RealClassic.co.uk Home
www.classic-motorcycles.co.uk
Bikes | Features | Events | Books | Tech | Magazine | About | Messages | Classified | Links

RealClassic.co.uk - Ride and Event Reports
Home -> Events -> Ride and Event Reports


31st October 2014

Rides: Classics on the Green at Lerryn, Cornwall

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


27th October 2014

Rides: Buying Classic Bikes - Part Two

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


22nd October 2014

Rides: The 2014 Banbury Run - Part Two

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


20th October 2014

Rides: South of England RealClassic Bike Show

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


17th October 2014

Rides: Buying Classic Bikes - Part One

Click for MoreSometimes finding your next classic project bike isnÕt as simple as impulse-bidding on eBay. Stu Thomson goes on an Italian adventure... More...


1st October 2014

Rides: Sammy Miller Museum, Part Two

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


26th September 2014

Rides: Sleaford Historic Vehicle Show, 2014

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


22nd September 2014

Rides: Sammy Miller Museum, Part One

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


19th September 2014

Rides: RC Ride-in to the National Motorcycle Museum

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


10th September 2014

Rides: The Isle of Man Classic TT 2014

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


8th September 2014

Rides: Brackley Festival of Motorcycling

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


28th August 2014

Rides: Lytham Classic Vehicle Show 2014

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


18th August 2014

Rides: International West Kent Run 2014

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


1st August 2014

Bikes & Rides: Cotton Centenary 2014

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


30th July 2014

Rides: The Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run 2012 - Part 5

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


21st July 2014

Rides: Mallory Bike Bonanza

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


11th July 2014

Rides: Graham Ham's Giant Shed Quest

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


30th June 2014

Rides: The 216 Longest Day Ride, 2014

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


25th June 2014

Rides: The 2014 Banbury Run - Part One

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


23rd June 2014

Rides: The Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run 2012 - Part 4

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


16th June 2014

Rides: Mad Mike's Classic Gathering

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


13th June 2014

Rides: BMF Show 2014

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


9th June 2014

Rides: Rose of the Shires Run 2014

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


28th May 2014

Rides: VMCC British Historic Racing: Anglesey, April 2014

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


23rd May 2014

Rides: Nippy Newstead - The 38th All British Rally

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


14th May 2014

Rides: The Wolds Bike Run, 2014

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


9th May 2014

Rides: The 2014 Pioneer Run

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


2nd May 2014

Rides: Stafford Classic Motorcycle Show, April 2014

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


28th April 2014

Rides: The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

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


16th April 2014

Rides: Prescott Bike Festival 2014

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


14th April 2014

Rides: The Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run 2012 - Part 3

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


4th April 2014

Rides: South of England RealClassic Show

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


21st March 2014

Rides: The Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run 2012 - Part 2

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


28th February 2014

Rides: The Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run 2012

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


26th February 2014

Rides: Excel London Motorcycle Show 2014

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


14th February 2014

Rides: Coventry Transport Museum

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


20th January 2014

Rides: 2014 Newark Winter Classic

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


13th January 2014

Rides: 2014 Stony Stratford Vintage Car and Motorcycle Gathering

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


8th January 2014

Rides: Ruinerwold Oldtimer Day, 2013

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


6th December 2013

Rides: The Classics at Motorcycle Live, NEC 2013

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


29th November 2013

Rides: Motorcycle Live, NEC 2013

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


18th November 2013

Rides: Classic Motorcycle Show, NEC 2013

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


11th November 2013

Rides: Cotswold Motoring Museum

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


6th November 2013

Rides: Norton Challenge Revisited

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


9th October 2013

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

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


29th September 2013

Rides: Compass Challenge Revisited

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


25th September 2013

Rides: Darley Moor Thunderfest 2013

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


18th September 2013

Rides: Sleaford Historic Car & Motorcycle Show 2013

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


6th September 2013

Rides: Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival 2013

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


28th August 2013

Rides: Classic Motorcycle Club 1000 Bike Show

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


21st August 2013

Rides: VMCC Founders Day 2013

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


14th August 2013

Rides: End 2 End Slowly, Part 3

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


9th August 2013

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

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


3rd August 2013

Rides: VMCC Festival of 1000 Bikes, 2013

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


26th July 2013

Rides: Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2013

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


22nd July 2013

Rides: End 2 End Slowly, Part 2

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


17th July 2013

Rides: Swaton Vintage Show 2013

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


10th July 2013

Rides: 2013 Crofthandy Classic Bike Show

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


28th June 2013

Rides: The 2013 VMCC Banbury Run

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


26th June 2013

Rides: VMCC Training Day 2013

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


24th June 2013

Rides: The Carole Nash Newark Bike Bonanza

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


12th June 2013

Rides: End 2 End Slowly, Part 1

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


20th May 2013

Rides: The 2013 All British Rally

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


10th May 2013

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

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


6th May 2013

Bikes and Rides: Bantams go Westward Ho!

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


29th March 2013

Rides: British Historic Racing at Mallory Park

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


13th March 2013

Rides: The 2013 Johannesburg to Durban JD Rally

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


11th March 2013

Rides: South of England RealClassic Show, March 2013

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


25th February 2013

Rides: Hamburg Motorcycle Show

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


15th February 2013

Rides: 2013 MCN London Motorcycle Show

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


11th February 2013

Rides: The Springfields Bike Show 2013

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


16th January 2013

Rides: The CBG Newark Winter Classic

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


5th December 2012

Rides: Motorcycle Live 2012 - Take Two

Click for MoreRichard Jones visited the end-of-year modern motorcycle show in Birmingham and located a pleasing selection of old bikes amid the gleaming new machines... More...


9th November 2012

Rides: Sleaford Historic Motor Show, 2012

Click for MoreRoy Workman enjoyed a rare dry day out at the excellent Sleaford Show, in company with 80 or more interesting old motorcycles... More...


17th October 2012

Rides: Caister Castle Motor Museum

Click for MoreRoy Workman discovered an interesting collection of old auto-mobiles and classic motorcycles in the East, and then got told off for taking photographs... More...


10th October 2012

Rides: Founders Day 2012

Click for MoreThe VMCC's annual autojumble and static show fell foul of the weather initially, but all went splendidly on the rescheduled date. Richard Jones reports... More...


28th September 2012

Rides: Ducati 860GT

Click for MoreMartin Brown remembers the long hot summer of 76 and the perils of being keyless in Skegness... More...


24th September 2012

Rides: Two Wheels To Scotland

Click for MoreRoy and Chris Workman take a two-wheeled trip up north and discover a wealth of motorcycle-friendly amenities and hospitality... More...


14th September 2012

Rides: The Sunbeam Britti Rally Ride 2012 - Part 3

Click for MoreStephen Benson and his friends finish their trip across Europe on 60 year old Sunbeams. On the final leg, disaster strikes...
More...


24th August 2012

Rides: The Sunbeam Britti Rally Ride 2012 - Part 2

Click for MoreStephen Benson and pals were riding across Scandinavia on their 60 year old Sunbeam twins, when mechanical mishaps started to happen... More...


3rd August 2012

Rides: Jack's Hill Café Ton Up Day

Click for MoreRichard Jones goes in search of café racers, rock 'n' roll and Brylcreem at a classic bike meet half way up the A5. Triumph, BSA, Norton... and Renault? More...


2nd August 2012

Rides: The Sunbeam Britti Rally Ride 2012

Click for MoreStephen Benson and his friends set off on a 2500-mile across Scandinavia, on sixty year old Sunbeam twins...
More...


18th July 2012

Rides: 1000 Bikes Show, South Africa

Click for MoreThe UK isn't the only place to hold a festival of a thousand bikes. The Classic Motorcycle Club in South Africa also host a major motorcycling meet each summer... More...


11th July 2012

Rides: Swaton Vintage Day 2012

Click for MoreA spot of British summer didn't deter classic bike enthusiasts from visiting this popular show. Roy Workman even found some sunshine for his photos... More...


22nd June 2012

Rides: Moto Morini Riders Club Trackday - 30 Years at Cadwell Park

Click for MoreDozens of lightweight sporty Italian classics on track at the same time. What could possibly go wrong? Martin Gelder very nearly finds out... More...


18th June 2012

Rides: Bill Little's Barn Autojumble

Click for MoreBill Little hosted an spring autojumble at his Big Barn to celebrate the start of the riding season. Richard Jones met his first Terrot and a Greevesfield, among other interesting machines... More...


7th May 2012

Rides: Mad Mike's Classic Gathering - Bull's Head, Leics, May 2012

Click for MoreA 200 mile round trip to stand in a pub car park for a couple of hours. What better way to spend a scorchingly sunny Sunday afternoon? People who don't ride classic motorcycles probably wouldn't understand... More...


7th May 2012

Rides: VMCC Relay Rally 2012

Click for MoreOn one day in May, hundreds of classic motorcycles take to the road in the VMCC's Relay Rally. Rowena Hoseason reports... More...


18th April 2012

Rides: VMCC Cedos Run 2012

Click for MoreRichard Jones joins the VMCC for a Sunday ride out, and meets half of the known survivors of a very unusual Midlands vintage marque... More...


10th April 2012

Rides: Pioneer Run 2012

Click for MoreRichard Jones attended the annual London to Brighton Pioneer run; a parade of veteran motorcycles ridden to the south coast...
More...


7th March 2012

Rides: Bremen Classic Biking

Click for MoreWolfgang Weckeck went to the event and took the photos: Roy Workman fills in the info and remembers his first trips to Bremen, back in the day... More...


29th February

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...


22nd February 2012

Bikes and Rides: BMW K75RT Travels, Part 5

Click for MoreSteve MacGregor completes his Continental trek and reflects on how well the 20-year-old BMW performed over 3500 miles...
More...


15th February 2012

Bikes and Rides: BMW K75RT Travels, Part 4

Click for MoreSteve MacGregor took his recently rebuilt 750cc BMW triple on a tour of Eastern Europe. After Poland came Prague and Vienna...
More...


27th January 2012

Bikes and Rides: BMW K75RT Travels, Part 3

Click for MoreSteve MacGregor head east on his 750 triple, leaving the Czech Republic for Poland, and starts to fear for his safety...
More...


23rd January

Rides: Continental Touring by FJ1200

Click for MoreSimon Lock figured he could depend upon a Yamaha FJ1200 to clock up the miles on the Continent. But before he even left the UK, it rained... and the FJ ruined its reliability record... More...


18th January

Rides: 2012 Newark Winter Classic Show

Click for MoreRichard Jones and Tessie the Hinckley Triumph braved the January weather to attend the first classic bike event of 2012... More...


21st December 2011

Bikes and Rides: BMW K75RT Travels, Part 2

Click for MoreSteve MacGregor travels east on his BMW 750 triple, surviving early morning aural assault by the Family von Trapp... More...


7th December 2011

Bikes and Rides: BMW K75RT Travels, Part 1

Click for MoreAfter rebuilding his BMW K75, Steve MacGregor took it on an extended test ride around Eastern Europe. The trip didn't start well... More...


16th November 2011

Rides: 2011 Compass Challenge

Click for MoreDuring the riding season, intrepid RC readers zigzagged around the UK, visiting various point of the compass. Keith Kintrea found his four points in and around Glasgow... More...


11th November 2011

Rides: Classics At The Downunder MotoGP

Click for MoreA mix of modern motorcycles and classic bikes is rarely seen at UK races. Derek Pickard found the new and the old rubbing shoulders down under... More...


4th November 2011

Rides: 2011 South of England RealClassic Show

Click for MoreThe main roads may be a little less hectic, but this autumn's Ardingly event was the busiest yet. Stars of the show included Norton Nomads and a brace of BSA Bantams... More...


