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One from the Archive - First Published September 2013

Bikes: Norton Singles Snapshot

Click for MoreYou can spend anything from £3000 to over £8k on a postwar Norton single, depending on whether you choose a sidevalve or an OHV engine, slotted into a rigid, plunger or featherbed frame. The choice is all yours... More...


3rd February 2016

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1st February 2016

Magazine: Buy Issue 142 - February 2015

Click for MoreIn this month's magazine we feature a hundred year old V-twin, a brand new classic Triumph, a pair of Velo singles and Norton's Big Four (which is not a multi. No). Read all about them...


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29th January 2016

Rides: The Springfields Bike Show

Click for MoreThe Spalding show presents classic road bikes and racing heroes, from yesteryear through to todays TT racers. Roy Workman reports... More...


27th January 2016

Bikes: 1912 Trump-JAP V-twin

Click for MoreA new - but very old - classic racer has joined the displays at the UKs National Motorcycle Museum. Titch Allen: "It's one machine I would not risk testing flat out"... More...


25th January 2016

Rides: Adventures Abroad, Part Two

Click for MoreLast time, Stuart Urquhart and his chums started an epic motorcycling adventure. Now they head north through Spain towards France and into Pyrenean peaks... More...


22nd January 2016

News: The Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show - 6th/7th February

Click for MoreGo west, young man, where all manner of vintage and classic motorcycles assemble on the first weekend in February...
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20th January 2016

News: Friends Fun at the National Motorcycle Museum

Click for MoreThis coming year will be a busy one for supporters of the British bike museum in Brum, with opportunities to take classic bike tours or learn workshop techniques from the experts... More...


18th January 2016

Rides: Adventures Abroad, Part One

Click for MoreEver been tempted to go motorcycle touring on the Continent? Stuart Urquhart took the plunge with a long-distance trip that started in Spain. Well, actually, it started in Scotland... More...


15th January 2016

Rides: The CBG Winter Classic 2016

Click for MoreRoy Workman found bargains to be had, a decent bacon butty, and stacks of classic bikes at the first major show of 2016...
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13th January 2016

Rides: Vintage Stony 2016

Click for MoreRichard Jones shakes off the new year blues at this classic gathering, and finds a rare old selection of veteran, vintage and classic motorcycles in front of his cameras viewfinder... More...


11th January 2016

Bikes: CZ Type 488.4

Click for MoreAlways interested in odd old bikes, Mark Holyoake finds a truly unusual two-stroke and presses it in to service as this year's winter hack. But Mark, look how shiny it is... More...


8th January 2016

Opinion: Carpe Diem Quam Minimum Credula Postero

Click for MoreDid you dream of owning a classic bike in your youth? Well, seize the day and do it now - or you never will, says Neil Cairns...
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6th January 2016

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4th January 2016

Magazine: Buy Issue 141 - December 2015

Click for MoreNew year! New issue of the magazine! Featuring big Brit twins, a smoky stroker, a couple of Italian classics and a dodgy old Honda 350. Read all about them...


29th December 2015

News: Newark Winter Classic Motorcycle Show Preview

Click for MoreJamie Whitham heads up the first classic bike show of the new year at Newark, on January 9th and 10th...
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21st December 2015

Bikes: Ivel Motor Cycles

Click for MoreNeil Cairns looks back at one of the pioneer motor bicycle machines: a cross between a pedal cycle and what would become the classic bikes we know and love... More...


18th December 2015

Bikes: Armstrong MT500

Click for MoreSteve Todd encounters the squaddie's salvation, which makes a pretty fair winter hack for the civilian old bike rider...
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16th December 2015

Rides: Isle of Man Classic TT 2015

Click for MoreFive go mad on Commandos. Stuart Urquhart's travelling comp-anions manage to break a van before they've got to the ferry; things can only get better once they arrive on The Island, surely... More...


14th December 2015

Rides: Motorcycle Live 2015 - Report Two

Click for MoreRichard Jones takes a break from manning a stand at this year's NEC bike show to explore some of the classic - and not so classic - bikes on display... More...


11th December 2015

News: 2016 Classic Motorcycle Calendars

Click for MoreAn entire new year looms on the horizon. Here's how to keep track of it and admire some handsome old bikes as the months glide by... More...


9th December 2015

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7th December 2015

Magazine: Buy Issue 140 - December 2015

Click for MoreThis month's magazine feature big butch Britbikes, a couple of lively lightweights, a charismatic Italian superbike and... that man Odgie up to his elbows in mud. Get your copy now...


4th December 2015

Opinion: Famous Last Words 33: Waxed Cotton Celebrity

Click for MoreOn becoming Beckham. Did you know that wearing a waxed cotton motorcycle jacket transforms you into a style icon? Neither did Frank Westworth... More...


