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…

Norton Dominator: an Australian investigation. Part 2

Bruce J Tinworth continues his investigation into the intriguing Australian export model of Norton’s famous sporting twin. He discovers the Model 7R, a rigid-framed Dominator, trimmed in iridescent colour-schemes, often incorporating innovative and upgraded components… In August 1950, 84 motorcycles were displayed in Brisbane at Australia’s annual motorcycle exhibition. The models displayed by Andersons Agencies included a new rigid-framed twin-cylinder…

Norton Dominator: an Australian investigation. Part I

The history of Norton’s sporting twin is well-known around the world, but enthusiast Bruce J Tinworth has uncovered intriguing details about how a very special version of the Dominator ended up in Australia. But first, some background information… Spot the difference between this 1951 Norton twin, and its 1948 counterpart below In the depressed, post-war economic climate, Norton Motors took…