19th October 2011

Rides: Bridge Club

Click for MoreIt started as a dribble that slowly became a trickle. Now it's a raging, unstoppable torrent. All you need to join the club is a motorbike, a camera and a bridge, or at least any two out of the three as Richard Holt explains... More...


21st September 2011

Rides: A Velocette Adventure

Click for MoreYou don't need a modern motorcycle to travel big distances. Ian Jones take the Long Way Round (the UK) on a 1958 Velo Venom... More...


21st September 2011

Rides: Sleaford Show 2011

Click for MoreRoy Workman discovered Indians, Ajays and a super selection of sidecars at this enjoyable annual event... More...


16th September 2011

Rides: VMCC Founders Day, 2011

Click for MoreWhat might happen if you crossed a classic bike show with an old-style public school open day? Richard Jones imagines the out-come... More...


22nd August 2011

Rides: Prospectors' Days Weekend, 2011

Click for MoreYou don't need a big-bore cruiser to clock up the miles Stateside. Jeff Nordstrom rode his 500 Enfield to enjoy over 600 miles on a weekend away... More...


19th August 2011

Rides: 2011 Festival of 1000 Bikes (3B)

Click for MoreDid you miss this year's VMCC Festival of 1000 Bikes? No problem. Richard Jones reveals all in the second part of his weekend adventure... More...


5th August 2011

Rides: 2011 Festival of 1000 Bikes (3)

Click for MoreRichard Jones found so much to like about the Festival of 1000 Bikes that he couldn't cram it all into one report. So here's the first part his review of this classic motorcycling extravaganza... More...


25th July 2011

Rides: Royal Enfield Open Weekend, 2011

Click for MoreRichard Jones and his camera continue their quest to capture classic bikes of all kinds, this time at a factory open day in the Cotswolds... More...


25th July 2011

Rides: 2011 Festival of 1000 Bikes (2)

Click for MoreThe VMCC's Festival of 1000 Bikes is so huge that it's entirely possible for half a dozen people to experience half a dozen different aspects of it. Roy Workman shares his weekend... More...


13th July 2011

Rides: Festival of 1000 Bikes (1) - Why You Need To Go Next Year

Click for MoreIt's all about the bikes, and it's all about the riding. One week on, Martin Gelder is still buzzing from the VMCC's classic motorcycle extravaganza at Mallory Park... More...


13th July 2011

Rides: Banbury Run 2011 - Part 2

Click for MoreRichard Jones had never been to the Banbury Run™ before. His first experience of the day was just about as good as it gets, and now he's at Sun Rising Hill to see the bikes underway... More...


7th July 2011

Rides: Banbury Run 2011 - Part 1

Click for MoreRichard Jones had never been to the Banbury Run™ before. His first experience of the day was just about as good as it gets...
More...


16th May 2011

Rides: The 2011 Compass Challenge

Click for MoreWould you like an excuse to take your classic motorcycle on a ride to somewhere startling? Take part in our Compass Challenge and clock up some miles while the opportunity is upon you... More...


9th May 2011

Event Report: Red Marley Hill-Climb, 2011

Click for MoreOnly the adventurous tackle the challenge of Red Marley. Richard Jones took his camera to catch the best of the pre-1971 classic motorcycles in action... More...


15th April 2011

Rides: By MZ to Nord Kapp - Part 6

Click for MoreGavin Shaw has been to the top of the European continent, and now he's heading home. Will mechanical mishap waylay him on the last leg?... More...


13th April 2011

Event Report: 2011 Durban-Johannesburg Regularity Rally Results

Click for More92 vintage motorcycles reached the finish line of this arduous, 400 mile, two-day ride in South Africa. A 1930 Sunbeam took top honours, while a 1931 Rudge went up in smoke... More...


11th April 2011

Event Report: RealClassic Spring Shakeout at the Ace Cafe

Click for MoreThey came, they saw, they drank some coffee and then went home again. The Ace Cafe was a sea of constantly shifting classic motorcycles yesterday, and Martin Gelder was there taking notes and trying to keep his head above water... More...


6th April 2011

Rides: By MZ to Nord Kapp - Part 5

Click for MoreGavin Shaw achieved his goal of riding to North Cape on an MZ which cost less than £150 to purchase and prep for the trip. But now he has to get home again... More...


28th March 2011

Event Reports: Follow the Mad Moped Challenge

Click for MoreFollow RC Message Board regulars R.K.Ick, John Young, Mad Mike and the rest as they ride from John O'Groats to Lands End - on mopeds - in aid of Help for Heroes... More...


25th March 2011

Event Reports: Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show 2011

Click for MoreThe first major classic bike show of the year attracts three men in a Lexus (to say nothing of the dog), as Richard Jones explains... More...


18th March 2011

Rides: By MZ to Nord Kapp - Part 4

Click for MoreMZ 250 riding Gavin Shaw has almost reached the top of the world. What waits for him at North Cape?...
More...


14th March 2011

Rides: Festival of 1000 Bikes 2011 - Preview

Click for MoreTrack tickets for the VMCC's Festival of 1000 Bikes have nearly sold out. Book now, or miss the moment...
More...


23rd February 2011

Rides: By MZ to Nord Kapp - Part 3

Click for MoreGavin Shaw continues his journey by MZ ETZ250 into the land of the midnight sun, and crosses into the Arctic Circle...
More...


21st February 2011

Rides: Classic Bikes at Modern Shows

Click for MoreRichard Jones goes classic-hunting at two of the largest UK motorcycle exhibitions, and finds rather more to entertain him in Birmingham than in London... More...


16th February 2011

Rides: Springfield Bike Show 2011

Click for MoreJanuary is a brave time of year to put on a bike show. It's also a fairly brave time of year to attend a bike show, too. Roy Workman wore his snuggly RC sweatshirt to keep the cold at bay... More...


7th February 2011

Rides: South of England Show Opens for Entries

Click for MoreEntries are now invited for the concours classes at the Ardingly Spring South of England Show. Apply for your pass asap, because available spaces tend to fill up fast... More...


4th February 2011

Rides: Festival Of Italian Motorcycles Downunder

Click for MoreA switch to a less glamorous location didn't diminish the line-up of well polished Latin machinery in Melbourne. Derek Pickard reports... More...


24th January 2011

Rides: By MZ to Nord Kapp - Part 2

Click for MoreOn the second leg of his journey from the UK to North Cape, Gavin Shaw rides his MZ ETZ250 through Germany and into Norway... More...


17th January 2011

Rides: By MZ to Nord Kapp

Click for MoreGavin Shaw rides his MZ 250 from the UK to North Cape in Norway, stopping on the way to view sites from the battlefields of the Great War... More...


20th December 2010

Rides: The Longest Day

Click for MoreIt seems appropriate that on the shortest day of the year we celebrate a RealClassic ride which takes place on the summer solstice. So be of good cheer: the days are now getting longer again... More...


17th December 2010

Rides: Mods & Rockers Re-Unite - Again

Click for MoreDerek Pickard attended this annual get-together, which recreates the scenes and sounds of London in the 1960s at Melbourne's Brighton Beach... More...


27th October 2010

Rides and Events: Reims Motor Museum

Click for MoreJust one hour from Paris, Roy Workman discovered a marvellous museum packed with all manner of unusual Continental classic bikes... More...


15th October 2010

Rides and Events: The 2010 Manx Grand Prix

Click for MoreColin Mitchell had never been to the Manx Grand Prix before. It turned out to be a wonderful week of classic motorcycling, and here are his highlights... More...


8th October 2010

Rides and Events: Showcase Your P&J at the NEC

Click for MoreIf you'd like to add your classic motorcycle to the array at the Classic Motorbike Show at Birmingham in November then here's how to enter, plus details of the Show itself... More...


20th August 2010

Rides and Events: RealClassic Autumn Events: An Invitation!

Click for MoreYou don't have to spend a fortune to have some fun with your old bike. Join the RealClassic regulars at one of our classic bike events this autumn, and claim a discount on train rides, show admission and more... More...


18th August 2010

Rides and Events: Bill Little's Open Day 2010

Click for MoreThe annual Open Day at Bill Little Motorcycles was ushered in by its usual fanfare of rain, more rain and a bit more rain. Richard Jones braved the deluge aboard his Bonnie... More...


10th August 2010

Rides and Events: A Classic Camping Trip

Click for MoreThe Lincolnshire Wolds offer an array of interesting roads to ride and brews to imbibe. Paul the Destroyer joined a camping weekend of RC readers who aimed to explore both attractions... More...


30th July 2010

Rides and Events: The VMCC Festival of 1000 Bikes, 2010

Click for MoreA magnificent weekend at Mallory featured classic and vintage bikes on track, star riders and racers, trials, grasstrack and just zillions of gorgeous old motorcycles. Roy Workman reports... More...


12th July 2010

Rides and Events: Swaton Vintage Day 2010

Click for MoreRoy Workman enjoyed a great day out in the countryside with Geoff Duke's Continental and an Oriental Boxer, among other classic bikes... More...


19th July 2010

Rides and Events: The 2010 National Road Rally

Click for MoreVarious RC riders who took part in this summer's National Rally noticed a team of Enfield Bullets, blazing a trail between check points. That happy band were on their way to winning gold awards... More...


5th July 2010

News - Rides and Events: MotoBall bounces into Hamstreet Show

Click for MoreThere can be few things more absurd than a dozen grown men chasing a ball around a field. A dozen grown men riding old bikes and chasing a ball around a field is definitely one of those things... More...


25th June 2010

Rides and Events: Royal Enfield Open Weekend 2010

Click for MoreWhat's the most important item to take with you on a countryside ride to a classic bike event? You might consider packing waterproofs or a map, but fruit cake appeared to be the essential accessory last weekend... More...


23rd June 2010

Rides and Events: The Uttoxeter Classic Motorcycle Show & Jumble - Preview

Click for MoreIf you haven't already booked your ticket for the Uttoxeter Show on the first weekend of July then be quick - weekend camping passes are only available in advance and time is running out... More...


18th June 2010

Rides and Events: The 2010 Festival of 1000 Bikes - Preview

Click for MoreJust three weeks to go before the VMCC's Festival of 1000 Bikes at Mallory Park; much more than a classic track weekend... More...


9th June 2010

Rides and Events: Classic Grasstrack Action in August

Click for MoreClassic off-road action is on the programme with memories and masters at Minnis in Kent... More...


14th May 2010

Rides and Events: 2010 Royal Enfield Open Weekend

Click for MoreRC riders are invited to bring their old bikes along to an informal concours display at the Royal Enfield weekend in the Cotswolds. And while you're there, you can bag a test ride on a new Bullet... More...


12th May 2010

Rides and Events: Brooklands Spring Motorcycle Gathering

Click for MoreThe first motorcycle race at Brooklands Circuit took place over 100 years ago. Michael Sands reports on a recent recreation of that day... More...


6th May 2010

Rides and Events: Overland to Egypt by BSA Bantam

Click for MoreHis first attempt came a cropper with mechanical mayhem, but Gordon May is ready for a re-match. His BSA Bantam is set and ready to ride... More...


21st April 2010

Rides and Events: Classic Bike Shows from the VJMC

Click for MoreThe Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club organise an array of old bike events and the summer fun starts in May. Riders of all kinds of classic motorcycle are very welcome, explains Steve Cooper... More...


19th April 2010

Rides and Events: South of England RealClassic Bike Show, Spring 2010

Click for MoreThe Ardingly Show was blessed with fair weather, a great turn-out and some genuinely rare classic motorcycles on display. Thanks to everyone who participated... More...


