The cover of January’s Classic Bike features three unique motorcycles – a trio of specials built using Metisse frames, with each one powered by a different classic British engine from BSA, Triumph and Norton. Created by restoration ace Steve Tonkin, they’re his personal dream machines – and guaranteed to get the pulse racing for any red-blooded fan of Brit bikes. Delving further back into the mists of time, we reveal the history of the very first Triumph motorcycle – and publish pictures of the recently rediscovered and restored machine being ridden for the first time in over 100 years.
There’s also a visit to Huggy’s Speed Shop at Mallory Park, an Aladdin’s cave of Americana from bikes to memorabilia; then, moving further afield, a reader reports on his life-affirming tour from Wales to Scotland and back on an old airhead BMW R100RS. With all this, as well as Husqvarna’s 1931 V-twin GP bike, all the usual workshop tips plus readers’ bikes and nostalgic photographs, January’s Classic Bike makes for a great festive read.