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Issue One Hundred and Twenty Four: August 2014

Three 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...

Issue 123: Twin Tigers...

Hesketh 24: It's a time for rebirths of great names from the past. The latest marque to rise from the ashes is Hesketh. Paul Miles reports on the launch of their first offering, the 24

Matchless G80 Engine Rebuild: Engineer Richard Negus enjoys a challenge. Here are his overhaul notes for a 1965 Matchless G80 engine together with plenty of pictures in case you fancy taking on something similar at home

McKenzie 170: Roger Woods has produced both a heart-warming tale and a rather rare motorcycle. Read all about Gentleman Jamie, a veteran two-stroke from 1923 equipped with a Hobart engine

Moto Guzzi 750S: Nick Adams bought a 1970s Moto Guzzi 750 sportster on impulse, and then discovered that he had something rather unusual on his hands…

Nimbus Rebuild, Part Three:Lasse Horskjær rescued a rare Danish relic from the scrapheap, after it was written off as being uneconomic to repair. Last time the engine got all the attention. This time, there's much work to be done to the chassis

Triumph Tiger 80:It's hard not to think of Turner's twins when someone says 'Triumph Tiger'. But the success of the Speed Twin and all its offshoots was preceded by an altogether more singular kind of cat. Rowena Hoseason makes a new feline acquaintance in the shape of a single-cylinder 1936 T80 or two

Triumph T150 Café Racer:Odgie found a truly unusual three-cylinder Triton. It's more than a little bit of a beast!

Plus:: We reveals the secrets of the saleroom, behind the scenes at Bonhams; Jacqueline Bickerstaff enjoys the Banbury Run, Dave Minton meets a man who's owned a Shadow several time, and Frank Westworth celebrates an outing to Andy Tiernan's giant shed.

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Issue One Hundred and Twenty Three: July 2014

Big 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. Here's how to read all about them...

Issue 123: Mike Hailwood...

AJS Model 18: Fitting a 500 top end to a 350 AMC single was once a common pastime. As were the resulting harsh engines, violent vibes and big bangs. Chris Read explains how to do this kind of conversion properly

BSA A65 Sprint Special: When our roving reporter grabbed a snap of this Sprint Special 650 in action, we were intrigued, and asked its owner, Darren Carter, to tell us how it came to be. The story starts two decades ago, when Darren bought the Beesa, almost by accident

Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica: One of the most iconic motorcycles of all time, the MHR. Is it worth too much these days to actually… you know… ride? Nolan Woodbury meets an owner, tells the bike's tale and finds out for himself

Excelsior Special: One of the vexed questions of our time is how to introduce new blood to old bikes. Odgie reveals a heart-warming story which sees a new rider take to two wheels for the first time, aboard a vintage restoration…

Harley-Davidson Liberator: Harley's military motorcycles must be a bit like London buses. We'd never featured a 750 WLA until two months ago, and then almost immediately up pops another one. Roger Loxley tells us all about his WW2 V-twin

Laverda Alpino: Mention a Laverda 500 twin and most folk immediately think you mean the mainly manic Montjuic. But Ace Tester Miles recommends a much more civilised ride in the shape of its sophisticated sibling. Oddly, it's blue, and not orange as you might have expected

Moto Guzzi Lodola: There inevitably comes a point with every project where you have to declare it done and take it for a ride (or else start composing a suitable eBay listing). Stu Thomson has finally reached that moment with his 1950s Moto Guzzi single

Nimbus Rebuild, Part Two: Lasse Horskjær rescued a rare Danish relic from the scrapheap, after it was written off as being uneconomic to repair. This month, he gets to grips with its unusual four-cylinder engine…

Royal Enfield Interceptor: No good comes from inviting Frank Westworth to ride fine examples of his favourite bikes. Trevor Drury loaned him a Series 2 750 Interceptor, one of Enfield's awesome big twins…

Plus:: Jacqueline Bickerstaff has been to Stafford and the BMF Shows AND the VMCC's Relay Rally; Dave Minton returns to reveal what he thinks is the best British postwar big single, and Frank Westworth has been recommissioning his Norton Commando.

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Issue One Hundred and Twenty Two: June 2014

An 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. Here's how to buy a copy...

Issue 122: Square...

ARIEL SQUARE FOUR: Exclusivity has always been hard to buy, but Ariel offered affordable four-pot class for many years. Frank Westworth rides a relic; an Anstey-link, two-pipe example of Ariel's luxury tourer

BMW R100RS: Nolan Woodbury has history with airhead boxers, so he renews his acquaintance with the fully-faired R100. Collectible but still affordable, he says, possessing timeless style, integrity and sophistication. As a bonus, Nolan compares the Beemer to its nearest Moto Guzzi equivalent, too

Greeves Roadsters: Often applauded for their competition prowess, Greeves also built some fine two-stroke roadsters. Marque expert Colin Sparrow meets a man who has travelled over 200,000 miles on his Roadster, and explores the background to the breed

Suzuki GT380 & Kawasaki H1B: Paul Miles takes on two very different types of Japanese two-strokes, boasting six cylinders and seven exhausts between them. One of these bikes, he suggests, could be the future of classic motorcycling

Moto Guzzi Lodola: This rebuild project is almost complete. Only one thing stands between Stu Thomson's Moto Guzzi single and the Moment of Truth. That thing is the electrics. Stand by for spaghetti junction!

Nimbus Rebuild, Part One: Lasse Horskjær rescued a rare Danish relic from the scrapheap after it was written off as being uneconomic to repair. Before he starts to investigate the wreckage, Lasse gives us an introduction to these unusual four-cylinder classic superbikes

Royal Enfield Meteor Minor: The beefy Enfield big twins tend to grab all the glory. So Rowena Hoseason went in search of the later incarnation of their smaller 500cc sibling, an altogether more affordable proposition

Vincent Comet: A couple of months back (RC120), we featured the history and background to Vincent's single cylinder 500, and mentioned that many owners these days choose to modify the Comet to suit their own spec. Here is one of those upgraded and adapted machines; a seriously hot Comet

Plus: Tech tips on electro-plating parts to restore their shiny sparkle; snapshots from Stafford; news of an RC reader ride-in to the National Motorcycle Museum with discounted wotnots for magazine subscribers; bikes for sale, wants and bits in our small ad section; PUB goes to the Pioneer Run; RC readers write about falling off, long-term life with a Laverda twin, AMC angst and the Unibus reborn; Frank Westworth discovers he's entirely the wrong shape to suit a Suzuki Katana, and Dave Minton has the month off!

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Issue One Hundred and Twenty One: May 2014

In this month's RealClassic magazine, owners share their experiences about running, riding and rebuilding all kinds of classic bikes, from Laverda triples to British lightweight two-strokes, military Harleys to Velocette singles. Here's how to buy a copy...

Issue 121: Victor...

