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Another month, another magazine, stuffed full of old Brit bikes and the odd Italian classic. Read all about it…

AJS MODEL 18
We all start our riding lives somewhere. Frank Westworth started out on a traditional British big single, a 1948 AJS 500, just like this one. Can a simple pushrod long-stroker, with tele forks and rigid rear end, live up to his fond recollections?

MOTO GUZZI AMBASSADOR
Guzzi’s V7 of the early 1970s saw service on two continents, with America’s CHiPs and the Italian Carabinieri. The 750 V-twin adapts well to touring civilian life, too

NORTON COMMANDO 1000
Odgie meets a classic rider who, rather than buy a new 961 Commando, has instead brought Norton’s traditional big twin bang up to date with all manner of modern and bespoke components. Could this be the ultimate Commando? (Discuss)

ROYAL ENFIELD SUPER 5
In 1961 teenager Eddie lusted after the first British five-speed production motorcycle, Enfield’s short-lived 250 sports single. Overshadowed then and now by the Continental GT, it turns out that the Super 5 has a charm all of its own

BULLET BUILD, Part One
After 25 years of misuse and maltreatment, this Indian-built Enfield 350 single was just about on its last legs. However, there was life left in the old dog and its restoration started with the engine

SUNBEAM MODEL 10
When Ian bought a girder-forked, hand-change, pre-war single, he inadvertently chose one of Sunbeam’s more unusual models. And it needed more than a little TLC…

TERROT HST 350
Keeping a vintage French sidevalve single on the road is far from straightforward. However, it’s easier now than it was four decades ago. An owner shares 40 years of experience with a hand-change bike that has seen several Banbury Runs

TRIUMPH DAYTONA 1200
Twenty years ago, there was a gentleman’s agreement which voluntarily limited sportsbikes to 125bhp. Triumph’s 147bhp flagship four blew that limit into history. Was it a risk worth taking?

TRIUMPH 6T PROJECT, Part One
Over the last half century, Gordon had built up quite a stock of spare parts. Perhaps, he mused, it might be possible to assemble them into an actual motorcycle. And so a new project started, based around a pre-nit Triumph 650 twin engine and a rigid frame

PLUS Jacqueline Bickerstaff talks three-wheelers; Frank Westworth fits rubbery bits to the BSA B25SS, and RC readers discuss a Tiger’s tail, Silentbloc bushes, how much grease is too much, the inspiration for the Ariel Leader and an owner’s eye view of the Benelli 2C.

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