The Classic MotorCycle8 min de lecture
Brilliant Brew
Most enthusiasts would associate the name of ‘Italjet’ with either quirky minibikes or some feisty off-roaders and possibly overlook the very impressive 650cc four-stroke twin that for four years in the late 1960s and early 70s rolled off the Bologne
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FINER DETAILS BSA Beaver
Franco Morini UC4 single-cylinder two-stroke 49.9cc 39mm x 41.8mm Not quoted Pre-mix petroil Four-speed in unit with engine Pedal 6V Magneti Marelli Dell Orto type SHA 14-12 Paoli telescopic forks, monoshock swinging fork rear Fully duplex WHEELBASE
The Classic MotorCycle4 min de lecture
In The Workshop - Heavy Metal
The story started five years ago, with the purchase of a used but loved plunger framed BSA A10. Why I bought it is a mystery as parallel twins aren’t for me; triples yes and singles – especially those built before 1928 – of course, but the price was
The Classic MotorCycle2 min de lecture
Dick Mann (1934-2021)
Though British race fans will best remember Dick ‘Bugsy’ Mann – who has died aged 86 – for his stirring performances in the GB v US Match Races, traditionally held at Easter in the 1970s, plus perhaps his Daytona success, Dick Mann was a much more ve
The Classic MotorCycle6 min de lecture
Unexpected Delight
Even some BSA aficionados might be surprised to see the name on the petrol tank of this little machine, because it was produced several years after the original Small Heath company closed its factory doors. It wasn’t the only attempt to revive the ma
The Classic MotorCycle2 min de lecture
Editor’s Welcome
Richard Rosenthal is fond of saying: “One should never deny oneself another motorcycle” (though he claims it was someone else who said it to him) and this month, almost inadvertently, I’ve welcomed another newcomer into the new and already becoming f
The Classic MotorCycle2 min de lecture
Book Review
Motorcycle heroes, trailblazers and record-breakers. “Meet 74 of the most influential motorcyclists of the last century.” Author: Alicia Mariah Elfving Published by: Motorbooks, an imprint of the Quarto Group Email: specialsales@quarto.com or www
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URAL and DNEPR 650 TWINS
Based near Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, F2 Motorcycles (F2 = Flat-twin) has many years’ experience in sourcing and supplying parts for bikes from less mainstream manufacturers, among them Ural and Dnepr, for which brands F2 carries the largest stocks of
The Classic MotorCycle6 min de lecture
Store Cupboard Special
After two months where Dave Manning has kindly taken the weight off me with these features – thanks Dave – and where we’ve enlisted some specialists to add gloss to our (well, dad’s) endeavours, it’s back to me to present what should, if all goes to
The Classic MotorCycle6 min de lecture
Readers’ Letters
Further to correspondence about towing, I’ve built a vehicle to save towing a caravan, as I have just built my second sidecar caravan. The prototype was built in June 2016 and used up to the pandemic, when I broke it down to make way for the new buil
The Classic MotorCycle14 min de lecture
Eggcentric Etceterini
Even by the standards of Italy’s Etceterini array of little-known marques back in the 1950s, Motobi is an obscure subplot to the ongoing soap opera that the ever-changing panorama of Italian motorcycling represents. Characteristically, the company on
The Classic MotorCycle12 min de lecture
New Purpose
The name ‘Brian’ is a recurring theme in the story of this motorcycle, a 1928 Royal Enfield Model 165 Dairyman’s Combination to largely Model 182 Sports Solo spec, albeit to 1927 182 specification, as for 1928 the 182 had a different, saddle tank fra
The Classic MotorCycle1 min de lecture
Scott To Trot Go Faster On A TT Rep
James Robinson Tel 01507 529405 Fax 01507 371066 email jrobinson@mortons.co.uk Tim Britton, Alan Cathcart, Jonathan Hill, Roy Poynting, Richard Rosenthal, Martin Squires, Jerry Thurston, Alan Turner, Andy Westlake Sarah Wilkinson Kelvin Clements Char
The Classic MotorCycle3 min de lecture
Diary
The Classic MotorCycle is anxious to learn all about your motorcycle-related events. Contact us at The Classic MotorCycle, Mortons Media Ltd, Diary Listings, PO Box 99, Horncastle, Lincs LN9 6LZ or email obmwallplanner@mortons.co.uk 2 AUGUST ISSUE O
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The Way We Were In August
The Department of Tank Design and Development had developed a single tracked ‘caterpillar’ type vehicle. Powered by a 348cc Douglas fore-and-aft twin cylinder engine mounted over the rear of the machine with drive to the back pulley, it looked simila
The Classic MotorCycle1 min de lecture
News In Brief
The Sammy Miller Museum’s Italian Bike Ride In is happening on Sunday, July 4, 2021, starting at 10am, at the New Milton site. Over September 17-19, 2021, the Goodwood Revival returns, with this year’s motorcycle races for 1960s GP racers. Expect M
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This Month’s Star Letter Wins
The writer of this month’s Star Letter wins a a Weise Scout jacket, worth £129.99. With retro-look quilted shoulders and classic colour options, complemented by mesh airflow panels, the Scout jacket will keep you as cool as it looks. See more at www.