Ariel Leader: Back in the day, Ariel promised magnificent steering, road-holding and performance from its 'turbine-smooth' 250 twin. David Brindley's recollections suggest that was pretty much what he got when he bought one in 1960…

BSA B44 Victor Scrambler: Most genuine scrambles bikes saw a lot of off-road competition action and were endlessly modified in pursuit of performance. Dave Blanchard reports on a surprisingly standard Victor Scrambler

Excelsior Consort Lightweight: Back in the 1950s, Excelsior weren't shy about proclaiming the merits of their motorcycles, claiming to produce the 'world's leading lightweight'. Roger Kirkman chose a Consort to return to British biking

Harley-Davidson WLA: Harley's military sidevalve 750, with its foot clutch, hand change, three-speed gearbox and Thompson sub-machine gun can take a bit of getting used to. Owner Roger Newark has just about got the hang of his after a quarter-century in the saddle

Laverda 3CL, Laverda Jota & Laverda RGS: Steven Troupe always regretted getting rid of his old Laverda 3C. Three decades later, he finally found a replacement in the shape of a 3CL. But it was obviously lonely because, in no time at all, along came two more triples to keep it company…

Moto Guzzi Lodola: The Moto Guzzi rebuild project has been running for several months and now this 1960s Moto Guzzi single isn't far off being started for the first time. That might prove tricky without a kickstart, however, and several other vital components including the drive sprocket have gone AWoL…

Puch 250 SGS: When is a twin a single? Or a single a twin? When it's both. Which is what a split-single tries to be; a two-stroke engine with the best of both worlds. Frank Westworth explains this unusual Austrian engineering idea, sold by Sears as the 'Twingle' in the USA, and rides the results

Velocette MAC & Thruxton: Rowena Hoseason investigates the beginning and end of Velocette's post-war motorcycle production, encapsulated in two very different four-stroke singles. Veloce started by building a bike for everyman, and finished with a bit of a beast which few were man enough to handle…

Technical Tips: Electronic Ignitions: Dave Whiting takes an economical approach to his classic motorcycling. So when an expensive electrical component on his BMW Boxer went on the fritz, he came up with an inexpensive solution

Plus: Recreating a Great Escape, in which a group of British bike riders revisit the scene of the 1939 ISDT which came to an abrupt halt when hostilities broke out; Jacqueline Bickerstaff goes to the Prescott hillclimb; Dave Minton remembers a schoolboy adventure by Bantam to Italy; readers write about petrol rationing, baby Boxers, fitting engines into frames, bead-breaking without a sweat; and there's news, events, small ads and all sorts (apart from Triumph twins, because apparently it's possible to have too much of a good thing…)

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Issue One Hundred and Twenty: April 2014

To 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...

Issue 120: Double Take Laverda...

BMW R65: Dave Simmons gave himself a grand to get a middleweight European classic on the road in time for summer. Did he succeed with the Budget Bimmer, or will he be riding a Hinckley Bonnie instead?

BSA B50 & Triumph T100: Fancy a unit-construction British 500? Unsure whether you'd prefer a single or a twin? Jeff Ellison made the correct choice, and ended up with one of each!

Laverda 750SF: Apparently, FrankW committed heresy a few months ago when he confessed that a Kawasaki 750 twin was more his sort of thing than the Italian equivalent. Paul Miles was inspired to explain the counter arguments

Moto Guzzi Lodola: Stu Thomson continues his rebuild of a 1960s Moto Guzzi single. This month he encounters the top end, primary drive, a new piston and a unusual carburettor…

Moto Guzzi ZDS Racer: You've probably heard of the Kerker exhaust systems, but there's much more to the man than an aftermarket tailpipe. Nolan Woodbury presents the fascinating tale of George Kerker, the V750, ZDS Motors and a host of history...

Matchless G80CS: Last month, Martin Peacock met 'The Westerner' and clocked up his first few hundred miles aboard the big AMC single. Time to cure a minor oil leak and then tackle something a little more adventurous…

Norton Buyer'S Guide: The Norton Jubilee and Navigator 250 and 350 twins were denigrated for decades, but now they're enjoying something of a renaissance as classic motorcycles. Rowena Hoseason reviews the range and hunts for a bargain (and even finds one or two electric-start ES400 Electras, too)

Royal Enfield Continental GT: It took seven years for Iain Houghton to turn his dream of owning an original Continental GT into a reality. Seventeen years later, they're still together and the Redditch-built bike is still going strong

Vincent Comet: Before WW2, Vincent sold five times as many 500 singles as they did big V-twins. Owner and author David Wright traces the trajectory of the Comet, and explains why the single's star burns bright once again

Plus: RealClassic readers reveal a the history behind a trials Tiger Cub, talk about oilheads and outfits, suggest cunning ways to tackle a tyre change and recall schoolboy two-strokes; PUB goes off on a tangent about aero engines and comes back down to earth at the Dragon Rally; Minton muses on the validity of the road test, and Frank Westworth encounters AMC anguish in The Shed…

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Issue One Hundred and Nineteen: March 2014

This 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...

Issue 119: Bonnie Birth...

BMW Oilhead Boxer: We hesitate to claim that the R1150R is an emerging classic of anything of that kind. But Frank Westworth has been seduced by the dark side of a civilised Germanic streetfighter

Moto Guzzi Eldorado: Owner Nick Adams strikes gold with his choice of mile-munching Guzzi V-twin; a 1972 V-twin roadster which proves to be more than capable of crisscrossing Canada

Moto Guzzi Lodola: Stu Thomson continues his rebuild of a 1960s Moto Guzzi single. This month he tries his hand at wheel building and starts to investigate the engine…

Bullets in India: The original Royal Enfield Bullet was the perfect bike for post-war Britain. How does it fare in 21st century India? Reuben Fowles found out on a trip to the high Himalaya

Matchless G80CS: Take a competitive Matchless scrambles machine, aka The Westerner, and put it on the road. Does it make a decent touring and pottering tool? Martin Peacock found out the hard way

Scott Selection: Last month's road test of a Scott Flying Squirrel created a cascade of entertaining correspondence on the subject. Here are just some of the reminiscences, observations and suggestions which RC readers have to offer on the subject…

Suzuki T500: Tim Ellis ended up with a Suzuki two-stroke entirely by happenstance. Now he's celebrating over 25 years with the same motorcycle, and shares his experiences with T and GT 500s

Triumph Bonneville T120: Born on the salt flats at Bonneville, the first T120 of 1959 is legendary. But can the Tangerine Dream ever live up to its reputation? Rowena Hoseason examines an icon

Trials Cub Special: The plan was for Odgie to ride this tricky trials special which matches a Cub engine to an unusual frame and tell you all about it. Next thing you know, we're talking Mick Grant, sand-racing, and rumours of buried pioneer bikes…

Plus: Bristol and Ardingly Show info; PUB gets to grips with the great Ariel-Adler debate, Minton mentions Vincent Black Shadows, and Frank Westworth gets distracted by his spanners in The Shed. Oh, and loads of letters, and even some news, too.

