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1956 Panther Model 100

Panther Model 100

There’s much can be said about Yorkshire folk, but one thing in their favour is their thrift. So it was with Phelon & Moore, motorcycle manufacturers of Cleckheaton. Why make a new engine when the old one is perfectly adequate? Phil Mather finds a Panther Model 100 which proves the point...

Yamaha 350 YR3

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Garelli Tiger Cross

With a motorcycle now out of reach until 17 years of age the disa...

Suzuki RF900

The 900s were the class of the 1990s but the Suzuki RF900R was in...

Suzuki GS400

There are occasions when common sense and practicality out-trump ...

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The 34th Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show

Once more, the scene is set for a weekend of classic enjoyment and indulgence, with some of the best old motorcycles in the world assembled, as well as a stellar line-up of clubs, the fabulous Bonhams auction and our star guest, John Surtees...
Triumph classic 500cc group test (pdf)

Triumph 500 group test

Three's a crowd! Rigid, sprung hub and swinging arm versions of T...

John Surtees: a celebration

John Surtees ranks among the most successful and gifted competito...
DMW P200 De Luxe and proud owner

DMW P200 De Luxe

Not every concours champion needs to be a mutli-cylindered superb...
Kawasaki GPZ 500S

Parallel twins

A classic layout, the parallel twin is experiencing a resurgence ...

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Latest Archive Feature

Catalina Grand Prix

Santa Catalina Island is a tropical paradise 27 miles off the southern California coastline and for three years from 1951 to 1953 it hosted the Catalina Grand National – an enduro style event...

Tokyo Show, 1954

The 36 manufacturers of Japanese-made bikes were represented by 1...

Ulster Grand Prix 1960

Dull with bright intervals, like the weather, was how the Motor C...

Glass plates: Beach racing at Saltburn, 1932

The first beach race to be held at Saltburn was in 1906, organise...

Classic Camera: Track attack, August 1958

Les Smith prepares to tackle the Sani Pass, a bridle track betwee...

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

1929 Neander V-twin

Neander V-twin

Visually striking and rarer than hen's teeth, the Neander certainly stands out, with its designer clearly a man who knew his own mind...
Triumph Tiger T110

Triumph Tiger T110

With the Goodwood Revival deciding on introducing a set of rules ...
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 ...
Harris Matchless G80

Harris Matchless G80

It’s a conundrum many marque enthusiasts have found themselves ...
Norton Dominator Model 88, classic British motorcycle

Norton Dominator Model 88

In 1953, a Featherbed-framed Norton Dominator would have been an ...

Latest Workshop

Velocette 250 and 350 motorcycle service notes (pdf)

Velocette 250 and 350

Velocette 250 and 350 ‘iron engine’ service notes. Models covered are MOV, MAC and MAF. Consistent design methods employed by Veloce Ltd over the years make the remainder of the work simple...
Seats can be rejuventated with a new cover

Seat re-covering

When it comes to restoring motorcycles, you can almost bet your h...

Iconic engines: Villiers 37A

That the Villiers two-stroke engine has been a major part of off-...
Honda C77 motorcycle restoration

Honda C77 rebuild parts 4-6

The restoration nears completion. In this part Richard completes ...
Kawasaki Z400 engine rebuild

Kawasaki Z400 rebuild: 3

After owner Steve tracks down some serviceable second hand piston...

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