Classic Bike Guide

Every month, in Classic Bike Guide magazine:-
BUY – SELL – RIDE – RESTORE
*Iconic motorcycles spanning more than a century from all around the world
*In-depth features, historical reviews, hands-on rebuilds, tech tips, quick spins and riding lives
*Essential buying guides, industry insiders, marque histories and model profiles
*Concours classics, café customs, brats, bobbers and hi-tech trackers
*Recommended reading for all distinguished gentlefolk
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PREVIEW: December issue of Classic Bike Guide

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Yet again, Classic Bike Guide magazine has everything you need to buy, sell, ride and restore your classic bike!

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What we learned at Stafford

Oli went round the clubs and found out what we didn’t know.

Turbo bikes

We have a look at the good, bad and dangerous

Your Guide To: Moto Guzzi V7

A brace of V7 850s here, which would you pick? We try both

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PREVIEW: November issue of Classic Bike Guide

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Classic Japanese bike guide – this month!

Classic Bike Guide looks at the best classic Japanese bikes. From riding to restoring, two-stroke to four-stroke, we look at some of the best – and not so best bikes from the Far East. Fun, often fast, great to restore and with brilliant clubs, Japanese bikes are hard to beat!

Dresda Triton – do you dare?

This month in Classic Bike Guide, we bring you one of the best Dresda Tritons around. Originally built by Dave Degans himself, it’s got a Triumph engine, Featherbed frame and is assembled beautifully. Take a look yourself, if you dare! 

Normandy beach race!

Here at Classic Bike Guide we know how much the French like to enjoy themselves! Once a year, vintage bikes and hot rods sprint race on the sandy beach, just outside Ouistreham. Fun, sun, friendly competition and lots of great motors to see. Read all about it this month.

What thread is this?

Classic Bike Guide takes a look at all the different threads we’re likely to encounter on old bikes. We check out what they are, what they should be and how to renovate them like new!

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PREVIEW: October issue of Classic Bike Guide

We’re looking at the do-it-all British bulldog, the BSA B31, in the brand new October issue of Classic Bike Guide magazine.

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The real No.7 Barry Sheene

A wonderful insight to what No7 was really like, by those that knew him closest.

Real world rides: BSA B31

They’re not perfect by a long stretch, but the B31 is rather hard to beat as a do-it-all classic.

Take classic bikes on track

We look at what it’s like taking your old bike on track and if you fancy, how to prepare.

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PREVIEW: September issue of Classic Bike Guide

We’re looking at the unfairly unloved Norton Model 77 in the brand new September issue of Classic Bike Guide magazine.

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Your guide to: Norton 77

Never hit the headlines and was destined for a life of chairlugging. Now the 77 could be a great buy, if you can find one…

Opinion

Oli talks about shiny restorations and electric bikes, while Matt heads one way down memory lane.

Norton Navigator

Norton’s 350cc twin fought against old prejudices, but this one has been given a new lease of life.

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PREVIEW: June issue of Classic Bike Guide

We’re looking at one of the best all-time rounders – BSA’s Super Rocket – in the brand new June issue of Classic Bike Guide magazine.

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Triumph Trident – we have a go

Maria took her dad so they could both have a go on Triumph’s new Trident. What did they think? 

Real World Rides: Yamaha RD250

This bike took the old world of British biking and threw it into the gutter. With its top speed and cheap price, it was the king of the teenagers.

Posh Totty: Hesketh V1000

Oh, rather! Big, heavy and troublesome when new, Hesketh’s V1000 should make a regal way to ride – does it?

 

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PREVIEW: May issue of Classic Bike Guide

Grab our FREE 32-page British Bike Guide inside the May issue of Classic Bike Guide magazine.

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Yamaha TX750

What a machine – a rolling example of the Japanese perfecting modern bike design, with plenty of problems on the way. The UK never got it, so they’re a rare machine indeed.

 

Back in the Summer of ’69

Reader Dave Head sent us in some wonderful shots he took at the Production TT in 1969, along with what he could remember from a great week.

 

Triumph Tiger TR7

Born in troubled times, the TR7 was no sales hit back in the 1970s, but could be the best large Triumph twin now.

 

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PREVIEW: March issue of Classic Bike Guide

Is the single half Vincent Comet as good as the twins? Find out in the March issue of Classic Bike Guide magazine.

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Hubert Auriol

We lost ‘The African’ in January, a big man who won the Paris Dakar twice on a bike and once in a car, before helping to run it for years.

Vincent Comet

Martin Hughes-Games looks at two reviews of the Vincent single, then rides one himself to see who is most right. Do they deserve to sit in the shadows of the twins? 

Happy 100th Birthday Moto Guzzi

The Italian marque has made it, just, to 100 years old. Bellisimo!

 

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PREVIEW: January issue of Classic Bike Guide magazine

Have we found single perfection in AJS’ Model 16S in the January issue of Classic Bike Guide magazine?

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Living with: AJS Model 16S

Do you need more than a 350 British single? Oli finds out by buying an AJS Model 16S, which is almost identical to the Matchless G3L.

 

Indian Powerplus

This well-travelled early Indian was beyond repair according to many restorers – but now look at it.

 

Music, motorcycles and Matchless twins

This well-travelled early Indian was beyond repair according to many restorers – but now look at it.

 

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PREVIEW: November edition of Classic Bike Guide

Check out the streamlined and stylish Triumph Thunderbird in the November issue of Classic Bike Guide magazine – on sale now!

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Buying guide: Triumph Thunderbird

For many, Triumph’s Thunderbird is the ultimate British twin. We take an in-depth look.

Kawasaki Z750 vs Honda CB750K

In the 1970s these two were competing for sales – 45 years on, which one gets our vote?

Built in Britain

The Valespeed ’28 is a corker.

 

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PREVIEW: September edition of Classic Bike Guide

There’s a battle of Kawasaki warriors in the September edition of Classic Bike Guide magazine – on sale now!

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New Retro: Kawasaki Z900

Matt takes the new model out – is it as good as the original?

Ducati Scrambler 1100

We try Ducati’s big bruiser Scrambler and find a great bike.

British bike guide: Part 4

This month we look at Royal Enfield, Sunbeam and Triumph.

 

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What's inside the August edition of Classic Bike Guide?

We’ve got your espresso guide to the Moto Guzzi Le Mans in the brand new August edition of Classic Bike Guide magazine – on sale now!

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Moto Guzzi Le Mans

If you can get comfortable, it’s a wonderful machine. If…

Are classic bikes an investment?

Steve Cooper stirs up the hornets’ nest.

British bike guide: Part 3

It’s the third part of our extremely popular British bike guide series. This month, it’s all about Norton and Panther.

 

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What's inside the July issue of Classic Bike Guide?

Check out this BSA flat tracker built in a lock-up during lockdown in the brand new July issue of Classic Bike Guide magazine – on sale now!

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Corona competitor

One man’s mission to build a flat track racer during lockdown.

 

Yamaha RD 350 police bike

No stodgy BMWs here – how about a two-stroke Yamaha for chasing baddies! 

 

Bianchi 220 Freccia d’Oro

This famous cycling name was Italy’s premier motorcycle, too

 

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Look inside the June issue of Classic Bike Guide

 

Check out part one of our illustrious British Bike Guide! Plus, we escape Europe in lockdown on a classic!

Read more in the brand new June issue of Classic Bike Guide magazine – on sale now!

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British Bike Guide

The letter A is a good place to start – so AJS and Ariel!

 

What is it about the R100RS?

Why you want the bike that was so good BMW brought it back

 

BSA B33

A thumping-big, 500cc Beeza – what could be better?

 

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What’s inside the April issue of Classic Bike Guide?

We take a look at the Clymer Indian Enfield – an American, British and Italian beauty – taken well before its time! Plus, will Guy Martin Triumph over McQueen? Find out in the brand new April issue of Classic Bike Guide magazine – on sale now!

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Clymer Indian Enfield

One of the best looking bikes had a tragically short life. With American backing, Italian frame and British twin power, the Clymer Indian was a real head-turner!

British Tiddlers

We look at the British 125s in the third part of our tiddler series.

