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Letter: Follow that  coach - on a 88c James Comet!

Letter: Follow that coach - on a 88c James Comet!

15 September 2016

The letter in OBM (June) about bike shop tours of Liverpool rekindled memories of 1958-59 and my first bikes as a 16-year-old apprentice mechanic on £3 per week.

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Conquering heroes on three wheels!

Conquering heroes on three wheels!

15 September 2016.

Nigel Darken tells the story of the ‘Tour de Lard’ – a madcap idea involving two motorcycle combinations and three very secondhand Reliant three-wheelers that raised no less than £27,000 for charity.  

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The golden years of DMW

The golden years of DMW

15 September 2016.

Well-built and innovative, the West Midlands-manufactured DMW motorcycles were among the most sought-after lightweights of their day, as these Mortons Archive photos show 

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Ramsgate records shaved

Ramsgate records shaved

14 September 2016.

George Brown and Reg Gilbert put up new times on the seafront.  

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Cafe society

Cafe society

14 September 2016.

The label ‘classic’ is applied to all sorts of things from music to architecture through films and furniture – the Gold Star is a motorcycle for which the word could have been invented. 

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The Cunliffe Brough

The Cunliffe Brough

14 September 2016.

At the Stalybridge Speed Trials, Jack Cunliffe launches his Brough-Superior  

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Holding on for a hero

Holding on for a hero

11 August 2016.

Alan Turner tells of a very special reunion at Stafford when, thanks to Holland’s Ferry Brouwer, Des Heckle was reunited with his record-breaking 250cc Yamaha TD1C sprint bike of 46 years ago.  

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Inconspicuous, reliable and beautifully engineered - Steve's electric-start solution for classic BSA twins

Inconspicuous, reliable and beautifully engineered - Steve's electric-start solution for classic BSA twins

11 August 2016.

Electric starter? What electric starter? Pete Kelly visits Steve McFarlane, of SRM Engineering fame, in Cardiff to fully appreciate the huge amount of skill and dedication that went into his patented design for an electric starter for swinging-arm A7 and A10 BSA twins.  

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Dot Motorcycles - the end of an era at Ellesmere Street

Dot Motorcycles - the end of an era at Ellesmere Street

11 August 2016.

An association with Manchester spanning over 100 years will come to an end this September when Dot Motorcycles Ltd ceases trading from its 1912 premises in Ellesmere Street. We delve into Mortons’ Archive to give some idea of the surprising variety of road and sporting machinery – all quite Devoid of Trouble – that the firm produced.  

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Never built - the 500cc V-twin Morini sports that everyone really wanted

Never built - the 500cc V-twin Morini sports that everyone really wanted

11 August 2016.

With quality, performance and excellent design apparent in every detail, the 350cc Morini V-twins bore comparison with any Japanese motorcycle – but when the Italian firm upped the capacity to 500cc, it never quite managed to produce the right machine, writes Steve Cooper 

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