Norton Dominator: an Australian investigation. Part 3

In previous episodes, Norton enthusiast Bruce J Tinworth established the existence of a special version of Norton’s twin with a rigid rear end instead of the usual plunger suspension. This export-only ‘Dominator 500 Rigid Sport’ was sent to Australia, where the evidence mounts up that it was far from being a cobble-job of overstocked components… An iron cylinder head would’ve…

RealClassic Reading: Ducati Monster

Nearly three decades ago, the first Ducati Monster was unveiled to an admiring public. Since then some 350,000 Monsters have been built. Over time, the Monster’s capacity and configuration has changed considerably. In a substantial new book, Alan Cathcart charts the first half of the Monster’s story… This first volume covers the model’s original conception and its development with the…

BRIGHT LIGHTS & THE LAW

There has been a lot of chatter online about the legality of using LEDs in old bike headlights, following changes earlier this year to the MoT regulations relating to motorcycles. Electrical specialist Paul Goff explains the situation, just as the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency leapt into action… The MoT regulations were updated in January to read ‘some motorcycles may…

Opinion: riding classic bikes

We’re all looking forward to getting back in the saddle as the weather warms up and restrictions are lifted. Here’s a timely reminder from Reg Eyre about current road and traffic conditions – some drivers have become used to the roads being empty, while others won’t have had much practice recently… While living under isolation rules, I undertook ‘essential travel’…

2021 Pioneer Run Revealed

Traditionally held at the start of the motorcycling season, the 2021 Pioneer Run is instead scheduled to take place in early autumn. That’s not the only change to this year’s arrangements which will see the London to Brighton riders arrive at an all-new destination… The first Pioneer Run for veteran machines built before 1915 took place back in 1930, and…

Brooklands Racer Replica

It took four years for specialist engineer Carl Wadkin-Snaith to build this 500cc Sprint Special from scratch. His carefully-crafted creation absorbed endless hours of effort and expertise, and eventually evolved into this tribute to the Brooklands’ racers of the original Roaring Twenties. And when it gets going, Carl’s Sprint Special certainly delivers a roar all of its own… Any project…