Classic Bike September 2021

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 min
time to celebrate!

CLASSIC BIKE was launched in Spring 1978. This September issue is the 500th edition. It’s grown from a one-off punt into a quarterly and is now the world’s leading monthly magazine for classic motorcycle enthusiasts the world over. So how do we celebrate such an amazing landmark? We thought we’d give the whole mag a 500 theme – especially as, for many decades, 500cc motorcycles were the pinnacle of bike sport and the number one choice for the road riding enthusiast. We’ve picked the 500cc road machines that defined each decade from the 1900s, starting with the Werner and its bolt-on engine in a bicycle frame, through Norton International, BSA’s Gold Star, the Triumph Speed Twin and on to the complexity of the modern four-cylinder Honda CB500-4 and the super-quick Suzuki Gamma…

4 min
a falling star

500 THINGS WAY WE WERE EVENTS YOUR CLASSICS LETTERS ‘The British Are Coming’ proclaimed the first page of an eight-page colour pull-out advertising section in the American magazine Cycle World of January 1971 to promote what BSA dubbed ‘The World’s First 500cc Trail Bikes’. The advertising came at a time, 50 years ago, when the press was awash with rumours of BSA’s demise. In fact, throughout the first six months of Motor Cycle News’ 1971 issues here in the UK, there was story after story of mounting debts and boardroom struggles; this was set against exciting news of BSA’s racing success at Daytona, the Match Races and John Cooper’s exploits, not to mention their formidable presence in motocross with the B50 singles. For motorcycle enthusiasts, it was an onslaught of mixed messages;…

5 min
quite a day for a 500

There were bigger bikes and there were faster bikes at the time, but in 1961 a Velocette Venom proved it had the combined speed and stamina to outshine them all. At the banked Montlhéry speed bowl on the outskirts of Paris, with the help of a team of eight riders the 500cc single became the first motorcycle in the world to average over 100mph (160kmh) for 24 hours. The team leader was none other than Bertie Goodman, son of the founder and managing director of Veloce Ltd, the company which produced Velocettes. He was a hard rider who had finished third in the 1947 Ulster GP on a 350cc KTT, and enjoyed testing his company’s products on road and track. With him was British journalist Bruce Main-Smith and six Frenchmen, including…

6 min
thruxton 500

The French had the Bol d’Or – a massive, weekend-long festival built around a 24-hour endurance road race with a whole range of sideshows to woo the fans. Us Brits had the Thruxton 500, which was a great race – but a one-day affair which had little else to offer and never had the prestige that international events on our short circuits enjoyed. While the French adopted a more liberal attitude to their endurance bike specs, Britain had strict production-based rules – which was great for the manufacturers to promote their products, but never offered the same wow-factor that a bunch of highly-tuned specials from all the major dealerships created. So it’s no surprise that British road racing enthusiasts lacked the same passion for endurance racing as the French, who saw their…

3 min
le vack cracks the brooklands 500-miler

In May 1921, the British Motor Cycle Racing Club announced that Brooklands would host a 500-mile race – the longest-ever motorcycle race at that time, with the most valuable prize ever offered, too. The outright winner would receive the Miller Gold Cup, valued at 200 guineas, to be presented by one Captain AGL Miller, a WWI fighter pilot and Brooklands competitor on two and four wheels. Because it was such a lengthy race, the start time was set at 7am on July 2, with a time limit of 12 hours set on the race. Media coverage reported that the dawn mist was still being burned off as the competitors lined up for the start. Sixty-four bikes, embracing five classes (250cc, 350cc, 500cc, 750cc and 1000cc) started the 185-lap race and the spectators…

6 min
derek rickman 1933-2021

A legendary early British dirt bike ace, later an astute businessman, Derek Rickman passed away on July 3 at the age of 88, after a recurring battle with cancer. Together, he and his brother Don, two years younger, founded the Rickman Métisse marque after becoming two of the leading stars of British motocross races in the 1950s and ’60s, when they were still known as ‘scrambles’. Their father Ernie Rickman, a professional speedway rider with Southampton Saints, died in 1948 when Derek was 15. Their mother Marjorie continued to run the family motorcycle shop in New Milton on the edge of the New Forest, providing enough income to send both brothers away to boarding school in Somerset. Thereafter, Derek began a fouryear apprenticeship at Thorneycroft Commercial Vehicles in Basingstoke, as preparation…