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Old Bike Australasia

Issue 93
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Old Bike magazine is a must for those who ride as well as the dedicated enthusiast and rebuilder, covering everything from Vintage to early 1980s bikes - marvel at the restoration of machines that could still sit proudly on the showroom floor. Each issue brings you the latest news and results from recent events, race reports and Rally Roundup, along with new and old bike news and reviews, readers letters, Club Directory, What’s On and much, much more.

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2 min.
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4 min.
benelli 752s from pesaro to peking

Well appointed, nicely finished, practical. The latest offering from Benelli has a lot going for it. The famous brand from Pesaro has endured some highs and lows in its (so far) 110 years. There has been grand prix glory, including the 250cc World Championship for Australian Kel Carruthers, and a period of ownership by the flamboyant Argentinian busi-nessman Alejandro de Tomaso from 1971 that produced some rather forgettable models. Since 2005, the famous Italian marque has been owned by the Qianjiang Group and manufactured in China, although much of the design work is still done in Italy. This arrangement has seen a steady flow of new models, increasingly larger in capacity, and the 752s is the latest, as well as the most expensive in the range. The heart of the 752s is…

4 min.
mv agusta superveloce 800 ciao, bella!

From the shores of the staggeringly beautiful Lake Varese in Northern Italy, under Sardarov’s watch MV Agusta has renewed vigour and engineering prowess that will no doubt be welcome news for dealers. A slew of new MV Agusta models has come and will continue to do so in the near future, but none has caused quite the stir of the Superveloce 800. Resplendent in MV Agusta silver and red with a beautiful gold tubular steel chassis and gold wheels (there’s also a black version with gold wheels), the Superveloce is a firm doff of the cap to Giacomo Agostini and the machines on which he dominated 1960s grand prix racing. However, the Superveloce retains all the modern technology and traits that have been a cornerstone in the brand’s resurgence. Under the…

1 min.
bulli bounces back

After a brave virtual-event in 2020, the AMCA Australia Bulli Antique Motorcycle Weekend returns to Bulli Showground on 28th-29th August, 2021. The show will celebrate Japanese motorcycles 35 years and older, plus Classic Scooters. The organisers all Japanese bike clubs and scooter clubs to display at the event. In addition the show’s normal themes of American, European and British motorcycles, parts and memorabilia will be back in full swing. Bulli is always a fabulous show because the team responsible are all experts in their own field. The formula certainly works, and even last year’s Covid-struck virtual version went off well. Organiser Antony Gullicks says, “We invite all owners of these bikes to come and display their machines and be part of this iconic weekend of old bikes. Owners can leave their bikes…

1 min.
debenham rally returns

Tiddler fans will be happy to know that the Debenham Rally is back on the calendar for 2021, organised by the Illawarra branch of the CEMCC. A relaxed day for the older, slower bikes, with the emphasis on lightweights, the rally runs around the Moss Vale-Mittagong area which has some excellent, traffic-free back roads. There will be no dinner this year, but otherwise the event will run to the usual format for Veteran (no capacity limit), Vintage (up to 500cc), and Classic (250cc or less) and will be based at the Moss Vale Caravan Park. Dates are 19/20 June. For more details contact Merle Graham via email at… merlegraham40@gmail.com…

4 min.
a bonnie reunion

It was almost new with 1500km on the clock but it had been dropped by a young kid and it scared him so much he traded it back to the store he bought it from. Whether it was good luck or good management I can’t say but I just happened to walk in the store the very next day and bought it for $1800. Its tank was banged in, front mudguard and, as I found out later after a bone-shaker ride, one rear suspension unit bent. Having bugger-all money as a student I bogged the tank and chrome painted it. Looked pretty good! So good, in fact, that it was stolen from Uni four months later. Uninsured, gone forever. I could not afford another so it was down to a 175…