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Real Classic - March 2019


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CONTENTS 

 

TRIUMPH THUNDERBIRD .............................6 

Long-legged and easy to live with, the unit 

construction Thunderbird found favour 

with police forces worldwide. These days, 

says Rowena Hoseason, it’s also the most 

affordable of Triumph’s mid-1960s 650 

twins… 

 

SERIOUSLY SPECIAL GUZZI ........................26 

Inspired by the low-slung factory racers 

of the 1950s, this Guzzi’s owner set about 

building a modern café custom. The 

result? A brilliant combination of the bare 

essentials, says Odgie… 

 

HONDA CB450 K0 .......................................34 

There are many theories about why the 

British motorcycle industry fell from grace 

faster than Icarus. The real reason, says 

Paul Miles, can be encapsulated in just 

three words: Honda Black Bomber 

 

PANTHER ELECTRIC ....................................42 

A Little Red Racer! A sporting stroker from 

Yorkshire. Martin Peacock discovers the 

rare delight of a self-starting twin 

 

MV AGUSTA 750S........................................50 

It’s rare that you see an iconic motorcycle 

this exotic being ridden on the road. But 

in America, all things are possible as Nolan 

Woodbury discovers… 

 

ROYAL ENFIELD SUPER METEOR ................60 

Robert Murdoch bought an extra-special 

Enfield big twin to take on his Continental 

travels. Before they could set off, a few 

things needed fettling… 

 

BSA B33 .......................................................66 

While getting to know BSA’s hearty big 

single, Martyn Roberts noticed a few 

foibles. It probably needed a top end 

overhaul. How hard could that possibly be? 

 

NORTON COMMANDO REBUILD ................82 

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 5: Primary Drive, Pistons 

and Paint 

 

POWDER COATING......................................90 

A couple of decades ago, powder-coating 

was seen as an inferior finish. These days, 

it’s pretty much the default during a classic 

bike restoration. Morgan Rue explains 

why… 

 

AERMACCHI BUILD .....................................98 

Stu Thomson set his sights on a single- 

cylinder Aermacchi and came up trumps 

with a 1959 Ala Azzurra. Before he sets to 

with the spanners, what exactly is it?


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