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This month’s magazine features vintage motorcycles, classic bikes and other interesting oddities: singles, twins and triples; two-strokes and four-strokes, built in Britain, Japan and even elsewhere. Read all about ’em…

In seven decades, this unusual 500 twin has been ridden, crashed, relegated to a cellar, rebuilt, restored and revitalised. The later A7 is very much a smaller counterpart of the 650cc A10, but this first incarnation, with its solo saddle and rigid rear end, featured an entirely different engine which came from the pen of Val Page

The reconstruction of a pre-war Beesa began last month. Oddly enough, there turn out to be no new spares available anywhere, so Bantams and B31s start donating wheels, toolboxes and other items

There ain’t no substitute for cubes, goes the saying, describing America’s love affair with massive motors. But then a titchy Spanish 250 was clocked at 100mph and that turned even American heads, as Nolan Woodbury explains

Once upon a time, simple two-strokes were appreciated for their light weight, easy manoeuvrability, reasonable running costs and affordable purchase price. It’s déjà vu all over again!

Eddie’s budget-build four-cylinder café racer goes back together with a home-made exhaust system and a collection of carbs. The time comes to fire it up – you might want to wear ear-plugs!

A decade-long project to bring a Norton ES400 lightweight twin back to life moves onto the motor. Proud Owner discovers a few flaws which escaped AMC’s original QC team, and sets about rectifying the engine’s more obvious shortcomings

How does a modern Indian-built Enfield compare to the original big single from Redditch? One RC rider has fettled and fine-tuned four different Bullets: two old and two nearly-new. Here he compares and contrasts his experiences

Living with yet another legend, Ace Tester Miles becomes acquainted with the last of the line, the ultimate evolution of the original Triumph Bonneville. This 750 twin has rather more valves than the typical machine made in Meriden…

Every restoration of an old British bike has to be an extended tale of woe, angst and endurance, right? Wrong. One fella bought the bike he’d always wanted (a T150 750 triple, as it happens), rebuilt it PDQ, and revels in riding the result

Probably the first successful attempt at a Japanese Bonneville came from Yamaha, whose XS650 has stood the test of time as well as most Triumphs. Frank Westworth was looking forward to test-riding a classic bike with an electric starter. Oh well. Can’t have everything

PLUS! PUB visits a giant bike museum in Birmingham – that’s Alabama, not the Wet Mudlands. Frank Westworth takes a deep breath and fires up the project BSA B25SS for the first time in almost 20 years. Meanwhile, the Compass Challenge comes to a close with a bumper month of extra entries, and RC readers chatter and natter about AMC big ends, ion (or is it iron?) lithium batteries, AJWs, and little Italians

• RealClassic isn’t on sale in UK newsagents – but if you’d like to read these articles then you can order a mail order copy here
• The best way to read the magazine regularly is by subscription – each magazine typically costs around half the price of a single mail-order issue. RealClassic is also available in various digital formats


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