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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...


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...


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...


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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: eyond 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

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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

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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

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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...


30th December 2014

News: Crimbo Quiz

Click for MoreAre you a whiz at quizzes? Do you have an extensive understanding of classic motorcycles and old bikes? Have you got nothing better to do for the next ten minutes?... More...


24th December 2014

Opinion: Classic Christmas Fiction: A Motorcyclist's Tale

Click for MoreAs has become traditional for the festive season, now's the time to settle down for a ripping yarn. Matt Swindlehurst tells a spooky motorcycling story... More...


22nd December 2014

Rides: Daisy's Photographic Diary

Click for MoreAs readers of the monthly magazine will know, author and adventurer Graham Ham has been out and about this year aboard his Triumph Speed Twin. Here he shares some of the highlights of his riding year... More...


19th December 2014

Opinion: Motorcycling in the 1960s

Click for MoreJames Styles started his biking life on a BSA Bantam and soon swapped it for a Gold Star. Perfect for commuting through the London traffic. Not! But who cared, back then? More...


17th December 2014

Bikes: Moto Morini 3 1/2: The Real Allegro

Click for MoreOwning Moto Morini's 350cc 'Three and a Half' v-twin always feels bright and cheerful, says Andrew Wegg as he picks gear teeth out of the sump and contemplates the bill for parts and labour... More...


15th December 2014

Bikes: 1985 BMW K75C

Click for MoreBack in the mid-1980s, BMW's three-cylinder 750 was the sensible option for the long-distance motorcyclist. Mark Holyoake suggests that it's now an easily affordable and extremely competent classic bike... More...


12th December 2014

Bikes: Panther Black Shadow

Click for MoreThe practice of borrowing a famous British name and attaching it to a bike built in the Far East has been going on for decades. Paul Bubear cut his motorcycling teeth on a two-stroke from Taiwan... More...


10th December 2014

Opinion: An Old-Time Tale

Click for MoreMatt Swindlehurst recalls a time of dirty carrots, dodging rugby practice, shooting a Lee Enfield rifle  oh, and there's a Matchless G3 in here somewhere, too... More...


8th December 2014

Bikes: BSA A10 Super Rocket

Click for MoreWhy are some classic bikes mysteriously faster than others? Dave Morris has a theory about his old and very rapid 650 twin...
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5th December 2014

Rides: Motorcycle Live at the NEC, 2014

Click for MoreRichard Jones went to the big bike bash at Birmingham's NEC, and discovered heaps of classic motorcycles, old and new...
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3rd December 2014

Adverts and Events: Updated!

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1st December 2014

Magazine: Buy Issue 128 - December 2014

Click for MoreWe like to finish the year on a high point, and are pretty chuffed with this issue of RealClassic magazine. It may not be big or particularly clever but it does have an awful lot of jolly interesting old motor cycles inside. Get your copy here...


28th November 2014

Rides: French Fixes

Click for MoreWhen you run a classic motorcycling holiday business in a remote area of France, you get called upon to fix all kinds of odd problems as Roger Nicholls explains... More...


26th November 2014

Rides: Vincents in the USA

Click for MoreIt's not often you get the chance to ride a Vincent outfit in America. Dave Johnson was given that chance. The only snag? He had to help build it first... More...


24th November 2014

Places to Go: The Lakeland Motor Museum, Cumbria

Click for MoreRoy Workman rediscovers some interesting classic motorcycles in an older motor vehicle collection which has relocated to better premises... More...


21st November 2014

Opinion: Famous Last Words 27: Cafe Racers, Bobbers and Baggers

Click for MoreAlways up for a debate about café cuisine, Frank Westworth ponders the subject of bobbers, baggers and café racers... More...


19th November 2014

Books: Donington: The Golden Years by Richard V Jones and Bob Zwarts

Click for MoreA chance find of an old album of photographs led to the publication of this book, which recalls the halcyon days of motorcycle racing at the Donington circuit... More...


17th November 2014

Rides: The Last Ride of Summer

Click for MoreThere's a lot to be said for riding old bikes at any time of year. But summer rides, for Roger Hicks, are something really special...
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14th November 2014

Bikes: Honda CB Two-Fifty, Part 2 - The Modifications

Click for MoreGlenn Wilkin was impressed by his little Honda commuter's frugal reliability, so he set about fettling its lights and chain lubing to make it even more practical and even less expensive... More...


