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17th March 2014

Techniques: Carb Balancing with Vacuum Gauges

Click for MoreTransform your juddering and shuddering classic bike into a smooth performer. Always a sucker for a workshop gadget, Martin Gelder presents a balanced approach to carburettor set-up using vacuum dial gauges... More...


27th February 2013

Techniques: Decoking MZ and CZ Exhausts and Baffles

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


8th August 2012

Techniques: Moto Morini 350 Cambelt Change

Click for MoreChanging the cambelt is probably the most difficult part of servicing one of Morini's modular v-twins. Paul, Paul, Mark and Martin show how it's done using high definition shed-o-vision video and greasy smudge photography... More...


26th August 2011

Bikes: Flick the switch? Rickman Metisse

Click for MoreNigel Green's Rickman Métisse is brought to an untimely halt by Joe Lucas, Prince of Darkness. Can we fix it? Yes we can...
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3rd August 2011

Techniques: AJS Special Tool Trickery

Click for MoreNeil Cairns didn't have the correct special tool to hand when he replaced the fork seals on his AJS single. So he... improvised... More...


3rd August 2011

Techniques: Pazon Electronic Ignition for Laverda 750

Click for MoreStu Thomson wanted to improve the low-rev running on his Laverda 750 twin. So here's how he fitted a modern electronic ignition unit to it... More...


18th February 2011

Techniques: BSA Goldstar Brake Conversion

Click for MoreOne front drum brake not good enough for you? DBD Brian grafted two BSA 8” front drums into one to improve the braking on his Goldstar. Here's how he did it... More...


17th September 2010

Bikes: MZ ETZ250 Tuning: More Torque

Click for MoreFitting a 300 top end and an easy porting modification improve low end power to cure one of the ETZ250's biggest riding problems. Experienced two-stroke specialist Derek Pickard explains how he got the right results... More...


23rd August 2010

Bikes: Harris Matchless G80 Carb Saga

Click for MoreDerek Pickard wanted to upgrade the carb on his 1980s 500 single. He started with an Amal upgrade but swiftly moved on to Mikuni... More...


14th July 2010

Technigues: MZ ETZ 250 Tuning

Click for MoreDerek Pickard looks at the stock MZ250 carb situation, tries the alternatives, finds what works and gives the details of how to make your ETZ run super sweet... More...


2nd June 2010

Bikes: Royal Enfield Bullet False Neutral Fix

Click for MoreDave D offers useful advice on curing false neutrals, and Jonathan Roy went pot hole-dodging in south-east Kent... More...


31st May 2010

Technigues: Dynamic Ignition Timing

Click for MoreKarl Bentley investigates a misfire on his Yamaha XS650 twin, and discovers that it's all in the timing... More...


30th April 2010

Technigues: Tank Badge Repair

Click for MoreA damaged mounting can mean the end of an original component's useful life. Alan Goff didn't want to throw away the tank badge for his Triumph T90, so set about fixing it... More...


8th February 2010

Technigues: Ariel Square Four Alternator Conversion

Click for MoreBennet Longman was so frustrated by the electrical shortcomings of his Ariel Square Four that he developed his own alternator conversion. So now he can ride at night with excellent illumination, without having to rev the engine senseless... More...


25th January 2010

Technigues: Classic Motorcycle Saddle Repairs

Click for MoreDave Wooding's saddle split and he didn't want to pay top dollar for an inferior replacement. The solution was a leather saddle cover for less than a fiver... More...


11th August 2009

Technigues: DIY Motorcycle Wheel Alignment Tool

Click for MoreEven the best classic bike won't corner correctly if its wheels are out of line. Les Howard has come up with an ingenious high-tech method to ensure one wheel follows the other, exactly... More...


11th August 2009

Technigues: Norton Oils, Fuels and Other Liquids

Click for MoreMany classic bike specialists run a technical helpline, and they're often asked exactly the same question. So we investigated: what's the most common technical question asked about Norton Commandos? More...


24th July 2009

Technigues: Inspection Pit

Click for MoreIf you can't elevate your classic bike to get at its underside then Andy Bone has a suggestion: borrow a trick from the classic car crowd. Better than laying on the ground, any day! More...


1st April 2008

Tech: Shock Absorber Service Tool

Click for MoreAs Alan Goff discovered recently, it’s not always easy fit a new set of shock absorbers to your classic bike (particularly if you have just the one set of hands). He built a special service tool to take the strain... More...


24th August 2007

Bikes: Hand-Change Bullet

Click for MoreIf you really fancy a hand-change classic but don't want to buy a really old bike, then how about something like this clever conversion. KarlB reckons it's right handy... More...


