Classic Dirt Bike8 min read
Three Not Of A Kind
An evening or two rooting through the pile of bits to check what was missing or damaged revealed that the catalogue of horrors was a relatively short read. In the worst condition was the magnesium clutch case, which had been holed and repaired with s
Classic Dirt Bike1 min read
Swm And The Jumbo
The Milan-based company founded by Piero Sironi and Fausto Vergani built its first machines in 1971 but didn’t get into the trials market until 1977, choosing, perhaps unusually, Austrian Rotax two-stroke engines with rotary valves to power their cre
Classic Dirt Bike1 min read
Bultaco Nostalgia
Westmorland Motor Club’s Bultaco Nostalgia Trial which supports the Cancer Care charity, will take place on June 15, 2019, where guest of honour – and former Bultaco star – Bernie Schreiber will be once again riding a Bultaco and showing he’s still g
Classic Dirt Bike5 min read
Not only is the cost of having your dirt bike nicked measured in monetary value, there is also the aggravation of having to deal with your workshop, shed, van or wherever being broken in to as well. Then there’s the possibility of higher insurance pr
Classic Dirt Bike3 min read
Part Of The Fun
Classic Dirt Bike is very lucky to have our favourite 'Geordie' Tim in the editorial chair, or at least it is on the rare occasions he finds time to park his backside in the deep, comfy leather. This is because like most of his readership, he is eith
Classic Dirt Bike1 min read
Two Down – Five To Go
The Northern British Bike Championship, one of the UK’s best supported classic championships, got underway with its first round ‘The Poachers Bag’ hosted by Poachers Pre-65 Classic Trials Club at the end of March. Set in the picturesque Lincolnshir
Classic Dirt Bike2 min read
Dan’s The Man!
The weather was kinder in 2019 than it had been the previous year, the sections were as tough but not as trick, yet last year three riders went clean, one of them being Dan Thorpe. Dan lost out in 2018 due to tie-break rules that favour bigger bikes
Classic Dirt Bike7 min read
Velo Trials Test
Anyone who has ridden at or been to either the Pre-65 Scottish or our CDB Northern British Bike Championship trials will have seen Chris Haigh’s superb Velocette. In a scene where excellent preparation is the norm, Chris’s bike takes things to a new
Classic Dirt Bike3 min read
Brad and Graham’s Roost Beggars belief
Easter 1976 was an exciting time for me personally. At 17 years old I would take part in my first national trial, the Beggars Roost, on Easter Sunday, but before that my dad and I would break our trip to Minehead, with a stop off at Matchams Park, fo
Classic Dirt Bike2 min read
…a works Royal Enfield
In paying tribute to Johnny Brittain, who passed away in March, we say you need a works Royal Enfield trials bike in your shed. Of course you couldn’t actually get a pukka works bike unless you were Johnny Brittain – or Don Morley. Yes, photographer
Classic Dirt Bike2 min read
Classic Dirt Bike Show 2019
Does anyone doubt that the annual February gathering at Telford International Centre for the Hagon Shocks-backed Classic Dirt Bike Show is the non-riding event of the year for our scene? Even on set-up day there’s lots going on as bikes, bits and bod
Classic Dirt Bike2 min read
TLR Transformations HONDA
The work carried out by Sammy Miller to bring Honda into the feet-up world is no doubt something the majority of CDB readers will be aware of. From Miller’s beginnings, Rob Shepherd took the British Championship, then it seemed Honda was not interest
Classic Dirt Bike5 min read
Logical Development
Terry Pickering, it’s fair to say, has a thing about AJS Stormers, owning several of the two-stroke 250s and 370s. Growing up with AJS development engineer David ‘Fluff’ Brown as a friend of the family, it could hardly be otherwise. “I knew Fluff Bro
Classic Dirt Bike7 min read
Handcrafted Excellence
For those of us reading the UK press in the Seventies the names making the headlines were mainly European – with Suzuki’s Gaston Rahier a regular star – but over in the US during this period the press would be filled with names such as Danny LaPorte,
Classic Dirt Bike1 min read
Ajs And Nvt
By 1969, when the Stormer was launched, AJS had long since lost its independence. Taken over by Matchless in 1931, by the 1950s it was part of AMC – Associated Motorcycles – which included Norton. But AMC itself wasn’t in great shape, succumbing to a
Classic Dirt Bike4 min read
Dirt Talk
Having just flicked through the latest CDB, it seems we have another favourite bike in common, or nearly the same. I've got the XR200R's younger brother, a CRF230F, and similarly it is much more than the sum of its parts. An air-cooled, low-powered e
Classic Dirt Bike1 min read
Barry Sheene’s Stormer
The legendary road racer really did ride a Stormer, briefly. Mike Jackson takes up the story: “In 1973 we decided to pull out of international racing and aim the 250 and 370 Stormer at the clubman instead. To publicise it, we got Barry Sheene to ride
Classic Dirt Bike6 min read
Cheney BSA B44
There is little doubt BSA were riding high in 1966 as their top man Jeff Smith – along with Brian Martin – had patiently developed the unit single engine into a world championship winning item… Smith lifted the 500cc MX world crown in 1964… and then
Classic Dirt Bike5 min read
It’s a Belgian Blitz…
Choosing material from the vast archive at the CDB head office is a monumental task, not because it’s difficult to find images to put in the magazine, but because there are so many it’s difficult to decide what to leave out. Flicking through the back
Classic Dirt Bike2 min read
Bsa B44
There are effectively two distinct types of B44, round and square, which refer to the shape of the cylinder barrel. All alloy from the start, BSA’s neat motor began its life as the C15 250 introduced in the Fifties. Once the big Goldies were on their
Classic Dirt Bike1 min read
Mx D’nations
The Motocross Des Nations, or nowadays – thanks to sponsorship – Motocross Of Nations is the premier team MX competition in the world. Starting in 1947, the series was dominated by the UK team riders who were effectively the top of the MX pile in tho
Classic Dirt Bike2 min read
The Last Time…
…a British made motorcycle won the SSDT was in 1969, when Greeves works rider Bill Wilkinson lifted the J RAlexander Trophy after a phenomenal week. CDB was invited along in 2009 to have a look at what proved to be the Grande Finale of the British tr
Classic Dirt Bike3 min read
Technically Speaking
My column this issue was going to be about the insides of a Montesa 200 engine, which belongs to a relative of mine who was abit good on a trials bike in the Fifties (he’s got the rest of the bike as well but that’s not in too bad a condition compare
Classic Dirt Bike2 min read
Dave Watson
From the 1973 schoolboy MX scene in Northern Ireland to mixing it with the best at Farleigh in the 1980 MX d’Nations was a rapid rise for young Watson. Dave has suggested his early racing – against the likes of Laurence Spence and Stephen Russell – w
Classic Dirt Bike1 min read
International Dirt Bike Show On The Move
Since event organiser Mortons Media Group Ltd announced the change of date and venue for the International Dirt Bike Show, trade continues to pour in, ensuring showgoers will have a jam-packed two days at Stafford County Showground on September 28/29
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