2nd December 2015

Bikes: Triumph TR5T Adventurer

Click for MoreTriumph's Trophy Trail took centre-stage in the October issue of RealClassic magazine. Paul F Shoen continues the story with some personal experiences with the American models... More...


1st December 2015

News: Motorcycle Live 2015

Click for MoreIt's the big and shiny bike show season. Martin Gelder went to the NEC and came back with some useful information, a little bit of inspiration, and at least one revelation... More...


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27th November 2015

Opinion: A Life With Classic Bikes, Part Three

Click for MoreBob Bagshaw recalls a riding life of some 70 years in the saddle, with old Brit bikes and even a modern Japanese motorcycle or two... More...


25th November 2015

Bikes: Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber and Roamer

Click for MoreJumping on the bandwagon or carving their own niche? Moto Guzzi announce two new 850cc air cooled v-twins targeting the growing retro-classic market, Martin Gelder reports... More...


23rd November 2015

Bikes: Mallorcan Motorcycles

Click for MoreRichard Jones was supposed to be on holiday... but that didn't stopping him finding out about a mini Moto Guzzi, a Mosquito autocycle, and some species of dinky Ducati... More...


20th November 2015

Opinion: A Life With Classic Bikes, Part Two

Click for MoreBob Bagshaw recalls what it was like to ride a motorcycle back in the immediate post-war period. First of all, you had to get kitted out correctly... More...


18th November 2015

Rides: Snetterton 4 Hour Classic Endurance - Photos

Click for MoreLast month Snetterton circuit hosted the UK's first classic motorcycle endurance race, a four hour challenge for bikes built before 1987. Martin Gelder took too many photos; here are some of the best... More...


16th November 2015

Rides: South of England RealClassic Bike Show 2015

Click for MoreJim Redman MBE was guest of honour at last month's Ardingly Show. He charmed the fans, was available to chat throughout the day, and stayed right to the end to hand out the prizes. Here's some snapshots from the Show, and the winners' details... More...


13th November 2015

About: Planned Maintenance and Scheduled Updates

Click for MoreWe've made some additions and improvements to our Services Guide and Classic Clubs pages today. Please mention the Real Classic website if you talk to any of our advertisers... More...


11th November 2015

Opinion: A Life With Classic Bikes

Click for MoreBob Bagshaw recalls a riding life with classic motorcycles, starting with his war years and first British bikes...
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9th November 2015

Rides: Divine Inspiration

Click for MoreWith a Honda that needs riding, there's no need to stay in hiding. Some pix from Roy, they'll bring you joy, and happiness abiding... More...


6th November 2015

Bikes: Moto Morini 'Three and a Half' 350K Sport

Click for MoreA wet and windy classic trackday at the Snetterton 200 circuit proves the worth of a cartridge fork conversion, a digital speedo and some reproduction silencers. Martin Gelder is still drying his socks...
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4th November 2015

Merchandise: RealClassic 'Skyline' T-Shirt

Click for MoreSet your riding sights on the far horizon with the new design of RealClassic Tee, featuring fabulous artwork penned just for us by that talented chap Talana Gamah... More...


4th November 2015

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2nd November 2015

Magazine: Buy Issue 139 - November 2015

Click for MoreThis month's magazine is packed full of practical classic bikes, from a wee Vee to a big Brit twin. And we wish Graham Ham bon voyage as his epic adventure draws to a close. Get your copy now...


30th October 2015

Rides: MC Indianos International Rally for Pre-1988 Motorcycles

Click for MoreFirst it was in Colombres, then it was in Santander, now it's in Colombres again. Roger Nicholls enjoyed the fourth running of this popular Spanish classic motorcycle rally... More...


26th October 2015

Rides: Stafford Show, October 2015

Click for MoreWhat does a chap do on a cold, grey, miserable Sunday in October? Richard Jones decided to break his duck and finally visit the country's largest classic bike show... More...


23rd October 2015

Kit: Davida Ninety-Two, Speedster and Jet

Click for MoreTop quality open face crash helmets manufactured in the UK; what's not to like? Martin Gelder got flies in his teeth this summer...
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22nd October 2015

Bikes: Egli Vincent

Click for MoreThis month's RealClassic magazine features an 'Ogri replica' NorVin twin which inspired reader Dale Keesecker to get in touch...
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19th October 2015

News: South of England RealClassic Bike Show and Jumble - This Sunday

Click for MoreThe doors open at 10am at Ardingly, on Sunday 25th October for the South of England RealClassic Bike Show and Jumble. Here's just some of what you can look forward to... More...


