RealClassic Reading: new BSA book

It’s unusual for us all to be amazed by a book about one of the best-known British marques, but Peter Crawford has produced a remarkable gem. And it’s all about the A65 twin, as you might expect from the title: ‘Thunderbolts & Lightning’. In fact the book is far more than that – it is a careful and revealing study…

Lockdown rides: the roads less ridden

While most of the world was in strict quarantine, RC regular Nick Adams enjoyed a little more latitude in Ontario, Canada. He could still take to the open road, providing he also took sensible precautions. Long distance trips were out of the question so Nick took the opportunity to revisit familiar locations, closer to home. On various machines – his…

Books: India, The Shimmering Dream

In 1933, two students were the first people to ride a motorcycle overland from Europe to India. The story of their epic adventure aboard a 250cc two-stroke offers an ideal escape for riders spending time on the sofa… Max Reisch and his companion Herbert Tichy were determined to travel overland to India through the Middle East in the early 1930s,…

Books: Life on a Triumph Speed Twin

Long-time RC readers will be familiar with the adventures of Graham Ham, whose journeys aboard his 1948 Speed Twin were documented in his ‘Daisy’s Diary’ articles some years ago. But there was much more to Graham’s original and subsequent adventure than simply taking part in the Landmark Challenge on a sprung-hub old clunker, collecting Landmarks, WATOC points and not inconsiderable…