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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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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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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...


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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15th 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...


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...


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 Gelder's ten top tips for having a terrific time on track... 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...


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 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 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...


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...


28th December 2012

Opinion: Men of Metal: Sonny Angel

Click for MoreThe international classic bike scene boasts many men of metal. Roger Slater grabs a chat with one of them, Sonny Angel of San Diego... More...


14th December 2012

Opinion: Famous Last Words 11: New Year Resolution

Click for MoreYou're reading a website about old bikes, so presumably you like old bikes. But do you ride one? Frank Westworth is dazed and confused... More...


26th November 2012

Opinion: Are Retro Replicas Good Value?

Click for MoreMartin Gelder goes to Motorcycle Live at the NEC and comes back with a head full of questions and a camera full of inspiration and distraction in equal measure... More...


16th November 2012

Opinion: Riding Reminiscences 2

Click for MoreIan Caswell recalls more of his early riding years at the Paddock, and one particular episode which became a local motorcycling myth... More...


2nd November 2012

Opinion: Famous Last Words 10: Facing Facts

Click for MoreFiction is a wonderful thing in its place. That place shouldn't really be in the description of a motorcycle, says Frank Westworth... More...


22nd October 2012

Opinion: Riding Reminiscences

Click for MoreIan Caswell cut his motorcycling teeth on moped mayhem at a place called The Paddock, and recalls his teenage tearaway days... More...


7th September 2012

Opinion: Famous Last Words 9: Ignorance is Bliss

Click for MoreMotorcycling and music fit together as well as grease and grit, says Frank Westworth. Possibly...
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17th August 2012

Opinion: Famous Last Words 8: If Ethanol Clogs Your Carburettor

Click for MoreFrank Westworth muses upon the meaning of magical metal lurgy... More...


10th August 2012

Opinion: Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3

Click for MoreA bike that works, a place to be, a British summer. And nanny goats. Martin Gelder finds three reasons to be cheerful while riding his Airhead BMW... More...


6th July 2012

Opinion: Ten Trackday Commandments

Click for MoreIt's the Festival of 1000 Bikes this weekend and Beezumph 21 is looming, so here's one from the archives: Martin Gelder presents ten top tips for having a terrific time on track... More...


29th June 2012

Opinion: Famous Last Words 7

Click for More'It's very nice, but…' Journalists ride other folks' bikes all the time. Frank Westworth has just loaned his Number One Favourite Motorcycle to someone else... More...


1st June 2012

Opinion: Famous Last Words 6

Click for MoreSome folk fall off their bikes. A surprise, it's true, but Frank Westworth is one of them. Someone is to blame! Someone must pay!... More...


25th April 2012

Opinion: Where Are They Now?

Click for MoreIn the grip of nostalgia, you may be tempted to try to find your P&J from years gone by. We've found that strategic enquiries works better than the scattergun approach... More...


27th April 2012

Opinion: Historic Motorcycle Racing

Click for MoreThe BHR classic racing season started last month. Roy Maddox reckons there was a missed opportunity at Mallory...
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Friday 13th April 2012

Opinion: Famous Last Words 5

Click for MoreOld bike shows are strange events, not least when viewed from the inside out. Frank Westworth spends too much time standing on stands... More...


9th March 2012

Opinion: Duller than a Deauville

Click for More"These large corporate companies won't force their vision of motor-cycles for the masses on me". Anarchy goes to test ride a new Honda... More...


2nd March 2012

Opinion: London International Classic and Custom Show

Click for MoreClassic Motorcycling meets Kustom Kuture at Ally Pally. Martin Gelder went along to see if it was a marriage made in heaven or a muddled up medley... More...


10th February

Opinion: Famous Last Words

Click for MoreWhat are journalists for? Should they always tell it as it is? Or as they see it? Frank Westworth fears a breakdown but Sandra Saves The Day... More...


23rd December 2011

Opinion: Famous Last Words

Click for MoreOld bike clubs are right at the core of the classic bike scene. Frank Westworth has belonged to many clubs, but wonders whether the excitement is all too much... More...


16th December 2011

Opinion: SatNav Savvy!

Click for MoreAndreas Ganzera responds to Rowena's recent grumbling about not using GPS or modem navigational aids. Andreas reckons SatNav makes much more sense on the European mainland... More...


9th December 2011

Opinion: Get Lost!

Click for MoreWhen it comes to navigation, Rowena Hoseason is a traditionalist at heart and has no truck with SatNav... More...


25th November 2011

Opinion: Famous Last Words

Click for More'Tell us what you think' and 'have your say' seem ubiquitous these days. Magazine editors listen closely to every word you tell them. Whether magazine editors act upon those words is another matter entirely. Frank Westworth admits defeat... More...


14th October 2011

Opinion: Famous Last Words

Click for MoreMotorcycle marketing is subtle and it is clever; so subtle and so clever that most folk have no idea of how it works. Frank Westworth, editor of the RealClassic monthly magazine, is one of those folk... More...


5th October 2011

Opinion: On Speed

Click for MoreRoger Bibbings suggests that while speed itself may not kill, you don't have to travel at 180mph to enjoy yourself on two wheels... More...


