The Classic MotorCycle

The Classic MotorCycle February 2020

Started in 1903, The Classic MotorCycle has more to offer the true vintage motorcycle enthusiast than any other publication, backed by Europe's largest motorcycle image archive.

United Kingdom
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
12 期号


editor’s welcome

Talking about the monetary values of our motorcycles is not something I’m ever particularly keen to do, but, sometimes, the patterns and trends are too fascinating to ignore. This came to mind the other day when my brother and I were talking about the Venom my brother now has, which dad bought from his friend Brian Woods in (I reckon) 1994. I specifically remember it cost £3000, which was funded by dad selling his Series C Comet (LLE 422, still out there and still taxed last time I checked, incidentally) for £3800 to my cousin Pete, with the remaining £800 paying for a rather scruffy 1946 B31 for me, also bought from Brian. Incidentally, Brian was the same man who sold dad his V-twin Royal Enfield and sidecar in 1979 (or thereabouts)…

percy tait (1929-2019)

Forever to be associated with the Triumph marque, Percy Tait, born October 9, 1929, died on November 17, 2019, a month and a bit after his 90th birthday. Known for many things Triumph-related, the association with Slippery Sam, a second place finish to Agostini in the 1969 500cc Belgian GP and his reputed 1,000,000 miles as a factory tester – he was never an official Triumph works racer, but considered to be a tester who raced. To that end, the only bonus he ever received from Triumph was a pen and pencil set for winning the Coupe d’Endurance; team-mate Malcolm Uphill had his bike gifted to him. Talking to Jim Reynolds about the incident for an issue of Classic Racer in the spring of 1988, Percy remembered: “And when I wanted my…

news & events

Bristol is nearly here! The 2020 Carole Nash Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show celebrates the 40th birthday of the event. To mark the milestone, organisers are turning back the clock and throwing a 1970s/80s-themed birthday bash and, of course, everyone is invited. Dressing up is encouraged and there will be a cash prize for the best-dressed visitor on both days. Visitors are encouraged to dig out their best 1970s and 80s clobber… flares, tank tops, platform shoes, shell suits, New Romantic frilly shirts – the lot. You will also be able to marvel at the finest examples of private collection motorcycles. Owners spend thousands of painstaking hours ensuring their exhibits are in the best possible condition, ready for display and inspection by the crowds and judges. As expected at the Bristol show, there is a focus…

book review

Suzuki motorcycles The Classic Two-Stroke Era 1955 to 1978 Author: Brian Long Published by: Veloce Publishing Ltd, Veloce House, Parkway Farm Business Park, Middle Farm Way, Poundbury, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 3AR Tel: 01305 260068 Email: sales@veloce.co.uk Fax: 01305 250479 Hardback, 255 x 255mm (landscape); 176 pages with 593 colour and black & white photographs and illustrations. ISBN 978-1- 787112-12-4-7/UPC 6-36847-01212-0 £35 (UK); $60 (USA) Researched and written in Japan by English author Brian Long, with the full co-operation of the factory, here in definitive detail is the story of two-stroke Suzuki motorcycles – a series of models that put the company on the map, helping it to survive a difficult era that saw hundreds of Japanese motorcycle manufacturers reduced to just four. Michio Suzuki was born in 1887, near Hamamatsu, an area associated with weaving and the…

news in brief

CLASSIC BIKE GUIDE WINTER CLASSIC You’ll need to move quickly to make it to the Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic show, which takes place at the Newark county showground over the weekend of January 11/12, 2020. The guest of honour is ex-world superbike and GP star Frankie Chilli. Details: www.classicbikeshows.com GET DIRTY AT TELFORD SHOW The Classic Dirt Bike show, sponsored by Hagon, takes place at the International Centre in Telford over the weekend of February 15/16, and has US rials star Bernie Schreiber and British 500cc motocross Bryan ‘Badger’ Goss as joint guests of honour. Details from www.classicbikeshows.com PIONEER RUN The Pioneer Run, for motorcycles made before 1915, will be held for the 81st time in 2020, but this year there is a significant alteration – the finish has moved away from Madeira Drive…

the way we were in february

1920 The Motor Cycle team enjoyed a brief test ride on the Cotton lightweight motorcycle, with all-new triangulated frame, which the maker – The Cotton Motor Co, 11 Bristol Road, Gloucester – was to launch. What made this new model stand out was its unconventional frame design, which was in accordance with the sound mechanical principle that as it is built of straight tubes they can only be subjected to compression and tension forces. Thus, as far as was possible, all bending forces were negated. By design, the triangulated frame would only have stress or tension at the apex of any set of tubes. The result was Cotton has developed a light, rigid frame with minimal risk of breakage due to metal fatigue. With its perfect wheel alignment, rigid design, and low…