Variety is, to me, one of the best aspects of the classic motorcycling scene. I’ve never been one to be blinkered in my tastes and embrace the diversity the classic scene offers – it’s one of the best aspects of the hobby.
I love the fact I can go to a show and look at a veteran Triumph, a 1930s cammy Norton and a twin-shock B50-based CCM in the same hall (as I did at Alan Wright’s recent Classic Off-road and racing show) while I also enjoyed my day out at the Classic Japanese show the weekend before, as again it offered a different slant on the classic movement. Likewise, as I write the Bristol show is only a couple of days away, which will also provide a kaleidoscope of diversity.
Needless to say, I’ll come away from the show with something else I ‘really, really must have’ – goodness knows what it’ll be this time; from the Japanese show I’d decided I wanted an early 1970s Kawasaki triple, from the off-road show an Excelsior Manxman (displayed on the H&H stand) while who can guess what Bristol will ‘inspire’. Every machine in this issue – from the Vincent twin, to the VL Gilera, the T160, the Levis, the Grey Flash rep, Tonkin Tempest and especially the Pope V-twin – I’ve also genuinely thought “I wouldn’t mind that…” I love the diversity and variety of them all.
So, with machines that span almost 100 years in this issue, we hope there’s something to interest you all – and if you’re like me, I hope you’ll celebrate the diversity and enjoy the lot.
Where legends come to life
James Robinson, Editor
James Robinson has been the editor of The Classic MotorCycle since 2002. Aged 34, he has possessed a motorcycle licence for 16 years and during that time has owned and ridden all manner of motorcycles, spanning over 100 years from oldest to newest.
Presently the custodian of a varied shed full of motorcycles, his overriding enthusiasm is for pre-World War Two sporting machines, with a couple of cammy Velos, a Rex-Acme and a Model 9 Sunbeam among those competing for attention.