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Classic Bike September 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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the heart of motorcycling

Standing in Christine Wise’s fabulously organised garage and chatting about her Moto Morini is inspiring. Owned from new, it’s commuted in snow, won the National Rally, been written off and even raced at the TT. It’s an amazing story (see page 74). Just as amazing is that Christine’s as passionate for her pretty V-twin today, after 40 years, as when it was new. It’s what V-twins do to you. Other engine layouts hold appeal, and I’m as fond of punchy singles and wailing triples as anyone. Yet nothing stirs emotion and forms bonds like a V-twin. This special issue celebrates the charismatic motor that’s forever been at the heart of motorcycling; from the raw craziness of a board track racer (p54), through the sheer class of Brough Superior (page 28) and…

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the full french café experience

This year’s Cafe Racer Festival was the sixth to be held at the location of the famous Montlhéry speed bowl in northern France. Now it has established itself as a top-class event on the European scene, it attracts riders of both modern and classic bikes of all varieties – stock or stripped, tuned, refined and styled. You could check out the custom-built bobbers on the Triumph stand or see historic bikes on show – such as one of three Thunderbirds that covered 500 miles at over 90mph on the famous banked circuit in 1949. You could enjoy the live music and good vibes. Or if you were lucky enough to get track time, you could ride the famously steep concrete banking of the Montlhéry’s circuit. As for the bikes and owners…

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sale with prices for all pockets

Perhaps unsurprisingly, it was the traditional top of the range British and American classics that made the running price-wise at H&H Auctions’ July sale at The National Motorcycle Museum. Top of the heap, selling for £51,750 was a 1955 Vincent Black Knight combination. Offered in immaculate, running condition, the matching-numbers bike was teamed with a Watsonian sidecar and fitted with electric start (though all the original parts were included in the sale). Another Vincent that did well was a 1951 Series C Comet, converted to 998cc V-twin power in 1964. The deceased vendor had intended to restore the machine to Lightning spec, but died before realising his dream. An ideal ‘entry level’ Vincent twin, the unfinished project made £24,750 – slightly over its top estimate of £23,000. Fetching £34,312.50 (more than £14,000…

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summer bargains

Projects and more affordable classics were the order of the day at Dee, Atkinson and Harrison’s Summer sale at Sledmere House. While the sale’s top seller was a 1959 BSA DBD34 Gold Star, in excellent mechanical and cosmetic order, that made a competitive £16,500 and a very original 1985 Yamaha RD500LC fetched £14,500, more modestly priced machinery dominated. A 1969 Triumph TR6C Trophy, in US export trim and first registered in the UK in 1973 (above), was one of the highlights. Sparingly ridden since it had an engine rebuild in the late ’70s and in lovely condition, it made £4400 against its estimate of £5000-6000. If you were after a project, the DAH sale delivered, too. A largely complete and original 1952 tele/ plunger BSA B31 sold slightly over top estimate of…

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auction dates

September 1 Bonhams Beaulieu sale at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire bonhams.com 13 Dorset Vintage and Classic Auctions sale at Athelhampton House, near Dorchester, Dorset dvca.co.uk October 6 Bonhams sale at the Barber Vintage Festival, Barber Motorsports Museum, Birmingham, Alabama, USA bonhams.com 13/14 Bonhams Autumn Stafford sale at the Stafford County Showground, Stafford bonhams.com 20 Cheffins Cambridge Vintage Sale at the Machinery Saleground, Sutton, Cambridgeshire cheffins.co.uk November 3 Dee, Atkinson and Harrison at Sledmere House, Sledmere, East Yorkshire. dee-atkinsonharrison.co.uk 9 H&H sale at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham.handh.co.uk 24 Historics at Brooklands, Surrey historics.co.uk…

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shadow in the house

There’s still time (just) to head down to the south coast for the Charterhouse Auctions sale at Netley Marsh on August 31. A 1949 Vincent Black Shadow Series C (above) is the highlight of the early consignments and is a credit to its vendor, who bought the bike as a box of bits in 2008. The Cambridge-based enthusiast spent the next year restoring it and it has covered just 200 miles since then, spending most of its time in the hallway of its owner’s house. Now in his 80s, he feels it is time to let the bike go to a new owner. Estimate is £60,000-70,000. Slightly more affordable – though less complete – is an unfinished restoration of a 1935 Ariel Red Hunter VN SP. From a deceased estate, the…