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Real Classic - May 2019


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LAVERDA SFC 750...................................... 6 

Very fast and very orange. Laverda’s 750SFC genuinely was a racer for the road… well, for road racing at any rate. Alan Cathcart tells its story 

 

TRIUMPH / LEVIS SPECIAL....................... 24 

In its 80-odd years of existence, this motorcycle has had many incarnations. It’s been reborn as a grasstracker, a speedway racer and a hillclimber; a 500 and now a 650. Odgie investigates… 

 

BMW R65LS.............................................. 32 

Struggling to manage the mass of Japanese multis, Reg Eyre rediscovered BMW’s tight and sprightly 650 twin… 

 

ARIEL NH..................................................40 

Ariel’s sporting singles always acquitted themselves well in off-road competition. 

This 350 served a quarter century on the muddy stuff and is now relaxing into ‘classic’ retirement. Henry Gregson shares the secrets of its renovation… 

 

MOTO GUZZI LE MANS ............................46 

This is the Le Mans you’ve never heard of; an extremely special edition, litre-class competitor, capable of 135mph and more. Nolan Woodbury explains how it came to be built almost five years before the factory equivalent… 

 

TWO BSA TWINS ...................................... 54 

Subtle distinctions make a surprising difference to two handsome twins. Frank Westworth explores the pursuit of perfection… 

 

ROYAL ENFIELD CLIPPER......................... 62 

Last year, Enfield enthusiast James French found a 350 lightweight single, much like one he owned in the 1970s. Initial impressions suggested that it might benefit from some mechanical attention over winter… 

 

HONDA CUB ............................................. 78 

Eager to pass on his enthusiasm for classic motorcycles to the next generation, Stuart 

Urquhart sought an ideal old bike for a first rebuild project. Cheap, uncomplicated and abundant: a Honda Cub perfectly fit the bill 

 

NORTON COMMANDO REBUILD............. 86 

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 7: The not quite final touches 

 

AERMACCHI BUILD.................................. 94 

Stu Thomson has been rebuilding a single- cylinder Aermacchi Ala Azzurra. This time he tackles the electrics and the all- important paintwork…