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Classic Bike Guide

August 2020

Classic Bike Guide is a down to earth, practical - and sometimes irreverent - magazine that gets right to the heart of the classic bike world. With a mixture of features, tests, reviews and event reports it is the title that has become a must for the active rider and restorer. Classic Bike Guide magazine - with the biggest and best readers adverts - FREE! Enjoy the digital edition - and save over 50% on the print susbcription price.

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United Kingdom
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English
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Mortons Media Group, Ltd
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3 min.
greetings to you, one and all!

FROM ALL AT Classic Bike Guide, WE hope you are all keeping as well as can be expected, and still smiling. Despite the world trying its best, we’re still going, and when fixing, building, cleaning, writing about or riding a bike, the situation that affects us all seems so very far away. I truly hope all our readers haven’t suffered and are adapting to this new environment. Everything we know has been affected this year. Speaking to James Hewing of the National Motorcycle Museum earlier, he revealed how they are starting a campaign to help the museum survive, as it is heavily dependent on its sister businesses, which are in the hard-hit hospitality industry. Read more about it on how you can help on page 20. While some outside shows are promising…

9 min.
fantastic fantic!

FANTIC KEV ISN’T NICKNAMED FANTIC KEV FOR nothing. Look at the faded period-perfect 1970s Polaroid shot of him – he’s seated on one of the legendary super ’peds of the day, a purple Super T Fantic GT 50cc, outside Digby Motors of South Harrow, North West London. At 16, he had already owned a red Fantic GT, and 40 years on, Fantics still figure in Kevin Powell’s life. “I’d first seen a Fantic Chopper when I was 14 back in 1974, in a scrapyard. It had been crashed, but I was struck by the odd shape of the motor and fuel tank, and I was amazed that there was even a 50cc chopper in existence! “I then owned other Fantics, but first bought a Chopper in December 2006. It was a UK…

1 min.
1976 fantic (tx 131) chopper 125

ENGINE: Air-cooled single cylinder, unit construction, flat piston, 3 port two-stroke BORE X STROKE: 55mm x 52mm DISPLACEMENT: 123.48cc COMPRESSION RATIO: 9.3:1 LUBRIFICATION: 5% two-stroke mix, 1.5 litres of SAE30 oil IGNITION: 6v battery and coil , flywheel magneto, Marelli CW240L spark plug FUEL SYSTEM: Dell’Orto VHB 25 BS carburettor , fuel capacity 6.5 litres including reserve ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: 6V-9Ah battery, 60W-6V dynamo, Aprilia 130mm headlight TRANSMISSION: five-speed unit gearbox , primary gears and chain, front sprocket 13 teeth, rear 46, 1:3.54 ratio FRAME: duplex cradle frame in steel CLUTCH: multiple disc in an oil bath SUSPENSION: Front telescopic forks with 32mm tubes in Durocrom, rear twin shocks with five-way adjustment lever BRAKES: Front 123mm drum, rear 140mm drum WHEELS: Light alloy Borrani rims, front 1x16”, rear 3.00x16” TYRES: Front…

2 min.
help the nmm reopen, and win a ‘new’ commando

THE NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM has launched an urgent appeal to ensure the museum can reopen without having to sell some of the collection. You can help out... and could end up owning one of three spotless British classics into the bargain. The National Motorcycle Museum receives no external funding, relying partly on visitors’ support, but mainly on the income from the museum’s conference business and two sister hotels. With the hospitality and leisure sector one of the worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, there is uncertainty about when these businesses, the National Conference Centre, Manor Hotel Meriden and Windmill Village Hotel Coventry, will be able to reopen fully, let alone trade profitably. Museum director James Hewing said: “Without the income from our three sister businesses, there is little likelihood of the museum…

1 min.
andover norton offering newwideline featherbeds

BUILDING A NORTON-BASED special or restoring a bike with a bent frame? Andover Norton has revealed that it has commissioned a batch of brand-new Norton Wideline Featherbed frames for road or racing use. The new frames are replicas of the road-going 1957 Norton Wideline product. They were manufactured by a long-established motorcycle frame maker based near to Andover Norton’s Hampshire site. The frames contain all the original brackets for customers wishing to produce a road bike, although special builders may prefer to remove some. The frames have now passed inspection and are supplied unpainted and made from 2mm (14swg) ERW seamed tube with MIG welds. The frames cost £1495 plus Vat and can be ordered from andover-norton.co.uk…

1 min.
racing ready to return to oliver’s mount

A SPECIAL SHORT RACING season has been created for later this summer at Scarborough’s Oliver’s Mount circuit to give fans a burst of post-lockdown action. The two three-day events at the only real road circuit in mainland Britain have been created in conjunction with 243 Road Racing Association and are set for August and September. The Barry Sheene Classic, which was due to take place in July, has now been rescheduled to August 14-16, while the hugely popular Gold Cup will return and has been extended to a three-day meeting to run from September 11-13. Each meeting will have three days of road racing action, practice and qualifying on Friday, with two full days of racing on Saturday and Sunday. Oliver’s Mount Racing director Eddie Roberts said: “I’m delighted to reveal our exciting…