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1st September 2014

Magazine: Buy Issue 125 - August 2015

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...


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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

Adverts and Events: Updated!

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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...


31st December 2013

Adverts and Events: Updated!

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27th December 2013

Festive Fiction: Midnight at Packhorse Bridge

Click for MoreIt was a dark and stormy night at the very end of the year. Roy Warren tells a tall tale which vaguely involves an old motorcycle... More...


24th December 2013

Christmas: Classic Bike Carol

Click for MoreJust when you thought you'd avoided the carol singers, Paul Goff presents the Twelve Days Of Classic Biking Christmas... More...


23rd December 2013

Bikes: 1972 French Advancer

Click for MoreRealClassic reader Paul Ralph is looking for more information about an unusual rotary engined special built in the early 1970s. Or maybe even the bike itself... More...


20th December 2013

News: 2014 Newark CBG Winter Classic Preview

Click for MorePlanning on spannering through the cold winter months? The Winter Classic show at Newark is the perfect place to stock up on spares while you take in the sights... More...


18th December 2013

Books: Motorcycling: An Illustrated Social History, by Roger Fogg

Click for MoreA high quality hardback review of motorcycling from 1910 through to 1969, showcasing half a century of British bikes and the people who rode them... More...


16th December 2013

News: 2014 Classic Motorcycle Calendars

Click for MoreThe end (of 2013) is nigh. Here's how to keep track of 2014, and celebrate your enthusiasm for classic bikes all year round...
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13th December 2013

Bikes: Norman B3 and B4 Sport

Click for MoreWe featured a Norman twin back in the July issue of RealClassic magazine. Turns out, plenty of RC readers have experience of these Villiers-powered two-stroke classics, too... More...


11th December 2013

Riding Kit: Waterproof Motorcycle Clothing

Click for MoreIt's winter, so it must be time to talk about staying warm and dry. Three RC regulars discuss the pros and cons of modern riding gear... More...


9th December 2013

News: Motorcycle Art

Click for MoreImmortalise your P&J in a painting - and claim a 10% discount if you subscribe to RealClassic magazine. Classic Motorcycle Art from Talana Gamah... More...


6th December 2013

Rides: The Classics at Motorcycle Live, NEC 2013

Click for MoreAt a show which is supposed to be all about modern motorcycles, our man Richard Jones found a whole heap of interesting classic bikes to keep him (and you) entertained... More...


4th December 2013

Magazine: Buy Issue 116 - December 2013

Click for MoreThis month RealClassic magazine features classic bikes from Britain, Italy, America and the Czech Republic. Two-strokes, four-strokes; twins, triples and sporty singles. Get your copy...


2nd December 2013

Bikes: Hesketh 24

Click for MoreFirst Triumph, then Norton, then Brough Superior and now Hesketh. Another famous name from British motorcycling is being brought back to life in the shape of the 'Hesketh 24', a 120bhp two-litre V-twin... More...


2nd December 2013

Adverts and Events: Updated!

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29th November 2013

Rides: Motorcycle Live, NEC 2013

Click for MoreA tale of two Indians. And two Yamahas, and a Harley. And some other new motorbikes. Martin Gelder brings us the NEC show in pictures.. More...


27th November 2013

Books: Far Horizons by Andrew Earnshaw

Click for MoreIf you're going to ride around the world in instalments, then America would seem like a fairly safe place to start. Rowena Hoseason reads all about it... More...


25th November 2013

Opinion: Trade Tales: Paul Goff

Click for MoreWe all know what it's like to browse the trade stalls at classic bike shows. But what's life like on the other side of the trestle table? Paul Goff shares a working weekend in the life of an autojumbler... More...


22nd November 2013

Bikes: 1980 MZ TS250/1

Click for MoreSome people say old MZs are second-class classics. Mark Holyoake says they're missing out on a good motorcycle..
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20th November 2013

News: VMCC Classic Motorcycle Events in 2014

Click for MoreThere's still more than a month of 2013 to run, but already the Vintage Motor Cycle Club have a packed schedule planned for 2014. Plenty of time to get your classic pride and joy prepared!... More...


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18th November 2013

Rides: Classic Motorcycle Show, NEC 2013

Click for MoreFrom NSU to FS1E, from Norton Sidecar to Motorsport BMW; Richard Jones visits this weekend's Classic Motorcycle Show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham... More...


15th November 2013

Opinion: Famous Last Words 18: Cooling Camaraderie?

Click for MoreNot all verbal exchanges need to be disagreements. Frank Westworth has been talking with other riders and wonders whether they're as friendly as they used to be... More...


