Mi-Val Carb Upgrade

Earlier this year, we featured the restoration of a mid-1950s Italian two-stroke 125. Since then, Stu Thomson has been riding around on it and getting it fettled. Here’s what needed tweaking during the Mi-Val’s extended shake-down… When I rebuild a bike I ride it, and try to improve the way it rides. Petrol has changed quite a bit since these…

Classic Motorcycle Adventures

You might imagine that climbing the Eiger is enough of an adventure but, back in the day, mountaineer Don Whillians thought nothing of riding his Triumph Trophy two-up across Europe before making the attempt… The photos hereabout show Chris (now Sir) Bonington on the pillion of Don Whillans’s Triumph Trophy at Hampstead in July 1962. Note the rudimentary riding gear,…

Classic Bikes For Sale

Our second Small Ad selection from this month’s magazine reveals half a dozen old bikes which have international origins – they’re all for sale in the UK, but originally came from Germany, Italy, India and Japan. At the more affordable end of the classic motorcycle market, their prices start at just £750… happy shopping! MOTO MORINI 3½ SPORT. V5C. R-reg.…

RealClassic Reading                                                         

This book is the story of Albert Simpkin, a dispatch rider during the First World War. Experienced motorcyclists were required to deliver messages to senior officers during the conflict. Albert joined up and as soon as you became a dispatch rider (DR) you were promoted to Corporal; this rank enabled you to talk to officers. Some of the DRs he…