TRULY THE STUFF OF LEG­END

Classic Bike (UK) - - WELCOME JUNE 2018 ISSUE 461 - MIKE AR­MITAGE, EX­EC­U­TIVE ED­I­TOR mike@clas­sicbike.co.uk

It’s the sort of ro­man­tic story eas­ily dis­missed as a myth. Man goes to shed, man buys pile of rust, man finds he’s in­ad­ver­tently bought a bike raced by a Bri­tish hero. This time it’s most def­i­nitely true, how­ever. The amaz­ing story of Terry Williams’ ex-barry Sheene See­ley Suzuki TR500 – pos­si­bly the most suc­cess­ful bike Bazza ever rode – starts on page 72.

There’s no ques­tion­ing the leg­endary sta­tus of Honda’s ex­quis­ite RC30. Con­ceived for the World Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship, we’ve been out rid­ing one to cel­e­brate 30 years of the all-ac­tion se­ries (page 28), with a Du­cati 851 rum­bling along­side for com­par­i­son. These two ma­chines dom­i­nated the early years of WSB, and we’ve also got pe­riod racer tests that re­veal what it was re­ally like in the hot seat (page 38). You’ll be sur­prised.

Plenty of other ex­alted metal, too. There’s an in­spir­ing Laverda 1200 spe­cial (page 66), a gag­gle of Tri­umph Thun­der­birds (page 80), plus per­haps the finest bun­dle of en­tic­ing Ital­ians we’ve ever clocked (page 48). Oo­dles of workshop shenani­gans as well, with up­dates on your Barn Find restos, Rick’s project Sun­beam... and the com­edy oil-drop­ping antics of our some­what re­cal­ci­trant Moto Guzzi.

En­joy the is­sue.

28 Noise, colour, her­itage – ’80s bikes don’t get finer, though it’s hard to be­lieve these icons are now 30...

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