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Classic Bike October 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.bike@bauermedia.co.uk If you’re a disciple of Rick’s workshop-inspired content, you’ll love this issue. As we’ll as Rick’s expert advice and fettling tips in his regular Fixes section, and the latest update on the Rudge Special project – it’s off the bench and running! – he’s been to SRM and come up with 17 glorious pages of tech-inspired upgrades for the British triples (Triumph Tridents and BSA Rocket IIIs) as well as the lowdown on how to improve the A65 BSA twin engine. Bolstering that intensive dose of tech, we also sent Gez to Hitchcocks to pick eight pages-worth of choice performance parts from their extensive range of Enfield Bullet spares to suit the older pre-units, as well as the latest unit-construction, fuel-injected models. It’s not all hands-on in this issue, though. Nicksy…

3 minuti
french facsimile

‘IT’S A REALLY UNUSUAL MACHINE. I SOLD THE BIKE TO SAMMY SO IT COULD GET A WIDER AUDIENCEK’ Loping along under a cooling canopy of New Forest greenery at the legal limit, I could be forgiven for thinking I’m on a BMW. But the bike wafting me serenely along the Hampshire lanes is as French as croissants and escargots – well, almost. It’s a 1959 Ratier C6S and, while it certainly owns a lot to BMW, it’s French enough to have been the escort bike for former French president Charles De Gaulle. It’s also one of the more esoteric machines on display at the Sammy Miller Museum in Bashley Cross Road, near New Milton, Hampshire. Restored by owner Ian Munro, the bike has been sold to the museum and Sammy has invited…

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hot days, blue haze

‘WATCHING THE BIKES CLAWING THEIR WAY UP THE HILL IS ONE OF THE GREAT SIGHTS IN MOTOCROSS’ High summer arrived with perfect timing for the Hawkstone Park Festival of Legends meeting at the iconic Shropshire circuit over the August bank holiday weekend. Round six of the Toughsheet National Twinshock Championship included a celebration of some of the riders who battled with the dramatic Hawkstone track back in the glory days of motocross. Classes included twinshock – for clubman, intermediate and expert riders – along with over-50 and over-60 riders, a 125cc twinshock class and pre-89 Evo machines along with a round of the West Midlands Evo Championship. Then there was the hill. It might have been in (relatively) benign condition following a few days of dry weather, but watching – and listening to…

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black gold

One of the most important and most desirable Vincent motorcycles in the world is to be offered for sale at Bonhams Las Vegas sale on January 25, 2018. The bike, a 1951 Black Lightning specially built for Australian customer Tony McAlpine, is one of around 30 Black Lightnings ever built. At the time of its completion, it was tested against another well-known, well-developed machine, the legendary ‘Gunga Din’ – and came out on top by about 30 yards on a high-speed blast down a runway. Factory records of the test show a maximum speed of 130mph – in third gear! This exceptionally quick Lightning subsequently demolished the Australian speed record in the hands of new owner, racer Jack Ehret, recording a top speed of 141.5mph in 1953. After that, it racked up…

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a peachy little pair

‘THE BANTAM’S HISTORY SUGGESTED THAT IT WAS POSSIBLY EX-GPO’ This is my 1951 BSA Bantam D1 Rigid (above) and 1956 Ambassador Popular (right). The Bantam had one previous owner until this year, having been first registered in Wooler, Northumberland. With the Bantam being painted red, the past history that came with the bike suggested that it was possibly an ex-GPO bike, although this was unconfirmed by the Post Office Vehicle Club. The Ambassador is a three-owner bike. It was originally a 122cc, but now has a 197cc rebuilt engine and has the optional four-speed gearbox fitted. It has been confirmed by the Ambassador Owners Club that this is one of only three remaining Populars from 1956. I have only recently bought these two bikes and I am looking for tank knee rubbers…

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f1 furore

I write regarding the article on the 1977 Isle of Man TT Formula 1 race in the August issue (above). The Formula 1 Championship was held over one round that year and also in 1978 – so whoever won the race in the IoM would be declared F1 champion. When Phil Read won the F1 championship race in 1977, it was not as straightforward as your article suggested. The late Roger Nicholls would have won this race if all competitors had been informed that the race would be stopped at the end of the fourth lap. In the race, Read was riding for Honda Britain, with Nicholls on a Ducati for Sports Motorcycles. The race started in appalling conditions with heavy rain. From the start Roger was leading Phil and by…