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Classic Bike Guide

July 2019

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.

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enjoy what you have

THE WEATHER’S BEEN KIND RECENTLY, so I hope you’ve been making the most of it. I’ve been sneaking out when I can on the B31. It’s starting well, running fine and is such a hoot, until the front brake cable snapped chasing a modern CCM. Mental note to self – live within your limits and check your bike regularly… As many of us do, I get tempted by what I haven’t got. The recent Bonhams auction at Stafford had a myriad of fine machines, some of which I could imagine in my possession, listening to the engine while riding and revelling in the admiration from others at a bike meet. But every time I jump on the Beeza, or am in the workshop (well, I call it a workshop; it’s an…

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silver machine

IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT SHAKLETON ROAD, Coventry, was once home to one of the most formidable motorcycle marques of the prewar era. Here, in the 1920s, among row upon row of small terraced houses, Alfred Robert Grindlay and Edward Peerless set about producing a machine that would make racing history: the Grindlay Peerless. And this month’s featured machine is about the marque’s star creation: the 488cc, JAP-engined, Grindlay Peerless which later became known as ‘The Hundred’. The machine – which stands in the National Motorcycle Museum – is the original record-breaking example that made history back in 1928. The Grindlay Peerless might take its name from the marque’s two founders, but in its heyday, this machine was, quite literally, peerless. And it looked the part too: thanks to its sleek, sharp…

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win an unused t160v with the nmm

A UNIQUE EXAMPLE of one of the greatest late British bikes is up for grabs in the National Motorcycle Museum’s summer raffle. Following the success of the winter raffle for an unused Norton Commando, the summer offering is for an as-new 1977 Triumph Trident 750. Museum director James Hewing stated: “We have a stunning prize for our summer raffle by offering another brand new/old stock machine. “This time it’s a 1977 Triumph Trident T160V which has never been run or registered and is showing just nine ‘push’ miles only.” Second prize is a Sealey retro style 10 drawer combination tool chest worth £850, while third prize is a luxury hotel break at the Manor Hotel, Meriden and dinner for two at the hotel’s Marco Pierre White Steakhouse. The winning ticket in the National Motorcycle…

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bmw’s bobber goes big

BMW IS GOING into the bobber business. With many manufacturers going down the bobber route and launching lean, low, cut down motorcycles that ape the American cruisers of the 1950s, the German automotive giant has gone bigger than most with its Motorrad Concept R18. The machine features a newly designed, two-cylinder 1800cc boxer engine. Visually based on the flat twin engines that BMW used to build up until the end of the 1960s, the new engine features combined air/oil cooling. Unusually for a modern machine BMW used conventional Solex carbs rather than fuel injection and the prototype is fitted with an exposed, chromed drive shaft. The electronics of the concept bike are reduced to operating no more than the starter and the lights. The paint follows classic BMW tradition, being black with…

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bigger and better stone circle show proves a real classic

WHETHER IT WAS due to the location, the time of year or hard work of the organisers, the second Stone Circle Classic and Custom Ride-in Bike Show was a roaring success. Hosted by the Wiltshire branch of the BSA owners’ club at Avebury, visitors arrived in large numbers from early on despite a chilly start. It soon became apparent to the organisers that word had spread of last year’s event and they estimated a higher attendance than the previous year’s 700 or so. The main classic and custom bike park had to be closed at about 12.30pm as it was full, and the exhibits took over chunks of the neighbouring cricket field. The NSA once again put on an interesting display of their varied sprint bikes, and the Butchered Classics Facebook group…

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royal enfield’s trials tribute

ROYAL ENFIELD HAS launched a new dual-purpose version of its Bullet 500 single in tribute to the company’s success 70 years ago in ISDT competitions between 1948 and 1953. The Bullet Trials 500 uses the same 499cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, four-stroke engine used on the standard bikes. The Trials produces 27.2bhp at 5100rpm and up to 31.7lb-ft (43Nm) of torque, which RE says provides ‘real useable flexibility’. The Bullet Trials 500 comes in chrome and silver, or just silver, with a green or red painted frame, a single sprung saddle, a luggage rack in the location usually used for a pillion and an upswept exhaust. There are dual-purpose tyres, fork gaiters, large braced mudguards, spoked wheels and a headlamp guard. Modern refinements such as fuel injection and twin ABS discs are standard. The…

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