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Classic Bike September 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 It takes commitment to ride motorcycles, especially old ones, but there are several people in this issue who take commitment beyond the limit. Like Ian Loram, whose interest in classic bikes started late – and thanks to his wife, who insisted on him getting hobby – but has become an almost obsessive passion for the Norton marque. Then there’s Ralph Avis who simply refused to give up on a project that seemed destined to failure – his dedication in restoring his Rickman Suzuki T500 overcame numerous stumbling blocks before it became the sparkling café race you see on the cover. And Frank Chatokhine’s determination to build a Trackmaster BSA that David Aldana would have demanded for this AMA Championship challenge, had the technology been available at the time. Or even…

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banking on a bit of french style

‘RIDERS GET A REAL FEEL OF THE THRILL OF SPEED AT THE TRACK’ The Brits have Brooklands, but the French have Montlhéry and we have to admit that our Gallic friends got the best deal. While the tallest section of the Brooklands banking is 8.75 metres high, the concrete banking at Montlhéry climbs 12 metres into the sky. And while most of the Brit speed bowl is so badly deteriorated that only a very small section can be used, riders can get a real feel of the thrill of speed at the historic French track. It’s where, in 1927, Bert Denly packed 100 miles into the hour on his Norton, the first time ever in the 500 class (see p64). That’s why Montlhéry makes a magic venue for the Café Racer Festival.…

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panthers for a modern world

‘LEE’S HOPING HIS RENDERS WILL ENCOURAGE A COMPANY TO KICKSTART THE BRAND’ Fifty years ago, motorcycling was saying goodbye to another British motorcycle brand as the last Panther motorcycles were being wheeled off the production line. Another great name was lost forever, but – as we’ve seen with so many famous names – there’s every chance of a revival. It just takes vision, not to mention considerable engineering nous and massive financial investment, to tool up for production. Lee Thompson has the vision. He’s hoping his conceptual renders will encourage a company to kickstart the famous old brand. “The owners’ club does a great job keeping the original Panther motorcycles alive,” he says. “They remind everyone that the slopers don’t deserve to be forgotten. But I sat wondering: ‘If Panther were still with…

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daytona 50th anniversary

This year’s Broooklands Motorcycle Show featured a 50th anniversary celebration of the Triumph Daytona – with a collection of machines ranging from the earliest model to one of the last to leave the factory. ‘DAYTONA DISPLAYS WILL BE AT VARIOUS CLASSIC EVENTS THIS YEAR’ The 500cc twin-carb twin was launched in 1967 to celebrate Buddy Elmore’s victory in the prestigious 1966 Daytona 200 Mile race. Enthusiasts of the marque got together, with the support of the Triumph Owners Motorcycle Club, in order to host displays of Daytona machines at various classic events during the year. Rob Prior’s rendition of Gary Nixon’s 1967 Daytona 200 winner (right) has a tuned motor with works crankshaft, Spitfire cams, three-inch radius cam followers, strengthened valve gear and a magnesium timing cover with special Lucas racing remote contact breaker.…

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mighty white

‘THE TEAM’S FINAL PERFORMANCE WILL BE ON SEPTEMBER 30’ The Army’s White Helmets display team, to be disbanded at the end of the summer, put on a special farewell show for LF Harris International, provider of its classic Triumph bikes for 30 years. Famous for spectacular stunts such as leaping through fire, riding eight-up on one bike and near-miss criss-crossing, the White Helmets have entertained at countless shows and festivals since adopting the name in 1963. Before that, they were usually known as the Royal Signals Display Team, using Triumph motorcycles since the 1940s. After the Meriden factory closed in 1983, parts magnate Les Harris, who would produce the 750cc T140 Bonneville under licence from Triumph’s new owner John Bloor, stepped in to provide spares for the team’s similar single-carburettor Tiger TR7Vs. In…

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gone for gold

Modern motorcycles from the collection of the late Andy Dix provided much of the two-wheeled interest in DAH’s latest sale, but there were plenty of classics on offer, too. A 2014 Norton Domiracer SS from the collection made top money at £33,500, but top of the classic heap at £17k was the lovely 1960 BSA DB32 Gold Star above. Meticulously restored by its owner of 29 years, it was in Clubman’s trim with RRT2 gearbox and GP carburettor. Other classic highlights included a 1950 Series C Vincent Comet that made £16,500 (est. £17,000-19,000) and a lovely Mist Green and Alaskan White 1967 Triumph TR6R Trophy, which sold for £7600 (est. £7500-8500) AUCTION REVIEW NEARLY NEW A pretty special 1978 T140E Bonneville was the star of the recent Cheffins Cambridge Vintage Sale, making £7000. With…