2nd September 2011

Opinion: Bruce Pollard

Click for MoreOne of life's genuine real classic riders rode over the horizon in early 2011. Jim Reynolds pays tribute to him...
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6th July 2011

Opinion: Ten Trackday Commandments

Click for MoreIt's the Festival of 1000 Bikes this weekend and Beezumph 20 is looming, so here's one from the archives; Martin Gelder presents ten top tips for having a terrific time on track... More...


24th 2011

Opinion: Motorcycle Magazine Road Test Truths

Click for MoreThe truth can now be told. One-time motorcycle testing journalist, Derek Pickard, reveals the real meaning behind those bland test reports from the 1970s and 1980s... More...


9th February 2011

Opinion: What's Classic and What's Not

Click for MoreWhat is a 'classic'? It's one of those abstract questions that has sparked a million internet arguments. Andy Wegg adds fuel to the fire with a Jawa Mustang and some 500cc Hondas... More...


24th January 2011

Opinion: Britain, From Abroad

Click for MoreFamiliarity breeds… you know. Roger Houghton, a visitor from South Africa, takes a fresh look at the UK while he visits its classic motorcycling heritage sites... More...


3rd November 2009

Opinion: Classic Japanese Motorcycle News

Click for MoreSteve Cooper from the VJMC brings us up to date with some information about next year's Uttoxeter Show, and contemplates the value of originality... More...


21st July 2010

Opinion: A Classic Introduction

Click for MoreWhat bike would make the perfect introduction to real classic motorcycling? Vague familiarity or character-building oddness? Paul Miles conducts a scientific experiment on a man called Simon... More...


11th December 2009

Opinion: Reasons For Motorcycling

Click for MoreDave Wooding recalls his time spent with a Triumph 3T, a BSA B31 (and a Reliant but we won't mention that) among other old bikes, and ponders the attractions of motorcycling in general... More...


20th November 2009

Opinion: Safety First!

Click for MoreJim Peace remembers when the warnings on cigarette packets had nothing at all to do with smoking... More...


13th November 2009

Opinion: Showing Off

Click for MoreSteve Cooper of the VJMC gets controversial with his feelings about show-going trophy-hunters whose classic bikes don't... actually... work... More...


4th September 2009

Opinion: Condition Not Important

Click for MoreTo some folk, a classic bike is a precious thing to be cosseted and cared for. Steve Cooper of the VJMC argues that there's room for the scruffy sort, too... More...


28th May 2009

Opinion: Great White Hope or Giant White Elephant

Click for MoreWe've just received a press release about the launch of a new British Motorcycle Brand, complete with tantalising computer generated images of a range of Buell Blast based singles. Martin Gelder isn't sure whether to laugh or cry... More...


15th May 2009

Opinion: Fettling of Parts

Click for MoreThere are those who believe that classic motorcycles are poetry in motion. Marc Buffery proves that classic bike poetry can inspire all manner of emotions... More...


5th May 2009

Opinion: It Takes All Sorts

Click for MoreSteve Cooper of the VJMC considers collectors, fettlers and hoarders of classic Japanese motorcycles... More...


20th March 2009

Opinion: AMC Anorak 38

Click for MoreFrank Westworth has been thinking back to days gone by, and to AJS and Matchless CSR twins of ancient memory... More...


Friday 13th February 2009

Opinion: Modern 'Classics'

Click for MoreWhat is the attraction of a modern 'classic' motorcycle? Paul "The Destroyer" sticks his neck out (and doesn't mention Triumphs once!)... More...


30th January 2009

Opinion: AMC Anorak 37

Click for MoreWhen it comes to living with classic AJS and Matchless motorcycles, a wise man might learn from his mistakes. Frank Westworth is plainly no wise man... More...


9th January 2009

Opinion: AMC Anorak 36

Click for MoreFrank Westworth thought that he knew everything about everything AJS did in the past days. He didn’t. Doesn’t... More...


6th January 2009

Opinion: Slip Slidin' Away – Or How Not to Fall Off in Bad Weather. Probably.

Click for MoreEver wondered why some people seem to revel in riding their classic bikes in winter, while others just head for the nearest bar - or the nearest ditch. Martin Gelder has some top tips... More...


24th December 2008

Xmas 2008: A Christmas Cracker

Click for MoreTime for a little nostalgic indulgence. Take a trip back in time to the 1960s as GeofS pays homage to the bikes which could ‘Stop Anything In No Time’... More...


19th December 2008

Opinion: Stocks, Shares and Sheds

Click for MoreRichard McCann discovers that recession doesn’t only affect valve seats... More...


28th November 2008

Opinion: AMC Anorak 35

Click for MoreFrank Westworth last attended the AJS and Matchless Owners’ Club’s remarkable Alternative Jampot Rally in 1990. Until this year... More...


4th November 2008

Opinion: If Banks Were Old Bikes

Click for MoreThe Great British public seem to have bought a basket case. Phil Speakman applies his experience with old clunkers to the current credit crisis-crash-crunch kerfuffle... More...


24th October 2008

Opinion: The Rise Of The Japanese Industry

Click for MoreHow did Japan’s motorcycle industry come to inherit the market position which the British bike business once held? Steve Cooper of the VJMC makes some suggestions... More...


20th October 2008

Opinion: Sorry Mate, I Didn't See You

Click for MoreEven though more of us fell off last year, motorcycling is getting safer. Fact. Martin Gelder wades through the 2007 Department for Transport Road Casualties Report to find out what causes motorcycle accidents... More...


