Classic Bike Guide

Greetings, oh dirty of fingernail­s and kicker of engines

- Matt Hull editor@classicbik­eguide.com

Welcome, and may you have been enjoying the last month as much as us. Every weekend there seems something to go to, most evenings there is a ride-out, a bike meet, or something to work on.

Our highlight had to be an invite to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. As car and bike lovers it is Mecca and we were there to ride the new BSA Gold Star in the hillclimb. By the time you read this, the official launch will have happened, but we rode it before – albeit up Goodwood drive. From what we could tell it’s great, and providing they haven’t gone silly on price, hopefully it’ll be a big seller and possibly act, like the Triumphs and Enfields, as an introducer to the world of classic bikes. By contrast, I got to race a Super Mini Two at Great Yarmouth oval stadium the next day! These mini stock cars are so exciting and possibly the most affordable way into car racing. I managed to start in the wrong place and take a gap that wasn’t there, flying as a consequenc­e; thank heavens for four wheels.

Tribsa was doing something odd. Hutch had spent some time perfecting the carburatio­n which felt a lot better, but as I took it out for a gentle pootle down the road, something made a noise and it was down to one cylinder. No.2 had no compressio­n, so Maria had the head off and the exhaust guides are loose with the valves stuck in them. Damn! Time for an impromptu top end rebuild.

Neville has been rebuilding his vintage three-speed Harley gearbox for his 1942 45 – can anyone help with a spare? Let us know. And he’s currently taking each of his machines out for a blast. Last Friday it was the flat track 500cc Triumph-engined BSA. My BMW is going well albeit without its fairing – removed to sort the wiring but in this current hot weather, a lovely modificati­on, while our friend James allowed us to take out his 1930s BSA 500 V-twin and AJS K8 on a pre31 ride. What an incredible experience! Hand-change is the way forward!

Butch, John and I rode up to Cadwell Park to watch the CRMC race meeting. We were treated to non-stop races with really healthy grid numbers and a broad spectrum of machines and eras. Well worth going to watch.

Hope you enjoy the magazine and whatever you’re up to, may you have as much fun as we are.

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