RealClassic Reading: adventure riding!

Regular readers of the magazine will be familiar with the (mis)adventures of Nick Adams as he explores the byways and back-roads of northern Canada – usually on vaguely inappropriate elderly motorcycles. Nick captures the untamed landscapes through which he rides alone – often without meeting another human being for days on end – and shares that experience with us in…

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…

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…

RealClassic Reading

‘And The Wheels Went Round’ by John Chisnall and Anthony Davis was published last year. Roy Workman is a sidecar rider so the two racing outfits on the front cover prompted him to buy it… John, the passenger, was the main contributor to the stories with Tony, the rider, adding his thoughts. What a great read! The motorcycling part of…

Lone Rider: around the world by BMW

Back in the early 1980s, Elspeth Beard took her broken heart, packed up her BMW airhead boxer, and rode it the ‘wrong way’ around the world. The entire astonishing story has recently been published, and it’s wowing RC readers… I love travelogues, ‘round the world’ trip even more. Was Elspeth Beard truly the first British woman to ride around the…