Classic Bike Guide January 2021

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United Kingdom
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
12 期號


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worse things happen at sea you know...

I’VE BEEN TRYING TO KEEP POSITIVE ABOUT this year by wondering how all our relatives at the end of the Second World War would have loved to have been given a couple of months off. Loved ones killed, children sent off to live with people you’ve never met, in a place you’ve never been, houses blown to bits and no food or money. I bet they didn’t whinge they couldn’t go to their local bike meet, or that they had to wear a mask. And boy, wouldn’t they have loved to have some time to just go for a ride? So in my eternal optimism, I’ve – bought another bike. Oh yes, and it is a cracker – another BMW, a 1978 R100RS. Well, an S, but with the RS fairing…

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nifty fifties

Think of 50cc bikes as ‘just’ a 16-year-old’s steed at your peril – these tiddlers have seen some serious racing action over the years. The 1963 IOM TT saw the first and only overall win by a Japanese rider/bike combination when Mitsuo Itoh aboard a 50cc Suzuki averaged 78.81. In the same race, Bill Ivy rode the ‘Sheene Special’ which was designed and constructed the previous winter by Frank Sheene, a lifelong road racer who regularly competed across the country accompanied by his young son Barry. The Sheene Special finished an excellent 7th overall at an average of 61.12mph and powered by a Spanish Ducson that offered 9bhp at 11,000rpm; the bike tipped the scales at just 38.5kg. In 1977 a 50cc Kreidler-powered streamliner named Black Arrowed was piloted by ex-World Champion…

14 分鐘
laverda jota buying guide the don

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE SUMMER OF 1980. I was at an agricultural show in Devon, because that’s what teenagers did in Devon for weekend entertainment in 1980. You went to an agricultural show, looked at tractors, and then retired to the bar where the licensing regulations were purely advisory. Inexplicably there was a motorcycle dealership with a stand. Not just any dealership either, as the bikes they brought along were a bit special. There was a Benelli 750 Sei, a Ducati Pantah and a bright orange Laverda Jota. And the dealer did not mind people sitting on them, which was another surprise as at most of the dealers I knew of, just looking at a bike closely was tantamount to jumping on board and riding off. I tried the Benelli for…

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parts specialists

While there are a number of companies that seem to specialise in every aspect of our two wheeled world, we have to remember that there are also a large number of companies that specialise in some very specific areas. Not only are these companies likely to have an expansive knowledge of their chosen subject, they’re also far more likely to stock the seemingly rare and unobtainable parts that can’t be found at the more generic dealers and suppliers The logic is clear – if you want a haircut, you don’t go to the supermarket. So, if you want a certain part for your classic motorcycle, then you approach the companies that deal in parts and expertise in those very models. And look what we have here – a number of specialists…

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classic news

NMM REFUSED COVID GRANT, SELLS BIKES THE NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM has sold off some of its classic motorcycles as it tries to raise the money it needs to keep operating. The sale follows the refusal of a grant from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, a move described as a “bitter blow” by the museum. The fund was established by Government to “provide funding support to organisations across the heritage ecosystem that were financially sustainable before Covid-19”. The National Motorcycle Museum receives no external funding, relying on the support of visitors to the museum, and on the income from the attached conference business and two sister hotels, to stay open. In rejecting the application, The Heritage Lottery Fund said that it “did not meet the criteria for the programme, and the board has decided not…

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I’d pick the Kawasaki every time What a pleasure to read Oli Hulme’s description of the Kawasaki Z750B Twin in the November issue, comparing it with the Honda CB750K. I bought mine new in October 1976 and thoroughly enjoyed it. It went really well everywhere, was brilliant two-up and loaded with camping gear, coming into its own on a nearly 3000 mile trip around the south of France in a wet 1977 August. After my previous Commando 850, I found at first a mild buzz through the handlebars at high rpm as the only vibration and that was certainly much less than experienced on the previous BSA, Triumph and Norton twins. However, as the bike was able to sustain high cruising speeds all day and being battered by the wind got a…