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Classic Bike April 2019

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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4 minuti
ace classics do mcqueen (again)

TRIUMPH SPECIALISTS ACE CLASSICS in south London have become experts in Steve McQueen replicas, thanks to a steady flow of commission builds from Cedric Colaert, a French-based McQueen fanatic. When he ordered a replica of Steve McQueen’s bike from the World War II movie The Great Escape, he already had Ace Classics-built replicas of the film star’s 1964 ISDT Triumph, 1961 TR6 desert sled racer and 1963 T120 TT racer. This latest build is based on a 1961 TR6R, as per the bike in the film. “We originally planned to use a complete machine as the donor bike, but then found a matching numbers 1961 Triumph in bits and used that instead,” says Kev Rushworth, son of Ace Classics owner, Cliff. Different stories of who supplied the original bikes for the film…

7 minuti
ripper beach race revival

‘FIRST RUN IN 1924, THE SUCCESS OF THIS YEAR’S EVENT MEANS IT COULD BECOME A BIENNIAL FEATURE’ THE VINTAGE AND classic bikes returned to Adelaide’s Sellicks Beach this year, with many riders from the 2017 event returning. First run in 1924, this event was a crowd-pleasing tradition that lasted until 1957. It was revived in 1986 and 1992, then 2017. The success of this year’s event, which attracted riders from around Australia on machinery dating from the 1920s to the early 1960s, means it could become a regular biennial feature of the antipodean vintage and classic calendar. Dave Kernich Triumph 750cc DAVID ‘DAVO’ JOHNSON The fastest Aussie ever at the Isle of Man TT, David ‘Davo’ Johnson was also named the fastest rider at this year’s Sellicks Beach Races. He was riding a pretty special…

2 minuti
worshipping the almighty

1974 RG500 XR14 Rider: Jack Findlay Power: 95bhp 1975 RG500 XR14 Rider: Barry Sheene Power: 100bhp 1976 RG500 Mk1 Rider: Giacomo Agostini Power: 100bhp 1976 RG500 XR14 Rider: Barry Sheene Power: 119bhp 1978 RGB500 XR27B Rider: Barry Sheene Power: 124bhp 1980 RGB500 XR34 Rider: Graziano Rossi Power: 125bhp WHEN SUZUKI DECIDED to make its RG500 square-four racer available to privateers, it created one of the most competitive eras in the history of the 500cc World Championship. Italian Massimo Cuffiani’s new book, Suzuki RG500 – The Racing Myth 1974-1980, is a complete history of the model from its early designs to Barry Sheene’s back-to-back world titles and beyond. Each year is documented with original photos, drawings and artwork to build a comprehensive history of the race bikes. For Cuffiani, it’s been a labour of love. Formerly a designer and graphic designer who worked in the motorcycle industry since 1994, he’s now…

2 minuti
classic racing starts here!

WHEN SOMEONE MENTIONS classic racing, the image conjured up for some is one of elderly gents trundling round with silk scarves trailing in the wind. But that is far from the truth. In fact, competitors range from teenagers to those in their early 80s and the racing is the highest quality you’ll find in the classic world. The range of bikes is enormous, too: the Classic class encompasses marques such as Norton, Matchless, Triumph, BSA and Ariel, with a National ACU championship for the 500cc ‘Blue Riband’ class. Post Classic has all the main Japanese manufacturers represented, with races for a wide range of machines from big four-stroke muscle bikes to the screaming two-stroke TZ thoroughbred racers. There is also a National ACU championship for Post Classic machines. The Classic Racing Motorcycle…

2 minuti
john haynes 1938-2019

ONE OF THE best-known names in automotive publishing, John Haynes, has died aged 80. Born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) on March 25, 1938, Haynes had a passion for motors from his boarding school days in Kent. After converting an Austin 7 car into a sporty 750 Special, he sold-out 250 copies of a booklet on how it was done. During National Service in the RAF, John took up motor racing and helped a friend rebuild an Austin-Healey Sprite. Finding the factory manual unhelpful, he produced his own, taking step-by-step photos and giving his wife Annette words to type on an electric typewriter he had bought her as a wedding present. Hundreds of Haynes manuals followed. The first for motorcycles – the BSA Bantam, Honda 50 step-thru and Hondas of…

1 minuti
remembering hizzy

THIS YEAR’S Classic TT will celebrate the life and career of Steve Hislop. This celebration – ‘Back to the Future: The Hizzy Years’ – will take place 30 years after he set the first-ever 120mph lap around the 37.73-mile Mountain course. The August event will see the career of the enigmatic Scottish rider recognised, with many of his most memorable racing machines taking to the famous Isle of Man circuit in a demonstration lap by some of his former team-mates, rivals and friends. Four-time WSB champion and TT winner Carl Fogarty will head the lineup. Their hotly-contested 1992 Senior TT, which saw the lead change hands multiple times before Hislop prevailed by 4.4s, is widely acknowledged as the greatest TT race of all time. Current TT star Michael Rutter, who competed against Hislop…