Buying Guides


1932 Ariel VH32 Red Hunter classic British motorcycle
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 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...
Continuing our buying guides on turbos – here’s something completely different... a turbocharged V-twin!
Rudge Special 1939 classic motorcycle
One man’s lifelong love affair with his Rudge has resulted in a show winner that means far more than money to its owner...
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
The Excelsior Manxman is, without question, one of the most visually appealing motorcycles of the 1930s. The 500cc version is also especially rare...
1947 AJS Model 18
This 1947 AJS Model 18 has been owned long-term and, though originally used for trials, now finds itself at work on the hard stuff...
Easy on the wallet but punching well above its weight, that’ll be Yamaha’s 180 twin, says Steve ‘Scoop’ Cooper...
Velocette LE
Velocette's LE had a long production life, which indicated success, but it also absorbed a colossal post-war investment from the company, which in hindsight arguably did irreparable damage to the manufacturer...
Bridgestone 175SR classic motorcycle
Bridgestone motorcycles established a reputation for solid engineering. The disc valve engines were well designed, simple to service and used the very best cutting edge materials including chromium plated bores in alloy cylinder castings...
1956 Panther Model 100
There’s much can be said about Yorkshire folk, but one thing in their favour is their thrift. So it was with Phelon & Moore, motorcycle manufacturers of Cleckheaton. Why make a new engine when the old one is perfectly adequate? Phil Mather finds a Panther Model 100 which proves the point...
Though many enthusiasts most readily associate Norton with overhead camshaft and overhead valve models, the firm’s early sporting successes came with sidevalve engines – and that valve configuration was a favourite, too...
MZ was a popular commuter for cash strapped
In the cash-strapped times of the late 70s recession the East German MZ TS models were the machines of choice for wallet-savvy motorcyclists...
1961 BSA A7 classic British motorcycle
Roger Steele's 500cc pre-unit BSA Shooting Star came to him as a box of bits and has been rebuilt (more than once!) into a prize-winning concours champion...
1969 Triumph Bonneville T120R classic British motorcycle
Triumph's Bonneville was, for many, at about its peak in 1969 as it had the twin leading shoe front brake and all the other refinements gradually introduced through the 1960s and was still pre oil-in-frame. This US spec example from that season underlines the point...
The Yamaha XJ1100 Maxim was the last in a line of hairy chested, air-cooled, inline fours. Great grandfather was the revolutionary XS750, grandpa was the XS850 and dad bulked up to be the XS1100. Steve Cooper takes a closer look...
1974 Kawasaki Z1A
Honda's CB750 took and shook the motorcycle market but Kawasaki's 900 raised the bar by a similar amount. More power, technology and performance than anything else. And affordable too. Rod Gibson tells the story...
1950 Triumph TR5 Trophy classic British motorcycle
Though functional-looking, the Triumph TR5 is also arguably one of the most beautiful motorcycles ever made – and this one’s a real stunner...
If you think this month’s subject matter looks like it has one foot in the 1960s that’d be a good thing because that’s exactly where it’s from! We dish up the gossip on one of Yamaha’s rarer 350s...
With a motorcycle now out of reach until 17 years of age the disaffected yoof wanted, needed and demanded the sexiest moped they could have and here it was, the Garelli Tiger Cross. The best sports moped ever? Many claimed it was...