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Classic Bike August 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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1 minuti
singled out for praise

AFTER A VERY brief tenure with an annoyingly temperamental Bantam when I first started riding on the road at 16 years old, I swapped it for a C15 SS80 Sportsman. It turned out to be a delightfully reliable machine that not only looked way too cool back then, but also had a real bark to it that sounded like I’d always imagined a real motorcycle should sound. It was a ride-every-day bike that stoked a passion for motorcycling that still burns as strongly in me today – so it’s great to be able to feature not only the C15, but also some of the other unit-construction singles that highlight BSA’s development from that early 250. CB’s regular test rider, Gez Kane, has ridden five different models that encompass the story from…

4 minuti
a fine group effort

GIVEN A FACELIFT in 2018, the Piaggio Museum at Pontedera in north-west Tuscany is roomy and colourful. While it has a huge display dedicated to the Vespa scooter that made the long-established Italian company famous on two wheels, there is also a large area filled by motorcycles of brands acquired by the company as it grew into today’s Piaggio Group. Best represented is Gilera, acquired by Piaggio in 1969, with a superb collection of historic road, racing, record-breaking and military machines inherited when Gilera’s Arcore factory closed in 1993. They include fabulous pre-war Rondine (Swallow) supercharged fours, racers from 1950s dohc fours to 2000s two-strokes, plus road singles from the first 317cc overhead-valve Gilera of 1909 to the 560cc Nordwest supermotard of the ’90s. Also here are numerous Gilera off-road two-strokes…

2 minuti
mitsuo itoh 1937-2019

MITSUO ITOH, who has died at the age of 82, was the man behind some of Suzuki’s greatest racing successes. He was at the vanguard of the company’s push into world championship racing, when he was part of the team that travelled to the Isle of Man in 1960. Suzuki’s first efforts at following Honda’s TT lead with its two-strokes were an embarrassment. Itoh rode an RT60 in the 1960 125cc Ultra-Lightweight TT. The bike had a top speed of 86mph, against the Honda twin’s 110mph. It was also notoriously unreliable and prone to seizing. To add injury to insult, that year Itoh crashed during practice at Bungalow, damaging his right knee and suffering facial injuries. Only after Suzuki gained MZ’s two-stroke knowhow in late 1961 did Suzuki and therefore Itoh…

2 minuti
rising in popularity

THE LEGENDARY hill-climb track at Prescott Hill, owned by the Bugatti Owners Club and nestled amongst the rolling hills of Gloucestershire, has been running hill sprints since the 1930s – and this year’s Bike Fest was an event not to be missed. Attracting a mixture of bikers from all backgrounds, the atmosphere around the hill was buzzing, and in between the (thankfully) brief bouts of rain, a constant stream of classics, customs, supermotos and race bikes fired their way up the hill. The day’s sprinting brought out some stunning machines from cracking eras of racing, like Neil Armstrong’s gorgeous pair of American Triumphs (a 750 and a 250) and oval-track racers from the early ’70s – not best suited to the twists and turns, as they’re still set up for left…

3 minuti
top class for two-strokes

‘WHAT GOES AROUND comes around’, they say. A large factor leading to the formation of the Classic Racing Motorcycle Club (CRMC) was the availability of ready-to-race two-stroke twins from Yamaha. The arrival of the air-cooled TD series of 250cc bikes and TR series of 350s presaged a ‘sea change’ in 250 and 350 GP racing. The revolution really came with the launch of the TZ water-cooled twins which allowed GP, TT and big international meeting riders the opportunity to buy a bike in a crate, put some decent tyres on it and compete at the highest level. Not only that , a good rider on a TZ350 could beat the might of MV Agusta in the Junior GP class and indeed as a 351cc could trouble the Senior MV Agustas as…

2 minuti
a host of famous racers

THE CLASSIC TT has proved a huge success since it replaced the Manx GP classic classes in 2013. These days it attracts some of the top TT stars to take on the challenge of racing older machinery over the 37.73-mile Mountain course. The races are the highlight of the event and racedays this year are Saturday August 24 and Monday 26. But there’s loads more going on, including some very special parade laps. Ten-time TT race winner Giacomo Agostini is to ride the Robert Iannucci-owned 350cc MV Agusta ‘Quattro Cilindri’ introduced in 1972. Agostini’s name is synonymous with MV, having first ridden for them in the ’65 season. He won the 500cc World Championship seven times in a row for the Italian manufacturer, also winning six successive 350cc titles on MVs. Classic…