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Rudge Special 1939 classic motorcycle

Rudge Special

One man’s lifelong love affair with his Rudge has resulted in a show winner that means far more than money to its owner...

Suzuki XN85 Turbo

If you really fancy something a little different, something with ...
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 ...

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Norton Commando S Type

Norton Commando: iconic engine

'Versatility' and 'expediency' were two buzz words in the British motorcycle industry. Versatility for the amount of uses an engine is put to and expediency for the reuse of components from earlier engines. Tim Britton traces the roots of the Norton Commando engine...

Looking back: 1977

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

Panther Pegasus

This sprinter was built by three engineering apprentices in the e...
JAP classic motorcycle speedway engine

Speedway JAP

Considering it was almost never made, the competition single had ...
DMW P200 De Luxe and proud owner

DMW P200 De Luxe

Not every concours champion needs to be a multi-cylindered superb...

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Latest Archive Feature

Roman gymnasts June 1936

One of the oldest and most elite regiments in the Italian Royal Army is the fabled Bersaglieri...

Britons chasing gold medals

Fifty years ago this month, there was a lot of pressure on Britis...

Wil Hartog hammers form book

In typical Ardennes weather two-time world champion Barry Sheene ...

South Liverpool club gymkhana, August 30, 1930

The South Liverpool Motorcycle Club found a novel but not entirel...

Blown BSA Sprinter

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

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

Norton Dominator Model 88, classic British motorcycle

Norton Dominator Model 88

In 1953, a Featherbed-framed Norton Dominator would have been an unusual sight on the UK roads, being hampered by a very high price tag. But that aside, the early Norton Dominator gives off an unmistakeable aura of competence and quality...
Bimota SB2 Italian performance motorcycle

Bimota SB2

Bimota’s SB2 was both the Italian factory’s and Massimo Tambu...
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’...

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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