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Classic Bike April 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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3 minuti
it’s life – not just style!

A CHAP CONTACTED us to complain after the ‘Old Bikes, New Faces’ issue, saying Classic Bike was too ‘lifestyle’ and asked: ‘What are you going to do next, a fashion supplement?’ He also had a beef with Rick. Apparently he talks too much about vintage bikes in the workshop section. Difficult one, isn’t it? Some people would like the same content, month in, month out, others look for something a bit different. You can’t please all the people all the time. However, we are conscious of including ‘core’ bikes in each issue – and, as the chap pointed out, owners of British twins circa 1960s-70s make up the bulk of the readership. Thing is, though, we can’t constantly reinvent the Bonneville feature or the Commando feature. Well we could, but we don’t…

7 minuti
where australia rules

A NEW ERA IN the International Challenge began at this year’s Phillip Island Classic road racing festival. Packed with talent, a pumped-up Team USA came within 13 points of beating defending champions Australia. Adding to the event was the return of a totally new Team UK. It came with an equally new focus on bringing back ‘genuine period’ machinery and a mixture of well-known racers along with club competitors. ‘AS WELL AS THE INTERNATIONAL MATCH RACES, THERE’S A HUGE CROSS-SECTION OF CLASSIC RACING’ America’s Josh Hayes fought race-long battles with Aussie young guns Alex Phillis and Jed Metcher. Phillis and Hayes bagged two wins apiece, with Phillis the highest individual points scorer overall. Team UK also hope their efforts this year, on a variety of machinery dating from 1972, will encourage both…

4 minuti
technical knockout

WHILE TOURISTS FLOCK to the grand squares of Prague, enticed by the elegant landmarks of the city, it’s worth taking a 20-minute walk to the far side of the Vltava river to visit The National Technical Museum (NTM) which boasts a great collection of motorcycles. The NTM in a typically austere-looking former Eastern Bloc building, but inside it boasts a stunning collection of more than 70,000 exhibits, offering an overview of automobile, bicycle, aviation and shipping transportation. It also houses one of Europe’s most unique collections of motorcycles, reflecting how the country was once a major bike manufacturing nation. The forerunner of the Czechoslovakian industry was Laurin & Klement – a car, motorcycle and bicycle manufacturer founded in 1895. The company was acquired by Skoda in 1925 and rebranded as Skoda Auto,…

6 minuti
new zeal for old bike

‘I WANTED TO DO SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE THOUGHT WAS CRAZY’ THE OLDER WE become, the more constraints we accept without question. We are given orders by older people when we are young, then become the order-givers to the young when we are older. But the orders we follow are sometimes subliminal, not verbal – they are just accepted protocol, like forming a queue. The rebels of the ’50s and ’60s have become the Middle Englanders of this decade. The rebel without a cause is now the target of cynical marketing. We become enveloped without thinking – trapped into a rigid framework of acceptability without questioning the boundaries of what we do and say. And yet young people are out there, crossing the world on Honda 125s and the like. So why not…

3 minuti
roundabout way to a triton

THIS IS ME on my Triton in around 1967. I’d passed my test about four months after my 16th birthday, having ridden bikes on private land since I was about 14, and went straight out and bought a secondhand 650cc Triumph T110. You could do that in those days! At some point after that, I managed to ride over a roundabout (I started wearing glasses after that) and bent the frame, along with inflicting a few more dents. The next six months or so were spent in our garden shed, listening to Radio Luxembourg whilst rebuilding the bike as a Triton and refurbishing the engine – using a gas poker to heat the crankcases so I could fit the main bearings in my mum’s kitchen. The front mudguard, as well as…

6 minuti
memories of percy tait

#1 FOLLOWING YOUR OBITUARY of the late Percy Tait in the January issue, I enclose some photos of Percy that your readers may not have seen. Above left is a photograph taken at the International 500-mile race at Castle Combe circuit on July 24, 1965 – I believe that Thruxton, which was the usual venue for the race, was being resurfaced at the time. The photo shows Percy refuelling the Triumph, with second rider Chris Conn on the bike, which was entered by Lawton and Wilson. Percy and Chris retired with a broken primary chain after covering 226 laps. The photo above on the right was taken at the race meeting that, in his Editor’s ‘Welcome’ to the January issue, Gary said he attended – the National ACU Championship race…