Stafford Show Preview

Get ready to cram as many classic bikes as you can into a single weekend – the Carole Nash Classic Motor Cycle Show returns to Stafford on 21st and 22nd April. The UK’s biggest old bike show sprawls across half a dozen halls and outdoor arenas, with special guests, classics in action, an extended two-day auction of collector’s motorcycles and…

Classic Techniques: Superblend bearings, part three

Andy Heathwood has been exploring the history behind Norton’s ‘Superblend’ bearing as fitted to their big twins in the 1970s. Now he turns to current concerns. Which readily available bearings are recommended today? It follows from the evidence presented already that although the latest FAG bearings are ‘well up to the job’, bearings from other established suppliers made to modern…

Classic Techniques: Superblend bearings, part two

Last time, Andy Heathwood introduced us to Norton’s solution to main-bearing problems in their big twins, back in the 1970s. Now he reveals whether ‘Superblend’ bearings were actually anything special. What’s in a name? Were Superblends something different? For their time and for this application the answer is probably ‘yes’. I am indebted to Anthony Curzon who has loaned me…

Royal Enfield Himalayan

If you’ve not kept up with the recent events in India, Royal Enfield are now producing a wider range of bikes. After many years – many decades, even – of what could be described as stagnation, the firm aims to become a major player in the motorcycling world. They wish to augment their traditional range with new and up-to-date products.…

Triumph Speed Twin

Opportunities like this one come along very rarely – so stand ready to seize the day! You have until 8.30pm on 22nd March 2018 to bid on this one-of-a-kind Triumph, the Speed Twin which carried RealClassic writer and long distance rider Graham Ham almost a quarter of a million miles all over Britain and Europe… Long-time RC readers will recall…