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A Norman conquest

A Norman conquest

11 August 2016

Piers Kurrein from Harrogate, who had a lovely Norman B2CS trials bike on show at The Girder Fork & Classic Motorcycle Club’s Big Bike Sunday at Skipton on June 26, tells about its history and long restoration.  

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A Highland venture

A Highland venture

11 August 2016.

By 1929, the Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) had become a fixture in the British motorcycling calendar. Entrants, teams, officials and spectators fondly referred to it, then as now, as their annual ‘holiday in the Highlands.’  

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Grandma on a motorcycle

Grandma on a motorcycle

11 August 2016.

With a cheery wave, a well-buttoned cardigan and a pair of stout shoes, this go-anywhere granny was headed for the hills.  

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Dark day at the races

Dark day at the races

11 August 2016.

With a tragic accident during Friday practice and then a hugely disappointing crowd, enthusiasm was dampened further by race day morning rain. But, gradually, the sun came out and the racing was actually rather good. 

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Eagle soars again

Eagle soars again

11 August 2016.

This freshly restored 350cc JAP-engined Coventry-Eagle has returned to the road for the first time in more than half a century.
 

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Mystery train

Mystery train

11 August 2016.

This oil-in-frame 650cc T120 Bonneville emerged from the confusion of the Meriden blockade. Today it pulls like a train – but is a bit of a mystery… 

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Small but strong

Small but strong

11 August 2016.

The BSA C11 was a solid, workmanlike motorcycle, possessing many of the attributes of its bigger brethren, presented in a pint-sized package.  

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UneXpected pleasure

UneXpected pleasure

11 August 2016.

A big, overweight, wobbly sidecar tug, right? Well, no, that’s not what the late Matchless Model X is at all.  

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Portway promenade

Portway promenade

11 August 2016.

Lovely period photograph, from June 1933, of motorcyclists and their machines lined on the Portway, Bristol. ‘… the fine concrete road and promenade running beside the river Avon in the deep Avon Gorge at Clifton, a suburb of Bristol.’Lovely period photograph, from June 1933, of motorcyclists and their machines lined on the Portway, Bristol. ‘… the fine concrete road and promenade running beside the river Avon in the deep Avon Gorge at Clifton, a suburb of Bristol.’ 

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Testing, testing! How the bike journos of old saw the Squariels

Testing, testing! How the bike journos of old saw the Squariels

5 July 2016.

The uncanny flexibility of the Ariel Square Fours, from the 497cc and 597cc ‘cammies’ to the final pushrod-operated 997cc Mk. 2, always amazed those fortunate enough to road test these four-pot classics, as these excerpts from our archive bound volumes show.  

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