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Engine Air-cooled8-valve bevel-drive sohctwin Bore I stroke 72x83mm Capacity 675cc Power 49bhp @5000rpm Torque 4llb/ft@5500rpm Gearbox 5-speed Primary drive Gear Final drive Chain Frame Tubular steel double cradle Steering Rake I trail: 24° I 108mm F
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The Gift Horse
It's not every day that the phone rings and a voice says; 'We're moving house and there's an old motorcycle under a tarpaulin in our garden. Would you like it?' The mind immediately jumps to the mental picture of a Gold Star or some 1930s V-twin, or
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the specification may have been more about moving great loads large distances reliably rather than outright speed or handling. The engine and box are of unit construction and a single oil change lubricates both with filtration via a large gauze inser
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My first motorbike ride was on a FS1 E in 1976 when I was 16. A couple of years later I bought a Suzuki 250 Hustler, passed my test, went straight out and bought a Triumph Trident Tl 50. I rode this for about two years while most of my mates moved on
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My first cafe racer was a 1948 350 AJ5 which I bought with help from the bank of mum for £30 sometime in 1957, when I was earning about £9.1 passed my test on it but had trouble keeping up with my two mates on Triumph Tiger 1 OOsIt smoked and burned
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Brush painting a motorcycle frame is a whole lot more satisfying than painting a window frame or any other household woodwork. Applying careful, deliberate brush strokes to the sound of classical music - I particularly like piano concertos - is highl
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Not all flywheel magnetos overwind their Low Tension ignition coils with the High Tension winding. Another option eventually appeared, using the'ignition'winding to power an external HT coil. The most obvious way was to connect as if it was a battery
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The finish on the engine cases shows a life of mild abuse from previous owners. I'm a big fan of satin finishes and the work done by Russel Mitchell of Exile Cycles. My chosen finish for the engine cases and any shiny bits  is to give them a good ru
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From The Front
Every year at this time - the first issue of the new year - I generally write something about new resolutions, plans for great rides to see great things and to visit great friends. And indeed, my thoughts - as the rains lash down against the windows
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Thank To
> JAYE STRAIT AT BRITTECH for engine work and roller bearing conversion, numerous parts, exhaust system, ignition coil, recommended upgrades, advice and a few history lessons. I'm pleased to say that I spent about three solid days in Jaye's workshop
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IN THE Swing
Back in the 1970s my old mate Tuck had an old grain barn in the village of Holt in Wiltshire that attracted motorcyclists from far and wide. Tuck's barn was a cornucopia of British motorcycles and parts, with a number of interesting machines and roll
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Pub Talk
The'long mingling spark'has been a laughing stock for almost 120 years, ever since his peers ridiculed Pennington's use of the term in conjunction with his 1890s creations. What those pioneers kept to themselves, and is now almost forgotten is that m
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The History Bit
The original Square Four engine was designed by Edward Turner in 1928. He was trying to get work as an engine designer with a number of motorcycle manufacturers, using his unique engine design as a calling card to demonstrate his skills. The engine w
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‘It all happened because I took the magneto off a Panther engine and saw ' the "shelf" below it and thought it could be just the place for a second cylinder. I discussed it with members of the Panther Owners' Club. It turned out a few people had thou
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Following on from RC198 and Mick Dobson's superb treatise in 'Torque Sensein RC199Hugo Rose presented an erudite and succinct argument that power and torque are not'things'as such, but concepts derived from Brake Mean Effective PressurePlus . , he ex
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Tales From The Shed
Filing, the ignoble art of converting a nice neat round hole into something else, is a restful pursuit. This is particularly true when the round file you're operating - with full protective gear of course; hard hat, steel toecap boots, visor and a fa
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Top 200
Well done on reaching your 200'h edition of RealClassic. An excellent achievement which I know you have put your hearts and souls into. I especially love the fact that the standards, which started off high, have if anything improved as the magazine h
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Paraller Lines
Were I an advert copywriter, which happily I am not, I might describe Kawasaki's W650 as sweet, neat and fleet of foot. You can see why I'm not an ad copywriter! But in fact that silly set of words sums up the bike pretty well, because it is all of t
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An Owner Speaks
'I've owned two of these Kawasakis. The first one I bought in 2009. I set out to buy a secondhand Hinckley Bonneville and tried two of them, a 790cc one and a later 865cc version. Both of these were nice bikes, but the engines were so smooth and quie
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Another Owner Speaks
'I bought my W650 with a couple of thousand miles on it, and proceeded to ride it for 30,000 miles over three or four years. The W650 seemed to me to be a very well put together twin and (unsurprisingly) it reminded me of Yamaha's XS650 from some yea
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Star Turn
I got my first bike when I was sixteen and used it to go to school every day, a 14 mile round trip. Quite a few lads had bikes and scooters - one memorable bike was a Vincent Black Shadow that had to be bump-started every day. When I joined the Merch
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I'd had various encounters with Triumph triples over the years but had never actually owned one. My experience involved two engine rebuilds for friends and several hours setting carburettors. It's one thing to balance two carbs but triples come with
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Christmas CRACKERS!
It looks like 2021 could be a busy year,what with all the catching up we'll have to do after this year's missed shows, jumbles, rides and rallies. So you'll be needing AndyTiernan's simply splendid classic motorcycle calendar to keep track of all the
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Write 4 Real
> WE WANT MORE STORIES about real life classic bikes. We like profiles of a single model or a comparison of two machines. Most magazine features are between 1 OOO and 2500 words. If your story is much longer then it's probably not for us. Shorter sto
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From The Front
My bikes need cleaning! All of those which are on the road, of coursealthough the ravages of the mighty Atlantic and my weedy attempts to protect motorcycle metal from their effects mean that even the off the road machines look pretty grim. So what?
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In part one of this series on magnetos, the flywheel magneto was touched upon in passing, together with rotating magnet types in more conventional magneto format as distinct from the normal rotating armature magneto. However, there is a lot more to b
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Sweet Sixteen...
My first real proper motorcycle was an AJSwhich probably explains a lot. I like AMC machines - real ones from AJS and Matchlessalthough Norton made a few decent machines in the AMC years too, he says, grudgingly. And although there have been very man
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Whitney Houston was instrumental in the revelation to me that Honda's Superdream was the toughest motorcycle in the world. It's a sought-after title. But in my entirely biased opinion it belongs to Honda's mass-produced 250 twin. And I'm biased becau
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The nights have definitely drawn in and our social diaries have been somewhat disrupted . It's just as well there are stacks of stories on line to keep us entertained - and we've been adding to the articles available on the RealClassic website. Some
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Pub Talk
At this time of year journalists (which description barely describes PUB) typically review what they rode in the past year. Sadly, PUB hasn't ridden very much in 2020, either in variety or distance. The PUB Vincent has been out quite a few times, but
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