January 2016

Classic Bike JANUARY 2016 ISSUE

it’s hard to believe that a year has rushed past since our last Classic Bike of the Year special issue, yet here we are again. We’ve been amazed at the quality – and quantity – of the contenders in this year’s competition, which is backed by Bonhams and Godin.

It has attracted a bigger entry than we’ve seen in recent years and we’d like thank everyone who took the trouble to send in photographs of their recently completed build for consideration. You made it a really tough year on our panel of judges, and sparked off much thought-provoking discussion on the way to compiling our list of top ten finalists. Sorry to those who didn’t make the cut.

As you can see inside from the top ten bikes, the standard of build is sensational and while full-on nut-and-bolt restoration projects still top the bill numerically, this year’s competition has seen a lot more traditional specials than recent years, with bikes like the Norton-framed Trident and Vincent – plus several customised classic entries, based on 1970s Japanese bikes. We think this year’s CBOTY illustrates the kind of inclusiveness that not only makes the classic scene so exciting to be part of, but also technically interesting. 

Salon Moto Legende

Suzuki was the celebrated marque at this year’s Salon Moto Legende, but the show-stopper was a bike that earned Colin Seeley’s seal of approval

Classic Bike of the year 2016

The UK’s top ten brilliant reader rebuilds of
the year have been selected. Now it’s time for
you to choose the winner.


a source to savour

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