Get Lost!

When it comes to navigation, Rowena Hoseason is a traditionalist at heart and has no truck with SatNav… Earlier in the year I mentioned my Unmentionable motorcycle in the RC subscriber’s newsletter. An Unmentionable, for anyone unacquainted with the technical terminology, is a motorcycle which really truly and absolutely does not have any place in the monthly RealClassic magazine, no…

Motorcycle Magazine Road Test Truths

The truth can now be told. One-time motorcycle testing journalist, Derek Pickard, reveals the real meaning behind those bland test reports from the 1970s and 1980s… ‘This European motorcycle maker launched its new model in a cultured European way.’ Should read: They shipped the media to a licensed pizza place for a great party. ‘…and this new model carries on…

Classic Bike Carol

Just when you thought you’d avoided the carol singers, Paul Goff presents the Twelve Days Of Classic Biking Christmas… Paul says; ‘I first heard this at a Three Spires rally near Coventry in 1977 or 78, sung by a bike club from up north somewhere.’ The Twelve Days Of Classic Biking Christmas On the first day of Christmas my true…

DIY Wheel Alignment Tool

Even the best classic bike won’t corner correctly if its wheels are out of line. Les Howard has come up with an ingenious high-tech method to ensure one wheel follows the other, exactly… I’ve owned motorcycles for over 40 years, and repaired or renovated lots of them. Out of the all the maintenance jobs that were required, there was always…

Torquing and Tightening

A combination of modern materials and time-honoured techniques can cause problems when it comes to assembling the bottom end of a classic British bike. RC readers debate the how and the why of it… In RC128, Ian Copcutt excellent article about rebuilding a Triumph triple showed how a micrometer is used to determine correct big end bolt stretch. This is…