General Features


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 included?
Zundapp KS750 military three wheeler
The Zündapp KS750 was designed as a go-anywhere, unbreakable military wagon, able to cope with extremes of weather...
1978 Harley-Davidson XLCH1000 Sportster
Most people would find the 1978 XLCH1000 too raw, too stubborn and too demanding. Dave Barringer agrees, but he has owned one from new and it's still his favourite Hog...
To be born with a heart condition which doctors predicted would be terminal at 30 could floor lesser men than Nev Mason. Shrugging off such doomsayers Nev, still active at 70, has packed more into his life than seems possible for such a short time...
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...
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...
DMW P200 De Luxe and proud owner
Not every concours champion needs to be a multi-cylindered superbike. Mick Knowles took top honours with his Villiers-powered DMW a little while ago...
Yamaha TZR250
Even in the second millenium a 250 ‘stroker is a potent missile and the TZR250 is quite possibly the considered weapon of choice...
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...
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...
Kawasaki's GPZ900R broke the mould
When Kawasaki launched the GPz900R 25 years ago it turned the world of motorcycling on its head, shook it up and spun it around so many times that when everything settled back down the scene was almost unrecognisable...
What does it take to stop you in your tracks at a motorcycle show? This beautiful BSA Gold Star did it for the Classic Dirtbike editor, Tim Britton....
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...
It was a time of punk rock, Barry Sheene, Star Wars, page three stunners, big hair and even bigger flares. Welcome to the year that was 1977...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Given the level of competition in the Pre-65 Scottish Two Day Trial it stands to reason that the winning bike must be something really special. It has to be because if it wasn’t how could it cope with the tough sections that make up pre-65 events these days? Or at least that’s the way the assumption goes...
Honda RC181 motorcycle race replica
There are almost as many Honda RC181 four race replicas around these days as Honda have built road bikes. And they range from fantastic, like the RC181 featured here, down to ‘really shouldn’t have bothered’. Malc Wheeler takes up the story...