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Classic Dirt Bike Issue 47 Summer 2018

Classic Dirt Bike magazine: is about the bikes and personalities of the sport, covering pre-65 machines, classic and twin shocks, trials as well as scrambling/motocross and enduros. There are reader rebuilds from the UK/Europe and North America, event coverage, personality interviews/profiles, letters, products and so much more.

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Mortons Media Group, Ltd
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our survey said?

Surveys are not a new thing, though with the advent of the internet they became easier to present to us and equally as easy for us to ignore. It seems no matter what we do, or where we do it, somebody, somewhere, wants to know our opinion on whatever it is we’ve purchased or used or are interested in. Sometimes such requests come up at the end of a process online; for instance I’ve just taxed my van and the DVLA wanted to know if Iwas happy with the service and if it could be improved. My answers of ‘yes’ and ‘no’ were honest and the same as several previous answers. Other surveys may appear a few days after purchases online, along the lines of ‘was Ihappy with the process?’, ‘did…

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dirt news

BOOK REVIEW Sideways on The frenetic world of speedway, seen through the life of Bert Harkins, is the subject of the latest book from London League Publications Ltd. Bert’s autobiography, My Crazy Speedway World, was launched in February during the celebrations for speedway’s 90th anniversary inthe UK, held at Paradise Wildlife Park, Herts. The 252-page softback book, costing £14.50, post free in the UK from London League Publications Ltd, covers Bert’s complete career, from his early years at Edinburgh and Coatbridge, his time at Wembley, Sheffield and Wimbledon, his season racing in America with the Bakersfield Bandits, his return to Edinburgh and finale with Milton Keynes. It also includes his international outings with the British Lions, Scotland and the Rest of the World, as well as his time racing in Australia, America, South…

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have your say and win held gear!

We want your opinion… yes we do and there’s some choice kit to be won in a free prize draw. Here at Classic Dirt Bike we can get a bit focussed on what we’re doing as we strive to produce the best features about the best in the dirt bike world, but are we doing it right? This is your chance to tell us, officially on a form which will be read and which complements what readers tell us at trials, scrambles and enduros. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been a subscriber from issue one or have just picked up the mag for the first time – your opinion matters. What are we doing right? What are we doing wrong? What aren’t we doing that we should? If you don’t tell us…

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choice kit

It is a situation that few of us are ever likely to face at our level of racing. What am I on about? The choices facing a professional MX racer. For instance, picture the scene, a young lad, doing well is on the up. He’s chosen to try and make a living in one of the most precarious occupations there is… that of a professional motocross racer. These days there is lots of outside sponsors that often shovel money into the scene and expect a spectacle in return from those favoured with sponsorship. Arguably, while the race wins and championship titles are nice, these are often secondary to providing entertainment to a crowd that will see the sponsor’s name front and centre. For instance, take a rider like Dougie Lampkin –…

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you need… …a cr390 husqvarna… …in your shed!

You maybe didn’t know you needed a CR390 Husqvarna in your shed but we reckon you do and what’s more we’re going to tell you why you need it. You see, the 1978 model has a steeper head angle of 28.5 degrees instead of the almost chopperesque 31 degrees of other Huskys. This makes it a delight to steer unlike newer bikes which have to be really worked hard to turn them. The 1978 model is also lower, lighter and much more precise to aim on the track. This particular one was built up from spares by Charlie Preston and loaned to Matt Porter who’d been doing well on one of Charlie’s 360 Huskys. The frame was pretty badly damaged and instead of rebuilding it to originality a decision was made…

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...and also …a james commando…

Years ago, a young road racer called Bill Lomas fancied keeping fit during the winter months when road circuits were shut and to do this he rode trials, and he wasn’t alone. Being a bit of a forward thinker, Bill realised power to weight ratio was more important than power and the lighter the bike the less power it would need to haul it around and of course it would be easier to haul around. Unlike many around at the time Bill had no problem with appearing on a two-stroke but wasn’t exactly impressed with the then current crop. Fate took a hand as so often happens and he bumped into James factory boss Fred Kimberley, who said: “…go build what we should be making, oh and here’s a shilling or…