Character: Les Williams

Les was a stalwart of Triumph and managed Slippery Sam – but did you know he also had a habit of stealing people’s food? We look back at the man…

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Inside Classic Bike Guide’s March issue…

We discover a Ducati dream in the brand new March issue of Classic Bike Guide magazine – on sale now!

Yet again, Classic Bike Guide magazine has everything you need to buy, sell, ride and restore your classic bike!

Classic Bike Guide March cover

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Ducati Baja single special

One enthusiast’s relentless pursuit to find out more about this very special Ducati!

Triumph Thruxton RS

Our Dave goes to try Triumph’s new naked and comes back impressed.

Surtees saved this TT-winning BMW Kompressor

John Surtees, the Nazi regime and a bike hidden on a farm – the whole story!

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What’s inside our February 2020 issue?

Our February 2020 issue of Classic Bike Guide magazine is out now as we take a look at the spectacular Ariel Square Four!

Yet again, Classic Bike Guide magazine has everything you need to buy, sell, ride and restore your classic bike!

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Japanese 125s

Not much space? Bikes getting too heavy? Like working on something simple?

Triumph Scrambler 1200XC

More of Martin Squires’ sketches – on the Triumph Scrambler 1200XC.

My perfect Rocket 3

One man decided to have a triple that would be as at home touring as it would on track.

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December issue on sale!

We have a cracking BSA Lightning special in the December issue of Classic Bike Guide magazine as we find out if it really is the perfect Café Racer!

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A special BSA A65

One couple’s idea of the perfect bike – an we’re quite jealous!

Burt Munro: Offerings to the God of Speed

We look at the great Burt Munro through the eyes of his family.

Machines that matter

Coventry Eagle Flying 8, the big JAP-engined range-topper from the little-bike specialists.

Editor: Get your thermals out, there’s plenty to do

Editor of Classic Bike Guide, Matt Hull

With the last classic shows packed up here in the UK, we’ve got tinkering time ahead! Few like taking their pride and joy out in the depths of winter; and yet some of the best fun can be had, especially if you like dirt-riding, which we do here.

Here at Classic Bike Guide Towers, the Benelli is getting stripped down for some new crank seals, while the Norton ES2, which has been left unloved on the bench while the weather has been treating us to some good riding, is now in full swing again. Hopefully the engine will go back together next month, and the metalwork straightened, primed and painted.

Neville’s Beeza is flying now and could do with an oil change and the TriBSA needs a service; all good dark-evening jobs, but he’s been suckin’ fuel to get an old Daimler V8 going.

Boy’s getting on well with his Oset trials bike, but my old car lost its brakes the other night, so I’ve been on my back trying to fix that. If you don’t like the idea of working on bikes in the winter, try cars…

It can be hard to get out into the shed/ garage/pig sty when it’s warm and light inside the house but cold and dark outside. Even your tools don’t warm up! So here’s what works for me. Plan your jobs so you know what you need in advance. Dress up – multiple thin layers work better than nanny’s knitted jumper. Wear a hat. If working at a bench, get an old bit of carpet from the tip to stand on. Pop a radio on to make you feel more at work. Friends help, so see if someone like-minded wants to share a workspace. And drink plenty of tea. Simple!

We’ve been working on the The Carole Nash Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic, held every year at Newark Showground. For 2020 it’s on the weekend of January 11/12 and is a great way to walk off all that excess from Christmas.

This year, World Superbike hero, Pierfranchesco ‘Frankie’ Chili will be there; which I personally am really excited about, as Frankie was one of my heroes! Meanwhile, the CBG stand will have some great bikes to see, plus we plan to have some experts on hand to help with any restoration issues you may have. So bring your questions!

And talking of help, please keep sending in your old bike-friendly bike shops. We’ve got a few, but we need more, if we’re to encourage more to use their old bikes. So next time you’re passing a local bike shop, ask if they’d like to work on something older and if they like the idea, let us know about them at editor@classicbikeguide.com

Right, I’m off to chop wood and write to Father Christmas for some cycle thread taps and dies…

Be good, Matt Hull – editor@classicbikeguide.com

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November issue on sale now!

We have all you need to know about BSA’s unit twin, the A65. Also, check out the mud-plugging 80s style of the Suzuki TS250ER! The November issue of Classic Bike Guide magazine has everything you need to buy, sell, ride and restore your classic bike!

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BSA A65

All there is to know about BSA’s finest twin.

Suzuki TS250ER

Classic, dirty fun with Suzuki’s hot 250.

Living with Norton’s Atlas 750

Forever in the shadows of the Commando – what’s it like to own an Atlas?

PLUS: Fun on three wheels with Cyclecars, the Royal Enfield Trials 500, BMW’s R60/5, plus we look at some great bike products!

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October ISSUE OF CLASSIC BIKE GUIDE ON SALE NOW!

Manx Norton! Suzuki B120P! Kawasaki GPz750R! The October edition of Classic Bike Guide magazine has everything you need to buy, sell, ride and restore your classic bike!

As ever, this month’s issue of Classic Bike Guide magazine is packed with rebuild guides, wonders in the workshop, elegant British twins and new retro bikes.

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Suzuki B120P | The ‘Bloop’ was a tried and tested, if mundane commuter. But a lot of people passed their test on it and if you are looking for a little two-stroke for fun, the ‘Bloop’ could be it

Kawasaki GPz750R | It’s a great bike to ride and prices are low, so grab one while you can

Norton Commando | The development year We take a fascinating look back at the short time it took to get the Commando into production with designer Roger Barlow

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A word from the editor

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 bars, wonderful speed, flowing cornering and first-kick starting. And when I get off I still have to look back at it every time.

Only having one posterior means the Beeza has been resting, but it still makes me smile when I see it. It’s slow, the lights give as much light as a politician does truth and the gearchange reminds me of a railway signalman pulling a signal lever – but with its paint peeling off the tank and knobbly tyres, it has ‘that look’ I love. It’s not to everyone’s taste, it doesn’t have the kudos of the Triumph and the nut wallies love to point out what’s wrong with it, but it’s mine and I love it.

The Norton is looking sad. With summer shows, events and riding, I’ve hardly had time to eat, let alone work on the ES2.I must get that motor in one piece. Maria’s Benelli is now all there chassis-wise, but the electrics are baffling me. And they’re so simple! I’m refusing to ask for help and I want to sort it, so time and a clear head is all I need. And a wiring diagram would be handy.

But I’m lucky, I have an old shed I can work in and I have amassed enough tools to get by.Thanks to the people around me I have also gained enough knowledge to get stuck into most jobs. But what if I hadn’t? Does having no mechanical knowledge mean that you can’t enjoy old bikes?

Of course, you could learn, though this takes time and not all are suited to it (me included sometimes). But see page 88 to see a great new aluminium TIG welding course I did – I learned a lot in just a couple of days. There are mechanical maintenance courses at many evening classes, too.

But if you need someone else, where could you take your old bike? A main dealer? An independent shop? Some will have somewhere local that likes working on old bikes, yet many areas won’t. Maybe, in the workshop of a new bike shop is a mechanic that would love to work on an old bike as a change from the modern machines. No laptops, few fairings to remove and getting back to basics would hopefully enthuse an older mechanic and intrigue a young one.

So together, could we build a ‘classic friendly’ bike shop/ workshop listing? It would be small at first, but with time we could get others interested and who knows what we’ll find? We can publish it every month and you could ask your local bike businesses if they could or would work on older bikes. It’s just the chance to help owners and wannabe owners of old bikes to find somewhere they can take their bike. All we need is the name, area and some way people can contact them if they’re interested. What do you think? Let us know.

I’m off to pack for a great weekend of old school choppers at the Trip Out festival. Be good. Matt Hull.

September issue of Classic Bike Guide on sale now!

Triumph TR6! Vincent V-Twin! Honda CB650! The September edition of Classic Bike Guide magazine has everything you need to buy, sell, ride and restore your classic bike!

As ever, this month’s issue of Classic Bike Guide magazine is packed with rebuild guides, wonders in the workshop, elegant British twins and new retro bikes.

