Royal Enfield Turbo Twin

Earlier this year, the VMCC raffled a classic British twin-cylinder two-stroke 250, and we featured the machine back in RC143. Eagle-eyed Enfield aficionado Mark Mumford spotted a few deviations from standard spec… The VMCC’s raffle bike, nicely presented though it is, is really an owner’s version of the Turbo Twin rather than a factory example. The TT, with its Villiers…

RC Nov 16 – Issue 151

Last month’s magazine was an all-British bike bonanza. The new issue is rather more international, with classic bikes from Italy, Germany and Japan. And a Viking. See exactly what’s inside… AJS SILVER STREAK When Associated Motorcycles wanted to catch the eye of the discerning 1930s customer, they jazzed up their ohv AJS singles with dazzling coats of chrome. Ace Tester…

Classic Mechanics Show

You don’t get to see too much of an event when you’re anchored to a magazine stand all weekend. Even so, we discovered some Significantly Interesting Stuff at Stafford… Mk3 COMMANDOS work really rather well with a pair of 30mm carbs, even though Norton specified (and most owners fit) 32mm Amals. A canny restorer might even claim that the 30mm…

Hesketh V1000 and Vampire – Part 1

It ain’t quite a British Bulldog, but the Hesketh motorcycle still demands respect. Despite near-fatal flaws and fiscal foolishness, it simply refused to lay down and die… ‘This bike is a giant. It’s going to become a classic’ – Superbike magazine, June 1980 They were so right – but not immediately. When the Hesketh V1000 first hit the road in…

Far Horizons by Andrew Earnshaw

f you’re going to ride around the world in instalments, then America would seem like a fairly safe place to start. Rowena Hoseason reads all about it… Most motorcycle adventure books revolve around an extraordinary premise. The rider may be extraordinary in some way – a celebrity, or perhaps a person overcoming a substantial impediment who wouldn’t normally be considered…

Caister Castle Motor Museum

Roy Workman discovered an interesting collection of old automobiles in the East, and then got told off for taking photographs… This museum is situated in the grounds surrounding Caister Castle, which is fairly close to Great Yarmouth in Norfolk. The castle was built in 1432 and it is one of the earliest brick buildings in England. Most of the castle…