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RealClassic March 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

The new year is certainly turning out to be entertaining – not least on the 2-wheeled front. So far it’s included a surprising Honda (I doubted that was even possible) and a brand-new Royal Enfield – a twin. You can read a lot about the former and a little about the latter in next month’s magazine – this issue was already too far into production to change by the time I got to ride the bikes. I always try to approach a bike asking myself the same question – do I want to buy this? That’s putting it very simply, because it’s a very complicated question reduced to a too-simple single sentence. And it’s almost impossible to answer honestly, too, because if it was easier I’d struggle to move at all…

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the budget t-bird

Given its head in 1963, a Triumph Thunderbird swept Bob Currie to 102mph, oozing a deceptively laidback power delivery that was ‘so smooth as to be nigh-on liquid. No kick in the pants feeling, but an all the way push which sends the speedometer needle up in to the nines before you know it.’ One minute, Bob was noodling along at 30mph in top gear. Just 13 seconds later he’d accelerated cleanly to 80mph without swapping a single cog. That’s why the unit construction 6T was so popular with police forces across the UK and municipal fleets worldwide, to the extent that the scuffers’ bikes gained a special nickname – The Saint. It’s also one reason why the Thunderbird of the mid-60s is such an attractive classic rider’s machine today. There’s another…

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MIGHTY MOPEDS Frank’s ‘road test’ of the mighty Puch MS50 brought back memories. In about 1970 I was regional rep for a dealer who had the Puch franchise for Kent and Sussex. My job was to tour all the dealers in a Transit van trying to flog those things. While well-made they were pretty awful to ride, the pedal / footrests being far too high. They were not popular and I think I got 15 bob commission per sale. The Puch Maxi was a very different box of tricks. They sold like hot cakes, but my commission was cut to 10 bob each because I was getting too much take-home pay! My ‘works bike’ was the very delectable Puch 125 motorcycle. I remember taking it to Brands Hatch for a press day…

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golden moments

I agree with Frank about BSA plunger A10s as described in RC178. I had one for some while, attached to a sidecar. It was as he says, completely worn out when I first acquired it, and sounded like a box of knives and forks being shook up and down on the ride home. With a rebuilt bottom end it took my wife and I to the TT for a number of years. A delightful old machine. John Lay, member 3626 They were indestructible, weren’t they? And then all of a sudden they became classics and needed complete engine redesign, somehow. Curious. I’d still like one… Frank W…

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subscriber winners!

At the end of last year we held a special subscriber giveaway, sponsored by LYNBROOK INSURANCE who offer specialist policies tailored to the needs of classic motorcyclists. And our wonderful winners are… B Jones of Corfe Mullin; S Hargreaves of Hartley Wintney; D Bridge of Crewe, A Winfindale of West Bridgford and D Clark of Colchester. Congratulations to you all – your £25 cheques are in the post! Commiserations to everyone else who didn’t win this time – but remember to ask Lynbrook for a quote next time your bike or car policy comes up for renewal because you might save even more……

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ceefer appreciated

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the article by the biking vicar Alan Davies about his BSA C11 in RC177. Alan’s article was really well constructed. It held my attention throughout, being informative with humorous comment, and at its conclusion I actually wanted more. I’m not particularly religious, but if Alan was my local vicar I think I’d be a regular. David Clark, RC member I have to say how much the January issue of RealClassic was enjoyed, such words to enlighten the heart on this cold, damp winter season. The article from Fr Alan Davies I could relate to well through my motorcycling life. I started with a Honda CB100N , moved on to more Hondas, mighty MZs, a well-used and abused Triumph T100SS, then a 650 Bonnie to five Enfields. John B Nicholls,…