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Classic Bike May 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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mike@classicbike.co.uk Mike Hailwood’s TT comeback was, and is, remarkable. Returning to the Island after an 11-year absence was unprecedented, but storming to victory in 1978’s TT F1 race was staggering. To mark 40 years since this momentous occasion, we relive the event word-for-word with the original race report on page 34, then go behind the scenes with team boss Steve Wynne and life-long pal Ron Winder (page 40). We also ride Mike’s actual bike (page 42), thud down sunny lanes on Ducati’s Replica (page 50), and tell the little-known story of the Aussie races that lead to his sensational TT display (page 56). Many of us dream about bikes to add to our sheds, despite having more than we need (nowt wrong with that). However, for Rick Hamblin the collecting bug hit…

4 minuti
japan’s answer to goodwood

The Festival of Sideway Trophy is a clubman race meeting for classic bikes and cars – a one-day event that takes place twice a year. The event at Sodegaura Forest Raceway in Japan attracted around 130 entrants, with total attendance estimated at around 500 – all encouraged to dress in period clothing, Goodwood-style. It’s organised by Tazunu Kaneko from classic car specialist Parc-Ferme and his long-time colleague Yuya Kunimori, a mechanic at an outfit called Paddox. They have a great relationship with specialists in the UK and have attended Goodwood since the early days of the Revival. Unusually their Festival gives equal importance to cars and motorcycles, which was Tazunu’s intention from the outset. He used to ride bikes and is still passionate about them, so when he first set up the…

5 minuti
supercharged nimbus

‘THE ENGINE APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN REBUILT BUT THEN NEVER STARTED’ Pascal Dietsche had a couple of high-quality British specials under his belt. A self-taught restorer, as happy tackling a house as a bike, the man from Grenoble had built two bikes based on Triumph T140s, but fancied something different. So he bought himself a four-cylinder Nimbus… and supercharged it. Introduced in 1934, the Nimbus 750 Type C was the second machine from Fisker and Nielsen of Denmark (who made ‘Nilfisk’ vacuum cleaners). Powered by an air-cooled inline 746cc engine, the shaft-driven bikes used a riveted-together frame made from flat steel bar that ran directly from steering head to rear wheel spindle, with undamped telescopic forks up front and a rigid rear. Popular with the Danish military, police and postal services, over…

3 minuti
goodwood two-strokes get their own uk series

YAMAHA TZ350G Owner: Stuart Tonge TZ350G frame. Davies Motorsport shock. Single AP front caliper. Yamaha rear caliper. Jim Lomas crossover exhausts. Campagnolo wheels. Avon tyres. Scitsu rev counter. HARLEY-DAVIDSON 250RR Owner: Dick Linton Harley-Davidson frame. Ceriani forks. Twin AP front calipers. Drum rear brake. Falcon shocks. Avon tyres. Veglia rev counter. YAMAHA TZ350G Owner: Gordon Russell Ex-Damon Hill. Standard Yamaha frame. Davies Motorsport shock. R5 350 Yamaha cases. Swarbrick pipes. Single AP front caliper. Astralite wheels. Avon tyres. This season sees the birth of GP Originals, a new classic road racing series. It’s for 250cc and 350cc two-stroke Grand Prix bikes as raced in the early 1980s – and it’s entirely thanks to the Goodwood Members meeting. Held in early March, the Members Meeting (GMM) is regarded as the season-opening spectacular of classic motorsport. Motorcycles have been…

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formula 750 revival

Goodwood deserves much praise for encouraging motorcycles as an integral part of its motorsport programmes – and reviving the interest in old bikes with innovative ideas. For the first-ever Revival meeting in 1998, the late John Surtees organised a grid of 20 original Manx Nortons, G50 Matchless, AJS 7Rs, etc; this was a catalyst for the birth of the Lansdowne Trophy, preserving the spirit and history of Grand Prix racing of the 1950s and ’60s. With GP Originals blossoming into a new series and the Members Meeting likely to include a Formula 750 class in 2019, there is eager anticipation of a new wave of Like interest RDs, GTs , the bikes that dominated KHs? You’ll be the early days of OK F750 here then Gordon Russell says: “We’re looking at running up…

2 minuti
ivano beggio 1944-2018

‘BEGGIO’S ABILITY TO SPOT THE NEXT BIG THING EXTENDED TO RIDERS’ Ivano Beggio, founder of Aprilia, passed away in March. He was 73. Brave and forward-thinking, it was Beggio’s enthusiasm that grew the small Italian factory into a famous brand, and racing force – Aprilia have more Grand Prix race victories than any European manufacturer. Aprilia was a bicycle firm started by Cavaliere Alberto Beggio. His son Ivano joined him in the 1960s, took control in ’68 and diversified into powered two-wheelers. Aprilia the motorcycle company was formed in 1975 and quickly made an impact, winning the 125 and 250cc Italian motocross championships in 1977. Beggio was passionate about bikes and in-tune with trends. At the start of the 1980s he moved Aprilia away from the popular motocross and enduro models and into…