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Classic Bike November 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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hooked on old bike mags

Parillas were never on my radar when I first got into bikes in the 1970s, so when Phil Aynsley sent over the pictures of a Wildcat scrambler for this month’s d’Elegance (see p62), I took it as an excuse to dig out some of my old American bike mags and find some original road tests. Especially since the Wildcat is such a technically interesting and gorgeous looking motorcycle. My thirst for American news back in the late 1960s/early ’70s meant I was a regular Cycle World buyer. And not only have I kept every issue, I’ve even managed to supplement them recently, with a stash of 1960s issues, going right back to the launch issue of January 1962. I always knew Americans loved Limey bikes, but never realised how much they revered…

4 minuti
london motorcycle museum faces closure

BILL CROSBY HAS finally had to yield his battle to keep his London Motorcycle Museum at Greenford, Middlesex, owing to the difficulty of keeping pace with increasing property rent. Since the announcement of the impending closure, visitor numbers have increased dramatically, but as Bill ruefully says: “A lot turn up saying they’ve been meaning to come for years; it’s a shame it takes closing to finally get them here!” Many of the 200 exhibits are to be sold in the Bonhams auction at Stafford’s Classic Bike Show this month; Bill is intending to keep 16 bikes as his personal collection, and loaned exhibits currently on display will be returned to their owners. “The problem is the rent,” says Bill, “Ealing council want £13,000 off us per quarter. I’ve been selling bikes…

3 minuti
rod coleman 1926-2019

ROD COLEMAN, A giant of Kiwi motorcycling, passed away in his Whanganui home on August 6, aged 93. His father Percy was a 12-time New Zealand champion and a successful businessman, and after beginning racing in 1944, aged 18, Rod was funded by Percy to race at the 1949 Isle of Man TT. He crashed in practice and broke his jaw, delaying his TT race debut until 1951 when, as part of the official NZ team, he finished eighth in the Junior on an AJS 7R. This impressive debut led to his joining the AJS factory team (after turning down an invitation to partner Geoff Duke on works Nortons) where, alongside the 7R, he raced the final version of the 500cc Porcupine. A perceptive rider, Coleman carried out the gruelling testing of…

4 minuti
california dream display

TODAY, MOST OF the young motorcycle riders in Southern California would associate the name Malcolm Smith with a big motorcycle dealership in Riverside, California. Their parents might remember having bought MSR products (an acronym for Malcolm Smith Racing) or having read countless reports of his wins in desert races. Those who don’t even ride motorcycles might even remember seeing him in On Any Sunday – arguably the greatest motorcycle movie of all time. Taking a tour of the dealership, it’s easy to understand why his name is associated so closely with the off-road community. The first floor is packed with brand new off-road racing motorcycles from many brands, but even though it’s impressive, especially from a European perspective, that’s not the whole story. It’s when the visitor climbs the staircase to the…

2 minuti
go to the number one show

THE FABULOUS BARRY SHEENE bikes and memorabilia display we previewed in last month’s CB is sure to be one of the main attractions at the London Motorcycle Show, but there’s plenty more to interest classic fans. Bonhams will be bringing a selection of machines that’ll be offered for sale at their Spring sale at Stafford next April to the classic zone, and old bike fans will have a unique chance to take a close look at some of the fabulous machines before they go under the hammer. There’ll be classic dealers, too, so bring plenty of cash! The live action on the Michelin Thunderdrome looks set to be even more thrilling this year, too. After a two-year absence, TT ace John McGuinness is making his return to action at ExCel. He’ll…

2 minuti
birmingham bash is an undercover job

Run alongside the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, the Classic Motorbike Show brings the curtain down on the show season. The now-familiar Pride of Ownership concours is back for another year alongside a stack of individual and club bike displays, and there’s also a special display of Pioneer machines to enjoy. The show is all indoors, too, so the British winter weather can’t disrupt things – even the autojumble is all under cover. How posh. NOV 30 Simple pleasures Fancy a good, old-fashioned autojumble? Here you go, then... No frills, no fuss – and none the worse for that. The VMCC Somerset section’s autumn autojumble at Shepton Mallet promises to be another belter. The section runs two autojumbles a year at the Royal Bath and West Showground – and they’ve gained a deserved…