16th October 2015

Bikes: Big Singles

Click for MoreRichard Arscott thought he wanted a BSA Gold Star. it turned out, he actually wanted something rather different...
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14th October 2015

Rides: Goodwood Revival 2015

Click for MoreRichard Jones enjoys a splendid event. Amid the classic motorcycles and cars, the racing, the historic planes, the shops with their huge variety of goods and the funfair, he reckons it's the visitors, especially those in period costume, who make Goodwood so special... More...


12th October 2015

News: Snetterton 4 Hour: Endurance Legends

Click for MoreClassic endurance racing arrives in the UK this weekend with a four hour race at Snetterton in Norfolk. Harris and P&M specials will bash fairings with big Guzzis and Ducatis, Suzuki Katanas and 1000cc Kawasakis. Martin Gelder sets the scene... More...


9th October 2015

Bikes: BSA Gold Star - First Ride

Click for MoreHe's tried Bantams, he's tried Bullets; now it's time for Mark Bailey to try BSA's booming big single. Can he start it? And if he does start it, can he stop it?... More...


7th October 2015

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5th October 2015

Magazine: Buy Issue 138 - October 2015

Click for MoreThe October issue of RealClassic magazine is available now, with a stack of posh shiny show-stoppers up the front and a bunch of scruffy old nails at the back. And Jeff Smith MBE in the middle!
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2nd October 2015

Bikes: Harley-Davidson XL1200S Misfire - Part 2

Click for MoreHalf of all carb misfires are caused by ignition faults. Or is it the other way round? Martin Gelder's search for Sportster Sport enlightenment continues, with copious notes... More...


30th September 2015

Opinion: Famous Last Words 32: Repair or Replace?

Click for MoreWe live in a disposable world. A strange notion to those who restore old motorcycles, like Frank Westworth...
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28th September 2015

Book Review: Where BSAs Dare! by Norman Vanhouse

Click for MoreBack in 1952, three workaday BSA A7s beat the world to win gold medals in the ISDT and secure the Maudes Trophy. This new book tells the inside story, written by one of the competitors... More...


25th September 2015

Bikes: Harley-Davidson XL1200S Misfire - Part 1

Click for MoreHalf of all carb misfires are caused by ignition faults. Or is it the other way round? Martin Gelder searches for enlightenment by taking a coughing Sportster Sport back to standard... More...


23rd September 2015

Rides: Sleaford Historic Car and Motorcycle Show

Click for MoreFor the 23rd time, this annual classic show was held in Sleaford town centre. Roy Workman took his sidecar outfit along...
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21st September 2015

Rides: Classic Italian Motorcycles

Click for MoreRichard Jones, long fascinated by classy Italians, discovers heaven on earth. In North Leicester, it appears...
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18th September 2015

Opinion: Famous Last Words 31: Almost Any Motorcycle is a Delight

Click for MoreFrank Westworth has inadvertently encouraged someone to buy a classic BSA C15. This may be an offence punishable on summary conviction... More...


16th September 2015

Opinion: Backwards Glance

Click for MoreOily Boot Bob investigates the Dundee Scrolls, and discovers a personal connection to some technologically innovative and pioneering Royal Enfield motorcycles of the vintage era... More...


14th September 2015

Rides: 2015 Classic TT - Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling

Click for MoreOne of the biggest problems for people going to the Classic TT is how to fit everything in. Henry Gregson gave it his best shot... More...


11th September 2015

Rides: Brackley Festival of Motorcycling 2015

Click for MoreTake one quiet Northamptonshire town. Close its long, sloping high street and add barriers to make a circuit of two straights joined by a pair of hairpin bends. Add RealClassic reporter Richard Jones and his camera... More...


9th September 2015

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7th September 2015

Magazine: Buy Issue 137 - September 2015

Click for MoreThe September issue of RealClassic magazine is available now; stuffed full of old Brit bikes and an American interloper... Get your copy now...


2nd September 2015

Opinion: Rallies - Another Old-Time Tall Tale

Click for MoreOnce upon a time, motorcycle riders rode to muddy fields and created almost entirely innocuous entertainment with whatever fell readily to hand. Matt Swindlehurst recalls one such bike rally... More...


4th September 2015

Rides: Sammy Miller Run 2015

Click for MoreClassic bike riders travelled from as far afield as Belgium to join in this year's Sammy Miller Run, bringing a welcome splash of continental colour to join the British bikes... More...


31st August 2015

News: Eurojumble - Netley Marsh - 4th, 5th September

Click for MoreOne of the year's major autojumbles takes place this coming weekend at Netley Marsh near Southampton. As well as the usual spares for sale, this year's jumble also features an auction of classic motorcycles... More...


