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Classic Bike Guide

November 2019

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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
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IN THIS ISSUE

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two-stroke, four-stroke, racing, road and electric!

‘I MUST TRY TO DO LESS BIKE-RELATED STUFF,’ I told myself this year. And, I’ve failed. There’s just so much on! Take this weekend; Saturday was the CRMC racing at Snetterton, my local circuit – some great racing, many fantastic bikes and, of course, meeting up with old friends made for an exciting day. Where else do you see Eighties Japanese bikes racing one minute and Thirties Rudges racing the next? And everyone is helping each other, no matter what the bike is. Then, on Sunday, it was time to dress up for the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, so another day, albeit slower, with yet more bikes and more fun and interesting riders. Old Nortons parked next to new, Hinkley Triumph owners chatting to Meriden owners – and all for a noble…

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from the archive

The world never stops changing, but I instantly found myself smiling at this photograph. My first job was as a petrol pump attendant, though by the 1980s a shirt and tie was not necessary and to be honest, I spent more time watching the mechanics and helping the MoT tester than serving the public… But there is so much about this photo that tells us about change. We fill our own vehicles up, now. It’s easier, but it means less jobs. We don’t need to check our oil in between services because our vehicles are more reliable and use less, so oil pumps aren’t needed. But fewer people know about how their vehicle works, and little things, like tyre pressures, get unnoticed. Life changes. But what is the modern version of the…

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chater-lea copperknob

OF ALL THE MATERIALS ONE WOULD ASSOCIATE with a motorcycle, copper isn’t one of them. Small change, yes. Wiring, yes. Piping, yes (even the ancient Egyptians had copper plumbing systems). But not motorcycles. Yet, in the National Motorcycle Museum stands a machine whose lush plating glistens in Number 29 of the periodic table. And perhaps unsurprisingly, this machine – a Chater-Lea/JAP-engine hybrid – is a one-off hybrid that became known as the ‘Copperknob’. This edition of Machines that Matter explores the incidental history of the Copperknob – a machine whose existence is thanks to – of all things – a dare… In 1928 former civil servant and latter-day garage proprietor, Ben Bickell, was set a personal motorcycle challenge at a grasstrack. This singular event confirmed his love for speed and, needless…

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council cash squeeze forces museum closure

THE LONDON MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM has closed its doors for the last time. Opened in 1999, the museum housed almost 200 bikes, with some dating back to 1907. The museum contained one of the most comprehensive collections of Meriden-built Triumphs in the world. The museum was set up by Bill Crosby who also owned Reg Allen’s, the legendary Triumph dealership that closed earlier this year. When it was established the museum had support from Ealing Council which allowed the use of the council-owned site at a low rent. The squeeze in local government funding has meant that the rent was massively hiked leaving the museum facing an annual £40,000 bill to pay. Efforts to crowdfund to raise the money were unsuccessful. A museum spokesman said: “In May we celebrated 20 fulfilling years of sharing…

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grab a classy calendar

SUFFOLK BASED CLASSIC motorcycle dealer Andy Tiernan Classics has launched its classic calendar for 2020. Automotive artist Mike Harbar has created six pieces of artwork for the calendar. It unfolds, so that the beautiful machines illustrated each fill an entire A4 sheet. The lower part has individual days outlined, providing enough room to note down award ceremonies, hospital appointments, court appearances and other important engagements! The six motorcycles in this year’s calendar – two BSAs, a Levis, Vincent, Ariel and Brough Superior – are all beautifully drawn in pencil and painted in water colour. Proceeds go to the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the last calendar raised £1601.59 for this good cause. In the UK the calendar costs £10, including postage and packing. Buyers in the EU will pay £15 and…

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classics take to the hills

THE BEAMISH TROPHY TRIAL, which covers 120 miles of northern dales in Cumbria, Durham and Northumberland, attracted 128 riders on classic off-roaders in September. The event, run by South Durham Vintage Motorcycle Club, saw a wide range of steeds from Scotts to Suzukis tackle the route which includes some of the finest motorcycling roads in the country and some challenging off-road sections. It was run originally for 27 years by The Friends of Beamish, then by Durham Classic Motorcycle Club from 1998 until the task was handed over to South Durham VMCC in 2008. Starting and finishing at The New Board Inn, Hill Top, Esh, Co. Durham riders enjoyed warm sunshine and endured torrential downpours over the trial. Of the 128 starters, all but five finished. A change of lunchstop over previous years…

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