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BSA's classic CB34 classic motorcycle

BSA CB34

BSA's Clubman Gold Star is one of the most iconic and revered British motorcycles ever made, and rightly so. This CB34 is a touch earlier – and rarer – than the more usual Beeza Clubman DBDs, but it still has plenty of pedigree...

Honda CX500 Turbo

Continuing our buying guides on turbos – here’s something com...
Rudge Special 1939 classic motorcycle

Rudge Special

One man’s lifelong love affair with his Rudge has resulted in a...

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...

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Ducati 350 Desmo single

Italian favourites part two

John Nutting's concluding look at Seventies Italian classics, starting with the Ducati 350 Desmo and closing with a Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mkl...
Pre-war motorcycle clutches

Clutch - a history

Pioneer riders, on direct drive motorcycles, struggled on steep h...
Kawasaki's GPZ900R broke the mould

Kawasaki GPZ900R: 25 things

When Kawasaki launched the GPz900R 25 years ago it turned the wor...

An engineer’s Goldie tribute

What does it take to stop you in your tracks at a motorcycle show...
Norton Commando S Type

Norton Commando: iconic engine

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

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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...

Roman gymnasts June 1936

One of the oldest and most elite regiments in the Italian Royal A...

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...

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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

Triumph Speed Twin 1952  classic British motorcycle

Triumph Speed Twin

Writing about a 1952 Triumph Speed Twin, arguably the most handsome and sleek member of a line that began in 1937 and set a fashion that the major, it’s difficult not to repeat what has gone before too many times. Over to Jim Reynolds...
Benelli 650 Tornado

Benelli 650

Benelli’s 650 twin was a radical take on the British parallel t...
Norton Dominator Model 88, classic British motorcycle

Norton Dominator Model 88

In 1953, a Featherbed-framed Norton Dominator would have been an ...
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 ...

Latest Workshop

Fit an ignition booster

If you ride a classic bike for any period of time you will inevitably and inexorably find yourself fettling contact breakers and possibly changing condensers. But it doesn't have to be that way...
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...
Velocette 250 and 350 motorcycle service notes (pdf)

Velocette 250 and 350

Velocette 250 and 350 ‘iron engine’ service notes. Models cov...

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