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19th March 2003

Tech: The Oil Truth

Click for MoreThere are probably more myths and misconceptions about oil and lubrication than any other subject in motorcycling. Gerry Bristow attempts to set straight some of the errors that masquerade as facts... More...


8th June 2011

Insider Info: QinetiQ Bio-Ethanol Fuel Report

Click for MoreRunning a bike more than 10 years old or with a fibreglass petrol tank? This report was produced for a Department for Transport project aimed at assessing the impact of bio-ethanol petrol. You might want to read it then contact your MP... More...


4th May 2012

Insider Info: Tyre Wear on Classic Bikes

Click for MoreWhen we observed in RealClassic magazine that two similar classic bikes were using their tyres very differently, and wondered what it could mean, RC readers provided all kinds of answers... More...


14th March 2012

Insider Info: Petrol Tank Cleaning and De-Rusting

Click for MoreLes Howard recommends a four stage process for stripping, cleaning, de-rusting and drying the petrol tank on your classic motorcycle. Appropriate clothing should be worn... More...


14th September 2011

Insider Info: Petrol Tank Cleaning and Sealing

Click for MoreThe sticky business of cleaning and re-sealing fuel tanks can be tricky to get right first time, especially as there are so many cleaners and sealants now on the market. Ian Potter of Tank Care Products shares some of his expertise with us... More...


15th June 2011

Insider Info: Ethanol Update

Click for MoreThe first fuel additives are coming onto the market to combat the effects of ethanol in petrol. As yet, they're unproven, but there are some other things you can do if your old bike is suffering from the ethanol effect... More...


23rd March 2011

Insider Info: Petrol Tank Rust Removal

Click for MoreAlways on the lookout for quick and cost-effective remedies, Derek Pickard details a smart way to rid a petrol tank of filter-clogging rust... More...


13th October 2010

Insider Info: Eyes Right: Expert Advice - Part 4

Click for MoreAll roads users need clear vision to drive or ride safely. Classic riders frequently suffer from deteriorating vision, too. Paul Miles, RC's resident professional eye expert, finishes by looking at contact lenses and going under the knife... More...


29th September 2010

Insider Info: Eyes Right: Expert Advice - Part 3

Click for MoreAll roads users need clear vision to drive or ride safely. Classic riders frequently suffer from deteriorating vision, too. Paul Miles, RC's resident professional eye expert, continues his explanation and considers lenses, goggles and visors... More...


8th September 2010

Insider Info: Eyes Right: Expert Advice - Part 2

Click for MoreAll roads users need clear vision to drive or ride safely. Motorcyclists have to cope with visors and goggles, and classic riders frequently suffer from deteriorating vision, too. Paul Miles continues his explanation, now ordering spectacles... More...


25th August 2010

Insider Info: Eyes Right: Expert Advice

Click for MoreAll roads users need clear vision to drive or ride safely, and classic riders frequently suffer from deteriorating vision, too. RC's resident professional eye expert guides us through the available options - starting with getting the most from your eye test... More...


14th December 2009

Insider Info: Magnetos

Click for MoreThe Power Behind The Bang Behind The Clutch Behind The Rear Tyre… Dave Minton explains about the sparks that come from Lucas, BTH and Bosch... More...


2nd May 2008

Insider Info: Suspension and Handling

Click for MoreSpring is here, and obsessive suspension tinkerer Martin Gelder's enthusiasm is undamped. Rebounding from a succession of old bikes with interesting steering, he weaves his way through a list of suggestions to help get the most out of a bike's handling... More...


12th February 2008

Insider Info: Dynamo Voltage Regulator

Click for MoreWhat exactly is a DVR, and why do classic bikes need them? Mike Hutchings explains why he developed a new voltage regulator to suit his BSA A10... More...


25th September 2007

Insider Info: Stretch and Relax: Personal Maintenance for Real Classic Riders

Click for MoreAching elbows, creaking knees and a dodgy back? Neck stiff and wrists giving you gyp after a long ride? A bit of careful stretching can make all the difference, so we got registered osteopath Eileen Fox to bend us into shape... More...


16th March 2005

Techniques: Cylinder Bore Roundness

Click for MoreYour old bike's engine will have at least one cylinder which should, in theory, be cylindrical. Hutch explains how cylinders can become squared off, barrelled, or even (gulp) banana-shaped... More...


2nd July 2004

Tech: Burglar Alarms for Guarding Your Garage

Click for MoreWe've talked about security before, but after a spate of thefts David Atkinson offers a timely technical guide to alarms and how you can best use them to safeguard your classic bike... More...


4th June 2004

Tech: Wiring

Click for MoreYou don't need to be frightened of electrickery. Faced with the need to indicate, the Real Classic Club member known as Not Very Near Launceston got (not very) technical... More...


26th March 2004

Tech: Bike Security

Click for MoreSometimes even locking a prized classic bike in your own garage isn't enough to keep it safe. Steve The Toast looks at how you can foil the tea-leaves, starting with your shed... More...


19th December 2003

Tech: Perfect Paint

Click for MoreYou may have a torrid time when tin tidying with aerosols, but the paintwork on your classic bike need not look like a badly bespattered botch job. Claude Nomonet knows how to do it right... More...


28th October 2003

Tech: Chains

Click for MoreClassic Maintenance? Real Mart rambles on about shafts, chains, grease baths and aerosol sprays before getting his hands dirty fitting a Scottoiler… More...


9th October 2003

Tech: Brakes, Part 2

Click for MoreIn his first instalment, Dave Minton explained why your classic bike brakes don't work so well. Here he investigates how an expert can get the best from them... More...


26th September 2003

Tech: Brakes, Part 1

Click for MoreAre you baffled by brakes? Do your drums let you down? Dave Minton explains how and why, and how to fix it and why you should... More...


29th December 2002

Tech: Wheely Simple

Click for MoreHowever old and quaint your bike, it should have a pair of true-running wheels in exact alignment. If not, says Paul Friday, then you are riding a crab... More...


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