December issue out now

This month’s magazine features international classics from American and Japan, alongside a bit fat stack of beautiful Britbikes – from a 1920’s flat-tanker to the trad parallel twins of the 1970s. If you’re looking for in-depth articles from experienced owners about Triumph, BSA and Norton bikes then you’ve come to the correct place!

RC176 can be downloaded in digital format or you can order the print magazine here. Here’s more about what you’ll find inside — and a sneak preview of the opening pages:

AMC built solid heavyweight ohv singles which were well developed during their long production run. This 500 dates from 1959 which means it has ‘proper’ swinging arm suspension, Teledraulic forks, and that typically British ‘manner of going’

Back in the day, one RC reader owned an unusual Ambassador and coveted a Norman B4. After 55 years he eventually located one of each – and now owns both of his dream bikes

Ariel’s Red Hunters arrived in the early 1930s, and benefitted from Edward Turner’s attention a couple of years later. The feature bike dates from 1934: an ideal example of a pre-war girder / rigid sporting single

The term ‘barn find’ is often used inappropriately, but this time a flat-tank vintage motorcycle really was rescued from a crumbling barn where it had been gently decaying for decades. The owner describes rescuing and renovating his mid-1920s sidevalve single

How do we attract new, younger riders into classic motorcycling? This street-scrambler-styled Honda twin is a good place to start

Some classic bike enthusiasts will go to the ends of the earth to find their dream machine. One Australian couple criss-crossed to globe to locate and rebuild their ‘antique American’, a 1948 Roadmaster V-twin

If you set your heart on an electric start 850 Commando then you can either spend a five-figure sum on one which has already been restored and upgraded, or you can do the job yourself. The project continues the bottom end, gearbox, forks and a two-carb problem…

Last month, we replaced an Enfield 350’s old Albion 4-speed gearbox with a more modern 5-speed set-up. This time the owner explains why the transplant was necessary, and what the bike is now like to ride…

This issue starts and finishes with a Triumph 500 twin, both of them ridden and rated by our own Frank Westworth. He begins with the twin-carb sportster, and discovers that its revvy engine is up for almost anything

And at the end of the issue, this month’s Tales From The Shed veer away from our ongoing rebuild of a BSA Thunderbolt and investigate the altogether more exciting notion of putting a Tiger back on the road. It may be slower than its streets-sport sibling, but the single-carb 500 twin is possible nicer to ride…

PLUS! How to improve your old bike’s lights with a simple LED upgrade; Odgie goes flat-tracking and scrambling on a Can-Am; RC readers debate Morini 350s, aging tyres and cammy classics, and Jacqueline Bickerstaff reports on the Stafford bike show and the bike museum’s open day…

RealClassic magazine is not on sale in UK newsagents but you can buy the current issue in digital and paper formats here

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