October 2019

We recently received an email from an American reader complaining we had made an ethnic slur in using the term ‘Jap fours’ in a recent issue. We hold our hands up and apologise unreservedly for the slip – although the term was used as an abbreviation, and never intended as a slur.

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September 2019

In an era where every facet of motorcycling has been splintered into tiny niches within an overall niche, it helps to jog the memory that there was a time when competitors (or fans for that matter) didn’t stick to one discipline…

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August 2019

After a very brief tenure with an annoyingly temperamental Bantam when I first started riding on the road at 16 years old, I swapped it for a C15 SS80 Sportsman. It turned out to be a delightfully reliable machine that not only looked way too cool back then, but also had a real bark to it that sounded like I’d always imagined a real motorcycle should sound…

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June 2019

There was a time back in the late 1970s when ‘specials’ were all the rage. Hoping perhaps to attract new buyers from Harley, who dominated the market, it seemed as if most rival manufacturers were building so-called ‘factory customs’ and calling them ‘specials’…

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May 2019

I’ve been lucky enough to have spent time working with Dougie Lampkin in the past, but it was always centred around trials events that he was competing in or serious interviews about his chosen sport…

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April 2019

If you believe the best things in life are free then you’ll love this issue of CB. We’ve added 32 extra pages to this issue of the mag and got our tech-head tipster and fixer Rick Parkington to edit a Buying Guide, covering British 650 twins…

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March 2019

The first thing Ian Johnston showed us when we walked into his workshop was the lump of Triumph crankcase he cut off the front of a set of scrap crankcases to shoehorn the motor into an A65 frame…

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February 2019

I remember taking a quick spin on Dave Hide’s CB750 – he was the first Honda four-cylinder owner among our local ‘gang’ of biking mates…

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January 2019

At the risk of a sweeping generalisation, I think motorcyclists have in-built fascination with both engineering and curious creations. And so, if you’re like me, the curious engineering of the ELF race bikes is a wondrous joy…

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December 2018

There’s nothing quite like it
When I was a youth, my dad took me to the first-ever truck Grand Prix at Donington Park in 1984. Barry Sheene was driving a DAF…

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November 2018

My neighbour isn’t a motorcyclist and has no interest in bikes. He couldn’t tell a Velocette LE from a Ducati 900SS. Yet there’s one machine that grabs his attention when it rolls up outside; not only that, but he can recognise it at 100 paces. Triumph’s Bonneville. Is there a more famous motorcycle?

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October 2018

Four decades. That’s 14,600 days and thousands of inspirational bikes, compelling people and an awful lot of PG Tips. And it means that, now we’re 40 years young, the world’s favourite classic motorcycle magazine has become a classic itself

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September 2018

We meet Christine Wise and hear the inspiring story of her Moto Morini that she's owned from new, commuted in snow, won the National Rally, written off and it's even been raced at the TT. V-twins stir an emotion in many of us and this special issue celebrates the charismatic motor that’s forever been at the heart of motorcycling; from the raw craziness of a board track racer, through the sheer class of Brough Superior and landmark Vincent Black Shadow, to Honda’s innovative CX500. We’ve got the story of the giant-slaying Moto Guzzi racers built by a dentist, we got to ride the exotic road version. Plus it’s a month of rumbling exhausts, fabulous engineering and, crucially, pure riding joy.

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August 2018

It’s incredible to think Yoshimura and Suzuki have been together for 40 years. Surely it’s one of the longest running and most successful partnerships in motorcycle sport.

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July 2018

Touring holidays, ambitious tuning, a period dolled-up as a street tracker, disassembled and hidden in boxes, and an eight-valve conversion.

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June 2018

It’s the sort of romantic story easily dismissed as a myth. Man goes to shed, man buys pile of rust, man finds he’s inadvertently bought a bike raced by a British hero. This time it’s most definitely true, however. …

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May 2018

Mike Hailwood’s TT comeback was, and is, remarkable. Returning to the Island after an 11-year absence was unprecedented, but storming to victory in 1978’s TT F1 race was staggering.

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April 2018

Think Norton, think Commando. There are many revered models in the brand’s history, yet it’s this big parallel twin that the fabulous logo always brings to mind.

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March 2018

Everyone expected a price like a phone number, however when bidding hit £652,414 even Bonhams must have been surprised. That’s the thick end of a million dollars.

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