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Issue One Hundred and Eighteen: February 2014

Fans 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...

Issue 118: Great Scott...

AJS 18 Outfit: Part of the Sidecar Special section: driving a classic motorcycle outfit is a new adventure every day, says owner Neil Cairns. His personal adventure led to the creation of a unique wickerwork chair to suit his AJS single…

Harley-Davidson Sportster: Dave Godfrey has enjoyed a long riding life with his 1974 iron-head Harley-Davidson Sportster. In all those years, plenty has happened along the road…

The Life Of Lawrence, Part3: A famous motorcyclist of the 1920s was well-known for riding Brough Superior bikes, and much more besides. In this final episode, Richard Jones explains why he's still important to us today

Matchless G12 Outfit: Part of the Sidecar Special section: sidecars were originally intended to provide transport for the whole family. Dave Piggott's AMC outfit has done just that, carrying four generations over four decades

Moto Guzzi Lodola: Stu Thomson continues his rebuild of a 1960s Moto Guzzi single. This month it's to paint the pretty bits!

Norton 18 Outfit: Part of the Sidecar Special section: once you've bought and fettled your motorcycle and sidecar, what then? Dave Blanchard chose to go and get lost before the war…

Scott Squirrel: The Scott selection of idiosyncratic strokers carved their own unique path into British motorcycle history. Frank Westworth encountered a Squirrel

Triumph Bonneville vs Triumph Thruxton: Stuart Urquhart has set twin against twin; Triumph against Triumph; which Bonnie is better? Britain's Best Modern Classic, anyone? Boxing Bonnevilles?

Vincent Rapide Outfit: Part of the Sidecar Special section: Eddie Wallbank had a collection of assorted Vincent components, an invitation to America, an inclination to create a touring outfit, and ten months to make it happen…

Plus: Hillclimb heroes: Odgie goes scrambling on an old Britbike in a straight line up a steep hill; Paul Miles blasts off in a quest to understand vapour blasting; PUB hits the history books; Minton muses on insurance in old age, and Frank Westworth struggles with swinging arms in The Shed.

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Issue One Hundred and Seventeen: January 2014

New 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...

Issue 117: Wintery or Wintry?...

BSA A65: Buying your first old bike: what's the worst that can possibly happen? In this case, everything. Learn from this owner's experiences with his 1964 650 twin…

Kawasaki 250 SG: You've probably never heard of the Kawasaki equivalent of BSA's C15, but Odgie found this oddity from the late 1960s

Matchless G3CS: Most muddy AMC scramblers tend to be 500 singles, but we found a feisty 350 instead and took it down some rough roads

Moto Guzzi Lodola, Pt3: Our ongoing restoration of a 1950s Moto Guzzi single. This month, Stu Thomson fabricates components to replace those which are missing or just plain mangled

Norton Dominator: What if you don't want a featherbed frame but you do want more gumption than the first 500 twin can deliver? Take an early Model 7 with plunger suspension and replace its motor with a later 600cc alloy engine. Voila! The Super Model 7

Royal Enfield 500 Twin: Before the Meteor Minor, Royal Enfield fitted a twin cylinder engine into the singles' chassis. Mike Powell salvaged one of these unusual 500 twins from the scrapheap

Triumph Bonneville TT Special: Seldom seen in the UK, Triumph built their T120/C and TT Specials for export to America. One RC reader has been painstakingly reconstructing his own to the correct specification

Vincent Twin: Fritz Egli built a fabulous frame to make the most of the big Vin V-twin. The result was so good that you can still build replica Egli Vins today. Nolan Woodbury investigates the background, the nuts and bolts, and the joy of ownership

Plus: Fitting an electronic ignition to a Triumph twin; readers discuss the merits of the Moto Shifty, lubricating AMC swinging arms; the motorcycling life of Lawrence looks at his Broughs of the late 1920s; Graham Ham talks about Happy Days and prepping a classic for the stage, and there's yet more from Minton and Bickerstaff.

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Issue One Hundred and Sixteen: December 2013

This month RealClassic magazine features classic bikes from Britain, Italy, America and the Czech Republic. Two-strokes, four-strokes; twins, triples and sporty singles. Here's how to read all about them...

Issue 115: Bellow Yellow...

AMC Rebuild: This month, among many other things happening in The Shed, the G80's swinging arm has to come apart. Inevitably, this procedure is not as straightforward as it seems

BSA B33 Special: Girder forks and plunger rear suspension: this OHV big single has undergone a considerable transformation since it first left Small Heath as a sidevalve M33…

Ducati 750 Sport: It's one of the icons of the classic motorcycling world, and it's also extremely yellow. The history behind and the nitty-gritty of owning and running one of the best bevel-drive Ducati twins

Indian Scout: What made the 101 Scout so special? This 1930 example recently won an RC award and is considered by many to be the flagship model of the marque

Jawa 350: The launch of the new Jawa Retro seemed like an ideal excuse to explore what life is like with an original 1976 350cc two-stroke twin. Chris Kirby owns a 634 and has good things to say about its overall performance (even if the gearbox ain't so great!)

Moto Guzzi Lodola, Part 2: Stu Thomson sets about returning an old Moto Guzzi single to the road. He buys a suitably scruffy example and starts taking it apart

Royal Enfield Interceptor: After riding the new single-cylinder Enfield last month, Ace Tester Miles turns his attention to one of the most beautiful big twins ever built by the original industry.

Sunbeam S8: Nearly 20 years ago, Craig rode his Sunbeam S8 around the UK and Ireland. He enjoyed the experience so much that he shipped the 500cc inline twin home to New Zealand…

Triumph Trident: Charlie and his Triumph T160 have been together for almost four decades. He shares his experiences and a whole range of handy upgrades to get the best from an original triple

Triumph Hurricane: Another Triumph triple, and one which has been Nothing But Trouble for its entire life. In a last-ditch bid to fix the thing, Rowena enlists the aid of a Noted Expert. OK, so he's an expert in an entirely different kind of motorcycle. But he seems to have done the trick!

Velocette Viper: This 350 sports single was purchased in 1991 for just £200 - and that was no bargain, given its condition. Since then it's been restored to standard spec and then ridden all over

Plus: Readers chat about the need for MoTs, Laverda lore, the cult of the Kawasaki and the joy of owning an RS; we look into the life-story of a very famous Brough Superior rider; Graham Ham unveils the Great British Shed Quest; we meet a prize-winning Triton and a double concours champ BSA Lightning; PUB visits the Levis trial and recommends a new book about Vincents and Dave Minton remembers the Moto Shifty…

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Issue One Hundred and Fifteen: November 2013

Britbikes 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...

Issue 115: Monty;s Tiger...