10th October 2008

Opinion: IF

Click for More“IF you can torque your head when all about you, Are warping theirs and blaming it on you...” So wrote Dockyard Kipling, with a bit of help from Dave off of the RC Message Board... More...


29th August 2008

Opinion: Opinion: Criminal Killers

Click for MoreDo you know anyone who commits the motorcycling equivalent of cold-blooded murder? KarlB knows a few criminals...
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15th August 2008

Opinion: Triumph Bonneville Light Fantastic (not)

Click for MoreRic Pirson owns a Hinckley Triumph Bonneville, and tells a sad tale of not seeing the light...
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25th July 2008

Opinion: First Japanese Classic

Click for MoreIf you're thinking of buying your first Japanese classic bike, then Steve Cooper of the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club has some suggestions... More...


17th June 2008

Shedology: Shed-Dwelling Again

Click for MoreThe workshop (shed, garage or whathaveyou) is an essential part of classic biking life, it seems. John R Kerridge (aka Yorkie) explains why every man should have one... More...


30th May 2008

Shedology: Shed-Dwelling

Click for MoreClassic bike enthusiasts can often be found in garages and workshops. How can you make the most of your spannering? Karl Bentley muses upon sheds and other places of violence... More...


9th May 2008

Opinions and Columns: AMC Anorak 34

Click for MoreIt’s sometimes easy to get carried away with AJS and Matchless CSR twins and comp singles, but there’s lots of charm in something a little less exotic. Frank Westworth has been rediscovering gentle charm... More...


25th April 2008

Opinion: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways

Click for MoreA while back, RealClassic message board regular Martyn(CB750) pondered on his love of classic motorcycles of all shapes and sizes. We thought it was worth repeating... More...


8th February 2008

Opinions and Columns: AMC Anorak 33

Click for MoreLast time Frank Westworth was dreaming about dream bikes. This time he’s wondering about owning just a single motorcycle. Which would you choose if you could have only one? More...


25th January 2008

Opinions and Columns: AMC Anorak 32

Click for MoreHave you ever found your ideal classic bike? Frank Westworth has... and more than once!
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23rd November 2007

Opinion: AMC Anorak 31

Click for MoreNumbed by the current obsession for producing shiny fake motorcycles where there was previously rust and ruin, Frank Westworth reveals a talent in the opposite direction... More...


26th October 2007

Opinion: Travels with Top-Box

Click for MoreJim Peace has taken his Top Box halfway around the world. It's been close to the North Pole, crossed the Golden Gate Bridge and been frozen solid in Cumbria. Is it time for retirement? More...


12th October 2007

Opinion: AMC Anorak 30

Click for MoreHave you ever ridden a real, genuine, internationally successful competition Matchless? Frank Westworth has ridden several, strangely... More...


14th September 2007

Opinion: AMC Anorak 29

Click for MoreMaligned by many, AJS and Matchless lightweights can be a lot of fun. Frank Westworth, no lightweight, tries to convince himself... More...


31st August 2007

Opinion: AMC Anorak 28

Click for MoreRally Around! There are lots of rallies these days. There have always been lots of rallies, in fact, and when he was young Frank Westworth used to attend them... More...


27th July 2007

Opinion: AMC Anorak 27

Click for MoreRiding old bikes produces many wonderful moments. Frank Westworth dredges through his memory for some memorable AJS and Matchless rides... More...


24th July 2007

Opinion: Paradise Lost

Click for MoreHow do we define ourselves? By our jobs, the way we dress, or the music we like? By the bikes we ride or lust after? Episode two from Trevor Oz Brooks... More...


20th July 2007

Opinion: The British Two-Stroke Conundrum

Click for MoreThere came a point when both Panther and Ariel stopped building their traditional four-stroke motorcycles and switched over to two-stroke production. David Bullivant has a theory which explains why... More...


9th July 2007

Opinion: That Was Then. Is It Still Now?

Click for MoreDo you prefer cappuccino, or is builder's tea more your style? Rowena Hoseason wonders if there's still room for all sorts in classic biking... More...


29th June 2007

Opinion: AMC Anorak 26

Click for MoreThere was once a time when folk rode their AJS and Matchless motorcycles all over the place! Frank Westworth reflects...
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25th June 2007

Opinion: The Perfect Motorcycle

Click for MoreIn a recent issue of RealClassic magazine, reader Roger Bibbings asked for nominations for the perfect modern motorcycle to suit classic bike riders. And lots of people answered him... More...


8th June 2007

Opinion: When Choppers Were Cool

Click for MoreThat's no way to treat a classic bike! John Kane revisits a simple land before heroes emerged from the back streets...
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31st May 2007

Opinion: Pride And Clarke

Click for MoreIn the heyday of the British bike industry, everyone had heard of (or bought a bike from) Pride and Clarke in London's Stockwell Road. Our readers remember them... More...


25th May 2007

Opinion: AMC Anorak 25

Click for MoreGreat Things Are Afoot. Is Frank Westworth really going to sell a classic bike? Or even two classic bikes? Stranger things have happened. But not many... More...


