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RealClassic

March 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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The new year is certainly turning out to be entertaining – not least on the 2-wheeled front. So far it’s included a surprising Honda (I doubted that was even possible) and a brand-new Royal Enfield – a twin. You can read a lot about the former and a little about the latter in next month’s magazine – this issue was already too far into production to change by the time I got to ride the bikes.I always try to approach a bike asking myself the same question – do I want to buy this? That’s putting it very simply, because it’s a very complicated question reduced to a too-simple single sentence. And it’s almost impossible to answer honestly, too, because if it was easier I’d struggle to move at…

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the budget t-bird

Given its head in 1963, a Triumph Thunderbird swept Bob Currie to 102mph, oozing a deceptively laidback power delivery that was ‘so smooth as to be nigh-on liquid. No kick in the pants feeling, but an all the way push which sends the speedometer needle up in to the nines before you know it.’One minute, Bob was noodling along at 30mph in top gear. Just 13 seconds later he’d accelerated cleanly to 80mph without swapping a single cog. That’s why the unit construction 6T was so popular with police forces across the UK and municipal fleets worldwide, to the extent that the scuffers’ bikes gained a special nickname – The Saint. It’s also one reason why the Thunderbird of the mid-60s is such an attractive classic rider’s machine today.There’s…

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rc readers recommend

Unsurprisingly, many members of the RC Facebook group have owned unit Triumph twins during their long / distinguished riding careers. These are the upgrades they consider essential... AN OIL FILTER and a Morgo oil pump (Lars Sandström) TRI-SPARK ignition (Paul Miles) ON PRE-OIF bikes, the best mod you can make is to fit a 2ls front brake (Chris Maughan) ROADRIDER TYRES; with those, electronic ignition and an oil filter it’s then hard to further improve perfection! (Martin Peacock) ■…

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1966 triumph thunderbird fact pack

Bore / stroke 71mm x 82mm Capacity 649cc Compression 7.5:1 Output 37bhp @ 6700rpm Carburettor 376/303 Amal Monobloc Front wheel 3.25 x 18 Rear wheel 3.50 x 18 Front brake 8”sls Rear brake 7”sls Wheelbase 55” ■…

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incoming!

MIGHTY MOPEDS Frank’s ‘road test’ of the mighty Puch MS50 brought back memories. In about 1970 I was regional rep for a dealer who had the Puch franchise for Kent and Sussex. My job was to tour all the dealers in a Transit van trying to flog those things. While well-made they were pretty awful to ride, the pedal / footrests being far too high. They were not popular and I think I got 15 bob commission per sale. The Puch Maxi was a very different box of tricks. They sold like hot cakes, but my commission was cut to 10 bob each because I was getting too much take-home pay!My ‘works bike’ was the very delectable Puch 125 motorcycle. I remember taking it to Brands Hatch…

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golden moments

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