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Classic Bike Guide May 2019

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beauty is more than skin deep

‘How much? It’s not worth that.’ A commonly heard phrase when looking at a bike for sale. Especially a classic, or old, bike where there is no industry-wide guide book. It could be aimed at a rose-tinted owner, a simple chancer, or dealer. But it could be more meaningful than just someone wanting to extract as much money from the deal. It may be a true representation of the work, effort and trouble that has gone into that bike.To be honest, it pees me off. You get know-it-alls in all forms of life, but how can you say a 1973 model is worth ‘X’; the same as an identical bike. They are, after all, 45 years old and have probably led totally different lives. So let’s look deeper.One came…

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from our archive

Rudge Bristol MCC fancy dress, June 29, 1922 A gentleman of the GPO, clearing a postbox near Corley, while his Rudge Multi waits to be loaded. Thanks to the multi gear system (a little like a variomatic that modern scooters have as I understand) pulling a load proved little issue. Meanwhile, the chicken looks down to see if the postie has dropped any food……

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the rudge ulster

The sun, as they say, always shines on the righteous. So it seems only right that this 1937 Rudge-Whitworth Ulster is photographed in gleaming sunshine at Davolls classic motorcycles in Billericay, Essex.This model was, after all, the pride and joy of the Coventry-based Rudge-Whitworth factory, born out of self-congratulation. Its name – Ulster – was a celebration of Graham Walker’s factory win at the 1928 Ulster Grand Prix. It was a race in which he set the record pace of 82mph, winning the race at 80.08mph – the first time an international road race had been won at more than 80mph.But it was necessary for the factory to proclaim its victory, as the marque had suffered something of a slump during the 1920s. To understand the creation of the…

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ENGINE: 499cc, BORE: 85mm, Stroke: 88mm; four-overhead valves per cylinder ‘Rudge’ system; bronze cylinder head; enclosed and lubricated valve operating gear BRAKES: Rudge-patented proportional brakes PETROL TANK: ‘Aero’ model finished in black and gold WHEELS: New type detachable rear wheel TYRES: Dunlop ‘Universal’ tyres STANDS: Lever-operated ‘hernia saving’ (as Bob Currie describes it) central stand FINISH: Black enamel on rustproof undercoat…

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millyard and miller to unveil stunning bikes at stafford

THERE IS LESS than a week to go until the arrival of the world’s biggest classic bike show at Stafford County Showground, and there are some very special attractions lined up.The Carole Nash International Clasic MotorCycle Show has traditionally had a decidedly British focus, and this year is no exception.Specials builder Allen Millyard returns to the April 27-28 event to unveil his latest project, a unique Velocette V-twin based on a 1949 349cc Velocette MAC. Allen made his Velocette 698cc V-twin single-handedly at home in just two months, using and adapting as many original parts as possible. Using two 1950s Velocette single top ends, the engine is built around a one-off crankcase in a 1930s style frame. The Velo-V will be on show sponsor Carole Nash’s stand in the…

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classic vees and racers on the bonhams bill

BONHAMS’ ANNUAL SPRING Stafford Sale will be a marathon two-day affair, held at the International Classic MotorCycle Show in Stafford on April 27-28.The sale offers a staggering variety of machinery, hard-to-find spares and important memorabilia – more than 600 lots are presently consigned.There is a particularly strong entry of v-twin machines, with examples from Brough Superior made famous in TV shows Dad’s Army and George and Mildred, plus Vincent, Harley-Davidson and Coventry-Eagle.Other v-twin highlights include a 1922 Chater Lea 885cc 8hp combination (£12,000-£16,000) and the ex-Kaye Done, 1914 Zenith-JAP ‘Gradua’ Twin (£16,000-£20,000).Although these are the stars of the show, there are more affordable offerings including a Norton Model 19s with a guide price starting at £2800, a Moto Guzzi V50 with a £2000 guide price and a pair of…