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RealClassic August 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
from the front

First things first, as is only right. Apologies if you rolled up to the recent Stafford Show expecting to find me manning a trestle table in RC's traditional on the balcony by the bar location. I failed to make it! Well, OK, you'll know that if you were there and I wasn't, or if you follow my meanderings on Facebook. What happened? What was the excuse? Mechanical failure, surprisingly. The modern conveyance boasts final drive to its rear wheel by belt. Belts are great - one great improvement in my (modern) riding life has been the end of endless fiddling with drive chains. Belts are improbably strong and reliable, too - fit and forget, as we probably suggested when they were introduced as aftermarket primary drive kits for Norton Commandos and the…

10 min
living with the legend

There's really nothing I can tell you about a Triumph Bonneville that you don't already know. They've been around for so long that it's possible that cavemen rode Meriden twins; certainly, Neanderthals seem to have worked on most of them at some point. Mainstay of the British motorcycle industry and so iconic that pretty much any classically-styled vertical twin cylinder bike will be likened to a Bonnie; even Yamaha's XS650 and the Kawasaki W800 are flattered by the association. Does the Tl 20 deserve this elevated reputation? Or did Triumph somehow fluke their way into the minds and souls of generations clad in leather, helped along by some brilliant marketing? There's only one way to find out! In the interests of fairness, I should probably share with you my slight bias against…

3 min
norton stories

RC206 was another action-packed issue! I particularly enjoyed Frank's re-acquaintance with the Model 18. My first'real' bike was a 1948 16H attached to a stylish Watsonian Avon sidecar, which I bought in the early 1970s when my previous transport - a Ford Anglia - disappeared in the usual cloud of ferric oxide. The Norton, in both outfit and solo form, and latterly with an ES2 engine fitted to make a Model 18 very similar to Frank's, served us well for several years as our only transport. It took us on rainy camping trips to the Lake District and miserably cold treks from Birmingham to County Durham for several family Christmases as well as providing everyday transport. On one of the return journeys from the icy north we stopped to thaw out at…

5 min
amc anoraks

Love the mention ofWipac, made Lucas look really good. When testing lightweight AMC bikes in the winter I would pull the tarp off my 'tea' bike I had ridden home on, flick the ignition on only to see the knob disappear in the shrubbery. The plastic switch stems did not like the cold weather. Screwdriver out, pop off headlamp assembly, unplug wiring harness from lighting switch, pop in ignition plug and after very carefully turn switch and off my merry way. Don't even mention the battery-less system on the 250 CS models! Great June issue, as expected. I always liked testing the Matchless GS, more torque than the 250s. The heavyweight 350 was ... heavy. Not much fun to ride, felt like you were always pushing it along. Your short-stroke AJS 16…

1 min
reg-rec request

In RC206 Stuart Francis asks for suggestions for future articles in the Classic Techniques strand. Can I suggest one on the fitting of modern electronic regulator rectifiers to older bikes fitted with Lucas alternators and dynamos and rectifiers? And how to do a 6 to 12 Volt conversion at the same time? I know this will popular as I've had several REOC members ask me about it. I've told them what I've done but an overview by someone with knowledge of a wider range of machines would be a good subject! And you know how riders of classic often baulk at doing their own electrics ... Mark Mumford, member 1513 I am probably n o t best placed to do an article on alternator 12V conversions as the last one I did was…

1 min
cycle guide

Regarding the letters aboutTriumph bicycles in RC207, I too had a Triumph bicycle which was bought second hand for me at Christmas 1959/60. Shortly afterwards a friend bought a bright orange, aluminium-framed racing bike. His lightweight orange made my dark-blue Triumph look a bit drab and heavy. There was nothing I could do about the frame but at least I could paint it a different colour. I chose a bright, light blue which was applied with a brush. Without thinking, I painted over the metal badge on the front of the bike but the overall finish was quite good. I also used red transfer letters to put a new name onto the frame; Scorpion! My mother said thatTriumph wouldn't be pleased about me changing the name of their bike, but I…