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Classic Dirt Bike Issue 49 Winter 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.

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

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hiding in plain sight

I’d be surprised if I’m the only one who has missed the glaringly obvious until it’s pointed out or another unrelated task reveals what should have been clear from the outset. Thankfully such incidences are rarer than they used to be, or maybe I’m at that age where I can’t remember them. The reason for the subject of this issue’s column occurred when putting the battered remnants of the project Triumph together quietly one evening. Things have moved along quite rapidly after many years of little or no change and the need to free up bench space for other work caused an extra flurry of activity. Triumph engines are not particularly complicated so few problems were envisaged and those that were likely to arise were expected to have been caused by…

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dirt news

Fabulous at 50! Brace yourselves, as you’re about to read an unashamed spot of trumpet-blowing for Classic Dirt Bike … Who are we kidding? It’s not just one trumpet parping away, it’s a fanfare of brass band proportions. Yes, the 2019 Hagon sponsored Classic Dirt Bike Show on February 16/17, 2019 will coincide with the 50th edition of Classic Dirt Bike magazine! Ta-da! For over 12 years we’ve strived to bring you the best from the Classic Dirt Bike world and witnessed our scene grow exponentially, to encompass not only the traditional classic world of thundering Fifties four-strokes but the newer twinshock and Evo bikes coming under our mantle. How do we do it? Because we’re enthusiasts – we love the whole gamut of offroadness… be it trials, MX or enduro, solo or…

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an expert’s cota

In the Seventies, trials riders had pretty decent machinery to choose from to tackle their sport. Thanks to the efforts of Sammy Miller, Mick Andrews, Don Smith and Gordon Farley the Spanish industry was the only major player in the feet-up game. Gone were the British factories and the Japanese were yet to take the sport seriously, okay, we’ll allow Honda produced some stunning works bikes and Yamaha seemed to provide Mick Andrews with a new development for each week, but for those of us at grassroots level the choice was Bultaco, Ossa or Montesa and I doubt I’m the only club rider to have owned and ridden on all three at one time or another. Of the three marques, Ossa’s effort seemed to be the most low-key while Bultaco and…

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clive smith

Clive Smith shocked the trials world – or the experts at least – when he battled his JAS Montesa Cota round the 1973 British Experts Trial in Wales and beat the cream of the crop. At the time, 20-year-old Clive hadn’t actually won a national trial but had met the qualifications for an Experts entry. “I thought I’d thrown it away at the last group when the rear wheel went sideways and I picked up a five,” he admitted to MotorCycle’s Bob Currie who interviewed him after the win. The Smith family were introduced to trials riding when Clive’s elder brother Raymond swapped a Triumph Speed twin for a Tiger Cub trials bike and, without actually knowing what a trial was, had been persuaded to have a go. Clive himself soon took…

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you need… a 1977 works honda in your shed

There is just something about a genuine works bike – it doesn’t matter what make it is really or what discipline it is for that matter, it’s the aurora that surrounds these machines that made the headlines of their day. In the period CDB focusses on, factory machines were still money-no-object creations built with one goal in mind and that was to win. Okay, so the concept would help bring the production range forward too, but it was unlikely that any of the parts used for the works machines would be interchangeable with the machines the public could buy. Such machines would bristle with all sorts of special metals that were just too expensive to use on production bikes, but viable if your aim was to have your factory name on the winner’s…

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you also need… a works aprilia in your shed

Chance plays a bigger part in features for magazines than people realise – for instance, if I had not decided to track down a Bultaco frame on an internet auction site, I would not have been on hand when this beautiful Aprilia was being unloaded. Had it not been because I was known to the lad doing the delivery, he would not have rung the owner and asked if I could take these pics with a view to using them in the magazine. The owner, who will remain anonymous, along with the delivery guy, knew of me by chance and agreed to my request. The trials world has periods of stagnation followed by rapid development and for years the machines were huge single-cylinder four-strokes with rigid rears and girder forks. Then someone…

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