14th April 2010

Rides and Events: A Gathering of the Clans

Click for MoreA Sunday ride to a pub in Leicestershire; what could possibly go wrong? Let's begin with some old bikes refusing to run. Paul The Destroyer bump starts the story... More...


8th April 2010

Rides and Events: The 18th South Wales Classic & Modern Motorcycle Show

Click for MoreYou don't have to travel halfway across the country to find an enjoyable event with a great display of classic bikes. David Smith went wandering in South Wales... More...


31st March 2010

Rides and Events: Classic Motorcycle Track Days, 2010

Click for MoreIf you'd like to take to a race track on your classic bike this year, then you need to register now for Beezumph and the Festival of 1000 Bikes... More...


24th March 2010

Rides and Events: Triumph Celebrate 20th Anniversary

Click for MoreAlthough Triumph motorcycles originally started life in 1902, the current incarnation of the company is celebrating its 20th birthday this year. And they've a big party planned for September... More...


3rd March 2010

Rides and Events: Classic Bike Shows, May 2010

Click for MoreThe VJMC have news about two classic motorcycle events in May this year; one entirely new Show in South Wales, and the return of an old favourite at Stanford Hall. Both events welcome all classic motorcyclists... More...


26th February 2010

Rides and Events: The South Of England RealClassic Bike Show

Click for MoreRealClassic readers (…that's you…) are cordially invited to join the editorial team at the Ardingly show on March 21st. Let's get the riding season off to a resounding start!... More...


27th January 2009

Rides and Events: The 2010 Springfields Bike Show at Spalding

Click for MoreThe Springfields Shopping Centre at Spalding hosts an indoor winter motorcycle show. Roy and Chris Workman discovered a cracking display of classics... More...


11th November 2009. Lest We Forget...

Rides and Events: L'Excellence Automobile De Reims, France

Click for MoreWhile on holiday in France, Roy and Chris Workman fell over Ron Chandler, Phil Read and Agostini, roaring around a racetrack on classic racers in fine style... More...


28th October 2009

Rides and Events: Classic Bikes at the Classic Motor Show - 13/15 November 2009 - Preview

Click for MoreThere's just time to enter your classic motorcycle for the Pride of Ownership display at the NEC Show on the 13th/15th November 09, or buy tickets online to save on the admission fee... More...


21st October 2009

Rides and Events: 2009 Sleaford Historic Show

Click for MoreThe audience select the concours winners at this event. Roy Workman watched as RC prizes were handed out to a smart vintage Beesa, a handsome Mk3 Commando and an outrageous Triumph outfit... More...


7th October 2009

Ride and Event Preview: South of England RealClassic Bike Show

Click for MoreIf you don't have plans for Sunday October 25th then head for Ardingly near Gatwick, and join the RealClassic Crew at a superb classic motorcycle show... More...


16th September 2009

Ride and Event Reports: An Indian Adventure

Click for MoreRaining again? You might want to consider planning a different kind of motorcycling holiday for next winter, away from the usual UK climate... More...


9th September 2009

Ride and Event Reports: Summer Show Highlights

Click for MoreThere's a summer show almost every weekend at the moment and RC readers seem to pop up at all of them. Here's just three: Bill Little's Open Day, the Popham Mega-Meet and Calne Motorcycle Meet... More...


24th August 2009

Ride and Event Reports: RealClassic Bike Shows: Autumn09 Preview

Click for MoreThe days may be getting shorter but that doesn't mean you need to put your classic motorcycle away. Exactly the opposite in fact: the autumn show season is just about to start and entries are now invited... More...


18th August 2009

Ride and Event Reports: The 2009 West Kent International Run

Click for MoreMore than 70 different makes of classic motorcycle attended the 25th West Kent Run. Chas E Godden was there to keep count of them all... More...


12th August 2009

Ride and Event Reports: Norton Commando Travels - Part 2

Click for MoreGino Rondelli took his 850 Commando on a extended European excursion, aiming to reach Dracula's castle in Transylvania. So far, they've made it as far as the Romanian border... More...


4th August 2009

Ride and Event Reports: Norton Commando Travels - Part 1

Click for MoreGino Rondelli took his 850 Commando on a extended European excursion, aiming to reach Dracula's castle in Transylvania... More...


14th August 2009

Bikes, Event Reports: Morini 350 Sport - 2009 Festival of 1000 Bikes - Part 3

Click for MorePush a little harder, lean a little further and hold onto the revs a little longer. Martin Gelder rides round Mallory Park on his 1982 Moto Morini 350 Sport and relishes the experience... More...


31st July 2009

Ride and Event Reports: The 2009 Festival of 1000 Bikes - Part 2

Click for MoreNorton Model 50 or BSA A65? Mad Mike rode both to the Festival of 1000 Bikes, one on Saturday, the other on Sunday. But which one will he take out on track next year?... More...


21st July 2009

Ride and Event Reports: The 2009 Festival of 1000 Bikes - Part 1

Click for MoreFor many classic riders, the opportunity to clock up a few laps of a famous race circuit makes this event the highlight of the summer. Roy Workman found plenty to do off the track, too... More...


17th July 2009

Ride and Event Reports: The Uttoxeter Classic Motorcycle Show

Click for MoreThis summer show could be developing into the biggest all-marques old bike event of the year. Chas E Godden reports on the day the sun finally shone... More...


6th July 2009

Ride and Event Reports: Rye Show Preview

Click for MoreThe classic motorcycles on display in Kent this month represent all the major marques plus machines from local manufacturers and Continental concerns too... More...


29th June 2009

Ride and Event Reports: 65th D-Day Commemoration

Click for MoreThe plan was to assemble 65 military motorcycles of the era to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Normandy landings. As FerG3 reports, rather more than 65 turned up in the end... More...


24th June 2009

Bikes and Rides: Simson AWO425 Sport: Ghosts In The Machine

Click for MoreSome people can have an adventure just popping out for a pack of frozen peas. Phil Speakman attempted something a little more daring on his 1950's era East German 250, to his cost... More...


23rd June 2009

Ride and Event Reports: Uttoxeter Classic Motorcycle Show Preview

Click for MoreWould you like to display your classic at the Uttoxeter Show in two weeks' time? Steve Cooper of the VJMC tells us all about it... More...


22nd June 2009

Ride and Event Reports: Classic Bike Shows, Spring 09

Click for MoreAn array of classic motorcycles has been out enjoying the fine weather already this year, at the all-marques classic clubs' show, Kempton Park and Miller Museum. Anyone for Italian?... More...


16th June 2009

Ride and Event Reports: Skint in Scotland, Part Two

Click for MoreIn the first part of their adventure, Elizah Wolfe's Royal Enfield Bullet enjoys a roadside rebuild and his travelling companion pays a violent visit to the verge. What else could go wrong? (Apart from every thing...) More...


9th June 2009

Ride and Event Reports: Skint in Scotland, Part One

Click for MoreIn the spirit of austerity era motorcycling, Elizah Wolfe takes a Royal Enfield Bullet on a cash-strapped tour of the Highlands... More...


19th May 2009

Ride and Event Reports: 33rd All British Rally, Campbells Creek, Australia

Click for MoreNigel Green squelched his way around the ABR to bring you news of the southern hemisphere's biggest bike event... More...


12th May 2009

Ride and Event Reports: Erzgebirge and Beyond - Part 3

Click for MoreOf Bascule Bridges, Barges and Windmills that aren't. Phil Speakman heads for home on his MZ ES250/2, taking in the Oostbloktreffen on the way... More...


24th April 2009

Ride and Event Reports: Erzgebirge and Beyond - Part 2

Click for MorePhil Speakman and his trusty MZ ES250/2 finally arrive at the Erzgebirge rally, where he promptly forgets everyone's name. Pass me the cleaning socks... More...


15th April 2009

Ride and Event Reports: Erzgebirge and Beyond - Part 1

Click for MorePhil Speakman points his MZ ES250/2 eastwards towards an MZ rally and some Eastern Bloc excursions. First stop; Hameln and Thuringia.. More...


6th April 2009

Ride and Event Reports: The 2009 Land's End Trial, Part Two

Click for MoreRowena Hoseason had never been a passenger in a trials sidecar outfit. There's only one way to learn how to do this, apparently: in at the deep end... More...


3rd April 2009

Ride and Event Reports: A Honda CB160 Abroad, Part 2

Click for MoreAfter encountering big snow en route to the Elephant Rally at the Nurburgring in 1968, Roger Harrold's Honda converted itself to an 80cc single. And then things got really bad... More...


230th March 2009

Ride and Event Reports: The 2009 Land's End Trial, Part One

Click for MoreCelia Walton is an old hand at competitive trials on two wheels and three. Rowena Hoseason, regular RC scribbler, has never done any. So before they tackle a proper trial, the pair thought they'd best get some practice in... More...


24th March 2009

Ride and Event Reports: A Honda CB160 Abroad

Click for MoreBack in 1968, Roger Harrold took on a winter trip to the infamous Elephant Rally. It all started with a Simple Plan, which very quickly started to unravel... More...


18th March 2009

Ride and Event Reports: South of England Show Preview

Click for MoreThe 2009 Spring Ardingly RealClassic Bike Show is but a few days away, and some (fairly) famous motorcycles will be on display alongside an array of British, Continental and Japanese classics... More...


27th January 2009

Ride and Event Reports: South of England RealClassic Motorcycle Show

Click for MoreIn two months' time, the RC Roadshow will ahead across country to Ardingly near Gatwick. Now's the time to book your classic bike into the show... More...


5th December 2008

Ride and Event Reports: A Sidecar Celebration

Click for MoreThe Federation Of Sidecars Clubs celebrated their 50th Anniversary this year, so Roy and Chris Workman went along to inspect the outfit action... More...


2nd December 2008

Ride and Event Reports: An Indian Adventure, Part Two

Click for MoreAfter the first episode, we left Mike Powell at the end of his first day riding an Enfield Bullet in India, musing upon what else you might encounter on the road to the Himalayas... More...


21st October 2008

Ride and Event Reports: The 45th BSA International Rally, 2008

Click for MoreThe BSA Owners’ Club hold an international rally each year, and in 2008 the UK hosted the rally on the Isle of Man to celebrate the organisation’s 50th birthday. Bill Nelson and Peter Twyman offer two views on the event... More...


9th October 2008

Ride and Event Reports: An Indian Adventure, Part One

Click for MoreLast year we enjoyed a peaceful fortnight at RCHQ when we sent ad-man Mike Powell up a Himalaya for a couple of weeks. (He came back again). So what’s it like for a westerner to ride a Royal Enfield in the Indian hinterland?... More...


26th September 2008

Ride and Event Reports: Stinkwheel RealClassic Bike Show 2008

Click for MoreIt may have rained all the summer, but the final outdoor event of the season was blessed with brilliant weather and the best-ever turnout of classic bikes... More...


18th September 2008

Ride and Event Reports: Touring Abroad, Part Three

Click for MoreIf you haven’t seen much in the way of sunshine this summer then why not follow Stephen Benson’s example, and head south for dry roads and a warm welcome... More...


12th September 2008

Ride and Event Reports: Touring Abroad, Part Two

Click for MoreJim Patten lives a lifelong dream and rides the very best of British bikes, from Velo Venom to Triumph Tiger and Norton Commando, in the glorious French countryside... More...


2nd September 2008

Ride and Event Reports: Touring Abroad, Part One

Click for MoreWe've all seen the Long Way Round. How about the short hop over? Jim Patten, who has done more than his share of riding in foreign climes, looks at riding in Europe... More...


