sites www.gregwilliams.ca and www.modernmotorcyclemechanics.com

    Greg also writes for Motorcycle Classics magazine and the Jan/Feb. 2016 issue has an excellent 6 page article by him on a 1937 Brough Superior SS100.

    Greg has also arranged for quality reprints of two different editions of the classic book "Modern Motorcycle Mechanics" by J.B. Nicholson. The 1945 Second Edition (561 pages) and the 1974 7th Edition (763 pages) are both available.

    Starting in the 1950s I grew up fixing my motorcycles with help from the Nicholson books and still use them.

    AFJ

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    Actually all are out there if you look. Great for Greg to reprint the ones he has done so far, and his book on the Nicholson's is a good read. I got my original 5th edition a few decades back.. a couple of Greg's projects are using a few bits he got from me.
    I've also been a subscriber to "Motorcycle Classics" since before issue one.
    My Nicholson books along with a few others, although just a very small part of the library..

    Robbie Knight Amca #2736

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    http://www.modernmotorcyclemechanics.com/ fantastic dvd. and the book "Prairie Dust, Motorcycles and a Typewriter" is a good read. Nicholson Bros started their business when they were literally teenage boys. Mom and Dad supported their interest. Motorcycle people exemplar.

    the 5th through 7th editions were my primary texts during my early days of learning about motorcycles. i still have typewritten receipts from Bernie and his brother Lawrence. the paper they used was the lightweight tissue type of paper to cut down on air mail expense.

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    Like many I'm sure, I too enjoy reading Greg Williams' interesting articles and learning about British and other motorcycle makes (when the magazine finally arrives in my mailbox!). A few years ago when I heard
    Greg was writing a book on Bernie and Lawrence Nicholson, I was eager to read it and wanted to make a small contribution to his book and here's why: In the late seventies while living in the small S.E. British
    Columbia town of Nelson, I bought a new Triumph 750 Bonneville in Vancouver and brought it home. I soon acquired a mail order parts list from Bernie's Shop - Nicholson Bros. Motorcycles in Calgary, AB with
    an ad for his book Modern Motorcycle Mechanics, 7th edition. I called Bernie at his shop to discuss a parts and accessories order including his book. He said "I have what you want and will send it to you today.
    You send me a check." This trust was something I never forgot. Years later after I moved to Vancouver, I had the pleasure of meeting Bernie at a luncheon in his honor hosted by the local Vincent enthusiasts
    at the home of Dan Smith. I asked Bernie if I could take a photo of him sitting on my '48 Indian Chief, and he said Sure! (long before the word "selfie" was ever known).
    I sent this photo to Greg while he was writing his book "Prairie Dust, Motorcycles and a Typewriter" and he included it. Anyone who obtained mail order parts from Bernie or relied on his Modern Motorcycle Mechanics
    reference book, knew of him otherwise, or perhaps has not heard of him will enjoy reading Greg's book.
    John Crawford 2806

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