28th August 2015

Rides: British Singles In Scotland, Part 2

Click for MoreBefore Stuart Urquhart and Dave, his travelling companion, can continue their travels around Scotland on Brit singles, they must first convince their classic motorcycles to function... More...


26th August 2015

Book Review: Beyond The Coffee Shop by Nick Adams

Click for MoreNow available in a paperback edition, so you too can travel to the Canadian wilderness on a classic Italian motorcycle... More...


24th August 2015

Rides: Founder's Day 2015

Click for MoreEvery year, the Taverner's section of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club celebrate the club's beginnings with Founder's Day, a giant jumble, gymkhana and grand day out. Richard Jones reports... More...


21st August 2015

Bikes: BMW R80/7 - Part 16: In Which Nothing Happens

Click for MoreThere are now 110,000 miles on the odometer of Martin Gelder's Franken-BMW R80/R100 hybrid, and probably quite a few more under its wheels. Nothing's really gone wrong, but that doesn't stop him looking for things to fix... More...


19th August 2015

Rides: Jack's Hill Café Ton Up Day, 2015

Click for MoreYou would expect to find plenty of café racers at a café, wouldn't you? Richard Jones also tracked down some more standard British classic bikes alongside some international exotica... More...


17th August 2015

News: Norton Rotary Racers at the Classic TT

Click for MoreOne of the long-awaited highlights of this month's Classic TT will be the Norton Rotary Parade on Saturday 29th August, when a baker's dozen of these iconic machines will be let loose on the Mountain circuit... More...


14th August 2015

Bikes: Triumph Triple Cafe Custom

Click for MoreIf a traditional café racer is 'a light-weight, lightly-powered motorcycle optimised for speed and handling on quick rides over short distances', then Henry Gregson thinks he may have found its modern equivalent... More...


12th August 2015

Rides: Brit Singles In Scotland, Part 1

Click for MoreConsidering touring Scotland on classic British bikes? Stuart Urquhart has done it afore ye, and offers advice on the roads best travelled and way-stations to avoid... More...


10th August 2015

Book Review: The Isle of Man TT Photographic History by Bill Snelling and Michael Scott

Click for MoreThis handsome hardback aims to captures the spirit, excitement and danger of the world's most famous motorcycle road race series. We asked Bill Nelson to read it and he went quite quiet (for a while)... More...


7th August 2015

Rides: Mallory Bike Bonanza 2015

Click for MoreIf you don't mind missing out on the parades of star riders, then the Saturday at this track event is less hectic than the Sunday. Richard Jones grabbed the opportunity to photograph oodles of old bikes and classic motorcycles... More...


5th August 2015

News: Classic Motorcycle News - August 2015

Click for MoreRoyal Enfields CEO returns to the firm's heritage homeland; vintage and veteran bikes blaze through the Home Counties, and Lewis Leathers need your assistance... More...


3rd August 2015

Magazine: Buy Issue 136 - August 2015

Click for MoreThe August issue of RealClassic magazine is out now. You won't find it in the shops, so here's where to browse the British bikes and Italian classics, and maybe buy a copy...


31st July 2015

Rides: Castle Combe Grand National, 2015

Click for MoreRichard Jones visits Castle Combe and encounters two tasty treats: a chocolate-box English village and a faithful recreation of the sights and sounds of classic motorcycle racing... More...


24th July 2015

Service Stars: Good Service by Classic Bike Specialists, No.18

Click for MoreRealClassic readers recommend the good guys who help to keep their classic motorcycles in good working order. This time; an Irish emergency, wheels and tyres, buying batteries and even old bikes... More...


22nd July 2015

Rides: A BMW Bimble through Harley-Davidson History

Click for MoreDave Simmons explains how he stumbled on a little bit of motor-cycling history, and uncovered the Pictish past behind Harley-Davidson's V-Rod. Maybe... More...


20th July 2015

Rides: Dirt Quake 2015

Click for MoreModern and retro, classic and custom, road and trail, young and old, known and unknown; Dirt Quake is a unique event where worlds collide as they lap a speedway circuit in King's Lynn. Martin Gelder took pictures... More...


17th July 2015

Bikes: BMW F650ST Strada / Funduro

Click for MoreBMW's 652cc Rotax engined singles have a charm all of their own. Nigel Shuttleworth bought one after much careful consideration eighteen months ago and now declares it 'just what I want'... More...


15th July 2015

Rides: 2015 Banbury Run

Click for MoreIt's Banbury Run Sunday and Richard Jones is bundled out of the house at first light, armed only with a camera, some water and his bike keys. Will he miss the crowds?... More...