26th August 2008

Ride and Event Reports: Classics in Kent

Click for MoreAt July's Rye Classic Motorcycle Show the Medway branch of the Triumph Owners' MCC finally collected an award. If you missed that event, there's a bike jumble at the same place on September 7th...
More...


5th August 2008

Ride and Event Reports: 2008 Girder Fork Run

Click for MoreIf you like really old Brit bikes then Odgie reckons you’ll love the VMCC’s Girder Fork Run...
More...


5th August 2008

Ride and Event Reports: Suzuka Snapshots

Click for MoreThe Suzuka 8 Hour race is the one the Japanese factories have to win, so you can’t move for the latest in two wheeled high-performance exotica. Martin Gelder got distracted by some old UJMs and some more recent big singles... More...


28th July 2008

Ride and Event Reports: Festival Of 1000 Bikes

Click for MoreThe VMCC's annual classic bike bash at Mallory Park attracted a record crowd this year. Several RC reporters were milling among the masses... More...


24th July 2008

Ride and Event Reports: The Grossglockner Trophy

Click for MoreJohn Randle usually goes classic racing in Holland, but this summer he took on an Austrian challenge...
More...


18th July 2008

Ride and Event Reports: North West VMCC Events

Click for MoreThe Aintree Sprint and Show takes place at the end of this month. Odgie went to the Worden Park Show earlier this year, and shows us what we can expect at Aintreee... More...


17th July 2008

Ride and Event Reports: Summer Classic Bike Shows

Click for MoreEvery summer includes events to suit all sorts of classic motorcycle enthusiast. Older machines attend the Banbury Run; Royal Enfields meet up at the Interceptor Rally, and all kinds of classics converge on Swaton... More...


4th July 2008

Ride and Event Reports: Royal Enfield Open Weekend

Click for MoreAll kinds of classic bikes attended the third Royal Enfield Open Weekend, when 2000-plus people had the chance to try an Enfield for size... More...


1st July 2008

Ride and Event Reports: Shortest Longest Day

Click for MoreTrevor Brooks was on the wrong side of the planet for the Longest Day Ride, so he took his Triumph T100C for his own Shortest Day antipodean adventure instead... More...


19th June 2008

Ride and Event Reports: Meldreth Manor Motorcycle Show

Click for MoreWe need more midweek classic bike shows. Is there a better way to spend a Wednesday evening than wandering round a field or two full of bikes? Martin Gelder went along to find out... More...


10th June 2008

Ride and Event Reports: West Country Wanderings

Click for MoreThere’s a healthy contingent of RC readers in the south-west of England and, as NVNL reports, they have plenty to do at this time of year... More...


10th June 2008

Ride and Event Reports: Coventry Centenary Celebration

Click for MoreMany of Britain’s most famous motorcycling marques were created in Coventry. This summer, a special event was organised to celebrate 100 years of automotive engineering in the area... More...


15th May 2008

Ride and Event Reports: The Flossie Run

Click for MoreWhen Graham Ham and the Kent Contingent decide to do something, they do it properly. The story of Flossie's Big Day will bring a lump to the throat of even the ruftiest and tuftiest classic motorcyclist... More...


7th April 2008

Ride and Event Reports: The 2008 Pioneer Run

Click for MoreIf you own a vintage motorcycle then the Pioneer Run starts your riding year. Reg Eyre took his 1909 Triumph on an alternative way down south... More...


4th April 2008

Ride and Event Reports: 2008 Spring Malvern RealClassic Bike Show

Click for MoreThe sun shone at Malvern this March and a bumper crop of Japanese classics and British old bikes filled the hall. And Dave Minton’s BMW Krauser finally showed up too (even if it did have to be pushed for the final mile…) More...


10th March 2008

Ride and Event Reports: BSAOC International Rally - Part 2

Click for MoreThis year, you can join the BSA Owners’ Club on the Isle of Man. Shaun remembers an earlier International Rally which took him to the USA... More...


4th February 2008

Ride and Event Reports: BSAOC International Rally

Click for MoreThe 45th BSAOC International Rally is being held on the Isle of Man in 2008. Shaun reveals what it was like to attend an earlier International Rally, over in the USA... More...


21st January 2008

Ride and Event Reports: Winter Rides

Click for MoreWhat did you do between Christmas and the New Year? James French took his unusual Enfield for one of his favourite rides... More...


18th December 2007

Ride Reports: Classic Racing on the Continent

Click for MoreJohn Randle competes in classic bike racing on the Continent, aboard his much-modified Triton. Here's how he fared throughout 2007: from getting rid of gearbox gremlins to being given a trophy by Jim Redman... More...


11th December 2007

Ride Reports: Maudes Trophy Re-enactment Run

Click for MoreIn the chilly autumn of 2007, the Ariel Owners' Motor Cycle Club re-lived the marque's Maudes Trophy wins of 1927 and 1928, and Reg Eyre was there... More...


7th December 2007

Ride Reports: Getting Lost in Luxembourg

Click for MorePaul Wood takes a pair of classic motorcycles on tour, and discovers Belgium and beyond by BSA Bantam...
More...


27th November 2007

Ride Reports: Pre-65 Scrambles

Click for MoreIt's the end of this year's classic scrambles season. Paul Grace travels to Marks Tey to admire the exploits of the golden gladiators... More...


30th October 2007

Ride Reports: Copdock Show 2007

Click for MoreA Sunbeam Model 9, AJS 7R and BSA Gold Star were among the winners at this autumn's Copdock Show. Mike Powell preferred a pair of Douglas twins... More...


16th October 2007

Bikes: 1964 Norton Dominator 88SS

Click for MoreDavid Cooper bought his Dommi 88 in 1998. Since then he's been riding it and fettling it and has covered over 10,000 miles. So what's his opinion of the bike after nearly a decade of ownership?... More...


11th October 2007

Ride Reports: South of England Show Preview

Click for MoreThe South of England RealClassic Bike Show looks set to be bigger than ever before, and RC readers can save money on admission... More...


5th October 2007

Ride Reports: The 35th Anniversary VMCC Manx Rally

Click for MoreHave you ever wondered what goes on involving vintage and classic bikes during the Manx Grand Prix week? Terry Cooper, Secretary of the VMCC's Manx Rally, explains... More...


1st October 2007

Ride Reports: Summer Fun 2007, Part the Third

Click for MoreJust when you think it's all over for this season, there's still some classic bike events making the most of the last-minute sunshine... More...


24th September 2007

Ride Reports: Stinkwheel Show 2007

Click for MoreFor the sixth year on the trot, the final outdoor classic bike show of the season was blessed with beautiful weather - and a great turn out of old motorcycles More...


20th September 2007

Ride Reports: The Longest Day 2007

Click for MoreThink of summer, and of a Trident, a Commando, a B31 and a T100 wending their way across the moors of the south-west. NVNL dreams of days like these... More...


19th September 2007

Ride Reports: Riding Classic Trail Bikes - Part 2

Click for MoreOld bikes are often cheap bikes, which means you don't worry if they get a bit muddy. David Towers tells part two of a tale involving early eighties XL, DR and TS trailbikes... More...


7th September 2007

Ride Reports: End to End on an Enfield

Click for MoreIn 2004 a team of Royal Enfield enthusiasts re-enacted a thousand mile reliability test which Enfield had undertaken back in 1964. Allan Hitchcock supplied the bike and rode the first leg... More...


3rd September 2007

Ride Reports: Riding Classic Trail Bikes - Part 1

Click for MoreOld bikes are often cheap bikes, which means you don't worry if they get a bit muddy. Armed with a Honda and two Suzukis from 1981, David Towers tells a tale of three trail bikes... More...


28th August 2007

Ride and Event Reports: Summer Fun 2007, Take Two

Click for MoreEvery weekend through the summer there are dozens of classic bike events you could attend. Here's three more, including one which has been going for 59 years and one which has only just started... More...


14th August 2007

Ride and Event Reports: Summer Fun 2007

Click for MoreIn a first for a classic bike publication, we have a report about an event to which we did not go. RC reporters did go to Rotary Day in Lancashire and Swaton Vintage Day. Oh, and it even rained in New Zealand this summer... More...


8th August 2007

Ride and Event Reports: 31st All British Rally, Newstead, Victoria, Australia

Click for MoreA spot of rain, the odd tree crashing into the bar and a pair of broken exhaust pipes doesn't dampen Melbourne Metisse's enthusiasm for the annual ABR... More...


31st July 2007

Ride and Event Reports: 2007 Antique and Classic Motorcycle Show, Arizona

Click for MoreDennis Lid attended this year's show and swap-meet in Phoenix, and here reveals his favourite 'steel steeds of yore'...
More...


19th June 2007

Ride and Event Reports: 2007 Ashford Classic Motorcycle Show

Click for MoreThere were all kinds of classic bikes on display at the Ashford Show this summer; from a 1920 Douglas to a 1929 Norton 18 to a 1938 Velocette MOV to a 1970 Triumph Bonneville... More...


11th June 2007

Ride and Event Reports: The Sunbeam Owners' Fellowship Welsh Rally 2007

Click for MoreSteve Benson took his Sunbeam S8 for an upper class weekend, in the fine company of the Sunbeam Owners' Fellowship...
More...


24th May 2007

Ride and Event Reports: Kinlochleven Pre-65 Trial 2007

Click for MoreWhy enjoy a single classic biking event when you can fit two into one weekend? BikerBabe takes in a Scottish pre-65 trial and gets blown away at an MZ rally... More...


2nd May 2007

Ride and Event Reports: The 2007 Clubman's All British Motorcycle Show

Click for MoreOld British bikes are celebrated all around the world, not just in breezy Blighty. Barry Porter reports from California's major classic motorcycle show of the year... More...


19th April 2007

Ride and Event Reports: Norton Adventures - VMCC Day at the Ace Cafe

Click for MoreMartyn Roberts has forsaken his CB750 and gone adventuring on his wideline Norton Dominator. After a trip to the Ace, he gets in on the spirit of things... More...


26th February 2007

Ride and Event Reports: Bremen Classic Motor Show 2007

Click for MoreRoxanne Chevrolet sets off in search of entertaining facial hair...
More...


12th February 2007

Ride and Event Reports: Across Canada on a 1962 Norton Dominator 88

Click for MoreLast year, RC readers John and Lizzie Powell undertook a monster ride across Canada on a classic bike in aid of their favourite charity. So how did the Dommi cope with the trek? More...


11th January 2007

Ride and Event Reports: Silver Jubilee Special - the Southern Classic Festival

Click for MoreWith 130 entrants ranging from Anzani to Zundapp (probably) and a freshly finished Métisse Triumph to ride, Nigel Green wasn't going to miss the 25th Southern Classic Festival at Broadford... More...


4th January 2007

Ride and Event Reports: The 2006 Arbuthnot Trial

Click for MoreImagine an off-road trial featuring classic bikes equipped with girder forks and precious little in the way of rear suspension. Dave Blanchard would like to invite you to this nostalgic annual event... More...


5th December 2006

Ride and Event Reports: Nostalgia Run

Click for MoreWhat do 35 classic bikes from most of the major British manufacturers, the beautiful and varied Somerset countryside, and sweeping veils of rain have in common? Robert Lane explains... More...


23rd November 2006

Ride and Event Reports: MZ Rally 2006

Click for MoreIf you fancy seeing something of the classic bike scene on mainland Europe, then Phil Speakman has a suggestion, should you find yourself with a spare weekend next summer... More...


24th October 2006

Rides: Summer Fun Finale

Click for MoreAll the leaves are brown and the sky is grey, but we had a good time earlier this year. RC reporters remind us of those final rides of Summer 2006... More...


