Britbikes abound in the new issue of RealClassic with tales of Triumph twins and the final incarnation of the Cub; Matchless big singles, a vintage JAP and the new Enfield café racer. Plus two very different types of Moto Guzzi and an unusual reaction to the Honda VFR. On sale here…
• AMC rebuild
Frank Westworth is rebuilding a late Matchless single, the sort which is fitted with a Norton front end. It’s been a while since he tried to dismantle one of these, which is why the forks and yokes have remained obstinately in situ…
• Honda VFR750
For many, Honda’s VFR comes close to being the perfect motorcycle. Steve MacGregor wondered if it might finally be the Honda to tug on his heart-strings
• Matchless G80
Trading up from a Bantam to a rather bigger banger is an education. Rick Howell shares the experience of getting to grips with a 1948 AMC 500 single
• Moto Guzzi Nuovo Falcone
Think big single; think electric start; think eccentric styling; think great brakes… Frank Westworth did all of those things and ended up aboard the Sahara, one of the last editions of the Nuovo Falcone
• Moto Guzzi Lodola
Stu Thomson sets about returning an old Moto Guzzi single – a Skylark, no less – to the road. First, an investigation into the specifics of the species…
• Triumph Super Cub
Is it really a Triumph? Or more of a BSA Bantam? Continuing our series of ‘overlooked lightweights’, Mike Powell presents what might be the best Cub of the bunch: the last of the line, considered by many to be nothing more than a manky mongrel
• Triumph Tiger
One of Turner’s early twins, this rigid/girder-forked Triumph has survived nearly three-quarters of a century, and it’s still going strong. Mind you, it’s not exactly the same specification as when it left the factory gate…
• Royal Enfield Continental GT
Old wine; new bottle? Many people see the future of motorcycling in the sleek form of the café racer. Royal Enfield plainly agree. We ride the new 535 and consider the competition; other modern retros or a DIY clubman special
• Virtually vintage
It has a big JAP engine and it looks like something from before the war. (Which war? Yes, exactly). Odgie explores something which might have been NAIT…
PLUS! military manoeuvres in Normandy with the NOBS; tech talk about thread types, PUB remembers when it was legal to go racing on the road, Dave Minton recalls Jeff Smith, AJS Stormers, Bob Manns and riding backwards, groovy gifts for classic riders; readers writings, free ads and more…
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