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Classic Bike May 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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2 minuti
having a laugh with lampkin

I’VE BEEN LUCKY enough to have spent time working with Dougie Lampkin in the past, but it was always centred around trials events that he was competing in or serious interviews about his chosen sport. He’s always been engaging, quick-witted, but also totally, utterly professional. It was business. But him inviting us along to see some of his bike collection to share with you was an entirely new experience. The first surprise was the bikes themselves. I presumed that he’d be presenting us with rows and rows of trials bikes – let’s face it, his family is steeped in the sport’s history... and they created a fair chunk of it themselves as well. But what we were greeted by was road bikes – British ones, and bikes Dougie had never let…

4 minuti
well worth a citation

AS THE AMERICAN owner of an obscure German motorcycle in 1968 (a Zundapp Citation, see CB March issue), I embarked on a 50-year odyssey. I discovered that Wolfgang Kayser, the owner of a serious motorcycle engine workshop in West Germany, was offering a raft of hot rod parts for my rare-in-the-States 1959 model. I thought the bike would make good raw material for a café racer – and the Kayser speed parts would be icing on the coffee cake. So I basically ordered one of everything and sent him a bunch of German marks, plus some of my old parts for modification. What I got back in return a few months later was a treasure trove of clever engineering, beautiful machining, and careful design. The crankshaft sported full-circle flywheels and five…

2 minuti
drawn into a great story

MAT OXLEY’S STEALING SPEED, first published in 2009, told the true story of how one of Japan’s biggest motorcycle manufacturers stole a Nazi rocket scientist’s engine secrets from behind the Iron Curtain to win the world championship. But now the book has been reprinted, this time in the form of a graphic novel, again written by Oxley, based on his original work, but illustrated with stunning artwork by Christian Papazoglakis (papazoglakis.net). | “The book was Christian’s idea,” says Oxley. “He contacted me with a rough of a few pages and asked if he could do the book, and I said yep, go for it – I was blown away by his drawings and their accuracy.” The story starts in 1961, with the Cold War at its height and East and West battling…

3 minuti
long-distance racers

DAVID HOLDEN AND Krishna Hanns are one of the leading sidecar teams in the Classic Racing Motorcycle Club (CRMC) sidecar racing series, having won the title in 2017 and finished third last year. That’s no mean feat, since they commuted from their base in Myanmar (formerly Burma) in 2017, and David commuted to races from Pakistan in 2018! The married couple work for an oil company and only started sidecar racing in 2015, but by 2016 they were on the CRMC grid thanks, says David, to his brother, Miles, a mad-keen sidecar racer. “It was Miles’ passion and drive that inspired and encouraged us to have a go,” says David. The CRMC boasts four sidecar racing classes. David and Krishna race in Period One, for air-cooled 750cc production-based two-valve twins. For their…

3 minuti
two triples doubled the fun

THIS IS MY pair of Triumph T150s. I bought my first one, a T150V (above) in December 2010. I’d always lusted after a triple since my mate bought his new T160 in 1976 – it’s being rebuilt and we’re looking forward to riding them together this year. I’d been to several Beezumph rallies on my Speed Triple and was fully enthused by the sight and sound of these great classics tearing around the track, so it was inevitable I’d take the plunge and acquire a Meriden triple eventually. I am the 13th owner and the bike was original and a runner, although since 2010 I’ve addressed many issues to improve the beast. Then in 2012 I binned my Speed Triple when my back tyre let go on the Beezumph trackday. I broke…

2 minuti
my classic was way ahead of its time in ’89

Buying my 1989 K100LT was a return to biking after 25 years off – my previous bike had been an ex-police 850 Commando, so I was looking for a capable cruiser with fairing and panniers. This is a bike that came with ABS, fuel gauge, gear indicator, self-cancelling turn indicators and heated grips –in 1989! This one was also so under-priced at £1900 in 2014 that I almost felt like paying the owner more than he was asking. I took it to Cannons BMW, who sorted out the ABS and temperature gauge, replaced the perished rubbery bits and gave it a major service. Cannons are wonderful, always returning the bike with a clean-up – and they don’t bat an eyelid at servicing a 30-year-old machine. After I got it back, I…