1953 Triumph
5 December 2011
I can’t recall ever writing to a magazine, but I just wanted to say thanks and offer my enthusiasm for the new direction TCM has taken. Not that I had any issues with the previous direction, but where you are taking the magazine just puts a fine point on my particular area of interest.

I am a rarity in that I’m a 43-year-old American from California with a passion for British motorcycles from the 1930s to 60s. I fall far outside of the oft-mentioned classic biker demographic of being involved with classic motorcycles to relive memories of my youth by repurchasing a bike I used to own in the 1950s or 60s, or finally having the means to acquire the bike I wanted when it was new. I currently own a 1953 Triumph Thunderbird (above right) and am cobbling together a mostly 1964 BSA C15 ‘bitsa’ (above left) to teach my now 13-year-old son motorcycle mechanics, while using it as a carrot to dangle towards good school grades and generally keeping his nose clean. I am also lucky enough to look after a family friend’s 1951 Ariel Square Four and AJS 18S.

While I fully acknowledge and don’t begrudge anyone’s particular era or area of interest, I gave up on other mags as they started covering more 1970s and 80s and Japanese bikes. Even before the redesign you were often covering bikes outside my personal area of interest, which gave me pause before deciding to pony up for a particular issue. I don’t have strong feelings about Japanese bikes being classics or not, and I understand someone’s interest in late 1960s Triumphs or 70s Nortons, it’s more that they just fall outside my area of interest which is motorcycles made before about 1965. So while I've lost interest in other titles I used to buy religiously, TCM has, in my opinion, gotten even better. It’s looking as though I have no choice but to order a subscription. Keep up the good work.

Dean Seavers, Sacramento, California, USA

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