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Real Classic - January 2019


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CONTENT 

 

RC REGULARS  

 

THE CONTENTS PAGE……………...........................3 

Two Triumphs, and aren’t they about as different as you can get! Great start to the new year 

 

WE’VE GOT MAIL!............................................14 

Many, many subjects. Many, many opinions. All welcome here   

 

EVENTS…………………..........................................76 

January again! A new year again! Time to get those resolutions revved up!  

 

READERS’ FREE ADS…………..............................78 

Small but perfectly formed. something for everyone?  Any money left? Anyone?   

 

PUB TALK………………….....................................102 

Let there be light, light weight that is! This is becoming a theme for PUB, whether in her classic bikes or anything new (with that desirable button). The latter were on show at Motorcycle Live, but left her with too many options. 

 

TALES FROM THE SHED………….......................108 

When life in The Shed becomes too tame and too frustrating for words, it’s time to go seek out Real Excitement. Frank’s been out on the edge again… 

 

TRIUMPH SPECIAL 750………...............................6 

When a skilled bike builder creates a new machine from an old air-cooled Triumph engine and recent Kawasaki chassis (and a whole lot else), can it conquer the curse of the special? Can the result really be better than the sum of its parts? Odgie rides it, and reveals all…… 

 

MOTO GUZZI V65 LARIO………………...................26 

Small-block Moto Guzzi V-twins are acknowledged to be all-round excellent- apart from the rare ones with our four-valve cylinder heads. These, say the armchair experts, are something close to the devil-spawn. Dave Simmons isn’t daunted by such scare stories, and lives with a Lario 650… 

 

MATCHELESS G3 LC………………….........................36 

RC regular Stuart Urquhart is entirely familiar with AMC’s road going singles. He’s always liked the look of the firm’s tough trials bikes- and riding a competition 350 more than lived up to expectations… 

 

TRIUMPH STREET TWIN……................................48  

Two near-identical twins top Triumph’s 2019 retro range. Alan Cathcart gets to grips with them both and reports back… 

 

BSA C11………………….............................................58 

The quest for cheap classic wheels continues. This time, Father Alan Davies tries Chinese, Russian, Japanese and German motorcycles before finding the ideal budget bike, one built in Britain back in the day… 

 

NORTON CAFÉ…………………...................................64 

When project is done and dusted, you normally know exactly what not to do next time around. But it’s rare that you get the opportunity to build a second special along the same lines. Henry Gregson catches up with a talented chap who’s done just that, and built a bike which could better its predecessor… 

 

NORTON COMMANDO MK3 REBUILD……...........84 

Martin Peacock had a vision, a conversion on the road to Bude. He understood that he wanted a Commando, and this is how he made it. Part 3: Going like clockwork. 

 

SPROCKET SCIENCE…………….................................92 

Finding a specific sprocket for an unusual old bike can be a tricky business. If you have an old one to use as a template then it’s possible to make your own, as John Lay explains… 

 

ROYAL ENFIELD INTERCEPTOR……….....................96 

When they were new, Royal Enfield proudly announced that there weren’t enough Interceptors to go round: not everyone can have one. So for the lucky few who own today, getting it running right is doubly important. Paul Henshaw fettles a MK1A and takes it for a ride…