AMC Rebuild: Frank Westworth is rebuilding a late Matchless single, the sort which is fitted with a Norton front end. It's been a while since he tried to dismantle one of these, which is why the forks and yokes have remained obstinately in situ…

Honda VFR750: For many, Honda's VFR comes close to being the perfect motorcycle. Steve MacGregor wondered if it might finally be the Honda to tug on his heart-strings

Matchless G80: Trading up from a Bantam to a rather bigger banger is an education. Rick Howell shares the experience of getting to grips with a 1948 AMC 500 single

Moto Guzzi Lodola: Stu Thomson sets about returning an old Moto Guzzi single - a Skylark, no less - to the road. First, an investigation into the specifics of the species…

Moto Guzzi Nuovo Falcone: Think big single; think electric start; think eccentric styling; think great brakes… Frank Westworth did all of those things and ended up aboard the Sahara, one of the last editions of the Nuovo Falcone

Royal Enfield Continental GT: Old wine; new bottle? Many people see the future of motorcycling in the sleek form of the café racer. Royal Enfield plainly agree. We ride the new 535 and consider the competition; other modern retros or a DIY clubman special

Triumph Super Cub: Is it really a Triumph? Or more of a BSA Bantam? Continuing our series of 'overlooked lightweights', Mike Powell presents what might be the best Cub of the bunch: the last of the line, considered by many to be nothing more than a manky mongrel

Triumph Tiger: One of Turner's early twins, this rigid/girder-forked Triumph has survived nearly three-quarters of a century, and it's still going strong. Mind you, it's not exactly the same specification as when it left the factory gate…

Virtually Vintage: It has a big JAP engine and it looks like something from before the war. (Which war? Yes, exactly). Odgie explores something which might have been NAIT…

Plus: Military manoeuvres in Normandy with the NOBS; tech talk about thread types; PUB remembers when it was legal to go racing on the road; Dave Minton recalls Jeff Smith, AJS Stormers, Bob Manns and riding backwards; groovy gifts for classic riders; readers writings, free ads and more…

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Issue One Hundred and Fourteen: October 2013

The 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...

Issue 114: Parallel?...

BMW R90S: The R90S has long been hailed as BMW's meisterwerk, one of the iconic superbikes of the Seventies. Boxer owner and enthusiast Andrew Shortridge wanted to find out what all the fuss is about…

BSA WM20: Had it not been for the Second World War, the big single sidevalve M20 wouldn't have caused much of a stir in motorcycling history. Rowena Hoseason explores the myths and the merits of BSA's military machine

BSA Bantam Build: Final Episode: Odgie's undercover project - building a Bantam from bits in secret for his fair lady - is finally finished. Just needs final approval and documentation and it's on the road!

Cotton Motorcycles: Most folk know little about Cotton motorcycles; one of the minor marques with a profound pedigree and many machines which punch way beyond their weight. Richard Jones enjoyed a day with the Cotton Owners' Club and learned a little about the marque's memorable models

Laverda & Kawasaki 750 Twins: Few motorcycles improve with age, although our memories of them may do that. Frank Westworth revisited two 750 twins he dismissed back in 1977: Laverda's GTL and Kawasaki's Zed

Norton Model 18: Dave Blanchard needed three wheels on his wagon, so set about restoring what might once have been a Watsonian chassis, and attached it to his 1936 Norton Model 18

Royal Enfield Bullet 350: Learning to live together can be a most rewarding process. Ian Saunders made the acquaintance of his G2 - an original, Redditch-built Bullet - a little over a decade ago, and explains what it's been like to live with since then

Scott Squirrel Rebuild: Final Episode: Roger Cooper accepted the challenge of rebuilding a vintage water-cooled two-stroke twin, and his trials and tribulations are almost over. The engine is back and just the clutch needs to be reassembled. Easy. Surely?

Plus: What to see at Stafford; recommended RC reading; inside Umberslade; getting ready to head to the South of England Show; Bantam banter; BMW single insights, Dave Minton, Frank Westworth and Jacqueline Bickerstaff, and more…

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Issue One Hundred and Thirteen: September 2013

As 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. Tissa snip!

Issue 113: Flat Track...

BSA A65 Lightning: Keith Bellinger dreamed of a BSA A65 for donkey's years, and the chance to own one finally arrived. Was it worth the wait?

BSA Bantam Build: In the penultimate part of this ongoing series, Odgie comes perilously close to completion. But we're still going to make you wait until next month to see it in all its glory

Douglas T35: If at first you don't succeed, come back and have another stab at it. Rowena Hoseason rides one of the first Douglas post-war twins, which famously suffered all types of teething troubles before being reborn as the rather marvellous MkIII

Laverda 1200 Mirage: 'It's a brawny, bare-fisted gut-punch of a motorcycle with tons of mechanical presence and blatant machismo…' Nolan Woodbury discovers the unsubtle nature of life with a big Laverda triple

Royal Enfield Bullet 350: Alan Cotterill and his 1950 G2 Bullet have been riding companions since 1955. There have been a couple of mechanical mishaps over the decades, as you might imagine…

Scott Squirrel Rebuild: Roger Cooper has taken on the challenge of rebuilding a vintage water-cooled two-stroke twin in this ongoing series. The engine is off being fettled by an expert, so Roger gets to grips with the clutch

Triumph Bonnie Flat Tracker: Jerry Hutchinson had a dream. He's not alone in that. However, he made his dream into a metal reality in the shape of this stunning Triumph T120 flat track special. And he invited Frank Westworth to ride it…

Yamaha XS650 Flat Tracker: The second of our 650 twin flat track specials proved to be flat out perfect for the old flat track - and road-legal, too. Odgie falls in love (again) with a beautiful racer

Plus: Graham Ham and his Triumph Speed Twin return for a special adventure, in search of fresh blood (and dumplings); PUB is sufficiently recovered to trek overseas; Dave Minton recommends a preferred publication, and Frank Westworth starts a new saga in The Shed. Meanwhile RC readers debate the National Rally, the joys of long-term AJS ownership, what makes a 'proper' Triumph, and recommend some rubbery wonder-stuff. Plus there's news and bikes for sale and events to enjoy and all that jazz…

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Issue One Hundred and Twelve: August 2013

Every 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...

Issue 112: Red Road Rocket...

