BRIGHT LIGHTS & THE LAW

There has been a lot of chatter online about the legality of using LEDs in old bike headlights, following changes earlier this year to the MoT regulations relating to motorcycles. Electrical specialist Paul Goff explains the situation, just as the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency leapt into action… The MoT regulations were updated in January to read ‘some motorcycles may…

DMW & Mr Dawson

Founded in 1940 by Leslie ‘Smokey’ Dawson, DMW was a pioneering British bike builder based in the Black Country – the founder of Dawson Motors Wolverhampton. In three decades, the DMW company manufactured some 15,000 motorcycles including many still used for trials and competition. Smokey started out racing motorcycles in the 1930s and then began fitting swinging arm rear suspension…

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…

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…

August issue on sale!

This month’s magazine spans seven decades of motorcycling history and features classic bikes built in Britain, Italy and even Japan. Two-strokes, four-strokes; singles, twins and a big fat four – you’ll find all kinds of old bikes ridden, rebuilt and reviewed in RC172. If you already know you want to read this issue, then here’s where to order it in…

April issue out now!

This month’s magazine celebrates big British twins from BSA, Norton and Royal Enfield alongside three 750 triples; two Triumphs and a radical kettle. And if that’s not odd enough, how about BMW’s streamlined bahnstormer, the K1? All that, and the world’s fastest Velocette, the new MoT regulations for classic bikes, and an 80mph vintage single with barely any brakes. If…