Classic Bike Guide March 2019

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United Kingdom
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
12 期號


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every day is a school day, once you find the right teacher

A DEAR DEPARTED RELATION ONCE explained to me how people were different. “An angel will have a bucket with your name. It then goes along a line of drums, with each drum full of a different attribute. These drums are full of braun, brains, confidence, fitness, adaptability, reactions, thought, emotion or empathy. Now, there are seasoned angels, who will take a scoop from each drum until the bucket is full: this leads to a balanced person. But if your bucket is filled by a young angel, or even a lazy angel, they may just get to one drum and fill your bucket completely with just one attribute.” Tosh told to a naive young boy it may have been, but I love the thought. I’ve known some lovely brainiacs at Cambridge who…

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once is enough

So often our archive photograph hails from Mona’s Isle. This is simply because the TT races were, for decades, the single most-important proving ground, promotional springboard and manufacturing bravado contest for motorcycles in the world. This was also at a time when the internal combustion engine was possibly the most important product in the world, with the greatest brains, largest investment and a promising future. Back to the photograph you see here, and it’s not always the top runners that have a story to tell. Here you see a splendid captured moment of Francis Reynolds, at 26 years old, winning his first Manx Grand Prix, the Junior, in 1961. Reynolds was a motorcycle dealer from Middlesbrough. He first entered in 1957 on a 350 but reportedly crashed at Windy Corner in practice…

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motorcycles that matter

SOMETIMES, AS A SPECIAL TREAT, I SEARCH FOR ‘AJS 7R sound’ on YouTube just to hear the 7R’s majestic, visceral purr (I’m from Rochdale – it doesn’t take much). But the 7R has many feline qualities, even beyond its sensational growl: it is deceptively powerful, light, agile and one of the ‘prettiest’ machines of the postwar period. It’s also thanks to the 7R that we have the term ‘boy racer’, for this dainty little beast – which first rolled out of the factory in 1948 – was designed and built for the amateur racer. It was one of the most successful over-the-counter racers of all time. And as such, it is a marvel of economy, on every level. As the Vintage Motorcycle Club’s marque specialist Ray Carter said: “There is nothing…

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just the ticket as never-ridden ’77 commando could be yours

THE DRAW FOR the National Motorcycle Museum winter raffle for an unused 1977 850cc Norton Commando is approaching. Museum director James Hewing stated: “We have something very special for our winter raffle by offering a brand new, old stock 1977 Commando which has never been run or registered and is showing just a few ‘push’ miles only.” Second prize is a Sealey MC680E electro hydraulic motorcycle lift with 680kg load capacity worth more than £1500, while third prize is a luxury hotel break for two in the Manor Hotel, Meriden with dinner at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse. The draw will take place on Sunday, April 28 at the International Classic Motorcycle Show, Stafford. Tickets cost £2 each and can be obtained via the museum on (01675) 444123 or on-line at…

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mcqueen’s speed twin breaks record

BONHAMS’ LAS VEGAS Motorcycle Auction saw a 1938 Triumph 5T Speed Twin formerly owned by Steve McQueen sell for £135,300. When the hammer fell and the King of Cool’s ride set a new world auction record, the audience erupted in cheers and applause. Another highlight was the 1993 Ducati Supermono, one of just 67 made, that was bought for £88,675, as well as the 1974 Munch Mammoth TTS, known as the world’s first superbike, that made £86,400. Japanese and Italian motorcycles were the most popular lots, while a Vincent Black Lightning was unsold and two 650cc BSA A65 Hornet twins went for £1600 and £2500 each. Craig Mallery of Bonhams’ US Motorcycle Department said: “We had a very impressive selection of approximately 125 rare, uncommon and high-quality motorcycles on offer this year. It’s…

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back to the future at classic tt as island gets set to celebrate flying scotsman steve hislop

THIS YEAR’S CLASSIC TT Races will celebrate one of the greatest riders in the TT’s illustrious history, Steve Hislop (pictured right), who set the first 120mph lap in 1989. Back to the Future: The Hizzy Years will be a celebration of his career 30 years after that milestone achievement. It will feature a pop-up museum with some of the Scot’s most famous bikes helping to tell the remarkable story of the man who died in a helicopter crash in 2003. There will be a parade lap and guest appearances from some of his friends and rivals, including four-time world champion and TT winner Carl Fogarty. Racing takes place on Saturday, August 24 and Bank Holiday Monday, August 26. Current stars who have taken the challenge include John McGuinness, Michael Dunlop, Dean Harrison, Lee Johnston,…