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Classic Bike March 2020

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
old bikes young faces

“Classic bikes? Let’s face it – there’ll be no future for them once we’re gone.” “Our mainstream classics will be worthless in just a few years...” “The only old stuff that will retain any value will be the upmarket collector’s bikes.” “We’ll soon have lost all the engineering skills and knowhow to keep these things going.” How many times have you heard conversations with those sentiments when you’re at some kind of old-time bike event, supported by old-timers, poring over old-timer motorcycles? Well, I’m an old-timer and while there’s nothing wrong with us old-timers messing with old bikes, I’m totally stoked* about the future of classic motorcycling. Thing is, you don’t have to look that far to find young people living the whole classic bike dream, whether it’s restoring old clunkers, re-engineering dead flat-tankers or…

7 minuti
a classical education

I’VE JUST VISITED a school that’s very different to any educational establishment I attended in my youth – in a good way. After an invitation from Simon Carter, who teaches History and Politics at Cokethorpe School, just outside Oxford, I went along to take a look at their ‘Builda-bike’ life-skills programme. They have a group of around 15 students, ranging from 11 to 18, currently involved in the restoration of a 1960 BSA Bantam. Simon said they have been following with great interest the progress of young Lewis Perry’s Excelsior restoration – which I’ve been helping him with and reporting on in CB – and wondered if I was free to pay them a visit. It was an opportunity not to be missed, and Lewis wanted to come too, so off…

2 minuti

MCN SCOTTISH MOTORCYCLE SHOW MAR 7 - 8 Northern exposure Scotland’s number one bike show fires up in Edinburgh once again AS USUAL, THE Classic Bike magazine Classics Pavilion will be the place to be as our sister-title MCN’s annual Scottish show opens its gates. As early as the new year, 70 classic owners had already confirmed their entries for the prestigious concours competition and there should be around 350 classic bikes on display over the weekend once the trade and club displays are factored in. That makes the show the biggest collection of classic iron in Scotland – reason enough to head for Edinburgh. Outside, the Classic Bike fire-up paddock adds a glorious soundtrack to the event, while back indoors, our sister-title Built once again curates the ‘Built Not Bought’ custom show, where…

1 minuti
event listings

MARCH 7 Rufforth Autojumble, Rufforth Park, Yorkshire 8 Malvern Drive-in Classic Car and Motorcycle Show at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire 8 Classic Bike Day, Ace Café, Stonebridge, London 28/29 The Manchester Bike Show, Event City, Trafford, Manchester APRIL 5 National Twinshock motocross at Polesworth, Staffordshire 11/12 Red Marley Hill Climb and trial at Great Witley, Worcestershire 11/12 British Historic Racing race meeting at Mallory Park Circuit, Leicestershire 13 Ashford Classic Motorcycle Show and Bikejumble, Ashford Market, Kent 25/26 Carole Nash International Classic Motorcycle Show, Stafford County Showground, Staffordshire. 26 Vintage and Classic Japanese Bike Day, the Ace Café, Stonebridge, London MAY 1/2 Pre-65 Scottish Two Day Trial, Kinlochleven, Lochaber 3 Spring autojumble at the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum, New Milton, Hampshire…

8 minuti
colin seeley 1936-2020

ONE OF THE most dynamic and creative figures in British motorcycling, Colin Seeley, has died aged 84. Among the world’s top sidecar racers of the 1960s, he not only built a respected marque around excellent frames, but also berated organisers to improve UK racing, founded a charity and remained active on the UK bike scene until he became ill in 2019. Born to motorcycling parents, Colin grew up in Bexleyheath in south-east London’s outer suburbs. He first took to the road on his father’s pre-war 1000cc HRD-Vincent sidecar outfit and diced with friends from the Oakdene Cafe, a bikers’ haunt off the A20 near Wrotham. Starting out in motor trade jobs, he set up his own motorcycle shop at Belvedere in 1956. His first competitive riding was in scrambles on a…

8 minuti
the young ones

WE DIDN’T KNOW we were ‘baby boomers’. Back then, no one used the term that came to describe those of us born after the end of World War II in 1945. Growing up in the countryside, we had the freedom to wander and explore – first on foot, then by bicycle and eventually by motorcycle. The ‘family car’ was a new concept and as hire purchase agreements made it possible to live more luxuriously, dads and uncles across the nation were abandoning their faithful motorcycles for the warmer, drier four-wheeled option. Teenage boomers saw things differently. Excitement was our option – and the income from a newspaper round or a few hours’ serving petrol each week could open the door to the world of motorcycling and change your life forever! That…