RealClassic7 min de lecture
Lov's LABOURS LOST
We’ve all, I’m sure, regretted selling a bike. In my case it’s usually due to the siren lure of something shiny that needs to be in my garage instead. Despite the hundreds of machines passing through my greasy hands there are very few that I truly re
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Terrible T Wins
Right then, modernists! So you’re really impressed with your modern Triumph twin, packed from stem to stern with classic iconography and subtle references to tasty Triumph twins of the past, and you find yourself wondering whether the Real Thing migh
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Let There Be Light!
My Yamaha XS had the standard 1980s headlight set-up, so I asked advice from the RC Crew who sent me to Paul Goff. I’ve installed some 21st century tech and might be able to see where I’m going now! Michael Luff ■
RealClassic7 min de lecture
The One To Have
Don’t get our resident AMC Anorak started about Associated Motor Cycles’ habit of producing ‘interim year’ models, or you may be enthused right out of existence. Just accept that the methodical pattern of development adopted by Plumstead’s paragons o
RealClassic2 min de lecture
Torque Sense
There have been several comments recently about horsepower and torque. Torque develops in an engine due to the average or ‘brake mean effective’ pressure in the cylinder acting on the piston. This average force depends on piston diameter and acts on
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1963 Matchless G80/ajs Model 18 Fact Pack
Engine Air-cooled ohv single Bore/stroke 82.5mm x 93mm Capacity 498cc Carburettor Amal 389 Monobloc Clutch Multiplate wet Gears 4-speed positive stop Brakes 7-inch sls drums, full-width alloy hubs Frame Duplex tubular cradle, brazed and bolted
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A Classic Issue
So good to see Frank back to his humorous best in RC197. The Electra shed adventure had me chuckling into my coffee, after what I can only describe as months in the BSAAMC twin wilderness! Well written with laugh-out-loud moments. Keep it up, Frank!
RealClassic7 min de lecture
Cacciatore Rosso
Back in 2016, I’d finally got some miles on the Square Four which had been featured in RC the previous year. I’d learned a bit about Ariels, mostly through the splendid Ariel Owners’ MCC, which had started me thinking about buying a girder-forked sin
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Flash Back!
I was greatly interested to read the nice article in RC196 about the BSA Golden Flash with sidecar, and this has brought back fond memories for me. After a serious road accident on my Francis Barnett Cruiser 71, I bought a 1955 BSA Golden Flash, VKN
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Dating Part Numbers
It’s very easy to see changes in Ariel part numbers as they used a four digit number, with the original year as a two digit suffix. Thus, we know that the alloy magneto chain cover 2015-35 was introduced in 1935 but its wartime steel replacement, 201
RealClassic3 min de lecture
Little Engines
The comments in September’s Members’ Enclosure aroused my interest. Rowena says there’s ‘a very strong environmental argument for 1hp (human power).’ I agree. Going back about thirty years, 80 miles in a day was comfortably achievable with 1hp on a p
RealClassic8 min de lecture
Buying A Bullet
The original Royal Enfield Bullets appeared in the late 1940s and remained in production with many changes into the 21st century. The name was first used pre-war on sporting 250, 350 and 500 singles as well, and the model designation is still in use
RealClassic2 min de lecture
Past / Present Tensions
I feel that Arthur Pentney in RC197 was completely wrong when he said that your pages are not the place for reviews on current ‘retro’ bikes such as the Triumph Speed Twin. Magazines dealing with modern bikes whose journalists are usually only riding
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Riding Life Long-distance Trial
The Troglobike was a 500 Royal Enfield I built for long distance trials. From the outset, we bonded. The bike proved reliable (apart from the new electronic ignition some twerp sold me), it proved my theories about what was suitable and we had some g
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Triple Time
It was interesting reading about the Yamaha XS750 in RC197. Some bikes are totally unremarkable. The XS750 may have been a good bike but it was not a machine you would crave after or which would stick in your memory for long. I was a bike trader from
RealClassic6 min de lecture
Riding Life cee-bee Redux
I had a reasonable if rattly MZ ETZ 250. I had an ambition of having the engine overhauled to remove the rattling, give it a little more power and remove the kickback. Then a sparkly red Honda appeared for sale at £600 or thereabouts. It was a CB250
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Heavy Time
Last month, Jacqueline mentioned that PUB the Vincent was feeling a trifle heavy, and that the cause was unlikely to be either a change in earth’s gravitational constant or because her Vincent had been over-indulging in pies recently. I can offer a p
RealClassic7 min de lecture
Making SPARKS FLY!
There may be readers who like the writer, find it easier to maintain, let alone rebuild, something if they understand how it works in the first place. Most will be fairly familiar with engines and cycleparts, but find electrics more difficult, and ma
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Ft Or Vee?
Nice to see a Honda FT500 in RC196. I did consider one of those, back in the day, until I realised that it was nothing like a bigger CB250RS – even if the clocks were about the same. Wisely, I resisted. I’d owned an electric start RS and knew the iss
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Rebuilt In Britain
Since my retirement from Norton Motors at Rugeley in 2009, I’ve occupied my time by doing much the same thing but at a much slower pace, working on a variety of machines including a couple of local farm quad bikes, two 1930s AJS and Matchless V-twins
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Spoke Too, Soon
Reading about spoke woes by Alan Freke in RC197, I was reminded of similar shenanigans with the rear wheel on my late lamented Norton Navigator. The bike was built up from a box of bits in the late 1960s, and thrashed all around the Midlands from my
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Project World Beater
Like many things in life, there is no shortage of opinions on two-stroke tuning. With Google as your friend, research becomes not the time consuming chore it once was, but a lively jaunt into endless information. Of course, you come across two types
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A Riding Life
It was always my intention to keep a detailed maintenance log regarding my motorcycles. I did start one over 50 years ago when I had my first bike, but it didn’t last long due to persistent tinkering, changes of and multiply ownership, etc. One perso
RealClassic6 min de lecture
Pub Tank
Little weekend rides, in addition to the ‘shopping runs’ have kept PUB on two wheels for very modest mileages, but still fairly lacking in real destinations, and she does like to have a real destination, otherwise every road junction brings indecisio
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Kawasaki Continued
The Z750B twin was quite enigmatic because it was not what us trad Brit bikers expected from the big K and yet neither was it the UJM that those beginning to convert allegiance thought that they should be making. A conundrum! Most therefore rejected
RealClassic3 min de lecture
Ollie ODDJOBS
The other day I saw a photograph of a Vincent on a well-known internet portal thingy (rhymes with ‘space hook’, you know the one). This particular Vincent had the single-sided front end from a Gilera CX125 on it – a motorcycle even odder than last mo
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Electrical Angst
Reading Dave Baddeley’s letter in RC196 regarding his Honda electrical problems reminded me of issues I had years ago with condensers. This experience prompted me to always scour autojumbles for new old stock items in their original packaging. If the
RealClassic10 min de lecture
Tales From The Shed
So there I was, foot poised over the tremulous kickstart of the Best Norton Ever (possibly), wondering many things, most of them to do with whether the bike would start. Or whether it wouldn’t. I mean… it held really elderly fuel in its tank and a ba
RealClassic2 min de lecture
Who’s Done What
REALCLASSIC is composed entirely by experts and the odd enthusiast (very odd, some may say) and edited by Frank Westworth of The Cosmic Bike Co Ltd, who is delighted that Rowena Hoseason has returned to work so he been able to have an afternoon off.
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Backwards Glance
What a great magazine! I’m not a fan of magazines, as they often touch on things of interest without ever getting to the real heart or depth of a subject. But the articles published in your mag do a better job than many others. A couple of joys for m
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