Classic Bike Guide October 2019

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United Kingdom
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
12 期號


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if we can’t do the work, then who will?

WHO HAS TOLD THE SUN IT CAN knock off early? Still, summer has been kind, with record numbers at our local bike meets, like Two-Wheel Tuesday at Old Buckenham and the excellent Fenlander show at Wimbotsham. It seems there’s been something on every other day and I hope your area’s been the same. The TR6 has been riding beautifully, though not charging. I think a sleepy regulator is at fault, as it charges when the lights are on. Trouble is, if I find enough time to really look at it, I want to ride; so it gets left. Sounds lazy, but when you have a dream bike to ride for a few weeks, to not make the most of it would be plain rude. And oh, how nicely it rides; those big…

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fulfilling a dream

Howard R Davies was born in 1895 and he quickly showed a love of life and excitement, riding horses and hunting as a child. However, racing motorcycles was what he wanted to do. Davies worked for AJS and Sunbeam, competing in both the ISDT (International Six Days Trial) and the TT, but he constantly suffered from mechanical issues that hid his talent and bravery. Then the First World War took over everyone’s lives and he became a dispatch rider, and then a pilot and he was shot down and captured – though it was reported that he had died, so Motor Cycle magazine published his obituary. Davies was busy trying to escape, but was unsuccessful. After the war, in 1921, Davies was the first rider to win the Senior TT on a…

12 分鐘
manx norton

THERE IS NO NEED FOR GUSHY ADJECTIVES when describing the significance of the Manx Norton; one only needs to look at the dates. This is a machine whose life spanned four decades, from the earliest incarnations of the model in the 1930s to the last example ever produced, which rolled out of the factory in 1962. Moreover, the Manx’s lifetime straddled the global Depression, the Second World War and the subsequent rationing of fuel and materials. Somehow, this single-cylindered, overhead camshaft 500cc machine survived. Yet that survival is not owing to preservation – like some relic or artefact – rather, it’s a result of years and years of fine tuning. Like any creature in nature, the story of the Manx is one of evolution. ENGINEERS in Norton Motorcycles’ Experimental Department were…

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the genius of millyard

NUCLEAR RESEARCH ENGINEER and creator of incredible motorcycles Allen Millyard will be the guest of honour at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show at Stafford this October, showcasing a selection of his amazing hand-built specials. Allen is renowned for creating mind-boggling bikes, having built more than 30 multi-cylinder machines ranging from four and five-pot, two-stroke Kawasakis, to a V12 based on a Z1300 and a five-litre V-twin made from an aircraft engine from the comfort of his shed. Yorkshireman Allen has been bringing pieces of scrap back to life since he was 17, inspired by his passion for metalwork at school. One of his first projects saw him transform a rotten Honda 90 into a V-twin using his dad’s Myford ML7 lathe. After more than two decades he’s produced dozens of his signature…

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jock wilson: isdt legend

PETER ‘JOCK’ WILSON, the ISDT legend who ran the British Vase and Trophy teams from 1978-1997 and built the AJS and Triumphs that triumphed in Fifties and Sixties competition, has died at the age of 85. Peter Cameron Wilson was born in Scotland on January 12, 1934 at Oakbank, Bridge of Balgie, Glen Lyon, Perthshire, where the motorcycle bug bit early, ‘borrowing’ his father’s own bike at the age of 11 to the fury of his mother. Jock started as a lumberjack, then had a spell of National Service at Aldershot, where he was in the Royal Army Service Corps. His commanding officer was Captain Eddie Dow, who later became an ISDT and track star himself. Jock met many of the factory trials and scrambles stars of the era who were…

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charterhouse head for the tt

CHARTERHOUSE AUCTIONS ARE to host classic motorcycle sales at the next Isle of Man Classic TT. The Dorset-based auctioneers have signed a deal with the IoM government to become an official partner of the Classic TT races from 2020. Charterhouse will run an auction of historic, vintage and classic motorcycles at the Classic TT races from 2020. The first auction is scheduled to take place during the August Bank Holiday weekend in a specially constructed venue in the Classic TT paddock in Nobles Park and will be open to live and internet bidders. Matthew Whitney, head of classic vehicles for Charterhouse said: “The Classic TT is probably the biggest and most important series of races for classic motorcycles and attracts enthusiasts from all over the world. With racers, collectors, and motorbike enthusiasts on…