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Classic Bike December 2018

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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there’s nothing quite like it

mike@classicbike.co.uk When I was a youth, my dad took me to the first-ever truck Grand Prix at Donington Park in 1984. Barry Sheene was driving a DAF, a Leyland did a lap on two wheels, and 130,000 people attended – a circuit record, the traffic chaos caused East Midlands airport to shut. However, what made by far the biggest impression was Finnish stunt rider Arto Nyquist doing rolling burnouts, vertical light-smashing wheelies and skiing in clogs behind his Kawasaki Z1300. It was the most amazing thing I’d ever seen. I’ve had a squidgy spot for the Z1300 ever since, however riding Tony Keele’s super-clean Kwak was my first taste. The luxurious six-cylinder 120bhp beast didn’t disappoint – there’s simply nothing like the sensation and sound of a glorious six. You can read…

3 minuti
tait v3 finally up and running

Wiltshire engineer Bob Tait spent decades working to complete the motorcycle you see above. The sad thing is, he never lived to see the project completed as a fully-built, running machine, having lost his fight with cancer last year at the age of 82. But thanks to the Sammy Miller Museum, all those years of hard work haven’t gone to waste. Making use of a cupboard full of blueprints, drawings and sketches of the triple – created by Tait from 1982 to 2009, mainly while cloistered away in his bedroom – they have finally turned his vision of mechanical perfection into a real, live motorcycle. Tait did see an earlier version of his two-stroke engine run in someone else’s chassis, during an Isle of Man parade lap in 2011, but the Miller…

6 minuti
the admiral’s legacy

‘THIS ROUGH-TERRAIN TRIAL IS DESIGNED TO TEST MAN AND MACHINE TO THE FULL’ Once a year up to 100 classic bikers gather knowing they’re not out for a Sunday afternoon stroll. Regs for the Arbuthnot Trial warn “...it’s a hard day’s ride which will leave competitors tired but satisfied they have achieved a tough goal.” The entry represents a wide range of machinery from the popular off-road competition irons of the 1920s to 1960s to rare, yet near standard, road bikes. This rough- terrain trial in Wiltshire is designed to test man and machine to the full. The Arbuthnot was first run as a regularity trial after the First World War, and it’s a concept that’s treasured by the Salisbury Motorcycle and Light Car Club. It’s a must for classic bikers either as…

1 minuti
brough ‘kit’ sets record

With Bonhams’ October Stafford sale a two-day affair this year, it came as no surprise that another auction record tumbled this autumn. And, once again, it was a Brough Superior that set tongues wagging at the end of the sale. A 1925 ex-CF Edwards SS100 sand racer project became the most expensive Brough ever to be sold at auction in dismantled form. It sold to a UK buyer in the saleroom for a staggering £264,500 – more than double its low estimate of £120,000. Admittedly, though, the bike was something special. One of just 12 surviving examples of the original SS100 model produced for the 1925 model year, the bike came with extensive period racing history and had been in single family ownership for over 65 years prior to being offered…

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auction dates

December 15 Mathewsons Auctions sale at Roxby Garage, Thornton-le-Dale, North Yorkshire mathewsons.co.uk January 2019 22-27 Mecum Las Vegas Sale at the South Point Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.mecum.com 24 Bonhams Las Vegas Sale at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. bonhams.com February 2019 3 Charterhouse Auctions sale at The Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset. charterhouseauction.com March 2019 2 Dee Atkinson and Harrison sale at Sledmere House, Sledmere, East Yorkshire. dee-atkinsonharrison.co.uk…

3 minuti
dreams can come true...

I started riding 30 years ago on a BMW R27 that my dad still owns, then moved on to an R60/6. After a reluctant sale some years ago, I bought, rode and sold some cheap old ’80s Japanese crap via eBay. Then my biking dreams really started to come true – I bought my first Brit bike, a ’72 Triumph TR6R which I still own today. After selling my house, I acquired two bikes to fulfil my lifelong desire for Vincent motorcycles – I bought a Vincent Egli 1000 and a Vincent Comet Metisse. The Metisse is a one-off built by Jack Barker and the late Pat French, former owner of Moto Metisse. Both are now registered, ridden and enjoyed in Germany. MIRKO THUN, HAMBURG, GERMANY ARIEL CAFÉ RACER CREATED FROM LEFTOVERS While…