18th October 2006

Rides: Tales of the Trailer Section - at the BMCM's 15th anniversary

Click for MoreDutch Panthers, Argentinean Panthers, Chopped Panthers; and we haven't even mentioned the British Leyland cars, the trailers, and the caravans yet. E.J. Loon tells the story of a motorcycle club with no members' 180th meeting... More...


11th October 2006

Rides: A BMW Abroad - Part 2

Click for MorePart two of Reg Eyre's trip to the other side of the world to enjoy 12 weeks riding on a BMW R65. Reg finishes by listing the good, the bad and the thoughtful... More...


27th September 2006

Rides: A BMW Abroad

Click for MoreReg Eyre gave himself an extra-special present to celebrate his early retirement, and flew to the other side of the world to enjoy 12 weeks riding on a BMW R65. Here's the first part of his photographic record... More...


22nd September 2006

Rides: The Mearns Meander

Click for MoreBikerBabe joins the Scottish Classic Club on their annual ride-around, and finds herself a-swimming weeth the feeshes...
More...


31st August 2006

Rides: Summer Fun 3

Click for MoreYet more old bikes in action, this time at the Popham Megameet and Ariel Club Annual Rally. As the Megameet is held at an airfield there's probably a joke to be made about 'aerial' and 'Ariel' (feel free to insert your own punchline)... More...


22nd August 2006

Rides: Summer Fun 2

Click for MoreThe summer months are just packed with things to do with classic - and vintage -- motorcycles. This time, RC reporters have been out and about with proper old bikes dating back to the 1920s and before... More...


10th August 2006

Rides: Captain Constellation's Challenge: Part Three

Click for MoreAlun Thomas aka Captain Constellation took his Royal Enfield Constellation on a pilgrimage to the Isle of Man while raising money for charity. Finally, he set wheel on the TT course... More...


7th August 2006

Rides: Summer Fun 1

Click for MoreRC Reporters turn up everywhere - and in the last few weeks they've been to North Weald, Cassington, Swaton's vintage day and even glimpsed behind the scenes at glorious Goodwood... More...


4th August 2006

Rides: Ner-a-Car - The Long Trip

Click for MoreNer-a-Car Ken takes the Slowest Way Round in pursuit of Gwenda Glub. "The only problem is Hatfield..."
More...


20th July 2006

Rides: Captain Constellation's Challenge: Part Two

Click for MoreAlun Thomas (aka Captain Constellation) always wanted to ride his Royal Enfield Constellation around the TT course. The second leg of his journey took him to within shouting distance of the Isle of Man... More...


14th July 2006

Rides: The VMCC Jubilee Relay Rally

Click for MoreAt opposite ends of the UK, BikerBabe and Rowena met up with VMCC members carrying the best wishes of the club all around the country. Better weather in Scotland than in Cornwall, it seems... More...


30th June 2006

Rides: Camping by Classic Bike

Click for MoreMany classic bike shows and most rallies involve an overnight stay. In a field. Inebriated. PaulG80 presents his guide to camping for incompetents... More...


27th June 2006

Rides: Classic Off-Road Trials

Click for MoreBikerBabe bites off more than she can chew in the shape of an 'easy' off-road trial. We feel completely awed that she started it, never mind gritted it through to the bitter end. Round of applause, please! More...


23rd June 2006

Rides: Captain Constellation's Challenge - Part One

Click for MoreAlun Thomas (aka Captain Constellation) had always wanted to ride his Royal Enfield Constellation around the Isle of Man TT course. This year, he had an extra-special reason for setting off on the trip of a lifetime... More...


21st June 2006

Rides: RC at the Paris, Ontario Bike Show

Click for MoreIn a bid to win the 'furthest travelled' award, Robert Flapjack Taylor journeyed 3800 miles or so from the UK to Canada and then went to a bike show. Of course, he immediately fell over a clutch of RC readers... More...


1st June 2006

Rides: The Windmill Ride

Click for MoreTorrential rain washed out the club show at Stanford Hall but did nothing to damper the determination of the Herts and Essex riders to get out and enjoy their motorcycling. Anarchy reports... More...


26th May 2006

Rides: BSA Motorcycles Owners Assoc, All British Rally, Newstead, Victoria, Australia

Click for MoreOne thousand people through the gate, a T150 raffle prize and a free lunch. Melbourne Metisse has a confession to make...
More...


8th May 2006

Rides: Blimey! Brenzett

Click for MoreOur Kent Correspondent goes camping with what seems to have been the entire RealClassic Message Board. Rain, wind and ChazzyB's legs were bound to follow... More...


3rd May 2006

Rides: Weston Park Festival Of Transport

Click for MoreLooking for a weekend of automotive action, RC Clubman Pete456 discovered a selection of older vintage and classic bikes, plus a 1280hp V12... More...


18th April 2006

Rides: The 2006 All British Weekend

Click for More'Can you send a scribe along to our event?' asked the BSA Owners' Club in Northern California. As it happens, Jim Algar fell conveniently to hand... More...


13th April 2006

Rides: The Longest Day

Click for MoreDown yere in the West Country, there's a strong tradition of celebrating the summer solstice. So it was only natural that a bunch of RC riders should go RC'ing about on Dartmoor on June21st last year... More...


28th March 2006

Rides: The 2006 Pioneer Run

Click for MoreJohn Blades has discovered that by far the best way to see the huge variety of classic motorcycles and old bikes on the Pioneer Run, is to turn tail and travel in the opposite direction... More...


22nd March 2006

Rides: 2006 Malvern RealClassic Bike Show & Jumble

Click for MoreLast autumn the Malvern Show was struck by torrential rain and floods. This spring we got… snow. Half a foot of the stuff. And some folk still rode their bikes to the event! More...


8th March 2006

Rides: The 2006 Hot Rod Rally

Click for MorePeter Twyman rode his 650 twin to a BSA rally in Holland. For the 15th time. In January. In the snow. To go camping. No wonder he needed a teddy bear... More...


4th January 2006

Rides: A Snow Ride

Click for MoreCome the Spring, Anarchy will be riding his 1959 Royal Enfield off-roader in competitive pre-65 scrambles. It must be time to get some practice in, then... More...


12th December 2005

Rides: Classic Racing on the Roads, Dutch Style

Click for MoreHe started out with an almost standard unit T100, and now he's riding a work-in-progress, tricked out Triton around street circuits on the Continent. John Randle explains why he loves racing on the roads, Dutch style... More...


6th December 2005

Rides: AJS & Matchless Alternative Rally

Click for MoreInflatable sheep, missing gearbox bolts, Yorkshire hospitality and a 600 mile ride on 50 year old motorcycles, in October. Duncan Moss braves the AMC Club's alternative annual rally... More...


1st December 2005

Rides: Malvern & Newbury Autumn 05 Show Results

Click for MoreIt was definitely November: we had torrential rain for one end of season show and freezing fog for the final RealClassic bash of 2005. But RealClassic Riders are made of stern stuff, it seems... More...


8th November 2005

Rides: MC Piston Club Colombres Rally

Click for MoreFancy a challenge? Roger Nicholls can recommend this Spanish Rally - although it's worth checking local regulations about lighting headlamps, no matter how old your bike is... More...


21st October 2005

Rides: 30th Annual El Camino College Antique Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet.

Click for MoreJim Algar goes in search of Brit beauties and Euro stars at an American classic bike show. We'll avoid making any comments about Harley Mamas at this point... More...


7th October 2005

Rides: Southern Classic Festival 2005, Broadford

Click for MoreMelbourne Metisse really know how to show a girl a good time. Flowers? Chocolates? Romantic candlelit supper? Or how about a trip to the Historic Motorcycle Racing Association of Victoria's big weekend... More...


6th October 2005

Rides: BSAOC International Rally 2005 - Part 2 of 2

Click for MorePart One saw Shaun (the Kent Correspondent) and the Chuffing Chariot arrive in foreign parts. Continental touring on a BSA M21 Outfit? Read on... More...


3rd October 2005

Rides: An Alpine Adventure

Click for MoreKen Philp went touring on the Continent with his club, and loved it so much he had to go back the following year with his missus. So they embarked on a two-up Tour de France… on a 350 Morini Dart? More...


29th September 2005

Rides: BSAOC International Rally 2005 - Part 1 of 2

Click for MoreThe Chuffing Chariot crosses the sea with Shaun (the Kent Correspondent) at the controls... Were the Danes prepared for Shaun and an M21 outfit? More...


26th September 2005

Rides: A French (Mis)Adventure

Click for MoreMick Merrick likes to visit a traditional French classic bike rally during his summer holidays and, being a sensible fellow, he always arranges continental breakdown cover. Just in case... More...


23rd September 2005

Rides: Irbit Motorcycle Show

Click for MoreThe first RealClassic Rally took place in Leicestershire, and very jolly it was too. But we sent Anarchy just a little bit further to experience a Russian Bike Rally - all the way to Siberia, in fact... More...


20th September 2005

Rides: The RealClassic Rally and Stinkwheel Show

Click for MoreFifty-odd tents, forty nine pasties, three litres of milk, two punctures, two crates of Belgian beer, one clutch cable, one hog roast, and some very fine classic motorbikes... More...


16th September 2005

Rides: The VMCC Manx Rally

Click for MoreMost rallies last a weekend, but the VMCC's Manx Rally goes on for a whole week. Terry Cooper, the Rally Secretary, was delighted to welcome an additional 60 entrants this year... More...


13th September 2005

Rides: Durham Dales Run and A Summer Solstice Excursion

Click for MoreMartin Peacock takes his 1972 Triumph 650 on two different organised rides. He gets wet in the Dales (surprise!) and travels back in time on the longest day... More...


8th September 2005

Rides: Buntingford and The RC Ride-In at the LMM

Click for MoreTwo events in one weekend? Not so many bikes at Buntingford, but there must have been hundreds (including all the usual suspects) coming and going throughout the day at the second RealClassic Ride In to the London Motorcycle Museum... More...


5th September 2005

Rides: Ride-Along to the RC Rally

Click for MoreIf your RC Rally ticket arrived in the post a couple of weeks ago, then you're probably eagerly awaiting details of the utterly informal ride-in to the campsite. So here they are! More...


2nd September 2005

Rides: Beezumph 14 - A Classic Trackday

Click for MoreClassic Bikes and Trackdays go together like... Bacon and Egg, or Morecombe and Wise. Martin Gelder has ketchup on his chin and short fat hairy legs... More...


30th August 2005

Rides: Back To Biking

Click for MoreKim Porter rode British bikes back in the 1970s. How would it feel going back to biking on a modern machine after all those years away? More...


22nd August 2005

Rides: Showing Off!

Click for MoreBeen anywhere nice lately? RealClassic Clubmen have been out and about so we've the results from the Rye Show in Kent, and RichardM reports from Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire... More...


17th August 2005

Bikes: 1920's Humbers: The VMCC's Founder's Day

Click for MoreAfter prepping his vintage motorcycles so they're ready to be ridden by the RC Crew, Humbernut heads to Founder's Day and enjoys a grand day out... More...


4th August 2005

Ace Café Seventies Day

Click for MoreWhere have all the real seventies bikes gone? Anarchy looks but doesn't find them at the Ace Café's 70s day...
More...


1st August 2005

Rides: Five Days In Provence, Part 3

Click for MoreWant to get away from it all and ride some great classic bikes on brilliant roads, under a shining sun? Steve White tried a Sunbeam and a Velo during his last days in the south of France... More...


26th July 2005

Rides: The John Bull Rally 2005 - Part 2

Click for MoreReal Classic Clubman Kent Shaun celebrated owning a troublefree BSA A10 by belting over to Belgium and back for a wild time with the BSAOC... More...


