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1932 Ariel VH32 Red Hunter classic British motorcycle

Ariel VH32 Red Hunter

This four-valve sporting Ariel single was only catalogued for the single season, though its name lived on...
BSA's classic CB34 classic motorcycle


BSA's Clubman Gold Star is one of the most iconic and revered Bri...

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 ...

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Yamaha FZ750

Yamaha FZ750: 25 things

Yamaha’s FZ750 was possibly the biggest leap forward of any Japanese motorcycle ever. Just 12 months after Kawasaki’s GPZ900R had seemingly secured the title. 25 years on much of the FZ’s design remains a blueprint for motorcycle engineering...
Norton Commando S Type

Norton Commando: iconic engine

'Versatility' and 'expediency' were two buzz words in the British...

An engineer’s Goldie tribute

What does it take to stop you in your tracks at a motorcycle show...
Pre-war motorcycle clutches

Clutch - a history

Pioneer riders, on direct drive motorcycles, struggled on steep h...
Ducati 350 Desmo single

Italian favourites part two

John Nutting's concluding look at Seventies Italian classics, sta...

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Latest Archive Feature

Classic archive: Douglas works, 1915

These Douglas motorcycles look rather dejected as they await a much-needed consignment of imported magnetos...

Geoff Duke holds Court

After dominating the 1954 500cc World Championship on his Gilera,...
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...

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

1937 BSA G14 classic motorcycle test


The BSA G14 was, by the 1930s, a far-from-advanced piece of kit. But the qualities it possessed were still popular – and indeed still are today. This G14 has been restored by well-known Hertfordshire restorer Robin James and is a super example...
Triumph Trident T160

Triumph Trident T160

Triumph’s three cylinder Trident provided the signature sound f...
Velocette 350 MAC and 250 MOV

Velocette singles

The keys to a successful marriage may be hanging in the garage, j...
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 ...

Latest Workshop

Kawasaki W1 overhaul

“I don’t suppose you’d be interested in looking at my rebuilding of a Kawasaki W1’s motor would you?” asked owner Dave Jupp. Of course we would; we’d leap at the chance. Steve Cooper reports...

Fit an ignition booster

If you ride a classic bike for any period of time you will inevit...
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...

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