Classic Bike Guide April 2019

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United Kingdom
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
12 期號


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old or new?

AT THE MOMENT I AM A LUCKY BOY AND have a varied concoction to ride. Royal Enfield have loaned me one of their new 650 Interceptors, which you can read about what it’s like to live with on page 52. I’ve been enjoying the blend of ‘hop on and go’ of a new bike, with the ‘that’s a nice old machine; I used to have one’ interaction with folks I come across. It's good to see the old name growing. I POPPED IN TO SEE ANOTHER BRITISH manufacturing survivor recently, CCM. The factory, while small, was buzzing, with bikes everywhere, new models being assessed and a really positive feel to what is the oldest British bike manufacturer still in the UK. For a small player in the modern bike world, they really…

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middleclass parenting at its best!

Oh, the shock – a father sitting on a motorbike, smoking, while his young son looks on. Nowadays, such behaviour could be seen as bad parenting; however, said gentleman is Graham Walker, who has just won the Lightweight TT race, and the young boy is one Graham Murray Walker. The year is 1931 and Graham Walker Snr has had a successful TT campaign for Rudge, winning the Lightweight race and coming fifth in both the Junior and Senior races. It was a strong year for Rudge against the might of Norton, though Ernie Nott, another Rudgemounted rider, had led the Lightweight race by some margin until the final lap, when he crashed. Walker, Tyrell-Smith and Ted Mellors (on a New Imperial) passed Nott, who wilfully managed to nurse the Rudge back…

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vincent grey flash

AUGUST 1951: IT’S THE AUTO CYCLE UNION’S International Race Meeting at Thruxton circuit, Hampshire. The rain is lashing down, the sky is dark, spectators are sopping wet, but a certain teenager has baffled the crowds against all odds: John Surtees. Despite the treacherous conditions at the Hampshire airfield circuit, Surtees has even beaten international motorcycle star Geoff Duke on some laps in the 1000cc race. Surtees would, of course, go on to become one of the world’s greatest motorsport racers ever – on two wheels and four – but in August 1951 he’s a gangly teenage apprentice at Vincent on a fiver a week. Surtees’ machine is the newly-marketed Vincent Grey Flash, which is an apt moniker – it made its name by going very fast on this very grey day. A report from…

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warning for classic riders over tests and no-deal brexit travel

OWNERS OF MOTORCYCLES that are MoT exempt are being advised that they should get them tested if they want to be sure they can ride them in Europe after Brexit. Currently, the EU-wide Roadworthiness Testing Directive applies to exempt vehicles, but this would vanish in the event of a no-deal Brexit. But the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) has suggested that owners might want to submit the vehicle to an MoT test, even if it is exempt, so that they will be in possession of evidence that the vehicle has passed a roadworthiness test if local law enforcement requests. The FBHVC has issued advice on what will be different if the UK leaves the EU on March 29 without a deal, with the first and main point being to consult Government…

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manual creator john haynes dies at 80

MOTORING LEGEND JOHN Haynes, the creator of the famous Haynes Manuals, has died aged 80. Most riders have got an oily-thumbed Haynes manual on their bookcase, with more than 200 million sold worldwide. Born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1938, Haynes built an Austin 7 special while at boarding school in the UK and printed his first manual detailing the work involved as a booklet, selling 250 copies. The first true Haynes Manual, one of the first to give the ordinary rider and motorist details about how to fix their vehicle usually only seen in factory manuals, was printed in 1966. The collection has now grown so much so that there is hardly a vehicle in the world that doesn’t have one. The collection has extended into outer space too, with manuals…

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new flat tanker roars out of the welsh valleys

THERE ARE SEVERAL manufacturers of retro motorcycles, but few have gone as far as Mark Wardill to revive an old name and give their machine a period feel. The Wardill Motor and Cycle Works was started in Carshalton, Surrey in 1903 by Henry Wardill Snr to repair and maintain cars, motorcycles and bicycles. In 1927 it became the Wardill Motorcycle Company Ltd, run by Henry Jnr and Percy Wardill to produce the Wardill Motorcycle with a revolutionary patented ‘supercharged’ two-stroke engine. Now Mark, a direct descendent of Henry Wardill, is re-launching the marque, with a brand-new motorcycle, the Wardill 4, so-called because the last Wardill, made in the 1920s, was named the Wardill 3. The Wardill 4 uses a modern 250cc OHC engine. Apart from the engine, every other part of the bike…