13th November 2013

Magazine: Special Offers

Click for MoreRealClassic magazine back issues, bundled into themed collections for your delectation at a truly dazzlingly low price: Classic Italians, BSAs Abound, Ariel Offer, Triumph Twins...


11th November 2013

Rides: Cotswold Motoring Museum

Click for MoreRoy Workman first visited this museum nearly two decades ago. He dropped back in to find some added attractions alongside the classic bikes and cars.. More...


8th November 2013

Bikes: BMW R100RS - Monolever

Click for MoreRichard Crompton clocked up 75,000 miles on his airhead Boxer in the 1990s. These days, he's kinda pining after another one...
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6th November 2013

Rides: Norton Challenge Revisited

Click for MoreA couple of years ago, we challenged RC readers to visit anywhere named 'Norton' and grab a snap or two. Now Roy Smith has taken the challenge to the next level... More...


4th November 2013

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4th November 2013

Magazine: Buy Issue 115 - November 2013

Click for MoreBritbikes abound in the new issue of RC with tales of Triumph twins and the final incarnation of the Cub; Matchless big singles, a vintage JAP and the new Enfield café racer. Plus two very different types of Moto Guzzi and an unusual reaction to the Honda VFR. Get your copy...


1st November 2013

Bikes: 1951 Royal Enfield 500 Twin

Click for MoreBack in the day, Colin Evans enjoyed some entertaining experiences with an early Enfield 500 twin. Just how did the final drive chain end up in the oil tank?... More...


28th October 2013

Bikes: Sunbeam S8 Special

Click for MoreBuying an unfamiliar classic bike always involves a certain amount of risk. When Ian Spinney suffered a bad case of buyer's regret, he came up with a novel solution to his situation... More...


27th October 2013

Bikes: Jawa Classic and the Gearchange/Kickstart Mystery Explained

Click for MoreA new Retro model joins the Jawa two-stroke range: the perfect moment to explain how the classic motorcycle marque came to adopt its unusual kickstart/gearchange arrangement... More...


25th October 2013

News: Buyer's Eye at the Stafford Show

Click for MoreWhile the big spenders were bidding £1.3million in the auction at the Stafford Show last weekend, RealClassic's roving reporter sniffed around some of the less obvious classic bikes for sale... More...


23rd October 2013

Classic Clubs: Clubmans' Corner

Click for MoreOwners' clubs and enthusiast groups are the best place to find expert advice and like-minded motorcyclists who share your particular passion. Here's news from just a few of the dozens of classic bike clubs out there... More...


21st October 2013

Bikes: Suzuki GR650 'Tempter'

Click for MoreIn the mid-1980s, Suzuki built their interpretation of the traditional British bike: an air-cooled 650 twin. As Paul Shiel has discovered, with a few tweaks, it's still really rather good... More...


18th October 2013

Bikes: 1977 BMW R80/7 - Parts 2 and 3 Restored from the Archive

Click for MoreTwo long missing tales of bouncing, leaking, wallowing but not charging BMW 'fun' from Martin Gelder, restored from the old file archive and finally back in place. More... and even More...


16th October 2013

Bikes: Yamaha YDS3

Click for MoreThis nifty classic 250 went down a storm in the 1960s, and four of them are due to go under the hammer this weekend...
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14th October 2013

News: 2013 Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show Preview

Click for MoreThe autumn Stafford Show is one of the year's most entertaining classic bike events. Here are some of the highlights you should look out for... More...


11th October 2013

Books: Motocross on AIR! by Ian Berry

Click for MoreThis book will be launched at the Stafford Show on October 19th 2013, on the Panther Publishing stand, with superstar riders including Dave Bickers, Jeff Smith, John Banks, Bryan Goss, Dave Nicoll and Alan Clough in attendance. But even if you miss that event, you can still enjoy their exploits in print... More...


9th October 2013

Rides: Celebration of the Motorcycle, Del Mar, San Diego

Click for MoreRealClassic regular Nolan Woodbury took his camera to the Celebration of the Motorcycle at Del Mar, San Diego, and certainly found plenty of classic bikes to celebrate... More...


8th October 2013

News: South of England RealClassic Show Preview - This Sunday

Click for MoreThe autumn show seasons gets underway at Ardingly, where we expect to see hundreds of captivating classic bikes including an Atlas Scrambler, two MV Agusta GP racers, an original and unrestored 1920 Ajay and masses more... More...


7th October 2013

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4th October 2013

Opinion: Famous Last Words 17: Original and Unrestored

Click for MoreA little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Silence is golden. Frank Westworth ponders a cliché-ridden life and concours cults...
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2nd October 2013

Magazine: Buy Issue 114 - October 2013

Click for MoreThe October issue comes over international with articles on a BMW R90S, Laverda GTL twin, and Kawasaki Z750. But to keep things Britishly balanced, you'll also find BSA's Bantam and M20, Cottons aplenty, Scott's Squirrel, Enfield's Bullet and a big Norton single inside, too. Get your copy...


