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RealClassic April 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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12 Issues


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from the front

My first ride on the new Royal Enfield twin – which you can read about further on – was one of those rides to which the thoughts keep returning. Not simply because I enjoyed my time out on local familiar roads – although I certainly did that – but because it offers a sort-of perspective to the other 650 twin which has been taking up so much time over what seems like years. It is years, in fact! Blimey, so forth. Two thoughts were endlessly rattling around in the grey porridge I fondly refer to as my brain. First, I wondered why I would ever want more from a motorcycle than the Interceptor offers. And secondly and a little more alarmingly, I wondered why I would somehow be OK when I…

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going rotax

Like many of us, I’ve enjoyed the long-running saga of Frank’s Devonshire-built, almost-but-not-quite a British bike which has appeared in RC a couple of times. I’d assumed it was a ‘keeper’because our great leader had told us so on several occasions. So when he mentioned in passing that he planned to have a clear-out I indicated that I might be persuaded to take it on, not believing for a moment that he was ever really going to sell it… A few weeks later the Matchless washed up on these fair North Dorset shores courtesy of another RC subscriber (thanks, Dave). I heaved it onto the bench, noting the sticky front brake; still, I’m sure the rib will eventually pop back into place. The bike looked… grubby. All Frank’s bikes seem to,…

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REAL REVELATION I’ve just found RC177, when I bought another bike magazine. I’ve already read it cover to cover, a great magazine. The front page and the article that followed on were terrific. The Triaki or Kawaumph is a revelation. This is the bike that Triumph or Kawasaki should have built. The finish is superb and it puts the new Street Twin in the shade. The paint job, particularly the tank, really set off the whole the bike. Just looking at the pictures you wouldn’t have known it wasn’t factory built. When I’ve finished this I’m going over to the website to order a subscription. Keep up the good work! Terry Pope, member READING, RIDING REALCLASSIC RealClassic writers and readers, by their own admission and evidenced by the content of the magazine, seem to have an…

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super sporty ceefer

At the risk of sounding somewhat bike-bigoted and, unusually for someone as pro-BSA as me, I dislike BSA C15s intensely. I abhor their poor performance and dreadful build quality, but most of all I despise their meanness. At a time when all three Japanese motorcycle manufacturers were offering wonderful experiences for riders of lightweight motorcycles BSA provided less, and worse, with the C15. If you rode a BSA Spitfire, or raced a B50 MX on the dirt, you could hold your head up high because these bikes had flair and performance, even if they were becoming ever cruder in comparison with the Japanese. By contrast the C15 dripped inadequacy from every pore, and leading the mediocrity pack was the SS80 – BSA’s sports version of the basic C15. The story starts in…

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magic carpet honda

Honesty is the best policy. Possibly. I was staring at an online pic of a vaguely strange Honda. Do not laugh – several Hondas look vaguely strange to someone who knows almost nothing about Hondas, which would include me. However, I am familiar with sohc CB750 fours, because I ran one for a couple of years in the mid-1980s. Mine was a 1976 CB750 K6, bought cheaply because it sounded like no Honda should ever sound and the owner was convinced that the ghastly misrunning, clattering and misfiring was because the camchain tensioner had failed and the engine was eating itself. My mate Bill, who ran a GPz750 Kawasaki so plainly knew all about Hondas, had already viewed the bike and had nodded and winked and said to me a…

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one owner from new

In 40 years, the Moto Guzzi is only vehicle I’ve ever owned from new. I bought it when I was 20, in 1979, and the only reason I could afford it back then was because someone ran a red light and knocked me off my Suzuki GT500. I needed transport for my imminent holiday so part-exchanged the repaired GT500 and got £565 for it against a brand-new V50 costing £1364 from Kings of Birmingham – the insurance pay-out for the accident meant I could just about afford it. I kept the Suzuki’s rubber-mounted mirrors and fitted them to the V50, so they’re older than the rest of the bike and date back to 1975. I liked V-twin engines and the idea of shaft drive, especially after adjusting and replacing chains all…