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In this issue

Archive photograph two
Two famous 1930s faces on a Coventry Eagle.

BSA’s underrated big twin
Living with and improving the A65.

Closer look at the founder
TCM’s founding editor, by his anointed successor.

Runs should be fun

The club run is an integral part of the old motorcycle scene. During 2020, a variation on the usual theme emerged, enabling people to ride in the company of like-minded souls.

Runs should be fun

3 mins

Hybrid chicken

BSA Bantams come in many forms, and the ability to interchange parts between different models permits an almost endless number of variants.

Hybrid chicken

7 mins

Green WITH ENVY

Life aboard a 1950s 350cc British single is perhaps as good and as uncomplicated as it can get.

Green WITH ENVY

9 mins

Worth the wait

Captivated by sight of one as a small boy, finally our man has the chance to try an NSU Max.And a ‘Spezial’ one at that…

Worth the wait

10 mins

The Motorcycle: DESIGN, ART AND DESIRE

The concluding part of a two-part feature, in which the history of motorcycle evolution is examined and a new book’s author interviewed.

The Motorcycle: DESIGN, ART AND DESIRE

7 mins

Cream rises

There were several ‘star performers’ at Bonhams’ winter sale, as the choice machines achieved huge sums.

Cream rises

4 mins

The Giant of Provence

With so few events to report from, it’s time to look back over a spectacular French event and look forward to its hopeful resumption.

The Giant of Provence

8 mins

Store cupboard special

A big box of presents? Must be Christmas! More deliveries keep the project on track.

Store cupboard special

6 mins

By 1929, CJP Dodson was a bona fide top level road racer, pretty much unbeatable on the sand, too.

The diminutive Charlie Dodson was the last man to win a TT, the 1928 Senior, on a ‘flat-tank’ machine, then the next year became the first (and only) winner of a TT on a saddle tank Sunbeam, as well as recording the last ever success in the Island for the Marston maker.

By 1929, CJP Dodson was a bona fide top level road racer, pretty much unbeatable on the sand, too.

3 mins

Cassandra the Canadian Commando

After landing a new job and with time on his hands, a young man in Vancouver decided to restore a British motorcycle considerably older than him.

Cassandra the Canadian Commando

8 mins

A brief chat with... Paul Goff

Interviewing for these ‘chat’ features has revealed a regular theme – the subject has become involved in fettling old motorcycles because of a personal experience.

A brief chat with... Paul Goff

5 mins

Pitching a ride

The long-running sport of motoball arrived at Brooklands for the first time, in September 2020.

Pitching a ride

10 mins

Muddled Tiger

‘Looks like it’s standing still when it’s doing 100mph’, rockers sneered. What’s the truth behind Triumph’s first unit sports 500?

Muddled Tiger

8 mins

Where does the passenger go?

Dictionaries inform the sidecar is: ‘a jaunting-car; small car attached to the side of a motorcycle; kind of cocktail.’ We’ll forget jaunting-cars and cocktails, but how did the world arrive at the sidecar? And what came before?

Where does the passenger go?

10+ mins

Training run

Sidecar ace and passenger, plus a future winner, learning the TT’s Mountain Course.

Training run

1 min

Store Cupboard Special

On to part six, and momentum is still being maintained, I though the shopping list is growing ever-longer.

Store Cupboard Special

9 mins

Changing times

As the Roaring Twenties drew to a close, JAP focussed heavily on improvements, including to lubrication, though, happily, they still found time for the odd whacky engine.

Changing times

2 mins

Engine timing

It’s worth making sure your engine is timed correctly. Here, it’s explained and exampled on an engine which is all a motorcyclist really needs (according to some, anyway…) – the single cylinder four-stroke.

Engine timing

7 mins

A brief chat with...Al Osborn

From crystal radio sets to current electrical affairs, Al Osborn has had a lifetime of understanding the mystical substance which ignites our engines.

A brief chat with...Al Osborn

4 mins

Money Matters

In 1977, when this example was made, the 250cc CZ twin was the cheapest motorcycle of its capacity and class on the market.

7 mins

Brotherly love

Colin Jansen built himself a BSA café racer twin just like he’d wanted in the 1960s – his brother liked it so much, he had Colin make him one too.

10+ mins

The brilliant Benellis

World title success in 1950 was the highlight for the family firm from Pesaro, on the eastern Italy coast.

8 mins

Go with the flow…

... or not, as the current peters out, meaning that there’s some more figuring out required.

Go with the flow…

7 mins

Store cupboard special

This is the fifth monthly instalment, t and we’re back on track – of sorts, at least.

7 mins

Hero hacks

A rarely seen original Royal Enfield 250 Clipper on the Isle of Wight provides an interesting contrast with the writer’s side-valve BSA from the same era.

10 mins

Five-studs

In double-quick time, the JAP speedway engine became the unit of choice if you wanted to win, a situation which remained for more than three decades.

3 mins

Fitting tribute

This replica of the 1970 and 1971 British ISDT Trophy team machines is a testament to their creator, Eric Cheney.

10 mins

Deeprose and Pertwee

Doctor Who tries out a rejuvenated Triumph.

Deeprose and Pertwee

1 min

A brief chat with... Patrick Bramman

Of the many reasons to join the VMCC, wanting to race isn’t perhaps the most common one – and once you’re in...

A brief chat with... Patrick Bramman

5 mins

Top Level Twosome

The second and final part of our story on the racing careers of the New Milton-based Rickman brothers covers the glorious days of the 1960s.

Top Level Twosome

10+ mins

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The Classic MotorCycle Magazine Description:

PublisherMortons

CategoryAutomotive

LanguageEnglish

FrequencyMonthly

Started in 1903, The Classic MotorCycle has more to offer the true vintage motorcycle enthusiast than any other publication, backed by Europe's largest motorcycle image archive.Auto Motives, Technology, Mortons

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