18th July 2005

Rides: Five Days In Provence, Part 2

Click for MoreSteve White had just settled down to the Provencal routine of open roads, blue skies and brilliant classic bikes. Time to see how well the BSA A65 Lightning could perform, then... More...


15th July 2005

Rides: The Knebworth Classic Bike Show 2005

Click for MoreThe first time PaulG80 went to the Knebworth Show, it was Matilda the Matchless' initial foray into the classic bike show scene. This year, he ended up getting a little bit more involved... More...


11th July 2005

Rides: The John Bull Rally 2005

Click for MoreRealClassic riders hit the road: Clubman Kent Shaun celebrates owning a troublefree BSA A10 by belting over to Belgium and back for a wild time with the BSAOC... More...


8th July 2005

Rides: Classic Racing - When Old Gits Go Racing Again, Again

Click for MoreFeel the urge to escape to the sun? Can't be bothered to haul your classic across the Channel? Steve White took the easy route to ride classic bikes in Provence... More...


7th July 2005

Rides: Classic Racing - When Old Gits Go Racing Again, Again

Click for MoreFinally, Ray Johnston was ready to race a GSX-R1100 in the Classic Superstock series with team-mates from yesteryear, all enjoying mild forms of mid-life crises. When the flag finally drops, the talking stops... More...


27th June 2005

Rides: Classic Events in Kent

Click for MoreThe Real Classic Roadshow attended the Ashford Classic Motorcycle Show for the first time this summer; there's more of the same to come in July, at Rye... More...


20th June 2005

Rides: An Indian Summers Day; Bullet Mania Seaside Ride 2005

Click for MoreWhere is the natural place to ride a 1950's single cylinder motorcycle for a day at the seaside? Answer: East of Ipswich of course! Anarchy follows... More...


17th June 2005

Rides: Riding Old Urals in Europe, Part Three

Click for MoreFinally, Dan Barratt manages to make his Ural run right. And then he has to queue up for the ferry...
More...


16th June 2005

Rides: The Meldreth Manor Show 2005

Click for MoreLoads of updates on the events page today (including the George Brown Memorial Run on 17th July) and there are also some photos from yesterday's Meldreth Manor show here... More...


10th June 2005

Rides: Riding Old Urals in Europe, Part Two

Click for MoreRiding a 40 year old Russian combination around Europe, Dan Barratt discovers the one vital phrase you need to gain assistance in Germany... More...


7th June 2005

Rides: Riding Old Urals in Europe, Part One

Click for MoreAfter travelling 11,000 miles by Enfield, Dan Barratt was ready for another challenge. Two 40 year old Russian bikes seemed to fit the bill... More...


2nd June 2005

Rides: Travels on an Indian Enfield in India IV

Click for MoreFinally, Dan Barratt explains what it takes to travel over 11,000 miles on an Indian Enfield. Oh, and what to avoid riding in to, too... More...


18th May 2005

Rides: Travels on an Indian Enfield in India III

Click for MoreAfter buying a pair of Bullets and learning to navigate around India, Dan Barratt needed somewhere to stay. And put on a bit of a stunt show, parking the bike... More...


12th May 2005

Rides: Classic Racing - When Old Gits Go Racing Again

Click for MoreRay Johnston has decided which classic class he's going to race in, and which bike he's going to use. Now he just has to build the thing... More...


9th May 2005

Rides: Ace Café Italian Day

Click for MoreAncient and modern Latin Lovelies rub stylish shoulders at the Ace's celebration of Italian Motorcycling. Real Classic's Moto Morini riding Martin Gelder was there. On a Yamaha... More...


3rd May 2005

Rides: Travels on an Indian Enfield in India II

Click for MoreIt's become fashionable to take a holiday in India on an organised tour. Dan Barratt did it the hard way, bought a pair of Bullets and started to learn the rules of the road... More...


26th April 2005

Rides: Travels on an Indian Enfield in India

Click for MoreNever mind riding a modern Bullet around Britain, Dan Barratt has done the proper job. Part One: buying the bikes and going nowhere in Delhi... More...


11th April 2005

Rides: The RealClassic Club in Action

Click for MoreSo what is RealClassic, then? A website, a magazine, a roadshow - and what about this 'club' thing? Graham Ham offers explanation and an introduction to the Kent branch... More...


7th April 2005

Rides: Classic Racing - When The Old Gits Meet The Modern World

Click for MoreSo Ray Johnston raced in the 80s, went into retirement, got dragged back into action, and then had to find a classic racing category which would suit his forty-something style... More...


22nd March 2005

Rides: A Dorset Ride At Dusk

Click for MoreCarmen Sheppard takes her Honda CB350F for a spin, and meets an inevitable tractor or ten, avoids White Van Man, and wonders if that was really Ewan McGregor on board his BMW...? More...


21st March 2005

Rides: Working Classics

Click for MoreAlthough some folk still use their old nails as daily transport, most classic bikes only come out on high days and holidays. Neil Thomas runs a fleet of nine classics which do all of the above, and his bikes work really rather hard for a living... More...


24th February 2005

Rides: Classic Racing - When The Old Gits Meet The Modern World

Click for MoreAfter some notable successes in the world of endurance racing in the 1980s, Ray Johnston and his team went into retirement. So how did they end up racing again at the start of a new century? More...


21st February 2005

Rides: A Brit Abroad

Click for MoreYou think it's tough riding a classic bike in Britain? DC Slowcoach takes to two wheels in the American capital, and risks imminent incarceration every time he blips the throttle... More...


18th February 2005

Rides: A Latvian Adventure

Click for MoreMatt Little had a yearning to explore Eastern Europe - so he took the plunge last year and entered his R90S in the Kurland Rally. And he won an award, too! More...


16th February 2005

Rides: The 2005 Dragon Rally

Click for MoreSome people only want to take their classic bikes out in the sunshine. Stephen Benson (aka AJS/BSA) always wanted to be at the Dragon in the snow... More...


14th February 2005

Rides: Classic Endurance Racing From The 1980s - Part 2

Click for MoreBack in 1987, Ray Johnston went endurance racing at the Le Mans 24 hour race - on a bike named 'Tyson'. Worrying...
More...


7th February 2005

Rides: When dinosaurs ruled the earth...

Click for More...is the splendid title used by the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit for the 12th Annual Island Classic for Historic Motorcycles. Melbourne Metisse was there... More...


31st January 2005

Rides: Classic Endurance Racing From The 1980s

Click for MoreRay Johnston went from spectator to racer at Le Mans nearly 20 years ago. He starts this short series by reelin' in the years, and almost inevitably explains how old gits end up racing once again... More...


24th January 2005

Rides: The Great Australian Rally

Click for MoreDue to the time difference between Australia and Real Classic's Cambridge office, the classic bike rally that RealClassic member Melbourne Metisse visited yesterday will now take place a week on Thursday... More...


19th January 2005

Rides: Winter Rides 7 - Walking With… Puddings!

Click for MoreInstead of curling up by the fire like a sane and sensible person, Graham Ham takes Daisy the redoubtable Triumph Speed Twin to go Walking With... Puddings! More...


18th January 2005

Rides: Winter Rides 6 - Mystery Pic Identified!

Click for MoreJust when you thought it was safe to venture out on your classic bike... here comes the snow! Could be worse. You could live in Iceland... More...


17th January 2005

Rides: Winter Rides 5 - Cold Christmas

Click for MoreYou wait three days for the frost to clear, just so that you can get blinded by the sun. Martin Gelder goes in search of a Cold Christmas... More...


14th January 2005

Rides: Winter Rides 4 - All Together Now!

Click for MoreSo what did you do over the Christmas holiday? RealClassic readers went for a ride on their classic bikes, it seems...
More...


13th January 2005

Rides: Winter Rides 3 - The Matchless Christmas Tradition

Click for MoreAs part of our 'what did you do during the winter holiday' series, Duncan Moss reveals that he enjoyed a traditional Christmas... More...


12th January 2005

Rides: Winter Rides 2 - VMCC New Year's Day Run on an MZ

Click for MoreYou probably have a long list of Things To Do before a winter ride. Phil Speakman reveals that he's always (well...) prepared to Be Prepared... More...


11th January 2005

Rides: Winter Rides 1 - Teesdale Cresta Run

Click for MoreBack in the old days, they built motorcycles to ride in all weathers. And they didn't grit the roads much then, either. Martin Peacock takes his classic on Teesdale's Cresta Run - and survives! More...


2nd December 2004

Rides: Feeling Finnish?

Click for MoreBored with going to the same classic bike shows and rallies? David B Bullivant suggests you make a proper holiday of it, and enjoy some Nordic hospitality... More...


30th November 2004

Rides: A Wet Sunday In The West Country

Click for MoreNVNL needs to test his wet weather riding gear. So an invitation to a breakfast ride seemed like the perfect opportunity to go for a splash... More...


29th November 2004

Rides: A European Adventure, III

Click for MoreAfter a short saga of disasters, Mick M's continental holiday on board his Ducati finally got on track in Spain. From there, he struck out for some previously unexplored territory... More...


25th November 2004

Rides: The Festival Of Sidecars

Click for MoreClassic racing comes in all shapes and sizes. Roy Workman enjoys a day out with the outfits, at Mallory Park's annual sidecar event... More...


23rd November 2004

Rides: A European Adventure, II

Click for MoreMick M took his Ducati ST4S on a continental holiday, rather than risk a run of classic catastrophes. So, naturally, everything that could go wrong... did. Three incidents later, could the riding holiday finally begin? More...


16th November 2004

Rides: The Sydney Classic Show, Part 2

Click for MoreWe last saw Ozboy enjoying the refreshments after walking halfway round his local show. Never one to avoid controversy, his Bike of the Day might just be a single-cylinder Vincent... More...


8th November 2004

Rides: The Sydney Classic Show, Part 1

Click for MoreWhen your Britbike is stuck in the shed there's only one sensible thing to do - sneak out for the day and admire other people's Britbikes. Ozboy discovered so many interesting classics we couldn't fit them all on one page... More...


3rd November 2004

Rides: A European Adventure, I

Click for MoreThere are moments when it seems appropriate to leave the classic bike at home and take a more modern motorcycle. After all, you wouldn't want to be plagued by disaster on holiday... would you? Meet Mick M: RealClassic Clubman of many mishaps! More...


27th October 2004

Rides: El Camino Show

Click for MoreIn the UK, we have a classic bike show to go to almost every weekend. In California, Jim Algar has rather less opportunity to exercise his bike-spotting skills... More...


25th October 2004

Rides: The Crieff Rally

Click for MoreThat BikerBabe gets about a bit. This time she partook of the VMCC's Regularity Run and Rally, collected a sprig of lucky heather and considered the correct dress code... More...


21st October 2004

Rides: The Veteranentreffen MTO Oostende

Click for MoreRide an old bike and see the world. Well, see Belgium; in the company of Shaun from the Kent branch of the BSAOC...
More...


12th October 2004

Bikes: To Pakistan On A Norton 77 - Part 4

Click for MoreAfter travelling through the world's troublespots two decades ago, Goat Maison finally made it to Pakistan aboard his pre-featherbed twin. But the going had been tough... More...


11th October 2004

Rides: The 1st Japanese Ride-In, Show and Jumble

Click for MoreThis whole show came as something of a surprise, 'cos we didn't know we were going until we did. Last minute decision. Likewise for Paul G80... More...


4th October 2004

Bikes: To Pakistan On A Norton 77 - Part 3

Click for MoreTwenty years ago, Goat Maison set off on his 1958 600cc twin to ride halfway around the world. In the previous episode, we'd left him in Iran... More...


