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Classic Dirt Bike Issue 48 Autumn 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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there by a whisker…

❝…turns out the plug was whiskered, had I a plug spanner on me a quick change of plug would have sorted the bike out…❞ So, there I was, up in Scotland on the Alvie Estate near Aviemore, where an enlightened laird welcomed the Inverness MCC and their two day Highland Classic Trial – the 2018 theme for the weekend being Edition Montesa. The trial is a great event and this year was blessed with mostly fine weather and 20°C-plus temperatures, with just a light shower on the Saturday to cut the dust. I ride my Bultaco there because I can and I enjoy it. It’s a one owner from new bike which I picked up from Quinn’s Motorcycles in the High Street, Gateshead in 1980. I recall my dad taking me and…

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dirt news

Show dates for your diary The lead times on a quarterly magazine such as Classic Dirt Bike mean it seems as though we’re always talking about what’s coming up in our shows world or telling you what’s happened by way of a big post-event feature. For this issue it’s the former and there are three great shows to talk about. The biggie for us is the 2019 Hagon Shocks Classic Dirt Bike Show on February 15/16, which will coincide with the 50th issue of Classic Dirt Bike magazine, so we’re expecting a bit of a splash there. Details are scant at the moment as our shows team works flat out, but you do still have two more issues of CDB to enjoy before then so watch out for further updates. On the start line…

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anatomy of a winner

Way back in time when the UK had a decent sized motorcycle industry, accepted wisdom decreed success in trials required a four-stroke single of 350cc or 500cc capacity, with no rear suspension – woe betide anyone who dare say otherwise. The problem with accepted wisdom is there are those who have little time for it and go against it either intentionally or because they feel it doesn’t matter. Looking at the rear suspension aspect to begin with, Royal Enfield works rider Johnny Brittain had little option but to ride a trials bike with rear springing, as that’s what his employers made. He was pitied for this as the world stayed rigid… until fate stepped in and one of his contemporaries also tried rear suspension – suddenly the world went sprung. “Okay,” said…

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reh forks

In the Sixties, engineer Robin Humphries was less than impressed with the quality of front suspension available for competition riders to uprate their machines. So, the lad set to and made his own forks under the REH brand. CDB paid Robin a visit for a feature in issue 14 on the suspension scene of the Sixties. Fast forward a little to the new millennium and to Armac Design, a small company with big talent run by Duncan and Judy Macdonald. The rights to use REH were acquired, Duncan’s engineering talents took the Sixties designs to new levels and now the forks are THE ones for success in trials. Contact REH Forks through their website www.rehforks.com or email them at rehforks@gmail.com or telephone them on 01751 417371.…

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giles’ triumph

A rake through the off-road machine images in the Nick Nicholls Collection within Mortons Archive brought to light this nice static shot of what the Triumph factory provided for John Giles in the mid-1960s. Having chatted a bit with John over the past year or three it is clear though he has a lot of respect for the Tiger Cub, he’s definitely a ‘twin’ man. Once Triumph felt the Cub had come to the end of the road for them he was allowed to use a 350 unit twin, probably a T90, whereas team-mate Roy Peplow got a 500. Unlike the current crop of Triumph twins, few of which use ‘all-Triumph’ bits – though we tip our CDB flat cap towards former Pre-65 winner Rob Bowyer whose Triumph is pretty much…

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…a project in your shed

For the past few issues, CDB has been telling you what you need in your shed, trying to tempt you with a series of nice looking bikes from all disciplines of our sport. This time however, we’re suggesting something different… we reckon it’s about time you had a project in hand. How have we arrived at that conclusion? Simple, my uncle – a trials rider of quite some ability in the Fifties – unearthed a Montesa 200 which had been tucked away in a barn on a farm for goodness knows how long. I was invited to pass judgement on it and far from being the well-used and abused ‘farm’ bike I’d expected, this Montesa turned out to be lightly used, complete and pretty original. So, such projects are still out…