In 1984 a bought a Claude Rye TWN ‘Cornet’ at the time i didn’t know about the ‘Cornet was a split single, I restored the’Cornet’ pictures below,I had the bike in use for about 2 years but sold it on to make way for other bikes and restorations. It’s now 2018 and after almost 35 years i have gone full circle and now own 2 ‘Cornets’ all in parts some bits missing which i hope to put back together at some time. I have also started a ‘CORNET REGISTER’ some of which are still up and running others that are in the ‘Cornet’ dead park. So i would like to hear from any ex owners/ present day owners about the history,memories or any experiance with ‘Cornets’ UK or worldwide
PS if from the UK reg numbers frame/engines would be great
‘CORNET SPARES WANTED’
firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.
Classic bike magazine did a feature on a ‘Cornet and Puch SGS to compere them in April 2001, I restored the ‘Cornet in 1984 and the Puch in 1998.
Frame numbers for Kick start version.. Cornet 1….. 500001 to 513000,Electric start version Cornet 2….513001 to ? believed to be around 5400
I have just come across this picture taken at the ‘Cumbria Steam Gathering’ at Flookburough Cumbria in 2016 if any of the owners see this please get in touch as i am putting together a register of ‘Cornets’ in the UK
Also for £2 10s 6d (£2 52 and a half pence) you could have your ‘Cornet’ delivered to your nearest rail station result is ‘Cornets’ seem to be spread to all corners of the country!!.
A few years ago, i was talking to a man who turned out to be a ex Claude Rye mechanic he told me that the ‘Cornet’s all sold about 300 in total and they were a good commuter bike well built machines, But they had a achilles heel in regards to the pistons and barrel wear! if they were used in high speed runs i think thrashed is another word!! problems with the exhaust piston would occur ie the cool induction piston kept the much hotter exhaust piston going in not ideal conditions so wear would take place around the ring area and on the barrel .The barrels are chrome plated and repairs are expensive, they can be repaired by POETON or NICKOSIL, and around £250 per barrel plus your pistons at £100 each so beware. below is a all to common sight when stripping down a Cornet engine…
On starting my second ‘Cornet’ restoration! not seen at first ! but on a closer inspection my barrel had a damaged area just below the transfer port about the size on a 10 P or 2 euro piece although only small in size!it was enough to make the barrel unusable! I found a firm who would take on the repair ie replating the 2 barrels in hard chrome the cost was £275 plus my postage to them. result can be seen below.
The firm are …………… Motrac Race Engineering Ltd, Motorsport Centre, Thornton Science Park,Pool Lane, Ince,Chester,Cheshire, CH2 4NU………………. phone 01244 56 89 25