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Classic Bike January 2019

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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from weird to wonderful

mike@classicbike.co.uk At the risk of a sweeping generalisation, I think motorcyclists have in-built fascination with both engineering and curious creations. And so, if you’re like me, the curious engineering of the ELF race bikes is a wondrous joy. Their alternative approach to bike design was a highlight of 1980s Grand Prix paddocks, and we’ve got the full inside story including a test of Ron Haslam’s NSR500-powered exotica. Engineering art starts on page 62. Inspired by these racers, I’ve been to see a Quantum 2 – a ‘funny front end’ road bike powered by a Suzuki GSX1100 engine (p70). The big GSX motor makes another appearance in our road test of the ground-breaking Katana (p32), and I’ve also been fortunate enough to ride Team Classic Suzuki’s Katana racer (p40). Not quite as fortunate…

3 minuti
norton reintroduce the atlas

Norton used the recent Motorcycle Live show at the NEC to debut a new Atlas. It joins the Commando, Dominator and V4 SS in the Castle Donington-based firm’s expanding line-up, and like the motorcycles that originally carried the name it’s powered by a parallel-twin engine. The original Atlas was based on the Dominator that preceded it – an air-cooled parallel twin which had started life at 497cc and grown to 600 and then 650. The motor was pumped up to 745cc for the Atlas, which was initially launched for the USA in 1962 and came to the home market a couple of years later. It stayed in production until 1968 when it was superseded by the Commando. This new version is a thoroughly modern liquid-cooled design displacing 649cc (meaning the Dominator name…

7 minuti
art meets motorcycle

The town of Mackay in Australia’s north Queensland recently hosted an exhibition of motorcycles with a difference – it’s about the stories behind the bikes as much as the machines themselves. The On Yer Bike event at the regional city’s Artspace gallery is the brainchild of motorcyclist Julie Skate, who curated the exhibition. She explains: “The decision to include each particular motorcycle was made on the basis of aesthetics, innovation, social impact and, most importantly, how interesting the story of the owner was.” Similar to the popular 1990s Guggenheim Museum’s Art of the Motorcycle exhibition, it featured motorcycles placed in a gallery setting – but in this instance accompanied by professional photographs of their owners and text explaining their relationship. “I was amazed to find Mackay has a long and rich history of…

3 minuti
british motorcycles 1945-1965 from aberdale to wooler rinsey mills’ book is the ultimate reference work, in a creatively-designed package

I consider myself fortunate to be surrounded by a pretty comprehensive library of motorcycle books in my office at home, arguably a much better defined collection than we have in the CB workplace. While there are some that have been bought new, there’s also shelf upon shelf of antiquarian items, many of them dedicated to British marque histories or the history of the British bike industry. But this new book, British Motorcycles – 1945-1965 from Aberdale to Wooler, has to be the most magnificent celebration of British motorcycling that I’ve had the pleasure to read. It’s a weighty tome: 600 pages, 1500 illustrations, and apparently 175,000 words. As the book’s subtitle suggests, author Rinsey Mills deals with the obscure British manufacturers as well as the household names within a period of…

2 minuti
an enormous american auction

Undoubtedly the 238 bikes from the MC Collection of Stockholm are some of the stars of Mecum Auctions’ forthcoming sale in Las Vegas. Scheduled to cross the block on Friday, January 25, the museum-quality bikes were amassed by Swedish enthusiast Christer R Christensson and motorcycle historian Ove Johansson. Carefully curated to illustrate the development of the motorcycle as both machine and contemporary art, it’s a stunning selection of bikes. The collection comprises American, British, Japanese, Italian and Scandinavian machines, but two of the most sought-after offerings are likely to be a 1939 Crocker Big Tank and a super-rare 1912 Henderson Model A. The Crocker is one of an estimated 72 V-twins built by the company and is being offered without reserve, as is the rest of the collection. The Detroit-built Henderson…

1 minuti
variety performance

With bikes still being consigned, Bonhams have some fascinating machines already confirmed for their Las Vegas sale. A stunning 1938 Triumph Speed Twin – formerly owned by Steve McQueen – is one of the most eye-catching. Sold at the McQueen Estate sale in 1984, to Domiracer, it has since been through the hands of Ken Grzeskiak of British Only Motorcycles and Triumph enthusiast (and former customer at Bud Ekins’ shop) Mike Crone. Restored by Ekins for McQueen in the ’70s, it is being offered with a certificate of authenticity signed by Terry and Chad McQueen. Its estimate is $60,000-80,000 (£46,935-62,580). Also on offer is a ’93 Ducati Supermono (left), number 16 off the production line. Described as in showroom ndition and never raced, it’s estimated at $95,000-125,000 (£74,440-97,950). Other highlights…