30th September 2013

Rides: Compass Challenge Revisited

Click for MoreA couple of years back intrepid Real Classic Riders ventured to the four points of the compass, looking for adventure or whatever came their way. Usually followed by a full English breakfast. Roy Smith reignites the challenge, with a rhyming twist... More...


27th September 2013

Bikes: Honda C90 and C92 Benly 125

Click for MoreHonda's early four-stroke twins were exceptionally advanced for their era and reflected the progress being made in production manufacturing back at the factory. A couple of interesting examples go under the hammer at auction this autumn... More...


25th September 2013

Rides: Darley Moor Thunderfest 2013

Click for MoreClassic motorcycle riders made haste smoothly to take top honours at this timed trial of riding skill and expertise... More...


23rd September 2013

News: Classic Bike News

Click for MoreThe classic racing season draws to a close and the shopping season looms on the horizon. Oh, and do you wanna win a free trip to the Isle of Man?... More...


20th September 2013

Bikes: Ambassador Supreme

Click for MoreNot all small capacity classic bikes were built as low-cost budget bikes. This two-stroke tiddler was intended to be the aristocrat of the road... More...


18th September 2013

Rides: Sleaford Historic Car & Motorcycle Show 2013

Click for MoreAt the Sleaford Show, the public decide which classic bikes win the prizes. Roy Workman enjoyed the event and cast his own votes... More...


16th September 2013

Bikes: Royal Enfield Continental GT

Click for MoreWe rode the new 535cc Continental GT last week and it'll be featured in full in RealClassic magazine next month. While you're waiting for that roadtest, here's the background info about this all-new café racer... More...


13th September 2013

Bikes: Ducati Sebring 350

Click for MoreBack in 1968, Dave Minton took a test ride on Ducati's touring overhead cam 350. Being DLM, his version of a quick spin took him from one end of the UK to the other... More...


11th September 2013

News: The London Motorcycle Museum Out and About

Click for MoreThere's only one motorcycle museum in London - and during the summer of 2013, exhibits from the London Motorcycle Museum have been seen all over the country.. More...


9th September 2013

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6th September 2013

Rides: Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival 2013

Click for MoreRichard Jones attends a new event at Donington, and discovers several classic bikes which aren't actually red and Italian (as well as quite a few which are both of the above)... More...


4th September 2013

Magazine: Buy Issue 113 - September 2013

Click for MoreAs usual, the monthly RealClassic magazine features a bunch of brilliant Britbikes interspersed with international exotica - plus! the return of Graham and Daisy for one issue only. All this for just three quid. Get your copy...


2nd September 2013

Bikes: Norton Singles Snapshot - A Buying Guide

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...


30th August 2013

News: Classic Bike News

Click for MoreIn the world of classic motorcycles at the moment, Lampy need your help to ride to Lerwick; Jim Redman will be at Darley Moor next year; Harris pipes are back for Big Zeds; the sun shines in the New Forest, and we have a solution for club magazine editors who may be tearing their hair out... More...


28th August 2013

Rides: Classic Motorcycle Club 1000 Bike Show

Click for MoreA Ducati GTS fires up for the first time in 30 years at this classic motorcycle event in South Africa, to the delight of over 5000 spectators. Roger Houghton reports... More...


26th August 2013

Places to Go: National Technical Museum, Prague

Click for MoreIf we say 'Czech Republic', you'll probably reply 'Jawa and CZ two strokes', but the land of the Czechs and Slovaks has a fascinating history of between-the-wars motorcycle production. Martin Gelder unearthed some real classics in Prague... More...


23rd August 2013

Opinion: Riding Reminiscences 3

Click for MoreBack in the day, the young lads of The Paddock weren't averse to a quick sprint to demonstrate their riding prowess. Ian Caswell remembers ones particular evening when things got a tiny little bit competitive... More...


21st August 2013

Rides: VMCC Founders Day 2013

Click for MoreThe theme for this year's classic motorcycling extravaganza celebrated BMW's 90th anniversary. Handily, Richard Jones even owns a bike of the marque... More...


19th August 2013

Opinion: Racing Days at Mocheck, Part 3

Click for MoreJohn Ryan shares a final selection of his classic motorcycling photographic memories from the days when South London dealer Mocheck developed competitive production racers... More...


