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Suzuki XN85 Turbo

If you really fancy something a little different, something with a little extra bolted on, then try Suzuki's XN85 Turbo, arguably the best looking bike of the genre...
1939 Excelsior Manxman J14 classic motorcycle

Excelsior Manxman J14

The Excelsior Manxman is, without question, one of the most visua...
1947 AJS Model 18

AJS Model 18

This 1947 AJS Model 18 has been owned long-term and, though origi...

Yamaha YCS1

Easy on the wallet but punching well above its weight, that’ll ...
Velocette LE

Velocette LE 1948 - 1971

Velocette's LE had a long production life, which indicated succes...

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Classic Dirtbike checks out the Pre-65 Scottish winner

Given the level of competition in the Pre-65 Scottish Two Day Trial it stands to reason that the winning bike must be something really special. It has to be because if it wasn’t how could it cope with the tough sections that make up pre-65 events these days? Or at least that’s the way the assumption goes...

An engineer’s Goldie tribute

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Ducati 350 Desmo single

Italian favourites part two

John Nutting's concluding look at Seventies Italian classics, sta...
Honda RC181 motorcycle race replica

Honda RC181 replica

There are almost as many Honda RC181 four race replicas around th...
Yamaha TZR250

Yamaha TZR250

Even in the second millenium a 250 ‘stroker is a potent missile...

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South Liverpool club gymkhana, August 30, 1930

The South Liverpool Motorcycle Club found a novel but not entirely unexpected way of injecting some more excitement into an egg and spoon race on August 30, 1930 – by seating the brave participants, spoons and all, on their motorcycles...

Blown BSA Sprinter

Built by Geoff Garside, this A10/A65 hybrid was built during the ...

Classic archive: Long standing trick rider, 1952

Accompanying a picture in The Motor Cycle in March, 1952, was the...

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...

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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

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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...

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Bimota SB2 Italian performance motorcycle

Bimota SB2

Bimota’s SB2 was both the Italian factory’s and Massimo Tamburini’s first production road bike design and offered the motorcycle-buying public a glimpse of the innovation they could expect from future projects. John Nutting tested it on the Isle of Man in 1978...
Tri-umph engine and Nor-ton frame equals Triton

Triton test

When standard just won’t do, in comes the special builder with ...
1931 AJS Model S3 classic motorcycle

AJS Model S3

The AJS S3 was a bright and bold new design from AJ Stevens of Wo...
Triumph TT Bonneville (T120R)

Triumph TT Special

If Tonka made motorcycles, then one can’t help thinking they’...
Triumph Trident T160

Triumph Trident T160

Triumph’s three cylinder Trident provided the signature sound f...

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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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