Every month RealClassic features ancient, classic and British bikes, with in-depth articles by expert and enthusiast authors, reflecting the old bikes we buy and ride in the real world. Unlike most classic motorcycle magazines, RealClassic isn’t available in the shops. So if you want to read the July issue, you’ll need to buy one online, or subscribe…
In the July 2012 edition we present for your entertainment and education…
• Ariel VH500
This particular Ariel single is a well-travelled steed. It went all the way to South Africa and back, but sadly failed to live up to expectations. Its new owner attempts to give it a new lease of life.
• BSA A7
The very first BSA vertical twin 500 which arrived in 1949 was longer-stroke than the later models. We ride a really rare one: one owner from new and never restored.
• Moto Guzzi Le Mans
By 1983, America had pretty much fallen out of love with these Italian V-twins. But some folk kept the faith, and we test a very special edition of a MkIII Le Mans.
• Sunbeam Special
In the final part of this series, our Sunbeam 2CV sprouts a sidecar and takes to the road. Odgie tells us what it’s like to ride, at last!
• Suzuki Katana 1100
It wowed the world in terms of styling, but is the cool Kat much more than a UJM in a smart suit? We perused with a view to purchasing.
• Triumph Tiger Cub
The lightweight T20s are increasingly popular as trials mounts. We investigate how to convert one for pre-65 action, and which mods really make a difference in the mud.
• Vintage Special
What happens when you mix a Sunbeam engine, a Norton gearbox and a Norton frame to build a tribute to a New Hudson? You build a bike which would look just right at Brooklands, that’s what.
PLUS: Graham rides his Speed Twin in the general direction of Sweden; PUB talks about radial engines; Dave Minton remembers filming for TV three decades ago, and Frank Westworth has a misfire to cure. Or not. And then there’s letters, news, bikes for sale, events to go to, and all the usual gubbins you would expect in a damn fine motorcycling magazine…
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