Classic Bike October 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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tales of the alternative tt

WE’RE ALL WELL aware of TT history. I followed it as a kid (as I’m sure many of you did), learned about the early races and went there as a punter. In the 1980s I was lucky enough to cover it at a journalist for about three decades until I left MCN in 2012 to take up a role in classic motorcycling. I was there at the height of the Joey Dunlop era, saw David Jefferies’ all-too-short reign and delighted in being around for John McGuinness’ success after success. Racing on the roads has always fascinated me, and it’s a real joy, delving back to learn more about its history – but it was only recently, thanks to Amy Herl and Ivar de Gier, that I became fully aware of the…

5 min
commando on charge

SPECIAL WAY WE WERE EVENTS YOUR CLASSICS LETTERS Ray Coleman is an experienced mechanic who is no stranger to Norton twins and making specials out of them. Back in the mid-’80s, he created a ‘Norumph’ – slotting a 1971 750cc Norton Commando engine into a modified 1971 Triumph frame for riding on country roads and occasional off-road use around his home town of Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand. The first thing you’ll notice about the Commando you see here, though, is the supercharger sitting just below the back of the fuel tank were a pair of Amal Concentrics would usually live. Ray sourced an Aisin AMR300 compressor, normally found in the 660cc four-cylinder Subaru Vivio sold on the Japanese domestic market. This compact unit – it measures just 18.5 x…

5 min
50 years rolling thunder

1971 When BSA closes its competition shop, Alan Clews, a successful trials and scrambles rider, shells out the princely sum of £750 to buy up all the factory parts for the B50 500cc machines and spares to launch Clews Competition Machines (CCM). He builds bikes in his own garage before establishing a factory on Shiffnall Street in Bolton the following year. He creates lighter, faster and more nimble four-stroke motocrossers and markets his bikes under the ‘Clews Stroka’ banner in 500cc and 608cc versions 1973 CCM establishes its works motocross team. Major changes to the original BSA works bikes include revised BSA forks and Girling shocks that give 7.5in and 7in of travel respectively, plus electronic ignition systems designed by Fred Stoneham. Allaction racer Bob Wright gives CCM its first national motocross victory,…

4 min
yvon duhamel 1939 – 2021

The tough little French Canadian Yvon Duhamel, one of motorcycle racing’s greatest characters, passed away on August 17 at the age of 81. He began his career on British machines like Triumph twins and BSA Gold Stars before being signed by Yamaha Canada – the team for which he won the 250cc race at Daytona in both 1968 and 1969, as well as taking a 350cc version of that Japanese twin to the first-ever 150mph lap of the Florida track’s famous banked speedbowl. He will, however, be best remembered for his years with the Kawasaki USA team from 1970 to 1978. For the first three of those years (until the Yamaha TZ750 began its near-total dominance from 1974 onwards) the combination of Yvon and the Kawasaki H2R was one of the fastest…

5 min
spanner in the works

Having joined in 1962, aged 16, I was working at L Stevens in Shepherd’s Bush when Reg Orpin decided to build the ‘Thruxton’ Velocette, based on the Venom, in 1964. The workshops were under the main shop – a dingy old Victorian building with no heating, which was especially noticeable in the winter of ’63! That didn’t stop some well-known members of the racing fraternity coming to the shop, though – the likes of Joe Dunphy, John Tickle, Charlie Rous, Rex Butcher, Vic Willoughby and John Hartle – and these visits increased once the build was underway. Reg had an idea to change the head, with a bigger inlet valve and a larger, steeper inlet port. Whilst this was being manufactured, he began work on the crank and cases, during which…

2 min
my pair of ariels

Here are my two Ariel Arrows. The bike with the gold tank is my first bike, which I bought in August 1965 and still ride today. It was not very reliable to start with, and at 17 I struggled to strip the engine. Our neighbour suggested his brother, Bert Fruin, could help and took me and the engine to his workshop in Greenford. It was quite small and located behind a cycle shop, but filled with exotic racing motorcycles. There were wooden patterns and castings lining the window sills, ready for customers to build their own bikes. He was frustrated that people were not keen to do their own machining and it was a problem he never did resolve. The second Fruin four that he built is now in the…