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Classic Bike August 2017

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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classic.bike@bauermedia.co.uk This is The Green Issue, but not some kind of environmentally-motivated political message those three words now suggest. Far from it. It’s a celebration of a time when green was mean, a time of Kawasaki’s outrageous two-strokes triples and ground-breaking four-strokes. A time when big horsepower was everything and chassis technology was struggling to catch up. In the early 1970s riders were going Kawasaki crazy on the road with the wild 500cc and 750cc two-strokes. On track it was fast and furious too, with people like Mick Grant at the TT and short circuit heroes like Yvon DuHamel and Art Baumann struggling to tame the ‘green meanies’. Then came the four-strokes. Godier Genoud won endurance races with the Z1/Z1000 power units and Eddie Lawson earned legendary status racing a Z1000 in American…

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keep parma and carry on

‘MORE VARIETY THAN THE TOPPINGS ON A REGGIO EMILIA PIZZA’ With over 700 motorcycles on the track at the ASI MotoShow, there was more variety than toppings on a Reggio Emilia pizza. But if you’ve never been to the Autodrome di Varano before, nothing would prepare you for the feast in store. If your palate prefers early vintage machinery, there were Peugeot and Griffon singles from the dawn of motorcycling, but if spicy pepperoni is more your style, how about the 1938 supercharged four-cylinder 500cc Bianchi that was making a rare appearance from a private collection or an ex-Loris Capriossi Ducati Desmosedici MotoGP racer? As usual, some of the greatest riders in the world joined the party including Giacomo Agostini, Freddie Spencer and Carlo Ubbiali. “I’m too old to ride today,” laughs Carlo,…

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rudge dirt track tt rep

‘WE ONLY NEEDED TO BUY NEW VALVES AND SPRINGS AND A FEW MINOR PARTS’ Every motorcycle club needs someone like Dante Petrucci. He’s the driving force behind the Italian section of the Rudge Enthusiasts Club and every year at the ASI MotoShow he brings together an impressive display of Rudges and Python-engined specials from companies like Miller, Linx, Ganna and Simoncelli. There’s always a star at his show – one year it was Rudge TT Replicas used by Enzo Ferrari’s race team, other years it has been a double-overhead-cam conversion and a V-twin with a home-made crankcase and Ulster top ends. But this year he brought along a Rudge that could have maintained the pushrod four-valve engine’s competitive edge. In the 1930s Les Graham (who would go on to win the first…

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ancient indian

Much of the motorcycle interest at Mecum’s August sale in Monterey, California, centre on the collections of former rock and pop musician John ‘J’ Geils – who died in April this year – and Harley-Davidson and Indian collector James Giorgio Snr. While the J Geils collection majors on cars, there’s also a 1970 Ducati 350 Desmo for sale, said to be in terrific condition, a 1977 MV Agusta 125SS and one of just 80 Benelli Sei models imported to the USA. This is in café racer trim and is said to have been Geils’ favourite motorcycle. The 1903 Indian Camelback Single from the Giorgio collection (above) typifies the quality of the vintage enthusiast’s machines. Claimed to be the oldest unrestored Indian in existence, it’s sure to provoke strong bidding. AUCTION REVIEW PRE-WAR PRICES UP A…

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auction dates

August 16-19 Mecum at Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel, Monterey, California, USA www.mecum.com 17 Worldwide Auctions at The Pacific Grove Golf Links, Monterey, California, USA www.worldwideauctioneers.com 19 Cheffins at The Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate www.cheffins.co.uk September 2 H and H at The National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull www.handh.co.uk 3 Charterhouse at Netley Marsh, Southampton www.charter-house-auction.com 7 Dorset Vintage and Classic Auctions at Athelhampton House, near Dorchester www.dvca.co.uk October 14 Cheffins Cambridge Vintage Sale at the Machinery Saleroom, Ely. www.cheffins.co.uk 15 Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale, Stafford. www.bonhams.com 28 Richard Edmonds Auctions Sale at Allington, Wilts www.richardedmondsauctions m .com…

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1977 isle of man tt

After the TT lost its World Championship status in 1976, the Isle of Man authorities worked with the ACU to develop a new formula of racing. This would hopefully ensure the future success of the 37.73-mile course and would allow organisers to embrace other events to form a meaningful world championship on pure road courses. The new TT formula featured bikes with production engines in aftermarket frames and covered three different classes: Formula One (four-stroke from 600-1000cc and two-stroke 350 to 500cc); Formula Two (four-stroke from 400-600cc and two-stroke 250-350cc), and Formula Three (four-stroke from 200-400cc and two-stroke 125-250cc). For 1977 and 1978 the TT Formula was run just at the TT, but a new ‘championship’ then included the Ulster GP for 1979 and would eventually grow into an eight-round World Championship,…