Accompanying a picture in The Motor Cycle in March, 1952, was the explanation: “Forty years ago tomorrow, in the issue of The Motor Cycle dated March 21, 1912, there appeared an illustrated account of a trick riding performance by a slim young man by the name of Albert Milner. Now the slim young man is a stout 64-year-old...

1929 side sprung Druids from a Norton 16H

Feared by some, girder front forks were a light, reasonably strong early solution to steering and front suspension. Today, most are at least 50 years old, so need regular checks and maintenance to make sure they remain safe to use...

1931 AJS Model S3 classic motorcycle

The AJS S3 was a bright and bold new design from AJ Stevens of Woverhampton. Unfortunately, its release couldn’t have come at a worse moment...

Motorcycle gaskets come in all shapes and sizes

Engines, gearboxes, carburettors and some electrical components are assembled with a mass of joints, which need sealing to prevent oil and fuel loss, or the ingress of water. Despite advances in technology, gaskets remain the favourite joint sealer...

JAP classic motorcycle speedway engine

Considering it was almost never made, the competition single had an extraordinarily successful competition career. It is fortunate that John Prestwich, founder of the world-famous company that manufactured JAP engines, had second thoughts after visiting a local speedway meeting in 1928...

If you are going to embark on an 8000 mile motorcycle holiday to see the ruins of some ancient Middle Eastern empires, you’re going to need a pretty special motorcycle. Enter BSA's Golden Flash...

The Motor Cycle described it as a ‘fine and warm day’ in September 1912 when the Nottingham Motorcycle Club set up shop at the Lincolnshire coast for the Mablethorpe Speed Trials...

The Duo-Glide came about in the Sixties – ideal for crossing vast distances.

Mike Lewis takes a selective Post-War look at key models from the famous American motorcycle marque, Harley-Davidson...

Velocette LE

Velocette's LE had a long production life, which indicated success, but it also absorbed a colossal post-war investment from the company, which in hindsight arguably did irreparable damage to the manufacturer...

1932 Ariel VH32 Red Hunter classic British motorcycle

This four-valve sporting Ariel single was only catalogued for the single season, though its name lived on...

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