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Classic Bike October 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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3 minuti
the way we were

We recently received an email from an American reader complaining we had made an ethnic slur in using the term ‘Jap fours’ in a recent issue. We hold our hands up and apologise unreservedly for the slip – although the term was used as an abbreviation, and never intended as a slur. But the gent’s vitriol got me thinking about those times before political correctness had taken over our lives – a time when my mates and I were just getting into bikes and used to gather in the Bell Inn for our weekly ‘sesh’. Our ‘sesh’ involved under-age drinking – sitting in the corner of the bar, nursing a pint of Red Barrel all evening, having a heated conversation which always led to the most ferocious of motorcycling debates of the…

3 minuti
fascinating french lesson

ONE OF THE world’s most interesting motorcycle museums is also one of the most unassuming. The Musée de la Moto in Marseille traces the history of French motorcycling, plus landmark models from other countries, in a display of more than 250 machines. Housed in a restored and converted mill building just a couple of kilometres from the city centre, the only indication it has anything to do with motorcycling is the modest signage on its heritage wall tiles. Take a step inside and you are transported back into a world of motorcycling dating back to 1885, with exhibits spread across four floors. All the machines in the collection are in working order and either owned by the museum or granted or loaned from other major collections throughout France. As well as motorcycles,…

4 minuti
on a wing and a prayer?

REMEMBER THE EGLI Vincent hillclimber we featured in the May issue of CB ? When I interviewed Florian Burki about riding it, he mentioned he had also raced a Gold Wing in 24-hour endurance races. Bizzarely, I’d recently photographed the very bike, which is part of Horst Freidrichs’ collection. Horst was the boss of Honda Switzerland who, in 1976, took the audacious step of wrapping a super-trick chassis around the ultra-reliable engine of a GL1000 Gold Wing. Back in the early 1970s, the Bol d’Or 24-hour endurance race was one of the biggest motorcycle racing festivals in the world, and it was undoubtedly one of the most exciting, too. With 200,000 spectators packed into Le Mans (the race was held there from 1971 until 1977), and then Paul Ricard (1978-1999), the Bol attracted…

5 minuti
ccm’s dl12 scrambler starts to shape up

EARLIER THIS YEAR, we spent a couple of days with trials maestro Dougie Lampkin as he shared his eclectic collection of classic bikes with readers of Classic Bike . Since then he’s bought a Gold Star trials bike at auction and, thanks to the plea he made for help in our ‘Collector’ feature, he’s found someone to fettle his Scott back to working condition. He’s also been spending time at the CCM factory, working with designer Osian Flowers to finalise the street scrambler project he’s linked with. Along with seven-time world champion Carl Fogarty, 12-time World Trials Champion Dougie is an ambassador for the Bolton-based brand. And like CCM’s relationship with Foggy, the collaboration will be celebrated with a special edition of the Spitfire model, albeit a very differently-styled machine to others…

8 minuti
engaging all ages

I LOVE THE West Kent Run. Organised by the West Kent section of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club, it’s local for me, sparing me the usual dismal crawl around the M25 and beyond. But that’s only a coincidental part of the appeal; the best thing is it’s one of the most relaxing events of the year. The south-eastern location, just off the M20 motorway at Aylesford Friary near Maidstone, has always ensured the event’s International appeal – and to make the trip worthwhile for visitors from afar, the weekend runs from Thursday to Monday, promoting an unusually high percentage of camping visitors who are accommodated on a large, well laid-out field. This creates the ‘holiday’ atmosphere that I think is the secret to the chilled out feeling. The main event, the run…

2 minuti
classic racing

SINCE 1979 THE CLASSIC RACING MOTORCYCLE CLUB passed a milestone earlier this year when the 10,000th member joined since the club was formed in 1979. The club is dedicated to the preservation and use of Classic Racing Motorcycles and to that end organises seven race meetings at the premier circuits in the UK. Active membership in recent years has been consistent at around 1000. The CRMC celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and the current members have invited those that founded the club back in 1979 to join them at Snetterton in September for a reunion. Indeed, one of the early members has raced with CRMC every year for 40 years – that must be some sort of record and worthy of a pint of Guinness! THE CLASSIC RIDERS There are a wide variety…