Adler 250 Moto-Crosser: Gus Priem so admired the two-stroke scramblers of the late 1950s that he went and built himself a replica

Ariel NH Rebuild: Is it done yet? Well. Very nearly. Frank manipulates the minutiae of magneto timing and the 350 Ariel single might just be ready to start first kick. Maybe

Ariel Huntmaster: The Toastmaster's Tale; Once upon a time, there was a burned-out Ariel 650 twin. A madman decided to resurrect it. Frank Westworth tells its tale…

BMW R25: When is a Boxer not a boxer? When it's half a boxer. Classic BMWs are famously flat twins. Their singles are quite rare, at least in the UK. Paul Miles rode one…

BSA A10 Road Rocket: It's an American Rocket! A view from the USA is often different to the more familiar UK-based perception. Nolan Woodbury reports on a class leading sport 650 twin from BSA…

BSA Bantam Build: In our ongoing series, everything starts to come together, and then Odgie encounters seven sorts of stupidity in the clutch compartment…

Matchless 350 Single: They lack the heavyweight reputation of more mainstream Matchless G3 singles, but Rowena Hoseason was entirely seduced by the lightweight sibling, the G5…

MZ Electrical Upgrade: Many riders believe that twelve volts are better than six. Others do not. James Mather decided upon a 12V conversion for his MZ…

Royal Enfield Ride: Riding High: By Bullet to the very roof of the world. Paul Hempel shares an Enfield adventure in the Himalaya

Scott Squirrel Rebuild: Roger Cooper has taken on the challenge of rebuilding a vintage water-cooled two-stroke twin in this ongoing series. But when he fires it up for the first time, the Scott seems to be running as a semi-single…

Plus: Dave Minton returns and considers the sweet sorrow of parting with his Krauser; PUB bounces off to Banbury and explores more about the Abingdon-Cross engine, and RC readers discuss Enfield's 500 Twin, a hot Harris G80 and the correct positioning of the flyscreen on a Norman B4 Sport. Oh, and there's news, and events, and reader ads and so on and so forth and more…

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Issue One Hundred and Eleven: July 2013

British 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:

Issue 111: Honda on the Cover...

AJS 31 CSR: The Myth: all 650 twins are the same. The Reality: that's not true. Frank Westworth discusses development, AMC style, and how he happens to prefer a certain 650 from a very definite era. Whether AJS is better than Matchless is an entirely different argument which we'll save for another day

Ariel NH Rebuild: This month, FrankW tackles the clutch and chaincase sealing, and has to engage in un petit peu of bodgery to straighten a bent stud. Then he thinks about timing the mag, and suddenly discovers a forgotten appointment in a far-off corner of the country

A BMW ABROAD: Martin Gelder and Ted are stumbling across the trails of northern Spain on two wholly inappropriate motorcycles (a BMW R80 and a Harley-Davidson, since you asked), armed only with The Plan. Last month, they rode across a desert, and now The Plan calls for them to ride up a mountain…

BSA Bantam Build: Part Four: Odgie's undercover project continues, building a Bantam from bits for his fair lady. This month: perfecting the petrol tank

BSA M21: When his stalwart BSA sidevalve started to struggle under the strain, Shaun Gibbons went on a search for the big squeeze...

Honda CB750 Special: Nolan Woodbury meets a special SOHC Honda which has been rebuilt along the 'less is more' principle. Apart from in the engine department, where more is most definitely, erm, more

Morini 350 Sport: A middleweight marvel which happens to be one of the least fashionable Morini 3½ twins available… which means it's also one of the most affordable. Mark Holyoake celebrates his special K

Norman B4 Sport: If you didn't know this 250 two-stroke had been built in Britain, you could be forgiven for thinking it was an import from Italy. Rowena Hoseason reckons it would've been a smash hit in the 1960s, if it had been given more than half a chance…

1936 Norton Model 18: Dave Blanchard fancied being Lost Before The War. And what better way than to prepare a Norton Model 18 to share the ride?

Scott Squirrel Rebuild: Roger Cooper has accepted the challenge of rebuilding a vintage water-cooled two-stroke twin. This month in Part Three, he tackles the primary drive and moves onto the wheels

Velocette KSS: A Velocette with both a history and with its camshaft upstairs. Odgie discovered a truly unusual survivor…

Plus: Jim Reynolds considers Vincent's neglected single; Jacqueline Bickerstaff takes a stroll around the Stafford Show; Rotary racers at 1000 Bikes (also some other bikes, apparently); Classics in Kent; Thunderfest at Darley; reader ads, reader letters, and some very inventive typing mistakes. Big fat fingers this month, it seems, or perhaps we could call it 'creative use of almost-English'

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Issue One Hundred and Ten: June 2013

In 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:

Issue 110: Desert BMW...

Ariel NH Rebuild: After many months of nuffink much going on, there has been a veritable blaze of activity in Frank Westworth's Shed involving primary and drive chains, an engine shock absorber and a clutch of cables

BMW R100: Take a 35 year-old BMW Boxer to Spain. Find a desert. Ride across it. Martin Gelder explains why you don't need to have an adventure bike to have an adventure

BSA Bantam Build: Part three: bending and straightening metal and a quick spot of mudguard manipulation

Ducati 900SS: The cliché 'racer for the road' actually does apply to Ducati's 900SS. Paul Miles falls in love again, this time for a slender Italian with very few frills

Matchless Silver Hawk: A pre-war Matchless, Part Two. Rebuilding and then riding this very rare British V4

Norton 19S: A half-century with the same bike? It must be love. Joe Gray describes long-term life on the long stroke with a seriously big single, his swinging-arm 1957 ONV machine

Royal Enfield Ignition: Stephen Herbert has been upgrading his Royal Enfield Electra-X. One thing led to another, until eventually he ran aground on the rocky shores of the automatic ignition timing

Triumph Twins: The Meriden Co-operative built their last bike thirty years ago, in August 1983. Frank Westworth has a look at some of the later classic Triumphs, at the range that never was, and remembers how they ride

Scott Squirrel Rebuild: Part Two in which the owner gets to grip with his magneto and how to set up the timing

Velocette Venom: It's a century since the creation of the Velocette. To celebrate the centenary of a legend, the VMCC are giving away a Venom, and Rowena Hoseason rode it

Plus: A free Bantam booklet; groovy summer strides; reader ads; a special guest column from Jim Reynolds (as DLM was rushed off his wheels this month); and some spiffy pics of readers' classics in the most unusual places…

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Issue One Hundred and Nine: May 2013

Every month, RealClassic features road-tests, owner reports, real-life rebuilds and hands-on restoration projects of brilliant British bikes and international exotica. Here's what's in the latest issue:

Issue 109: Vee Four Ever?...

Typical Brit Poll Results: You voted, and we counted, and here we reveal which British motorcycle of the 20th century can claim to be the quintessential Brit. Clue: the top ten includes Velo singles, Enfield Bullets, Norton Commandos and even BSA Bantams. But you'll have to read the story to see which model ended up ranked at Number One. And don't blame us, by the way; you did the voting!

Ariel 350 Rebuild: This project has been going on for years; mostly not-going-on but in a sudden flurry of activity Frank Westworth has finally reinstalled the magdyno. This is progress. Slow, but progress nonetheless.

