This month in RealClassic magazine: a scintillating selection of British and Continental classic bikes being ridden, rebuilt and reviewed by the people who own them. Oh, and a Suzuki T500, too…
• BMW oilhead Boxer
We hesitate to claim that the R1150R is an emerging classic of anything of that kind. But Frank Westworth has been seduced by the dark side of a civilised Germanic streetfighter
• Moto Guzzi Eldorado
Owner Nick Adams strikes gold with his choice of mile-munching Guzzi V-twin; a 1972 V-twin roadster which proves to be more than capable of crisscrossing Canada
• Moto Guzzi Lodola
Stu Thomson continues his rebuild of a 1960s Moto Guzzi single. This month he tries his hand at wheel building and starts to investigate the engine…
• Royal Enfield Bullets
The original Royal Enfield Bullet was the perfect bike for post-war Britain. How does it fare in 21st century India? Reuben Fowles found out on a trip to the high Himalaya
• Matchless G80CS
Take a competitive Matchless scrambles machine, aka The Westerner, and put it on the road. Does it make a decent touring and pottering tool? Martin Peacock found out the hard way
• Scott selection
Last month’s road test of a Scott Flying Squirrel created a cascade of entertaining correspondence on the subject. Here are just some of the reminiscences, observations and suggestions which RC readers have to offer on the subject…
• Suzuki T500
Tim Ellis ended up with a Suzuki two-stroke entirely by happenstance. Now he’s celebrating over 25 years with the same motorcycle, and shares his experiences with T and GT 500s
• Triumph Bonneville T120
Born on the salt flats at Bonneville, the first T120 of 1959 is legendary. But can the Tangerine Dream ever live up to its reputation? Rowena Hoseason examines an icon
• Trials Cub special
The plan was for Odgie to ride this tricky trials special which matches a Cub engine to an unusual frame and tell you all about it. Next thing you know, we’re talking Mick Grant, sand-racing, and rumours of buried pioneer bikes…
PLUS! Bristol and Ardingly Show info; PUB gets to grips with the great Ariel-Adler debate, Minton mentions Vincent Black Shadows, and Frank Westworth gets distracted by his spanners in The Shed. Oh, and letters and even some news, too.
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