13th July 2015

Rides: Brooklands Ton-Up Day 2015

Click for MoreImmaculate BSA singles and classic bobbers rub shoulders with CX650 Turbo Cafe Racers and barn-find Hawker Hunters at the world's first purpose built motor racing circuit. Martin Gelder wandered about with his camera... More...


8th July 2015

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10th July 2015 - This is one from the archive, first posted in 2004...

Bikes: Norton Dominator 99

Click for MoreJim Algar's Dominator Diary start here: the first (and hopefully not the last) of a sporadic, irregular series of reports, updates, musings, questions, tirades, victories and defeats as an American neophyte takes on his first classic British bike... More...


6th July 2015

Magazine: Buy Issue 135 - July 2015

Click for MoreThis month's magazine has a rough-stuff theme, featuring Triumph's Trophy, a genuine ISDT Ajay, BSA's Spitfire scrambler and a Velocette mud-plugger. Back on tarmac, roadgoing classics include the Ariel Square Four, Daisy the Speed Twin and a Royal Enfield big twin. Here's how to buy a copy...


3rd July 2015

Opinion: Famous Last Words 30: Nortons New and Old

Click for MoreIf his choice of bikes isn't terrible enough, the fact that he can afford one is worse! Frank Westworth is as bemused as ever... More...


1st July 2015

Rides: Sunbeam MCC Rose of the Shires Run

Click for MoreRichard Jones goes in search of some vintage motorcycles, and finds a superb selection in the English shires. Oh, and a couple of international interlopers... More...


29th June 2015

News: Ramsgate Sprint Returns

Click for MoreYes, you read that correctly. Not the Ramsey Sprint on the Isle of Man, but the historic Ramsgate Sprint in Kent. A number of unique classic motorcycles will be back in action this August... More...


26th June 2015

Opinion: Famous Last Words 29a: Knowledge, Power, BSA C15s, Anoraks

Click for MorePower is knowledge, apparently. This may be important if you intend to own a BSA C15, as Frank Westworth explains... More...


24th June 2015

Rides: Super Sausage Sunday

Click for MoreOn any sunny Sunday, the Super Sausage comes alive with all kinds of creatively customised classics - and Richard Jones even spotted some standard spec old bikes in the mix this month, too... More...


22nd June

Bikes: Kawasaki Z650 - Part 3

Click for MoreIt took 15 years from start to finish, but Darren Carter finally completed the rebuild of his Classic Kawasaki project. At last it's time for paint and powdercoat, wiring and fettling... More...


19th June 2015

Opinion: Classic Trackdays - A Beginner's Guide

Click for MoreFresh from surviving the Morini Riders' Club outing at Cadwell Park, Martin Gelder presents a first timer's guide to classic bike trackdays. The most fun you can have with your leathers on?... More...


17th June 2015

Rides: 2015 Tortoise and Hare Run

Click for MoreThe Somerset hills and levels were invaded by all kinds of strange animals during the first weekend in June, when 150 classic bikes joined the Wells Classic MCC's fifth annual T&H Run... More...


15th June

Bikes: Bill Kitchen Speedway JAP

Click for MoreAt the end of 2014, Odgie wrote about a magnificent speedway machine in the pages of the monthly RealClassic magazine. Ray Smith was inspired to do some background research on the subject... More...


12th June 2015

News: Thunderfest 2015

Click for MoreThe annual Thundersprint event has moved to Anglesey and changed its name to Thunderfest, but it's still a great event for classic road and race bikes. Here's what went on this year... More...


10th June

Bikes: Royal Enfield 75cc and 98cc Prototypes

Click for MoreTwo experimental lightweight bikes dating from the mid-1960s were sold at auction earlier this year. RC reader Geoff Lewis knows all about them, and several others... More...


8th June 2015

Rides: 2015 Oostblok Rally

Click for MoreWolfgang Weckeck tells us about this excellent event for old bike enthusiasts which takes place annually in the Netherlands... More...


5th June 2015

Opinion: Buyers Eye

Click for MoreRichard Jones goes browsing through the classic bikes on offer at Pembrokeshire Classics in south Wales. He encounters a couple of Villiers two-strokes, an Ariel Arrow, a really rare Laverda Jarama and even a Beezer bobber... More...


3rd June 2015

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1st June 2015

Magazine: Buy Issue 134 - May 2015

Click for MoreThis month's magazine is an Ariel extravaganza, telling the tale of the Square Four from its prewar OHC origins through to the Healey 1000. Oh, and there's heaps of other classic bikes in this issue, too. Here's how to buy a copy and what you'll find inside...