16th Augst 2013

Opinion: Famous Last Words 16: Anti-Sumping Valves

Click for MoreWhat's the best way to stop oil draining into the sump of your old British bike? Phone up Frank Westworth and ask him...
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14th August 2013

Rides: End 2 End Slowly, Part 3

Click for MorePhil Speakman and his 38 year old MZ complete a charity ride aboard small capacity, low powered motorcycles from one end of the UK to the other. The final stage was frankly scary... More...


12th August 2013

Bikes: AJS Model 31 CSR

Click for MoreAn AJS 650 twin appeared in the July issue of RealClassic magazine. And up popped its previous owner, Steve Hiles, with tales of its history to tell... More...


9th August 2013

Rides: 31st Morini Riders' Club Trackday - Cadwell Park

Click for MoreThe UK's longest running and happiest classic motorcycle trackday took place at the end of July. Martin Gelder was there with a Morini, a camera and too much time on his hands due to a snapped gear lever. No words, just pictures... More...


7th August 2013

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5th August 2013

Magazine: Buy Issue 112 - August 2013

Click for MoreEvery month, RealClassic magazine features real bikes being repaired, rebuilt and really ridden in the real world. This month you'll find an Adler, Ariel Huntmaster, Enfield Bullet, BSA A10, Matchless 350, MZ and a Scott Squirrel among them. Get your copy...


3rd August 2013

Rides: VMCC Festival of 1000 Bikes, 2013

Click for MoreIn a weekend packed with festivals, Richard Jones moved on to Mallory Park and the VMCC's essential celebration of classic motorcycling, the Festival of 1000 Bikes... More...


31st July 2013

Magazine Offers: Back Issue Bargain Bonanza

Click for MoreIf you've just joined the RealClassic party, or have mislaid previous issues, then here's a chance to complete your collection at knock down prices with our back issue bargain bundles... More...


29th July 2013

Bikes: Royal Enfield Electra-XS

Click for MoreStephen Herbert bought the last of the carb-equipped 500 Enfields five years ago, and since then has been gently upgrading its performance. Wot'll it do, Mister?... More...


26th July 2013

Rides: Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2013

Click for MoreThe first weekend in July featured two magnificent classic motorcycling events. Richard Jones caught festival fever at the Goodwood Festival of Speed... More...


24th July 2013

Opinion: Doris Lowe, Her Motorcycling Life - Part 2

Click for MoreDavid Wright continues the story of a remarkable motorcyclist who took part in trials and displays; rode the largest capacity British bike of its time, and worked behind the scenes for decades for grassroots clubs and the national ACU... More...


22nd July 2013

Rides: End 2 End Slowly, Part 2

Click for MorePhil Speakman continues a charity ride aboard small capacity, low powered motorcycles from one end of the UK to the other. Phil opted to take his 38 year old MZ 150... More...


19th July 2013

Bikes: Ducati Elite 200

Click for MoreIn 1960, Ducati built a single-cylinder four-stroke 200 which was capable of 85mph, and which still turns heads today...
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17th July 2013

Rides: Swaton Vintage Show 2013

Click for MoreRoy Workman is particularly keen on sidecars and three-wheelers and found plenty at this annual event to keep him entertained, alongside the displays of classic two-wheelers and other vintage vehicles... More...


15th July 2013

Opinion: Doris Lowe, Her Motorcycling Life - Part 1

Click for MoreDavid Wright remembers a remarkable motorcyclist who took part in trials and displays; rode the largest capacity Britbike of its time, and worked behind the scenes for decades for grassroots clubs and the national ACU... More...


12th July 2013

Bikes: Levis Popular

Click for MoreIn the early 1920s, the lightweight Levis two-stroke was all the rage. 90 years later, they're proving to be a popular mount for the vintage motorcycle enthusiast, too... More...


11th July 2013

Opinion: Ten Trackday Commandments

Click for MoreIt's the Festival of 1000 Bikes this weekend and then the Morini Club and Beezumph two weeks later, so here's one from the archives; Martin G's ten top tips for having a terrific time on track... More...


10th July 2013

Rides: 2013 Crofthandy Classic Bike Show

Click for MoreDave Evershed of Sprite Motorcycles reveals a splendid little classic motorcycle show, deep in the Cornish countryside...
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8th July 2013

Bikes: Suzuki GS1000 Winter Project - Part 5

Click for MoreDuncan Cooper returns his classic GS Thousand to the road after it spent seven years in storage. Now someone wants to buy the thing so he really must get it running right... More...


5th July 2013

Bikes: 1977 BMW R80/7 - Part 15 - What Happened Next

Click for MoreOr "You don't need to have an adventure bike to have an adventure", in which Mr Gelder returns from parts foreign and restores his classic BMW motorcycle to working order... More...


