Honda CB400F

Honda 400/4s are popular, relatively plentiful and commonly spotted at classic bike shows. So it might’ve been easy to overlook this one – but Marion Thirsk went back to double-check and discovered that its subtly different to the standard 400/4 you might find on British roads… Closer inspection reveals subtle differences to the normal UK model. Black sidepanels, a sidestand…

Classic Bikes at Banbury

  You know that sinking feeling when you’re late for something? RC’s roving reporter Richard Jones experienced it in full when he realised he was 24 hours late for the VMCC’s Coventry to Brighton Run. However, as if by magic, a stack of classic motorcycles appeared… I had somehow got it into my head that the riders would be stopping…

Classic Bike Bargains

  It’s easy to be blinded by the bling and overwhelmed by the extreme amounts which some classic motorcycles sell for at auction. However, even at the most prestigious sales – like the recent Bonhams auction at the Carole Nash International Classic Motor Cycle Show at Stafford – there are affordable old bikes selling for sensible money. Here are six…

The Motorcycle Files: insider info

As you might imagine, after decades in the business of thrashing fast bikes around race tracks, journalist Alan Cathcart has built up a simply staggering archive of information about iconic, often unique racers and roadbikes. Taking advantage of modern technology, he’s sharing his roadtests, data and insider info in a series of ebooks, The Motorcycle Files. Since it was launched…

December issue – out now!

This month’s magazine features vintage motorcycles, classic bikes and other interesting oddities: singles, twins and triples; two-strokes and four-strokes, built in Britain, Japan and even elsewhere. Read all about ’em…   BSA A7 In seven decades, this unusual 500 twin has been ridden, crashed, relegated to a cellar, rebuilt, restored and revitalised. The later A7 is very much a smaller…