BSA Bantam Build: In Part Two, Odgie attempts to start an engine which has been sat in a box for the better part of 30 years. Might need more than just fresh petrol…

Matchless Silver Hawk: A darling of the pre-war era, this fabulous V4 was years ahead of its time in terms of engineering. In the first of a two-parter we examine the background to the model (and next month consider the restoration of this actual example)

Matchless G3: And here's another example of Plumstead's finest - but a rather more down-to-earth model of the marque. Its owner explains why this workaday 350 single is so special to him

Panther 120 Outfit: This rather special 650 sloper single hauls a sidecar for a living. Odgie met its long-term owner who put the Panther back on the road some two decades ago

Royal Enfield Constellation: One of Enfield's sweetest big twins, reckons Frank's Westworth, who took this 1959 example for a spin

Scott Squirrel: The first part of a new rebuild series starts with what should have been a straightforward task, fettling a Flyer into running order. As ever, things weren't quite so easy as they looked

Suzuki RE5: If there's a simple way of doing anything, then Suzuki did exactly the opposite with their rotary-engined roadster. Have your protractor ready for this model profile, roadtest and owner review…

Plus: It's time to go travelling on a Triumph to Africa or Venice (on two separate trips, you understand); we recommend a couple of fine motorcycling tomes which have recently come back into print; PUB has been cooking up motorcycle components on the hob; Dave Minton admires the art of capturing action and RC readers share their stories about buying a 961 Commando, racing lightweight Triumphs, filtering Triumph oil, the modern qualities of Hammerite, and the perplexing problem of failing spark plugs…

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Issue One Hundred and Eight: April 2013

This 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?

Issue 108: Only half a horse this time...

BSA Gold Star: Not all Gold Stars are café cowboys or concours queens. Odgie meets an off-road hero

BSA Rocket 3: Last autumn, Trevor Drury went home from the South of England Show with the RealClassic award in his pocket after we clapped eyes on his astonishing Rocket 3 special. Here's the story behind this remarkable machine, which FrankW then takes for a spin…

BSA Bantam Build: The secret Bantam. Part One: It always starts with Part One, says Odgie in a moment of revelation, as he unpacks boxes of bits and starts to turn them into a motorcycle

Moto Guzzi Centauro: Sneered at when launched, this unusual eight-valve V-twin never quite found a following when it was new. These days, it's developing quite a cult. Frank Westworth investigates

Norton Sidevalve Singles: Dave Ramsden says his Norton 16H might just be the best thing since sliced bread. He's owns a Big Four, too

RE Crusader Rebuild: Stephen Herbert's eBay bargain finally hits the road as his first rebuild project reaches its conclusion. So. Wot'll it do, Mister?

Triumph Trident T150: Just to balance the Beesa R3, here's the second of two top triples in this issue. Nolan Woodbury enjoys sunny days and shiny Trumpets with the new generation of classic bike enthusiast

Triumph TR65 Thunderbird: In the 1908s, this short-stroke 650 was touted as a bargain economy version of the late Triumph twin. Rowena Hoseason thinks it's better than a T140

Plus: We bid Graham Ham a fond farewell (for the time being) as his current quest on Daisy the Speed Twin comes to a close; PUB looks forward to the so-called riding season (she's hard, that woman. All weathers. No hesitation); Dave Minton remembers filming for Honda and a trip to see Jack Grey, and Frank Westworth reveals what goes through the mind of the concours judge at shows (mainly; 'is that hog roast I can smell?')

On Top Of All That we have news and events and reader ads and such, and acres of detail photos with captions that actually show you useful parts of each feature bike and explain what you're looking at. Terribly unfashionable, but that's what we're like.

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Issue One Hundred and Seven: March 2013

In 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.

Issue 107: Horses that aren't for Eating...

Ariel Singles: Allan Penrose owns several Ariel singles; a Red Hunter, a Black Ariel and even a trials special. One pre-war, one post-war, and one he built himself from an assortment of spare parts. So which one did he choose to ride for over 900 miles across Australia?

1970 Bridgestone GTO: Never mind one lump or two: Rowena Hoseason finally understands the attraction of a two-stroke twin after a ride on this spiffy little 350 twin

BSA A10A: You don't see many pre-unit Beesa twins equipped with both alternator and dynamo systems, although these were factory-built production machines. Rob Smith investigates the mystery of the missing A10As

Edward Turner And The End Of Indian: Indian are most famous for building big V-twins, but they came close to joining the post-war boom with a different configuration. Tim Pickering explains how Triumph's success brought about the end of Indian, and sank the American vertical twin from the get-go

Morini Strada 350: Most people opt for the Morini 350 Sport, but this owner chose a 1975 drum-braked touring Strada which needed some TLC to return it to top-notch condition

Royal Enfiled Crusader Rebuild, Pt2: Stephen Herbert's eBay bargain begins to take shape, but he must now navigate the bodges of Proud Previous Owner…

Triton Special: Take an International Norton. Throw most of it away. Add a swinging arm and a Triumph engine. Odgie rides the result, and shares a little industrial history

Triumph T100C: If you were choosing a bike to ride on tight voyages of exploration, which would it be? Richard Holt chose a Triumph T100C, and he explained why to Frank Westworth

Velocette KSS Special: Roger Slater wasn't too impressed by the performance of the standard cammy Velo 350 roadster, and nor was the owner of this KSS. A project to boost the mid-range was on the cards…

Plus: Graham Ham rides his Triumph Speed Twin in search of laverbread; Dave Minton wonders why people chose not to buy rotary Nortons; RC readers discuss instant gaskets, steam power, tech talk and more; PUB explores LEDs and Frank Westworth wonders what that strange spitting noise is that appears to be coming from his G12 engine…

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Issue One Hundred and Six: February 2013

Issue 106: Moto Guzzi Lemons...

You 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 get hold of the latest issue...

Bert Hopwood Story: Inspired to investigate the people who created the bikes we call classics, Richard Jones started with one of the old industry's most well-known characters. He follows Bert Hopwood's later career at Triumph, Norton and BSA

(Test) Rider'S Digest: How many different bikes did you ride in the last year or so? Frank Westworth rode a startling variety of classic motorcycles, and even liked a few of them…

1991 Moto Guzzi Le Mans: Nolan Woodbury reckons that the last Lemon was the sweetest of all, and takes a 1000 CI for a spin

Moto Morini 125 Rebuild: The final instalment: After some thirty weeks in the workshop, Stuart Thomson's restoration of his unusual Italian single is complete. So it's time for the test ride…

Norton Commando: Barry Huron doesn't think too highly of how Commandos were originally put together so he set about bringing a 750 up to his own standards (and then some). Yes, that is a supercharger…

TriBSA Combination: Odgie investigates an unusual outfit which was built specifically for the Beamish Trial. A BSA Golden Flash frame with a unit Triumph 500 engine, Roadholder forks, and a sidecar stuck (as you'd expect) on the side…

Triumph L2/1: You may be familiar with the Tiger 70 250 which Triumph built in the late 1930s. This is the machine which preceded it; a svelte OHC girder/rigid single, and the story of its restoration

Triumph T140 Hurriclone: Want to stand out from the T140 crowd? Paul Miles sampled a 750 Bonneville with added Hurricane appeal…

Plus: Graham Ham goes Over The Hill to the wilds of Wales; PUB gets steamed up; Dave Minton discusses the difference between a real motorcyclist and slick biker, and Frank Westworth dons his AMC anorak to prepare a Matchless G12 for its MoT.

