Round Britain Rally

Do you need a good reason to fire up your old bike and go for a ride? Roy and Chris Workman have tackled the Round Britain Rally for nearly 20 years, and reckon it’s the perfect excuse to explore the British Isles – on a schedule to suit yourself. Although many other rides, runs and rallies have fallen by the…

Reliability Trials

A stitch in time saves hours of standing by the roadside, reckons Stu Thomson. He suggests that old bikes need not be unreliable. When they do go wrong, says Stu, perhaps it’s down to something the owner hasn’t done… There may be some disagreement about my next statement but… I believe that the majority of old bikes are reliable by…

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…

Almond Tinkler: motorcycle engineer

The article in RC192 about the vintage ohc racer built by the Tinkler brothers in 1927 triggered memories for RC reader John Harrison. He recalls meeting Almond Tinkler in the late 1970s… When I was lived in Liverpool, I worked as a boilermaker for Blackbull Engineering which occupied a workshop next to Langham Engineering. I rode a 1958 Triumph Thunderbird…

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…