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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 CB34

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

JAP classic motorcycle speedway engine

Speedway JAP

Considering it was almost never made, the competition single had an extraordinarily successful competition career. It is fortunate that John Prestwich, founder of the world-famous company that manufactured JAP engines, had second thoughts after visiting a local speedway meeting in 1928...
Yamaha FZ750

Yamaha FZ750: 25 things

Yamaha’s FZ750 was possibly the biggest leap forward of any Jap...
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...

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Latest Archive Feature

Television scrambles

In December 1954, the first specially-staged TV scramble took place at Beenham. Little did anyone know just how popular the winter series would become...

Classic archive: Douglas works, 1915

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

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...

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

Panther-Norton special

Panther-Norton

When Featherbed based specials are mentioned, several variations of power unit come to mind but hardly ever would P&M’s slogging old sloper feature in the list. Jim Reynolds meets one such man for whom such ‘prejudices’ do not exist and finds that even the most bizarre concoction can produce remarkable results...
1937 BSA G14 classic motorcycle test

BSA G14

The BSA G14 was, by the 1930s, a far-from-advanced piece of kit. ...
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’...

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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