THE HEART OF MO­TOR­CY­CLING

Classic Bike (UK) - - CONTENTS - MIKE ARMITAGE, EX­EC­U­TIVE EDITOR mike@clas­sicbike.co.uk

Stand­ing in Chris­tine Wise’s fab­u­lously or­gan­ised garage and chat­ting about her Moto Morini is in­spir­ing. Owned from new, it’s com­muted in snow, won the Na­tional Rally, been writ­ten off and even raced at the TT. It’s an amaz­ing story (see page 74). Just as amaz­ing is that Chris­tine’s as pas­sion­ate for her pretty V-twin to­day, af­ter 40 years, as when it was new.

It’s what V-twins do to you. Other en­gine lay­outs hold ap­peal, and I’m as fond of punchy sin­gles and wail­ing triples as any­one. Yet noth­ing stirs emo­tion and forms bonds like a V-twin. This spe­cial is­sue cel­e­brates the charis­matic mo­tor that’s for­ever been at the heart of mo­tor­cy­cling; from the raw crazi­ness of a board track racer (p54), through the sheer class of Brough Su­pe­rior (page 28) and land­mark Vincent Black Shadow (p61), to Honda’s in­no­va­tive CX500 (p36). We’ve got the story of the gi­ant-slay­ing Moto Guzzi rac­ers built by a den­tist (page 42), and I got to ride the ex­otic road ver­sion. It’s a ma­chine I’ve al­ways ad­mired from a dis­tance so I took rose-tinted specs, aware of that ‘never meet he­roes’ thing. I needn’t have wor­ried – it was glo­ri­ous (p48).

It’s a month of rum­bling ex­hausts, fab­u­lous en­gi­neer­ing and, cru­cially, pure rid­ing joy. Look at the child-like glee on the face of our Gez (above).

En­joy the is­sue.

28 New Brough SS100, orig­i­nal SS80, and our Gez hav­ing a very lovely time

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