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Classic Bike July 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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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
well ahead of his time

BRIAN CRIGHTON’S rotary-powered race bikes of the 1980s were incredible machines. So fast, so light and so reliable. It was no wonder they won British Superbike races and championships – or that Brian was able to make the bike competitive enough to even think of running it in Grands Prix. I was always fascinated by how such an under-rated man could do such amazing things with what started out as a stodgy police bike – and wondered why he wasn’t snapped up by factory GP teams as a development engineer. But then Crighton often ignored convention. If building a rotary racer in the first place wasn’t mad enough, he insisted on a twin-shock chassis when everyone else had long been committed to single-shock rear ends. I was covering road racing at the…

5 minuti
gold-starred street rod

AN ILLUSTRATION OF an Excelsior Manxman hanging on the wall at the Northants Classic Bike Centre (NCBC) in Rushden, Northamptonshire, crystallised a custom concept in the mind of Barry Barnard. A fan of American board track style bikes and British singles, he visualised a street rod that blended both. And he had a star ingredient: a BSA DBD34 500cc engine, the acme of sporting British singles. A custom bike with a Goldie motor, especially the big fin 500, would indeed be very special. But who dares use a Goldie motor for a custom – a motor so revered that almost all find themselves dressed in period attire? Barry respects standard spec Goldie owners. But beneath that tough-looking 65-year-old exterior lies an impish sense of humour that is tickled at the thought of…

3 minuti
dream day for the gleam team

THE QUAIL MOTORCYCLE GATHERING, staged each springtime on the pristine lawns of the Quail Lodge and Golf Club in Carmel, California is one of the most prestigious motorcycle concours events in the world. In fact, in the minds of most enthusiasts fortunate enough to have actually been there, it is the most prestigious – nothing less than a two-wheeled version of the famous Pebble Beach Automobile Concours that has been held for 68 years just a few miles away on the shores of the Pacific Ocean near Monterey. Like its counterpart for four-wheelers, the Quail Motorcycle Gathering aims to showcase the artistry and technical expertise of constructors past and present. To this end, over 350 gleaming two-wheelers were shown on the lawns of this high-class resort. In terms of machine preparation…

3 minuti
gene romero 1947-2019

ONE OF AMERICA’S greatest racers, Gene Romero, has died aged 71. A tigerish yet consistent performer equally proficient on dirt or tarmac, Romero was US Grand National Champion in 1970 riding for the Triumph factory team, and won both the 1974 Ontario Classic and the 1975 Daytona 200 after joining Yamaha. Although he enjoyed success with the Japanese make, he always said he was a Triumph man at heart. Featured in the acclaimed 1971 film On Any Sunday, good-looking Romero was well groomed and possessed witty repartee as well as outstanding talent. A supremely professional racer, he had a business-like approach to sponsorship (his sponsors included stuntman Evel Knievel) and was meticulous on machine preparation. Gene was born in Martinez, California in 1947 to a Mexican immigrant father and a mother of…

3 minuti
from commuter to racer

‘A BUDGET OF £5500 SHOULD ALLOW YOU TO BUILD A COMPETITIVE MACHINE’ THE HONDA CB350 K-series, introduced in 1969, was supposedly the most imported Honda motorcycle into the USA, and became so cheap that if they broke down they were just abandoned at the roadside. But fast-forward 50 years and these cracking little sohc machines are the mainstay of the CRMC Classic 350 class, with donor bikes still in abundance. The bikes race in a class called the 350 European, which includes single-cylinder bikes like 350 AJS 7Rs and Manx Nortons, plus the odd two-stroke single from Greeves. The CB350 engine (actually 325cc, but also produced in a 250cc version in the CB250) for racing is taken out to 350cc – and with the addition of a race cam, uprated valve springs and…

6 minuti
from total rustheap... to shiny show winner

A WEEK BEFORE my 17th birthday, I got my first bike – a Marble Red 1981 Suzuki TS100 ERX. I loved every minute of riding it, whatever the weather. I even lent it to a friend so he could pass his test on it, but some years later I sold it. The thing is, as time went on I regretted selling it more and more – to the point where I roped my husband Kevin in to help me look for another example of the little Suzuki that had started my addiction to riding bikes. After looking for some time, scanning newspaper ads, eBay and so on, in February 2018 we found and bought ATL 88X – a 1981 TS100 ER (albeit a blue one) in Norfolk. I had a good…