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Decide which classic or modern motorcycle to buy

So what are the pros and cons of owning classic bikes?  And what do you need to watch out for when buying your future pride and joy? Or maybe you're still deciding which one is the one?

Either way, we ain't promising to give you all the answers, but dip into these FREE classic motorcycle guides and you just might find exactly what you need to know.

Note, to give you a better chance of finding what you want, we've included some more general news items and shorter reviews. And we're slowly updating the list to include what we think are, or will be, modern classics. So come and take a look. And if we've got it wrong somewhere, or somehow, help set us right...


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AJS Model 18

The quintessential English post-war heavyweight single. Matchless G80 owners and fans can check this guide too.


AJS Cadwell

The shock of seeing an AJS badge on a cheep Chinese import has for most of us worn off. But the intended motorcycle learner market that this bike is designed for won't much care. The future, after all, starts now.


AJS Tempest Scrambler

If you can't see the appeal of this bike, you're just not looking hard enough. In our youth, we would have lusted after this pseudo off-roader. And even now, there's a distinct twitching in the loins.


AJS Tempest Roadster

It's cheap. It's cheerful. It's classically styled. And it's Chinese built. This reworking of the 125cc AJS Cadwell is aimed at the 17-year old market. But does it have any appeal beyond that?



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Aprilia Dorsoduro

Is this 900cc supermoto a series challenge to Ducati's Hypermotard?


Aprilia Shiver 900

Middleweight roadster returns to production with a power hike from 750cc to 900cc.



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Ariel Ace

Ariel by name, but Honda by nature. Here's the story...


Ariel Arrow

The Rocker's other bike...


Ariel Leader

Ultra stylish British two stroke.


Ariel Square Four

Selly Oak's flagship superbike.



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Ascot Pullin Sports Utility

The new wonder motorcycle? We think so, but check our guide and make up your own mind...



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Leoncini Scrambler

Brief news item on a proposed Chinese built

499cc street scrambler.


Benelli Leoncini and TRK500

A street bike and an adventure bike ready for production.




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R nineT Scrambler

Like the standard, road-oriented R nineT, this is an instant modern classic. Straddle our review and see what the big deal is.


R1200GS Adventure

There are reasons why this motorcycle has for years been the leader in its class. We think we've found most of those reasons. But did we miss some? Better check...


BMW RnineT Pure

Back-to-basics roadster for the more esoterically minded?


BMW RnineT Racer

Simplified, no frills cafe racer straight from the box.



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Brough Superior SS100

The future is here: The new 2013 Brough is unveiled.




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BSA B33 & B31

It's a plodder, not a rodder. But it will plod
on for the longest time...



Punchy middleweight. Point and squirt riding, but they're not for the faint hearted.


BSA A7 Star Twin

Easyriding Beeza - quick guide.


BSA A70L Lightning

BSA's biggest capacity twin. There ain't too many around, and most went west to the USA. But a few have come home to Blighty, and if you hunt around, you just might catch a glimpse of one in the wild. Come and see what they're all about...


BSA A10 Golden Flash

One minute pros & cons guide to one of the most successful models ever devised by the Birmingham Small Arms Company Ltd.


BSA A10 Spitfire Scrambler

Yankee Beeza - quick guide.


BSA Bantam

Well-loved classic perennial. Many of us started out riding these, and a few of us end up downsizing to one. But for a lot of guys and girls, it's never been anything but the humble BSA Bantam, come rain, come shine, come whatever.


BSA D1 Bantam

The first of the many.


BSA Gold Star DBD34

Money in the bank.


BSA Golden Flash

Solid, surefooted twin - full guide.


BSA M20 & M21

Britain's favourite sidevalves. We own one and ride one and love every minute. There's something special about a flathead.


BSA Rocket III

The Birmingham Small Arms answer to the Triumph Trident was just as pretty, and just as much fun. Check our Triumph T150 Trident guide for the lowdown.



A few words on these classy pre-war 750cc British V-twins





CCM Bobber

Bobbers are an old idea made new. We didn't expect to see Clews Competition Motorcycles
get into this particular style race. But the firm has,
and this is what it looks like...





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Hellcat Speedster X132

News item on the Confederate Hellcat.


P51 Combat Fighter

News item on the Confederate P51 Fighter.



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1938 Small Tank

Any Crocker is beautiful. But there's something
very special about these Small Tank models.


Three Crockers headed for Stafford

News item on a trio of Albert Crocker's

finest visiting the UK.



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Cezeta 506

These stylish Czech scooters have revamped an old idea. Here's a brief word to the wise.



