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Classic Bike September 2020

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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United Kingdom
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
under sheene’s spell

IT’S STILL INCEDIBLE when you recall the effect Barry Sheene had on motorcycling in the 1970s and ’80s. His charismatic personality and his undoubted talent on a bike created so much public interest in motorcycling at the time. But you all know that. Interesting, then, to read Mat’s piece on his early years in this issue. I wasn’t really aware of Sheene’s really early days in the GP pitlane before he was known as a racer (see page 34). What’s weird for me is that, although I saw him racing that ex-works Suzuki 125 at British nationals, and his name ultimately became synonymous with the Suzuki brand, one era that really stands out for me was probably one of his least successful years. It was the 1972 season, when he signed…

5 min
mr koç’s toy box

‘ALMOST 40% OF THE COLLECTION IS BRITISH’ Beyond its wealth of architectural wonders, and the world-famous Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul’s tourist trail should, for the classic bike enthusiast, include a visit to this fascinating classic bike collection. Founded in 1994 by the Ankara-born industrialist Rahmi M Koç, after whom it is named, this museum covers 27,000 square metres (equivalent to St Peter’s Square in Rome) and contains delights ranging from classic bikes to a 96-metre submarine. Koç, an 89-year-old automotive entrepreneur, recalls the birth of the museum: “When I was a child, my father bought me a Märklin electric train as a gift from Germany,” he says. “That’s how my passion for collecting toys, mechanical and industrial objects began. Later, the passion grew to the point that my houses, offices and warehouses were no…

5 min
rockin’ the rock

THIS BIKE IS sharp in many ways. Dubbed ‘Schiavona’, the word for an old Italian fighting sword, the Guzzi special is based on a 1983 SP1000 – SP (by luck or by judgement) standing for Spada, which is also Italian for sword… It’s owned by a customer of Bournemouth’s Siderock Cycles, who shipped the bike to the UK in an articulated truck from his home in Gibraltar. His brief for Pete Hodgson, the owner of Siderock, was to hone it into a classy, high-spec, comfy roadster. “It was a low-mileage (13,000km) Spanish bike in really good condition with no corrosion,” says Pete. “So there was little we had to do to ‘restore’ the bike prior to the custom work.” Pete started in the belly of the beast, with serious attention being given…

2 min
gearing back up for action

YES… September 5-6: CRMC race meeting, Anglesey Circuit, Anglesey Depending on advice from the Welsh government, you may just be able to catch some classic race action at this stunning circuit. Do check before travelling, though. crmc.co.uk September 5 Rufforth Autojumble, Rufforth Park, North Yorkshire The jumble scene is back in something like full swing, and Rufforth is one of the north’s best. rufforthautojumble.com September 12 Kempton Park Autojumble, Kempton Park Racecourse, Middlesex If you’ve been missing out on your jumbling fix, fear not: Kempton is back. classicbikeshows.com September 13 Poachers Pre-65 trial, Goulceby, Lincolnshire Spectators aren’t permitted, but it’s high time you dug your pre-65 trialler out of the shed to enjoy a socially-distanced gallop round the gorgeous Lincolnshire Wolds. poacherspre65trials.co.uk September 13 Romney Marsh Classic Bike Jumble, Hamstreet, Kent Following the success of their July autojumble – their…

2 min
i told you i’d do it, dad

‘HE DIDN’T HAVE THE HEART TO REBUILD THE BIKE’ MY DAD, KEITH Fisher, was the original lifelong biker, having gone to school on his Panther 350. He owned a BSA A10 Super Rocket, which he bought new in 1958, then modified it into a café racer, ran it on high-compression pistons and sprint raced it at the Headland in Hartlepool, his home town. I remember riding pillion on it, at the age of around seven; dad snapped the crankshaft and it was towed home – he was not known for hanging around! He rebuilt the engine with a new crank in around 1980. It also served as his daily commute, but was last used in 1982, then stored in a distant relative’s shed which collapsed and rotted over time, along with the…

2 min
my dream machine

This is my 1968 Honda domestic market CB350. I first clapped eyes on the 250 version on a trip to Japan, during a visit to the Honda Collection Hall. The bike looked cool to me – a cross between a CB77 and the CB350 we got here in the States. I was pretty sure that I’d never get to own one, as I’d have to purchase it in Japan and then have it shipped to my home in the USA. That situation remained until December of 2017, when a mate of mine, Bill Silvers, sent out a note of his intent to sell off a pair of bikes. On a whim, I opened the pictures attached to the note – and there it was! The pictures showed a 1968 Honda domestic…