19th July

Techniques: MZ Supa 5 Brake Modification

Click for MoreMalcolm Thomason loves his MZ, but its going was definitely better than its stopping. He looked at the front brake with an engineer's eye... More...


22nd February 2007

Techniques: Pukka Paint For Chassis Parts

Click for MoreIf you're restoring a classic bike at home, then you'll inevitably need to paint some components. Sending everything off to the pro-fessionals can be costly, so Laurie Packer investigates a new DIY option... More...


8th January 2007

Techniques: Crankshaft Removal

Click for MoreClassic bikes can create all sorts of problems, especially the more unusual models. Phil Speakman has been puzzling over how to extract a seized crank on his Adler Favorit... More...


8th September 2006

Tech: Changing Contacts

Click for MoreBe afraid. Be very afraid. Someone has let PaulG80 back into the workshop… and this time he's adjusting things which spark!
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19th June 2006

Tech: Basic Tools

Click for MoreMost classic bike riders, over time, develop a certain familiarity with a range of workshop tools. PaulG80 has a rummage through his toolchest... More...


4th March 2005

Techniques: Front Brake 101

Click for MoreThe second article in a series of more than one: Professor A presents a Real Classic Shed-o-Vision guide to Royal Enfield Bullet Front Brake Servicing... More...


4th March 2005

Techniques: Steering 101

Click for MoreReal Classic proudly presents a Shed-o-Vision step by step guide to RE Bullet steering head bearing maintenance, with words and pictures from Professor A... More...


17th February 2005

Techniques: Humber Engines Everywhere

Click for MoreYou think you can keep your classic bikes safe in the shed? Think again. HumberNut reveals that his dining room has been invaded by Humber engines... More...


3rd February 2005

Tech: Norton Commando Brakes

Click for MoreIt started with a simple post about Norton Commando brakes and ended up keeping the message board buzzing for days. NVNL shares what he's learned so far... More...


6th January 2005

Tech: Cylinder Bore Honing

Click for MoreIf your old bike engine needs a rebore, then what happens to it during the honing process? Is this the same as glaze-busting? Can new rings improve oil consumption? Hutch explains... More...


13th December 2004

Tech: Bench Pressing

Click for MoreLooking for a wonderful Xmas present this year and missed the chance to buy a (completely sold out) Real Classic Super Shed mug? Anarchy has a suggestion... More...


10th December 2004

News: Building An Engine

Click for MoreWe've said before that restoring really old bikes is more like re-making them. Humbernut proves the point with his painstaking rebuild of a cammy Humber engine... More...


28th July 2004

Techniques: Light Up Your Life!

Click for MoreRichard M is dim. No, hang on, that's not right. Richard M's lights were dim. But now they're not. It's all to do with his spending habits, apparently... More...


22nd July 2004

Tech: Matchless / AJS Chaincase Seal Mod

Click for MoreEven if you are a technical know-nothing, the shed need not be a scary place. Honest. PaulG80 proves this by venturing forth to cure the chaincase leak on his Matchless... More...


23rd February 2004

Tech: Made from Metal

Click for MoreTake one lump of cast iron. Apply expertise. Lots of expertise and plenty of TLC. Stand back and admire finished cylinder barrel, fins and all. (Instructions only apply to people named Humbernut!)... More...


22nd December 2003

Tech: Home-Made Engine Inside Story

Click for MoreAs regular readers of the Message Board will know, Humbernut has been teasing people with tales of his 350cc Humber engine rebuild. We thought you'd enjoy a sneak preview of the work-in-progress... More...


16th December 2003

Tech: Sidevalve Seizure Sorted

Click for MoreHumbernut had just taken his newly-restored 1927 350 sidevalve for a spin, when it seized! Here's what happened once he got its top off again... More...


27th November 2003

Tech: Vintage Engine Restoration

Click for MoreWhat do you do if you can't buy those vital spare parts which your classic bike needs? Humbernut has the answer, and it involves a milling machine, an oxyacetylene torch and boiling up the occasional piston... More...


23rd July 2003

Tech: Tuning for Need, Part 3

Click for MorePaul Friday has plans to make his banger sizzle. This time he explores the theory of ignition and sets a strategy for some bodging... More...


17th June 2003

Tech: Tuning for Need, Part 2

Click for MorePaul Friday continues his quest to make the banger sizzle. In this installment your hero tries to find an ignition system to fit his Moto Guzzi single... More...


7th May 2003

Tech: Tuning for Need, Part 1

Click for MorePaul Friday's industrial relic produces a lot less power than it could. We accompany him as he embarks upon a quest to making the old banger sizzle... More...


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