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Classic Bike February 2018

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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Paese:
United Kingdom
Lingua:
English
Editore:
H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
Frequenza:
Monthly
COMPRA NUMERO
3,87 €(VAT inclusa)
ABBONATI
31,79 €(VAT inclusa)
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1 minuti
welcome

classic.bike@bauermedia.co.uk I’ve known Rob Iannucci for years, seen his Team Obsolete racing in the UK, on the Island and in the States, but never had the opportunity to visit the team’s base in Brooklyn. So even for someone who has been up close to the team, Olivier de Vaulx’ feature in this issue offers a fascinating look behind the scenes at one of classic racing’s most colourful equipes. Back on home soil, we also go behind the scenes at one of our unsung national treasures, Wasp Motorcycles – a firm that continues to make a wide range of motorcycles and rolling chassis kits using old-school production methods and once produced a bullet-proof 1000cc four-stroke twin engine that earned fame in the off-road sidecar world. There’s a competition bike flavour to this issue. Phillip…

4 minuti
paris in november

‘THE THREE-DAY SHOW ATTRACTS OVER 30,000 SPECTATORS’ “This is the biggest and best motorcycle salon in the world!” says Georges as he samples another glass of Beaujolais. He’s obviously never been to Stafford, the Barber Vintage Festival in the USA or Italy’s ASI MotoShow. But there is one thing the French show-goer can be proud of. Food. While Brits make do with a bacon roll, the French can tuck into a crate of fresh oysters bought from the man who harvested them on the Normandy coast a day earlier – and who uses a BSA and sidecar to get them to shore. And they can buy wine from Jacky Grolet, who rides a Commando and owns a vineyard near Lyon. Held in the halls of the Parc Floral de Paris – think Kew…

4 minuti
bobbing along

Brod Wootton has broad tastes in motorcycles. The former motocrosser – he rode Huskys, Hondas and Maicos back in late ’70s and early ’80s – owned a few Triumph and BSA twins and enjoyed a spell on Harley-Davidsons before getting into classics in 2000. The son of a Norton-owning father and brought up in the village where Norton star Geoff Duke’s factory mechanic lived, it’s perhaps no surprise Brod owns a lovely, restored 1954 Norton ES2. But, as this eye-catching number amply proves, he’s also not afraid to defy convention and put his own stamp on a traditional Brit single too. This may not be the only Norton-based bobber in the world, but it’s certainly unique. And that was the whole idea of building it. The idea of a single-cylinder Norton bobber…

6 minuti
bread winner

Everyone knows Messerschmitt made aircraft. Most people in the classic vehicle world know they also built well-engineered microcars that look a bit like one of their aircraft cockpits mounted on three wheels. But it takes someone steeped in Messerschmitt history to know about utility trikes also made under the Messerschmitt name. And it takes a special breed of enthusiast to undertake the total ground-up restoration of one of these ultra-rare Mokuli three-wheelers. Someone like Julian Harajda, in fact. Construction firm boss Julian has previous with Messerschmitts. The Buckinghamshire man owns a beautiful KR200 microcar and has owned and restored a super-rare, twin cylinder, 500cc Tg500 Tiger four-wheeler. Only about 320 of the sports microcars were built between 1958 and 1961, and it’s the holy grail for Messerschmitt enthusiasts. This 1957 Mokuli…

2 minuti
monkey mania

It’s early days, but Beatlemania has already arrived at H&H Auctions’ next classic bike sale on March 4 with a celebrity-owned early consignment. For years, prices of Honda’s ’60s ‘monkey bikes’ have been quietly creeping up, but the 1969 example offered by H&H looks set to establish a new benchmark for the genre. The 1969 Z50A that will go under the hammer at the National Motorcycle Museum belonged to John Lennon, who used the bike on his Tittenhurst Park Estate near Ascot, Berkshire – where he recorded Imagine. The Beatle sold the bike in June 1971 to motorcycle dealer and co-owner of the Motorcycle City dealer chain Henry Graham, just before moving to America in August. Graham sold it on to the current vendor John Harington. Offered with an extensive history file…

2 minuti
nobby clark 1936-2017

Legendary Grand Prix mechanic Nobby Clark has died aged 81. Tall, slim Nobby (whose real first name was Derek) enjoyed the respect of the world’s top racers. Originally a railway apprentice in his home town of Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), he spannered for his friend Gary Hocking who signed for MV Agusta and became 350cc and 500cc World Champion in 1961. When Hocking left MV, Nobby returned to Africa and worked in a copper mine until Rhodesian GP rider Jim Redman persuaded the Honda team to recruit him as their only non-Japanese mechanic in 1963. Although paid considerably less than Honda’s own men, there were generous bonuses for success. Increasingly trusted, Nobby assisted team boss Michihiko Aika with team logistics as well as working with care and understanding on the twins,…