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Classic Bike Guide February 2021

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
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
greetings oh lovers of old motorcycles!

WELCOME TO OUR LITTLE SANCTUM where we promise no mention of pandemics or politics! We begin with some sad news and the passing of Peter Williams. That rare blend of great rider and open-minded, pioneering engineer, bikes were Peter’s way of exercising his brilliant mind. His bikes like the Monocoque Norton or his faithful Arter Matchless G50 were, for their time, engineering leaps ahead of the competition, despite their old-school Brit engines. Magnesium wheels on a bike? Sheet metal frames? ‘You know how good your ideas are by the resistance you encounter from the great swathes, afraid of change’ my nanny would say – especially true of Peter. It was truly sad to hear of his passing in December and I am grateful I had a chance to see him at the…

1 min
from our archive

Trials and tribulations, Cardiff – Leicester – Cardiff Trial 1928 This wonderful image shows a rather bleak picture of the 1928 Cardiff – Leicester – Cardiff trial. It was published in The Motorcycle and shows E W Spencer leading W R Latchem, both on 348cc Douglas motorcycles, with their inline, parallel-twin engines. Bushcombe Hill where this photo was taken, is on the western side of the Cotswolds and the riders would have been on their way towards Leicester, so were barely one quarter of the way through this hefty trial. I am liking the face shield of Mr Spencer – not only did it improve his vision, but he could go into a shop with that on!…

13 min
douglas t35

THE STORY OF HOW , IN 1946, TRIUMPH TURNED a Lancaster bomber generator engine into a Manx GP winning racer is often told, and the Triumph Grand Prix is justly famous. There was, however, another manufacturer that raided their wartime stores for a motor. And, unlike the Triumph, which was essentially a prewar twin with a lightweight alloy barrel and head, the Douglas “Mark” series not only had a new engine, but a radical new frame and suspension system too. Douglas had mostly built inline flat twins prewar, with the exception of a shaft-drive transverse flat twin, named the Endeavour and a more conventional lightweight two-stroke. During the war they stopped making motorcycles despite having built 25,000 for the military during the First World War, and made other things for the…

1 min

ENGINE: OHV transverse flat twin DISPLACEMENT: 348cc BORE x STROKE: 60.8mm x 60mm COMPRESSION RATIO: 6.7:1 POWER: 20 BHP FUEL SYSTEM: Twin Amal Mk4 carburettors CLUTCH: single plate flywheel type GEARBOX: four-speed LUBRICATION: Car type sump with vane oil pump FRAME: Twin downtube cradle FRONT SUSPENSION: Radiadraulic forks REAR SUSPENSION: Torsion bar controlled pivoting fork WHEELBASE: 56.5ins (1435mm) GROUND CLEARANCE: 5.2in (132mm) SEAT HEIGHT: 29in (736mm) DRY WEIGHT: 360lb (163kg) FUEL CAPACITY: 3⅜ gallons (13.5litres) TYRES: 3.35x19 front and rear BRAKES: seven inch single sided drums front and rear ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: 6V Lucas Magdyno TOP SPEED: 72mph.…

2 min
running in the family

PERRY SAYS: “MY earliest memories of motorcycles are when as a young boy, four or five years old, my grandfather James Reginald Williams would occasionally pick me up from primary school and ride the short distance home with me sat on the tank. “In years to come he moved into our house and lived on the ground floor whilst we lived above. I spent hours with my grandfather whilst he told stories about far-off travels to Africa, The Russian convoys, Ceylon and the Far East. These were a source of great wonder to me and during those hours he used to tinker with motorbikes, stripping them down and rebuilding them in his front room as he didn’t have a workshop! “I would roll him cigarettes and he would reward me with a…

6 min
classic news

NEW GUZZI GETS POWER BOOST MOTO GUZZI HAVE launched a new version of the popular V7 twin retro with a beefed-up 850cc engine. The new V7 arrives more than 50 years after the launch of the first transverse V-twin unit bearing the name. Two versions of the new V7 are available, the V7 Stone, which Moto Guzzi describe as “minimalistic” and the V7 Special, with “classic” lines. The new bike gets a modified version of the 850cc engine introduced on the V85 TT adventure bike. Responding to criticism from owners that the V7 750 engine lacked top end pep, it has 25% more maximum power, going from the previous 52hp at 6200rpm to the current 65hp at 6800rpm. Maximum torque has also increased significantly. The larger engine features fatter exhaust pipes in a new…