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Classic Bike Guide May 2021

Classic Bike Guide is a down to earth, practical - and sometimes irreverent - magazine that gets right to the heart of the classic bike world. With a mixture of features, tests, reviews and event reports it is the title that has become a must for the active rider and restorer. Classic Bike Guide magazine - with the biggest and best readers adverts - FREE! Enjoy the digital edition - and save over 50% on the print susbcription price.

United Kingdom
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
greetings! blowing off the cobwebs

Good day to you from Classic Bike Guide towers. I hope we find you happy and smiling, or covered in oil and swarf, yet still smiling. We’ve made a conscious effort throughout the last year not to waffle on about what was happening in the world – if you wanted it, you didn’t have to look far; so we hoped to be your escapism. But hopefully, wherever you may be, you are experiencing some freedoms now and able to ride! And that is one of the benefits of old bikes – we don’t need a destination to be open... we’re just happy riding. Maria and I wanted to blow cobwebs away, so we popped up to Lincolnshire (we had our passports to leave Norfolk and promised to stay away from those not…

9 min
composed by the conductor

A conductor brings a number of elements together to create a harmonious, finished piece. I have specific instructions not to name the creator of this machine, so I will call them the Conductor, for they have done a similar job of bringing a number of elements together, creating such a harmonious machine. With age comes experience, and with experience comes the inner strength to have what you want, how you want it. That could form from something you’ve seen, a dream you have or a memory... and so it is with this Norton JAP. Our Conductor started riding on an Ariel Arrow, or rather, three of them, all donating to keep one on the road. These would be added to bikes for playing with, costing a few quid, which would then…

1 min
triumph with a watsonian chair

WATSONIAN HAVE DEVELOPED a fitting kit to attach their trials-inspired International sidecar to the Triumph Scrambler. Styled to capture the essence of Watsonian’s aluminium-bodied trials sidecar of the 1950s and designed for modern roads, the International has a glass fibre body with brushed aluminium wrap on the sides to recreate the metallic appearance of the original. The red gelcoat finish is designed to match the two-tone paint scheme of the Scrambler; other colours are available on request. The sidecar body is mounted on Watsonian’s platform chassis, which is made from tubular steel, with welded joints and powder-coated for durability. Hydraulic suspension is fitted to give a smooth and stable ride, and a 16-inch wheel with stainless steel spokes and chromed steel rim completes the period look. Made in the UK to order, prices…

1 min
distinguish yourself for charity this may

THOSE WITH AN occasional penchant for tweed and carefully sculpted facial hair need to start checking their wardrobes – the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) is moving to May. Since being launched in 2012, The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride has run on the last Sunday of September. Northern Hemisphere riders have headed out into the autumnal rain and wind in unsuitable clothing to raise funds and awareness of prostate cancer and men’s mental health. Last year’s DGR was a solo affair, with riders taking themselves to the road individually and raising a lot of cash for the Movember campaign, highlighting men’s health issues. This year the organisers are eager to get back on the road for The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, and from 2021 it will permanently move to May, with the next ride being held on…

1 min
up for the kop?

APPLICATIONS TO TAKE part in the Kop Hill Climb have now opened. After invitations to this year’s hill climb were sent out to those accepted in 2020, the cancelled Covid-19 year, the organisers have announced they are open for all new applications for pre-1981 cars and bikes wanting hill runs, and for pre-1996 vehicles for display. Set in the picturesque Chiltern Hills in Princes Risborough, Bucks, the noncompetitive hill climb ran from 1910 to 1925 before racing on roads in England Scotland and Wales were banned. Thanks to changes in the law, it has now firmly re-established itself as a major motoring festival since its resurrection 12 years ago. It has raised more than £640,000 for local charities. The event originally began when motorcyclists, looking for somewhere to stretch their machines, found just what…

1 min
a decade in the workshop for draganfly’s chris

LAST YEAR SENIOR ENGINEER Mick at classic British parts specialists Draganfly celebrated 30 years creating products in Suffolk. This year, chief engineer Chris has completed 10. Chris initially applied to be a picker in the Draganfly warehouse. His dad spotted the advert and, thinking it would suit him better than the insurance office he was working in, told him to apply. Chris arrived for his interview in a sharp suit and was the best-dressed applicant ever to walk through the doors. During the interview, it was obvious that Chris would be wasted in the warehouse and was better suited to the workshop. His knowledge of engines and skills as a welder were something Draganfly could put to good use! His only question before accepting the role was: “Are you alright with tattoos?” Chris is…