12th November 2014

News: Ogri Book Needs Backers

Click for MoreThere's an extensive new anthology of Ogri's adventures in the publishing pipeline. The creative team behind this compendium of cartoons need crowd-funders to finance the project... More...


10th November 2014

Rides: Buying Classic Bikes - Part Three

Click for MoreStu Thomson has located a treasure trove of old Italian motorcycles, ready for restoration. Now he has to decides which one(s) to choose as his next project... More...


7th November 2014

Rides: National Motorcycle Museum LIVE

Click for More30 years ago, the bike museum at Brum opened its doors for the first time. Mike Jobson attended the initial opening and then the 30th anniversary open day... More...


5th November 2014

Bikes: Honda CB Two-Fifty, Part 1

Click for MoreGlen Wilkin bought a cheap commuter and found to his surprise that it wriggled its way into his affections. Does that mean the CB Two-Fifty can be considered a classic bike? He says so... More...


3rd November 2014

Magazine: Buy Issue 127 - November 2014

Click for MoreThe November issue of RealClassic spans half a century of classic motorcycling, from a vintage Vindec through to superbikes of the Seventies. Get your copy here...


31st October 2014

Rides: Classics on the Green at Lerryn, Cornwall

Click for MoreRick Howell discovered a crowd of classic motorcycles at the new Cornwall base for Bournemouth Bantams... More...


27th October 2014

News: Preview: National Motorcycle Museum LIVE - 1/11/14

Click for MoreThe Bike Museum at Brum hosts a classic biking bonanza on Sat-urday, with race stars on stage, a chance to win a Vin, try a bike, meet the experts, a whole lot more and FREE admission, too... More...


27th October 2014

Rides: Buying Classic Bikes - Part Two

Click for MoreStu Thomson is looking for his next classic project bike in its Italian homeland, hoping to grab a barn find bargain in reasonable condition... More...


24th October 2014

Bikes: Royal Enfield Continental GT Launch

Click for MoreIt was called the launch of a lifetime. James French celebrates 50 years since the Royal Enfield Continental was let loose upon an unsuspecting world... More...


22nd October 2014

Rides: The 2014 Banbury Run - Part Two

Click for MoreA much-delayed part two, in which Richard Jones delights in finding rare vintage motorcycles to photograph. This year he triumphed with a Magnat Debon and an Endurance, which tackled the daunting Sun Rising Hill alongside more familiar old bikes from Ariel, Rudge, Sunbeam, AJS et al... More...


20th October 2014

Rides: South of England RealClassic Bike Show

Click for MoreThe autumn Ardingly event hosted hundreds of handsome classic motorcycles. Here's a selection of snapshots showing some of the machines which went home as winners... More...


17th October 2014

Rides: Buying Classic Bikes - Part One

Click for MoreSometimes finding your next classic project bike isn't as simple as impulse-bidding on eBay. Stu Thomson goes on an Italian adventure... More...


15th October 2014

Books: Nev Mason: 100%, an Autobiography

Click for MoreA lifetime in motorcycling shared; from scrambling on big Brit singles in the Sixties to wheeler-dealing behind the Iron Curtain...
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13th October 2014

News: Hot Stuff At Stafford - 18/19 October 2014

Click for MoreIt's show-time once again! Make your way to Stafford for a champion weekend of classic motorcycles, classic motorcyclists, classic clubs and classic racers... More...


10th October 2014

Opinion: Famous Last Words 26: Historical Context

Click for MoreShould an article in a classic bike magazine discuss only the motorcycle and how it performs? Or should it attempt to place that machine in its historical context? Frank Westworth ponders such things... More...


8th October 2014

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6th October 2014

Magazine: Buy Issue 126 - October 2014

Click for MoreTo coincide with the Stafford Show, this issue of RealClassic magazine features British superbikes galore, an overlooked Japanese UJM, and the usual collection of old clunkers and outright oddities. Get your copy here...


3rd October 2014

News: South of England RealClassic Bike Show Preview

Click for MoreIf you're joining us at Ardingly on Sunday 12th October 2014, then you'll find plenty to admire and enjoy at the South of England Showground. Here's our list of Ten Things not to miss... More...


1st October 2014

Rides: Sammy Miller Museum, Part Two

Click for MoreRichard Jones discovered dozens of rare and interesting old bikes at the Miller Museum in Hampshire. Here's more of the classic motorcycle exotica he uncovered on a recent visit... More...


29th September 2014

Merchandise: Ride RealClassic Long-Sleeve Tee

Click for MoreNow that winter's coming, your arms are getting cold;
Here's a long-sleeve T-shirt, with some motorcycles that are old... More...