3rd July 2013

News: Classic Bike News

Click for MoreThis month's round-up of what's occurring in the world of classic motorcycling - a Gold Wing selling for a song; SuperBikes on show, and how a Tiger Cub can see off a Speed Twin... More...


1st July 2013

Magazine: Buy Issue 111 - July 2013

Click for MoreBritish twins, singles and two-strokes sit alongside an awesome example of the archetypal UJM, an affordable Italian V-twin and BMW's hard-to-beat Boxer. All this and more in the pages of this month's RealClassic magazine; here's how to get a copy...


0th July 2013

Adverts and Events: Updated!

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28th June 2013

Rides: The 2013 VMCC Banbury Run

Click for MoreWith over 600 vintage motorcycles displayed before him, Richard Jones selects a dozen of the most interesting veteran bikes for your delectation, including a Quadrant, a Wolf, a Calcott, and the amazingly-monikered Lincoln Elk... More...


26th June 2013

Rides: VMCC Training Day 2013

Click for MoreThis very special event gives riders a chance to try their hand at riding vintage and veteran machines under controlled circumstances. Richard Jones enjoyed an enlightening encounter with a 1917 Allon... More...


24th June 2013

Rides: The Carole Nash Newark Bike Bonanza

Click for MoreRoy Workman finds plenty to entertain the classic motorcycle rider and enthusiast at this new summer bike show...
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20th June 2013

Bikes: Suzuki GS1000 Winter Project - Part 4

Click for MoreDuncan Cooper returns his classic GS Thousand to the road after it spent seven years in storage. This time it needs a new brake master cylinder, and all may not be well with in the electronic ignition dept... More...


19th June 2013

News: Festival of 1000 Bikes Preview

Click for MoreA new rotary racer will debut at the VMCC's festival next month, alongside 1200 classic bikes on track, World Champion Wayne Gardner and a whole heap more... More...


17th June 2013

Bikes: Suzuki GS1000 Winter Project - Part 3

Click for MoreDuncan Cooper returns his GS to the road after it spent seven years in storage. This time, he can't avoid cleaning the carbs...
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14th June 2013

Books: Sons of Thunder ~ Neil Bradford

Click for MoreThis motorcycling anthology of 'writing from the fast lane' was selected and introduced by Neil Bradford, and it caught the attention of at least one RC reader... More...


12th June 2013

Rides: End 2 End Slowly, Part 1

Click for MorePhil Speakman joins the classic motorcycling equivalent of a slow boat to China: a leisurely ride from one end of the UK to the other, aboard his 38 year old MZ 150... More...


29th May 2013

Opinion: Racing Days at Mocheck, Part 2

Click for MoreBy 1976, Mocheck were enjoying enough success on the circuits that the company produced and sold a proddie race replica. John Ryan rode less and spent more time spannering, and shares a selection of his classic photographic memories of the era... More...


7th June 2013

Bikes: König 500 Racer

Click for MoreFor a few years in the mid-1970s, a motorcycle Grand Prix racer powered by a speedboat engine threatened the supremacy of the MV multis... More...


1st May 2013

Magazine: Buy Issue 110 - June 2013

Click for MoreIn this month's magazine we ride the Velocette Venom which is up for grabs in the VMCC's summer raffle. There's just time to read the feature and buy some raffle tickets; here's how to get your hands on a copy...


3rd June 2013

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31st May 2013

Opinion: FTW15 - Maintenance Breeds Reliability

Click for MorePrevention is better than cure. Maintenance breeds reliability. Frank Westworth finds no comfort in these fine sentiments...
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29th May 2013

Opinion: Racing Days at Mocheck, Part 1

Click for MoreBack in the 1970s, Mocheck of Clapham fielded an array of racers. John Ryan shares a selection of his photographic memories of the time, from the track and back at the shop... More...


27th May 2013

News: Classic Bike News, May 2013

Click for MoreA hundred classic motorcycles go under the hammer at Brooklands; 600 vintage machines are lined up for the Banbury Run; Lucas rear lights are available again, and a trio of Triumph Terriers get ready for a long-distance trek... More...


24th May 2013

Bikes: Moto Morini 350K Sport - Slip, Slap, Shush

Click for MoreAfter two trackdays and a spell at the back of the shed Martin Gelder's Morini is back on the road. He's adjusted the swinging arm side-play, stopped the clutch slipping and quietened down the shouty silencers... More...


22nd May 2013

News: Meet the Superstars at Mallory

Click for MoreFestival of 1000 Bikes Competition: Win exclusive admission to meet the racing stars at an exclusive buffet reception. Wayne Gardner, Carl Fogarty, Christian Sarron, Jamie Whitham, Mick Grant, Trevor Nation... More...


