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RealClassic January 2019

RealClassic magazine features the very best British motorcycles from all eras, plus charismatic Continental machines (and the odd Japanese classics crops up occasionally, too). Long term classic riders will recognise many of the members of the RC team, which includes authors, historians and journalists like Steve Wilson, Dave Minton, Matt Vale, Odgie, Jacqueline 'PUB' Bickerstaff, Rowena Hoseason and editor Frank Westworth -- but the magazine's key feature is that it is firmly grounded in the real world. Our articles are written by real life riders and reflect far more than a simple road test ever can. We're never scared of getting grubby in The Shed (and we even admit it when things go horribly wrong!)

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from the front

It feels a little as though I’m repeating myself, here – repeating what I jabbered away about the surprise, delight and considerable entertainment which arrived by simply riding an old bike – a particular type of old bike; in this case a 500 Triumph. You may recall that I passed some rather amusing miles aboard both our own seriously scruffy T100C and a rather more shiny Daytona last month. And they were both great, with their common features shining through, as you’d expect, despite the considerable differences in their cosmetic condition. What I failed to consider at the time was this… one of the onerous tasks of a magazine editor is deciding which bikes make the grade to make the page. We – editors – have a tendency to favour the…

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built from bits

Let’s start by being provocative. You need a certain degree of self-belief to build ‘specials’. I can say that since specials are all I ever build; I can’t recall ever restoring a standard bike in over 50 years. To embark on building a special, you need to be convinced that you’re creating something better than all the factory experts, or something that’s never been done before… or if it has been done then you’re going to do it better anyway. After all, factory engineers and stylists are constrained by legal niceties and general user-friendliness, while an individual builder has a much freer rein. So if you’re building a bike styled along custom or flat-track or off-road lines, lots of the switchgear and reflectors and general clutter can be jettisoned with gay…

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in coming!

RC readers write, rant and rattle on... Summat to say? Send your comments, hints, tips, tales of woe and derring-don’t to: RCHQ@RealClassic.net TIGER RIDES I agree entirely with Frank’s views on Triumph 500s. Poor little ‘Muddy’ had to spend over 14 months in the shed after I had some surgery. Fresh oil and fuel and she started (literally) first kick, couldn’t wait to go. I didn’t even charge the flat battery as with the Boyer setup she doesn’t really need one. Happy days. Keep up the sterling work, team! Garron Clark-Darby, member 11,711 I’ve just enjoyed reading the real road test of the Tiger 500 Daytona. Many testers only use half the rev range available, shying away from the throttle when they meet the usual obstacle of vibration around mid-range revs. These are only half road…

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rc readers recommend…

A big thank you to Dartford Rebore and Engine Centre. My CSR picked up slightly, very soon after a rebore by them. My fault, I had to go faster than I should have for a very short while. I took the motor to them to have a look at it. They honed out the slight score, cleaned the offending piston of score marks, trued both barrels, stayed open later for me to pick them up, and didn’t charge a thing. Nice people to talk with, too. Alan Brady, member I had been running my Norton on premium brand, premium grade fuel with no problem for a couple of years. This summer, I missed my planned fuel stop on the way to Malvern and had to fill up with some sort of weasel…

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pump it up

Am I on my own when I say that I find the increasing amount of petrol stations who insist on helmet removal very frustrating? As a full-face helmet user who wears glasses, this means that I have to remove my gloves, remove my glasses (find somewhere safe to store both so that they don’t blow away) then remove my helmet, also having to find somewhere safe to place it, and then I fill the tank. Then I have to carry my helmet to the payment counter (no way am I going to leave an expensive helmet unattended on a garage forecourt), pay for the fuel, then return to the bike and replace everything again. Wouldn’t it be useful if there was a list of ‘friendly’ filling stations who don’t insist on…

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four valves bad?

Launched at the 1983 Milan Show, the four-valve V65 Lario came into the brave new world flanked by its near-identical but smaller capacity henchmen, the Imola II and Monza II (not to be confused with the two-valve Imolas and Monzas). They shared common styling but the Imola was a 350, the Monza a 500 and the Lario topped the range at 650. The Lario was available until 1989, accompanied for a while by some four-valve oddities including the mysterious French/Japanese market only V40 Capri. This might’ve been a 350 sold as a 400. The Capri I’ve seen looked like the Imola, except it had a single seat and tail cowl arrangement. Then there was also the extremely uncommon V75 four-valve, a downright odd-looking bike with a washing up bowl fairing, usually…