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Classic Bike November 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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United Kingdom
Lingua:
English
Editore:
H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
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Monthly
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31,79 €(VAT inclusa)
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1 minuti
welcome

classic.bike@bauermedia.co.uk It seems rather timely for Garry Laurence to have finished his Norton Featherbed-framed BSA Gold Star to coincide with our coverage of the Ace Cafe Reunion. Garry’s NorBSA is one in a series of amazingly well-detailed café racers he builds under the Spirit of the Sixties banner. The NorBSA tips a nod to the time when young tearaways on two-wheelers used to hang out at cafes like Garry’s local – Johnson’s, down the road from Brands Hatch. His NorBSA is a top quality, something we’ve come to expect from this prolific specials builder and was a no-brainer when it came to choosing a bike for this month’s cover. On the subject of Brands Hatch, it was a circuit once famous for grasstrack racing, but grasstracker Alf Hagon – the focus of our…

3 minuti
one for the eagle-eyed

‘IT’S SO EASY TO SWING THE MB250 AROUND – A REMARKABLY COMPETENT AND COMPLETE PACKAGE’ Rebuilding one of the oldest industrial companies in Germany in the aftermath of WWII was no easy task. The Adler factory – which had churned out innovative bicycles, cars, typewriters and motorcycles with the firm’s famous eagle logo since 1886 – was just about levelled during the bombing of Frankfurt in 1944. But rebuild they did. And the machines they produced from 1946 until their motorcycle production ceased in 1957 were some of the finest two-stroke bikes of their era. Take a look at an Ariel Leader or Arrow – or an early Yamaha twin – and you’ll see the debt they owe to Adler. The German motorcycle industry certainly wasn’t just about flat twins in the…

1 minuti
class of 2017

Tuer’s Garage Solo Girder Fork Tony Green, Velocette MAC Pre-63 250cc Solos Samuel Page, Velocette MOV 250cc Solo Specials 63-72 Geoff Mills, Ducati Palletforce Pre-63 251-350cc Solos Graham Buller, Norton Goodwin 1963-1972 251-350cc Solo Specials Dave Matravers, Seeley 7R Pre-63 351-500cc Solos Lee Moore, Norton Manx Bob Newby 1963-72 Solos Dave Matravers, Seeley G50 Three BEARS 1963-72 501-750cc Solos Tony Jiminez, Norton Atlas Pre-63 Over 500cc Solos Mike Ley, BSA A10 Woodland Oil 1963-72 Over 500cc Solo Specials Graham Buller, Norton Rex Caunt Formula Bantam Robert Duesbury, Bantam 175 Lacy Ducati Pre-77 Single-Cylinder Solo Ducatis up to 500cc Richard Hawkins, Ducati MkIII BEARS F1 Pre-86 Solos Carl Smalley, BMW K100 BEARS F2 Nic Powell, Moto Guzzi 750 BEARS F3 Dave Fitzpatrick, Laverda D&M Engineering Pre-84 Japanese Air-cooled Solos 250cc: Darin Mills, Suzuki T20 251-350cc: Terence Sansom, Honda K4 351-500cc: David Hebb, Honda CB500 Pre-59 Sidecars Unlimited Nick &…

2 minuti
just champion

‘WITH CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE DECIDED IN 26 OF 27 CLASSES, THE ACTION WAS ALWAYS GOING TO BE HECTIC’ It was crunch time at Cadwell Park as the final two days of the British Historic Racing Championships (BHR) played out at the Lincolnshire circuit over the weekend of September 23/24. The end-of-season round is Cadwell’s second most popular event in terms of entry (after the British Superbike meeting), as proven by the full paddock. Perhaps the dedication of the event to the memory of the late John Schoenemann – who was killed at the corresponding meeting last season – boosted entries still further. John was a popular as well as a successful member of the classic racing family. British Historic Racing is a broad church – another reason why meetings attract such a big…

2 minuti
ace cafe weekender

‘THE REUNION IS VERY MUCH ABOUT RIDING – REFLECTING THE CAFÉ RACER ETHOS’ The first Ace Cafe Reunion, organised by venue reviver Mark Wilsmore and associates in 1994, was expected to be a modest gathering of ageing ton-uppers and Rockers, reminiscing about the glory days before the renowned eatery closed in 1969. In the event, a bike-borne horde turned up at the north London site, seven years before it officially reopened. The Reunion was, and continues to be, an exuberant celebration of motorcycle culture and its carefree spirit, attracting riders of all ages on a variety of machinery. Even now, diehard veterans of the pre-1969 caff show up. Among them this year were Dave Johnson, who first went to the Ace on the 112 bus from his Neasden home in 1961, and Phil Bradley,…

3 minuti
auctions

AUCTION PREVIEW LOCAL HERO A piece of local history goes under the hammer at DAH’s next classic car and motorcycle auction at Sledmere House, East Yorkshire on November 4. A 348cc 1960 Manx Norton, that was raced by Sheffield’s Bill Beevers, Hull’s Noel Stephenson and local Driffield lad Ben Noble, with a TT and Manx GP racing history is bound to be one of the most keenly anticipated lots at the sale. Unused since 1996 and offered as last raced with a host of documentation from its racing days, the bike will require re-commissioning after its layoff (estimate £15,000-20,000). AUCTION REVIEW LOVELY LAVVY The highest price realised from the 11 bikes offered at Historics recent combined car and bike sale at Brooklands on September 23 was £19,600, paid for a ‘recreation’ of an Indian board…