In the news, an entire museum's contents to go under hammer, electric start conversions for the Norton Commando, and others, Wayne Rainey video interview and a new Manx image gallery released from the Mortons Archive...
Museum’s motorcycles up for grabs
Thirteen classic motorcycles including a rare 1898 Phebus machine will be sold when the entire contents of a motor museum goes under the hammer...
News in brief
Tommy takes a tumble at Festival of 1000 Bikes, surprise wedding at Isle of Man, notice of the annual fund raiser for the Manx Grand Prix Helicopter Fund and John Bacon remembered...
Latest from Brittany, north-west France based Alton is this ‘eKit’ electric start conversion for the Norton Commando, taking the strain out of firing up the big twin with the conventional kickstart mechanism...
Open bike trailers are fine for transporting your pride and joy around but hardly weatherproof and vans are expensive. Classic Dirt Bike editor Tim Britton tries out the best of both worlds - a box van trailer...
WIN a Honda GB500TT!
This is your chance to win a no-expenses spared restoration of the Honda GB500TT. Built by Honda as homage to the classic British café racers of the sixties, the GB500 was based on its popular XBR500. Here's your chance to win this collectible classic bike for free! See the prize video and picture gallery!
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Find your bits and next project here. Over 900 ads this week.
Think of a Triton and the engine unit will invariably be 650cc, or bigger. However, the general consensus is that most British vertical twins are at their sweetest at 500cc. Nigel Clark reviews a combination that forgoes outright performance for an altogether nicer ride...
Wayne Rainey interview
Filmed during the 18th Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show, October 2011. Tony Carter, Editor of Motorcycle Sport & Leisure Magazine, interviews World Champion, Wayne Rainey...
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Brough Superior combination
Fast, tough and comfortable, the 11.50 combination was designed by its maker George Brough as a fast road train. Over 70 years later, it’s still capable of that role, if given the chance...
AJS Model 18S
This immaculate AJS Model 18S has been in the same ownership since the early 60s – it’s a relationship that’s passed the test of time with flying colours...
Aermacchi Ala Verde
This 250cc Aermacchi Ala Verde provides plenty of smiles, with a lively engine allied to a superb chassis, making it well-suited for the motorcycling many classic riders do. It’s a small price to pay for the lack of comfort…
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Mountain Milestones 2012
Malc Wheeler selects 30 images from the Mortons Archive to celebrate the forthcoming Manx Grand Prix, which begins this Saturday. Four samples below:
► Liverpool dockside workers check out the race Nortons
► Emil Horner and Max Deubel celebrate in the 1965 TT
► Ted Mellors gets the chequered flag in 1939 Lightweight TT
► New Zealander Rod Coleman at the 1951 TT
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Seven competitions this week. Still time to enter our Can-Am 250cc enduro and Honda GB500TT cafe racer win-a-motorcycle comps, or go for the Enduro Classics DVD, Sealey tool kit, Watsonian rally tickets, Stafford Show ticket comp and/or the Netley Marsh ticket competition!
* Free online registration needed to enter these competitions.
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Introduce yourself and/or ask or help solve someone else's techie question.
Oil pumps explained
Oil pumps are usually hidden in the depths of an engine. Unfortunately the age-old saying ‘out of sight, out of mind’ often applies. As they are the heart of our motorcycle engines, lubricating vital bearings and other moving surfaces, they deserve regular health checks...
Suzuki GT750: part one
Rod Gibson had already dismantled the Suzuki GT750 down in his workshop and we start the online feature at the first stage of reassembly. With the engine to one side, Rod concentrated on the cycle parts, having already arranged for the metalwork to be powder coated.
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