Pitching a ride
The long-running sport of motoball arrived at Brooklands for the first time, in September 2020.
‘Looks like it’s standing still when it’s doing 100mph’, rockers sneered. What’s the truth behind Triumph’s first unit sports 500?
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?
Sidecar ace and passenger, plus a future winner, learning the TT’s Mountain Course.
Store Cupboard Special
On to part six, and momentum is still being maintained, I though the shopping list is growing ever-longer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The brilliant Benellis
World title success in 1950 was the highlight for the family firm from Pesaro, on the eastern Italy coast.
Go with the flow…
... or not, as the current peters out, meaning that there’s some more figuring out required.
Store cupboard special
This is the fifth monthly instalment, t and we’re back on track – of sorts, at least.
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.
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.
This replica of the 1970 and 1971 British ISDT Trophy team machines is a testament to their creator, Eric Cheney.
Deeprose and Pertwee
Doctor Who tries out a rejuvenated Triumph.
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...
In 1977, when this example was made, the 250cc CZ twin was the cheapest motorcycle of its capacity and class on the market.
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).
It’s been an incredibly tough time for museums – though one establishment has been celebrating its collection of rare foxes.
Store cupboard special
Month four – and more frustration. Problems come to light as reassembly gets underway, but all will be resolved…
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.
Sometimes needs must and cannibalising one bike to forward another is a temporary, necessary evil.
This Bantam D10 Sports has never been restored and stands with 6000 miles on the clock, which we’re sure is genuine.
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.
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.
A long call from Sussex
An AJS with a hidden history led to a long weekend away for its current owner.
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.
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…
Restoring a burnt-out, rare Healey-made Ariel Square Four powered wreck proved a challenging proposition for an experienced Ariel restorer and enthusiast.