General Features


Once more, the scene is set for a weekend of classic enjoyment and indulgence, with some of the best old motorcycles in the world assembled, as well as a stellar line-up of clubs, the fabulous Bonhams auction and our star guest, John Surtees...
DMW P200 De Luxe and proud owner
Not every concours champion needs to be a mutli-cylindered superbike. Mick Knowles took top honours with his Villiers-powered DMW a little while ago...
Kawasaki GPZ 500S
A classic layout, the parallel twin is experiencing a resurgence in the modern market, thanks to a new range of Hondas. But was the layout any good in the first place?
This superb looking 1983 Husqvarna CR500 Twinshock was rebuilt from scratch by Scottish dirt bike fanatic Finlay Wright...
Ducati 350 Desmo single
John Nutting's concluding look at Seventies Italian classics, starting with the Ducati 350 Desmo and closing with a Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mkl...
Early Golden Flashes being used by the Police
Given a handful of more powerful, more modern models in the garage with more street cred, a 1960 BSA A10 Golden Flash wouldn’t instantly spring to mind as the bike of choice for a certain young man and his girlfriend when planning this year’s trip to the Isle of Man for the Manx GP...
Yamaha FZ750
Yamaha’s FZ750 was possibly the biggest leap forward of any Japanese motorcycle ever. Just 12 months after Kawasaki’s GPZ900R had seemingly secured the title. 25 years on much of the FZ’s design remains a blueprint for motorcycle engineering...
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...
Moto Guzzi S3 classic Italian motorcycle
In the seventies the Japanese motorcycle industry was beginning to dominate the bike market, with its high tech performance designs. The Italian response was typically heart- rather than head-led. John Nutting picks 10 of his seventies Italian favourites...
MV Agusta 750, classic Itialian superbike
Continuing with John Nutting's look at Seventies specials. Here we're focusing on league positions 30 to 21. Is your favourite there?
Kawasaki 750H2
We continue our second instalment of the top 20 Japanese two strokes….
HB Suzuki  RG500/XR45 classic motorcycle racer
Factory race bikes that fall into private hands are a rare enough thing. Finding out you may just own one by chance is even more so. But that is exactly what happened to Tony Salt when he bought a RG500 to parade. Malc Wheeler gets the lowdown...
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...
Old Bike Mart reader Ron Pratt fondly remembered a Velocette MAC he owned and it prompted him to get another, albeit a slightly older one...
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...
Are five valves better than four?
To get more ‘oomph’ out of a motor, you need to get the air and mixture in sharpish and then get the exhaust gases out as quick as you can. But which valve layout is best? For some manufacturers, five valves is the way to go...
Quadrent never made it to production
With a triple being developed in the wings Triumph was embracing multi-cylinder motorcycling whole heartedly... then those chaps at Honda pulled a fast one and produced an ohc-four for the road...
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...
Panther Pegasus
This sprinter was built by three engineering apprentices in the early 1960s – and it’s continued to impress with its rapid pace in the decades since...
Pre-war motorcycle clutches
Pioneer riders, on direct drive motorcycles, struggled on steep hills and with starting their machines. The advent of clutches, along with methods of altering drive ratios, broadened their horizons immeasurably...