30th April 2007

Opinion: The BSA OC: Behind The Scenes

Click for MoreWant to know what an Owners' Club is really like? A65Bill dishes the dirt with the inside story of the BSA Owners' Club recent AGM... More...


27th April 2007

Opinion: AMC Anorak 23

Click for MoreDid you know that lots and lots of the very best, British-built AJS and Matchless motorcycles were exported to the USA? It came as a surprise to Frank Westworth... More...


5th April 2007

Opinion: Opinion: Vive La Rivet-Counter

Click for MoreYou might not want to rebuild your classic bike to standard spec, but sometimes it helps if someone else has. Karl Bentley's BSA A50 may have been modified. Or not. Who knows? More...


23rd March 2007

Opinion: AMC Anorak 23

Click for MoreArt for art's sake; isn't that what they say? A devoted student of the art of motorcycling, Frank Westworth has long been a fan of old adverts... More...


1st March 2007

Opinion: AMC Anorak 22

Click for MoreA famous motoring writer and a few Matchless motorcycles appear in this month's musings, but mainly Frank Westworth mourns the troubles of a roadside friend... More...


16th February 2007

Opinion: A Bug's Life

Click for MoreJim Peace has made many friends on his motorcycling travels. Meet Nebraska, the bug...
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9th February 2007

Opinion: AMC Anorak 21

Click for MoreDifferent strokes for different folks. Frank Westworth remembers a great British stroker...
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6th February 2007

Opinion: First Rides on Classic Bikes

Click for MoreDave Wooding started his riding career with a Triumph 3T. He also rode a Bantam-based Villiers-engined oddity and a BSA B31, but it's the Triumph 350 twin which he remembers the most fondly... More...


2nd February 2007

Opinion: London Bike Shows - Excel vs Ally Pally

Click for MoreThis year - this week, in fact - there have been two competing motorcycle shows in London. Martin Gelder tries to pick a winner while making "vroom vroom" noises and bouncing on seats... More...


19th January 2007

Opinion: AMC Anorak 20

Click for MoreIf you want to ride your classic bike roughshod, then you simply can't beat the real thing! Frank Westworth's been playing in the dirt... More...


Monday 6th November 2006

Opinion: What's in a Name?

Click for MoreWhat do Sunbeam, BSA, Rover and Humber have in common? Ozboy likes classic motorcycles and loves a good list...
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Friday 13th October 2006

Opinion: Honda CB Reunion

Click for MoreDo you remember your first bike? Phil Speakman's was a Honda 750-4, and they've just enjoyed a reunion after all these years... More...


6th October 2006

Opinion: Matching Numbers

Click for MoreHave you ever wondered why people write 'matching numbers' on their adverts when they are selling a bike? David B Bullivant is puzzled by this tactic, and shares his confusion herewith... More...


29th September 2006

Opinion: Magic Roads

Click for MoreYou can use a motorcycle to travel from A to B. Or you can just go motorcycling. Jim Peace does both, and on the way he continues his quest to find those magic roads... More...


15th September 2006

Opinion: AMC Anorak 19

Click for MoreNo matter how much (probably useless) information you acquire, there is always more. Frank Westworth looks back on a life of lore... More...


21st July 2006

Opinion: Suzuki GT750 - It's a Love-Hate Thang

Click for MoreMessage board regulars Anarchy and MartynCB750 don't exactly see eye to eye about Suzuki's water cooled GT750. A personal view from leftfield meets a former owner's opinion.. More...


18th July 2006

Opinion: AMC Anorak 18

Click for MoreHow do some folk get to be famous? Why do people rate Triumph and Norton engines so highly? Frank Westworth champions the AJS & Matchless underdog... More...


21st July 2006

Opinion: AMC Anorak 17

Click for MoreWhere did it all start? No no, not the AJS and Matchless marques; Frank Westworth's fascination with AMC motorcycles, that's what... More...


18th July 2006

Opinion: What is classic racing for, exactly?

Click for More"Tom Loughbridge eventually finished fifteenth in class and eighteenth overall after a five lap dice with Shallcross." Who cares? Not Martin Gelder, that's for sure... More...


28th April 2006

Opinion: Scrambling in the 1950s

Click for MoreDuring his competition years, half a century ago, Cornishman Vian Curtis turned a 350 rigid Velo into a 250 swinging arm scrambler, among other adventures. Whatever happened to that Velocette single...? More...


21st April 2006

Opinion: Why are we here? Part three of tons

Click for MoreStuart Morrisson takes up our challenge to explain how his interest in classic motorcycles has developed over the years. Will he ever be brave enough to buy a Brit?... More...


10th April 2006

Opinion: Why are we here? Part two of loads

Click for MoreSteve Benson (aka AJSBSA) goes on a verbal bimble to explain what old bikes mean to him, and to his family...
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7th April 2006

Opinion: AMC Anorak 16a

Click for MoreDo you harbour a hankering for a particular model? Do you lie awake at night wondering whether your dream machine is waiting for you? Frank Westworth savours simple delusions... More...


27th March 2006

Opinion: A Condensed Lifetime Of Lunacy

Click for MoreWould you like some sound advice about old bikes? Laurie Packer has racked up nearly half a century with classic motorcycles, and reckons you shouldn't be shy of taking the plunge... More...