20th May 2013

Rides: The 2013 All British Rally

Click for MoreOne of the biggest annual gatherings of classic British bikes doesn't happen in Britain. In fact, it's about as far from Blighty as you can get without actually leaving the planet. Derek Pickard explains... More...


17th May 2013

Bikes: Laverda Alpino

Click for MoreMost Laverda twin enthusiasts dismiss the Alpino for being bland and short on performance and tend to recommend its rip-snorting sibling, the Montjuic. Yet the original 500 twin has its followers... More...


15th May 2013

News and Clubs: British Motorcycle Riders' Club (Oxford)

Click for MoreIf you live within riding range of Cassington and have an interest in British bikes, then the BMRC say you'll be welcome at their weekly meetings... More...


13th May 2013

News: British Bike Auction Results

Click for MoreOver £1.4 million was spent on classic motorcycles at the Bonhams auction at Stafford last month. The highest bid was, inevitably, for a Vincent Black Shadow, but we were watching the prices of some more down to earth classic British bikes... More...


10th May 2013

Bikes and Rides: BSA Bantams go Westward Ho! Part Two

Click for MoreSpring Chicken Week Finale: A trio of BSA Bantams set out on an ambitious overnight navigation trial. The first one didn't last the night. Will the other two reach the end? Phil Keast continues his tale... More...


8th May 2013

Bikes: BSA Bantam Booklet

Click for MoreSpring Chickens: The BSA Bantam Club has published an excellent booklet, in which Simon Holyfield explores the background to the breed and shares his experiences with restoring his own eBay bargain. Here's how to send off for your FREE copy, with excerpts from his adventure to get you started... More...


6th May 2013

Bikes and Rides: Bantams go Westward Ho!

Click for MoreIt's Spring Chickens week on RealClassic.co.uk. To kick start the festivities, members of the BSA Bantam Club venture west to take part in an ambitious overnight navigation event. Phil Keast tells the first part of the tale... More...


3rd May 2013

Adverts and Events: Updated!

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1st May 2013

Magazine: Buy Issue 109 - May 2013

Click for MoreEvery month, RealClassic features road-tests, owner reports, real-life rebuilds and hands-on restoration projects of brilliant British bikes and international exotica. Here's how to get your paws on a copy...


29th April 2013

Bikes: Honda XLR200

Click for MoreBrian Jones explains why he chose to rejuvenate a 15 year old Japanese bike when most people would restore an old Brit, and reveals that even Hondas aren't immune to mechanical mishap... More...


26th April 2013

Bikes: Velocette Sports Singles

Click for MoreIt's a century since Veloce built the first Velocette, and the firm's sporting singles are still some of the most desirable classic bikes on the planet... More...


24th April 2013

Books: 'Motorcycling for Women' by Nancy and Betty Debenham

Click for MoreWhat was life like for female riders in the 1920s? Mrs Elk recommends a recent reprint of an inter-war classic book...
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22nd April 2013

News: British Bike Auction Highlights

Click for MoreHundreds of classic motorcycles will go under the hammer during the Bonhams sale at the Stafford Show on 28th April. Here are a few old Britbikes which the RC Crew will be watching with interest... More...


19th April 2013

Places to Go: Stondon Motor Museum

Click for MoreRoy Workman visits a spiffy collection of classic vehicles in Bedfordshire and recalls when he witnessed one of the first Honda motorcycle racers to attack a British track... More...


17th April 2013

News: Stafford Show Preview - 27/28 April 2013

Click for MoreBritain's biggest classic bike show takes place this month at Stafford. Look carefully and amid the stunning motorcycles, bulging autojumble, masses of memorabilia, superstar riders and auction action, you'll discover Britain's scruffiest classic bike magazine, too... More...


15th April 2013

Bikes: Douglas 90 Plus and 80 Plus

Click for MoreThe Dragonfly has become the most easily-recognised Douglas motorcycle. But, for Rowena Hoseason, the 90 Plus was the company's most remarkable achievement... More...


12th April 2013

News: MotoGB Take On Royal Enfield UK Distribution

Click for MoreThe rumours are confirmed: there's a new Enfield importer. However, the previous incumbent hasn't quite left the building...
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10th April 2013

Bikes: Harley-Davidson "Evolution" Sportsters - A Brief Guide

Click for MoreLooking for a modern bike with a modicum of classic character? There is an alternative, argues Martin Gelder, provide you don't mind the taste of Marmite... More...


8th April 2013

News: Classic Trackday Update

Click for MoreThe first of the season's classic track events gets under way this month, with the Thundersprint on April 21st. Plus a superstar signs up for the Festival of 1000 Bikes, and there's a four-cylinder theme for Beezumph 22... More...


