Classic Bike

Classic Bike April 2021

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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single & twin-cylinder racers 1924-1957

In 1924, racing became profoundly serious for Moto Guzzi when they introduced the full works 500cc C4V single. Its ohc four-valve engine delivered 22bhp at 5500rpm and was remarkably similar to the GP’s engine. In the hands of Guido Mentasti, the 130kg, 93mph C4V won the first ever European championship in 1924, after which the bike also appeared in the Guzzi sale catalogues. In improved 4V TT and 4V SS forms, it stayed in production and was used by the factory in racing until 1933. The C4V also spawned a smaller 250cc two-valve ohc version in 1926. Italian 250 national racing was very popular and Guzzi enjoyed this successful hunting ground well into the 1950s. The bevel-driven ohc, twin-valve, 246.8cc, three-speed racer was highly successful right from the start. In 1935, Stanley…

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how to… get a bolt inside a girder spring

1 Having made a new bolt the correct size for this Druid girder fork spring, I couldn’t work out how to fit it. It’s like a metal puzzle – the head’s too big to go between the coils. STEP-BY-STEP 2 With a bar in either end (one held in the vice), I tried bending the spring as far as I could without it catapulting and bouncing off the walls, but it still wasn’t enough. 3 Aha! By controllably pressing a piece of steel bar between the coils, using the vice, they opened up enough to pop the bolt in, with everything safely held in the jaws. 4 A spare spoke that was lying around made an ideal tool to catch the flange on the bolt and wriggle it – thread first– through the eyehole…

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parallel universe

AUCTIONS BUYING SELLING ANALYSIS Yamaha certainly didn’t follow Japanese rivals Honda when they launched their first big bike in 1969. In the year that Honda launched their CB750 four, Yamaha took a slightly more cautious approach with their XS-1, adopting a parallel-twin engine that would, at first glance, be familiar to most fans of British bikes. But a closer look would reveal there was more to the new Yamaha than initially met the eye... Yamaha first flirted with four-stroke technology when they collaborated with Toyota to produce a four-cylinder car engine. But the XS-1 was their first four-stroke motorcycle – and it most certainly wasn’t just a rip-off of any of its British competitors. With its chain-driven overhead camshaft, horizontally-split crankcases, gear primary drive and not a plain bearing in sight, the new…

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golden steers

SPECIAL TREATMENT: THE TONKIN TEMPEST Owner: David Steele Though the Gold Star proved an enormously successful machine in its own right, the big BSA single engine has been used in a number of specials over the years. And one such is David’s unique Tonkin Tempest. The combination of a new-build ABSAF DBD34 spec engine in a Titchmarsh Seeley MkII replica frame in a compact road-legal package was built in 2003 and hasn’t really missed a beat since then, according to its owner. “All I’ve had to do is fine-tune the GP carb and tidy up the paintwork a bit,” David confides. “I bought the bike in 2007 from its first owner ‒ Dickie Kingston, who was then the editor of the owners club magazine – who’d commissioned the build from Steve Tonkin. It’s…

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chris vincent 1935–2021

No one before or since could control a sidecar outfit like Chris Vincent. Crowned ‘The King of Drift’, Mike Hailwood knew him simply as Chrissie Vin and they moved in similar circles. In the ’60s sidecars weren’t the paddock Cinderellas they would ultimately become and huge crowds flocked to see the Continental stars come over for the big money International meetings. More often than not, Vincent would humble them on his far less sophisticated BSA. It could all have been very different, though, as it’s often forgotten that Vincent was also a hugely talented solo rider. On his Honda CR93 he regularly beat Bill Ivy during their season-long struggle for the 1964 British 125 title and he memorably defeated world champion Luigi Taveri at Mallory Park in 1965 on the same…

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gold standard

Over the 82 years since its introduction, BSA’s Gold Star has proved itself to be not only an impressive Jack of all trades, but a master of many, too. Though the definitive Goldie for many is the over-the-counter café racer that is the Clubman-spec DBD34, there’s so much more to BSA’s iconic single. In competition, BSA Gold Stars have won on the Isle of Man, on short circuits, scrambles tracks, trials sections – and the International Six Days Trial (ISDT). And, of course the Gold Star has also been a supreme road burner – the envy of the café racer set from the early ’50s to the mid-’60s. It’s surely the ultimate all-rounder. But, though it reached its peak in the ’50s, the Gold Star saga goes all the way back…