Feline agility, jet fighter volume whilst thrilling the eye faster than a bikini clad super model; the Ducati 900SSD like the tiger (Darmah) it was named after it remains a rare and sought after breed. The late seventies onslaught from…
It was whilst visiting a local classic car enthusiast and admiring his lovely 1960’s Pagoda Mercedes that I stumbled upon the old Honda; nestled at the back of an old wooden barn where it had laid untouched for decades. ‘Tell…
As the A3 snakes out of Guildford headingsouth a small row of white fronted buildings appear off to the left, the final dwelling is now home to one man’s vision. A haven for the connoisseur of classic two wheel transport…
Whilst not claiming to be a classic bike expert, I have penned a few articles. My life mainly revolves around four wheels as long as they are old; preferably older than me.
As a classic car reporter I rarely get the chance to wax lyrical about the joys of the motorcycle world.
The Far East may sound like a strange place to source classic Italian scooters but they are there in abundance thanks to their use, particularly in Vietnam by the military in the late 60s and 70s.
It may comes as quite a shock for those not in the know, but in the average four stroke road machine around 75% of the power is produced by the workings of the head alone.
Standing back at shows, it is strange to see so many people stop and look at a machine that never performed in the UK. A bike that dominated a sport we know little or nothing about, but the fact is they do indeed pay their respects to the mighty XR750.
The bike that opened Kawasaki’s account in the madness stakes, the 500cc H1, is quite a rare find these days and even harder to drop of the important parts to complete a restoration. Kawasaki Triples club treasurer Keith Philpott, a 49 year old systems engineer for Xerox, is a confirmed fan of three pot motorcycles although his own biking career began on the Suzuki variety with a brace of GT380’s passing through his hands in the seventies, he claims he couldn’t afford a Kawasaki back then as they were the most expensive of the four Japanese brands at the time.
37 year old Neil Pullen’s affair with this RD50 began two years ago when he bought a Yamaha DT50M as a little bit of fun and also as a practical machine for his wife Sarah. Being a bit short in the leg department the DT seemed the perfect choice for her to get her biking experience upon. Having lavished the DT in new parts costing many hundreds of pounds the novelty of the 45 mph machine soon wore off for Sarah who then graduated on to a Yamaha TW125 leaving the by now immaculate DT50 to sit in the garage and later to be sold.