Hammer Time: Auction Preview

The next interesting auction of classic motorcycles takes place on Saturday 24 July at Cheffins’ saleground at Sutton near Ely, CB6 2QT. The Cheffins catalogue is always worth browsing – the listings are detailed and well-informed, and provide a lot of background information specific to the machine which is going under the hammer. This is a lot more useful than…

Opinion: riding classic bikes

We’re all looking forward to getting back in the saddle as the weather warms up and restrictions are lifted. Here’s a timely reminder from Reg Eyre about current road and traffic conditions – some drivers have become used to the roads being empty, while others won’t have had much practice recently… While living under isolation rules, I undertook ‘essential travel’…

2021 Pioneer Run Revealed

Traditionally held at the start of the motorcycling season, the 2021 Pioneer Run is instead scheduled to take place in early autumn. That’s not the only change to this year’s arrangements which will see the London to Brighton riders arrive at an all-new destination… The first Pioneer Run for veteran machines built before 1915 took place back in 1930, and…

Triumph Speed Twin

You never know what you’ll find at your local bike show. Roy Workman discovered an award-winning pre-war Triumph twin at Sleaford, which reminded him of his own time with a Tiger… At last year’s Sleaford Classic Car and Motorcycle Show, I spotted the immaculate 1938 Triumph Speed Twin you can see here. It had been rebuilt from a pile of…

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…