10th March 2006

Opinion: Why are we here? Part one of many

Click for MoreWhy do we ride the bikes that we ride? KarlB and Graham tell us about their formative years, and why one was turning Japanese while the played other British Bulldogs... More...


3rd March 2006

Opinion: AMC Anorak 16

Click for MoreThings rarely turn out the way you expect, even if your expectations were pretty modest! Frank Westworth always wanted to be an expert... More...


27tht February 2006

Opinion: Autojumbling For Idiots

Click for MorePaulG80 is having trouble telling his Amal from his exhaust (or something like that). He needs a sure-fire method for Finding The Right Bit at autojumbles... More...


27th January 2006

Opinion: AMC Anorak 15

Click for MoreNever a lender nor a borrower be … sound advice when it comes to motorcycles. Frank Westworth has some good and bad memories... More...


6th January 2006

Opinion: I'll Be The Judge of That?

Click for MoreIt's easy to pick a winner, isn't it? Ah. Not always. PaulG80 bravely enters the fray to give an inside view on how hard it is to judge the concours awards at a classic bike show... More...


29th December 2005

Serial: The Case of the Missing Magneto - Part 3

Click for MoreJohn Whapshott and Geoff Staples bring you the final part of the Herlock Sholmes adventure. Can they regain the Missing Magneto?
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22nd December 2005

Serial: The Case of the Missing Magneto - Part 2

Click for MoreJohn Whapshott and Geoff Staples bring you part 2 of the latest Herlock Sholmes adventure. Can they solve Whitworth's dilemma?
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15th December 2005

Serial: The Case of the Missing Magneto - Part 1

Click for MoreChristmas comes but once a year, and you should be grateful for that, because it brings with it all sorts of sillyness. This year's festive frivolity comes courtesy of John Whapshott and Geoff Staples, who bring you a brand new Herlock Sholmes adventure... More...


9th December 2005

Opinion: AMC Anorak 14

Click for MoreAn Electric-start Matchless? Frank Westworth waxes nostalgic for a bike he's never owned (although he did get close)...
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2nd December 2005

Opinion: Classico

Click for MoreWe have enough trouble deciding amongst ourselves which motorcycles are classic, without dragging the rest of the world into the argument. Martin Gelder stirs things up with his collection of exotic foreign magazines... More...


11th November 2005

Opinion: AMC Anorak 12a

Click for MoreFrank Westworth is supposed to know lots about AJS and Matchless motorcycles. So, naturally, people ask him questions about Nortons which turn out to be Matchlesses really. Really! More...


1st November 2005

Opinion: 2005 Autumn South of England RealClassic Bike Show

Click for MoreWho would have thought that so many people cared so much about the hows and whys of a classic bike show? Rowena Hoseason explains some of the behind-the-scenes stuff... More...



31st October 2005

Opinion: Judge Dread - The Ardingly RealClassic Bike Show

Click for More"It seemed that the real show was out here in the bike park, in the rain." Anarchy at Ardingly...
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28th October 2005

Opinion: AMC Anorak 12

Click for MoreFrank Westworth loves his AJS and Matchless motorcycles and makes a point of securing spare parts for them whenever possible. Here, in an unusual example of Hoarder's Downfall, he explains how his prize collection of AMC originals gets beaten to bits... More...


12th September 2005

Opinion: Motivation

Click for More"I hear a gem that makes me stop, put down my spanners and walk to the gate." Melbourne Métisse doesn't have to look (or listen) too hard to find reason to finish his Triumph engined Rickman framed special... More...


9th September 2005

Opinion: AMC Anorak 11

Click for MoreWhy do you ride the bike you do? Why do you not ride the bikes you don't? Frank Westworth has a head filled with puzzles...
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18th August 2005

Opinion: Roving in Rome

Click for MoreIn an attempt to broaden our horizons, Jim Rendell reports on road conditions and traffic conventions in Italy's capital city. (We have to include the obvious quotation next, it's in the contract). When in Rome... More...


5th August 2005

Opinion: AMC Anorak 10

Click for MoreThings change. Sometimes for the better; sometimes not. Frank Westworth is a keen observer of how this change affects the AJS and Matchless machines of his acquaintance... More...


30th June 2005

Opinion: AMC Anorak 9

Click for MoreIt's Matchless memory time! Frank Westworth remembers distant days when he used to ride bikes from time to time, and A Glowing Tribute to The Wobbly Bike Shoppe... More...


24th June 2005

Opinion: Helmets

Click for MoreWhy do you wear protective headgear? NVNL considers convention, compulsion and compliance...
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13th June 2005

Opinion: The Isle of Man TT Races

Click for MoreThe TT is as Real as it gets, and is certainly Classic. Martin Gelder counts the cost of competition...
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3rd June 2005

Opinion: AMC Anorak 8

Click for MoreAMC bikes are superb examples of the very best British motorcycle engineering. But RealClassic readers already know that. Frank Westworth does a little missionary positioning... More...


11th May 2005

Opinion: The Hair-Bear Bunch

Click for MoreWhat is it that prompts motorcyclists to sport facial hair? Jim Rendell considers the RealClassic readership and the various forms of hairy and hairless... More...


4th May 2005

Opinion: My Bikes - II

Click for MoreFrom R1 to T160. It's not an obvious development, is it? NVT explains how he made the change from modern superbikes to classic motorcycles... More...