5th April 2013

Bikes: BSA A7SS

Click for MoreDave Winfield's BSA A7 Shooting Star won the RealClassic award at the Spring 2013 South of England Classic Motorcycle Show. Here's why... More...


3rd April 2013

Magazine: Buy Issue 108 - April 2013

Click for MoreThis month's RealClassic magazine features three BSAs, three Triumphs: five singles, three twins, two triples: two Nortons, an Enfield and a really weird Moto Guzzi. How can you resist? Here's how to get your paws on a copy...


2nd April 2013

Adverts and Events: Updated!

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29th March 2013

Rides: British Historic Racing at Mallory Park

Click for MoreRichard Jones attends the classic racing motorcycle test day at Mallory Park and presents a visual feast of old motorcycles going quite fast (and some standing still, too)... More...


27th March 2013

Opinion: FTW14 - Not All Old Bike Shops Were Great

Click for MoreYou might expect that everyone sufficiently fortunate to ride old motorcycles would inevitably be cheerful. Frank Westworth can't understand why not entirely everyone is... More...


25th March 2013

Opinion: Riding Reminiscences

Click for MoreWhat did lads get up to, back when BSA Bantams were the motorcycle of choice for youthful despatch riders in the City of London? Daniel Hicks spins a story which might have a sniff of the truth in it... More...


22nd March 2013

News: Virtual Classic Motorcycle Show

Click for MoreAn online concours competition has been launched for Triumph Tiger Cubs and Terriers. Regular RC readers will recognise one of the judges... More...


20th March 2013

Bikes: Square Four Featherbed Special

Click for MoreFolk have been trying to fix the Ariel Square Four's flaws for donkey's years. One solution was to insert the engine into Norton's featherbed frame. An Arton special along those lines goes under the hammer at the Stafford Show... More...


18th March 2013

News: Saved from the Scrapyard

Click for MoreTwo wonderful old warriors have emerged from hibernation. Do you happen to know anything about either of these classic motor-cycles? More...


15th March 2013

Bikes: Triumph T100 Street Comp

Click for MoreIn the 1960s, Triumph built a dedicated enduro version of their popular 500cc twin. Most of them were exported to America. Here's one which came back to the UK... More...


13th March 2013

Rides: The 2013 Johannesburg to Durban JD Rally

Click for MoreRoger Houghton reports on an amazing sixth win for Velo-riding Kevin Robertson in South Africa's premier classic motorcycle rally... More...


11th March 2013

Rides: South of England RealClassic Show, March 2013

Click for MoreThe first event of the RealClassic year was a chilly one! Even so, stalwart riders braved the icy weather to join the crowds at the South of England Showground... More...


8th March 2013

Magazine: Buy Issue 107 - February 2013

Click for MoreIn the new issue of RealClassic magazine we discover what might be the world's first Triton, meet Ariels a-plenty at the house of the horse, consider whether Edward Turner did for Indian, and feature more classic machines from Morini, BSA, Bridgestone and Royal Enfield. Here's how to get your paws on a copy...


6th March 2013

Books: The Long Journey Home: the 1932 Motorcycle Voyage of Robert Fulton

Click for MoreIn 1932, Robert Fulton Jr set off aboard a Douglas twin on a round the world ride from England to America. The essence of that adventure is revealed in images in this rarely-seen hardback book... More...


3rd March 2013

Adverts and Events: Updated!

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1st March 2013

Bikes: 1935 Triumph L2/1

Click for MoreA recent article in RealClassic about the Triumph L2/1 reminded Dave Evershed of his experience with this rare 250, squeezing the maximum performance from a pre-war single... More...


27th February 2013

Techniques: Decoking MZ and CZ Exhausts and Baffles

Click for MoreHow would you remove the carbon from an Eastern Bloc two-stroke exhaust? Two RealClassic readers explain how they tackle the task... More...


25th February 2013

Rides: Hamburg Motorcycle Show

Click for MoreWolfgang Weckeck braved the cold to ride to the Hamburg Motor-cycle Show, bringing us some pictures of classic bikes not often seen in the UK... More...


22nd February 2013

Opinion: Famous Last Words 13: A Little Knowledge

Click for MoreA little knowledge is supposed to be a dangerous thing. Frank Westworth has a little knowledge, but worries about those with less... More...


20th February 2013

News: The Typical Britbike Debate

Click for MoreRowena Hoseason wondered which classic motorcycle best en-capsulates the essence of the typical Brit: a BSA single? A Triumph twin? A Villiers two-stroke? Here's your chance to vote... More...


