Issue 49
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Classic Dirt Bike - Issue 49

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03 In Balance
Captain Obvious is a UK advert character
who points out the obvious to hapless
souls… He was needed in the workshop.

06 News, views and reviews
If it’s happening, going to happen or
happened then this is where we get it

16 You need…
 … a works bike in your shed. Why? Not
just because we say so, but so you can
revel in its glory – first is a works Honda

18 …you also need
…a works Aprilia trials bike to keep it
company in the secure part of the shed.

 22 Super Profile
We take an in-depth look at Montesa’s
Cappra MX model developed from
Kalevi Vehkonen’s works model.

40 Subscribe! Subscribe! Subscribe!
As CDB is subscription only 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
The elder statesman of trials journalism
relates the life and times of the Spanish
and Italian motorcycle factories.

61 ’cross words
That Mr Berry knows a thing or three
about MX, which is why we give him a
page here for his views.

72 Dirt Talk
What’re you talking about in the CDB
world? We’ve a packed letters page this

82 Moto memories
Suspension was the area of engineering
interest for the MX world in the
Seventies. Three inches of movement


11 Developing ideas
An expert wants to win and maybe a
bike made for the average rider needs a
mod or two… we look at a trick Cota

28 From the archive
It is 50 years since Montesa made their
appearance on the UK scene – we look
at a few Montesa things and chat to a
name or two.

34 Creating a legend
Putting a Triumph engine in a BSA frame
makes a… Beezumph… hmm that name
is taken… how about TriBSA…?

66 An hour with…
…Brad Lackey the American superstar,
all-round great guy and guest of honour
at Drumlanrig.

76 Small but perfectly formed
Moto Aspes made high quality machines
but they’re quite rare. We spot one in
the wild.


54 This sporting world
We’re in Cumbria, Northumberland too
and the legendary Hawkstone Park for
a MX, an enduro and the Hawkstone

62 Anniversary time
Farleigh Vets MX Nations is 10 years
old this year. Nick Haskell enjoyed the
sunshine, the atmosphere and yes, the


43 Welding
There are many reasons to contact a

44 Rebuilding to ride
Rapid progress has been made on the
bits of our Project 90, a lot of them are in
and where they should be.

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