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Yamaha YCS1

Easy on the wallet but punching well above its weight, that’ll be Yamaha’s 180 twin, says Steve ‘Scoop’ Cooper...

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...
1947 AJS Model 18

AJS Model 18

This 1947 AJS Model 18 has been owned long-term and, though origi...

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1978 Harley-Davidson XLCH1000 Sportster

Harley-Davidson Sportster

Most people would find the 1978 XLCH1000 too raw, too stubborn and too demanding. Dave Barringer agrees, but he has owned one from new and it's still his favourite Hog...

Nev Mason book review

To be born with a heart condition which doctors predicted would b...
Kawasaki Z1 900

Top bikes of the Seventies: 1

At last! John Nutting's top 10 motorcycles of the Seventies, whit...
Indian Chief, classic American motorcycle

Indian: where for art thou?

When was the last time you saw an Indian motorcycle on the road? ...
DMW P200 De Luxe and proud owner

DMW P200 De Luxe

Not every concours champion needs to be a multi-cylindered superb...

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Walter Villa, Assen, June 26, 1976

In front of a packed house at Assen, Walter Villa rides to one of his seven victories during the season on his way to the 1976 250cc World title...

Fiery Frankie Chili

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

Classic archive: A James sidecar outfit visits the Arctic Circle

It is not uncommon for motorcycle enthusiasts to take their machi...

A new dawn for Cadwell Park, August bank holiday 1961

Cadwell Park launched the newly extended 2.25 mile circuit with a...

Roman gymnasts June 1936

One of the oldest and most elite regiments in the Italian Royal A...

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

Triumph TT Bonneville (T120R)

Triumph TT Special

If Tonka made motorcycles, then one can’t help thinking they’d make something like this chunky and purposeful TT Special. James Robinson reports...
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

BSA B40

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...
BSA Super Rocket

BSA Super Rocket

BSA’s well loved pre-unit twins culminated with the Rocket Gold...

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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