Spending a day chez Chatokhine was such an uplifting experience. We met a son and his father steeped in classic British motorcycles. Of course Frank makes a living from bikes with the family business, but his and his dad’s lives are totally immersed in the lifestyle, each committed to using their bikes – not just as nature intended, but pushing them to limits way beyond what they were designed for. It’s been an uplifting month all round, what with spending time at Dick Shepherd’s place, photographing the stunning collection of six Triumph Grand Prix 500s that he’s restored.
It’s taken such an incredibly passionate labour of love to bring these bikes back to life and Dick’s infectious enthusiasm extends way beyond the bikes into the background of the riders who were involved with the model too. Other labours of love come from John Mossey’s work in creating two beautiful Vincent-based café racers, one in a Norton frame, the other in an Egli, and George Staples’ meticulous restoration of two 305cc Yamaha two-stroke twins – a YM2 and an ultra-rare YM2C.
But that’s the joy of classic bikes. So many enthusiast, so many lovely bikes.
Plus free with this issue of Classic Bike is an A2 double-sided Lost Brits poster – just some of the British bike industry’s creativity that never quite made it to production.
Enjoy the mag
Inside this issue
The art of vincent
John Mossey’s immaculately-crafted Vincent specials combine creativity with practicality. Beautifully.
Ian Garbutt’s Seeley G50 could be the first 500cc classic single to do a 110mph TT lap. Ian also runs an AJS 7R, Honda K4 and Manx Norton. Eclectic team? Oh yes…
Meet the passionate owners of a motorcycle shop in a small French village – a father and son with an undying love for British bikes.