If you’d like to read September’s Classic Bike Guide, then cut to the chase and download the digital version, order the print magazine, or better yet save those pennies and subscribe to Classic Bike Guide. Here’s what to expect this month…

TRIUMPH TR6 | The Bonneville’s better mannered sibling is a stunner to ride and live with.

HONDA CB650 | By now, Honda had got quite good at building big bikes.

VELOCETTE LE | Inventive, practical and for the time – the LE was a great answer to the world’s problems.

NORTON DOMINATOR | We look at what the press thought when the Dominator was new and what we think now.

PLUS: Living with a Trophy, from the archive poster, Project Norton and we look at some great bike products!

Classic Bike Guide magazine is on sale in UK newsagents and supermarkets, and you can buy the current issue in digital and paper formats here!

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A word from the editor

Firstly, welcome to this month’s Classic Bike Guide. With shows every weekend and weather tempting us all out, what more could we wish for? Well, more time would be good!

The Beeza has been ever-faithful, so I treated it to a new rear tyre after the mudguard slipped down and ‘remodelled’ the old one with the numberplate bolt. And though summer, I must try to improve the headlight as I’m having to use my shooting torch to get home once the sun has gone to bed…

For now, the B31 has been relegated to the back burner as I’ve been lucky enough to have a Triumph Trophy to use. What a bike! One of the first unit-construction 650s, it’s a beautiful bike that once we’d gone through it all (it had been standing for some years with petrol in it) and serviced it, is giving me a new experience, having been mainly a single cylinder rider. It feels like a new bike – keeps up with modern traffic, behaves itself and rides beautifully – what must it have been like when it was new? I wish I could afford one when it goes back.

A friend, Maria, asked for help getting her 1979 Benelli 125 Enduro going, after it’s been languishing in a shed for too many years. Little Benellis are tricky to get information about but this one is in surprisingly original condition with just 1400 miles on the clock and what looks like the original Pirellis fitted; so the tank, tap and carb need cleaning and the flywheel removing to sort the points – it’s got no spark.

But once going, this lightweight off-roader should be an unusual sight on the local trails, or maybe even the odd competition. And though difficult, getting information about unusual bikes is just another part of keeping these old bikes alive: was the engine used in something else? Are the brakes the same as another model?

And talking about competition, Neville, one of my mentors in all things old and mechanical, has finished building his interpretation of a Gold Star scrambler. After getting in a tiz with his Amal carb, all problems disappeared with fitting a Mikuni. Look out for this in a future issue, on a local trail or even, if he gets his own way, a dirt track event!

Boy is getting into it as well. Though just four years old, his cycling is coming on, so I popped up to Old Empire Motorcycles who not only make some superb Hinkley Triumph specials, but also sell electric trials bikes. Okay, so they may not be classic, but if these silent machines help him learn the skills needed to control a twin-shock, then world – watch out – there may be another two-wheel fanatic on the way.

But all this has brought reality to a head, as Project Norton has had to take a little break. As any one of you that has restored a bike knows, sometimes you just can’t fit it all in. I’ve managed to rub down the oil tank and battery box, but you don’t want to read about that. The cam followers are back, so I’ll just have to find some extra time next month to rebuild the bottom end. Why does everything take so long?

Send in some photos of shows and meets you’re attending to editor@classicbikeguide.com; we’d love to see them. Be good, Matt Hull.

August issue of Classic Bike Guide is OUT NOW!

Laverda SF! Ariel Sloper! Yamaha RD400! August’s CBG has everything you need to buy, sell, ride and restore your classic bike!

As ever, this month’s issue of Classic Bike Guide magazine is packed with rebuild guides, wonders in the workshop, elegant British twins and new retro bikes.

If you’d like to read August’s CBG, then you can cut to the chase and download the digital version, order the print magazine, or better yet save those pennies and subscribe to Classic Bike Guide. Here’s what to expect this month…

LAVERDA SF AND SFC | Italian style and muscle, with German electrics – the perfect combo?

ARIEL SLOPER | It wasn’t around long, but the Sloper was a good bike.

YAMAHA RD400 | Like two-strokes? This may be your nirvana.

NEW RETRO: NORTON V4-SS | What would Pa Norton think of the flagship V4?

PLUS: Wheel rebuilding, from the archive poster, Project Norton and we look at some great bike products!

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Editor Welcome

Do we hold the answer to the new rider shortage?

Welcome! I hope your local bike meets are busy in this cracking weather. There’s much to look at after a good ride and this little world of biking sees many niches come together, from one-piece leathers parking 200bhp monsters next to wax jackets riding air-cooled cool; adventure suits clambering down from two-wheel Land Rovers next to hoodies scooting in on 50s and 125s. In today’s polarised, dystopian society, the oft-frowned upon world of biking provides a little two-wheeled utopia.

It’s also a good time to reflect on how bikes have changed, but also how they haven’t. A friend passed her test years ago, had a break and now she wants to return. She’s bought a Honda MSX125; a modern take on a Monkey, or a Dax bike. It’s fun, it looks great and it brings a smile. I wondered why she didn’t want a larger bike, but, at 5ft 4in, she just pointed at the seat heights.

Modern bikes have become too tall, the seats too wide and they are too heavy. They are stretching riders’ confidence, especially at slow speed. I recently took a couple of BMW GS owners out for some riding tuition, both proud of their new, expensive, trinket-laden behemoths.

To be blunt, neither could ride for toffee as they petrified of dropping them. If it got worse, they would give up and take up another hobby. We always need new blood in biking, or it will disappear. Can we help?

Look at the seat height of a classic. A Triumph 5TA measures 28.5in, compared to a Kawasaki ER6 at 31in. It makes a big difference, as does the riding position.

Classics tend to have you sitting more upright, with legs further forward and often have bars bringing your arms back, compared to a modern bike. It all helps to improve slow speed control and that all-important confidence. Then there’s the weight. The 5TA weighs 350lb compared to the Kawasaki’s 465lb. That’s two bags of spuds.

The best modern bike we have found is a Triumph Street Twin, with a seat of 30in and a weight of 436lb – not light but low enough and with a good riding position.

So as bikes have become less about speed and more about looks, should we be tempting new riders with the charm of classic bikes? Popular models can be fitted with better lights, electrics, tyres and brakes and, crucially, they are seen as cool.

Kick-starting can be part of a fitness regime, but you need to remember they need more care and maintenance than a modern bike, which leads us to another problem – where do you take your bike if you don’t have the mechanical knowledge, or even somewhere to do it?

A classic bike workshop will always be small, often run by, shall we say, older generations, which means little or no marketing, or time to promote themselves. We may know they’re there, but how do new riders? Should CBG start a ‘classic friendly’ workshop guide?

Our classic world could be the answer to the dwindling number of riders. Talk to those interested about the benefits, the charms and the practicality.

Give them an old copy of your magazine! Old bikes are not perfect, but until the modern motorcycle industry wakes up and looks at what real people want and not what journalists want, they could be the best marketing tool in the box. Let’s think of ourselves as ambassadors!

Let us know what you think at editor@classicbikeguide.com

Enjoy the mag. It’s baking out there – I’m off to the coast! Be good.

Matt Hull
editor@classicbikeguide.com

JULY ISSUE ON SALE NOW!

BSA Rocket Gold Star! Ducati Desmo! Kawasaki W800! July’s CBG has everything you need to buy, sell, ride and restore your classic bike!

As ever, this month’s issue of Classic Bike Guide magazine is packed with rebuild guides, wonders in the workshop, elegant British twins and new retro bikes.

If you’d like to read July’s CBG, then you can cut to the chase and download the digital version, order the print magazine, or better yet save those pennies and subscribe to Classic Bike Guide. Here’s what to expect this month…

BSA ROCKET GOLD STAR | A Gold Star frame fitted with a twin-cylinder 650 engine? What a good idea and what a bike.

DUCATI 250 DESMO | Beauty comes in small Desmo-shaped parcels…

KAWASAKI W800 | We try the new offering from Kawasaki in Japan – and it’s great.

CLASSICS ON THE CHEAP | We take an unloved 15-year-old bike and give it a classic feel for just a few hundred pounds.