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Issue One Hundred and Five: January 2013

Issue 105: Beauty and The Beast?...

You 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 get hold of the latest issue...

AJS Model 18: The road to riding delight can be a bumpy and unpredictable one. Stuart Urquhart wanted a bike like his dad's…

Ariel 500 Twin: Ariel twins are some of the more neglected of the British parallel lines, but why? Frank Westworth rides one and ponders

Bert Hopwood Profile: Inspired to investigate the people who created the bikes we call classics, Richard Jones started with one of the old industry's most well-known characters. He follows Bert Hopwood's early career from Ariel to Triumph, to Norton and then BSA

Featherbed Special, Final Episode: Martyn Roberts created a modern café racer from a Suzuki engine and a featherbed frame. And finally the Manki is finished! It runs! It rides! It brings a smile to Martyn's face!

Kawasaki Z1R Turbo: Meet Black Molly, one of the world's first stabs at a factory turbo motorcycle. Paul Miles discovers the meaning of warped speed…

Morini 125 Rebuild: Part Cinque: Stuart Thomson's restoration of his small capacity single-cylinder Morini continues with sprockets, oil filters and the dreaded electrics...

Royal Enfield Bullet, Part 2: They're everywhere. They're affordable. They're a load of fun. Odgie caught a Bullet and stripped it back to basics

Triumph 3SW: Some outlandish alterations are inflicted on innocent two-wheelers during military emergencies. Rowena Hoseason meets one of WW2's less well-known warriors and learns about one of its unusual applications

Meanwhile... Frank Westworth tackles an Ariel, a Matchless, grease, grime and backache in The Shed; Dave Minton says farewell to Gordon Lucas; PUB grapples with gearbox grief, and Burman's b'stard bearings, and Graham Ham considers the best old bikes for riding vast mileages.

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Issue One Hundred and Four: December 2012

Issue 104: Blue Un and Green Un...

A Norton desert sled! Two Beesa 500s! A Bullet, a Beemer and a Bonnie! And… a woman in a nurse's uniform! It's all in the new issue of RealClassic...

BMW R60: A 1968 US-spec Boxer is brought back from the brink. Its owner explains how, and why this model attracted him in the first place

BSA A50: The unit-construction BSA 500 twin was built between 1962 and 1970 or so. In that time it changed significantly in character, if not much mechanically. We test one from each end of the era to see how different they feel on the road today

Norton P11: What would happen if you took the beefy Norton 750 Atlas twin engine and squeezed it into the scrambles chassis intended for a single-cylinder 500? The famous P11 desert sled is the result, and Frank Westworth rode one

Kenilworth Motorcyclette: Back in 1921, 15mph was considered to be a more than adequate cruising speed for an open-framed ladies' mount. Odgie meets a truly remarkable 142cc pushrod four-stroke, and is amazed

Morini Corsaro Rebuild, Part 4: Morini's small capacity single-cylinder models are usually overshadowed by the popular 350 twins. Stuart Thomson tackles the top end

Royal Enfield Bullet, Part 1: Odgie spent £1400 on a 2002 Bullet on eBay, and before transforming it into something extraordinary he fettled it into roadgoing condition and ran around on it for a bit. Well, he tried to. But that clutch takes some adjustment…

Suzuki Featherbed Special, Part 2: This was going to be the final chapter but we couldn't fit it all in. So this time Martyn Roberts fits his Suzuki single engine into a Norton featherbed frame

Triumph Bonneville: Yes it is another T140 Triumph 750 twin, but this is not just any old T140 Triumph 750 twin. Tis the very rare Anti Vibration version, with rubber where it matters. We test its mettle against a similarly bendy Norton Commando and a Devimead BSA 750, and count white fingers in the caff

Meanwhile... Graham Ham goes on a special trip with a very special pillion passenger; RC readers discuss Phil Irving, the correct gear camplate for speed twins, defining torque and the problem of patina; Jacqueline Bickerstaff investigates early rotary engine; Dave Minton discusses magnetos, and Frank Westworth starts reassembling his Ariel single in the Shed.

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Issue One Hundred and Three: November 2012

Issue 103: Off-Beat Beauty...

This month's RealClassic magazine is stuffed full of specials: a Triumph sprinter, a cammy Norton and a featherbed Suzuki (pardon?) Just as well there's also a BSA Bantam, an Ariel single, a Moto Guzzi twin and a Laverda triple to ground us in reality...

Ariel NG: A heart-warming tale of a long-term purchase process, an excellent restoration, and a fine result. Philip Tedstone tells it as it was, and everything which has been done in between, with plenty of hands-on advice and trade recommendations

BSA Bantam: Few folk would choose to ride a small stroker more than a thousand miles in less than a week, but, as Rick Howell reports, his pretty poulet proved to be top of the pecking order

Laverda 3C: The Italian triple. No, it's not a Jota. Yes it is superb and desirable. Nolan Woodbury rides another Laverda; a 3C and investigates its introduction into America

Moto Guzzi V7 Café Classic: Air-cooled, pushrod twin. Deliberately classic style, modern amenities. Sound good? Reuben Fowles thought so too, and bought his own Moto Guzzi 750

Moto Morini 125 Rebuild: Part Tre: Morini's small capacity single-cylinder models are usually overshadowed by the popular 350 twins. Stuart Thomson stripped down his 125 single, and applied skill and paint…

Norton International: Why do some folk go all misty-eyed whenever overhead-cam singles are mentioned? Frank Westworth takes a personal approach to a featherbed 580cc special

Suzuki Featherbed Special: Martyn Roberts is an engineer, and like many engineers he decided to engineer his own motorcycle from a featherbed frame and a Suzuki single motor. Part one: the project begins

Triumph Sprint Special: Two Triumph Twins in perfect harmony. Sounds like the stuff of dreams? Odgie investigates, and explains life in the very fast lane…

Triumph 6T Thunderbird: What to do when two of your friends ride Triumph 650 Thunderbirds? Martin Hughes-Games found Thunderbird 3 for himself

Plus: The slightly frightening French BFG; Minton remembers the end of Phil Vincent's career, PUB gets to grips with an AJS project, And FrankW spends more time in the filing cabinet than in The Shed…

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Issue One Hundred and Two: October 2012

Issue 102: Beezer Bonanza...

Beezers abound in the October 2012 edition. And a BMW. And a Bonneville. And another bike or two which don't begin with 'B'...

