New Year: Old Bikes

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Vintage Stony gathering on January 1st at Stony Stratford. Richard Jones hauled his Triumph out of winter hibernation, seeking respite from ‘retail therapy’ among a splendid selection of vintage and classic motorcycles and cars… Let’s start with this 1939 ohv 250cc Red Panther which was restored by AlanB over a four year…

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…

New Map 250

In his earlier report from the VMCC Banbury Run®, Richard Jones remarked upon how many vintage French motorcycles took to the roads this year. This time he reports upon a bright blue beauty which is definitely French, although its name has a distinctly English ring to it… You may wonder where the Gallic phrase sacré bleu came from. Apparently it…

Prester Autocycle

Did we detect a distinctive Gallic air at the VMCC Banbury Run® this year? Not that the riders were being sent on their way with croissants and a glass of vin rouge, but rather there seemed to be more marques from la belle France than usual. Maybe, muses Richard Jones, machines from across La Manche are more affordable? Here’s one…

Rudge Ulster GP Special

The Scottish Classic Motorcycle Show takes place in Ayr at the end of June, and the indoor halls are usually packed full of eye-catching classic bikes. Last year, this 1932 Rudge was one among them, showing off its famous bronze-head and four-valve top end arrangement… In the late 1920s and early 30s Rudge were one of the top teams competing…

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…