4th May 2005

Opinion: UK Vehicle/Rider Legislation Update

Click for MoreThere's been quite a bit of fuss about the new V5C 'logbook', but it isn't quite as scary as it seems. That's the good news. The bad news is that older motorcyclists might have triggered the next steps in prohibitive rider licensing... More...


29th April 2005

Opinion: AMC Anorak 7

Click for MoreLiving in the past is one thing; being reunited with it is quite another. Frank Westworth exhumes an old friend...
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18th April 2005

Opinion: My Bikes - I

Click for MoreThe path to classic biking need not necessarily be a direct one. NVT explains how he took a wandering route via trials, touring and an enforced absence... More...


5th March 2005

Opinion: The RealClassic Restoration Guide

Click for MoreAll you need to know about restoring your classic bike? Or, more like, PaulG80's tongue in cheek look at rebuilding old nails...
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11th March 2005

Opinion: AMC Anorak Part 6

Click for MoreLore has it that you are never too old to learn. Frank Westworth hopes that this in fact the case...
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3rd March 2005

Opinion: Daytona - A Postcard from the Edge

Click for MoreA wonderful experience, not to be missed? Martin Gelder didn't think so when he traipsed along Main Street a few years back...
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4th February 2005

Opinion: What Can I Do About It?

Click for MoreReal Classic regular Graham W was worried by what he was hearing about proposed legislation affecting the use of classic vehicles. So he did something about it... More...


4th February 2005

Opinion: AMC Anorak Part 5

Click for MoreFrank Westworth attempts to expand his knowledge about AJS and Matchless 650 twins and their Royal Enfield equivalent...
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23rd December 2004

Opinion: Defining Classic

Click for MoreOld? New? British? European? Concours or Contemporary? Martin Gelder rounds up the Real Classic Regulars and asks them the Regular Real Classic Question... More...


17th December 2004

Opinion: AMC Anorak Part 4

Click for MoreHave you ever wondered how the lubricant in your engine gets from tank to sump and back again? Frank Westworth gets pumped up, and then strikes oil... More...


22nd November 2004

Opinion: Riding And Remembering

Click for MoreYou can't out-run time's winged chariot for ever, but even on an old bike you can give it a damn good try. NVNL enjoys an hour's ride around Cornwall, for John... More...


15th November 2004

Opinion: AMC Anorak Part 3

Click for MoreThere's more than immediately meets the eye lurking in the ranks of the AJS and Matchless marques; it's not all CSR sports twins, you know. Frank Westworth has endured some lecturing over the years... More...


4th November 2004

Opinion: 2004 NEC Show

Click for MoreIt's Show Time! Is there anything of interest at the NEC for the Real Classic Motorcyclist? Real Mart pounds the halls so that you don't have to... More...


1st November 2004

Opinion: Of Men And Sheds

Click for MoreWe've had the last ride of summer (in RC08). Now NVNL's attention turns to wintry things and the one shed; the shed that is one though the rooms be many... More...


7th October 2004

Opinion: Cooking Engines

Click for MoreWhen someone mentioned putting engines in the oven in RealClassic magazine, Gary P Pledger thought maybe a few recipes would come in handy. No special skills are required and, for the sensitive, there's the comfort of knowing that all engines will have died a natural death... More...


1st October 2004

Opinion: AMC Anorak Part 2

Click for MoreFrank Westworth has been digging through his photo albums, digging out AJS and Matchless memorabilia for fellow AMC Anoraks... More...


20th August 2004

Opinion: The Older I Get (again)

Click for MoreIt's becoming something of a theme: eschew the modern and look back for the future. Goat Maison explains how he has taken one step at a time (backwards)... More...


13th August 2004

Opinion: Modern Engines - All They're Cracked Up To Be?

Click for MoreWhat's so great about modern motorcycle engines? Jim Rendell ponders, and discovers that there are more questions than answers... More...


3rd August 2004

Opinion: Memories of Military Motorcycles Pt.3

Click for MorePosted to a Spitfire Squadron in Italy in 1944, Frank Authers needed to visit a young lady on the other side of the country. Luckily, there was a bike on the unit which no one else was using... More...


30th July 2004

Opinion: An AMC Anorak, Part 1

Click for MoreFrank Westworth cut his classic biking teeth on AJS and Matchless machinery, and would like to share a little of his enthusiasm for the marque with you. This month, we think it shows that he's been reading old magazines for far too long... More...


27th July 2004

Opinion: Memories of Military Motorcycles Pt.2

Click for MoreFrank Authers started riding British bike in 1934, and finally bought his dream Norton some four years later. And then World War Two broke out... More...


23rd July 2004

Opinion: Classic Generations...

Click for MoreHow do you get youngsters interested in classic bikes? Graham Ham responds to FW's editorial in RC02, and considers how to encourage the next lot... More...


15th July 2004

Opinion: Falling Off A Log - As Easy As...

Click for MoreRiding a bike is as easy as falling off a log. Especially the falling off bit, as Real Mart found out on the way back from Beezumph... More...


13th July 2004

Opinion: Memories of Military Motorcycles Pt.1

Click for MoreFrank Authers has ridden bikes since 1934, and much of his motorcycling was done during his 30 years of service in the RAF. But before then he learned how to keep carbide lights working... More...


