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Classic Bike October 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
daytona: the name of the game

TRIUMPH HAD A fascination with big American motorcycle events, which wasn’t surprising really since their biggest market for selling motorcycles was the US. They named their 650cc twin after Bonneville, thanks to Johnny Allen’s success on the salt Flats with JH ‘Stormy’ Mangham’s ‘Texas Ceegar’, a Triumph-powered streamliner. And they named their 500cc unit-construction twin ‘Daytona’ after Buddy Elmore won the 1966 200-mile race riding a works T100/R around the famed banked oval. Bonneville always attracted huge interest with the bike community, as well as the hot-rod car fraternity, being in tune with a record-breaking culture that blossomed in the post-war era. But Daytona was a weird one. In its heyday, the 200-miler always attracted a top-class international field and major manufacturers - and enjoyed huge crowds, too - while the race was…

8 minuti
having it at hawkstone

October 2020 EVENTS BOOK REVIEW LETTERS WAY WE WERE YOUR CLASSICS Hawkstone Park hosted the The Matt Murphy Memorial motocross race meeting over the August bank holiday. In this year of Covid-ravaged event schedules, it made for a much welcome opportunity to see riders and bikes from the classic era of motocross getting stuck into some great racing. The legendary race track in Shrewsbury, Shropshire hosted a race programme featuring the National Twinshock and Evo classes. There was an impressive turnout of bikes and competitors, with some riders travelling from as far afield as Fife in Scotland - and though the weather held out, Hawkstone’s characteristically sandy soil proved hard work for many of the veteran riders, especially those on the heavier four-stroke Twinshock bikes. The Twinshock bikes had to be pre-84 air-cooled…

2 minuti
japanese joy

THE SAMMY Miller Museum has been at the forefront of the move back to something like normality in the classic bike world. And, while some of the regular events at the New Milton venue have had to be shelved for this year, a new series of ride-in events has provided a focus for many riders looking for a classic fix. With no need to book, the museum is enjoying one of its best summers, with record numbers of visitors flocking to the recently-extended complex. But the Japanese bike ride-in on August 30 really brought the crowds out. The car park and approach road were full to bursting with (mostly) Japanese metal, while the central courtyard area was reserved for pre-’90 Japanese classics. Around 80 superbly presented bikes from the ‘60s to the…

3 minuti
anything but average

IN VELOCETTE: PASSION OF A LIFETIME, Velocette historian and restorer Ivan Rhodes serves up a history of his beloved marque with a dash of autobiography and diverse contributions from other writers. Although described as a new edition of Rhodes’ 1990 (Osprey) and 2003 (Motorbooks) Velocette history, this production – compiled in collaboration with some Velocette OC members – looks wholly different with much expanded content. The 280-page hardback is heavily illustrated with evocative monochrome period images and more recent colour, some of it of borderline quality. The core history of the Hall Green factory in Birmingham run by the idiosyncratic Goodman family is here, from its 1905 beginnings with the Veloce two-stroke, through an era of racing success with K-Series ohc singles from the 1920s until the early 1950s, to concentration…

3 minuti
will they or won’t they?

The ongoing monitoring of the Covid-19 situation means that all event dates and details are strictly provisional. Contact the organisers before travelling to any event and take sensible precautions to keep safe when you’re there. ON… October 3 Rufforth Autojumble, Rufforth Park, North Yorkshire Get your jumbling fix as Rufforth continues its late year revival. You’ll need a mask inside the main building, and social distancing protocols will be in place but, otherwise, it’s business (almost) as usual. rufforthautojumble.com October 4 Bath Classic Motor Cycle Club trial at Perry’s Farm, Lansdown, Bath. Classic trials were starting to emerge from the Covid crisis (at the time of writing) and Bath Classic are one of the clubs running events in October. Open to pre-65 and Twinshock machines, it’s a great way to get a riding fix. Spectators…

3 minuti
cop out? not me!

A COUPLE OF weeks of searching revealed this 1977 BMW R75/7 going for a below average price over here in New Zealand. Of course, the low price meant a large amount of spanner wielding was required – but that was just what was needed. Due an unplanned change in my employment situation, the plan was to relive my younger days as a motorcycle mechanic, buy a ‘do-upper’ and resell it at a profit. Having worked for many years with BMW and seen the recent resurgence of interest in ‘airhead’ engines, it seemed like a good idea… The bike was on its wheels, so it was tied to a pallet and shipped up from Napier to Kaukapakapa (don’t ask) along with lots of boxes of bits. Rooting through the worn-out bits, I…