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Classic Bike Guide November 2018

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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NOT OFTEN, IN fact extremely rarely these days, a moment of clarity hits me and the other week I was bludgeoned with said ability to see ahead. You see, I’d looked forward to the coming Saturday with sheer glee – not because of what was planned, but because there was nothing planned. ‘I can spend the day in the workshop tidying, finishing jobs on my bikes and maybe even trying to get some of the cars sorted.’ Strange how a mere day can, in the eyes of an idiot, fit so much work in… This list barely got touched, despite my best intentions. Tidying took the whole time up, because you can only move ‘stuff’ around for so long. It was quite disappointing. But, taking a break with tea in hand…

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dave aldana – the wild one

David Aldana was one of American racing’s largest characters, successful in racing dirt ovals, speedway, motocross and road racing – making him one of the most all-round riders of the day. Later in his career he often raced in his trademark ‘skeleton’ leathers, much to the annoyance of the AMA bosses. But his ‘win or bin’ attitude earned him the admiration of the fans. Aldana won four AMA nationals, the Suzuka 8-hour and was a factory rider for BSA, Honda, Suzuki and Kawasaki. But here we see Aldana at Brands Hatch in 1973, racing a John Player Norton in the Match races. He later said that racing in the UK and Europe ‘really honed my riding skills’. To see the man in action, watch ‘On any Sunday’ which captures Aldana in…

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on any sunday

There’s a frame from Bruce Brown’s film On Any Sunday that shows a huge BSA banner across an American racetrack. A few moments later, Brown zooms in on Dave Aldana, donning his BSA leathers and a thousand-mile stare. He fastens his Tweety Pie-stickered Bell helmet as he mentally prepares for a race which will determine whether he becomes the 1970 American champion. The sun-drenched, award-winning 1971 film about American motorcycling is crucial context to this issue’s Bike of the Month – the 1969 National Motorcycle Museum’s A65 dirt slider. This machine, which stands proudly in Hall Five of the NMM, is believed to have been raced by Dave Aldana himself. Aldana joined BSA’s West Coast team in 1970 to finish third in the multi-discipline Grand National series in 1971 and fourth…

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royal enfield interceptor/continental gt world first ride the royal family

Royal Enfield occupies a unique place in British motorcycling culture. Many once-famous marques have been reborn lately, with varying degrees of success and, just as importantly, varying degrees of authenticity. Take modern-day Triumph Motorcycles Ltd, for example, as opposed to the real classics developed and manufactured by Triumph Engineering Co Ltd. Both species of motorcycle are obviously valid, but they’re related only by a name and not by DNA. The machines assembled at Hinckley have nothing in common with those once built in Coventry or Solihull, however hard the current custodians try to claim lineage. The same, or less, can be said of Norton. So it is to Royal Enfield that we look for a genuine modern classic. As the longest continuous producer of motorcycles in the world (bolting together powered…

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specification

MAKE AND MODEL: Royal Enfield Interceptor (GT in brackets) PRICE: tba ENGINE: 648cc, 4v, 270° air-cooled parallel twin POWER: 46bhp @ 7100rpm TORQUE: 39lb/ft@4000rpm FRAME: steel tube double cradle WHEELBASE: 1400mm BRAKES: 320mm disc, two-pot caliper, ABS TRANSMISSION: Six gears, chain SUSPENSION: 41mm forks, non-adjustable, 110mm travel; twin shock rear, adjustable preload only, 85mm travel WHEELS/TYRES: 100/90-18 & 130/70-18 Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp SEAT HEIGHT: 804mm FUEL CAPACITY: 13.7 litres MPG: n/a WEIGHT: 202kg (dry)/227kg (wet, est) CONTACT: www.royalenfield.com…

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new owner sought for métisse motorcycles

ONE OF THE best-known names in bespoke British motorcycle manufacturing, Métisse, is on the market. Métisse Motorcycles were originally created and developed in the 1960s by Rickman. Gerry Lisi runs Métisse at his Carswell, Oxfordshire premises and is looking for a buyer as he develops a new Rickman/Métisse museum on the site. Work on the 20,000 sq ft museum and workshop complex is scheduled to start in the spring of 2019, with the Rickman brothers cutting the first sod. In the meantime, Gerry wishes to sell the Métisse brand and is looking for a willing buyer to continue production. Any new owner would be required to provide a licence allowing the manufacture of a small number of Métisse machines at the new museum in a glass-fronted assembly display workshop. “The new owners wouldn’t…

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