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Msstaken IDENTITY
More years ago than I like to remember, I was an apprentice at the English Electric Company in Preston. I commuted to work using a G2 Matchless. There was only one other motorcyclist in the machine shop where I worked, a senior apprentice who rode a
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Velocette Mss Fact Pack
Engine Air-cooled ohv vertical single Bore / stroke 86 x 86mm Capacity 499cc Compression 6.75:1 Power 27bhp @ 5000rpm Carb Amal Type 276 Wheels 3.25 x 19 Brakes 7”sls drum Wheelbase 53.75” Seat height 30.5” Weight 385lb Acceleration 17.7s
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Taken For A Ride
Cycle magazine tested a new MSS when the model was re-launched in 1954, and this is what they thought of it… ‘The model name and the displacement are the only resemblances to the old MSS 500. A square bore and stroke is employed, in contrast to the
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MOTO Italia
You can buy a lot of big bikes for your bucks right now. RealClassic regular Steven has a stack of Italian classics in his garage, so we asked him to compare the merits of three popular machines – not the hyper-expensive, utterly exclusive ones typic
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Riding WIDE
ABSA A10 came into my life in 1980, so this year we’ll celebrate 40 years together. For the first half of our relationship, the Beezer was a standard Golden Flash, finished handsomely in black. For the second half, it has pulled a sleek sidecar, and
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Outward Bound
With a little bit of luck, we’ll all be riding our bikes in glorious autumn sunshine. Time to dust off your diary and pencil in a few possible dates… ➤ The GREAT NORTH JUMBLE starts 7am at the North Yorkshire Events Centre at Scorton, DL10 6EJ. Admis
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Send Your Event Info
TELL THE WORLD all about your two-wheeled event, especially if it’s a club run, a ride-in, a bring-and-buy sale or any other excuse to take an old bike for a bit of a spin. We need to know what type of event it is, when and where it takes place, what
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PROJECT WORLD BEATER PART six
Let’s get this out in the open. I don’t like building engines. I’ve built Lord knows how many road engines that did thousands of happy miles, race engines for both bikes and cars, most of which were fairly successful. But that’s not to say I like it.
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Classic Techniques
I rebuilt a 1959 Matchless G12 in 2012. It would not idle properly and the worn-out Amal Concentric quickly went out of tune. Eventually I forced myself to buy a brand new Monobloc from the AJS&MOC. I had been mucking about with that old carb for age
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From The Front
How many chances would you give a particular model of motorcycle? What I mean to ask is whether, having suffered a couple of dull experiences with a well-known – not rare – model of bike, you would consider trying another one? And, if the second atte
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Pub Talk
It was Sarah Drew who brought the significance of June 2020 to PUB’s attention, when she started to assemble a low key ‘virtual meeting’ to substitute for her original plan to visit the IoM in 2020. Where Sarah fits into the story will become apparen
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Bespoke NORTON
Imagine that it was possible to simply wander off to a showroom and order yourself a brand new classic bike. Maybe a Trident, maybe a Bonneville, maybe … a Commando. Step back, adjust your rosy-tint spectacles and admire the bike in these photos – be
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Ollie’s ODDJOBS
The big single. Beloved of everyone. Whether a leisurely and gentle thumper or a highly-strung, growling animal designed to destroy your right leg, vision, teeth, etc, the big single is what it’s all about. It’s little wonder the Japanese have tried
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In Coming!
It was great to see John Hunter’s letter in RC195 about his Kawasaki Z750B twin. With the short rear mudguard it looks like an import from the US, which is where most were sold as it was a limited sales success in the UK. John points out that it was
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Tales From The Shade
If your memory is unusually acute, you might recall that last month’s offering ended in a vaguely triumphant haze. In fact, it ended in a great big cloud, rather than a haze. A cloud of smoke from the decently patinated silly fat silencer of the Matc
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Revisited
I decided to buy a motorbike. A very specific bike that had been calling to me via eBay. A 1978 BMW R100S to be precise. I had ridden one extensively 27 years previously and, well, nostalgia and stuff. It had been my dad’s old bike; the DOB. He had t
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British Beer
Would you wear plus fours? No, because your friends would laugh at you. Similarly, you wouldn’t wear a top hat (unless you were a throw-back MP) as you would look foolish. However, you would probably wear a pair of old jeans, simply because they are
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Which Twin?
Triumph list a baker’s dozen (perhaps that should be a biker’s dozen?) of models in their modern classic line-up; roadsters, retros, café racers, cruisers and street scramblers. All employ the current sohc 270-degree eight-valve liquid-cooled paralle
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Another Owner Speaks
When you twist the grip, the Bobber’s high-torque 1200 engine rapidly yanks you towards tomorrow with a throaty bellow from the Vance and Hines pipes behind. There’s no jerky hesitation or throttle lag – none of the issues with low-rev power delivery
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LITTLE RED Retro
The doorbell of my parents’ house in Taunton chimed. I answered it, sure it was for me. It was for me. I can read the future. ‘Hi Frank,’ a policeman in uniform, complete with sergeant’s stripes on his sleeves was standing there, grinning. He’d been
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Full Throttle
Drop a gear to third to get the revs near to four grand. Grab a handful of throttle and wow, you’re riding a complete rocketship. The resulting acceleration hurtles you forward, riding the wave of torque that makes Brit twins so delightful and Jap fo
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Write4real
➤ WE WANT MORE STORIES about real life classic bikes. We like profiles of a single model or a comparison of two machines. Most magazine features are between 1000 and 2500 words. If your story is much longer then it’s probably not for us. Shorter stor
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Fettling A FOUR
My favourite uncle had an Ariel Square Four in the early 1950s. He used to sit me on the tank, driving round Gloucestershire at high speed. So when a 1955 model came up for auction in 1992, I had to have it. Since then it has been well used, and with
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Project Worldbeater Part Five
Projects tend to go in fits and starts. There might be a few days or a week or two where there’s a nice concentration and build-up of momentum in one area, then you need to shift focus to another aspect of the build. As I was saying only last month,
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Classic Techniques
When I was ateenagerinthe early 1960s, my first road-legal motorcycle was a 1946 BSA 250cc C11 with a rigid rear end and a dynamo that did not work. It was a wreck, but to me manna from heaven. If I tried to do a fast getaway to impress my mates, all
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Pub Talk
The green shoots of normality are resuming. No, not the lifting of lockdown restrictions but after over a month of hot sunny weather, it is raining outside. At least it feels like England again. Actually the very slight lifting of restrictions may pe
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From The Front
Magazine deadlines are always a source of entertainment in this household. For instance: further on – right at the end, in fact – you will learn that my elderly and considerably eccentric Matchless CSR is running again. Huge hurrahs, of course, and h
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Ollie’s ODDJOBS
Most people can remember their first bike, often with considerable affection. Mine was an MZ TS150 Eagle, which was the posh one in lustrous black with the rev counter and the chrome tank panels. It cost me £349.99 and I loved it. It took me everywhe
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In Coming!
In the BSA article in RC193, the caption under the photo of Len Page riding his M20 surely should read; ‘Len Page and his old salt sailing forth’, as the RN on the tank and the bike’s blue colour must surely mean that this forces machine was Royal Na
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Tales From The Shed
The excitement of an afternoon in The Shed is almost beyond description. I hardly know where to start this month’s magnificent octopus, things have been so entertaining. Do I continue with the increasingly illuminating headlamp saga, whereby I can al
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