7th July 2004

Opinion: Ten Trackday Commandments

Click for MoreIt's that Beezumph time of the year again, as anyone who's looked at a weather forecast recently can confirm. Trackday veteran Real Mart has ten top tips for having a terrific time on track... More...


29th June 2004

Opinion: Why? What Next?

Click for MoreYou'll have your own reasons for being interested in classic bikes. We all do. PaulG80 asks the question: why? And what next?
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18th June 2004

Opinion: Can of Gatso Worms

Click for MoreOh no, he's opened the can of Gatso worms again. Real Mart finally snaps after narrowly missing someone panic braking from 35 to 25mph to avoid a speed camera on a road with a 40mph limit... More...


14th June 2004

Opinion: Backfire!

Click for MoreRowena Hoseason discovers that as she gets older, so do her classic bikes...
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8th June 2004

Opinion: Memories of an Old Rocker (2)

Click for MoreIn the previous episode, The Oldest Rocker In Town introduced us to the ton-up boys, the Ace Cafe, and spaghetti bolognaise. This time it's mods, rockers, beehive haircuts and binning a Velocette Venom... More...


19th May 2004

Opinion: The Way Things Were And Are

Click for MoreJim Rendell inherited the biking bug from his father, and once trained an Alsatian dog to ride pillion on a Francis Barnett. These days, a Dominator does the trick (minus dog)... More...


12th May 2004

Opinion: Memories of an Old Rocker

Click for MoreReady for a spot of time travel? The Oldest Rocker In Town is your guide to the era of coffee bars, rock 'n' roll and the ton-up cult of Britbike riding... More...


7th May 2004

Opinion: Buying a Classic Bike

Click for MoreWe're never slow to grumble about classic bike dealers who get it wrong. In his search for the perfect classic, Martin Peacock met a couple of traders who got it very right... More...


28th April 2004

Opinion: Buying Italian Bikes

Click for MoreAfter a particularly difficult day, Russ Gannicott would like to share his ten reasons why not to buy a classic Italian bike (and how to survive if you do)... More...


19th April 2004

Opinion: Getting Off is Good For You

Click for MoreHow can you deal with riding over poor road surfaces? Paul Friday recommends that you start with no road surface whatsoever... More...


30th March 2004

Opinion: Advanced Riding (Again)

Click for MoreIt's National Motorcycle Safety Week this week. No, we didn't know either. To celebrate, Real Mart goes under observation and Paul Friday tells why he took his advanced test... More...


11th March 2004

Opinion: Advanced Riding

Click for MoreDo the technicques taught on advanced riding courses really translate to classic bike riding? Paul Friday took his test (and wants to know how many roundabouts make four, exactly)... More...


16th February 2004

Opinion: Continuous Registration And All That

Click for MoreWe tried to find out what the UK's forthcoming road fund licence and vehicle registration regulations actually mean for classic bike owners. But Frank Westworth's brain melted before we could figure it all out... More...


29th January 2004

Opinion: Too Fast?

Click for MoreThe speeding debate won't go away (and we're not talking about Graham and Daisy this time), and what affects modern motorcyclists will inevitably afflict classic bike riders too. Paul Friday looks hard at the statistics... More...


27th January 2004

Opinion: Chicks Dig Sidecars

Click for MoreThis was going to be a "We go to Buntingford and admire some real classic sidecars" feature, but then Real Mart made a sudden left turn and started rambling... More...


2nd January 2004

Opinion: A Winter's (Big Shed) Tale

Click for MoreStrange things happen when your Shed is not quite as it should be. When there are no sparks but there is plenty of Christmas spirit (the kind which comes in bottles). Frank Westworth sought seasonal solace... More...


31st December 2003

Opinion: Old Bore's Almanac

Click for MoreAfter consuming several pints of Gunk and consulting the Mystic Oily Rag, this is what Old Bore foresees for the world of classic motorcycling in 2004... More...


29th December 2003

Opinion: Price Fright

Click for MoreHave you spent a fortune on shiny new spares and then been sadly disappointed? Claude Nomonet has. Never mind the quality, he says, look at the price! More...


8th December 2003

Opinion: Restoration Gap

Click for MoreIn order to successfully restore an old Britbike there are several essential items. You need a classic motorcycle. You need tools. You need spare parts. You need dedication, inspiration and anti-deodorant. And, says Jim Algar, you need Something Else... More...


14th November 2003

Opinion: A New Point of View

Click for MoreEver felt like you're not... quite... in... control? Emm's been getting a lot of that lately, and so would like to introduce you to a whole new perspective... More...


17th October 2003

Opinion: Buyer's Eye Again

Click for MoreFrank Westworth is always looking for the perfect motorcycle. He only has about twenty slightly imperfect classic motorcycles already, but at the truly enormous Netley Marsh Eurojumble he found yet more candidates for Shed stardom... More...


14th October 2003

Opinion: Speeding 101

Click for MoreEven classic bikes can get caught by speed cameras when travelling at vintage velocities. Paul Friday explains that not every camera is your enemy, while Real Mart sees Big Brother wherever he turns... More...


30th September 2003

Opinion: What to Wear?

Click for MoreAfter a steamy summer, Paul Friday muses about the correct riding kit for classic bike riders. It's not that he hasn't got a thing to wear, rather; what can he (and we) wear sensibly? More...


