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Classic Bike

Classic Bike

September 2020

Classic Bike helps and inspires enthusiasts to get more from their passion for classic motorcycles. The magazine shares their fascination with motorcycling’s heroic past while also helping them buy, fix and improve the bikes in their shed. Our main areas of content are: - Inspirational and entertaining reads that celebrate the glory of motorcycling, from riding stories that put the reader in the seat of history’s greatest bikes to incredible racing tales - Restoration stories and instructional features that inspire and help people get their tools out and sort out their old bike - In-depth technical features from the most expert and authoritative writers in motorcycling If you share our passion about classic motorcycles from the last century, you'll enjoy reading Classic Bike.

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1 minuti
congratulatory corner

#1 Greetings from the USA (Oregon, to be exact). Just a quick note of appreciation for the fine work of the Classic Bike staff. In particular, the May 2020 issue was full of interesting articles, and the photo on pages 40-41 (‘Four and Aft’) of the MV Augusta 750S and Magni 861 was simply stunning. And of course, the visit and interview with Agostini was also a delight. Keep up the good work – we appreciate it over here! Bruce Kerr, Portland, Oregon, USA #2 I really enjoyed the February 2020 edition’s celebration of the BSA and Triumph triples from the early ‘70s. I was there when Paul Smart set the record lap at Crystal Palace on one at 85.53mph. Equalled a year later but never beaten, the record represented an amazing…

7 minuti
taking the sl to xl

When the opportunity arose to purchase a 1972 CL450 scrambler, I couldn’t resist it,” said Steve Pohl. “It wasn’t much in the looks department, but my intent from the beginning was always to build a special.” Steve is retired, living in Alaska after working 32 years as a communications and control systems technician on the Trans -Alaska Pipeline. Before working on the pipeline, he was employed as a motorcycle mechanic in Anchorage. His love of bikes has always remained and he has a history of buying up old bikes and restoring them, often adding his own custom twist to the beautifully-prepped machines. He told CB: “I’ve sold a few bikes that I’ve rebuilt, but mostly I keep them. They are all so cool it’s hard to let any go. I’m back up…

1 minuti
how to… fix uneven points gaps

STEP-BY-STEP 1 With the points gap set at 15 thou on one cam lobe, the other wasn’t opening at all. Uneven cam wear is usually blamed, but I wasn’t so sure… 2 What if the cam spindle is bent? That could cause it. Stripped again, I put the main spindle in the lathe chuck and checked it was rotating perfectly true. 3 The cam spindle should also be dead true if I turned the chuck – but the dial gauge revealed it was about 10 thou out, no wonder I can’t get a points gap 4 What worried me was breaking or distorting the thin spindle; it’s hollow with a fine thread in the end. This boring tool holder looked like it offered possibilities… 5 Perfect – the hole is the right size for the…

5 minuti
trying a bit on the side

JULIE DIPLOCK An eclectic gang of motorcycles shares Julie’s life – from a 1914 Triumph Model C to a 1991 Ducati 900SS. Although it’s fair to say that her tastes err towards the older, more British end of that scale. BACK IN THE ’70s many riders started motorcycling on the most powerful machine they could find with a sidecar attached to it, which could be ridden without taking a driving test. My late partner Steve Burniston was a sidecar enthusiast, and his route into motorcycling on the road was a Triumph 650 Bonneville and chair ridden on a learner licence. Later, when our daughter was born, she was transported home from the hospital in our plunger BSA 650cc A10 Golden Flash combination – though we did carry her around the corner to…

6 minuti
amc lightweight singles

Think of AMC singles and the chances are something like a Matchless G80 will spring to mind. Nothing wrong with that. They’re fine bikes; as, too, are the 350cc G3L and their AJS counterparts. The so-called heavyweight singles are the stuff of classic legend. But they’re not the only four-stroke single the AMC conglomerate produced. After a ong while in the shadows, the once unloved ‘lightweight’ singles are starting to become more appreciated – and sought after. Could an AJS Model 14 or 8 – or Matchless G2/G5 suit you? AMC’s lightweight singles range entered production for the 1958 sales season, with the 248cc AJS Model 14 Sapphire and the Matchless G2 Monitor (yes, really). Both bikes were virtually identical apart from the badges and colourschemes. But, while they looked at first…