Hammer Time: auction preview

If summer has suddenly arrived and your project isn’t quite ready to roll – or perhaps you’re looking for a new challenge to exercise your spannering skills – then here’s a selection of classic bikes up for grab this month at auction. Many of the machines featured in the HJ Pugh sale have no reserve. Some of our choices are…

Reliability Trials

A stitch in time saves hours of standing by the roadside, reckons Stu Thomson. He suggests that old bikes need not be unreliable. When they do go wrong, says Stu, perhaps it’s down to something the owner hasn’t done… There may be some disagreement about my next statement but… I believe that the majority of old bikes are reliable by…

Almond Tinkler: motorcycle engineer

The article in RC192 about the vintage ohc racer built by the Tinkler brothers in 1927 triggered memories for RC reader John Harrison. He recalls meeting Almond Tinkler in the late 1970s… When I was lived in Liverpool, I worked as a boilermaker for Blackbull Engineering which occupied a workshop next to Langham Engineering. I rode a 1958 Triumph Thunderbird…

Riding lives: sharing the journey

For many years Len Page rode solo on his British bikes, but then began a quiet campaign to encourage his better half to join him on two wheels… In the early years of my motorcycling life most of my girlfriends were reluctant to ride pillion. It was the time of the mini-skirt and the pillion seats left a lot of…

Single-minded musings

Over the years, many of Stu Thomson’s motorcycles have been powered by single cylinder motors. He’s owned and ridden trad British bikes like Velocette’s Venom, sporty Italian classics from Moto Guzzi and Aermacchi, and modern classics from Enfield and the Far East. So what can Stu conclude after trying so many different types of single-cylinder motorcycle? Before the multi-cylinder machines…

50-50 Triple Challenge: Winners On The Way!

On 26th January, the year-long 50-50 Challenge results will be announced by organiser John Young. To celebrate 50 years of the BSA Rocket 3 and Triumph Trident in 2018, John organised this worldwide event to ‘get triples out of garages and on the road’… and raise a shedload of cash for charity. Participants based anywhere in the world competed to…