PLUS! The Bike Shed Show; Grindlay Peerless and Project Norton and we look at some great bike products!

Classic Bike Guide magazine is on sale in UK newsagents and supermarkets, and you can buy the current issue in digital and paper formats here!

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JUNE 2019 ISSUE OF CBG ON SALE NOW!

Hailwood’s comeback! Stunning Magni 750! Workshop Wonders! June’s CBG has everything you need to buy, sell, ride and restore your classic bike!

As ever, this month’s issue of Classic Bike Guide magazine is packed with rebuild guides, wonders in the workshop, elegant British twins and new retro bikes.

If you’d like to read June’s CBG, then you can cut to the chase and download the digital version, order the print magazine, or better yet save those pennies and subscribe to Classic Bike Guide. Here’s what to expect this month…

MAGNI MV750S TRIBUTO | Magni marries their classic beauty to a modern MV engine and the result is stunning.

HONDA CB250K | Once a learner bike, the CB now makes a cracking smaller classic.

ARIEL HUNTMASTER | Ariel quality meets BSA spares availability – a sumptuous mile-cruncher.

NORTON HARLEY SPECIAL | It took a lot of work, but this Featherbed frame looks like it was designed for the Harley V-twin.

PLUS! Goodwood Members’ Meeting; Royal Enfield Constellation and Hailwood’s machines and we look at some great bike products!

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May issue Classic Bike Guide OUT NOW!

50 years of Honda CB750! Two-stroke temptation! Moto Guzzi V50! This month’s CBG has everything you need to buy, sell, ride and restore your classic bike!

As ever, this month’s issue of Classic Bike Guide magazine is packed with rebuild guides, wonders in the workshop, elegant British twins and new retro bikes.

If you’d like to read May’s CBG, then you can cut to the chase and download the digital version, order the print magazine, or better yet save those pennies and subscribe to Classic Bike Guide. Here’s what to expect this month…

HONDA CB750 | Celebrating 50 years of the Honda  CB750, the original superbike special!

MOTO GUZZI V50II |It’s handsome, usable and sounds great. It’s also small, but packs punch. What’s not to like about the V50.

ARIEL RED HUNTER | We look at how Ariel’s super single was viewed when it came out and what it’s like now.

JAWA 350 |We look at Jawa’s new 350 Classic. What’s it like and who would it suit?

PLUS! Rebuilding your Triumph forks; BSA Bantam Bushman and Hailwood’s machines; we look at some great bike products; and get your hands on our archive poster.

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May 2019 issue: Out now!
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From the archive
We look at a couple of images from Rudge – the company that always trod their own path.

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Machines that matter: Rudge Ulster
It was the racer for the masses from the company that always did things their own way.

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Subscribe!
Let us come to you, every month – saving money as well. What’s not to like?

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News
Bikes, shows racing and not a word about Brexit…

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Letters
Tell us your stories, show us what we’ve got wrong and share a laugh!

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Products
We find the latest products that may be of interest to you. It’s a tat-free zone!

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Buying Guide – Triumph TR5
Despite an engine that spent life as a generator in Lancaster bombers, the Trophy became a true classic.

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Buying Guide – Moto Guzzi V50ii
It’s handsome, usable and sounds great. It’s also small, but packs punch. What’s not to like about the V50?

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Buying Guide – BSA Bantam Bushman
Loved across the world, but the Bantam Bushman was, and still is, a rarity in the UK.

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Hailwood’s machine – part nine
It wasn’t all plain sailing for Mike the Bike. Rachel looks at when Honda paid Hailwood not to ride…

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Then and now – Ariel Red Hunter
We look at how Ariel’s super single was viewed when it came out and what it’s like now.

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What’s on
Dust ’em down and head to a show, or feast on burgers and grab that part you need.

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Archive poster
A look back at how they used to review new bikes, with the original Ariel Red Hunter.

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Opinion – Steve Cooper
Steve looks back at when dealers would sell you all you needed to café racer your Japanese bike.

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Opinion – Paul Miles
Paul faces an awkward decision – ride as is, or restore? Shiny or patina?

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Opinion – Paul D’Orleans
Our man in the USA takes a fascinating look at the history of speed limits, and speeding.

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Honda CB750 – happy 50th birthday!
We are lucky enough to ride one of the earliest production CB750s in the UK.

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Sealey Honda
Colin Sealey made some great frames, but the one for the CB750 engine was his favourite.

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Bimota HB1
This is how the Italians saw fit to use Japan’s best engine

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Text Box: NEW RETRO

Jawa 350
We look at Jawa’s new 350 Classic. What’s it like and who would it suit?

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How’s that work? – Tyres
There’s more to those black hoops than you think.

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Rebuild your Triumph forks
Oli strips and rebuilds his T140 forks, at a show!

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Project Norton
This month the head comes apart. There’s some good, and some not so good news.

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Reader ads
‘Ooh, I always fancied one of those’. Buy it. You deserve it.

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Frank Westworth
BSA Beagle – ridden one? We haven’t, but Frank finds he’s a soft spot for the little Beeza.

April issue OUT NOW!

Velocette Venom! Gorgeous ex-sandracer! Moto Guzzi’s first racer! This month’s CBG has everything you need to buy, sell, ride and restore your classic bike!

As ever, this month’s issue of Classic Bike Guide magazine is packed with rebuild guides, wonders in the workshop, elegant British twins and new retro bikes.

If you’d like to read April’s CBG, then you can cut to the chase and download the digital version, order the print magazine, or better yet save those pennies and subscribe to Classic Bike Guide. Here’s what to expect this month…

VELOCETTE VENOM

The latest buying guide of one of the best British singles ever.

MOTO GUZZI C 2V

Moto Guzzi’s first racing machine from 1928. And we got to ride it!

INTERNATIONAL NORTON

A former sand racer Model 40 beautifully restored.

ARCHIVE POSTER

A simply wonderful shot from the First World War.

NEW RETRO | ENFIELD INTERCEPTOR

What’s the new 650 really like? We test it in the UK and let you know.

PLUS! Our picks from Bristol; Project Matchless and Hailwood’s machines; we look at some great bike products; and get your hands on our archive poster.

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March issue OUT NOW!

Ducati 900SS! Triumph Daytona! Hailwood’s race bikes! This month’s CBG has everything you need to buy, sell, ride and restore your classic bike!

As ever, this month’s issue of Classic Bike Guide magazine is packed with rebuild guides, wonders in the workshop, elegant British twins and new retro bikes.

If you’d like to read March’s CBG, then you can cut to the chase and download the digital version, order the print magazine, or better yet save those pennies and subscribe to Classic Bike Guide. Here’s what to expect this month…

DUCATI 900SS

Beauty, character and pedigree all in one – the 900SS is a superb keeper.

YAMAHA YL1

Need some fun in your life? Ever thought of a 100cc two-stroke twin?

NEW RETRO | Honda Monkey

We start monkeying around on Honda’s new Monkey bike.

ARCHIVE POSTER

A close-up of the JAP single cylinder engine.

MACHINES THAT MATTER

AJS created the perfect racer for privateers and professionals alike, the 7R.

PLUS! Triumph Daytona 500; Matchless rebuild and Hailwood’s machines; we look at some great bike products; and get your hands on our archive poster..

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February 2019

Royal Enfield Single! Brough Superior! Hailwood’s race bikes! This month’s CBG has everything you need to buy, sell, ride and restore your classic bike!  

As ever, this month’s issue of Classic Bike Guide magazine is packed with rebuild guides, wonders in the workshop, elegant British twins and a Golden Dream. 

If you’d like to read February’s CBG, then you can cut to the chase and download the digital version, order the print magazine, or better yet save those pennies and subscribe to Classic Bike Guide. Here’s what to expect this month… 

BITING THE BULLET 

Your guide to living with the Royal Enfield single! 

BROUGH SUPERIOR   

Is the Golden Dream the most valuable bike ever? 

NEW RETRO | Triumph Scrambler 1200 

Hinckley has created a two-wheeled, go-anywhere bike, and it’s a beauty! 