29th May 2015

Rides: Where the Streets Have a Name

Click for MoreIrish rock band U2 once sang about a place where the streets had no names. More famously, Roy Smith jumped on his XBR500 and took us to some places where the streets do have names... More...


27th May 2015

Rides: The Lincolnshire Wolds Bikers' Run 2015

Click for MoreRoy Workman joins an annual charity ride for classic bikes old and new, and enjoys the added bonus of a Lancaster bomber... More...


25th May 2015

Bikes: Kawasaki Z650 - Part 2

Click for MoreDarren Carter didn't expect to spend 15 years on the transformation of his Z650. But that's just what happens when you start out with no particular plan. This time: sorting the front end... More...


22nd May 2015

Rides: National Motorcycle Museum Ride-In 2015

Click for MoreLast year's RealClassic Ride-In to the National Motorcycle Museum was unexpectedly but overwhelmingly successful. So this year, we did it again. Martin Gelder was there with his camera... More...


20th May 2015

Book Review: A Penguin In A Sparrow's Nest by Frank Melling

Click for MorePerhaps best known in recent years for organising the Thunder sprint, it turns out that Frank Melling has a past. And he's written a book about it... More...


18th May 2015

News: National Motorcycle Museum News

Click for MoreThere's a special RealClassic Ride-In to the NMM at Birmingham this week. For all those who can't come along in person, here's a quick round-up of what's been going on at the Museum in recent weeks... More...


15th May 2015

Rides: 2015 Hoghton Tower Sprint

Click for MoreJust to confuse you, we sent a man called Iain Houghton to Hoghton Tower. No relation. No hogs, either, but plenty of classic bikes sprinting.... More...


13th May 2015

Rides: 2015 Sunbeam MCC Oxon & Bucks Run

Click for MoreRichard Jones finds some fabulous vintage motorcycles for you to admire, on a splendid day out with the Sunbeam MCC around Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.... More...


11th May 2015

Bikes: Kawasaki Z650

Click for MoreWay back when, Darren Carter began the transformation of his standard Z650. At the time, he didn't know this was going to be a long-term project. Here's the start of his cautionary tale about planning (or not) a custom build... More...


8th May 2015

Rides: Round Britain Rally 2015

Click for MoreHere's an opportunity to ride your old bike to out of the way places, as far flung as you please, on any day throughout the summer. Roy and Chris Workman explain.... More...


6th May 2015

Adverts and Events: Updated!

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4th May 2015

Magazine: Buy Issue 133 - May 2015

Click for MoreIn this month's RealClassic magazine: old Brits, old Italians, shiny bikes, scruffy bikes, airheads, enthusiasts and experts. Here's how to buy a copy and what you'll find inside...


29th April 2015

Opinion: Rules of the Road

Click for MoreDo you wave or nod to every other bike rider you meet on the road? Dave Whiting has undertaken four months of statistical research to see who responds (or not) to his greetings... More...


27th April 2015 - This is one from the archive, first posted in 2003...

Bikes: The Toastmaster Challenge

Click for MoreHow to spend uncounted piles of money over many years in the fond hope that a shiny Ariel Huntmaster will arise from its own ashes. Frank Westworth tells an episodic tale from the shed.... More...


22nd April 2015

Rides: Prescott Bike Festival and Hill Climb 2015

Click for MoreRichard Jones attends this annual Gloucestershire hillclimb and presents a selection of classic motorcycles in action for your entertainment.... More...


20th April 2015

Bikes: BMW R45

Click for MoreMark Holyoake tries a classic airhead BMW, and reckons this small but perfectly formed flat-twin has been especially under-rated... More...


17th April 2015

News: Stafford Classic Motorcycle Show Preview

Click for MoreHobNobs? Check. Stripy tablecloth? Check. Random selection of magazine back issues? Check. Right then, we're all set to head north for the Stafford Show on 25th and 26th April... More...


15th April 2015

Rides: VMCC British Historic Racing Practice Day

Click for MoreThe classic racing season is almost upon us. Richard Jones goes to Mallory Park to watch the VMCC's historic racers take to the track for the first official practice day of the year... More...


13th April 2015

News: Buying Classic Bikes at Auction

Click for MoreWith big-ticket vintage and classic motorcycles selling for mega-money, some folk have been asking if classic bikes aren't just getting ridiculously expensive. We snooped around the marketplace and found some cracking classics alive and kicking for under £3k... More...


10th April 2015

Opinion: Famous Last Words 29: On Classicness

Click for MoreIf a bike from yesteryear was rubbish when it was a new bike, does that mean its still rubbish now it can claim to be a classic bike? Frank Westworth contemplates classicness and other fantasies... More...


