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Real Classic - February 2019


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RATIER C65..............................................6 

Think continental boxer twin and you think BMW, Maybe Zundapp. Alan Cathcart reveals the French alternative…. 

 

BSA GOLDEN FLASH...............................24 

What was once commonplace is now pretty rare. Frank Westworth muses on the plunger Flash, one of his forgotten favourites  

 

CONDOR A350.........................................34  

Often seen as a poor relation to its Ducati scrambler siblings, the Swiss-built single has struggled to be taken seriously as a motorcycle in its own right. Ace Tester Miles reckons it may be more suitable steed for RealClassic riders than the Italian alternative…. 

 

MOTO GUZZI V7.......................................40 

The open road, that’s the whole point of buying a modern bike which looks, sounds and romps along like an old bike. Get it out of the garage and into gear. Dave Barkshire goes for a blast on Guzzi’s timeless V-twin  

 

VELOCETTE VENOM.................................48 

Although motorcycles are meant to be ridden, this Velocette has definitely done more than its fair share of hard mileage. Henry Gregson wonders if it deserves a less stressful semi-retirement?  

 

ROYAL ENFIELD TURBO TWIN.................54 

Transforming a box of bits into a working motorcycle isn’t ever easy. But expertise and ingenuity can overcome almost any obstacle, as Neil Adams reveals with his restoration of Villiers two-stroke twin 

 

BMW R100/7............................................62 

Electric start and classic credentials? Mark Holyoake reckons that a late 1970s airhead offers both of those and much more…. 

 

NORTON COMMANDO REBUILD..............76  

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 4: Braking Strain  

 

MAGNETO MAGIC......................................84 

If your magneto-equipped old motorcycle fails to achieve ignition, then something might be amiss in the current-generating dept. Stuart Francis attempts to appease the god of sparks, and outlines some common faults and quick fixes   

 

TRIUMPH BONNIE BUILD............................96  

A pre-unit Bonneville with duplex frame? It’s a rare one, then. Rob Davies reports on a rebuild 

 

RC REGULARS 


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

Like the cover? We though it made a refreshing change…. 

 

WE’VE GOT MAIL!.......................................16 

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

 

EVENTS.........................................................70 

It’s February! It’s ShowTime! The RC crew prepare for Bristol and snow 

 

READERS’ FREE ADS.....................................72 

Remarkably small number, Fran talk a bit about this, somewhere. We think. Possibly  

 

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

The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, celebrating the ‘Emancipation Run’ of 1896, took place last November. To date only three-wheeled motorcycles have qualified, but this year an experiment saw one or two similarly ages solos motorcycles invited. PUB went along to see…. 

 

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

One step forward, two steps back. Frank dances the rebuild Tango, again…. 


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