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News & Events
Exciting news! The International Classic MotorCycle Show at Stafford over July 3/4 will be on – albeit with a few tweaks and revisions, following the British Government’s announcement on June 14, that all restrictions would not be lifted, as previou
The Classic MotorCycle5 min de lecture
Cam Lore
It’s fairly safe to say anyone reading this will have been to an autojumble, those wonderful places where boxes of parts wait to be rummaged through – and for us enthusiasts it’s a bit like Santa’s Grotto. Agreed, autojumbles have been a bit thin on
The Classic MotorCycle1 min de lecture
Classic Motorcycle
Tim Britton, Alan Cathcart, Jonathan Hill, Roy Poynting, Richard Rosenthal, Martin Squires, Jerry Thurston, Alan Turner, Andy Westlake. ■
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Keeping Things In Order
There’s no doubt that one of the most frustrating aspects of restoration is having to rely on outside experts who have their own work schedules and priorities. Take the paintwork for my latest project, which only became ready for collection after fiv
The Classic MotorCycle10 min de lecture
Bradshaw’s Motorcycles
Despite his position as works manager of ABC Motors Ltd, Hersham, Walton-on-Thames – a firm which was solely engaged of War Office work – Granville Bradshaw’s fertile mind couldn’t focus on military matters alone. As well as the 250cc (247.4ccm, 54x5
The Classic MotorCycle4 min de lecture
Give Me Air
Since the turn of the century before last, motorcycle manufacturers – and especially those wanting to go racing – have been chasing power. It wasn’t very long before designers realised that the key to increased output was getting more air into the en
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Finer Details
ENGINE Triumph OHV unit construction four-stroke twin CAPACITY 649cc BORE 71mm STROKE 82mm POWER OUTPUT 54bhp@7300rpm CARBURETTOR 2x30mm Amal Concentric 930 COMP RATIO 9:1 IGNITION coil ELECTRICS 12v 45W LUBRICATION Dry sump with separate oi
The Classic MotorCycle4 min de lecture
You Were Asking
Following the publication of Gordon Jackson’s enquiry: “Can I tow a small caravan in the UK and on the Continent behind my BMW outfit?” (YWA, July 2021, page 85), readers have contacted with comments. Our friend Alan Underwood headed the list of thos
The Classic MotorCycle3 min de lectureChemistry
Alloy There
Aluminium (aka aluminum and other spellings, symbol Al, atomic number 13) was discovered by Danish physicist Hans Ørsted in 1825 and from 1855 became ever-more industrially produced. After oxygen and silicon (Si, atomic number 14), it is the third mo
The Classic MotorCycle13 min de lecture
They’re Hall You Need
Ernie Hall’s birthday in May 2021 was his 90th, the following month wife Joan and he celebrated 63 years of marriage, and they continue to enjoy retirement at their home in the Kent countryside. They reflected on lives that have revolved largely arou
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Through Great Britain And The Continent
Writing his account of the European tour (published in The Motor Cycle, May 26 and June 2, 1910), Doctor Webster sets the scene, explaining: “Some four years ago I purchased my first motor cycle [sic] to use in making my professional calls… I soon be
The Classic MotorCycle4 min de lecture
A Brief Chat With... …Ben Butterworth
How old were you when motorcycles as an interest grabbed you? Or more to the point when classic motorcycles as an interest grabbed you? And why did these older machines pique your interest? Maybe you were like me and of the era which still regarded o
The Classic MotorCycle1 min de lecture
Sammy Miller Museum
Crammed full of interesting machines – more than 400 in total – the museum is open daily from 10am. The Sammy Miller Museum is at Bashley, New Milton, Hampshire B25 5SZ Tel 01425 620777 or www.sammy miller.co.uk ■
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