26th September 2014

Rides: Sleaford Historic Vehicle Show, 2014

Click for MoreThis friendly Lincolnshire event attracts two and three-wheeled classic bikes, more recent retros and even the odd scooter. Roy Workman reports... More...


24th September 2014

Bikes: BMW K100 Buyers Guide, Part 2

Click for MoreDave Simmons shares his thoughts on buying BMW's K100, an emerging classic occasionally known as the Flying Brick. This time; common faults and all-round advice... More...


22nd September 2014

Rides: Sammy Miller Museum, Part One

Click for MoreThere's so many interesting classic motorcycles at the Miller Museum in Hampshire that we couldn't cram them all into one article. So here's the first half of Richard Jones' recent tour... More...


19th September 2014

Rides: RC Ride-in to the National Motorcycle Museum

Click for MoreIt had been yonks since we'd visited the Bike Museum at Brum, so we arranged a day when RealClassic readers would be especially welcome. To our astonishment, the world and his dog joined us. Victor Garman shares his impressions of the day... More...


17th September 2014

Bikes: Ducati 250 Single Classic Racer

Click for MoreFive years ago racer Jerry Fiford bought a bevel-drive 250 Ducati and set about converting it to the perfect classic racer. Here's his story in pictures... More...


15th September 2014

Books: 'Motorcycling in the 1970s' by Richard Skelton

Click for MoreThis sprawling subject extends to five extensive volumes. Ieish Gamah gets to grips with an encyclopaedic miscellany of Seventies' motorcycling... More...


12th September 2014

Bikes: BMW K100 Buyers Guide, Part 1

Click for MoreDave Simmons shares his thoughts on buying BMW's K100, occasionally known as the Flying Brick. This time; an intro, and engines... More...


10th September 2014

Rides: The Isle of Man Classic TT 2014

Click for MoreThe Manx Grand Prix, Classic TT and Isle of Man Festival of Motor cycling are all rolled up into one big shebang at the end of summer. Henry Gregson shares his photographic highlights... More...


8th September 2014

Rides: Brackley Festival of Motorcycling

Click for MoreRichard Jones discovers classics of all kinds, traditional British bikes and new wave café racers, rubbing shoulders at this atmos-pheric town-centre show... More...


5th September 2014

Bikes: Triumph T100R Daytona: FrankenTriumph - Part 3

Click for MoreEpisode number three and rebuild number four for Andrew Wegg's classic Triumph 500 twin. Could it finally be sorted? Better not stray too far from home to start with... More...


3rd Spetember 2014

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1st September 2014

Magazine: Buy Issue 125 - September 2014

Click for MoreIn this month's magazine you'll find vintage and classic bikes from almost every era and all over the place, including a vintage AJS, Norton 750 superbike, BSA and Triumph 650 twins, an unusual Italian single and an extremely strange Sunbeam scooter. Get your copy here...


28th August 2014

Rides: Lytham Classic Vehicle Show 2014

Click for MoreThis annual classic show often features an interesting array of old motorcycles. Henry Gregson reports (and won a prize, too!)... More...


26th August 2014

News: Netley Marsh Eurojumble 2014

Click for MoreThe huge two-day autojumble on the south coast returns at the start of September; the ideal opportunity to clear out your own shed, and then fill it up again... More...


22nd August 2014

Bikes: Classic Choice: BMW R90/6 or Moto Guzzi 850T3

Click for MoreWhich 1970's sports-tourer would you want to call your own, given the choice of a pair of Continental classics? We're talking big twins: one boxer, one V-twin, both shaft drive. If you could own either, then which one would you want in your shed?... More...


20th August 2014

Merchandise: Buy A RealClassic Binder

Click for MoreNo need to leave magazines cluttering up the kitchen table. Keep your collection of RealClassic magazines under control with one of our smart and sophisticated binders... More...


18th August 2014

Rides: International West Kent Run 2014

Click for MoreDave Blanchard enjoyed an extended five-day weekend with the VMCC, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the International West Kent Run... More...


15th August 2014

Opinion: Famous Last Words 25: The Solo Motorcyclist

Click for MoreMotorcycling is a sociable activity, especially classic motorcycling. So inevitably Frank Westworth rides alone... More...


13th August 2014

Bikes: 1921 Unibus Scooter

Click for MoreA technological wonder of its day, the Unibus scooter aimed to combine the convenience of a car with the flexibility of a bike. Mike Webster's 1921 Unibus is now on display for all to admire... More...