15th September 2003

Opinion: My Life as a Biker

Click for MoreAll bikers are tolerant, creative and supportive of each other. True? You wouldn't think so if you read the RealClassic message board! Kindly, amiable octogenarian Napoleon Ozonolysis rides down memory lane… More...


2nd September 2003

Opinion: Motorcycle Memories

Click for MoreTom Workman wisely got his bike licence before all that nasty test business arrived. Wouldn't it be great to go back to the days when life was that straightforward? More...


11th August 2003

Opinion: Nearly New vs Nearly Old

Click for MoreNever afraid to plough a new furrow, Paul Friday introduces a new concept in road-testing: the nearly-new versus the nearly-old. What an idea! (What... an idea?) More...


28th July 2003

Opinion: Tales from the Big Shed

Click for More'When I was born, I had no Shed, my eye was single, and my body was filled with light...' Frank Westworth misquotes good poetry, and comments On Shedlessness... More...


22nd July 2003

Opinion: Bendswingin'

Click for MoreWhat's the difference between the greatest ever, or the most likeable bike? Dave Minton conducts a philosophical investigation...
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3rd July 2003

Opinion: Backfire!

Click for MoreDo you belong to a good bike club? Rowena Hoseason does. But she's also heard of some which are less wonderful...
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30th June 2003

Opinion: Buyer's Eye

Click for MoreAre you looking to buy a classic bike this summer? Frank Westworth is always looking for the perfect motorcycle and at Cheltenham and Kempton Park autojumbles he found several likely candidates... More...


27th May 2003

Opinion: Tales From the Big Shed

Click for MoreThe One Shed has been half transported halfway across the country. All is chaos. Frank Westworth discovers patience and the philosophical way... More...


23rd May 2003

Opinion: TP's Small Talk

Click for MoreThey always sound so wonderful, those gleaming machines described in the Small Ads. The fabulously delicious Typing Person has seen and typed them all in her time. And she knows how to read between the lines... More...


9th May 2003

Opinion: The things you think are useless I can't understand

Click for MoreThe Big Shed is on the move! Well, not the shed itself, but the contents, the inner bits that transform any old shed into The Shed. Frank Westworth writes, to avoid packing... More...


2nd May 2003

Opinion: Top Ten Tips On Not Buying Britbikes

Click for MoreSome people like to live dangerously. Steve The Toast is plainly a man on the edge (of insanity? Of a Harley? Is that the same thing?). His bike buying guide should inspire ire and indignation and several other things beginning with 'I'... More...


22nd April 2003

Opinion: Old Sidevalve Speaks

Click for MoreJust when you thought you were safe from the club/pub 'expert' here in the virtual world of RealClassic.co.uk, Old Sidevalve somehow splutters into the ether. Just be glad he's not sitting in your local... More...


14th April 2003

Opinion: On The Road Again

Click for More (No, that's not Rowena on the right)Been sat behind a desk far too long. Time to get out and about, and see what's happening in the classic bike world. Here's how Rowena Hoseason and Frank Westworth have spent their spring weekends thus far... More...


2nd April 2003

Opinion: Bend Swingin'

Click for MoreWhy ride a Tiger 100 across Canada when there are far more suitable bikes for the job? Why ride a Tiger 100? Why ride, at all? Dave Minton addresses this business of why More...


17th March 2003

Opinion: The Bikes of Your Life

Click for MoreJohn Wheater reckons that 'Of bikes, I've had a few, but then again too few to mention.' Just to disprove that statement, here he is, mentioning them. In detail! More...


10th March 2003

Opinion: Tales From The Big Shed

Click for MoreFrank Westworth asks why does the sun shine when he's spannering, and why is it raining now the bike's fixed? Life in The Big Shed rarely runs smoothly. More...


4th March 2003

Opinion: Bend Swingin'

Click for MoreIt ain't what you got, reckons Dave Minton. It ain't even what you do with what you got; it's WHY you do, what you do, with what you got... More...


3rd February 2003

Opinion: Tales From The Big Shed

Click for MoreWhy the Big Shed? Because it's a shed, and because it's, well, big. In fact, there are three Sheds, and not many people know that. Sheds have a tendency to grow, until the whole place is packed with them. More...


21st January 2003

Opinion: Retort!

Click for MoreThe debate hots up: can a classic bike be a good investment? Allan Johnson has personal experience of buying, owning, riding and rebuilding a Brough SS80. Has it earned its keep? More...


17th January 2003

Opinion: Backfired

Click for MoreDon't believe anyone who tells you to stash your cash in a classic bike. Rowena Hoseason has her doubts about investment bankers... More...


11th January 2003

Opinion: Tales from the Big Shed

Click for MoreIt is the end of another year. How's that for a useless statement? But it's true all the same. Frank Westworth celebrates a new year. Out with the old. In with the new... More...


8th January 2003

Opinion: Backfired

Click for MoreSome people seem to know the price of everything, yet they value very little. Rowena Hoseason wonders whether three quid is too much to ask... More...


5th January 2003

Opinion: The Lost Traveller

Click for MoreSteve Wilson has travelled Down The Road of classic motorcycling for donkey's years. In this first part of his new series, he reckons that if you had to choose just one bike as the one true classic, it would surely be Triumph's Bonneville... More...


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