In the news, a new bike security scheme, Manx qualifying gets underway unhindered by the weather, road tests on BSA's Starfire, Rudge Ulster and Norton Dominator 99SS, an unusual Norton-JAP hybrid and old footage from the BSA factory and Spa Francorchamps...
Brighton Speed Trials
Devotees to the cult of speed are gearing up in readiness for their annual south coast celebration of all things fast...
Manx GP qualifying
Drying roads and improving conditions allowed the classic racers at the 2012 Manx Grand Prix to record their first proper qualifying laps following Saturday’s cancelled session and Monday’s part speed controlled lap...
Classic Racer app
The brilliant Classic Racer app means you can download every single magazine onto your iPad or Android tablet days before Classic Racer reaches the news stands, and you can take a virtual stack of back issues of your favourite magazine with you wherever you are in the world, or download the very latest edition without waiting to get back home...
Bike security scheme aims to cut theft
The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI), has launched the first ever official and national security marking scheme, which will be introduced by major bike manufacturers...
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
In this issue, confessions of a bike tester, profile on Ducati's 851 - a legend built by a legendary team of engineers - Suzuki's super X5-based commuter, the SB200, tested, Yamaha RD350, plus project Yamaha TDR250, finished at last! On sale now...
Last chance to get a Hi-boy!
During the 1970s trials legend Sammy Miller made excellent frames for Bultaco trials bikes under the Hi-Boy name. Advantages included less weight, an integral bash plate and a plated finish...
WIN a Honda GB500TT!
This is your chance to win a no-expenses spared restoration of the Honda GB500TT. Built by Honda as homage to the classic British café racers of the sixties, the GB500 was based on its popular XBR500. Here's your chance to win this collectible classic bike for free! See the prize video and picture gallery!
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BSA factory film part 1
The first Saturday in July is BSA's sports day, and this is held on the spacious sports ground adjoining the factory. Staff try out their luck on the rifle range - with BSA air rifles, of course! - then bingo, hoopla and other attractions..
Spa Francorchamps GP
No sound but lovely footage of bikes and outfits running down through Eau Rouge at Spa - a mixture of left and right hand old school outfits. Geoff Duke is as Champion when Avon Motorcycle Tyres dominated the world stage...
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BSA B25S Starfire
Despite a few minor niggles, and the motorcycle's trade reference to bike as the 'hand grenade', because it went a short distance then exploded, the BSA Starfire was a capable 250. But just a shame that it was 10 years too late...
Retired teacher design and technology teacher John Crispin gives full marks to his 1938 Rudge Ulster as an object lesson in good engineering practice and a design way ahead of its time...
Latest buying guide
'Thor' is an appropriate name for this thundering V-twin. This historic JAP-powered V-twin sprinter was rescued before it was dismantled for its engine. James Robinson takes up the story...
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This week's pick from the archive
► Barry Sheene and Phil Read line up on the grid
► Ex-Army M20s awaiting resale in Perth, 1946
► North Eastern AA Hillclimb, 1913
► Military policemen learning to ride, 1940
Seven competitions this week. Still time to enter our Can-Am 250cc enduro and Honda GB500TT cafe racer win-a-motorcycle comps, or go for the OptiMate battery saving chargers, Sealey tool kit, Watsonian rally tickets, Stafford Show ticket comp and/or the Netley Marsh ticket competition!
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Introduce yourself and/or ask or help solve someone else's techie question.
Yamaha XS650 overhaul: 1
Our 1979 Yamaha XS650 had struggled on the daily commute, then got packed away and forgotten in a damp cellar for almost five years, so it wasn’t a pretty sight. You join the overhaul with the engine already removed from the frame and stripped...
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Oil pumps explained
Oil pumps are usually hidden in the depths of an engine. Unfortunately the age-old saying ‘out of sight, out of mind’ often applies. As they are the heart of our motorcycle engines, lubricating vital bearings and other moving surfaces, they deserve regular health checks...
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