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Two Post-Meriden Triumphs For H&H
Among a quality grid of interesting machinery in H&H’s July 20 sale at the National Motorcycle Museum, from tasty vintage through to modern classics, this pair of Triumphs, both from the era after the ‘original’ factory had closed, offer some unusual
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Go back 94 years and imagine the scene. A road tester arrives at the Indian experimental department after a hard, fast ride north following the Connecticut River, east along the Mohawk Trail, and then south down farm tracks and through woodlands to t
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Testing Times
This remarkably clear photograph was published in the July 15, 1903, edition of The Motor Cycle – the publication’s first year of existence. Taken at the Aldershot Army Signalling School, it shows the conclusion of a two-month assessment and evaluati
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Donating To The Cause
The National Motorcycle Museum is often donated motorcycles, for which it is grateful. Of those donated motorcycles, some take pride of place within the halls, occasionally replacing identical models which are then moved on, while others are restored
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You Were Asking
I’m building a 498cc Levis competition-type machine in the style of Butterfields Ltd’s Competition D Special, from an ex-grasstrack racer I bought a few years ago. It had a bent frame, damaged primary drive crankcase and all its tinware, including th
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A Star Is Born
In a year which witnessed the opening of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, which has run continuously since the February 6 passing of King George VI (Covid-19 apart); John Cobb establishing a water speed record of 206.89mph, on October 5 at Loch Ness,
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Delivered On Time
Buying stuff on the internet is all right, but what’s purchased is often many miles away. So it was with the bits I bought, necessitating a 400-mile or so round trip, which was inconvenient at the time of purchase. Enter the Caledonian Bike Bus, who,
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New Hudson In Sale
Consigned by Bonhams for their October 15/16 Stafford sale, is this rather fascinating 1912 New Hudson, which was granted the second-ever Sunbeam MCC Pioneer certificate. It was the property of Brooklands competitor Angus Maitland, who was the co-fou
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Old Among The New
Only 12 solo and one sidecar (and no three-wheelers) were awarded premier awards, while 27% of the starters retired, underlining just what a tough event the 1935 edition (which was number 23) of the London to Land’s End Trial was. With 41 starters in
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Lugging Things About
Component descriptions are an arbitrary thing, and a manufacturer can describe or name bits any way they want. There are certain conventions of course and pistons are pistons wherever you are, and I’ve not come across anyone describing a ‘sprocket’ a
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Book Review
Author: Rob Hargreaves Introduction: Dolores Long Foreword: Jim Henry Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd, 47 Church Street, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S70 2AS Email: or Tel: 01226 734222 Hardbac
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Sammy Miller Museum
There’s more than 400 fabulous motorcycles in the Sammy Miller Museum, including these two Metisses, here with Sammy. The museum – open daily from 10am – is at Bashley, New Milton, Hampshire, B25 5SZm telephone 01425 620777 or
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True Traveller
Ken Kesey, author of ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,’ once wrote that the secret of life was to find the balance of going with the holy flow, and taking care of basic business. I think that’s the key to why world traveller Jacqui Furneaux’s book is
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That I’ve still not ridden my relatively recently-acquired flat-tank Model 18, is something I’m thinking about more and more. A lot of things have happened which have meant that opportunities haven’t always arisen, but still, I seem to keep making ex
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Extravaganza Returns To Gloucestershire
After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the 46th Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza makes a welcome return to South Cerney Airfield, Cirencester on August 5-7, 2022. Set on an ex-wartime airfield, the show site covers around 200 acre
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The Model O
For my 80th entry into the Sketchbook Travels series, I’ve been holding back a really special machine. In November 2021, I took a long-overdue trip to see Ivan Rhodes; many will know Ivan as a tome of knowledge on the Velocette marque, especially the
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Summer Evening Events
The National Motor Museum is hosting its brand-new, after hours Classic Grille evenings on July 20 and August 24, as part of the celebrations of the museum’s 50th anniversary. Welcoming owners of classic and cherished cars and bikes of all ages, with
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News In Brief
Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire hosts that celebration of all things BSA and Triumph triple on Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30. Have a look at www.beezumph. com for more details. July 2, 2022, is the date for the next Spicers auction, held in Ol
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Shore To Have Seaside Fun
The ‘Malle Mile’ organisation was responsible for ‘The Inappropriate Motorcycle Beach Race’, a sub-title that puts it in a sea-shell. It’s part of an expansion of its roster of events since the initial Malle Mile event took place near London, conduct
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The Classic King Of Brands
The Classic Racing Motorcycle Club (CRMC) included the Lansdowne Classic Series in its busy 43-race (plus parades) weekend-long event at the ever-popular Kent track. The sinuous 1.2-mile Indy circuit often allows riding skills and sometimes bravery t
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A Brief Chat With... …John Young
Sometimes things affect or direct the course of our interests, and from then on nothing else will do… It doesn’t matter what the interest is, but as this is a motorcycle magazine, we’ll concern ourselves with motorcycle matters. In John Young’s case
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Recovery Position
Although hard chrome plating in the motorcycling world is associated with the salvaging of telescopic front fork stanchions, like metal spraying, in some cases it may be appropriate for the recovery of worn rotating or sliding parts within engines, g
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Going Up In The Downs
After a three-year break, the VMCC’s East Sussex Section was finally able to offer another Snow-Mann Test Day to anyone who wanted some easy-going, yet competitive fun in the spectacular surroundings of the South Downs. The event is found in Bopeep L
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1 AUGUST ISSUE OF THE CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE ON SALE TODAY 2 YOUR OLD BIKE MART WITH YOU TODAY 2 Diamond Day – NCC London Custom Bike Show, Ace Cafe, Ace Corner, North Circular Road, Stonebridge, London, NW10 7UD 2-3 British Motorcycle Pre
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Keep On Riding
Awhile back, I promised to tell you about my latest acquisition – even though it’s too young to be considered a classic. As it happens, it was joined by an older machine within a mere 24 hours, but I’ll tell you about that another time and stay with
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Alpine Holiday
The picture here was reproduced with the caption thus: “After climbing through the clouds on the Stelvio Pass the party stops to view the Ortler mountain.” It was one of seven images that were printed in the July 31, 1958, edition of The Motor Cycle,
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Finer Details bsa C15t 1965
Engine OHV single-cylinder four-stroke Capacity 247cc Bore 67mm Stroke 70mm Comp Ratio 6.4:1 Max Power 15bhp Starting Kick Carburettor Amal 375 Monobloc Lubrication Dry sump Transmission Four-speed foot change Final Drive Chain Frame Singl
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Talking The Talk
Having been thoroughly entertained when John Young does his club night presentation about Son of Sam, I wholeheartedly recommend him. There’s a slide show, tales of derring-do on triples and so much more. Email him at thoug
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The Way We Were In August
Brooklands washout. Racing started at Bemsee’s meeting on Saturday, August 12, at 2pm. Just four handicap three-lap races were run before heavy rain. Bert Le Vack entered the 350cc class with a 250cc version of the new ohc New Imperial-JAP, but despi
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AMC’s 600 & 650cc twins
AMOC – the AJS & Matchless Owners’ Club – is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. An extremely proactive club, even linked to its own shop and showroom (Kettering Classic Motorcycles) it’s no surprise the benefits of membership are enjoyed by
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