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This story starts on 25th March 1935, the initial registration date of this New Imperial Model 37. The 250 was bought new by Frederic Stanley Moore of Braddan Bridge on the Isle of Man. The documents which came with it, 45 years later, suggest that t
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Tales From The Shed Show
There are lots and lots of definitions concerning the arrival of great age. Lots of them begin with ‘I remember when…’ whatever, add your own; Sergeant Pepper came out, Hendrix died, Kennedy was assassinated – that kind of thing. In my case I underst
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New Imperial Timeline
1891 The Imperial Cycle Company start making bicycles 1901 The first motorcycle appears, with its engine mounted above the driven front wheel. None of the six prototypes were sold at their £45 asking price; the company concentrates on its bicycle bu
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Backwards Glance
If you look up one Robert John Edwards on the TT database, you might wonder why I spent nearly two years tracing this Welshman’s racing career. He never won a TT nor at the Manx GP, and raced just once on the Continent. He wasn’t in a works team and
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From The Front
You’re in for a treat inside this issue. I mean, it’s not every day that a magazine like ours includes a road test of a Megola. And not just any old, common or garden Megola – this one’s a Sport! Have you ever heard of a Megola? I had, but only in th
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Missing Link Part Two
There is a reason why Moto Guzzi keeps choosing to refine its existing platform rather than developing a new one. Money, or the lack of it, might have played a part in Guzzi’s decision making, but there’s much to be gained from methodical practice. O
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Trick Kit Transformation
‘Don’t sell that monstrous four-banger just because it wiggles like a wounded snake every time you even think about tilting it from a vertical plane,’said Cycle World in 1974. They were, of course, talking about the five year-old CB750, and familiari
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Italian-built Agostini for DMB V1000 Le Mans
There were some 44 individual changes between MkII and MkIII versions of the 850 Le Mans, many of which were carried over to the first batch of Agostini V1000 machines that were assembled in Italy. These included engine to frame venting, 180mm spaced
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An Owner Speaks
You can rely upon Ace Tester Miles to have rattled around on most iconic motorcycles, and indeed it turns out that he too was tempted by the Rickman Brothers’ treatment of the mighty UJM. Paul’s CR was Kawasaki flavoured, a Z1000. ‘I worked at Dres
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Finally, The Factory 1000
Introduced in November 1984, the 949cc Le Mans emerged as a factory model nearly five years after Agostini’s initial V1000. Restyled as a tribute to Guzzi’s Bol d’Or race heritage, the Le Mans boasted a taller, reinforced headstock, 180mm yokes, 40mm
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Outward Bounnd
➤ RC readers on appropriate motorcycles are welcome to join the South Lincs and Peterborough section of the VMCC on their FISH & CHIP RUN. Starts 6.45pm at the Red Lion, PE6 9HP. £2 entry. / 07866 480733 ➤ It’s ITALIAN MOTORCYCLE DA
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In Coming!
Summat to say? Send your comments, hints, tips, tales of woe and derring-don’t to: Thank to Rowena for her Members’ Enclosure article about MoTs and breakdown cover. I have just received my renewal quote from Carole Nash and,
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Two things typically spring to mind when you think of road-racer John Cooper. First, that memorable moment in 1971 when he vanquished Giacomo Agostini at Mallory Park. Second, the ‘moon eyes’ motif which adorned his crash helmet during his competitio
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Like Father...
Ever since young Bob was dragged around Scotland on a Matchless G11 by his old man, he has been infatuated by AMC’s hardworking twin. Sleeping rough by the comfort of an open camp fire, 11 year-old Bob was fascinated by the G11’s shadow as it danced
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What The Papers Say
BRAKING POWER proved to be more than ample… although the tyres fitted to our G9 were not expressly meant for stopping on paved surfaces. In spite of this the Matchless brought man and machine to a screeching halt. Cycle, 1955 TOP MARKS must be given
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Write 4 Real
➤ WE WANT TO PUBLISH more stories about real life classic bikes. You don’t need to be an inspired writer to see your story in RealClassic, but you do need to say something relevant. We like profiles about a single model (or maybe two very similar one
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The One To Have?
As well as the obvious red/blue colour schemes of Matchless and AJS, there were some significant differences between the marques during the early years of production – timing covers, silencers, saddles, fuel tanks and such – so you can’t mix-n-match
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SUZUKI TS250, 1978. Running and riding great. Spare crankshaft, on- and off-road tyres. Spare front forks and headlight. New bike cover and original Haynes manual. Bike in Devon. £1900 or sensible AJS 1939 OHV 250cc.
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Megola Sport? Why?
Any rally driver will tell you that front wheel drive is The Business when it comes to getting grip in slippery conditions. Torque steer? Well, yes – it can be a problem persuading the front wheels to point in any other direction than straight ahead
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Is a project ever actually finished? There is always something to fix or fettle with old bikes when you enjoy using them as their makers intended. All the more so for a bike that has been completely rebuilt and when teething troubles emerge as the mi
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Impractical Classic
In 1973 I tried to buy a basketcase 1929 TT Replica Scott from a local character. I didn’t have the £60 (!) he wanted, but he was interested in finding a swinging arm Ariel Red Hunter. After putting together a complicated deal to acquire a friend’s R
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Little Wing
Now that the Aermacchi has returned to the road, I was curious to compare it to similar machines from its era and homeland. A 250 was considered to be quite a large bike in Italy at the end of the 1950s; most of its competitors maxed out at 175cc. Ho
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Scott Timeline
1908: Alfred Angas Scott (1874 – 1923) created a machine with water cooling, telescopic forks, two-speed all-chain drive, low slung weight and a lightweight duplex frame giving superb roadholding. Scott’s two-speed models utilised an innovative rocki
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Beesa Power
It’s been a while since I built the A65 and I’ve now had a couple of seasons’ experience of racing a 50 year-old Britbike against the latest modern hotshots. The first thing to say is how much I’m really enjoying the Beesa. It still brings me immense
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Pub Talk
Progress does continue on the pre-war project, but has been pretty slow due to other distractions recently. From the reports in this column it might seem as though real progress has been made, and it must, surely, be starting to look like a bike? Unf
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