6th August 2014

News: Classic Motorcycle News

Click for MoreIn this newsround: driving licence fees are set to fall, save money on classic bike insurance, a new autojumble auction in Kent in September, classic racing, historic camping, and more... More...


5th August 2014

Adverts and Events: Updated!

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4th August 2014

Magazine: Buy Issue 124 - August 2014

Click for MoreThree Triumph motorcycles are featured in this month's magazine, but not one of them is a twin. Two alternative V-twins also make an appearance; one Hesketh and one Moto Guzzi, and a whole heap of other classic bikes. Get your copy here...


1st August 2014

Bikes & Rides: Cotton Centenary 2014

Click for MoreCotton motorcycles have a remarkable history, and the owners' club celebrates the marque's centenary this year. Richard Jones reports the firm's outstanding successes over the course of a century... More...


30th July 2014

Rides: The Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run 2012 - Part 5

Click for MoreAfter 16 days on the road, Ian Lihou and his team reach the end of the 3000-mile Cannonball Run across America. Will their vintage 1925 Invincible make it to the finish line under its own steam? More...


28th July 2014

Bikes: 1978 BMW R80/7

Click for MoreDerek Reynolds recalls his time (and 210,000 miles) with a not-so baby Boxer. Classic courier, terrific tourer, slightly soulless? More...


25th July 2014

News: Ones To Win

Click for MoreWould you like a classic new bike? Or a new classic bike? They're being given away all over the place at the moment. Here are four - ranging from a Vin twin to a Matchless single to a Triumph Bonneville. All up for grabs in various competitions... More...


23rd July 2014

Bikes: Viscount 1000 Special

Click for MoreEric Patterson already holds several world speed records. This year he returns to the Bonneville salt flats with a new (old) bike, a Vincent-powered Manx Norton special. And he's aiming to claim another hat-trick of titles... More...


21st July 2014

Rides: Mallory Bike Bonanza

Click for MoreAlthough the VMCC didn't run their usual Festival this year, there was still a classic bike bonanza at Mallory Park. Richard Jones enjoyed photographing some awesome old bikes in action... More...


18th July 2014

Classic Clubs: Witley and District MCC

Click for MoreCelebrating its 90th anniversary in 2014, the Witley and District MCC is one of the oldest motorcycle clubs in south-east England to be affiliated to the ACU. But the roots of the Witley MCC extend back much further, to the start of the 1920s... More...


16th July 2014

Books: A Rough Ride by Hugh Neems

Click for MoreThere are many publications timed to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War a century ago. This one, unusually, gives an insight into a motorcycle despatch rider's life... More...


14th July 2014

Bikes: BSA A7 or Norton Model 7

Click for MoreIn the early 1950s, both BSA and Norton produced 500cc twins with tele forks and plunger suspension. Given the choice, which of the pair would you choose to own today? We asked RealClassic readers to explain their reasoning... More...


11th July 2014

Rides: Graham Ham's Giant Shed Quest

Click for MoreA sunny day in July turned out to be the perfect moment for a RealClassic motorcycle ride-around. Richard Jones met up with members of the RC Crew at Andy Tiernan's giant shed.. More...


9th July 2014

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7th July 2014

Magazine: Buy Issue 123 - July 2014

Click for MoreBig twins abound in the July issue of RealClassic; beefy classic bikes built in Britain, Italy and even America. Plus a couple of lightweights for fans of smaller motorcycles. Get your copy here...


4th July 2014

Opinion: Testing Times: NBT

Click for MoreBorrowing classic bikes to feature in a magazine is usually a hoot. However, you don't always want to take the test bike home with you, as Rowena Hoseason reveals... More...


2nd July 2014

Books: Crazy Odge: Confessions of an Esoteric Engineer

Click for MoreBike builder, demon scribbler and so much more, Odgie celebrates one of those 'special' birthdays this year. And to commemorate the moment, he's written an autobiography... More...


30th June 2014

Rides: The 216 Longest Day Ride, 2014

Click for MoreEvery year, a group of agreeable riders celebrate the longest day on June 21st or thereabout by exploring the byways of Cornwall (and even Devon on occasion). RichardH reports a bumper turn-out this time around... More...


27th June 2014

Opinion: Famous Last Words 24: Tyres And Their Motorcycles

Click for MoreClassic motorcycle tyres; does your choice depend on pride or prejudice? Frank Westworth is bewildered as always... More...


