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Classic Bike July 2017

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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Classic bikes need a fettle every now and again, so we felt it was time to give the mag one, too. We’ve tweaked the front end to cover a wider range of bikes, people and events. We’ve also given more prominence to Rick’s much-loved workshop section – and kept the engine strip and specialist favourites. Features-wise, we wanted to keep the same wide variety, so we’ve got a three-bike Suzuki triple comparison plus a wild girder-forked Gold Star. The classic world is full of characters, and Glen English stands out not just as one of the top classic racers in the world but also one of the most talented model makers and sculptors of two-wheeled machines. British bike shops with real history are relatively plentiful in the UK... but in Greece? We…

4 minuti
laverda gets back on corse

‘THE SFC/4 WAS RUNNING A TEST-MULE ENGINE, BUT PERFORMED FAULTLESSLY OVER THE WEEKEND’ Fans of the Laverda SFC will soon be able to buy a retro-modern version of the iconic 1970s café racer. Called the SFC/4, the new model made its world debut at Sydney’s recent International Festival of Speed. The sleek, bright-orange sports bike features an updated version of Laverda’s 1990s 668cc parallel-twin engine fitted in a tubular space-frame with modern suspension and brakes. It promises 70bhp at 8000rpm from its 700cc, 180° parallel twin which is fuel injected and has a six-speed gearbox. The project is the brainchild of Piero Laverda, son of the Italian brand’s original founder. “Two years ago, I rode one of the old 668s through the Italian Dolomites and realised what enormous potential it still has,” said Piero…

3 minuti
dutch carriage

‘BOTH RUNS INVOLVE A 100km JAUNT THROUGH PICTURESQUE VILLAGES AND ALONG QUIET LANES’ Well, I’ll be a Dutchman... for the weekend, at least. I’m in the north of Holland at the end of April for two vintage rallies running back-to-back. First up is Saturday’s Rondom Gees, followed by the HorsePower Run. And, like the Rondom, the HorsePower – now in its 36th year – attracts around 100 riders hailing from Belgium, France, Germany and the UK as well as the host country. Both involve a 100km (62-mile) jaunt through picturesque villages and along quiet lanes, sometimes bouncing over brick sets that have moved due to the shifting sand underneath them. And that brought home the feeling that the men who rode these primitive motorcycles, with nothing more than a sprung bicycle saddle to…

2 minuti
natty dread

‘KARSLAKE COMPLETED A 400-MILE RIDE IN 24 HOURS’ While most motorcycles designed in 1903 were little more than a bicycle with an engine bolted on, Harold Karslake wanted to build something more sophisticated. Something that would be rugged and powerful enough to compete in long-distance events like the Auto Cycle Club’s 1000-Mile Trial, the Motor Cycle Club’s London-Edinburgh-London or the fledgling Six Days’ Trial. So he bought a 402cc De Dion engine, made under licence by MMC in Coventry, and then he tuned it by converting the single exhaust into a twin-port job. At the same time he liberally drilled the cast iron fins to help cooling, and cut ports in the base of the barrel so exhaust gases could escape at the bottom of the piston stroke. That last modification didn’t…

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tough old boys

Behind the Scenes in the Vintage Years was written by Arthur ‘Torrens’ Bourne, who was engineer to the Auto-Cycle Union, and then editor of The Motor Cycle from 1928-51. He completed the manuscript shortly before his death in 1977 at the age of 75, but it has only now been published as an illustrated 308-page softback. Bourne takes us back to a time when there were more motorcycles than cars on Britain’s roads (495,579 bikes in 1925 versus 473,528 cars). Lean angles and 0-60mph (even 0-40mph) times were not subjects of bar-room discussion – reliability was the quest. Manufacturers demonstrated it in six-day trials, which Bourne supervised in his ACU role. These culminated in epics such as a 1924 3429-mile Round-the-Coast ride, involving a 799cc Raleigh sidecar outfit and a 348cc…

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‘HIS ‘ROCKET 3’ HAS THE GRACEFUL CURVES OF A ROB NORTH RACING TR RIPLE’ We featured Pepo Rosell’s amazing Bultaco street racer in the May issue of Classic Bike and couldn’t resist finding space for this ‘BSA’ that he’s created. Pepo prides himself on building aggressive-looking café racers – bikes that are jacked up at the back and pivot on their nose. His sharp-steering ethos comes from his passion for the race track. His ‘BSA Rocket 3’ – which is actually built around a Hinckley Triumph – captures all his passion and also encapsulates the heritage of two of Britain’s most famous motorcycle brands. Time for a little history lesson... In 1969 Triumph’s racing engineer Doug Hele began development work on a new 750cc three-cylinder machine to race in the burgeoning Formula 750…