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Shortage Of Classic Meets In The North West
Whilst at Stafford show this year I visited the Triumph Owners’ Motorcycle Club stall and expressed concern at the lack of events in the North West. There are very few motorcycle jumbles in that area, other than the British Preservation Society event
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Fitting New Gaiters
IT’S AN OFTEN-HEARD COMPLAINT THAT the rubber fork gaiters you can buy these days don’t last very long. Whether or not this is because the cheap rubber is just poor quality, or because the current materials legislation stops gaiter makers from using
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Products
I’VE SPENT MOST of my life riding in full face helmets, and more recently in open face lids. I always disliked the flip-up types as they were neither one thing nor the other, but I appreciate they have their uses. But full faces don’t give the classi
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Triton Café Racer
AFTER MY DEAR WIFE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH Alzheimer’s I became her only full-time carer and I needed something that would help me to cope with the daily routine of caring, a stressbuster for me. Then I had a thought. Way back in the 1960s, I had always w
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Bike Shed show 2019
THE SEVENTH YEAR RUNNING OF the best UK custom bike show was bigger and better than ever. And the classic and vintage theme was everywhere. The Bike Shed started as an internet blog, following a modern sportsbike rider, Dutch, through his change to c
Classic Bike Guide8 min read
Classics On The Cheap
ridden in the midst of winter, then parked up. Although a battery started the engine up with fresh petrol, everything else was seized. I had to jump up and down on the pillion seat to free the shock linkage (it didn’t free it, just compressed it, but
Classic Bike Guide8 min read
BSA Rocket Gold Star
I SAW MY FIRST BSA ROCKET GOLD STAR IN THE EARLY 1980s. It was lurking in the back of a barn, covered in dust and bird poop, propped up between a Vincent Comet and a Rapide. Even in such inauspicious surroundings and auspicious company the class of t
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Project Norton ES2 Chasing The Balance Point
WITH ALL THE HASSLES THE worn cam followers, guides and rocker arms have caused in the last few weeks, it’s nice to get a major part of the engine finished; the big end. While there are few cranks that are as straightforward to pull apart than an ES
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Yamaha XT500
BY 1973, WHEN THE LAST BSA B50 and Triumph Adventurer off-roaders had rolled off the production line, the big four-stroke off-roader was thought to be dead. To seriously take to the dirt, if you wanted plenty of power you went for a two-stroke single
Classic Bike Guide4 min read
Frank Westworth
ONE OF THE FEW GENUINE PERILS OF A LIFE lived with a strange focus on elderly motorcycles is Death By Anorak. I doubt it’s happened very frequently, or the sensationalist tabloids would be rammed with headlines demanding Immediate Action, and sundry
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Take To The Hills
IT HAS TO be at least 30 years since I last rode a big Yamaha single, the XT’s sibling, the SR500 roadster. That particular bike was a bit of a pain to start, so I must admit the idea of kicking over the XT was a bit intimidating. Back then I was les
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Ducati 250 DESMO
DESMO IS A WORD THAT MEANS EVERYTHING TO Ducati aficionados. It’s the thing that makes Ducati’s engines special. Born out of their racing programme, Ducati’s Desmodromic valve actuation system, has valves that are both opened and closed by cam follow
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Steve Cooper
FOLLOWING HOT ON THE HEELS OF SUCH TRITE TV trivia as Cash In The Attic may we suggest a new show called Shit In the Shed. Apologies for the profanity but if you have cable/satellite TV then you already know that junk sells; where there’s muck there’
Classic Bike Guide4 min read
Paul Miles
AS RIDERS, I THINK IT’S FAIR TO SAY WE ARE perceived by the great washed as being a trifle odd. Why dress up in all that smelly bike gear they ask, getting cold and wet (or very occasionally hot and bothered), when you could be in a nice car with hea
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Paul D’orléans
IT’S A CURIOUS THING, BEING A JUDGE AT A Concorso d’Eleganza, like the one at Villa d’Este. The perks are incontestably fab: a flight to Lake Como, a very nice hotel, every meal catered, drivers at your beck and call, extravagant parties, and rubbing
