Tis the season to be jolly – jolly quick about grabbing an appropriate diary for next year so you can organise your riding life. Fortunately, there’s a range of old bike-oriented almanacs available, so you can choose a year-planner to suit your specific tastes in classic clunkers…
Every year, proceeds from Andy Tiernan’s classic calendar go to the East Anglian Air Ambulance, so you know you’re contributing to a good cause when you spend your £12. The splendid pencil / water-colour artwork by Mike Harbar depicts six stunning old motorcycles – this year’s theme is ‘Triumph Through The Decades’ so it covers bikes from 1910 to the 1960s. Each illustration is A4-size, with two months displayed underneath. Last year, sales of the calendar raised more than £3k for charity – follow the link for more info and to order a 2022 edition.
If you’re more of a Norton man than a Triumph fan, then the Norton Owners’ Club calendar should suit you instead. This 14-page A3 edition features a superbly-photographed Norton motorcycle for each month, and costs £6.25 plus VAT.
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And now for something a little less serious – the Whimsy On Wheels calendar from artist Talana Gamah. This A4 spiral-bound offering displays 12 light-hearted illustrations of a biking bear and his (…her?) exploits on an outfit. £16 including postage to the UK, or buy in person at the London Classic Show on 4 December and save the delivery charges. Email tgamah(at)hotmail(dot)com or
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Next up comes a calendar full of classics from the Continent from BMW specialist Motorworks. Compiled from real-life photos submitted by Motorworks customers, each A4 monthly page has a main picture with five more images on the reverse, featuring BMW bikes of all ages in action and everyday use. Cost £4.50.
We end back where we began, with a second selection of classic Triumph motorcycles, this time from Ace Classics. Their 2022 calendar showcases 13 different Triumph motorcycles from the classic era; a pair of 1966 Bonnevilles, a Trophy, a Competition Cub – and James Bond’s 1969 Trident, as seen here. The Ace Classics calendar costs £10, and they’re happy to send it direct to the recipient with a personalised note.
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