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…

Laverda SF750: out of the archive

Back in the 1970s Dave Minton first greeted the idea of a high-speed, high-mileage 750cc parallel twin with suspicion, but he was fast won over. He explains how and why… An early incarnation of Laverda’s 750 twin As a working motorcycle journalist, by 1971 I had become accustomed to abandoning test BSAs, Triumphs and Nortons by the roadside. The build…

Imola Autojumble

Looking for a different event to add to your classic biking calendar? Try this one for size: a huge autojumble in Italy, which takes place in September. Perfect riding weather, brilliant roads – here’s what else RC regular Stu Thomson discovered when he attended this year… I have an interest in all things Italian where motorcycles are concerned, so we…

July issue available now

Beezumph triples and howling two-strokes; a BSA on the bench and many more at the club’s open day; a beefy Boxer and a unique classic racer; two totally different types of Royal Enfield and an oft-overlooked AJS. This month’s magazine features a truly international cast of classics from Great Britain, Germany, Italy, India and Japan. It’s simply world class! If…

June issue out now

Three beefy Britbikes take centre stage in RC170. Few folk can afford a BSA Spitfire Scrambler, so one owner built himself an awesome A10 replica. Another Triumph rider wanted something like a Trophy, so he created a TR5 tribute. But nothing beats a solid big single – enter the Panther sloper; a truly laid-back big cat. But RealClassic isn’t restricted…