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BSA's classic CB34 classic motorcycle


BSA's Clubman Gold Star is one of the most iconic and revered British motorcycles ever made, and rightly so. This CB34 is a touch earlier – and rarer – than the more usual Beeza Clubman DBDs, but it still has plenty of pedigree...

Yamaha YCS1

Easy on the wallet but punching well above its weight, that’ll ...

Sidevalve 500cc Norton singles: which to choose?

Though many enthusiasts most readily associate Norton with overhe...

Suzuki XN85 Turbo

If you really fancy something a little different, something with ...
Bridgestone 175SR classic motorcycle

Bridgestone 175SR

Bridgestone motorcycles established a reputation for solid engine...

Latest General Feature

Ducati 350 Desmo single

Italian favourites part two

John Nutting's concluding look at Seventies Italian classics, starting with the Ducati 350 Desmo and closing with a Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mkl...
70s Triton


Installing a Triumph engine into a Norton Featherbed frame, creat...
MV Agusta 750, classic Itialian superbike

Top bikes of the Seventies: 3

Continuing with John Nutting's look at Seventies specials. Here w...
Zundapp KS750 military three wheeler

Zundapp KS750

The Zündapp KS750 was designed as a go-anywhere, unbreakable mil...
1978 Harley-Davidson XLCH1000 Sportster

Harley-Davidson Sportster

Most people would find the 1978 XLCH1000 too raw, too stubborn an...

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Latest Archive Feature

Geoff Duke holds Court

After dominating the 1954 500cc World Championship on his Gilera, Geoff Duke was a guest of Motor Cycle to that year’s Earls Court Motorcycle Show and offered his views...
MM classic Italian motorcycle

Italian Vincent

'Vincent of Italy' is what MM claimed for their motorcycles. Tim ...

Leinster road races

In 1923, a handicap system determined the outcome of an all new 1...

Walter Villa, Assen, June 26, 1976

In front of a packed house at Assen, Walter Villa rides to one of...

Fiery Frankie Chili

The Battle of Assen took place during the 1998 World Superbike se...

Latest Reference

Early Bultaco four speed model classic motorcycle

A to Z classic reference: Buchet - Cazenave

Encyclopaedia of Classic Motorcycles: the definitive classic motorcycle guide
Tandon Kangaroo classic motorcycle

A to Z classic reference: Talbot - Thor

Encyclopaedia of Classic Motorcycles: the definitive classic moto...
Commander lightweight commuter motorcycle

When was it that? Commander

The revolutionary Commander stole the Earls Court Motorcycle Show...

The Grigg side-valve V-twin - August 1923

The August 16, 1923 issue of The Motor Cycle announced that the G...
Life at the Meriden Triumph motorcycle factory (pdf)

A Triumphant tale

Triumph specialist Hughie Hancox spent many happy years at Meride...

Latest Road Test

Velocette 350 MAC and 250 MOV

Velocette singles

The keys to a successful marriage may be hanging in the garage, judging by the longevity of this Velocette-inspired union between two kindred spirits. Mike Lewis looks at a Velocette 250 MOV (WD) and the more traditional looking 350 MAC...
Triumph TT Bonneville (T120R)

Triumph TT Special

If Tonka made motorcycles, then one can’t help thinking they’...
1958 Ariel Huntmaster and Garrard Grand Prix child/adult sidecar

Ariel Huntmaster outfit

The old adage of what looks right is right applies here. Despite ...
BSA B40, classic British single cylinder motorcycle


As we followed Derek Mann’s neat Beesa B40 down a twisting York...
Triumph Speed Twin 1952  classic British motorcycle

Triumph Speed Twin

Writing about a 1952 Triumph Speed Twin, arguably the most handso...

Latest Workshop

Fit an ignition booster

If you ride a classic bike for any period of time you will inevitably and inexorably find yourself fettling contact breakers and possibly changing condensers. But it doesn't have to be that way...
Kawasaki Z400 engine rebuild

Kawasaki Z400 rebuild: 3

After owner Steve tracks down some serviceable second hand piston...
Suzuki GS750 classic motorcyle

Suzuki GS750 rebuild part three

After sorting through the pile of bits last month I’m now ready...
Harley-Davidson Sportster service

Harley-Davidson Sportster service

The 1200cc vee-twin had delivered three years’ unblemished serv...
Velocette 250 and 350 motorcycle service notes (pdf)

Velocette 250 and 350

Velocette 250 and 350 ‘iron engine’ service notes. Models cov...

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Jackson-Rotrax - Jupiter
K125 - KTM
L300 - Lutz
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OCMA - Overseas
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Rabeneick - RW Scout
Sadrian - Syphax
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