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RealClassic December 2020

RealClassic magazine features the very best British motorcycles from all eras, plus charismatic Continental machines (and the odd Japanese classics crops up occasionally, too). Long term classic riders will recognise many of the members of the RC team, which includes authors, historians and journalists like Steve Wilson, Dave Minton, Matt Vale, Odgie, Jacqueline 'PUB' Bickerstaff, Rowena Hoseason and editor Frank Westworth -- but the magazine's key feature is that it is firmly grounded in the real world. Our articles are written by real life riders and reflect far more than a simple road test ever can. We're never scared of getting grubby in The Shed (and we even admit it when things go horribly wrong!)

United Kingdom
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
$4.57(Incl. tax)
$39.55(Incl. tax)
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
from the front

My bikes need cleaning! All of those which are on the road, of coursealthough the ravages of the mighty Atlantic and my weedy attempts to protect motorcycle metal from their effects mean that even the off the road machines look pretty grim. So what? I hear you say. I hate cleaning bikes. And cars, although cars are easier due to a lack of visible oily and rusting crevices. My gloomy consideration of cleaning has been prompted by two machinesand , you can, unusuallysee both bikes in question in this issue. First off, the 250 Triumph which is the subject of this issue'Shed shenaniganis actually fixed and running well, not languishing in ignoble immobility on the bench. This is all part of the endlessly entertaining world of magazine deadlines, combined with the…

10 min
sweet sixteen...

My first real proper motorcycle was an AJSwhich probably explains a lot. I like AMC machines - real ones from AJS and Matchlessalthough Norton made a few decent machines in the AMC years too, he says, grudgingly. And although there have been very many dalliances along the path of the last half-century since that first Model 18 AJS (sobering but true) I have almost always boasted a noble product of Plumstead in whichever shed was The Shed at the time. Thoughts like these - and many more - floated through my increasingly smiley head as I chugged for the very first time around the local lanes aboard the machine you will be able to observe pictured nearby. How is this possible, why have I bought another, given that I already have…

18 min

BONUS RC READING The nights have definitely drawn in and our social diaries have been somewhat disrupted . It's just as well there are stacks of stories on line to keep us entertained - and we've been adding to the articles available on the RealClassic website. Some of these are brand-new, never seen before features, while others are updated articles from out of the archive. Head over to www . Real-Classic.co.uk where you'll find these recent additions: > VIRTUAL MUSEUM TOUR: a two-part photographic exploration of the Sammy Miller Museum, with mini-profiles of some of the extraordinary motorcycles therein > TUNING FOR NEED: the opening episodes of Paul Friday's excellent technical series, in which he boosts the performance of his Moto Guzzi Nuovo Falcone with sneaky tweaks to the ignition, timing and such > ROUND…

6 min
back to the future

oasic. Set it tlien forget it wit durable engine, shaft drive and a cushioned ride. 'Many recognise the 90/6 for what it could be; says owner Bob Hardacker.'The process of adding performance bits and keeping the rest is pretty straightforward . Amazingly, the cost difference between the 905 and 90/6 wasn't much new, but it certainly is now: Bob's bright red 90/6 dates from the last year of production in 1976 and rates the best of this breed. Built with proven methods and experience , it 's a favourite among his slew of classic twins. There are few differences between the 90/6 and 90/S engines, yet key changes give the Sport a clear edge in power . Like all airheads, a forged crank with 70.5mm of stroke churns below, and bored to…

1 min
what the papers said

>- THE NEW BMW R90/6 is so exciting it's difficult to describe it. Here's a machine that's no larger physically than the other machines in the BMW line-up, stops better than any of its predecessors, and goes like the blazes as well >- GONE IS THE dreaded 'clunk' during gear shifts: only a pleasant'snick snick' is now heard. Clutch lever pressure is slightly higher than before but ultra-smooth starts may be made and complete disengagement during gear shifts is assured >- THE TELESCOPIC front forks provide almost eight inches of well-damped travel and add immeasurably to the handling qualities, especially over rough roads. The superior quality of the rear shock absorbers do their part in making the BMW one of the better handling big-bore street machines available today >- THE SPEEDO and tacho…

2 min
euro twins

Moto Guzzi and BMW have a long history as European rivals. The 1970s Italian and German twins use a similar engineering layout, yet were developed very differently. An upscale road bike from inception, the BMW steadfastly advanced and evolved around a signature 180-degree opposed twin, direct drive transmission and shaft drive. Things had become tenuous for Moto Guzzi as the 1960s rolled. Needing to replace its glorious but greying horizontal single, prototypes of Moto Guzzi's new V7 were being tested by the time Beatlemania hit, emerging as part BMW ideology and Electra Glide style . As a tribute to the once shattered concern, BMW built more machines and (at least in the USA) tripled the import numbers, making them more popular. Guzzi's recovery was just as impressive, and a force to be…