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Classic Bike Guide

Classic Bike Guide

February 2020

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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English
Publisher:
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
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12 Issues

In this issue

3 min.
happy new year everyone!

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL AT Classic Bike Guide, we hope you all had far too much food, cake, drink and fun! Christmas time means many things to us all; personally it’s a reset, a time to reflect and even relax. Hope you managed that too. But the nights are now drawing out (well, ish…) and it’s surprisingly mild for the time of year – so let’s go! Neville, Maria and I decided to go and get dirty one sunny day in between Christmas and New Year, joining friends John and Tom for a bit of messy green-lane action. John had his Velocette MAC, Tom his Rickman-framed T140 that Neville built, Tom’s friends borrowed his Honda XL and I tried to keep up on my Triumph Scrambler. Meanwhile Nev and Maria…

1 min.
■ lightweight amcs, heavyweight riders

Taken from original glass plate negatives, we see the new for 1958 AMC 250cc singles, the Matchless G2 and AJS Model 14. In the main photograph, we see the two models with Harold and June Lines, both successful grasstrack and scrambles riders as well as both car and motorcycle dealers in the Horsham area, too. The AMC quarter-litre bikes looked good, with modern styling hiding their traditional pre-unit layout well and initial reports were favourable. Motor Cycling was one of the first to test the G2 and could get 72mph from the little machine, while a year or so later there came an off-road version, with a CSR model following in 1962. Parts were from the AMC cupboard; for example the front end was Francis-Barnett, and some said a little wobbly for…

12 min.
loyalty repaid my john player norton

PONDERING OVER THE PICTURES OF this fabulous John Player Norton, you might correctly label it as a ‘replica of a replica’. But not so obvious is that this special and iconic Seventies racer has been created for everyday use by its proud owner. Subtle clues to this special’s exclusivity are everywhere – chic and timeless classic car mirrors, a bespoke and memorising cockpit that bristles with well-appointed instruments, plus a set of eye-catching and mischievous transfers – all of which add charisma to this race replica’s everyday practicality. Look deeper and you might spot the single 32mm Amal concentric, or the cheese-grater air filter and insane ‘twittering’ peashooters. Even the single Norvil disc brake and Lucas period indicators could hardly be mistaken for track-focused kit. Not honed for track life then, this 1973…

1 min.
new pre-unit engines

WILTSHIRE-BASED LAMB ENGINEERING has released details of a brand-new Triumph twin-based engine. The pre-unit engine will feature a top end machined from aluminium billet on aftermarket crankcases. The new engines have been fitted with a 270-degree crank with new camshafts all designed by Larry from Lamb Engineering. “It started when a customer came in with an old 1950s Triumph iron engine. I thought it was a really nice-looking engine, but it’s hard to find good cranks, so I made my own with cams to match. I’m planning on mating it to a modern five-speed box from an Enfield,” said Larry. Most of the engine will work not only with new components from Lamb Engineering, but also with standard Triumph parts. Two engines from the first batch have already been sold and…

1 min.
no change to import/export rules post-brexit

ANYONE CONSIDERING THE import or export of a classic motorcycle from or to an EU country will not immediately face any new rules after the UK leaves the EU on January 31. There will also be no changes to rules affecting the import or export of motorcycle parts from EU countries until Brexit negotiations come to an end. HMRC says the existing rules will remain in place during negotiations to secure a new trade deal with the EU. A HMRC spokesperson said: “Once we leave the EU formally on January 31, 2020, we enter an implementation period during which EU customs and VAT rules and regulations continue to apply. The NOVA service, which enables businesses and individuals to notify HMRC about vehicles brought into the UK from abroad, should be used as…

2 min.
colin seeley

BRITISH MOTORCYCLE RACING legend Colin Seeley has died at the age of 84. Starting out as an apprentice mechanic at 14, he started his own business at 18 and was an AJS dealer at 20. He then began racing, coming sixth in the TT in 1961 on a Matchless G50 powered outfit. As a sidecar racer, Colin, together with his passenger and shop mechanic Wally Rawlings, won many British and world championship races, including the 1964 Dutch TT, on outfits powered by Matchless G50 and BMW engines. Seeley was one of the first riders to eschew the use of a black leather racing suit, deciding instead to wear red; a move which helped raise his profile on the tracks as he was easy to spot in a pack. In 1963 Associated Motor…