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Brave new world – in theory
From our archive
BMW R60 • Owen Howells wished for an R69 but ended up deciding on its less-powerful sibling, the R60. And he’s much happier for it.
WOMEN IN MOTORCYCLING STORM CASTLE
GUZZI BOOK MARKS CENTENARY
FRANK’S TRIPLE PRIZE
SRM OFFERS RELIEF
RETURN OF THE DOT
LOOKING BACK AT SKODA’S TWO-WHEELED ORIGINS
GREEN CARD RULES DROPPED
WIRELESS SMART ALARM ON THE ALERT
This month’s star letter wins
Anything to say?
Do you really need a big bike?
Fancy a day out? • Summer’s here and the time is right for, well, riding your motorcycle to a far-away location, standing in a field, and looking at other motorcycles. There are a lots of events this month, so dodge the caravans and get out there. The usual caveats apply, please be aware that this listing is accurate as we go to press, but all events are subject to change and /or cancellation. We recommend checking with the organisers before packing your spanners, waterproofs (this being a British summer) and lashing of ginger beer... Happy trails!
IT’S BACK! We take a look at the Stafford Show
Triumph Tiger 70, 80 and 90 • When a bike is designed by Val page and perfected by Edward Turner, it’s going to be alright. We look at the Tiger range, Triumph’s best-kept secret.
Royal Enfield Meteor • £3749 for a brand-new bike, eh? Oli tries the Royal Enfield Meteor to see if it's any good...
SPECIFICATION: ROYAL ENFIELD METEOR 350
What else can you buy for the price of a Meteor?
The LE Velocette and the Police • Percy and Eugene Goodman dreamed of producing the ‘next best thing’. They came up with the LE Velocette. The late Rob Davies took one out for the afternoon to get a Policeman’s viewpoint and he spoke with devotees and club members.
For what it’s worth… Ed
The Covid Norton ES2 Part two • Last month, Stuart Urquhart told how this ES2 restoration had started well, but now was the time to get it finished, with all the teething troubles that brings, before returning the finished machine to its owner
Kawasaki Z1-R • The Z1 had elegant lines blending with, for the time, superb power. But the Z1-R swapped elegance for blunt brutishness and appealed to a different buyer altogether.
Happy families • When motorcycles first came about, they were for poshies who no longer wished to walk or ride a horse. They were the latest trend, but over the next few decades, like that devil-twixt-saint device the mobile phone, the motorcycle became an everyday belonging for many. And then the automobile came along.
The good ole days? Rubbish! • When was the best time to be a motorcyclist? You might as well ask what oil to use, or which tyres are best for your Spagforth Flying Lemming.
Five British bikes for under five bloomin’ grand • We look at some great bikes that needn’t cost the earth
Workshop woes • Bearings – tap them out when noisy or knackered and tap a shiny new one in – yes? This month, we look at the slightly more time-consuming job of preloading taper bearings.
Yamaha AS1 • It’s all apart and beginning to look like a rather messy jigsaw puzzle!
SUSPENSION AND CHROME
A bit of a delve • Hutch pulls apart an Enfield engine that is somewhat...