25th June 2014

Rides: The 2014 Banbury Run - Part One

Click for MoreRichard Jones delights in finding rare vintage motorcycles to photograph, and this year he triumphed with a Magnat Debon and an Endurance, which tackled the daunting Sun Rising Hill alongside more familiar old bikes from Ariel, Rudge, Sunbeam, AJS et al... More...


23rd June 2014

Rides: The Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run 2012 - Part 4

Click for MoreIan Lihou and his team have been on the road for 10 days, aiming to complete the 3000-mile coast-to-coast Cannonball Run on a 1925 Invincible. Mechanical disaster comes close to ending their excursion... More...


20th June 2014

News: ShedQuest 2014

Click for MoreGraham Ham will shortly be setting off aboard his Triumph Speed Twin, on an epic quest to visit the classic bike sheds of the British isles. But why?... More...


18th June 2014

Bikes: Hesketh 24 Update

Click for MoreThe very first limited-edition Hesketh 24 has been revealed. The full story will appear in the monthly magazine, but here's a sneak preview for you... More...


16th June 2014

Rides: Mad Mike's Classic Gathering

Click for MoreOld bikes and new bikes, old friends and new friends. An excuse for a ride, an excuse for a chinwag, maybe just an excuse to escape to the pub. Martin Gelder needed no excuse to ride to a pub car park in the middle of Leicestershire... More...


13th June 2014

Rides: BMF Show 2014

Click for MoreRoy Workman mans a stand at one of the busiest motorcycling events of the summer season, and enjoys a day of mixed motorcycling in surprising sunshine... More...


11th June 2014

News: Indian Scout Designer Honoured by Dublin Plaque

Click for MoreFew folk know that the iconic Indian Scout and Indian Chief models were designed by an expat Irishman who was Ireland's first big international star of motorcycle racing. A group of Dubliners unveiled a plaque dedicated to the life and achievements of Ireland's unsung hero... More...


9th June 2014

Rides: Rose of the Shires Run 2014

Click for MoreThe Sunbeam MCC's annual run featured legions of vintage motorcycles built before 1931. Richard Jones photographed his favourites... More...


6th June 2014

Magazine: RealClassic Magazine Reader Survey

Click for MoreDo you read the monthly RealClassic magazine? If so, the RC Crew would appreciate your feedback - and there are cash prizes as an added incentive.. More...


4th June 2014

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2nd June 2014

Magazine: Buy Issue 122 - June 2014

Click for MoreAn eclectic collection of classic motorcycles awaits your reading pleasure in this month's RealClassic magazine, including an Ariel Square, two-strokes from Greeves, Suzuki and Kawasaki, Enfield's Meteor Minor, a much-modded Vincent Comet and heaps more. Get your copy here...


30th May 2014

Opinion: Famous Last Words 23: This Is How It Starts

Click for MoreHow do you turn a used bike into a classic bike, asks Frank Westworth? It's easy. Decide that you want to buy one... More...


28th May 2014

Rides: VMCC British Historic Racing: Anglesey, April 2014

Click for MoreA dry but windy Anglesey circuit greeted the British Historic Racing brigade for the first round of the VMCC's 2014 season of classic motorcycle racing... More...


26th May 2014

News: Old Bike Newsround

Click for MoreThe merry month of May brings all sorts for classic bike enthusiasts: Phil Read MBE signing his autobiography; a two-stroke retro sidecar outfit; the toughest riding jeans in the universe; uprated electrics for Britbikes, and how to get on track at the Mallory Bike Bonanza... More...


23rd May 2014

Rides: Nippy Newstead - The 38th All British Rally

Click for MoreFrost and fire and fabulous rock and roll; Nigel Green reports on an Australian rally where the prizes only go to bikes that take part in the Saturday ride-out... More...


21st May 2014

News: RC Ride-In to the NMM

Click for MoreThe National Motorcycle Museum celebrates its 30th anniversary in November - but we're starting the celebrations early with an exclusive event for RealClassic magazine subscribers on Wednesday 10th September... More...


19th May 2014

Bikes: Moto Morini 350K Sport - Snap, Crackle, Pop

Click for MoreThat's snapping castings, crackling exhausts and popping fuses. Martin Gelder's Moto Morini cafe racer is almost ready for cartridge emulators to improve the Marzocchi front suspension... More...


16th May 2014

Opinion: Famous Last Words 22: MoT or NoT

Click for MoreClassic bikes built before 1960 no longer need an annual mechanical inspection. Frank Westworth isn't certain this is entirely sensible... More...