8th April 2015

Adverts and Events: Updated!

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6th April 2015

Magazine: Buy Issue 132 - April 2015

Click for MoreThe April issue of RealClassic magazine is our biggest-ever edition, packed with all-new in-depth articles about old British bikes and other intriguing classic motorcycles. Heres how to buy it as a single issue...


1st April 2015

Rides: 2015 London to Brighton Pioneer Run

Click for MoreEvery vintage motorcycle which takes part in the Pioneer Run is over 100 years old. Richard Jones captured memorable moments as this year's participants set off on their challenging excursion... More...


30th March 2015

Bikes: Norton 19S

Click for MoreTraditional British long-stroke singles are an acquired taste. Back in the 1970s, Matt Swindlehurst acquired the taste for the Norton type. Not a Panther sloper. No, definitely not a Panther... More...


27th March 2015

Bikes: 1938 Royal Enfield Model KX

Click for MoreAfter WW2, and in common with most British bike manufacturers, Royal Enfield built some extremely interesting parallel twins. But before the war their top of the range machine was a V-twin... More...


25th March 2015

Rides: Saga Louts Hit Colditz

Click for MoreJon Sturgess boldly agreed to tackle a Continental trip on his misfiring 350 Morini, in company with some much bigger bikes and without knowing quite how far they'd be travelling. What followed is an excellent example of growing old disgracefully... More...


23rd March 2015

Techniques: Torquing and Tightening

Click for MoreA combination of modern materials and time-honoured techniques can cause problems when it comes to assembling the bottom end of a classic British bike. RC readers debate the how and the why of it... More...


20th March 2015

Bikes: Moto Morini 350K Sport - Front Fork Upgrade

Click for MoreMartin Gelder fits (with much assistance) a set of cartridge emulators to the Marzocchi forks on his Moto Morini Three and a Half. Classic improvement or pointless modern meddling? More...


18th March 2015

Rides: Strange Streets

Click for MoreRealClassic reader Roy Smith travels far and wide on his classic Honda XBR500. Here are just a few of the strange places he encountered last year... More...


16th March 2015

Techniques: Fitting an Amal Premier Carb

Click for MorePaul Jennings had been perfectly happy with the Mikuni carb fitted to his BSA B44. So he had some misgivings about swapping to a brand new Amal Concentric. Here's what he discovered... More...


Friday 13th March 2015

Opinion: 1966 Earl's Court Motorcycle Show

Click for MoreNearly half a century ago, everything was extremely groovy at the annual International Cycle and Motorcycle Show. Reader David Wayte shares his photographic archive from the event... More...


11th March 2015

Book Review: Beyond The Coffee Shop by Nick Adams

Click for MoreRealClassic contributor Nick Adams regularly heads off into the wilderness of northern Canada aboard 40 year old Moto Guzzi motorcycles. He explains why, and how you can read all about his adventures... More...


9th March 2015

News: 2015 South of England RealClassic Bike Show

Click for MoreThere's a chance to see racing superstar Jim Redman at the Ardingly Show on 29th March, along with all the usual attractions at this friendly classic bike show... More...


6th March 2015

Rides: Northampton VMCC 2015 Heartbreakers Run

Click for MoreYou have to be a bit brave to ride a classic motorcycle in the middle of a British winter. Richard Jones is overcome by a romantic urge to join them... More...


4th March 2015

Adverts and Events: Updated!

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2nd March 2015

Magazine: Buy Issue 131 - March 2015

Click for MoreThe March edition of RealClassic magazine is now available to order online (but it's not on sale in the shops). Here's what cracking classic reading lurks between its covers, and you can buy a single issue here...


27th February 2015

Bikes: JAP V-twin 'Lyclone' Special

Click for MoreA tribute to the board-track racers of the vintage era, this JAP-powered special is up for sale at a classic motorcycle auction in April... More...


25th February 2015

News: Lightweight Entry into the VMCC

Click for MoreVintage Motorcycle Club eligibility now includes all bikes made before 1990. The Scottish Tiddler Tootle and The Blue Haze Run are events tailor made for bikes of 25 years or older and 250cc or smaller, as Alastair Alexander explains... More...


23rd February 2015

Opinion: Riding Reminiscences 4 - Paddock Days

Click for MoreIan Caswell recalls his first encounters with old British bikes, and how they led to a simply shocking experience with a classic Honda...
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20th February 2015

Adverts and Events: Updated!

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20th February 2015

News: Royal Enfield: Leicestershire New Technology Centre

Click for MoreRoyal Enfield has confirmed development of a technology centre based in Leicestershire, designed to support their long term product strategy... More...


