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RealClassic February 2021

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
form the font

Writing about riding bikes is almost always an entertaining processIt can also be challenging, especially if the bike is functionally flawless but so civilised that apart from staggering performance there is little to actually describe that could be in any way helpful to anyone contemplating a fresh acquisition. Modern - and mostly modern - motorcycles are like this. And this is not a complaint, nor is it a new thing. Many years ago, I shared severaroad-testing expeditions with another scribbly chum, and in one of them we took out a pair of then-new middleweight Japanese fours for a couple of weeks riding together and swapping bikes from time to time, some days riding over the same stretch of road severatimes (the Cat & Fiddle Passin fact), and it was considerably remarkable…

11 min
the one to have

So much has been said and written about Honda's legendary CB750 that it seems almost pointless to say it all again. Except perhaps it isn't. Bear with me. You see, this is a personal view of'the one to have'from someone who likes just about every bike which came out of Japan in the 1970s. And quite a few British ones before that. So this was the hardest choice to make. The CB's story is well known. A ground -breaking bike, based on a very capable in line four cylinder, 4-stroke motor, a bike which was brightly coloured, attractively designed, reliable and went about its business quietly when compared to the thumping twins of the time. It was a well-made , easy to ride bike which would tour, race with the best…

1 min
thinking of buying?

Mark runs Somerset Classic Motorcycles together with Andy Taylor, focusing on Japanese classics from the 1970s. They offer everything from newly found survivors, just waiting for a new owner to get them back on the road, right up to fully finished bikes which are as good or better than they were when new. At the time of writing, they have a red 1975 CB750 in stock. It's been recently serviced with the carbs synced, fitted with new plugs, chain and electronic ignition. It does have a small oil leak and provides 'plenty of scope for improvement' so is priced accordingly at £5495 . Andy and Mark can arrange delivery across the UK. See somersetclassicmotorcycles.co.uk…

19 min
in coming!

THE KAWASAKI KONTROVERSY In suggesting that the Kawasaki retro resembles a Yamaha rather than one of Kawasaki's 'original' air cooled twins , Frank Westworth mentions the 2750. What! No mention of the rich history of Meguro building BSA licensed A7 bikes as their Meguro K, an undertaking which was funded from the beginning by Kawasaki's acquisition of Meguro? Kawasaki's superior engineering capabil ity allowed them to develop this further into the first Kawasaki K2 air-cooled twin, launched in 1965. In 1966 Kawasaki launched their much improved 650-Wl. This remained in production (initially for US and Japan, then domestic Japanese market only) until 1974. So, Mr Westworth, Kawasaki weren't trying to introduce a copy of the Yamaha XS650 or of a British twin, rather they were building a retro homage to their own…

15 min
winter warmer

There was a plan. There is always a plan. Almost always. In this case the plan was that i would grease up the few remaining areas of surviving chrome plate on my recently acquired AJS Model 16 and ride it throughout the winter - in exactly the same way that i rode a succession of gery prorridge machines in those fable years gone by. Those would be the good old days. I failed to remind myself that those good old days actuallyy axquired the word' good' only when i stopped trying to persuade my matchless G9 that its magneto was waterproof and bought my first- even new bike - an MZ TS125. And I had been riding the Matchless to work because my Triumph T140V was simply too unreliable, so much…

1 min

Engine Air-cooled, OHV 4-stroke single Bore I stroke 67x70mm Capacity 247cc Compression 10:1 Power 22.Sbhp@ 2500rpm Torque 15.Sb/ft@ 7000rpm Carbs Single Amal 28mm Concentric Ignition Pazon electronic (points original) autch Wet, multi plate Gearbox 4-speed Final drive Chain Frame Oil-bearing single downtube. all welded stee Front suspension 34mm Triumph telescopic, no adjustments Rear suspension Swingng arm, 2 x Hagon shocks (Girling original) Front brake 8-inch tls conicahub Rear brake 7-inch conicahub Front wheel 3.25 X 18 Rear wheel 3.50x18 Wheelbase 54inches Seat height 32 inches Weight 2901bdry…