29th September 2004

Rides: Ace Café Brighton Reunion

Click for MoreFancy a spot of Brighton Rock? Robert Lane joins the mods and rockers at the annual Ace Cafe Reunion...
More...


21st September 2004

Rides: To Pakistan On A Norton 77 - Part 2

Click for MoreBack in 1984, aged 22, Goat Maison set out on a Great Adventure aboard a Norton Dominator. In the first chapter he discovered the M25, then the English Channel, and then Greece... More...


16th September 2004

Rides: Uxbridge Auto Show 2004

Click for MoreWhat is it about west London? What with the Ace Caff and the LMM, the classic bike scene seems to be thriving in the capital. Roy Workman investigates another classic event... More...


15th September 2004

Rides: Morini Riders' Club Track-day

Click for MoreReal Mart gets a bit carried away at his first classic track-day. As does his Moto Morini Three-and-a-half. On a trailer. Oh dear...
More...


10th September 2004

Rides: Real Classic London Motorcycle Museum Ride-In

Click for MoreFlippin' fantastic full-frame Friday foto-fest from last Sunday's late Summer RealClassic Ride-In rumpus...
More...


7th September 2004

Rides: To Pakistan On A Norton 77

Click for MoreGot an old British bike? Check. Read 'Jupiter's Travels'? Check. Must be time for an extraordinary adventure, then. Goat Maison's Dominator took him halfway around the world... More...


6th September 2004

Rides: BSAs Abroad

Click for MoreLooking for somewhere to stay on the Continental? Peter Twyman of the BSAOC recommends a classic bike friendly guest house, one which is a little off the beaten track... More...


2nd September 2004

Rides: (Not Really) The South West Motorcycle Show

Click for MoreVery often the best bit about going to a bike event is, ahh, going to a bike event. NVNL started off with poetry, got stuck in traffic, made friends with a foreigner and had a damn good ride on his T140... More...


31st August 2004

Rides: The 16th Fenman Show

Click for MoreA dozen BSA Goldstars lined up in the school playground? A cake stall under the trees on the village green? David Atkinson is already looking forward to next year... More...


26th August 2004

Rides: Britbikes in Canada

Click for MoreIt may have rained non-stop in Britain but on the other side of the Atlantic it looks as if classic bike enthusiasts have been basking all summer. The Other Rod caught sight of some handsome kit, gleaming in the sunshine... More...


23rd August 2004

Rides: Battlesbridge Classic Show

Click for MoreAt an event sponsored by the Greeves and Pre-65 clubs, Geoff Linge found a fascinating array of all sorts of classics, including one very unusual American and the kind of Jelly Mould you don't see every day... More...


12th August 2004

Rides: Huge Old Houses and Old Bikes

Click for MoreGlamis Castle and Duff House each play host to a vintage vehicle rally in the summer months. BikerBabe went along to both and met the 'ultimate 1930s tourer'... More...


10th August 2004

Bikes: Europe by BSA Bantam - Part 1

Click for More20 years ago, Stephen Dunne threw caution to the wind and set off around mainland Europe on an 8500 mile journey which would turn out to be the best time of his life... More...


6th August 2004

Rides: Goodwood Festival of Speed

Click for MoreImagine a barking mad hill-climb event run in someone's back garden... which has gotten a bit out of hand. Russ Gannicott dropped in on Lord March's annual bash... More...


20th July 2004

Rides: Italian Adventure

Click for MoreRuss Gannicott has more classic Italian bikes than he can handle (at once) so he drafted in a few friends to get them all to an Italian-oriented event. Foul weather, unfamiliar Italian machinery: what could possibly go wrong? More...


12th July 2004

Rides: Beezumph One-Three

Click for MoreA bumper-photo-fest from the Triumph and Rocket Three Owners' Club track day at Cadwell Park. Real Mart caught the action on the track and in the paddock... More...


25th June 2004

Rides: Reasons to Be Cheerful, Part Three

Click for MoreIt's summer, it's the weekend, and it won't get dark until after ten o'clock tonight. What other excuse could you need to go out for a ride? Here's a dozen to be going on with... More...


24th June 2004

Rides: The Gordon Lucas Show

Click for MoreThe town gala didn't happen this year but you can't stop a good classic bike show once its momentum has been established. Will Morgan attended, and reckons that Dracula rode a 2T-powered DMW... More...


23rd June 2004

Rides: Stri Son Saorsa Rally

Click for MoreWay oop north, BikerBabe went on a MAG-organised rally and demo run, detoured for a quick rant about speeding, and wonders where the classic bikes were that day... More...


22nd June 2004

Rides: Found in France!

Click for MoreRoy Workman didn't go looking for a bike museum while he was on holiday in France - but one found him... More...


21st June 2004

Rides: Classics at Poole Quay

Click for MoreRuss Gannicott took a ride one Tuesday evening to the south coast, and discovered that a couple of thousand other people had done the same thing... More...


17th June 2004

Rides: Meldreth Manor Show

Click for MoreThe Buntingford Branch of the Real Classic Club find their way to the Meldreth Bike Show. Eventually. After almost missing the signs marked 'Meldreth' and 'Bike Show'. RealMart ponders... More...


15th June 2004

Rides: Norman Day

Click for MoreThe Norman Club regularly take their two-strokes tilting at windmills. Roy Workman peers through a blue haze to join them...
More...


10th June 2004

Rides: By Classic Bike To WWI Battlefields

Click for MoreFancy a ride on you old motorcycle? So why not do something different with your classic bike? Mick O'Donnell and the Old Peculiar Classic Club got Somme in... More...


3rd June 2004

Rides: The First National Classic Bike Clubs' Show

Click for MoreThe RealClassic Roadshow went to Stanford Hall. There were more Pauls than could be easily counted, DelBoy won an award (ssshh; he's embarrassed about it,) and even Rowena had a good time... More...


1st June 2004

Rides: A Vincent Black Shadow Abroad

Click for MoreFifty years ago, a young man and his Black Shadow could do anything and go anywhere. Well, almost, as Denis from Essex discovered... More...


28th May 2004

Rides: Sammy Miller Museum Two Stroke Day

Click for MoreSeems that everywhere you look there are strokers in full swing. Russ Gannicott peered through the smoke to inspect the ones on offer at the Sammy Miller Museum... More...


17th May 2004

Rides: Coleford Carnival of Transport

Click for MoreIn search of something different, Will Morgan went to Coleford. And there he found plenty of WD machines, a super A7 cafe racer, and a ferocious canine anti-theft device... More...


11th May 2004

Rides: Italian Day at the Ace Café

Click for MoreReal Mart avoids the rain, turns up in a car, and has to deal with some awkward questions...
More...


4th May 2004

Rides: Greeves Hawkstone Scrambling

Click for MoreMost people ride classic bikes on the Queen's Highway, but some riders never turn a wheel on tarmac. Michael Eustace took to scrambling... More...


29th April 2004

Rides: Wistanstow Show

Click for MoreRealClassic regulars get everywhere. Allan Kitson (the man behind the pen behind the TP Times toons) took a break from the drawing board to drop in at South Shropshire's season starter... More...


27th April 2004

Rides: The Ashford Show and Autojumble

Click for MoreAbandoning his Easter Egg, PaulG80 searched for top-notch classics at the 2004 Ashford Classic Motorcycle Show. He found heaps... More...


23nd April 2004

Rides: Enfields At The Ace

Click for MoreDo the words 'Emm's Enfield' and 'polished perfection' sound like they belong together? They certainly should. Emm rode the Bullet and wrote the words, Toast took the pics and provided breakdown recovery services... More...


22nd April 2004

Rides: Whitewebbs Classic Bike Show (and a 'Toon)

Click for MoreReal Classic riders get everywhere! Two Triumph-riding tearaways scampered off to the Whitewebbs classic event; Mick Lake explains, and provides photographic evidence. Plus: bonus cartoon from another Paul, or maybe the same one... More...


21st April 2004

Rides: Real Classic on the Road - Cheltenham and Ardingly

Click for MoreA tiny van, a big pile of magazines, and a Little Chef map of the UK. Rowena Hoseason and Frank Westworth headed off to a weekend of events... More...


16th April 2004

Rides: Daisy's Diary: The Albion Rally, Island of Fyn, Denmark

Click for MoreGraham Ham and his 1948 Triumph Speed Twin continue their tour of the Continent. This time it's Denmark and a long haul by autobahn, and the start of a mysterious misfire... More...


15th April 2004

Rides: Customs & Cruisers on the South Coast

Click for MoreDelicate souls avert your eyes! Russ Gannicott pushes the envelope of classic motorcycling so far that even Sellotape wouldn't save it. He leaves old bikes behind to investigate how the other half live... More...


13th April 2004

Rides: The 66th Pioneer Run

Click for MoreHave you ever needed 'light pedal assistance'? Roy Workman rode to Brighton in the company of over 300 veteran and vintage motorcycles... More...


2nd April 2004

Rides: Ajay Day at the Miller Museum

Click for More200-plus bikes from the classic marque and a supercharged V4. Russ Gannicott enjoyed a day out at the Sammy Miller Museum and spotted a copy of RealClassic in the oddest place... More...


31st March 2004

Rides: A Velocette Adventure

Click for MoreFancy classic motorcycling but put off by city traffic and bad weather? Richard M tracks down an ex-pat Londoner to the south of France and rides one of his old Velocettes to Spain... More...


12th March 2004

Rides: Harrogate Classic Bike Show and Autojumble

Click for MoreLast time he went, Paul 'ITMA' Friday was distinctly under-impressed. But this year, he reports much improvement at the Harrogate event. Oh, and some snow, too... More...


10th March 2004

Rides: Daisy's Diary: The Rabbit Rally

Click for MoreThe continuing adventures of Graham Ham and his sprung-hub Triumph see the intrepid pair joined by another Speed Twin. Disaster (even the minor type) could not possibly be far away... More...


19th February 2004

Rides: The Round Britain Rally

Click for MoreBoring weekend? Nowhere to go? Roy and Chris Workman have a suggestion. Join them and hundreds of other riders this summer on an at-your-own-pace, road-riding rally which criss-crosses the British Isles... More...


12th February 2004

Rides: Daisy's Diary - T-Days in Belgium

Click for MoreGraham and Chris Ham venture overseas again on Daisy, the 1948 Triumph Speed Twin. They encounter cobbles and endure a tank-slapper, spring an oil leak and ride away with panniers full of prizes... More...


10th February 2004

Rides: Numbing of Parts

Click for MoreIf you were thinking of holidaying in France on a bike this summer then NVNL's tale will either send you screaming from the room, or will have you booking a flight immediately. Persons of a gentle disposition should probably look the other way... More...


4th February 2004

Rides: The London Motorcycle Show

Click for MoreSome people, rather than stand in the sweeping rain and freezing cold at Kempton Park last weekend, opted instead to enjoy the warm welcome of the Ally Pally. PaulG80 was one of them... More...


26th January 2004

Rides: The Cairn O' Mount Run

Click for MoreHave you finished your winter rebuild yet? Is your classic bike fettled and ready for the off? BikerBabe suggests an excellent spring event, should you wish to stretch your wheels a little... More...


21st January 2004

Rides: The G-Mex National Motorcycle Show

Click for MoreA bit of this, a bit of that, and scarily close to a bit of the other. Paul Friday risked death by lap-dancer to go to a 'proper' motorcycle show and located the classic corner at the back. As usual... More...


19th January 2004

Rides: Jerry's Tale III - Racing and Rock & Roll

Click for MoreJerry Fiford finally finds something he's good at and sticks with it. At fifty-nine (and going on seventeen) he's back where he started and doing it all over again... More...