ARCHIVE POSTER 

The enigmatic George Brough and friends with ‘Old Bill’ 

CAROLE NASH CLASSIC BIKE GUIDE SHOW 

We take a look back at our season-opening show at Newark, and there’s not a mince pie in sight. 

PLUS! AJS Model 14 250 CSR; Matchless rebuild and Hailwood’s bikes part six; we look at some great bike products; and get your hands on our archive poster.. 

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JANUARY 2019

Triumph T110! Dakar dream bike! Project Norton! This month’s CBG has got everything you need to buy, sell, ride and restore your classic bike!

As ever, this month’s issue of Classic Bike Guide magazine is packed with rebuild guides, wonders in the workshop, elegant British twins and a fun and fruity 500.

If you’d like to read January’s CBG, then you can cut to the chase and download the digital version, order the print magazine, or better yet save those pennies and subscribe to Classic Bike Guide. Here’s what to expect this month…

DREAM MACHINE – BMW GS

One engineer’s idea of the perfect Paris-Dakar tribute.

TRIUMPH T110

Fast in its day and still a lot of fun, the Tiger still purrs. All you need to know about the Tiger T110.

PROJECT NORTON

Before we can start rebuilding in earnest, let’s see what we’ve got and what we need.

NEW RETRO

Hinkley update their popular classic models: Triumph Street Twin and Scrambler.

HOW TO: CLEAN CV CARBS

Fitted to many Japanese and European bikes, Steve looks at hoew to refresh old Japanese carbs.

PLUS! Francis Barnett Falcon; Matchless rebuild and Hailwood’s bikes part 5; we look at some great bike products; and get your hands on our archive poster..

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December Issue OUT NOW!

Sunbeams! Supercharged record-breaker! Rebuilding a two stroke! This month’s CBG has got everything you need (more…)

NOVEMBER ISSUE ON SALE NOW!

Get your hands on the latest issue of Classic Bike Guide NOW! Here’s what you can expect: (more…)

October 2018

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From the archive
Sammy Miller goes giant-hunting on his Aerial

Ariel racer
One man’s mission to create a homage to an early road racer – for the road

Subscribe!
It’s cheaper, you get it delivered before it’s in the shops and we even throw in a rather splendid T-shirt!

News
Shows, deals and more in our world

Shetland classic
CBG (well, Oli) braved the miles to bring you some great bikes from the most Northerly classic show in the UK

The ultimate replica
Got £110,000 you need to spend? How about a true replica of Hailwood’s TT-winning Ducati?

Young guns – Malle Mile and Café Racer Cup
Fancy a new type of bike weekend? We try out the Malle Mile and the Café Racer Cup – and have a brilliant time

Classic TT
What we found at this year’s Classic TT festival

Buying Guide – Norton Dominator Model 99
Great name – but does the 600cc twin live up to it?

Buying guide – Greeves Essex twin
These can be cracking bikes, but what are they like to live with?

Archive poster
Greeves in flight, with Dave Bickers as pilot

Buying guide – Suzuki T250 Hustler
Quite simply, one of the best early Japanese twins

Steve Cooper
Some days Steve wishes he didn’t have a workshop…

Paul Miles
Paul is turning to the world of really old bikes; and likes what he sees

Paul D’Orleans
Riding hundreds of pre-1929 bikes 3600 miles across America? Of course Paul is joining in

Products
We test screwdrivers, pens and barrels, so you know what’s good and what isn’t – like Oli’s ‘too cheap to refuse’ valve compressor…

What’s on
There’s still sun and the nights are still holding out, so get out there

Letters
Let us know your stories and send in your photographs

What we’ve been up to
Steve’s been repairing a tank, Oli has been ripping a Z650 apart, while Matt can’t remember where he’s put anything…

How to photograph your bike – the professional
We get one of the best in the business to share his secrets to a great bike photgraph

Competition – show us your bike!
We’ve teamed up with Carole Nash to pick the best photograph of your bike – and you could have your bike on their stand at a premier bike show as well as your photograph beautifully mounted and framed

How to – Strip and rebuild a two-stroke
This month we look into what it takes to strip a two-stroke twin

BSA B31 restoration
From tired but complete to better than new – we followed Tony Clements through his B31 story

Reader ads
Beyond here lies the promise of the bike you’ve been missing…

Next month
We’ll bring you Triumph’s Tiger Cub, a BSA Trackmaster, Honda’s Black Bomber, BMW K75 and more

Frank’s last word
Frank’s chums leave him a little bewildered…

September 2018

Check out our latest September edition of Classic Bike Guide!! On Sale Now!! Click here to subscribe! (more…)

August 2018

From the archive
We’ve searched for some of George Brough’s exploits including ‘Old Nick’ and ‘Moby Dick’

BSA Royal Star
A great example that sometimes, just sometimes slightly less is more

Subscribe!
Save yourself time and effort fighting through the newsagents and get Classic Bike Guide early; while saving money at the same time. What are you waiting for?

News
Norton release more information about their 650cc Scrambler, Triumph are recruiting apprentices and more goings on in our world

What’s on
Pack your hamper, clean your goggles and get out there! Let us know of any we’ve missed

Buying Guide – Matchless G9
Forever in the shadows of Triumph and BSA, but the G9 and AJS Model 20 are good bikes

Buying Guide – Panther 120
Phelon and Moore’s last hurrah – the Panther 120 is more than just a sidecar tug

Buying Guide – Rickman Metisse
The real café racer almost never happened. With Interceptor power, it’s a hard bike to beat

New Classics – Brough Superior SS100
It’s new in all but name. Does this new incarnation of the most famous of motorcycles live up to everyone’s expectations? (Give you a clue – it’s great)

Letters
Let us know your thoughts – anything you’d like to say? Go on!

Archive poster
A cracking portrait of the Royal Tank Corps team from the 1938 ISDT

Steve Cooper
Steve has a little disagreement…

Paul Miles
Poor Paul – he’s done his back in

Paul D’Orléans
Paul looks back at the history of American motorcycles with parallels of today

Wheels and Waves
Bikes, racing and surf, in the South of France. Some great bikes and characters

Bakker CBX
One of Honda’s greatest engines framed by one of the greatest frame builders

Honda CBX – the restoration
We look at the Honda CBX1000 on its 40th anniversary, with an in-depth restoration of this huge machine

New Classics – SWM Six days 450
With looks faithful to the original, a fun 450cc engine and it doesn’t cost the earth; the SWM six days is a pleasure

Products
A helmet that’s super quiet, some good, affordable gloves and a brake light for your helmet!

Honda PC50 – restoration
Two gentlemen revive one of Honda’s charming mopeds on a tight budget

What we’ve been up to
Matt’s been admiring Honda’s little touches, while Steve gets hurt and Oli replaces his tank

In the workshop – Adjust your primary chain
Oli adjusts his Triumph T140 primary chain

Next month
We have some great bikes for you next month, including a Triumph Bobber, Suzuki’s RE5, the Shetland classic show and how to recommission a bike that’s been resting

Reader ads
The sun is out so treat yourself!

Last Word
Frank meets a friend in the sun for a perfect day’s riding

 

 

July 2018

From the archive
A charming reminder that we used to pick up hitchhikers

Carberry Double Barrel V-twin
The story behind one man’s obsession with making India’s largest production bike

News
Win a Royal Enfield Interceptor with the National Motorcycle Museum, Enfield bring out a new Pegasus and Draganfly launch their new online Triumph shop

What’s on
There’s lots of new shows this year – pick one and let us know what you think!

Bike Shed show
Shows are rarely as impressive as this. We pick a few of our favourite classic customs

Buying Guide – BSA A65
We look at the oil in frame A65 – it’s tall, but it’s also a great buy

Buying Guide – Honda Singles
Honda’s four-valve single powered a number of machines, from off-roaders to café racers

New classics – Triumph Street Cup
We have a bimble out to find out what Triumph’s Street Cup is like

New Classics – Triumph Thruxton R
For those who want something

larger, how does Hinckley’s
top-of-the-range café racer perform?