14th May 2014

Rides: The Wolds Bike Run, 2014

Click for MoreRoy Workman discovered a multi-purpose event: a bike run, classic motorcycle concours displays, model aeroplanes, an aviation museum and an Avro Lancaster in action... More...


12th May 2014

News: H&H Duxford Auction, 2014

Click for MoreRichard Jones attends a classic motorcycle auction and is astonished when the bidding rises higher on a Bond Bug than on a cammy Norton International... More...


9th May 2014

Rides: The 2014 Pioneer Run

Click for MoreRichard Jones encountered nearly 400 century-old motorcycles which tackled the 40 mile course from London to Brighton this year. Here are his highlights... More...


7th May 2014

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5th May 2014

Magazine: Buy Issue 121 - April 2014

Click for MoreIn this month's RealClassic magazine, owners share their exper-iences about running, riding and rebuilding all kinds of classic bikes, from Laverda triples to British lightweight two-strokes, military Harleys to Velocette singles. Get your copy here...


2nd May 2014

Rides: Stafford Classic Motorcycle Show, April 2014

Click for MoreThe biggest classic motorcycle show in the country featured hundreds of stunning machines. RealClassic's roving reporters selected some of the more unusual old bikes for you to admire... More...


30th April 2014

Books: The Rupert Ratio BSA Unit Single Manual Vol 2

Click for MoreThe ultimate, multi-part manual for BSA unit-construction single-cylinder classics is nearing completion. This instalment covers absolutely everything apart from the engine... More...


28th April 2014

Rides: The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

Click for MoreLast autumn, Duncan Cooper experienced the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride, and suggests you should start preparing your dapper self for the 2014 occasion... More...


25th April 2014

Books: Greeves: The Complete Story by Colin Sparrow

Click for MoreRC contributor Colin Sparrow has been quiet for a while, busy compiling his extensive marque history about Greeves motorcycles. There's precious little Greeves information generally available, so this book will be a boon to owners and enthusiasts... More...


22nd April 2014

Bikes: BSA A10 Buying Guide

Click for MoreIf you're looking for a traditional Britbike, then BSA's pre-unit 650 twin is an obvious choice. Built between 1950 and 1963, there's an A10 for almost every occasion. Family transport, cheap as chips, fast classic or collector's item. You choose... More...


18th April 2014

News: Stafford Show Preview

Click for MoreThere's just time to prebook your tickets for this month's giant classic bike show at Stafford - the £3 you save on admission will just about cover the price of a cup of coffee to deliver to the RealClassic stand.. More...


16th April 2014

Rides: Prescott Bike Festival 2014

Click for MoreThe Prescott Festival and hill climb features classic bikes of all ages being ridden by keen riders of all ages. Richard Jones reports... More...


14th April 2014

Rides: The Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run 2012 - Part 3

Click for MoreAfter several frustrating days on the 3000-mile coast-to-coast classic motorcycle Cannonball Run, Ian Lihou's team decide it was time to transform their vintage outfit into a solo... More...


11th April 2014

Bikes: 2014 Indian Chieftain Riding Impression

Click for MoreThe new retro-styled Indian V-twin breaks new ground and recalls old ambitions. Roger Slater reports his first impressions of the all-new Indian Chieftain... More...


9th April 2014

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7th April 2014

Magazine: Buy Issue 120 - April 2014

Click for MoreTo celebrate the tenth anniversary of RealClassic magazine, issue 120 features an especially eclectic collection of classic bikes, ranging from BMW to Vincent. All yours for a smidgen over three quid... Get your copy...


4th April 2014

Rides: South of England RealClassic Show

Click for MoreWhat a whopper! The classic motorcycle show season gets off to a splendid start with the best-ever old bike event at Ardingly...
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2nd April 2014

Books: Triumph Experimental by Mick Duckworth

Click for MoreEven now, more untold tales of the original British bike industry still surface. This hardback book focuses on the efforts of Doug Hele and his Meriden development team in the late 1960s and early 70s... More...


31st March 2014

Bikes: Royal Enfield Bullet Electra EFI 500 on Tour

Click for MoreNick Adams took an Enfield Electra on a two week tour of the UK in March. The bike performed rather better than he expected. The British weather, however... More...


28th March 2014

Opinion: Famous Last Words 21: Preserving Patina

Click for MoreRestoration, Renovation, Recreation? Frank Westworth has been listening to folk at classic bike shows again. He'll never learn... More...


