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Classic Bike Guide November 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.

United Kingdom
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
$7.16(Incl. tax)
$59.17(Incl. tax)
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
it's that time of year ...

LATE SEPTEMBER, LEADING INTO OCTOBER often treats us with surprising, if brief, spats of warmth and sun. Quick - cancel other plans, ring your buddies and enjoy those impromptu rides you hadn't expected. I need to remember that if we stay out too long, the headlight I've been ignoring - you know, the one that while it may technically emit light, said light doesn't seem to hit anything-needs fixing ... I adore this time of year. You may need another jumper towards the end of the day, but you're riding through autumnal landscapes, the roads are not as busy with myopic tourists as they are in August, and with slightly more dense air, your engine just feels a little stronger . Although, because you never quite know when 'that last ride'…

7 min
james i17 125 ts 1937 ultra lightweight

IN 1937, JAMES WAS DOING ALL RIGHT. THEY HAD been building bicycles, motorised bicycles and motorcycles since before 1902 and had a reputation for innovative designs, like the 'Safety', which had hub-centre steering and their own design of engine . They had to move to larger premises in Greet, just south of Small Heath, Birmingham and continued to grow. James bikes were known for quality and in 1911 the company bought Osborn motorcycles, one of the first British small two-stroke manufacturers. But they were also designing and building SOOccV-twins like the Model 7 which later grew to a 750 and with a healthy, broad range, the company enjoyed a good period after the First World War. In 1930, a short-lived manufacturer, Baker Motorcycles was bought, including the patent for their bolt-together, 'brazeless…

3 min
salon privé 2020 blenheim palace, september

THE SALON PRIVÉ IS A CAR concours event primarily, however, with the worldwide issues, shows have been cancelled and more and more vehicle launches were touted to be taking place at the Salon Privé, so I found myself on a damp Wednesday having a look. Cars are the main theme, with many marques introducing new models , including Rolls Royce. There were helicopters for sale, incredible yachts and even a flying car - from the Netherlands, of course . Away from the status symbols though were some simply incredible classic cars, which were a joy to see up closely. Thanks to the virus, space was everywhere and numbers of people were limited, meaning you could really get close and have a good nose around. I appreciate this is a bike magazine, but…

1 min
new bikes

MV Agusta had their stunning Super Veloce on show with Krazy Horse, while CCM showed off their new Blackout, looking mean and purposeful, fresh from filming duties in the new Scarlett Johansson film, Black Widow. But the star had to be new boys on the block, Langen, with the Two Stroke. This 250cc V-Twin that's made in Wigan acted like a people magnet when it was started up; the two-stroke soundtrack taking a lot of people back to their youth and the unique, simplistic look capturing their imagination. Salon Prive is not a bike show, but for those who like cars too and enjoy a day of the high life with lobster and champagne, it may be worth a look next year.…

2 min
classic news

TRIKE APPEAL FOR FALKLANDS VETERAN AN APPEAL HAS been launched to help Falklands veteran Simon Weston CBE realise a lifetime's ambition to ride a motorcycle. Known for his charity work and his recovery from severe burn injuries during the Falklands War, the campaign has been launched by industry veteran and record-breaking rider Norman Hyde. Norman said: "I learned of Simon's passion to ride a motorcycle when we met, and that is where the idea started . With the help, kindness and support from fellow motorcycle riders, veterans and friends within the industry, I believe we can make his dream come true ." Simon sustained serious injuries on RFA Sir Galahad in 1982, making it impossible to operate the controls on a traditional motorcycle. Norman, who worked as a development engineer for Triumph in the…

3 min

Italians do it their way I've just read your article on the RAID MV Agusta in the September issue. It brought a smile to my face as a few years ago my mate, Graham Salter, and I encountered similar bureaucracy. We were riding the Moto Giro D'ltalia; Graham on an old Trident and me on a 650 Matchless. Riding along down a twisty road with a very long drop to the bottom, Graham's rear numberplate came off and flew over my head down the valley. As we were not long into the trip we decided to fit a cardboard one and reported this to the local police station/palatial HQ. Met with what can only be described as the best uniformed women and men police officers we've ever seen - then it started. After explaining…