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…

Velocette MSS: out of the archive

If you like the idea of a Velo MAC but need a little more performance than a 350 provides, then Veloce built your ideal bike in the shape of the MSS 500… Velocette is often seen as one of the ‘high class’ marques of classic bike, something of a cut above the ubiquitous parallel twin and far more refined than…

Newsflash! Six month MoT extension

Classic bikes over 40 years old don’t need an MoT certificate, but many old bike riders also run younger motorcycles. Normally, these need an MoT certificate to be legal. To help prevent the spread of Covid-19, MoT due dates for cars, motorcycles and light vans will be extended by 6 months from from 30 March 2020… This question has cropped…

Clubman’s Corner: diary dates!

If your 2020 calendar is looking a little empty, then here’s a selection of events being organised by enthusiast clubs that should appeal to the classic rider… There’s still time (if you’re quick) to enter the DRAGON RALLY which takes place on Sat/Sun 8/9 February somewhere in Wales. Organised by the Conwy MCC as a non-profit event, the rally costs…

Royal Enfield Clipper

Imagine finding a classic British motorcycle, stored for nearly half a century, just like the one your dad rode. That’s how this Clipper found itself a new owner, and Roy Workman tells its tale… This bike was first seen at a Newark autojumble by a friend of Joss, who thought that it was a Bullet. However Joss spotted that it…