General Features


Using sound waves to clean tricky bits of a motorcycle is a non-invasive way of true cleanliness, Classic Dirtbike editor Tim Britton listens to an expert...
Many fork issues can be rectified
Can anything be done to repair leaking, pitted or bent forks? And is it likely to be an expensive fix? Yes and not normally. Tim Britton examines the operation of a company in Bedfordshire...
Norton Commando S Type
'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...
1929 side sprung Druids from a Norton 16H
Feared by some, girder front forks were a light, reasonably strong early solution to steering and front suspension. Today, most are at least 50 years old, so need regular checks and maintenance to make sure they remain safe to use...
There are plenty of replica levers on the market
During the vintage days of motorcycling, designers endeavoured to make the rider’s role easier, with slick control design and cleaner handlebar. Recent generations of motorcycle design boffins have more than re-cluttered the handlebars with switchgear. Now that is progress...
Motorcycle gaskets come in all shapes and sizes
Engines, gearboxes, carburettors and some electrical components are assembled with a mass of joints, which need sealing to prevent oil and fuel loss, or the ingress of water. Despite advances in technology, gaskets remain the favourite joint sealer...
JAP classic motorcycle speedway engine
Considering it was almost never made, the competition single had an extraordinarily successful competition career. It is fortunate that John Prestwich, founder of the world-famous company that manufactured JAP engines, had second thoughts after visiting a local speedway meeting in 1928...
Indian Chief, classic American motorcycle
When was the last time you saw an Indian motorcycle on the road? And yet everybody has a story to tell about them...
The Duo-Glide came about in the Sixties – ideal for crossing vast distances.
Mike Lewis takes a selective Post-War look at key models from the famous American motorcycle marque, Harley-Davidson...
Kawasaki Z1 900
At last! John Nutting's top 10 motorcycles of the Seventies, whittled down from over 200 road tests. Do you agree with his findings? Post your comments in the discussion forums...
Vincent classic British motorcycle logo
A stint at the NEC in November 2002 convinces James Robinson that the Black Shadow should be regarded as a pinnacle in British bike history...
Manx born and raised, it’s entirely fitting that TT star Conor Cummins’ Classic TT debut will be made on a quad of Tony Dunnell’s Manx Nortons this year. Bruce Wilson spends an hour with Conor to get the inside line...
What is the Bertie Simmonds doing? Just when we thought he had his project for the year, he seems to have gotten another one. Stupid? You bet...
Geert Versleyen (left) and Thys Lempens
You’ll have noticed the back cover adverts for Yesterdays over the last few months, featuring some fantastic machines. We decided it was worth a visit to meet the men behind the name – and have a look at some of their motorcycles...
Kawasaki W650 flat tracker
This bike may have looked like a 1999 Kawasaki W650 when Sean Kynnersley bought it but after just five weeks on the bench he’d transformed it into this stunning hand built, road-going flat tracker...
Moto Guzzi Museum
The Moto Guzzi Museum, at the firm’s factory in Mandello del Lario, charts the famous firm’s history, with a stunning collection of machines, from familiar models to one-off oddities...
Want to find out more about the world of 1920s motorcycle sport? The Classic MotorCycle magazine has produced a special 140 page digital edition of archive material from Motor Cycling, called Seen from the Saddle and originally published by editor Graham Walker – dad of Murray...
Rotary valve Norton
Though often accused of sticking with the ohc concept, Norton did have the vision to experiment with a rotary valve engine around 1952. This isn’t to be confused with the Wankel-engined rotary Norton of much later but an alternative cylinder head on a Manx unit...
Ducati 900SS heads Ducati 250 Desmo single
Ducati's Desmo singles and twins hold a special place in the hearts of red-blooded bikers. Rod Gibson rode the biggest and smallest of the breed...
Old Bike Mart has a new editor! Pete Kelly, experienced journalist and avid motorcyclist, has taken the reins from incumbent Tim Britton and began in his new role from the May 2014 issue. Here’s Pete to tell you about himself, and his plans for Old Bike Mart, in his own words...