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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 ...

Latest General Feature

Moto Guzzi S3 classic Italian motorcycle

Italian favourites part one

In the seventies the Japanese motorcycle industry was beginning to dominate the bike market, with its high tech performance designs. The Italian response was typically heart- rather than head-led. John Nutting picks 10 of his seventies Italian favourites...
Suzuki GT750M

Top bikes of the Seventies: 4

John Nutting's top 40 bikes from the Seventies, distilled from ov...
Kawasaki 750H2

Top 20 two strokes, part two

We continue our second instalment of the top 20 Japanese two stro...
1929 side sprung Druids from a Norton 16H

Girder forks

Feared by some, girder front forks were a light, reasonably stron...

Looking back: 1977

It was a time of punk rock, Barry Sheene, Star Wars, page three s...

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Latest Archive Feature

Brands Hatch 1980: Anglo American Match Races

The story broke, in March 1980, that Barry Sheene would be missing from the British team for the Anglo American Match Races, after he had failed to agree start money terms with Motor Circuit Developments boss Chris Lowe...

National Children’s Day, September 1924

The National Children’s Day of 1924 was a truly special event f...

Classic archive: Douglas works, 1915

These Douglas motorcycles look rather dejected as they await a mu...

Television scrambles

In December 1954, the first specially-staged TV scramble took pla...

Geoff Duke holds Court

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

Latest Reference

The Norton Big 4 motorcycle was a popular machine post WW1

A to Z classic reference: Norton pre-war

Encyclopaedia of Classic Motorcycles: the definitive classic motorcycle guide
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

BSA Rocket Three classic British triple motorcycle

BSA Rocket Three

BSA's Rocket Three wasn't appreciated in the all-important American market, with its boxy, jarring look, and it was a poor seller. A pity because the bike had many hidden talents under its skin. Tim Britton reacquaints himself with a stunning example in snow-flurried Norfolk...
Benelli 650 Tornado

Benelli 650

Benelli’s 650 twin was a radical take on the British parallel t...
Matchless 250 G2CSR

Matchless 250 G2CSR

Jim Reynolds learns that a relaxed attitude to all motorcycles ca...
BSA Spitfire Scrambler

BSA Spitfire

Whether the Americans truly desired the specification of machiner...
Panther-Norton special


When Featherbed based specials are mentioned, several variations ...

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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