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Classic Bike February 2021

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.

United Kingdom
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
playing the frame game

I ALWAYS FOUND it a little strange that the oil-in-frame BSAs – and Triumphs for that matter – copped so much flak from enthusiasts of the marques back in the early 1970s. Many of them despised the taller seat height of the new bikes, as well as the more angular styling. Back in the day I had an OIF BSA Lightning, plus a couple of later Triumphs with similar oil-bearing frames, and each of them seemed to handle and stop as well as any of the older Brit twins my mates rode – and at that age we ragged the life out of our bikes, most of us having little regard for mechanical sympathy. Back then, I was new to motorcycling and had no experience of the earlier BSA and Triumph twins,…

5 min
brooklands behind the scenes

UKTV has commissioned a new 10-part series, Secrets of the Transport Museum, due to be shown on its leading factual channel, Yesterday, early this year. Produced by Middlechild Productions, the series goes behind the scenes at the Brooklands Museum in Surrey and follows the skilled and enthusiastic volunteers who work to preserve the array of historic racing motorcycles, cars and aeroplanes that have a permanent home there. The series will be narrated by English comedian, actor and TV presenter Sanjeev Bhaskar. For years Brooklands has been visited by many and varied TV and film production companies, all of them eager to get the site or parts of the collection onto our screens. Productions from Antiques Roadshow to The Crown and The Classic Car Show, along with countless documentaries, have all shown…

3 min
smart’s south african sojourn

Fifty years ago, at a time when Motor Cycle News was championing the cause for a full- on 750cc World Championship and the ACU had launched a 750cc British Championship, Triumph works racer Paul Smart – 27 years old at the time – was in South Africa with his Rob North-framed 750cc Trident, giving world champion Giacomo Agostini a hard time. In a trip that spanned two weekends of non-championship internationals, Smart stole the show in the opening encounter at Pietermaritzburg near Durban in the South African TT. Ago, used to having things pretty much his own way by that time in the 500cc Grand Prix races, was forced to break the lap record on his exotic 500 MV triple to keep Smart and the production 750 Triumph Trident at bay…

6 min
peter williams 1939-2020

Peter Williams, a much-admired racer who immersed himself in the art and science of motorcycling, has died at the age of 81. Six feet tall, wearing glasses and quietly spoken, ‘PJ’ was not so much concerned with battling others on track, as being in a zone of riding and machine perfection that would take him to the win. He opted to apply his engineering expertise to developing British machinery rather than join the wholesale shift to more potent Japanese hardware in the early 1970s. Arguably, the peak of his career was winning the 1973 Formula 750 TT on the unorthodox John Player Norton Monocoque, a product of his creative brain. That win with a 107.27mph class record lap came after five second placings in Isle of Man racing. But Peter was…

2 min
national motorcycle museum launches 2021 raffle

Craig Lee from South Yorkshire (right) celebrated Christmas with the news that he had won a brand new, old stock 1977 850cc Norton Commando, the top prize in the 2020 National Motorcycle Museum’s ‘Covid-19 Raffle Appeal Draw’. Phil Sherratt from Staffordshire won runner-up prize of a 1948 Ariel NN 350 while Mr Sewart from Cornwall won the third prize of a 1959 350cc BSA B31. The draw was a vitally important revenue source to the museum as it was forced to close its doors at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in March and has not been able to open since. Museum Director James Hewing stated: “All the team at the museum want to thank everyone who has given to our first Covid-19 raffle. As promised, the funds raised are being used directly…

1 min
grant application refused

The museum’s current financial situation was not helped when their application for a grant from the ‘Culture Recovery Fund’ was refused. Museum Director James Hewing explained the situation: “We applied for a grant from the fund, which was established by government to ‘provide funding support to organisations across the heritage ecosystem that were financially sustainable before Covid-19.’ “In late October we received an email from the Heritage Lottery Fund (who are partly responsible for administering the scheme) that our application, ‘did not meet the criteria for the programme, and the board has decided not to award a grant through the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage’.” The National Motorcycle Museum is regarded as the largest British motorcycle museum in the world, with the collection boasting some 1000 machines covering 170 marques, and in…