26th March 2014

Classic Clubs: West Kent section of the VMCC

Click for MoreThe West Kent section is one of the busiest sections in the VMCC, says Dave Blanchard, and it organises as many (or more) events and activities than the average independent vintage or classic motorcycle club... More...


24th March 2014

News: South of England RealClassic Show Preview

Click for MoreWe'll be making tracks for Ardingly on Sunday 30th March and we'd be chuffed to see you there. Remember to show your RealClassic Club card at the gate, because magazine subscribers only pay a fiver to get in... More...


21st March 2014

Rides: The Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run 2012 - Part 2

Click for MoreIan Lihou has travelled from Australia to America to accompany the 3000-mile coast-to-coast classic motorcycle Cannonball Run. But while his team's machine is ready to roll, Ian himself doesn't have any transport... More...


19th March 2014

News: Classic Bike News - March 2014

Click for MoreGood news for owners of BSA unit singles or Velos fitted with Miller electrics; plus details of where you can see Foggy and Jamie on stage in May, and a chance to see classic Japanese motorcycles on track at Donington... More...


17th March 2014

Techniques: Carb Balancing with Vacuum Gauges

Click for MoreTransform your juddering and shuddering classic bike into a smooth performer. Always a sucker for a workshop gadget, Martin Gelder presents a balanced approach to carburettor set-up using vacuum dial gauges... More...


14th March 2014

Bikes: AJS Model 18 / Matchless G80 - 500cc Single Buying Guide

Click for MoreIf you're looking for a traditional British single-cylinder classic motorcycle, then the AMC 500s are charming old chuffers which happen to be excellent value... More...


12th March 2014

News: Star Riders Rev Up

Click for MorePast masters, Grand Prix heroes, world champions and TT winners will be appearing at various events in the UK this summer. Classic riders can join them on track, too... More...


10th March 2014

Riding Kit: Bargain Kevlar Jeans

Click for MoreBlue jeans, black leather jacket; classic motorcycle riding gear. Martin Gelder explores the more protective but less pricey alternatives to the traditional denim jeans.. More...


7th March 2014

Bikes: Coventry-Eagle Silent Superb

Click for MoreIn the era of austerity motorcycling, Coventry-Eagle claimed they had the goods in the shape of their remarkable Silent Superb two-stroke.. More...


5th March 2014

Adverts and Events: Updated!

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3rd March 2014

Magazine: Buy Issue 119 - March 2014

Click for MoreThis month in RealClassic magazine: a scintillating selection of British and Continental classic bikes being ridden, rebuilt and reviewed by the people who own them. Oh, and a T500, too... Get your copy...


28th February 2014

Rides: The Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run 2012

Click for MoreA team from Australia take a 1925 vintage motorcycle outfit to America to compete in the 3000-mile coast-to-coast Cannonball Run. Ian Lihou explains how it all started... More...


26th February 2014

Rides: Excel London Motorcycle Show 2014

Click for MoreRichard Jones risked a trip to the big smoke and was pleasantly surprised by what he discovered in Docklands this time around... More...


24th February 2014

News: Classic Racing - South African TT Revival

Click for MoreA Scot wins hands-down in South Africa's classic TT tribute series. Mind you, his 1981 Motul Suzuki XR69 did have something of a horsepower advantage. Ian Groat and Dave Abrahams explain... More...


21st February 2014

Opinion: Famous Last Words 20: Emerging Classics

Click for MoreWhy do so many of us apparently need to categorise everything? Frank Westworth is bemused by the notion of an emerging classic... More...


20th February 2014

News: Mallory Classic Bike Fest Confirmed - 12/13 July

Click for MoreMany classic motorcycle enthusiasts were deeply disappointed when the VMCC decided not to run their usual Festival of 1000 Bikes in 2014. But all's not lost: the new management at Mallory Park are on the case... More...


18th February 2014

News: Classic Bike News

Click for MoreOur inbox is bursting with interesting announcements including two separate shows in Scotland; two charity rides; a stack of centrestands; a call for Comerfords' Cubs, and a new home for BMS books. Oh, and Beezumph is back! More...


17th February 2014

Bikes: Norton Commando

Click for MoreOut of the archive comes a 15 year old story, in which Norman Ireland relates how he bought his first classic British bike...
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14th February 2014

Rides: Coventry Transport Museum

Click for MoreRichard Jones visits the heartland of the original British bike industry and discovers some rare old beasts in a city-centre setting...
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12th February 2014

Books: Classic Motorcycle Book News and Reviews

Click for MoreWe have new books about old bikes and old books about old bikes coming out of our ears. Oh, and the chance to grab a signed copy of the original Daisy's Diaries... More...