Archive poster
Norton Commando engine in all its glory

Steve Cooper
Steve defends his compulsive bike-buying fetish by blaming poor adverts…

Paul D’Orléans
Our resident US correspondent looks into the future

Paul Miles
Paul gets tired of tyres

Norton Commando special. Happy birthday!
We celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Norton Commando by looking into the fascinating inception of the model, a good look around one of the first bikes off the production line and talk to our very own Frank Westworth about his near lifelong affair with all things Commando

What we’ve been up to
Oli changes his T140 bars, Matt gets stuck into a CG125 and Steve – guess what – buys another bike!

In the workshop – have a go at lead puddling
Steve tries his hand at filling with lead

In the workshop – how to improve your starting
Fed up with kicking your bike over? We look at how to get your bike starting effortlessly

Next month
We look at several unusual bikes from Bakker, Rickman and even a Triumph chopper. We also ride the new Brough Superior!

Reader ads
Let us tempt you – there’s enough room for another

Last word
Frank recalls buying a bike he’d bought before and never really liked in the first place

July 2018

From the archive
Sand racing from Wallasey, 1961

Smiles in the Stafford sunshine
We focus on some of the bikes that caught our eye

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News
What’s been going on with the world of all things classic

What’s on
Pack your sarnies and suncream and see some bikes!

Buyer guide – Norton ES2
We look at the featherbed-framed Norton ES2 and what makes it so good

Buyers guide – Honda CG125
A worthy classic as it started so many riders biking careers 

Buyers guide – Triumph 3T
A pretty little Triumph twin, often overlooked

New retro – Harley-Davidson’s new Sportster 48 Special
The Sportster started in 1957 – how good is Milwaukee’s latest offering?

Column – Steve Cooper
Steve traces back to exactly how he became so fascinated by little Japanese two-strokes 

Column – Paul D’Orléans
Paul looks at all the books written about riding round this world of ours

Column – Paul Miles
Paul cracks out the lightweight jacket and open-face helmet – summer’s here!

Archive poster
A beautiful reproduction of the Triumph 3T brochure

Hailwood’s bikes pt2
We look at Hailwood’s journey to South Africa and his NSU Sportmax, the start of the great man’s success

Rondine
When a highly-skilled sculptor takes a Moto Guzzi and forms a magnificent machine in a shed

Learner classics
We take a look at those bikes that could woo a younger generation into classic bikes

National Motorcycle Museum
We sent Rachel to have a go at the NMM

Products
Spring has sprung so treat yourself!

Letters
A lovely piece from the US, plus some useful info about Yamaha’s XS2

How to decoke your two-stroke exhaust
Steve shows how to liberate your two-stroke – without getting too dirty…

Next month
We look at BSA’s A65, Norton’s Commando and Honda singles

Reader adverts
Now, what can I spend the kids’ inheritance on?

Frank’s last word
Frank lowers his rose-tinted spectacles and admits some British classics aren’t quite as good as we remembered… 

April 2018

From the archive
A collection of British bikes, in New York.

BSA Super Rocket special
CBG finds a BSA special and its wonderful owner, Ray Loxton.

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News
John McGuinness riding a Norton at the TT and many other goings-on in our world.

What’s on
Pick a new show to visit this year with our comprehensive guide.

Bristol Show
A few of our favourite photos from the Bristol show.

BUYING GUIDE – Moto Morini 31/2
Hardy Italian V-twin is easy to work on, great to ride and affordable.

BUYING GUIDE – Triumph Tiger 750
Put a Tiger in your tank – or garage.

BUYING GUIDE – BSA A7
Pre-unit 500cc twin heaven.

Fredder!
Manx Norton OHC-engined special from none other than race maestro, Fred Walmsley.

From the archive
Belgian Grand Prix, Spa, 1954.

Steve Cooper, VJMC
If you want a Japanese classic, Steve says now’s the time.

Paul Miles
Paul declares his poor sense of direction but a loathing of sat navs – not a great recipe…

Paul D’Orleans
The ultimate bike? It may be the one you’re sitting on.

Products
New stuff tested!

The Tiger from Kashmiri
A great story about a well-travelled T100 that’s been looking after its owner for nearly 40 years.

Paris Dakar BMW
We get a world trials champion to test a tribute to BMW’s Paris Dakar-winning GS.

Letters
Your thoughts, plus a heart-warming story of an owner being reunited with his first bike – by chance!

Royal Enfield – Built like a gun
CBG sits down with Siddhartha Lal, CEO of Royal Enfield, to hear what’s in store for the future, including the new twins. It’s exciting.

In the workshop – Change your tyres
We look at how to change your tubes and tyres at home.

Reader ads
Loads of bikes and spares for sale – finish that project or start a new one.

Frank Westworth
Frank breaks his own rule…

March 2018

From the archive
A collection of British bikes, in New York.

BSA Super Rocket special
CBG finds a BSA special and its wonderful owner, Ray Loxton.

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News
John McGuinness riding a Norton at the TT and many other goings-on in our world.

What’s on
Pick a new show to visit this year with our comprehensive guide.

Bristol Show
A few of our favourite photos from the Bristol show.

BUYING GUIDE – Moto Morini 31/2
Hardy Italian V-twin is easy to work on, great to ride and affordable.

BUYING GUIDE – Triumph Tiger 750
Put a Tiger in your tank – or garage.

BUYING GUIDE – BSA A7
Pre-unit 500cc twin heaven.

Fredder!
Manx Norton OHC-engined special from none other than race maestro, Fred Walmsley.

From the archive
Belgian Grand Prix, Spa, 1954.

Steve Cooper, VJMC
If you want a Japanese classic, Steve says now’s the time.

Paul Miles
Paul declares his poor sense of direction but a loathing of sat navs – not a great recipe…

Paul D’Orleans
The ultimate bike? It may be the one you’re sitting on.

Products
New stuff tested!

The Tiger from Kashmiri
A great story about a well-travelled T100 that’s been looking after its owner for nearly 40 years.

Paris Dakar BMW
We get a world trials champion to test a tribute to BMW’s Paris Dakar-winning GS.

Letters
Your thoughts, plus a heart-warming story of an owner being reunited with his first bike – by chance!

Royal Enfield – Built like a gun
CBG sits down with Siddhartha Lal, CEO of Royal Enfield, to hear what’s in store for the future, including the new twins. It’s exciting.

In the workshop – Change your tyres
We look at how to change your tubes and tyres at home.

Reader ads
Loads of bikes and spares for sale – finish that project or start a new one.

Frank Westworth
Frank breaks his own rule…

February 2018

From the archive
A little snowy out there? Look at all the fun they used to have!

Triumph Daytona 500
In 1984, Judith Bonser bought a new Triumph Daytona 500, and still has it. Hang on – 1984?

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News
We’ve got new bikes, old bikes, Welsh road racing and so much more. Move over News at Ten!

Salon Moto Légende
We take a look at the Paris classic bike show and find some gems

Buyers guide – Honda CL350
It was never imported over here, but Honda’s US market pseudo scrambler makes a great buy now

Buyers guide – Triumph Speed Twin
Charming and dainty, with good acceleration, the Speed Twin even came with a dress to keep you clean

Buyers guide – Kawasaki KH400
From under the shadow of its bigger brother, the KH400 shined with better manners and almost as much performance

Kawasaki Z900RS
Does the new Z900RS make a good modern bike and please lovers of the original Z? We test it to find out

Z1 – The beginning
Is the original always the best? We take a look at the Z1 family and see just why it’s so highly regarded

From the Archive
One for the Kawasaki fans – the original marketing poster

Steve Cooper
Our voice from the VJMC asks: Are bikes really a safe investment?

Paul Miles
Paul – what’s wrong with you? – you’ve bought a bike that’s not spotless!

Paul D’Orleans
Paul goes right back to the beginning of his riding story

Royal Enfield and the Interceptor
We take a fascinating look at the Interceptor and Royal Enfield at that time. Did you know they had an underground factory?

What’s on
It may be cold out there, but we bring you what’s happening in the world of old bikes

BSA round tank
Would you dare take a vintage bike as your first restoration? Dean May has – brave man!

Products
Spend all that Christmas money!

Ducati 900SS
A truly magnificent restoration of a magnificent motorcycle

In the workshop – Service your brake drums
It’s dirty but easy to make sure you can stop

Letters
What have you been up to over Christmas? Tell us all!

