After the end of the Second World War, all the major manufacturers were rushing to get a parallel twin to the market, and Ariel was no different...
Norton’s Commando twin was only ever intended as a stop-gap model to put the Norton name back in the public eye, but the ‘stop-gap’ ran for 10 years and is regarded by many as the finest incarnation of the traditional British parallel twin...
Royal Enfield’s Interceptor was arguably their best twin. Overcoming most of the flaws of the earlier twins, the Interceptor was powerful, fast – and largely oil-tight. It’s an unsung hero of the parallel twin genre...
From unremarkable beginnings as a development of the Empire Star for the 1938 sales season, BSA’s Gold Star models went on to become motorcycling legends. Classic Bike Guide gives you the edited highlights...
One of the first companies to use water cooling in its motorcycles, Scott gained rapid success taking several TT wins and numerous lap records...
With over 400,000 built, the BSA Bantam was many a rider’s first foray on powered two wheels...
It may have been the antithesis of the staid pipe-smoking Brit machine but the Triumph Bonneville succeeded far beyond the dreams of its creators. It bestrode the world of motorcycling like a titan for more than a decade and just when its glory days seemed dead and gone it was born again for the modern age...
When 'Father of the Z1' Ben Inamura designed the Z650 in 1976 he could never have realised that derivatives would still be in production 30 years later. John Nutting tested a number of the original versions at MIRA
Kawasaki’s GPz600R was the first liquid-cooled 600cc four, a breed that has defined sports machines in the 21st century. But was it launched too early with flawed technology?
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• Reader’s restoration – BSA A7SS
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• Closer Look – 1965 ISDT
• Classic components
• Men who mattered – Noel Pope
• Restoration Guide – Cyclemaster
• Technical feature – Girder forks, part II
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