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Making the most of lockdown before it’s gone!
HUBERT AURIOL 1958-2021 • The man and the race that made the G/S
BMW R26 • The famous airhead boxer twin-cylinder engine has become synonymous with the BMW brand, so it may come as some surprise to find out that some of the manufacturer’s best-selling models were actually singles. In fact between 1948-1969, 62% of BMW motorcycles produced were singles, with the R25/3 remaining as BMW’s bestselling motorcycle, right up until the F650’s introduction in the Nineties.
For your visual and literal delights, Classic Bike Guide brings you: Norton 600 Dominator – found in a shed and restored to be ridden
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Kärcher K5 Power Control pressure washer
CB900F camchain advice to quell a myth
Happy centenary, Moto Guzzi! • The famous Italian brand is 100 years old this March, so we look at the planned celebrations and how to get into Moto Guzzi ownership. Be warned though; once leered in, those V-twins will have your heart forever…
Honda CB450 and CB500T • They may not be the trendsetters, the originals or even the first of a long line, but Honda's middleweight twins make a splendid bike, so we have taken a look to see if they'd suit you.
WHAT IS IT? • Honda’s first big bike
SPECIFICATION (1970 CB450K)
A BRUSH WITH THE LAW, SEPTEMBER 1981
Yamaha YR1 Road Test • We ride the great, great, grandfather of the RD350
BEYOND THE YR-1
THE OWNER’S TALE ~ MARTIN KEMP
The Comet Conundrum • The name Vincent is held in high regard, mainly because of those thundering V-twins. But what were the singles like? Martin Hughes-Games finds out
What you need to know about buying a: BSA STARFIRE • You want to buy a classic motorcycle. What’s your criteria? A brand, or a type or a particular model? Or perhaps it’s something more vague. Perhaps the most important thing is the cost. Say your bank account has around £3000 in it, just begging to be spent on a motorcycle. Can you buy a genuine British classic for £3000? What will it cost to run? What might hit your pocket?
SPECIFICATION (1969 MODEL)
What to look out for?
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU GET FOR £3000 (OR THEREABOUTS?)
oil you wanna know • Oil. Matching the latest in oil technology with machines from years past can seem daunting. One day you’ll get told to use the latest and greatest oil from a certain company; the next someone’ll tell you to use cheap supermarket oil and change it every fortnight. So, Classic Bike Guide tries to help you find out just what is best for you and your bike. Who do you believe?
DID YOU KNOW?
How to paint spray at home • We look at what it takes to paint your bike at home – and is it for you? Part one, preparation
Part2 BMW R100 prohect • Matt gets a little caught up in his new project – you were only supposed to see if it would run!
VAPOUR BLASTING? ULTRASONIC CLEANERS?
TRUING BOLT AND SCREW HEADS
Project Norton • Dynamo! If only Matt’s charging system had as much energy as the name suggests.
(Solid) State rectification • Modifications need somewhere to live and old bikes don’t have that many places to hide things, Hutch discovers
FRANK WESTWORTH • FAMOUS LAST WORDS Buyer’s regret, seller’s regret? How’s...