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Enjoy What You Have
THE WEATHER’S BEEN KIND RECENTLY, so I hope you’ve been making the most of it. I’ve been sneaking out when I can on the B31. It’s starting well, running fine and is such a hoot, until the front brake cable snapped chasing a modern CCM. Mental note to
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■ Design Genius – The 1931 Rudge 250cc Radial Engine
The Isle of Man TT races may be about the riders nowadays, but in times past, it was all about the bikes. It was the most important proving ground, and therefore a good performance was the perfect marketing tool for any motorcycle manufacturer. Win o
Classic Bike Guide4 min read
Silver Machine
IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT SHAKLETON ROAD, Coventry, was once home to one of the most formidable motorcycle marques of the prewar era. Here, in the 1920s, among row upon row of small terraced houses, Alfred Robert Grindlay and Edward Peerless set abou
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Malcolm Uphill
MALCOLM UPHILL STUMBLED INTO BIKING almost out of curiosity. At just 15 he borrowed his dad’s 250 BSA and went for a ride, just to see what it was all about. He enjoyed this new found freedom so much that it was getting dark when he was almost home a
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WIN an Unused T160v With The NMM
A UNIQUE EXAMPLE of one of the greatest late British bikes is up for grabs in the National Motorcycle Museum’s summer raffle. Following the success of the winter raffle for an unused Norton Commando, the summer offering is for an as-new 1977 Triumph
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Fancy A Day Out?
28-30 Summer Solstice Rock Fest Rally: Southam Rugby Club, B4451 Kineton Road, Southam, Warks CV47 2DH. Email: solsticerockfest@hotmail.com. 28-30 Pistons and Pints 2: Breighton Ferry Inn, Breighton, Selby, N Yorks YO8 6DH. www.bracanmcc.co.uk. Tel:
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‘One-off’ Rocket Gold Star Prototype Set To Go Under The Hammer
BSA ROCKET GOLD STAR factory prototype ‘985 FOC’ will be sold at the next H&H Classics auction at the National Motorcycle Museum on July 30. This piece of motorcycling history was built at the BSA factory in Birmingham in January 1962 and was used fo
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Japanese Retro With Style And Character
THE BURBLE FROM THE TWIN EXHAUSTS resonates across the stunning Japanese countryside, as the bevel gear driven cam 783cc engine effortlessly propels me along the road. To both sides of the road are endless meticulously kept rice fields, and ahead the
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From Pints To Pistons – Monty’s Classics Settles In At Former Pub
IT’S PROVING FAR from ‘last orders’ at Monty’s Classics, as the supplier of British spares to the enthusiast is now firmly in place at its new premises, a former pub on the border between Devon and Cornwall. Bar staff at The Cross House in Metherell,
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Industry Interview
Q. What are the differences between the old W800 and new 2019 engine? The biggest change is the fuelling and exhaust to make it Euro 4 compliant. The internals, like the piston are slightly different, but this wasn’t for performance reasons. It’s ess
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Beezumph Triples Head To Cadwell
CADWELL PARK WILL echo to the howl of 120° triples at this year’s Beezumph rally on July 25/26. Organisers at the Trident and Rocket 3 Owners’ Club are celebrating their 40th birthday and are pulling out all the stops. There will be a Doug Hele Cente
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Wiring Tools
IF MOTORCYCLE WIRING SCARES YOU witless, then you can take some comfort from the fact that you’re not the only one. For many owners, bike electrics seem a black art form but they don’t need to be – in fact, given the right kit it’s actually hugely re
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Racers Return To Oliver’s Mount
ROAD RACING IS to return to Scarborough’s Oliver’s Mount road circuit. Racing was cancelled when 12 people were injured in two crashes in September 2017 when competitors crashed through fencing and hit spectators. The venue attracts thousands of spec
Classic Bike Guide4 min read
Paul D’orléans
Paul looks at the café racer, its origins and asks – where did it come from? W hen my publisher asked for – another - book on café racers, because the last one (cleverly titled ‘Cafe Racers’) sold well, it required considerable meditation before I c
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