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Cutting it fine with 1986 Honda

Posted by on Oct 19, 2014

Cutting it fine with 1986 Honda

This lovely 673cc Honda Eurosport was entered by Robert Francis. The machine itself has an interesting past history; it had been abandoned in a spacious yard in South Wales, with nothing to indicate how it had gotten there or why. It was consequently rescued and restored. The full restoration was completed just in time for the Stafford show – with only a week separating the completion of the project and the beginning of the event! The CX650ED, which first arrived in 1983, and some it’s other brethren in the Honda camp were well regarded throughout the 80’s and 90’s. They had a reputation for being near-bulletproof machines, and were often favoured by motorcycle couriers in large cities like London for their durability. In terms of cosmetics the CX650ED was not too far removed from the CX500 Sports model that emerged a year earlier, though other appointments such as the brakes and suspension were a touch more advanced than those attached to its older...

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Sheene lots gleam at Stafford

Posted by on Oct 19, 2014

Sheene lots gleam at Stafford

The Bonhams autumn auction is underway here at the Staffordshire County Showground and the much anticipated Barry Sheene memorabilia collection have gone under the hammer. Here are the results: Lot 139 – Two Motor Cycle News Barry Sheene ‘Man of the Year’ plaques for 1976 and 1977. Estimate between £250 and £350. Sold for £750. Lot 140 – A collection of Barry Sheene’s club racing trophies. Estimated between £400 and £600. Sold for £812.50. Lot 141 – Assorted Barry Sheene awards from the late 1970s. Estimated between £250 and £300. Sold for £525. Lot 142 – Race trophies, plaques and tankards awarded to Frank Sheene. Estimated between £250 and £350. Sold for...

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Spotted at Stafford – 1967 Honda C72

Posted by on Oct 18, 2014

Spotted at Stafford – 1967 Honda C72

This machine, entered by Andrew Gauntlett, is a later classic from Japan – a 250cc 1967 Honda  C72. It had been stored in a shed for many years where it was beginning to rust and rot away in places. Thankfully it was rescued from its grim fate and restored. The C72 first arrived on the scene in 1960, though actual machines from the year of its inception are very rare. This example is a later model from the back end of the bike’s production run.  This particular machine underwent a complete restoration which was finished in 2008. These were the first of the comparatively large capacity motorcycles that Honda produced, and they were exported all across the world. At the time of their initial release they were known for being quite technologically advanced, with an electric starter, indicators… the works! Words: Michael Barraclough | Images: Leanne...

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Spotted at Stafford – 1968 MV Agusta 4C6 Touring 600

Posted by on Oct 18, 2014

Spotted at Stafford – 1968 MV Agusta 4C6 Touring 600

From the mid 1950’s to the mid 1960’s, the mighty four-cylinder MV Agusta was one of the most competitive racing motorcycles around. It conquered race after race with its seemingly endless power, but its decade of domination was eventually quelled with the arrival of a more modern triple in 1966. The heritage of this machine was such that MV decided to produce a very limited run (best estimates seem to indicate that roughly 100 were made) of touring models featuring the punchy four cylinder engine. The Touring 600 was the result of this. Not wanting the machine to be hacked to pieces and reworked into a Grand Prix racer, MV decided that a 600c engine with shaft final drive should consolidate the intention that the bike was meant to be a speedy touring machine, and not a hot-blooded track monster. This is one such example of the exceptionally rare Touring...

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Spotted at Stafford – 1992 Ducati 900SL Mk1

Posted by on Oct 18, 2014

Spotted at Stafford – 1992 Ducati 900SL Mk1

The “Superlight” Ducati is a limited edition variant of the popular 900 SuperSport model. The 900Sl first emerged in 1992 and featured a spec that was similar to the 900SS, but not quite identical. The chassis and engine of the bike were essentially the same as you’d find on a 900SS, but featured a few miniscule differences. The SuperLight featured a vented clutch cover, floating cast-iron front discs manufactured by Brembo, lightweight Marvic wheels and the large upswept silencers that also made an appearance on Ducati’s 888 SP4 model. After the initial 1992 model the spec was downgraded to save money, which meant that the Marvic wheels and mudguards had to go. Like the 900SS, the SuperLight featured Ducati’s famous desmodromic valve gear that was designed by the great Fabio Taglioni. This bike was entered by Tony Raynor, and is turning more than a few heads at this year’s Stafford...