BMW R100R: The Mystic was the last of the airhead line. Frank Westworth takes one for a ride

BSA B31: First rebuild the gearbox, then cure the oil leaks, and then ride a rigid 350 single to the Isle of Man

BSA A10: A plunger 650 twin, rebuilt in working trim, ready to be ridden. So what's it like to ride?

BSA M20: Back in the day, this sidevalve survivor wasn't considered a classic. It was just another old bike. Its owner recalls many miles with an ex-military machine

BSA 250 Unit Singles: A buyer's eye view of the market, including C15s, B25s and even T25s and TR25s too. The price of oil-in-frame B25s is on the rise…

Morini Corsaro Rebuild, Part 2: Morini's small capacity single-cylinder models are usually overshadowed by the popular 350 twins. Stuart Thomson strips it down and prepares to paint

Triumph Bonneville: In a moment's madness, we discover how you might fit nitrous oxide to a big bore Meriden twin. And then stand well back

Yamaha RC250LC: Paul Miles relives his hooligan youth with a liquid-cooled stroker, and muses over the Yamaha's relationship to a much earlier, British built water-cooled two-stroke

Meanwhile... Graham Ham reveals the art of pulling a trailer with a motorcycle; Jacqueline Bickerstaff goes to the Windmill Rally; Dave Minton reveals how Laverda came to be imported to the UK by the Slater brothers, and Frank Westworth finally starts painting his Ariel project

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Issue One Hundred and One: September 2012

Issue 101: *That* Kawasaki...

In the September 2012 edition, RC writers get to grips with...

Ariel (single) vs Triumph (twin): Love at first sight. Comparing a 1947 Triumph twin to a 1944 Ariel single may appear to be a strange occupation, but Reg Eyre knows what he likes about motorcycles with military history

BMW K75 Refurb, Part 2: Ex-Police motorcycles are often very affordable and well-equipped. Steve MacGregor returned a K75 RT to prolonged civilian life, and shares his conclusions with us

Bsa Star Twin: Long-term ownership of a motorcycle is a sure way to learn all about it. Gordon Johnston and his BSA A7 500 twin have been together for more than thirty years…

Kawasaki Special: It's a super-rapid retro! Jonathan Hoare inspected some serious muscle and attempted to explain why you'd dress up an old Kawasaki to look like a recent Triumph

Matchless Trials Single: The old traditional big Brit banger is alive and well, and surprisingly active in VMCC off-road events. Odgie examines a much-modded G80 500 single

Morini Corsaro Rebuild, Part 1: Morini's small capacity single-cylinder models are usually overshadowed by the popular 350 twins. Stuart Thomson picked 175cc single for his winter project

1930 Norton 16H: It's nearly 90 years since the vintage era of sporting sidevalves. Rowena Hoseason encounters one of the long-lived survivors of that time

Velocette MSS: It's an easy starter. It rides like a gentleman. It is very quiet. How can this be a Velocette? Frank Westworth delights aboard an MSS

Meanwhile... Graham Hill goes Over The Hill on his trusty Speed Twin once again; PUB investigates more on Motosacoche; Dave Minton spends money on his old motorcycles, and Frank Westworth runs out of reasons not to start work on his Ariel 350 project.

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Issue One Hundred: August 2012

Issue 100: Ton-Up (and shiny)...

After nearly ten years, we arrive at RC100, curiously taller than its predecessors, but otherwise much the same as it ever was...

1924 AJS B1: There is something uniquely excellent about an unrestored motorcycle. Odgie discovers delight in an antique AJS

AJS Model 31: It's finally finished. Frank has been rebuilding the £100 Ajay what feels like forever (but is only 100 months: don't exaggerate). Which means it's time for Rowena Hoseason to see if it'll withstand the rigours of a proper road test

BMW K75 Rebuild: Ex-Police motorcycles are often very affordable and well-equipped. Steve MacGregor returned a K75 RT to prolonged civilian life

BSA GOLD STAR CB34: If we could have summoned the enthusiasm, then we would have organised a 'ton up' theme for the bikes in this issue. But it all felt a bit artificial, so even though this Goldie is entirely capable of 100mph, we didn't bother. Some motorcycle enthusiasts chop and change their bikes all the time. Not so the owner of this iconic classic. One man. One motorcycle. For forty years!

Honda CBX750F: According to Mark Williams, the UJM reached its peak in 1985, although he had to wait another 26 years for his (And yes, this is the same MW who appeared in RC01. We'll probably have to wait for RC200 for his next story)

MV Agusta Ipotesi: Like father, like son? Paul Miles seeks the soul of the big fours in MV's 350 Sport

Triumph TRW: Gently does it. Relaxed and reliable, durable and dirt-resistant. Frank Westworth remade an old acquaintance with this military sidevalve twin

Plus: Readers discuss whether the needles on a Katana really do travel in different directions (they don't. But they look as if they do); debate restoration or recreation; say au revoir to Radco; Graham Ham and his trusty Speed Twin make progress en route to Sweden; Dave Minton remembers two very special Velocettes; Jacqueline Bickerstaff rides her TT Triumph to Banbury and a Vincent to Cassington, and Frank Westworth reminds himself not to fix anything which isn't actually broken yet (and yes, that is a not-so-subtle comment on the nature of publishing as well as motorcycling…). Then there's all the usual gubbins like news, events and reader ads too, although we didn't have space to mention our new T-shirts, sadly.

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Issue 99: Angular... Issue Ninety Nine: July 2012

  • Ariel VH500: This particular Ariel single is a well-travelled steed. It went all the way to South Africa and back, but sadly failed to live up to expectations. Its new owner attempts to give it a new lease of life

  • BSA A7: The very first BSA vertical twin 500 which arrived in 1949 was longer-stroke than the later models. We ride a really rare one: one owner from new and never restored

  • Moto Guzzi Le Mans: By 1983, America had pretty much fallen out of love with these Italian V-twins. But some folk kept the faith, and we test a very special edition of a MkIII Le Mans

  • Sunbeam Special: In the final part of this series, our Sunbeam 2CV sprouts a sidecar and takes to the road. Odgie tells us what it's like to ride, at last!

  • Suzuki Katana 1100: It wowed the world in terms of styling, but is the cool Kat much more than a UJM in a smart suit? We perused with a view to purchasing

  • Triumph Tiger Cub: The lightweight T20s are increasingly popular as trials mounts. We investigate how to convert one for pre-65 action, and which mods really make a difference in the mud

  • Vintage Special: What happens when you mix a Sunbeam engine, a Norton gearbox and a Norton frame to build a tribute to a New Hudson? You build a bike which would look just right at Brooklands, that's what

    Plus: Graham rides his Speed Twin in the general direction of Sweden; PUB talks about radial engines; Dave Minton remembers filming for TV three decades ago, and Frank Westworth has a misfire to cure. Or not. And then there's letters, news, bikes for sale, events to go to, and all the usual gubbins you would expect in a damn fine motorcycling magazine…

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