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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...
Velocette LE

Velocette LE 1948 - 1971

Velocette's LE had a long production life, which indicated succes...
1932 Ariel VH32 Red Hunter classic British motorcycle

Ariel VH32 Red Hunter

This four-valve sporting Ariel single was only catalogued for the...
BSA's classic CB34 classic motorcycle


BSA's Clubman Gold Star is one of the most iconic and revered Bri...
Bridgestone 175SR classic motorcycle

Bridgestone 175SR

Bridgestone motorcycles established a reputation for solid engine...

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Yamaha TZR250

Yamaha TZR250

Even in the second millenium a 250 ‘stroker is a potent missile and the TZR250 is quite possibly the considered weapon of choice
Kawasaki GPZ 500S

Parallel twins

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

Sounds like a good idea

Using sound waves to clean tricky bits of a motorcycle is a non-i...
Many fork issues can be rectified

Fork renovation

Can anything be done to repair leaking, pitted or bent forks? And...
Norton Commando S Type

Norton Commando: iconic engine

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

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Latest Archive Feature

Classic archive: Long standing trick rider, 1952

Accompanying a picture in The Motor Cycle in March, 1952, was the explanation: “Forty years ago tomorrow, in the issue of The Motor Cycle dated March 21, 1912, there appeared an illustrated account of a trick riding performance by a slim young man by the name of Albert Milner. Now the slim young man is a stout 64-year-old...

Middle Eastern adventure, 1956

If you are going to embark on an 8000 mile motorcycle holiday to ...

The Mablethorpe Speed Trials, 1924

The Motor Cycle described it as a ‘fine and warm day’ in Sept...

Matchless charm

The road test of the new 347cc overhead cam single in 1924 reveal...

Classic Camera: Touring in Derybshire, Sept 1955

Family touring, with a heavy 1950s accent. The modes of transport...

Latest Reference

A new dawn for Cadwell Park, August bank holiday 1961

Cadwell Park launched the newly extended 2.25 mile circuit with a star studded International meeting in August 1961, in front of more than 25,000 spectators...
Early Bultaco four speed model classic motorcycle

A to Z classic reference: Buchet - Cazenave

Encyclopaedia of Classic Motorcycles: the definitive classic moto...
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...

Latest Road Test

1931 AJS Model S3 classic motorcycle

AJS Model S3

The AJS S3 was a bright and bold new design from AJ Stevens of Woverhampton. Unfortunately, its release couldn’t have come at a worse moment...
Benelli 650 Tornado

Benelli 650

Benelli’s 650 twin was a radical take on the British parallel t...
Triumph Speed Twin 1952  classic British motorcycle

Triumph Speed Twin

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

BSA Spitfire

Whether the Americans truly desired the specification of machiner...
Matchless G3 Mercury and Norton ES2

Norton ES2 and Matchless G3

By the mid-1960s the once-great independent Matchless and Norton ...

Latest Workshop

Kawasaki Z400 engine rebuild

Kawasaki Z400 rebuild: 3

After owner Steve tracks down some serviceable second hand pistons for his Kawasaki Z400 twin - and splashes out for some new rings - Rod Gibson completes the engine rebuild...
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...
Seats can be rejuventated with a new cover

Seat re-covering

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

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The Classic Bikers Club online reference guide is compiled from articles from the book Encyclopaedia of Classic Motorcycles. Further information about the book, author Richard Rosenthal and purchase details are available from Mortons Books.

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