Reader Adverts
How much? Do I really need that kidney?

Frank Westworth
Oh no, someone’s told Frank about custom bikes…

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January 2018

From the Archive: John Cowie on the Gus Kuhn-prepared BMW, TT, 1976

BMW R90S: A look at a beautiful, unrestored R90S

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Buying Guide – Ariel Super Sports Arrow: Innovative, fun, charming and great value

Buying Guide – Kawasaki Z650: Almost all the fun of a Z1 at a fraction of the price

Buying Guide – BSA B31 Plunger: Small Heath’s charming 350 plunger

News: New bikes and more

What’s on: Christmas pudding can take its toll – work it off with a good walk around a show

Products: Oils, jackets, wax, cleaners and even a camera – spend that Christmas money

New Indian Bobber: Traditional style, infinitely customisable

Paul Miles: Paul debates how many bikes you must have

Paul D’Orleans: Why has the motorcycle industry forgotten the ladies?

Archive: A couple of TT images that show how little the Island has changed over time

Steve Cooper: Our new columnist gives us the low down on the VJMC

 

Indian 101: This is gorgeous – no other words needed

Guy Martin’s Triumph racer rebuild, part two: Les gets Guy’s Trident ready for the new season

Motorcycle Live: Old, new and in-between

Kawasaki Zephyr: A classic waiting in the wings – Kawasaki’s own homage to the Z1

Letters: What are you thinking? Let us know

Servicing your Amal: We take a look at the Mk1 concentric

Triumph Daytona rebuild: Basket case to beauty – we follow a Daytona rebuild

Reader ads: Be tempted, go on, you deserve it. Hello – is that my bank manager?

 Frank Westworth: What? Frank’s sold a bike?

December 2017

From the archive
We look at the varied life of the BSA Bantam.

Telegram Bantam boys!
Two of the original telegram boys tell their tales of the days on GPO BSA Bantams.

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Buying Guide – Ariel NH350 Red Hunter
A good-looking bike that you can use every day? All you need to know about Ariel’s 350.

Buying Guide – Ducati SportClassic 1000S
Born before its time, the SportClassic was a sales flop but has now turned into a collector’s dream.

Buying Guide – Honda 550/4
It came in several guises, but the smaller Honda is a brilliant, usable and beautiful bike.

News
What’s happening? New bikes, new kit and some more MoT rules.

What’s on
It’s cold outside, but grab the woollies and head out – there’s loads to see.

Products
Go on, it’s Christmas – treat yourself!

JMC Norton and Metisse Triumph
Built to a specific brief, these two bikes have the best of everything.

Paul Miles
Paul likes to look at bikes for sale to see bikes not for sale…

Paul D’Orleans
Paul may have the answer to dwindling classic ownership.

Mark Williams
Mark has never liked Harleys. Will this change?

National MotorCycle Museum Live
Over 3000 visitors went along to this year’s NMM Live.

Thruxton Thriller
Take one unloved Hinckley Bonneville and turn it into a gorgeous Thruxton.

Letters
Want your say? Let us know what you’ve been up to.

Guy Martin’s Triumph Racer build
That man from the telly gets a Rob North-framed Trident built.

Norvil
The Norton specialists show us how to keep your Norton on the road.

Cleaning carbs
Get your fuel tap and carb cleaned and serviced.

Reader ads
Be tempted, go on, you deserve it. Hello – is that my bank manager?

Frank Westworth
Frank finds himself unusually lost for words…

 

November 2017

 

FROM THE ARCHIVE
Lubrication chart. Tell riders nowadays and they’d never believe you.

NEWS
Triumph releases two new bikes and open a museum, and it’s good news for old bikes and MoTs.

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SHOWS
We ride with the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride and visit the Scottish Classic show in Ayr.

LETTERS
What have you got to tell us? Let us know!

WHAT’S ON
It may be getting dark early but there’s still plenty to go and see.

BUYING GUIDE – TRIUMPH T120
Everything you need to know about the famous pre-unit Bonnie.

BUYING GUIDE – KAWASAKI Z1
Did you know the Z1 was going to be a 750? Kawasaki’s answer to the CB750.

JPS NORTON
Love or hate looks, but we show you how to spot the real thing in a sea of replicas.

Mark Williams
Mark has found the secret to eternal youth – and it’s an MZ.

PAUL MILES
A bike for all occasions? But what of all the others?

PAUL D’ORLEANS
Paul looks at the future and wonders if bikes will even fit in. Sobering.

TAIT’s TRIUMPH
Percy Tait had an amazing career with Triumph. We look at the 500cc racer he developed and celebrate his podium at the Belgian GP.

FROM THE ARCHIVE
Percy Tait, Isle of Man TT, 1974.

LEARNER LAUGHS
Having a barrel of laughs on a BSA Starfire – relive your youth!

BSA STARFIRE
BSA’s learner 250cc Starfire is a lot more fun than you think. So much so, we bought one!

BMW BOXER CUSTOMS
BMW’s ubiquitous R-series boxers get the Redmax speedshop and Kevil’s treatment.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Working on your British classic can be easier than you think. We look at some basics.

DRAGANFLY MOTORCYCLES
These Ariel, BSA and Triumph specialists know a thing or two about keeping them going.

RESTORATION
A sad Norton Commando turns into a beautiful work of art.

READER ADVERTS
I like that one. And that one. And that one.

FRANK WESTWORTH
Frank recognises the numberplate, but not the bike.

October 2017

004 From the archive
We lament the apparent demise of Bimota with a beautiful TT shot.

008 News
New bike shops, bike shows and – gin? With bike parts in it?

012 Subscribe!
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016 Shows
We head up to Scotland for Glamis and to Norfolk for the Fenman.

024 What’s going on
Our pick of all things classic bike related in the coming months.

028 Buying guide – Matchless G3L
Charming, easy to ride and work on.

032 Buying guide – Norton 99
Now we’re talking – one of Hopwood’s classics.

036 Buying guide – Royal Enfield Constellation
A great, fast bike with some charming tales to tell.

042 Classic products
Ooh – what can you spend your money on this month?

046 Pro-Am party
RD350LC racing got BSB at Cadwell Park buzzing!

052 CCM Spitfire
We manage to get the first ride outside the factory of CCM’s beautiful new Spitfire – and it’s great.

062 Mark Williams
Mark tries to look into the future – who knows what he’ll find?

064 Paul Miles
Paul is in love with helmets, and we guess he’s not alone.

066 From the archive
Mike Hailwood and James Hunt looking cool on a CB750. Three icons.

068 Paul D’Orleans
Paul looks at the
best-selling motorcycle of all time – can you guess?

070 30 years of the Ducati 8V special
Alan Cathcart looks at the first 851 racer.

078 Desmoquattro history
A deeper look into the 8V family tree of this amazing engine.

088 Buying guide – Ducati 8V
Have we sold you the dream yet? Here’s what you need to know…

096 Restoration
A once-poorly Honda 400/4 gets a beautiful restoration.

104 Yamaha SRX600
Frank Melling gives his view on Japan’s attempt at a British single.

110 Reader adverts
Go on, you know it would fit in the shed. And would anyone notice another bike?

130 Frank Westworth
Frank finds himself chatting about parts – and his love of autojumbles.

September 2017

004 From the archive
We take you back to the golden time, Earls Court motorcycle show, 1960

008 Riding life
A brand-new flat-tank, Foggy hurts himself sliding and you can win ‘On Any Sunday’. What more do you want?

010 Subscribe!
Save money and bask in the knowledge you get it delivered, for free, before anyone can get it in the shops. Hurrah!

012 Shows
We report back our findings on the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Copdock Motorcycle Show.

025 Letters
What would you like to know, what have you found, what did you like and what didn’t you like? We love to hear.

026 Buying guide – BSA DBD34 Gold Star
We all like the idea, but what are they really like to live with?

030 Buying guide – Rickman CR 900
Every one is different, so you can’t buy a fake!

034 Buying guide – Velocette MSS
Still lovely, still expensive, still hard to start.

038 Buying guide Special – Triumph Bonneville
Modern classics don’t come easier to live with, easier to customise or easier to ride than the Hinckley-built Bonneville.

