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Pitching a ride

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

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The Classic MotorCycle
January 2021

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?

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The Classic MotorCycle
January 2021

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?

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The Classic MotorCycle
January 2021

Training run

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

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The Classic MotorCycle
January 2021

Store Cupboard Special

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

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The Classic MotorCycle
January 2021

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.

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The Classic MotorCycle
January 2021

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.

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The Classic MotorCycle
January 2021

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.

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The Classic MotorCycle
January 2021

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.

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The Classic MotorCycle
December 2020

The brilliant Benellis

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

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The Classic MotorCycle
December 2020

Go with the flow…

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

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The Classic MotorCycle
December 2020

Store cupboard special

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

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The Classic MotorCycle
December 2020

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.

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The Classic MotorCycle
December 2020

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.

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The Classic MotorCycle
December 2020

Fitting tribute

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

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The Classic MotorCycle
December 2020

Deeprose and Pertwee

Doctor Who tries out a rejuvenated Triumph.

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The Classic MotorCycle
December 2020

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...

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The Classic MotorCycle
December 2020

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.

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The Classic MotorCycle
December 2020

Spoke patterns

Excluding odd exceptions, wooden spoked wheels are spoked radially, with no spoke crossover. And – again with odd exceptions – this practice continued of radially spoked wooden wheels with wooden spokes for early cycle-like machines (hobby horses/ velocipedes etc).

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The Classic MotorCycle
November 2020

Museum management

It’s been an incredibly tough time for museums – though one establishment has been celebrating its collection of rare foxes.

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The Classic MotorCycle
November 2020

Store cupboard special

Month four – and more frustration. Problems come to light as reassembly gets underway, but all will be resolved…

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The Classic MotorCycle
November 2020

Trip to the TT

Riding factory Nortons, Ray Ammwon the 1953 Senior and Junior IoM TT races, Fergus Anderson (Moto-Guzzi) took the Lightweight 250cc and Les Graham (MVAgusta) was the 125cc victor. A chance buy of an enthusiast’s small archive allows us to glance behind the scenes.

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The Classic MotorCycle
November 2020

Robbing Peter…

Sometimes needs must and cannibalising one bike to forward another is a temporary, necessary evil.

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The Classic MotorCycle
November 2020

Little treasure

This Bantam D10 Sports has never been restored and stands with 6000 miles on the clock, which we’re sure is genuine.

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The Classic MotorCycle
November 2020

Yewsix of the Moors

One of the star performers of early 1920s trials riding – a gold medal ISDT winner among many other successes – Billy Moore was later part of the organising team.

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The Classic MotorCycle
November 2020

Lakeside lovelies

Tucked away in Mandello Del Lario, near the Moto Guzzi factory and by the shores of Lake Como, is a cache of fabulous Italian lightweights.

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The Classic MotorCycle
November 2020

A long call from Sussex

An AJS with a hidden history led to a long weekend away for its current owner.

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The Classic MotorCycle
November 2020

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.

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The Classic MotorCycle
November 2020

The story of a Greeves

This motorcycle has a direct lineage to its current ownership, which can be traced all the way back to a short-lived 1960s four-stroke scrambles championship…

9 mins read
The Classic MotorCycle
September 2020

Resurrection man

Restoring a burnt-out, rare Healey-made Ariel Square Four powered wreck proved a challenging proposition for an experienced Ariel restorer and enthusiast.

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The Classic MotorCycle
September 2020

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