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Classic Bike Guide - April 2018


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006 FROM THE ARCHIVE
Damn bikers, always larking around…

011 NORVIN NIRVANA
A classic concoction started by
Surtees, perfected for today. Sublime.

018 SUBSCRIBE!
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022 NEWS
What’s been going on in our world

026 WHAT’S ON
Where shall we go this weekend?

030 STEVE COOPER
All Steve wants to do is play
with bikes – even if some of
the bolts aren’t original

032 PAUL MILES
Paul gets all flustered over
internet misconceptions

034 PAUL D’ORLÉANS
Our man Stateside finds himself
in China and it’s gone electric

036 BUYING GUIDE – BMW R65
Baby Beemer gives you more
bike for your buck

042 PROJECT R65
A main dealer gives customers
carte blanche with an
R65 project bike

046 BUYING GUIDE – YAMAHA
AIR-COOLED RD350
From innocent beginnings rose
a giant-killing two-stroke

056 BUYING GUIDE – TRIUMPH
T140 BONNEVILLE

We find the 750 Triumph that
makes a great all-rounder

065 SOLD! BUYING AND SELLING
AT AUCTION

We bring you all the inside
information on how to get
a bargain at auction

072 FROM THE ARCHIVE
A lovely look into the amateur
Manx GP from the past

074 MOTO GUZZI V50
Beauty really does come in small
packages with the small-block ‘Guzzi

082 YAMAHA TRAIL BIKES
Thanks to the USA, Yamaha
discovered how to make
superb do-it-all off-roaders

088 TWINSHOCK TRAIL RIDING IN SPAIN
We find out about a trail riding
navigational rally in the Pyrenees
with travelling eccentric maths
teacher, Austin Vince

092 LETTERS
Some Amal advice, BMW desert
bashing and a Viennese XBR500

094 PRODUCTS
What we’ve been using and
whether it’s any good

100 RESTORATION – JAMES CADET
Small bikes make a great resto,
as this James demonstrates

106 IN THE WORKSHOP – HOW
TO ZINC PLATE
Want to keep your original fastenings
but they look rubbish? We show you
how to bring them back to as new

114 IN THE WORKSHOP – HOW
TO ASSESS AN ENGINE

So you’ve stripped bare your
engine – now what? We look at
how to assess for a rebuild

120 READER ADS
Don’t fight the simple fact you can
never have too many bikes…

138 FRANK WESTWORTH
Frank tries to bite his tongue as
a friend’s restoration stalls.