The May issue of Classic Bike celebrates Paul Smart’s historic win at the 1972 Imola 200, given added poignancy by the much-loved British racer’s recent demise. Riding a Ducati 750, Smart gave the Italian firm its first success in a big-bike race, catapulting it into motorcycling’s Premier League and setting it on the path to the exalted position it holds today. The actual bike on which Smart scored his famous victory is ridden, and subsequent road and race versions of the 750SS Ducati are also featured in the magazine. Moving to the present day, CB also features a road test of the world’s first hybrid classic – a 1931 Velocette with the addition of an electric motor. There’s also a Douglas Dragonfly fitted with a Honda four-cylinder engine, a report on this year’s Talmag Trial and a look at the Triumph two-stroke prototype that could have changed the fortunes of the British motorcycle industry. All in all, history meets the modern day in May’s CB!
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