May 2016

Classic Bike May 2016

It’s been a rollercoaster of an issue. A four-bike test we had planned for this month’s cover had to be cancelled at the last minute when registration paperwork for the main bike in the feature was missing in action.

But we managed to bring on a super substitute after spotting a Seeley Triumph at Anthony Godin’s shop that we just had to get a ride on. I mean, how many Seeley Triumph café racers do you see? But then we hit paperwork problems with that, too. The special’s frame numbers didn’t match anything Colin Seeley had on record – but he revealed that he stamped his frames in an unusual place. Once we knew that, we found the original frame number and discovered it was a genuine Seeley frame – and that it had been owned by a famous racer! Read the full tale in Gez’s road test – but it’s the sort of detective story I think we all we love to hear about.

I found the background to Vincent’s rich history fascinating, too – especially as our feature was written by Roy Harper, who was lucky enough to spend time with many of the men who created the history of the great British marque. I’m Mick’s tale of the first works Norton Featherbed is equally engaging.

Enjoy the mag,

Gary Pinchin, Editor.

Inside this issue

Swedish massage

Serial restorer Bonny Svensson has a rejuvenating touch when it comes to tired old Husqvarnas (and other obscurities). We visit his remote Scandinavian lair.


Not what it seems

Just another café racer? Think again. This unique Seeley Triumph hides secrets galore.



Assorted goodness

Stuff to wear. Stuff to improve your bike. Stuff we love.