Scott Flying Squirrel

Scott’s innovative engineering set the standard for two-strokes for decades. These idiosyncratic machines inspire dedication and exasperation in roughly equal measure in their owners – but they’re capable of travelling very high mileages and still abound on the classic scenes, as Richard Jones discovers… I’ve never liked squirrels; rats cunningly disguising themselves with furry tails and nasty, beady little eyes…

Classic Techniques: Superblend bearings, part one

When the main bearings in Commando engines started disintegrating, Norton came up with a super solution – the ‘Superblend’ bearing which proved to be one of the success stories of the 1970s. Andy Heathwood explains how it was little more than smart marketing, and leads us through the potential pitfalls of specifying replacement bearings for big Norton twins today… The…

Triumph Daytona T100R

Triumph introduced their unit-construction 500 twin in 1960. By 1966 it had evolved into a proper proddie racer, the Daytona, which packed considerable poke into its petite package. Marion Thirsk found an interesting example at last year’s Ayr Show… When Steve purchased this Daytona it’d been lying forlorn in a garage for seven years, with the fallen roof of the…

Lois On The Loose

A modern-day motorcycle adventurer, Lois Pryce has crossed continents and survived all manner of mayhem to tell the tale — in fact, to tell three tales. Roger Slater has endured sleepless nights, reading her books… One of my ways of judging a good book is observing how far along the page marker is. If I smile when the marker is…

Hammered! Auction report

The most difficult part of writing this report is describing the sheer volume of machines present at this year’s Las Vegas vintage bike auctions. It’s almost overwhelming, with nearly 2000 classic motorcycles offered for sale across two separate events in January. The first of these annual events is staged by the British auction house Bonhams, while the other is hosted…

February issue out now

RealClassic is a magazine about motorcycles so – unsurprisingly – this month’s magazine is full of motorcycles. There’s hardly a hovercraft in sight, and you’re flat out of luck if you were hoping for an ekranoplan. There are however plenty of old Britbikes, an awesome Italian classic, and one bound-to-be-controversial Hinckley Triumph. Here’s how you can read all about them……