10th February 2014

Bikes: 1979 BMW R100RT

Click for MoreMost riders have nothing but good things to say about air-head BMW Boxers. However, Doug Almond's experiences haven't been completely positive... More...


7th February 2014

News: Norton Motorcycles star at the South African TT Revival

Click for MoreA four-day classic motorcycle track festival in South Africa features top riders from the UK, and a selection of new Norton motorcycles reports Ian Groat... More...


5th February 2014

Adverts and Events: Updated!

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3rd February 2014

Magazine: Buy Issue 118 - February 2014

Click for MoreFans of three-wheelers enjoy a special treat with 22 pages of sidecars in this special issue, but we don't skimp on the two-wheeled classics either, featuring a Scott, a Sportster and two types of Triumph Bonneville. Get your copy...


31st January 2014

News: Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show Preview

Click for MoreScrape the frost off your saddle and join the RealClassic Crew at the Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show on February 8th and 9thr... More...


29th January 2014

News: Thundersprint Entries Open

Click for MoreOne major track event has been cancelled this year, but there are other opportunity to ride your classic bike around a racetrack. Enter now for the Thundersprint at Darley Moor... More...


27th January 2014

Bikes: Skyteam ACE 125

Click for MoreWe admit it. When Dave Morris told us he was buying a Chinese 125 classic-a-like, we couldn't resist a tiny little bit of sneering. So far, however, Dave reckons it's been not-much-money well spent... More...


24th January 2014

Books: 'Vincent Motorcycles since 1955, the continuing story' by David Wright

Click for MoreJacqueline Bickerstaff, acknowledged expert on HRD-Vincent and an author on the subject herself, finds plenty to fascinate in this new hardback... More...


22nd January 2014

Bikes: Royal Enfield Electra-XS Modification - Part 2

Click for MoreStephen Herbert bought one of the last carburettor-equipped Enfield 500 singles. He's previously upgraded it, and now puts those modifications to the test on a trip to the Isle of Man... More...


20th January 2014

Rides: 2014 Newark Winter Classic

Click for MoreThe first show of the season survived deluge and downpours to deliver five halls full of classic roadbikes and racers, sidecars, scooters and evening entertainment. Roy Workman reports... More...


17th January 2014

Bikes: A year with a Harley-Davidson Sportster

Click for MoreSkulls and flames, Torx fasteners and perished rubber. Martin Gelder reflects on twelve months of XL1200S Sportster Sport ownership... More...


15th January 2014

News: 2014 VMCC Festival of 1000 Bikes Cancelled

Click for MoreFollowing management changes at Mallory Park circuit, the Vintage Motor Cycle Club have decided not to run the Festival of 1000 Bikes this year... More...


15th January 2014

Books: San Fairy Ann, Motorcycles and British Victory by Michael Carragher

Click for MoreOne oft-overlooked aspect of the First World War was the role played by the despatch rider. Dave Minton recommends an exten-sive book on this very subject... More...


13th January 2014

Rides: 2014 Stony Stratford Vintage Car and Motorcycle Gathering

Click for MoreRichard Jones braved floods, downpours, cats, dogs and stair-rods to photograph this get-together of hardy souls, celebrating the New Year.. More...


10th January 2014

Opinion: Famous Last Words 19: A Sociable Activity?

Click for MoreEveryone should be more sociable. Riding a classic motorcycle is a sociable activity. We're told. Frank Westworth's ears have become very bent... More...


8th January 2014

Rides: Ruinerwold Oldtimer Day, 2013

Click for MoreIf you're planning an overseas excursion, Phil Speakman recommends this classic motorcycle rally in The Netherlands. An easy ride aboard a 1956 Adler... More...


6th January 2014

Magazine: Buy Issue 117 - January 2014

Click for MoreNew year: same old bikes. Actually, some very different old bikes appear in this month's RealClassic magazine, real rarities like a 350 AMC trialsbike, Enfield's first 500 twin, Kawasaki's 250 SG, Triumph's TT flat-tracker, the Egli Vin and a one-off Norton Dominator. Get your copy...


2nd January 2014

Festive Fiction: Midnight at Packhorse Bridge, Part 2

Click for MoreIt was a dark and stormy night at the very end of the year. Roy Warren completes his story as midnight approaches and Eddie, our hero, has just been knocked unconscious... More...


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