BSA Bantam

Back in the 1960s, Doug Barton owned a couple of BSA’s sprightly lightweights, and vividly recalls his experiences with the trusty two-stroke… At the time, I was the proud owner of a Harley Duoglide. There were not many Harleys around then, when Fred Warr was the only UK dealer. I needed a small bike for commuting from my home in…

DMW & Mr Dawson

Founded in 1940 by Leslie ‘Smokey’ Dawson, DMW was a pioneering British bike builder based in the Black Country – the founder of Dawson Motors Wolverhampton. In three decades, the DMW company manufactured some 15,000 motorcycles including many still used for trials and competition. Smokey started out racing motorcycles in the 1930s and then began fitting swinging arm rear suspension…

Velocette MSS

‘The article in the August issue about a Velo MSS reminds me of an incident that still brings me out in a cold sweat when recalled,’ says RC reader Phil Rich. More than half a century ago he cheekily borrowed a bike, and never said ‘thank you’ properly. Ted, if you’re still out there… My motorcycle timeline began in 1965…

Classic Bikes For Sale

This month’s Small Ad Showcase features six of the best classic bikes for sale which are advertised in the current issue of RealClassic magazine. We’ve covered all the bases with three of the most popular British bikes, an Italian, a German and a Japanese classic. Prices start at a sniff over £3k – five grand will get you a great…