12th January 2004

Rides: The Snowbound Bultaco

Click for MoreYou need never be gloomy when you own an old bike. BikerBabe discovers the classic biking cure for post-Christmas malaise... More...


9th January 2004

Rides: Daisy's Diary: Living It Up At Le Mans

Click for MoreWith the Landmark Challenge successfully completed, Graham Ham's adventures on his classic Triumph Speed Twin took a continental turn... More...


8th January 2004

Rides: Cold Hands At Christmas

Click for MoreIsn't it wonderful to ride a classic bike in a fritzy-frosty winter wonderland? Er, no, actually. It isn't. At least Emm and her Enfield don't think so... More...


6th January 2004

Rides: Gremlins en Vacance

Click for MoreFeeling winter's chill? Never mind. Mick Merrick's tale of summer rides on classic bikes should warm your cockles just a touch... More...


30th December 2003

Rides: Jerry's Tale. Part Two: Getting Scrambled

Click for MoreAfter finding his feet on British bikes, Jerry Fiford then made a bold, brave attempt to go scrambling on a Greeves Challenger. Could he win a race? Could he even finish a race? Maybe just complete one lap? Perhaps... More...


18th December 2003

Rides: Jerry's Tale. Part One: How It All Started

Click for MoreOut of control on an Excelsior; four men in a tent and a BSA. In this first tall tale of a wild life with fast bikes, Jerry Fiford tells it like it was. And how it still is! More...


12th December 2003

Rides: Classic Racing - Fifty at Fity

Click for MoreNo matter what the capacity, you can have fun on track with all sizes of old bike. He started with a Tiger Cub but John Lee found true happiness with a 50, at fifty... More...


10th December 2003

Rides: The Commando Culprit

Click for MoreWe asked Tim Oxtoby to tell us all about his classic bike tours and give us some behind-the-scenes scam. Instead, we learn why a Norton Commando is to blame. For everything... More...


3rd December 2003

Rides: Daisy's Diary Part IV: The Landmark Challenge 2002

Click for MoreGraham Ham is on his last legs, it says here. Oh, sorry; we mean he's on the last leg of the Triumph Club's Landmark Challenge. Will he and Daisy the classic sprung-hub Triumph Speed Twin complete their mammoth round-Britain ride? More...


25th November 2003

Rides: The Scottish Assembly

Click for MoreNo autojumble, no trade stands, no bouncy castle. Bikerbabe enjoy an event which only has time for real classic bikes...
More...


19th November 2003

Rides: Ton-Up Triples at Mas du Clos

Click for MoreCan you hear the howl of racing triples in full flow? Tony Page and his pals from the TR3OC let rip with their classic bikes on a French track day they'll never forget... More...


3rd November 2003

Rides: The Malvern Real Classic Motorcycle Restoration Show

Click for MoreWe were all there, and a lot of you were too. Classic bikes were judged, spares were bought, photos were taken, books, shirts and mousemats were sold, and doughnuts were eaten... More...


30th October 2003

Rides: Daisy's Diary - The Landmark Challenge 2002 Part III

Click for MoreGraham Ham and his sprung-hub Triumph Speed Twin march onwards across Britain in the Triumph Club's Landmark Challenge. This time they encounter Nessie (not), Daisy blows astern, and all's not well with the sparks... More...


27th October 2003

Rides: Strange Vintage Things Rally

Click for MorePaul Friday went looking for a hillclimb and instead found lots of odd old engines burning fossil fuels via myriad different methods. There were even some classic bikes involved. And knitting. More...


2nd October 2003

Rides: Summer Restrospective

Click for MoreWinter's on the way and the nights are drawing in. Before you start shivering, Steve Wilson reminds us how good Cassington Bike Night was; Gerry Bristow tells of the NOC's International Rally, and David Atkinson enjoyed some Fenman fun... More...


25th September 2003

Rides: An Ace Day

Click for MoreAs 2003 is Harley-Davidson's centenary celebration, there's many an event being held in the marque's honour. Steve The Toast went to the Ace Café's do, and found plenty of classic Brits lurking amid the American Iron... More...


22nd September 2003

Rides: Daisy's Diary: The Landmark Challenge 2002 Part II

Click for MoreThe second part of a round-Britain adventure, in which Graham the brave rider and Daisy the Triumph Speed Twin nearly go suddenly a-swimming oh in the West Country... More...


19th September 2003

Rides: Triumph Night

Click for MoreWe often see the national side of big owners' clubs. But what goes on at the local level? Steve Morrall and Martin Jones review a busy night at the Birmingham and Wolverhampton branch of the Triumph Owners' MCC... More...


11th September 2003

Rides: Show Stoppers At Skegness

Click for MoreOver a thousand riders stormed into Skegness to enjoy the seaside resort's first Bike and Rider Day at the end of August 2003. Among them were a goodly smattering of real classic bike fans, and the very best of these went home clutching some RealClassic goodies... More...


10th September 2003

Rides: Daisy's Diary: The Landmark Challenge 2002

Click for MoreThe first part of their classic motorcycle adventure, in which Graham Ham and Daisy the Speed Twin locate their first Landmarks and experience simultaneous sparking... More...


4th September 2003

Rides: Calne Comes Alive

Click for MoreA sleepy town in the rolling English countryside gets a welcome wake-up call once a year. Thousands of classic bikes ride into town, including 27 extremely unusual ones... More...


28th August 2003

Rides: Oschersleben Old Timers

Click for MoreReal Mart stumbles off round the world in search of Real Classics and returns with an abandoned Jawa, a Japanese Dinosaur and a clutch of German Old Timers... More...


26th August 2003

Rides: Hurry Up for Hot Metal

Click for MoreThere is such a thing as owt for nowt, and you can get it in Bradford until September 4th. Paul Friday has been and gone and experienced the delights of Hot Metal... More...


22nd August 2003

Rides: Beezumph 12 Part II

Click for MoreHow do you go about organising the UK's premier Britbike track event, and the biggest-ever Triumph Hurricane happening? Tony Page explains... More...


21st August 2003

Rides: Panthers on the Prowl

Click for MoreSome club runs go further than once around the block and into the pub for a bite to eat. Frank Snively reports on the UK Panther Owners' Club excursion to Colorado... More...


18th August 2003

Rides: The Stinkwheel Stafford Show

Click for MorePaul Friday's first 'proper' classic bike show turned out to be a ReallyClassic event...
More...


13th August 2003

Rides: War and Peace

Click for MoreMotorcycles are part of our military history. FerG3 treats us to a fast flashback of military might at the War and Peace Show...
More...


1st August 2003

Rides: Events Everywhere

Click for MoreIt's summer, so everywhere you look real classic riders are out there doing it. Royalty made it to Redditch; classic bikes were feted at Langford, and someone let in the rif-raf at the Sandon Hall Stinkwheel Show... More...


25th July 2003

Rides: The Ventnor Classic Event

Click for MoreYou get all sorts on the Isle of Wight. Jonathan Hoare meets a four-cylinder Guzzi, a rusty wreck rescued from a well, and a man with a Sten gun, Lee Enfield rifle and a dirty great bayonet... More...


18th July 2003

Rides: NCC Custom and Classic Show

Click for MoreYou might think you're safe, but good old British bike riders turn out just about everywhere. The Toaster met a bunch at a Rugby Club. Did they have odd-shaped balls, we wonder? More...


17th July 2003

Events: RealClassic Events

Click for MoreThe RealClassic events calendar is bubbling over with things to do this summer and autumn. We can't get to all of them, so make a note of the very best shows and jumbles where we'll be making an appearance... More...


15th July 2003

Rides:Beezumph

Click for MoreA massive photo-fest from Real Mart's day out at Beezumph. He missed the barbecue and he missed the Hurricane lap of honour, but he did discover the weird, wonderful and one off world of old Brit' triples... Pictures from the Rally and the Track...


14th July 2003

Rides: BSAs at Billing

Click for MoreCombine Castrol R, doughnuts, eggs-and-spoons and a troll under a bridge. What else could it be but BSA Day? A65 Bill rode Britain's premier twin... More...


9th July 2003

Rides: The Vincent Club Rally

Click for MoreThose Vincent owners never ride their bikes, do they? Just trailer them around to shows. Erm, no, said Tigger. And proved his point...
More...


1st July 2003

Rides: VMCC Banbury Run

Click for MoreRoy and Chris Workman attended the VMCC's Banbury Run and found sidecars, sidecars -- and more sidecars!
More...


19th June 2003

Rides: Bikes Reunited at the Meldreth Show

Click for MoreA long lost Greeves Scottish and a Twin Port AJS in need of a DNA test are just two of the oddities Real Mart bumped into at the Meldreth Bike Show yesterday...
More...


11th June 2003

Rides: Chester Classic Pre65 Trial

Click for MoreDope-burning, mud-slinging, heavy metal mayhem. Must be Odgie, then, and he has a legitimate reason for including all those things in a story of classic off-road action... More...


2nd June 2003

Rides: Knebworth Classic Bike Show

Click for MoreNot many words but plenty of pictures as Real Mart stumbles around the Knebworth Classic Bike Show breathing in a haze of two-stroke smoke... More...


12th May 2003

Rides: Ace Cafe - Italian Day

Click for MoreRealMart survives the A406, fills his belly and his camera, and rediscovers a passion that didn't die ten years ago when he sold the Le Mans... More...


10th May 2003

Rides: Italy & Back On BSA's Finest

Click for MoreTwo BSA A10s travelled 2500 miles to join the BSA Club's International Rally. Shaun Gibbons survived electrical upsets, pouring rain and sun, sun, sun... More...


11th April 2003

Rides: The Pioneer Run

Click for MoreWhat could be better than a classic bike ride on a crisp spring morning? Roy Workman joined hundreds of vintage and veteran motorcycles on their annual outing to Brighton... More...


8th April 2003

Rides: Something for the weekend: Pre-65 trials

Click for MoreThe problem with healthy walks, says Paul Friday, is that by the time you feel knackered you're a long way from the car. What you really want is a circular route with plenty of stops which has something to do with bikes. Ever been to a motorcycle trial? More...


14th March 2003

Rides: A Letter From Lyon

Click for MoreRealClassic.co.uk reader Mick Merrick regularly rotates down to the South of France. If you've never managed to ferry 'cross the murky, then this should be your inspiration. Great roads! Great rides! And the only rain was in Britain. More...


30th January 2003

Rides: A Dales Diary

Click for MoreAn all-day breakfast, a Moto Guzzi and an apparent temperature of minus 9-degrees. Paul Friday goes on an excursion across the Yorkshire Dales, one which encapsulates the very best of old bike riding. Mind you, a woolly jumper might have made it even better! More...


22nd January 2003

Rides: Touring On An Older Motorcycle

Click for MoreA lot of people think you can't use a classic bike for long distance touring. But why not? It must be just about the cheapest way of seeing the world. Jim Peace goes the distance... More...


9th January 2003

Rides: Twenty Years On

Click for MoreBob Herman has travelled the last two decades with a Norton Commando. Almost everything else around him has changed. Does the Bendy's song remain the same? More...


Home

Like what you see here? Then help to make RealClassic.co.uk even better


Bikes | Features | Events | Books | Tech | Magazine | About | Messages | Classified | Links

More Vaguely Relevant Bikes on eBay.co.uk Right Now...
RedLeg Interactive Media

© 2002 The Cosmic Motorcycle Co. Ltd / Redleg Interactive Media

You may download pages from this site for your private use. No other reproduction, re-publication, re-transmission or other re-distribution of any part of this site in any medium is permitted except with the written consent of the copyright owner or in accordance with the provisions of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.