Classic Bike Guide February 2019

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United Kingdom
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
12 期號


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bullet train

I first came across the Enfield, then Royal Enfield Bullet, in the Nineties, when popping in to see my friend and local dealer, Dave Wicks. He was selling the 350s and 500s to those that wanted a modern classic, those that didn’t want to spend the kids’ inheritance and those that wanted a cheap winter hack – the prices started at £2250 – brand-new. I ended up with a 50s 350 engine in an Indian frame for fun in the dirt and though that machine has gone, I still have an affection for the budget thumper. The story of Royal Enfield is fascinating and with the new 650 twins looks to be on a whole new journey. But for this month we’re looking at the right-hand gearchange, iron engine single; still…

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what an image this is

Taken in 1911 at the TT, the bike is a Matchless with a JAP engine fitted. Ridden by Harry Collier, it finished second. The rigid frame with single-speed, overhead valve single-cylinder engine, belt drive (with spare tied under the seat), belt rear brake, toolkit (or lunch box?) nestled neatly between rider and flat tank and beautifully-swept handlebars all show what a TT racer looked like more than 100 years ago. It was just as well that the race didn’t include time to lace those boots up! Harry (real name Henry Albert) Collier was one of three sons of Henry Collier, founder of Matchless. Initially making bicycles at their base in Plumstead, London, Matchless soon started making motorcycles. After a few years Henry retired and Harry took over, with his two brothers,…

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motorcycles that matter

1938 Brough Superior Golden Dream IT’S November 7, 1938 and a sea of hats is flocking to the opening day of the Earls Court Motorcycle and Cycle Show. Even the Duke of Kent is making an appearance. Visitors fill the floor, eager to see the latest offerings from Ariel, BSA and Norton, among dozens of other marques. This is the Machine Age, after all, and the Earls Court show is its crowning glory. But there’s one particular stand – 12a, to be precise – to which the crowds show particular reverence. Here, the Rolls-Royce of motorcycle manufacturers, Brough Superior, displays its piece de resistance: the aptly-named Golden Dream. It was, as reported in Motor Cycle, ‘the sensation of the show’. For starters, the Golden Brough is the only Brough not to be finished in chrome: it…

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moto-morini spares operation moves to west yorkshire with mdina italia

CLASSIC ITALIAN SPECIALISTS Mdina Italia have taken over the Moto-Morini spares operation from long-established specialists North Leicester Motorcycles (NLM). NLM were the major source of UK spares and advice for the much-loved Morini v-twins and other Morini models. Mdina Italia have a well-established Ducati, Moto Guzzi and Laverda parts business. Based in Baildon, West Yorkshire, Mdina Italia has been supplying motorcycle spares to customers across the globe since 2007. They now have all the Morini parts located on site and are beavering away tidying and organising the data to import into their own accounts and webstore, which should be live as CBG hits the newsstands. The plan is to create a basic online catalogue initially with the system developed to contain parts pictures and details. In the meantime, as long as owners know…

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guzzi launch v7 race series

MOTO GUZZI WILL be holding a new ‘Fast Endurance’ series in Italy in 2019 featuring the roar of v-twins. The new single manufacturer series has been organised with the Italian Motorcycling Federation and dedicated to those who want to test themselves on track and inhale the atmosphere of classic racing. The competition will involve two-rider teams on Moto Guzzi V7 III Stone bikes with a specific kit fitted to each bike. Moto Guzzi Fast Endurance is not only aimed at riders of varying ability, but also and particularly at young motorcyclists who want to test themselves on track for the first time. The format of each event involves a 60min fast endurance race, with an evocative Le Mans-style start, with bikes lined up on one side of the track and riders having to run…

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bonhams to sell black lightning and george and mildred’s brough

ANOTHER AUCTION RECORD could be broken when the first production Vincent Black Lightning racer ever built goes under the hammer at the Bonham’s sale in Las Vegas. The fully restored Vincent Twin went under the hammer at the massive auction of classics that includes everything from Cushman scooters to two machines once owned by Steve McQueen. But it is the Black Lightning that is expected to break the records. In a sale last year, a Black Lightning sold for £740,000, although this year’s machine has a guide price of £320,000. For British buyers Bonhams are currently accepting consignments for their sale at the Stafford International Classic Bike Show in April. The current listing for the Stafford sale includes a number of Brough Superiors, one of which found fame as the sidecar outfit…