18th February 2013

Bikes: Suzuki G550, GS650, GS750 and GS850

Click for MoreContinuing our theme of buying beefy Japanese classics on a budget, we consider what £2000 might secure in the shape of Suzuki's old air-cooled fours... More...


15th February 2013

Rides: 2013 MCN London Motorcycle Show

Click for MoreThe Excel motorcycle show tries to be all things to all men, be they interested in custom, classic, adventure or performance. Martin Gelder seeks balance but finds only cheap overtrousers and skull shaped indicators... More...


13th February 2013

News: Classic Track Day News

Click for MoreBeezumph is back at Cadwell; the Morini Riders Club are there the day before; the Festival of 1000 Bikes is nearly full, and Thunder-sprint welcomes modern motorcycles... More...


11th February 2013

Rides: The Springfields Bike Show 2013

Click for MoreRoy Workman discovers some decent displays of classic motorcycles, and ponders on the practicality of fitting a £35,000 three-wheeler with back-to-front Speedmaster tyres... More...


8th February 2013

Bikes: Norton 750 Nomad Special

Click for MoreAaron Toma's classic 750 has been in the family for nearly half a century. In that time, it's mutated into something a little different to the standard Nomad specification... More...


6th February 2013

Magazine: Buy Issue 106 - February 2013

Click for MoreThis month's magazine features a bunch of Britbikes, from Triumph, Norton, BSA and AMC; two Italians by Guzzi and Morini, and more steam engines that any other motorcycle magazine we've ever encountered. And here's how you can buy the latest issue...


4th February 2013

Adverts and Events: Updated!

Click for MoreThe Bikes For Sale, Bikes Wanted, Bits For Sale and Events pages have just been updated, and if there's nothing in there for you, try our list of eBay Bargain Bucket Bikes that are about to end...


1st February 2013

Bikes: Honda CB900F

Click for MoreDouble-overhead-cam Honda fours: aren't they nothing but trouble? Richard Stiles reveals the reality about owning a 30 year old classic Japanese superbike... More...


30th January 2013

Books: British Motor Scooters 1946-1970 by Robin Spalding

Click for MoreAfter enjoying a hall of classic scooters at the Newark Show, Roy Workman discovers more information on the subject of British-built scooters... More...


28th January 2013

Books: Celebrating the Pioneer Run

Click for MoreA new book commemorates 75 successful Pioneer Runs from London to Brighton on (very) old bikes... More...


25th January 2013

Opinion: Famous Last Words 12: Chequebook Restorations

Click for MoreWe all sneer at chequebook restorers; where's the skill in writing a cheque? Where's the achievement? Frank Westworth contemplates the results of his first chequebook restoration... More...


23rd January 2013

Bikes: Honda Integra

Click for MoreThere are times when even the most die-hard classic motorcyclist needs a two wheeled vehicle that is more... convenient. Honda's Integra maxi-scooter is exactly that, argues Paul Miles... More...


21st January 2013

News: 2013 Mid America Las Vegas Auction

Click for MoreThe American classic motorcycle market looks to be holding strong, if the first sale of 2013 is anything to go by. Nolan Woodbury reports... More...


18th January 2013

News: New Norton Components at Norvil

Click for MoreNorvil Motorcycles have added over 200 new spare parts to their online catalogue, and reduced prices of more than 1000 com-ponents, including many items for Norton singles and Dominators... More...


16th January 2013

Rides: The CBG Newark Winter Classic

Click for MoreRoy Workman got lucky with the weather and discovered scooters and outfits and an array of classic bikes at the first major show of 2013... More...


14th January 2013

Bikes: BMW K75

Click for MoreDavid Bullivant applauds the 'vastly under-rated' 750cc BMW K-series triple and offers practical advice to other owners...
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11th January 2013

Bikes: BSA Big Singles Buying Guide

Click for MoreFancy a traditional single-cylinder British classic? BSA made squillions of them, from stalwart sloggers to clubman's racers. So if you're looking for a 500cc single, then the search starts here... More...


9th January 2013

Magazine: Buy Issue 105

Click for MoreYou won't find the monthly RealClassic magazine on sale in the shops, so if you want to read about old bikes being restored, ridden and rebuilt by real people, then here's how to buy the latest issue...


7th January 2013

Adverts: Updated!

Click for MoreThe Bikes For Sale, Bikes Wanted, Bits For Sale and Events pages have just been updated, and if there's nothing in there for you, try our list of eBay Bargain Bucket Bikes that are about to end...


2nd January 2013

Classic Clubs: Clubman's Corner

Click for MoreBig or small; ancient or just old: there's bound to be a classic bike club which reflects your particular interest in vintage motorcycles... More...



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