048 Classic products
We test them and if they’re any good, we let you know.

050 Mark Williams
Tales of a time long since gone about the wonders of scooters from his youth.

052 Paul Miles
Paul looks to the future for the Vintage Motorcycle Club. Where do we go?

054 Paul D’Orleans
A wonderful story shows it’s not the bikes, but the stories around them.

056 Vincent Grey Flash
The fascinating story of the single-cylinder Grey Flash, Vincent’s last racing success.

066 From the Archive
Surtees on his Grey Flash. In colour. Surely one for the shed wall.

068 Buying Guide – Vincent Meteor and Comet
Singles give more than you think.

076 Old Empire Motorcycles
Beautiful craftsmanship, proper engineering, labours of love.

086 New bikes – FB Mondial
Old name, funky new 125.

090 New bikes – SWM Silver Vase 440
Intriguing new single from SWM.

092 New bikes – Bullit Hero and Spirit 125
They’re new, they’re cheap and they’re over here. One’s a scrambler, the other a café racer.

096 Restoration – Kawasaki Z1B
A Zed comes back from the dead. And it’s beautiful.

104 Two-strokes
Our resident lover of two-stroke peers through the smoke and explains what it’s all about.

112 Reader Adverts
You tempt us, we pay you, so you can be tempted again. Is that how it works?

130 Frank Westworth
Frank rides two identical bikes, only to find them totally different.

Classic Bike Guide August 2017

RIDING LIFE

Show-off events and buying jumble and things like that

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TRIUMPH 650 TWIN

A Tiger by another name

MOTO GUZZI NUOVO FALCONE

Laid back and single

NORTON ES2

Nice and easy, too

LAVERDA 750SF

Not red, but still Italian

MATCHLESS G9

London boy made good

SWM GRAN MILANO

Retro roadster; handsome too

NEW WAVE CLASSICS

Old dogs and new tricks?

BIDDING FRENZY

Failing to buy at auction

WHAT YOU SAID

Bravos and brickbats

PAUL D’ORLÉANS

Ageless and evergreen

MARK WILLIAMS

China crisis classics

PAUL MILES

Never meet your heroes

TRIUMPH TR5 OUTFIT

Ridden on the rough, no less

NORTON COMMANDO RACER

Getting the real low down

BROUGH SUPERIOR SS80

Black, too; little bling

TRIUMPH TIGER CUB

Rebuilt to sprint!

SUNBEAM MCC

Not exactly what you might expect

BSA ROCKET 3

Boosted Rocket

READER ADS

You already know what these are

FRANK WESTWORTH

Time to scoot

 

Classic Bike Guide July 2017

RIDING LIFE
Not a lot of news this time – not because there is none but because we ran out of room

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KEMPTON PARK SHOW
Racy stuff at the racetrack

BOOKS!
More meaty than a magazine. Read on

MOTO GUZZI CR950
Made to blast!

NORTON ATLAS
Not (yet) a Commando

KAWASAKI Z1
More four than most

TRIUMPH T120 SPECIAL
S
pecial is; special does

SAROLEA SINGLE
Gentle, interesting, so forth

HONDA CB350F
More four than twin, also unusual

INBOX
Some letters, lightly stirred, rarely shaken

PAUL D’ORLÉANS
A victory for dirt

MARK WILLIAMS
Old enough to know

PAUL MILES
The worst of times

SLIPPERY SAM
Ridden on the street, no less

RCS AUSTIN FOUR
Something old

SWM GRAN TURISMO
Something new, too

MOTO GUZZI GUIDE
How to find a 750 Sport

SUZUKI GT750
Meet a man who builds his own

WIRING UP
Back in harness…

READER ADS
You already know what these are

INK WHEELS
Seven Fifty Shimmer by Talana Gamah

FRANK WESTWORTH
Caveat … what?

June 2017

RIDING LIFE

News, much of it new. New models of old marques and trade rumours and a new seat for Guzzis!
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STAFFORD SHOW

Biggest, best and bounciest by far
EVENT PREVIEW
Rétro Moto St-Cergue. Don’t know what that is? Read on
NORTON ATLAS

Named after either a god or a space rocket
LAVERDA 750S

Neat 750, with several Zany jokes
BSA A7SS

Great bikes. Mysterious colour choice
KAWASAKI W650
Welcome to the land of the brat
VELOCETTE VIPER
Sporting single, startable by humans too
BSA M21
Rare submersible BSA, they say
PAUL D’ORLÉANS
Taking to the banking sector
MARK WILLIAMS
Redefining the ‘classic’
 PAUL MILES
Suffering from bike envy
BSA ROCKET 3
Technological triumph or the beginning of the end?
BOXER GLADIATEUR 999
Mostly a Triumph, 
with French styling 
for the brave
JAPANESE PRICE GUIDE
Revised, after much effort (and cursing)
LAVERDA JOTA
Long-time owner rebuilds 
bike shock
TANK LINING

Fuels rush in, so they say
IMPORT YOUR OWN
Is it even possible? 
Seems that it is
 READER ADS
You already know 
what these are
INK WHEELS

Moody Triton by Ian Cater
FRANK WESTWORTH

Birdbrain inspires bike builder…

May 2017

Current issue: May 2017 – Next issue: June 2017 (on sale: May 31)

RIDING LIFE
News, much of it. New oil can and even more excitement. Also a report on a super Scottish show

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EARLY WARNING
Get ready for the Beezumph Rally

TRIUMPH TR6
Better bet than a Bonnie. Perhaps. Almost

KAWASAKI W650
Truly unusual Rocket Gold Star replica

BMW R75/5
Entirely adequate Teutonic tourist

ROYAL ENFIELD CONTINENTAL
The original 250 learner flyer. In red

MOTO GUZZI 400 GTS
V-twin experts also tried a few fours. Unusual, too

HONDA CX650
From Maggot to Eurosport. A hard road

A VELOCETTE LIFE
From roadster to racer and back again

PAUL D’ORLÉANS
Mexican motorcycle magic

MARK WILLIAMS
The quest for affordable patriotism

PAUL MILES
All praise the modern bike?

BSA THUNDERBOLT
Bright red and shiny too. Just the job

HARLEY-DAVIDSON MODEL 17
Very scary eight-valve racer from way, way, way back

CLASSIC CLUBS
Visit the Morini OC, join in, ride more

ROYAL ENFIELD’S MANY BULLETS
A big guide to the most affordable old bikes

NORTON COMMANDO BUILD
Improving an 850, twin discs and an electric foot help

READER ADS
Here be temptation, lots of it

INK WHEELS
Co-ordination by Talana Gamah

FRANK WESTWORTH
Brakes for the brave

 

April 2017

Current issue: April 2017 – Next issue: May 2017 (on sale: April 26)

CONTENTS

RIDING LIFE
News, much of it. New bikes galore and much more. Also a report on a super show

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Save money, get the magazine early. Thrills beyond aspirations. Hopefully

EARLY WARNING
Get ready for the first Stafford Show of the year

BSA A65R
These are very good. Almost great

SUZUKI GT550
When a triple is better than a twin

RE METEOR MINOR
500 engine in a 250 frame. Great formula

MOTO GUZZI V7
Neglected Italian hero

YAMAHA VXS
It’s a twin, Jim, but not as we know it

WRITE NOW
Letters? We like letters. Send more

PAUL D’ORLÉANS
Careless talk costs loves…

MARK WILLIAMS
Rumbles in the jumbles, apparently

PAUL MILES
Just giving your bike away…

GOV 132
The most famous Ariel. Ever

BONNEVILLE BOBBER
When only serious retro style will do

TRACKMASTER
TRIUMPH
Heavy customised track star

BMW R100 BUILD
Building a Bimmer. A gentle guide

READY TO WEAR
A few clothing suggestions

AUCTION BRAVE
One way to buy a bike

READER ADS
Here be temptation, lots of it

INK WHEELS
Hall Green Swan Song, by Neil Adcock

FRANK WESTWORTH
Tyred out…