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Classic Bike February 2019

Classic Bike helps and inspires enthusiasts to get more from their passion for classic motorcycles. The magazine shares their fascination with motorcycling’s heroic past while also helping them buy, fix and improve the bikes in their shed. Our main areas of content are: - Inspirational and entertaining reads that celebrate the glory of motorcycling, from riding stories that put the reader in the seat of history’s greatest bikes to incredible racing tales - Restoration stories and instructional features that inspire and help people get their tools out and sort out their old bike - In-depth technical features from the most expert and authoritative writers in motorcycling If you share our passion about classic motorcycles from the last century, you'll enjoy reading Classic Bike.

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‘the cb750 is rubbish,’ i lied…

gary.pinchin@bauermedia.co.uk I remember taking a quick spin on Dave Hide’s CB750 – he was the first Honda four-cylinder owner among our local ‘gang’ of biking mates. There must have been 12-15 of us and this was the first Japanese multi to infiltrate what was, until then, an exclusively Brit-bike tribe. Dave had part-ex’d his glorious 850 Commando for it and was extolling the CB’s virtues. I can remember acting in complete denial of the new Honda’s capabilities: electric starter, turbine smooth power, and disc front brake. I told him you only had a right leg for kickstarting bikes, the motor vibrated more than his Norton, and the front brake was wooden. Of course, I lied. Owning a Triumph TR6, I felt honour-bound to defend the flag. In truth, I was totally…

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motorclassica

Now in its eighth year, Melbourne’s Motorclassica is one of the world’s top classic motor shows, and has featured motorcycles since its inception. Held in the Victorian state capital’s World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building, built in 1880, it attracts tens of thousands of motoring fans. This year, the four-wheeled focus was on 90 years of Australian Grand Prix car racing, while the motorcycling component celebrated 60 years of Triumph’s Bonneville and 70 years of Harley-Davidson’s Panhead. 1959, 1961 & 1964 Triumph 650 Bonneville T120 JON MUNN British classic fans know Jon Munn as the brave pilot of the fearsome Hobbit, a twin-engined Weslake dragbike he raced in the early 1980s. Australians know him as a serial winner of motorcycle awards at Motorclassica. This year he got another gong for the restoration of a…

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daytona special

‘WE WANTED TO PUSH THE LIMITS OF PERFORMANCE, RIDEABILITY AND RELIABILITY’ Atlanta Motorcycle Works (AMW) is a family-owned motorcycle shop in Woodstock, Georgia, USA offering restoration and custom rebuild services on vintage Japanese bikes and selected European machines. And this recently-restored 1979 Yamaha RD400F Daytona Special is a prime example of their work. The Daytona Special celebrated Yamaha’s success with two-stroke twins at the Daytona 200 – Don Emde riding for Mel Dinsen in 1972, Jarno Saarinen on a factory-prepared bike in 1973. It was the final incarnation of the air-cooled RD400 line, created at a time when US emission laws were becoming ever more stringent. Modifications to the stock bike were introduced to reduce unburned hydrocarbons, including vacuum-operated butterfly valves in the new cast-iron exhaust manifold that closed and mostly blocked the…

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golden brough

The first of Bonhams’ two big Stafford sales of 2019 is already looking like a stellar event, with plenty of impressively exotic machinery already committed. V-twins seem to be hogging the early limelight, with a beautiful 1926 Brough Superior SS100 and the splendid 1925 Coventry Eagle Flying-8 featured on pages 22-23. But one of the most interesting has to be a 1934 Brough Superior 11-50hp and Cruiser sidecar combination. The ex-ISDT outfit was owned by the Brough works until 1939 and was ridden in the 1934 ISDT in the Bavarian Alps by works tester Freddie Stevenson, with his brother in the chair. The duo finished the event with a hard-earned Gold Medal, despite overturning the outfit. The outfit went through a number of hands post-war and featured in the TV series George…

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a gentleman’s ride

Topping the early consignments for H&H’s March sale is a unique 1930, JAP-engined Brough Superior SS100. The second owner of the bike (after George Brough) was Francis P ‘Gentleman’ Dickson – a close personal friend of George Brough and a member of the Brough factory team for International Six Day Trial events and other multi-day trials. A top-calibre rider of the day, Dickson rode in a number of high-profile events, winning trophies for Brough at the 1924 SSDT in Scotland and the Alpine Trial in Austria in 1925. But, in the 1930 ISDT, held in Switzerland, Dickson crashed this bike heavily on the first day, breaking his leg. Team-mates George Brough and Eddie Meyer pulled out of the event and followed Dickson to the hospital in Geneva. On the way there,…

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mike hansen collection

The Mike Hanson collection is one of the highlights of Dee, Atkinson and Harrison’s March 2 sale. The collection majors on early machines, ranging from the dawn of motorcycling to the ’30s, and is to be offered without reserve. Complete bikes include a 1927 493cc Sunbeam Model 9 (estimate £6000-8000) and a 1930 348cc Velocette KTP (above) with an estimate of £5000-6000. Both machines look to be in excellent, restored condition. Standouts from other vendors are a very tidy-looking, matching numbers 1950 BSA DBD34 Gold Star (estimate £15,000-20,000) and an equally presentable 1912 Rover 3½hp (estimate £9000-11,000). And with plenty of time before the sale, there will be more on offer on the day. dee-atkinson-harrison.co.uk…

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