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Classic Bike November 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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mixing with the greats

mike@classicbike.co.uk My neighbour isn’t a motorcyclist and has no interest in bikes. He couldn’t tell a Velocette LE from a Ducati 900SS. Yet there’s one machine that grabs his attention when it rolls up outside; not only that, but he can recognise it at 100 paces. Triumph’s Bonneville. Is there a more famous motorcycle? Everyone knows the Bonnie, either through ownership, association or reputation, and 60 years after it was first seen at Earls Court the twin is still part of the fabric of biking. So we joined the Triumph Motor Cycle Owners Club for a knees-up. The celebration of an icon starts on page 30. It’s not the only iconic metal this month as, for reasons best known to themselves, Suzuki decided to let me ride a couple of Barry Sheene’s…

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cb750 enjoys 50th birthday bash

I’ve never seen so many sohc Honda CB750s in one place before. Probably, unless you worked on Honda’s production line between late 1968 and 1978, neither have you. But Honda parts specialist David Silver couldn’t let the 50th anniversary of the launch of the first modern superbike pass without celebration. After all, the ground-breaking CB750 has been instrumental to the success of his classic Honda parts business. He owes it one. Today, David has thrown open his business premises and the Honda museum he opened in 2016 in Leiston, Suffolk, to welcome CB750 owners to show off their machines – and Honda fans to admire them. Entry to the museum is free for the day, while Bonhams Auctions, the Honda Owners Club, Dream Machine Racepaint and CR replica specialists Good-Bits have…

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that winning feeling

CLASS 1 Earliest VIN No. Honda CB750 Ole Larsen, 1969 CB750 CLASS 2 Earliest UK Honda CB750 Michael Taylor, 1969 CB750 CLASS 3 Most Original (unrestored) Honda CB750: David Warton, 1973 CB750-K3 CLASS 4 Best Presented Honda CB750 Karen Wicks, 1975 CB750-K2 CLASS 5 Furthest Travelled (ridden to the event) Honda CB750: Nick Harvey, Inverness, Scotland (605 miles) CB750-K7 CLASS 6 Highest Mileage Honda CB750 Chris Rushton, 1969 CB750 (134,943 miles) CLASS 7 Best Custom Special Honda CB750 Julian Clements, CB750 racer CLASS 8 Judges’ Favourite Honda CB750 Tony Brown, pre-production CB750…

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1968 CB750 PRE-PRODUCTION PROTOTYPE OWNER: Tony Brown, Blackburn, Lancashire This is the bike that made history when it sold for £161,000 at H&H Auctions’ sale earlier this year. Tony – here with partner Tracey Harwood – is a diehard CB750 fan. “We’re into our bikes big time and a CB750-K8 was our first big bike. Within minutes of the sale, the bidding was up over £100,000, but it’s unique, isn’t it? I thought: ‘when are you going to get the chance to buy a bike like this again?’ and just kept going.” Just four prototypes were built and this is one of two surviving. It’s the bike Honda used to promote the launch of the production CB750 in the UK during 1969. 1975 CB750-K2 OWNER: Karen Wicks, Louth, Lincolnshire Former racer Karen has also owned her…

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mv agusta’s museum pieces

The small village of Cascina Costa, between Milan Malpensa Airport and the city of Gallarate, was the home of MV Agusta during the marque’s golden years. That period from 1949 to 1976, during which MV won 273 Grands Prix and 37 manufacturers’ world championships, is commemorated at the Agusta Museum on Via Giovanni Agusta. Sicilian-born aristocrat Giovanni, an aviation pioneer since 1907, set up an aircraft factory and repair shop at Cascina Costa airfield in 1923. When he died four years later, his widow Giuseppina and eldest son Domenico took over the reins. Building Bell helicopters under licence in the 1950s would lead to Agusta becoming a leader in the field, but work was scarce in 1945 so the company diversified into road vehicles. Mostly two-wheelers, they were branded Meccanica Verghera (MV)…

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exotic bargains at ally pally sale

Private collections always draw attention at auction, as proved by the 74 motorcycles assembled by Roberto Anelli. Making the entire Bonhams sale at the Devitt MCN Ally Pally Show and Supersprint at Alexandra Palace, London, the September 23 bash had many desirable bikes with iconic British iron, significant racers and spotless Japanese classics. But it was the MV Agusta hoard that was the real attraction. Eight desirable machines from the Italian marque ranged from rare roadsters and world championship racers to a 1978 Magni special. Yet despite the quality and exclusivity of the machinery, sale prices caused significantly less watering of the eye than anticipated. Star of the listings was a 1971 MV Agusta 750S, the four-cylinder, four-carb roadster. Derived from the 600cc shaft-driven 4C tourer of 1965, the 750S used…