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Real Classic - June 2019


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RICKMAN CR750…………………………………….6 

How do you turn a slightly stodgy K-series Honda 750/4 into a cutting-edge super-sportster? Simple, Throw away half the original bike and rebuild the rest with the help of Messrs Rickman and their radical café racer kit. Rowena Hoseason reports  

 
MATCHLESS G11………………………………..26 

An affinity for old motorcycles can definitely be inherited. Stuart Urquhart meets a man whose choice of classic was entirely inspired by his childhood experiences… 

 

MEGOLA SPORT!.................................36 

Why would anyone consider building a multi-cylinder motorcycle with engine built into the front wheel? Alan Cathcart asks the Question Why? 

 

SCOTT FLYING SQUIRREL…………………….44 

Imagine you’re going to emigrate half a world away, far from spares supplies and expert advice for old British bikes. Which classic motorcycle would you choose to take with you? The dependable, conventional, air-cooled single, perhaps?  Stuart Francis took instead the road less travelled… 

 

BSA FLAT TRACKER………………………………….52 

Odgie updates us on his flat-tracking exploits with a much-modified Beesa twin- and his dalliance with the Dark Side… 

 

NEW IMPERIAL 250……………………………………..62 

Dave Baddeley’s first vintage rebuild occurred almost by accident, but happenstance provided a pleasingly practical and technically advanced pre-war machine… 

 

TT RACER………………………………………………..70 

The glory days of clubman racing bred tough competitors. Some of these hard and fast riders became works riders and world champions. Others were fated to finish further down the rankings, but they were every bit as fiercely determined. Richard Jones reveals the riding life of one privateer… 

 

MOTO GUZZILE MANS…………………………………74  

Last month, Nolan Woodbury revealed a limited edition Le Mans V-twin, built for the German market at the end of the 1970s. This time he traces the evolution of the animal into the 1980s and lets it loose on an autobahn… 

 

NORTON COMMANDO REBUILD………………………..92 

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 8: Fixing and Fettling  

 

AERMACCHI BUILD………………………………..98 

Stu Thomson has finished his refurbishment of his 1959 Ala Azzurra single. So… What’ll it do, mister? And what did it all cost? 


RC REGULARS

 

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

A Megola? A New Imperial? Where are all those Triumph twins when we need them? 

 

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

As lively as ever! It is impossible for us to receive too many letters, so… 

 

EVENTS ...................................................82 

It’s notionally summer now, so there’s loads to do, loads to see, loads of friends to miss by ten minutes because you took a detour… 

 

READERS’ FREE ADS ...............................90 

Not many bikes (again), but some tasty treats in here 

 

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

A disastrous day at the show. PUB reports… 

 

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

It was April. It was raining. Time for the biggest old bike show in the whole world. Frank went… 


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