Buying Guides


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...
The 900s were the class of the 1990s but the Suzuki RF900R was in a class of one: rapid, radical looks and ridiculously cheap...
There are occasions when common sense and practicality out-trump kudos and macho posturing. There are also times when you need a no nonsense, no frills machine that’ll do the job with the minimum of fuss and effort and at low cost...
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...
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...
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...
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...
1953 Ariel KHA
After the end of the Second World War, all the major manufacturers were rushing to get a parallel twin to the market, and Ariel was no different...
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...
The KE175's designers undoubtedly put a lot of thought into the design, ergonomics and practicality. When the getting down and dirty is finished the KE becomes a supremely usable road machine that’ll commute all day long...
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...
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...
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...
Anyone who knows a little about Japanese motorcycling history will be aware that when Ernst Degner defected to the west in 1961 he brought to Suzuki the hard won knowledge of MZ’s competition department...
The early Triumph Tiger Cub was a funny machine in many ways, chiefly in that it (in conjunction with its smaller but very similar sibling, the Terrier) was Triumph’s only plunger-framed motorcycle and only single cylinder, too...
The fabulous six-cylinder CBX lives on in the many guises born of its owners’ imaginations, continuing the drama of its amazing debut in 1978. John Nutting takes us back in time...
1953 Norton Dominator 88
The road-going Featherbed framed Norton twins; should it be they that are considered the ‘quintessential’ British twin, rather than the ubiquitous Triumph Bonnie and BSA A10s which generally spring most readily to mind?
Some while ago we covered the dogged CD175 twin but there’s a sporty side to this dependable Honda; say hello to its non identical twin, the CB175...
2010 Norton Works 30M
Officially sanctioned by Norton, the Works Racing 30M is a top quality classic racer, built to exacting modern standards...