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Classic Dirt Bike - Issue 45

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03 In Balance

The opportunity to build a shed from
scratch rather than inherit something
built by someone else is a rare
opportunity indeed.

06 News, views and reviews
Our regular look at what’s happening
in the off-road world, events to go to,
series updates.

11 Against the tide
By the mid Sixties the world had
decided lightweight was the way
forward... Hedlund thought otherwise.

17 Something special
The UK couldn’t quite leave the
Triumph unit engine behind when
ISDT duty cropped up – meant a few
superb chassis were devised though.

22 You need…
… a Drayton Triumph, we look at a
winner first time out and get the spec from the rider.

40 Subscribe! Subscribe! Subscribe!
As Classic Dirt Bike is subscription only
in the UK you’ve either subscribed,
nicked a mate’s copy or seen us at
a show. If it’s one of the latter two…
subscribe here.

52 Dicko’s view
If only our other halves knew how much
we almost spend at these shows we go
to… oh, they know do they?

61 ’cross words
Is it the fountain of youth at which
Mr Berry has been sipping? No, just
a view that youth isn’t a new thing...
This is part two!

72 Dirt Talk
What are you talking about in the
CDB world? All sorts of things as it
happens, bring it on we say.

82 Moto memories
All eyes were on Mick Andrews’ rear
end at the 1977 UK world round and
Nick Nicholls caught it in action as it
soaked up the bumps.


27 That was the year when…
… the ISDT squad was paraded in front
of the press at Fenny Drayton. It was
a well attended affair with the industry
notables all over the place.

34 Bigger isn’t always better
With the current interest in smaller
capacity bikes for pre-65 trials, we
have a look at a rather special small
capacity bike for twinshock trials.

66 An hour with…
… or actually ‘an hour in…’ for this issue,
as it eventually dawned on the editor that
a feature around the archive here at CDB
Towers could be a good thing.

76 Bigger is better
In the search for MX success, more
cubes will often help… CDB is invited
along to the first running of a big-bore


54 Sporting world

We’ve been to our sponsored NBBC
round in the North East and a
twinshock MX in Chester… where have
you been?

64 Fabulous Farleigh
CDB went to the Vets MXdN at Farleigh
Castle in Wiltshire, torrential rain
overnight made things interesting…

On the cover
Bradley Wheeler was in action at the Vets MXdN
at Farleigh Castle in September. The event draws
riders from as far away as Australia and is a
fantastic event.

On the contents page
Nick Haskell was on the first turn for the best of
the action at Farleigh Vets and caught the pack
just right at the start of the Evo class.
Getting technical

48 Dirt products
Got something to help the off-road
world go faster, keep their feet up
longer or remain more on time in an
enduro? Tell us, we’ll put it in this bit.

50 Tech talk
All is never lost… there will be
something out there to help when
things wear out and replacements
can’t be found… like gear change
shafts for instance.