Classic Bike

Classic Bike December 2020

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.

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‘the norton commando, especially the 850, is the best british twin of its era’

Norton is a name that’s close to the hearts of classic bike fans everywhere. I’m a massive fan of the brand and, because of that, The Bike Specialists has always enjoyed a close relationship with the marque – especially since its 2008 relaunch. Since then, the Norton name hasn’t always enjoyed a smooth ride and the recent descent into administration has, understandably, left a lot of customers angry, frustrated and confused. That’s a shame, because I firmly believe the best of the new Nortons will become classics in their own right – just like the machines from the company’s first incarnation. We were involved with the new Nortons from the start. And we could see a strong following for them emerging. Despite the bikes being offered for sale cheaper direct from…

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‘there’s great interest in the nmm collection bikes’

This year we’ve seen the rise of the live online sale format and had to get our collective heads round the concept of virtual viewings, socially-distanced viewings and viewings by appointment only. But, while we in the auction business have certainly had to adapt, it’s actually been a successful year for us, with our rescheduled, live online, summer sale proving to be our best sale ever. Who’d have thought it? Others in the classic world haven’t been as lucky as us, though. Take our friends at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, for example. The conference and hospitality arms of their operation are what fund the running of the fabulous museum that houses probably the finest collection of British bikes in the world. But lockdowns and the effect of the pandemic…

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velo set-up

32 SEEING THE pictures of Anthony Godin’s Velocette Thruxton and reading the Geoff Dodkin feature brought memories of my mate Coles’ Velo flooding back. Coles was one of our village gang. I’ve got it in my head that he rode a Crusader Sports before passing his test, but I’m can’t be 100% sure. It’s his Velo that I recall quite vividly. He worked on a pig farm – and, like the rest of our gang, was a scruffy long-hair. I think he washed more than most of us, due to his job! Coles though was absolutely meticulous when it came to his Velo. I don’t recall it as a stock Venom, because it seemed that he spent hours, days, weeks, months turning it into a really cool-looking café racer which looked almost exactly like…

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identify amal carb needles

STEP-BY-STEP 1 The older Monobloc carbs came in three body casting sizes: 375, 376 and 389. Each has its own needle of a particular length, stamped: B, C and D respectively at the top. 2 Concentric Mkl needles all look similar in size – but they aren’t. Identified by one to five tiny rings etched into the top, the standard four-stroke needle has two rings and fits all sizes of body. 3 The later Mkll Concentric needles are stamped with various codes referring to different applications, but all begin with ‘2’ and have five clip grooves. This is a 2A1, standard four-stroke type. 4 With Concentrics in particular there are other potential mismatches – different needle jet holders, jets, spray tubes, float bowls… so it’s well worth making sure that you have the correct…

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shaw looks good

Despite an enforced last-minute change from a traditional live sale room format to an online-only sale, Spicers’ auction at Sledmere House on November 7 was a success. Of 57 bikes on offer, only 11 were unsold – all bar four being modern machines. Topping the sale was the stunning Austin Seven-engined 1929 Shaw Special featured in CB last month, which fetched £21,000. A collection of five Marston Sunbeams also fared well, with a lovely 1927 Model 9 fitted with an upgraded Model 90 engine leading the quintet and selling for £14,600. A mix of more affordable classics kept the sale ticking along. A 1954 AJS Model 18 made £3100, a 1963 Ariel Arrow sold for £1400 and a US-market 1969 Triumph T150 Trident made £3400.…

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classic wellness

Digesting another sumptuous issue of CB got me pondering on the therapeutic side of motorcycling – and classics in particular. As most readers will share the joy of having got back to riding, post-lockdown, I guess we all share the obvious joys of two wheels and the open road. What I wanted to ponder is the human benefit that many of us might unconsciously derive from our stewardship of machines that we also choose, or need to repair and maintain. What is always so wonderful about strolling through CB is the range of people and projects. You have looked at youth previously and proved that there is a continuum of commitment there. But in terms of the ‘oldies’, it is always refreshing to see characters who still draw great pleasure from…