BSA Bantam

Richard Smith recalls his early riding times with BSA’s stalwart two-stroke. He started with a fairly standard D7 Super, but soon the 174cc machine evolved into something a little quicker… My first bike was a Honda C100, the Super Cub; a lovely machine, perfect for learning and nipping around locally. When I left home to start my aero-engineering degree, I…

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…

RealClassic reading: Motorcycles, Mates and Memories

In this recent publication, RC member and occasional contributor Bill Snelling reflects on his lifetime passion for two-wheeling in this entertaining, motorcycle-themed autobiography. He recalls the decades of motorcycling mayhem, mud and madness that have characterised his 70-odd years living the dream, from the early days at Arthur Lavington’s Velocette shop to pounding the long-distance trials and the many race…