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1961 Triumph Twenty-One

Posted by on Oct 18, 2014

1961 Triumph Twenty-One

This beautifully restored 1961 Triumph Twenty-One (a bike that would later be re-branded as the ‘3TA’) is the property of entrant Luise Williams. Recognisable due to its enclosed rear wheel in what some refer to as the “bathtub” fairing, the Twenty-One was a very mild machine in comparison to other Triumph bikes. This machine had been left in a leaky shed where water ingress had caused a lot of damage over time. Luise and her husband John rescued the bike and set about returning it to its former glory. Triumph released the Twenty-One in light blue colour which they called ‘Shell Blue’. Luise and John have tried to recreate that initial colouration, but have used a modern base coat and lacquer paints to ensure that the finish will remain hard-wearing and resilient to all forms of damage. All of the fasteners have also been remade and polished in stainless steel. The restoration took roughly two years to complete, and the bike has covered 1600 since it was resurrected. Words: Michael Barraclough | Photos: Leanne...

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It’s Showtime!

Posted by on Oct 18, 2014

It’s Showtime!

The sun is shining and the gates are officially open here at the 21st Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show in Stafford. The weekend promises to be packed full of must-see motorcycles, brilliant bargains and famous faces, so we thought we’d share with you some of the must-see action.   Saturday: 10.30am – Get over to the Main Ring to watch our first parade session of stunning motorcycles, with commentator and editor of Classic Motorcycle Mechanics magazine Bertie Simmonds. 11.00am – Guest of honour Frankie Chili will give his first talk of the weekend on stage with Carl Fogarty and Steve Plater. 2.00pm – Jim Redman will be in the foyer of the Main Hall signing autographs for fans. 3.00pm – Swing by the Classic Racer GP Paddock and listen to the firing up of great machines, plus the chance to meet and greet Frankie Chili.   Sunday: 10.00am – Watch the Owd Codgers perform outside the Classic Dirt Bike Experience. 11.00am – Get yourself a seat as the Bonhams memorabilia and spares auction begins. 12.00pm – If you’ve missed the first part of the Bonhams auction, don’t miss this, as at noon, the motorcycle auction commences! 2.30pm – Swing by the Main Arena with your late lunch and watch the parade laps commentated by Bertie Simmonds. 4.00pm – Get yourself a good spot and watch the awards ceremony get underway on stage in the Main Hall.   Of course there is so much more than this going on across the weekend with hundreds of traders, oodles of autojumble and great entertainment wherever you look. For a full weekend timetable and list of exhibitors, download the official (and free!) Classic Bike Shows app now, available on Apple and Android...

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Scottish Show Ends With a Selfie

Posted by on Aug 10, 2014

Scottish Show Ends With a Selfie

As the first Carole Nash Great Scottish Bike Show here in Edinburgh draws to an end, we can definitely say it’s been full of action with so much to see and do… Hundreds of wonderfully nurtured machines glistened under the lights in the Lowland Hall, playing backdrop to the insightful interviews with both Giacomo Agostini and Alex George. Outside, crowds were entertained by the ever-hilarious Purple Helmets, Yamaha Dark Side Tour, Moped Mayhem and Trials Display from Brian Marr. Showgoers today got the added bonus of seeing motorcycling legend Agostini join the Purple Helmets display team for one time only as he topped their pyramid – they even found time for a selfie! It’s been a fantastic first show for us here in Edinburgh, and we’d like to thank everyone who was involved in putting it together, all the traders, clubs, private entries and entertainment for shaping the event into something unforgettable, and, of course, everyone for coming along to see us here at the Royal Highland Centre! We look forward to seeing you soon… Don’t forget you can catch us next at the Netley Marsh Eurojumble, September 5-6. Agostini - Extreme...

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