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June 2019

RealClassic magazine features the very best British motorcycles from all eras, plus charismatic Continental machines (and the odd Japanese classics crops up occasionally, too). Long term classic riders will recognise many of the members of the RC team, which includes authors, historians and journalists like Steve Wilson, Dave Minton, Matt Vale, Odgie, Jacqueline 'PUB' Bickerstaff, Rowena Hoseason and editor Frank Westworth -- but the magazine's key feature is that it is firmly grounded in the real world. Our articles are written by real life riders and reflect far more than a simple road test ever can. We're never scared of getting grubby in The Shed (and we even admit it when things go horribly wrong!)

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from the front

You’re in for a treat inside this issue. I mean, it’s not every day that a magazine like ours includes a road test of a Megola. And not just any old, common or garden Megola – this one’s a Sport! Have you ever heard of a Megola? I had, but only in the same way that I’ve heard of a Böhmerland. In other words, I’ve read about them and I’ve stared at the pictures, but I’ve never seen one (I think) and I’ve certainly never ridden one. Nor, to be entirely honest, would I ever actually want to ride one. Call this cowardice, or stupidity, or anything else you like, but I have no wish at all to ride a motorcycle with the Megola’s unlovely combination of special features. Its engine is…

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trick kit transformation

‘Don’t sell that monstrous four-banger just because it wiggles like a wounded snake every time you even think about tilting it from a vertical plane,’said Cycle World in 1974. They were, of course, talking about the five year-old CB750, and familiarity with the four-cylinder superbike had bred a smidgen of contempt for its sporting credentials. No need to throw the baby out with the bathwater: there was a solution which retained the CB’s best attribute – its engine – although the fix didn’t come cheap.‘What you need is a new chassis to put around the mill. One that isn’t designed to be the best for a given price, but one that is designed to be the best.’ Of course, Honda were well aware that their flagship four was coming in for some…

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1975 rickman honda cr750 fact pack

Engine 736cc air-cooled sohc transverse-mounted inline four Bore / stroke 61mm x 63mm Compression 9:1 Power 68bhp @ 8000rpm Carburetion 4x 28mm Keihin Transmission 5-speed, chain final drive Electrics 12V alternator, coil ignition Frame 531 Reynolds duplex cradle Front suspension 41mm Betor tele forks Rear suspension Swinging arm, Girling shocks Brakes Lockheed 254mm discs Front tyre 3.50 x 18 Rear tyre 4.25 x 18 Weight 440lb Seat height 31.5 inches Wheelbase 56.5 inches Top speed 109mph in 1974…

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an owner speaks

You can rely upon Ace Tester Miles to have rattled around on most iconic motorcycles, and indeed it turns out that he too was tempted by the Rickman Brothers’ treatment of the mighty UJM. Paul’s CR was Kawasaki flavoured, a Z1000. ‘I worked at Dresda as a teenager and we occasionally had Rickmans in for work. They always seemed to be a more integrated design than the “bits stuck anywhere” Dresda approach. About 15 years ago, a Rickman-Z came up for sale. The handling was excellent with the Betor forks; not so great if you retained the original Kawasaki twiglets. Lockheed brakes were also phenomenal compared to the Jap stuff of the time. The petrol cap was missing on mine: it turned out it came from a Triumph TR7 car! ‘The bike…

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another owner speaks

Martyn Roberts tried a friend’s Rickman Honda 812 on the Isle of Man in 1981, as seen here, and was so impressed he had to track down one for himself… ‘It took me three or four years, and I settled on a black Rickman Z1000 – and never once regretted it. Compared to the stock Z1000 I ride today, the Rickman had better suspension, massively better brakes (AP Racing kit all round) and sounded fabulous with a 4-into-1 exhaust. Every ride home from work became a lap of the Isle of Man in my head. ‘The riding position and seat were not as comfy as stock, but that didn’t matter back then. The reliability was just as good as a standard Kawasaki, as was the fuel economy. It must have returned 45mpg.…

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in coming!

Summat to say? Send your comments, hints, tips, tales of woe and derring-don’t to: RCHQ@RealClassic.net THE ROAD TO RECOVERY Thank to Rowena for her Members’ Enclosure article about MoTs and breakdown cover. I have just received my renewal quote from Carole Nash and, in the notes covering the breakdown cover, it stipulates that your bike will need a current MoT. I called them to ask if this applies to vehicles over forty years old which do not require either tax or MoT. Would my bike be collected if it broke down? The advisor had to go away and ask, but he did already know about older cars and bikes not needing an MoT or tax. He returned to confirm that if I did have a breakdown then the breakdown cover would come…