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Classic Bike July 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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Paese:
United Kingdom
Lingua:
English
Editore:
H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
Frequenza:
Monthly
COMPRA NUMERO
3,88 €(VAT inclusa)
ABBONATI
31,88 €(VAT inclusa)
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1 minuti
celebrating the exceptional

mike@classicbike.co.uk Touring holidays, ambitious tuning, a period dolled-up as a street tracker, disassembled and hidden in boxes, and an eight-valve conversion. Oh, and trips to haul rock samples back from Norway. There’s little that Chris Johns hasn’t seen or done with his Triton since he first put it together in 1976, and with Dave Degens’ help it’s now in finer form than ever before – read the fascinating full story of this delicious special on page 32. ‘Special’ describes everything we’ve crammed into this issue. One-off, hand-built bikes continue with a unique Norlake V-twin (page 50), an exceptional home-tuned BSA (page 45), plus an American Triton unlike anything you’ve seen before (rub your eyes in disbelief at page 38). We’ve met some amazing people too, including trials rider-turned-stuntwoman Debbie Evans. And we…

4 minuti
jap special’s simple speed

Standing out at the last-ever bike meeting held at Shakespeare County Raceway, this 500cc JAP-Triumph sprinter caught the attention due to its functional simplicity. A serious contender and hard to beat in the 500cc Vintage class, it turns standing-start quarter miles in the 12-second bracket and holds the class record with 12.45s at 108mph. Yet this straightliner has no supercharger, no slider clutch, doesn’t drink nitro-methane, has a skinny 4.00 rear tyre and doesn’t need a team to fire it up. Between runs, when others were fettling more elaborate and unpredictable machinery, its owner John Young parked the bike up and enjoyed a cuppa with his partner Maggs. An expert-level motocross rider in the early 1970s, John got to know JAPs when he tried grasstracking. He took up sidecar trials in his…

5 minuti
sydney’s festival of speed

With 15 successful years behind it, the International Festival Of Speed is a big deal in the Australian classic scene. Held at the Sydney Motorsport Park (previously known as Eastern Creek), this year’s festival celebrated 30 years of the World Superbike Championship, aided by legendary riders Troy Corser, Troy Bayliss, Frankie Chili, Chris Vermeulen and Kevin Magee. But it wasn’t all about WSB – with more than 400 race bikes taking part and over 50 races packed into the four-day meet, this feast of sounds, sights and smells provided something to suit every taste and persuasion. PRE-WSB DUCATI POWER Though this year’s festival put the spotlight on 30 years of the World Superbike Championship, there were two bikes nestled in a garage that celebrated the era immediately pre-Superbike. Marco Lucchinelli took a factory…

2 minuti
four hours of thrills, spills and sunshine

‘THERE WAS PLENTY TO SEE AWAY FROM THE TRACK, TOO’ Screaming fours, thunderous twins, elbow-out antics, crashes, a paddock chock full of desirable machinery, celebrity riders... oh, and a deep tan from glorious summer sun. It’s fair to say that the Endurance Legends meeting at Doington Park in May was something of a success. Back at the Midlands track after last year’s inaugural event, the main four-hour race is now a round of the European Endurance Legends Cup. Four classes (Legends, Superbike, Classic, Superstock) cover 1969 to 1986, giving a medley of bikes from exotic specialist-framed racers to tuned tourers, hopped-up roadsters and even a Yamaha TZR250. Mixing classes works – 50 entries packed the grid. Attention focused on the Team Classic Suzuki garage –backed by Suzuki’s Vintage Parts programme, they’re as close…

1 minuti
‘nerves? i feel ill...’

John Reynolds was racing Team Classic Suzuki’s GSX1100 Katana. “Jamie Whitham should be riding – unfortunately he can’t. I was scheduled for Oschersleben in June, so it’s been pulled forward. Last time I raced was 2005,” said the 54-year-old. “I’ve still been riding – I’ve done testing for Suzuki, but that’s not pushing in a race. From riding quick to getting your race face on, a switch inside your mind goes. It’s great to have the feeling again... but I have massive nerves. I feel ill. “The throttle was so heavy I got blisters, so had to work on that. The seat was high, too – Steve has bad knees and raised it, but I couldn’t touch the floor. We’ve got a removable pad. “It’s not a race bike – it’s a Katana.…

2 minuti
alan clews 1938-2018

‘HE CREATED WORLD-BEATING BIKES FROM A SMALL FACTORY’ Alan Clews, the man behind CCM, passed away at the start of May. He was 79 years old. It was his vision and determination that created world-beating competition bikes from a small factory in Bolton, and found success in Motocross Grands Prix, British trials and road race championships, and even at the TT. A skilled rider, Alan worked for the newsagents owned by his wife’s family and competed in trials and scrambles at the weekends. In 1970 his request to buy a works BSA motocrosser was rejected, so he built his own. With a modified B50 motor in a nickel-plated frame, the bike was immediately bought off him, so Alan created another. And that was snapped up too. With obvious demand, he founded Clews…