16th February 2015

Bikes: Ducati 750 GT

Click for MorePrompted by a recent feature about a 1970's L-twin 750 (see RealClassic 129), Matt Swindlehurst took a quick trip down memory lane... More...


Friday 13th February 2015

Opinion: Too Many Triumphs?

Click for MoreTriumph motorcycles, and in particular Triumph twins, are the ubiquitous British bike in classic motorcycle magazines. Dave Blanchard explains why... More...


11th February 2015

Rides: Spalding Bike Show 2015

Click for MoreRoy Workman braved the winter chill to visit this annual classic motorcycle event, and got talking about the many advantages of old two-strokes... More...


9th February 2015

Bikes: Post-war BMW Twins

Click for MoreIn 1950, BMW returned to building twin-cylinder motorcycles. Talana Gamah takes us on a whistlestop tour of the marque's classic airhead models, produced over the following three decades... More...


6th February 2015

Book Review: An Adventure Too Far by Graham Ham

Click for MoreOnce upon a time, Graham Ham escaped the rat race to go adventuring aboard his classic Triumph twin. Now there's a sequel to his original 'Daisy's Diaries' book, where even more things go wrong... More...


4th February 2015

News: The 21st Westward Ho! Reliability Run

Click for MoreThere's just time to enter your classic into this year's Westward Ho! Reliability Run - or make a date to visit Devon at the end of March and cheer on the intrepid competitors... More...


2nd February 2015

Magazine: Buy Issue 130 - February 2015

Click for MoreThis months magazine is simply stuffed full of old motorcycles, a veritable bevvy of Britbikes plus an odd Italian for added enter-tainment. Just £2.50 on subscription or buy a single issue here...


30th January 2015

Bikes: New Imperial 500 Racer

Click for MoreBack in the mid-1930s, an amateur racer you may not know much about was doing remarkable things on a V-twin works racer. His grandson, Steve Kitchen, explains all... More...


28th January 2015

News: 2015 Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show Preview

Click for MoreGoing slightly stir-crazy? Make tracks for Shepton Mallet and jon the RC Crew at the Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show on the 7th and 8th of February... More...


26th January 2015

Books: Daisy's Diaries: 'An Adventure Too Far'

Click for MoreThere's no doubt that readers adored Graham Ham's adventures aboard Daisy, his Triumph Speed Twin. In fact, they like the cut of his jib so much that they demanded a sequel to the original 'Daisys Diaries' book. And now it's just been published... More...


23rd January 2015

Bikes: Triumph 955i Special, Part 2

Click for MoreGlenn Wilkin wasnt entirely satisfied with his modern Triumph Daytona 955. So he gradually transformed it into a street triple with a sprinkle of automotive magic... More...


21st January 2015

Rides: Cape Town Vintage Car and Bike Show

Click for MoreIt's cold and grey and wet and miserable in the UK. So we despatched our South African correspondent, Paul Bubear, to find some greenery and sunshine. Amazingly, he discovered some British and Italian classic bikes, too... More...


19th January 2015

Rides: The Newark CBG Winter Classic 2015

Click for MoreRoy Workman started his 2015 show season with a chilly trip to the Carole Nash Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic at Newark... More...


16th January 2015

Bikes: Triumph 955i Special, Part 1

Click for MoreGlenn Wilkin wanted an affordable sportsbike so he bought British in the shape of a Mk1 Daytona 955. Gradually it became apparent that the triple was better suited to life as a high-performance streetbike than a supersports pretender.... More...


14th January 2015

Rides: Vintage Stony 2015

Click for MoreVintage motorcycles can be much more than mere museum pieces. Richard Jones discovers a high-mileage Brough and a Raleigh thats been ridden right around the world among the classic bikes ridden to Stony Stratford in January... More...


12th January 2015

News: Men of Meriden

Click for MoreThe days when Triumph were based at Meriden are long gone, but one classic motorcycle specialist carries on the grand tradition... More...


9th January 2015

Books: Short Way Up by Steve Wilson

Click for MoreFew people would choose to ride an unfamiliar old British bike on an epic journey across South Africa. Steve Wilson took the plunge: Roy Workman read the book... More...


7th January 2015

Adverts and Events: Updated!

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5th January 2015

Magazine: Buy Issue 129 - January 2015

Click for MoreEvery month, RealClassic magazine features old bike ridden in the real world - mostly here-and-now, but with an occasional backwards glance to then, too. Get your copy here...


2nd January 2015

Opinion: Famous Last Words 28: Hardly-Defined?

Click for MoreFrank Westworth says he's the same person regardless of whether he's riding a Norton, a BMW, or a Harley-Davidson. So why do people treat him differently depending on which old bike he's aboard? More...


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