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Classic Bike Guide August 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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
$7.29(Incl. tax)
$60.24(Incl. tax)
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
brave new world – in theory

GOOD DAY TO YOU, MAY YOUR kick-start whirr be followed by combustion first time, your tyres be firm and your insurance lower than last year. And if not, at least it’s not raining, well, here anyway. It seems just yesterday that ‘we’ were chatting last month and in this new world, things change so quickly. What have we been up to? The Stafford show was a welcome return to older times and while it had to be different, we enjoyed it, as did most folk we spoke to there. With fewer people allowed, it did mean there was more room to see and appreciate the great club stands and all the hard work that goes in. A special ‘hello’ must go to the Benelli and Motobi club, who fielded Maria’s questions about…

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2 min
from our archive

BMWs are just tourers, eh? The Thruxton 500 was an annual race, held at Thruxton, Wiltshire, from 1958 to 1973, and the first team to cover the 500 miles won... erm, hence the name. But it was more than just another race; it was for production bikes, so it became massively important to marketing for manufacturers and prestige in the years it ran, attracting the top riders and factory entries. Harking back to the likes of the trials from the first years of motorcycles and then the TT, the Thruxton 500 was a valuable advertising tool, with near-standard bikes (er – officially, though there was no rules in manufacturers hand-picking engine parts and making sure everything was just so) thrashing round one of the fastest circuits for more than 500 miles. Triumph…

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9 min
bmw r60

I’VE HAD A BIT OF BAD HISTORY WITH MEETING MY dream bikes. Often the reality of the most beautiful and exotic machines can never meet expectations, and I found my greatest joys in biking have come from an unexpected underdog. A year ago I was blessed with the opportunity to test-ride a BMW R69S, the pinnacle of German motorcycle engineering in the 1960s. It was the country’s fastest production bike ever, with long-distance comfort and sublime handling to match. Its endurance racing achievements helped solidify BMW’s reputation as a builder of exceptionally well-made and reliable machinery. This, along with a small affordable car based around the boxer engine, helped save the company from the threat of bankruptcy that had loomed in the late 1950s For the last 10 years, another BMW, an R100RS,…

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2 min
charlie’s impressions

I have to admit my first impressions of riding the R60 weren’t good. It was a cold, spring day in the Preseli hills, and as usual Owen was enthusiastic about his new bike and keen for me to give it a try. The suspension and sprung seat combination gave an incredibly strange sensation as we bumped down a back lane, which I likened to riding a dolphin. When I got to a junction, I found I struggled to find where I was going to put my feet down among the carbs, heads and footpegs, so it just made the experience a little unnerving. After about five minutes riding it, I couldn’t really see what the fuss was about. I was done with it and duly asked for my 1200 Thruxton…

1 min
women in motorcycling storm castle

August sees The Women in Motorcycling Exhibition come to Tutbury Castle in Staffordshire. The exhibition is a celebration of all the women in the motorcycling world. All genders are of course welcome to attend the event, which is focused on bringing the biking community together. The organisers plan to bring the best of motorcycling into one place with inspirational speakers, panel talks, a gallery of women riders and the chance to take part in workshops and learn new skills. Workshops include first aid, motorcycle maintenance for newbies and for those with a little more knowledge, plus various other useful hints and tips for motorbike life. There will be advanced tips in the learner zone, a chance to shop, or just relax and absorb the atmosphere at the bar. The dramatic castle ruins provide a…

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1 min
guzzi book marks centenary

Moto Guzzi 100 Anni, a book published by Rizzoli Illustrati to celebrate the centenary year of the brand, has been presented in Milan. The elegantly bound volume spans a century of history and is illustrated with a wealth of previously unpublished images. The book is a collection of contributions from 10 well known figures with different backgrounds, personal histories and careers, who describe their passion for the Italian motorbikes. Coming together to describe their love of motorbikes are writer Melissa Holbrook Pierson; actor Ewan McGregor; architect Greg Lynn; journalists Marco Masetti, Mat Oxley and Akira Nishimura; DJ Ringo; designer Tom Dixon; astronaut Paolo Nespoli and Harvard professor Jeffrey Schnapp, who also edited the book. The result is a testimonial to the unique standing of Moto Guzzi. The high-quality book is 224 pages and…

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