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Ducati Monster 1200S

News item on Ducati's monster Monster.


Ducati 1100 Scrambler - 2018 model

Three models to choose from. This is quite simply a very handsome bike with as much sophisticated cool as most of us will ever need.


Ducati Monster 821 - 2018 model

The Monster is back on form with new bells and whistles.


Ducati Diavel Diesel

We're talking fashion, not fuel.






Just a couple of words on this little known marque





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Harley-Davidson KR

This 750cc flathead factory racer was launched in 1952, and it's still a formidable force on the classic racing circuit. Think Model K with attitude...


Harley-Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy

The Fathead has been around for almost a quarter of a century, and it's still in production. It bigger than ever, it's badder than ever, and Harley is knocking 'em out faster than you can lay your money down.

Come and and see what makes fat so beautiful.


Harley-Davidson FLSTFB
Fat Boy Lo - 2014 Model

Quick guide to Milwaukee's twin cam, 103 cubic inch rolling monument to two-wheeled excess.


Harley-Davidson FL Panhead

The 74-inch successor to the 1936 Knucklehead further refines a solid and generally dependable H-D platform. Check out this guide and see if you're tempted to try one.


Harley-Davidson Sportster

The first-of-type Evos are top value Hogs and, arguably, are a credible rival for any BSA, Triumph or even Norton. But check our buyers guide for the devil that's always down there in the detail...


Harley-Davidson Street 750

News report on MoCo's new Revolution X entry-level platform.


Harley-Davidson Street Rod - 2017 model

Introduction, colours, specifications.


Harley-Davidson VRSC V-Rod

When you absolutely have to have a two-wheeled state-of-the-art hot rod with a Harley-Davidson badge on the tank, there's only one place to go, and that's the divisive V-Rod. We love it. We hate it. And we love it all over again.


Harley-Davidson VRSCF V-Rod Muscle

If it ain't broke, why fix it? To make it even less broke, of course. That's always been Harley's philosophy. For 2014, the factory did a little cutting, did a little smoothing, and put a different shine on what has become a very successful Hog. They call it the muscle. We call it another result.


Harley-Davidson XLCR Cafe Racer

A factory built cafe racer straight from Milwaukee. It sounded like a plan, but it didn't go according to plan at all...


Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron
- 2014 model

The same old story? Or a new twist on a satisfying motorcycling tale? Our quick guide to the Sportster Iron will help separate the facts from the fiction.



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Henderson, Indian and Ignaz Schwinn

Some information here on these wonderful Yankee fours.



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Brat 125, Café 400 and Brute 500

Oriental power, British style.




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Hesketh 24

Paul Sleeman's new aristocrat takes shape.


Hesketh 24

News item on the continuing saga.



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Honda Monkey Bike - 2018 model

It's back, and it's better than ever.


Honda Benly

A few words on the CB92. It's not a feature
or a news item. But it will give you some
background on these great little bikes.


Honda Fireblade for 2017

The Blade is a quarter of a century old. Three new models are on the way to mark the occasion.


Honda CB1100EX

Muscle-bound retro gets a facelift, a nip
and a tuck for 2017. But it it headed for classicdom?


Honda CB300R - 2018 model

It's got modern angles, a claimed 31bhp, 17-inch wheels, and Honda's badge on the tank. Starts well, but does it get any better?


Honda CB750-Four

Check our CB750-4 metal garage sign (with a few words on this seminal 60s bike).


Honda Gold Wing - 2018 model

The same but different. And arguably superior.


Honda Rebel Bobber - 2017

Small in stature, but with big ideas.




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Brockhouse Indian Brave

News item on the British built 250cc sidevalve.


Indian Model 442

A little history on the Indian Fours generally, and the Model 442 specifically.


Indian Scout Bobber - 2018 model

A few words on Indian's musclebound 69 cubic incher.


Indian Scout Sixty two tone - 2017 model

Colours and specifications.



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1972 Kawasaki Z1-900 and the 2017 Z900RS

The original and the successor. A brief recap...


Kawasaki W800

Classic Brit-style clone updated for the 21st century.
Check our review on what makes this bike interesting.


Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Practical all-weather transport that's small on capacity, but big on presence.


Kawasaki Z650 and Z900 for 2017

Sugomi-themed concepts pick up the hallowed "Z" torch and run with it.


Kawasaki Z900 - 2017 model

New colours and brief model update info.


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Maico Mobil

... a few words on Germany's uber cool
two-stroke scooter.





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Matchless G80

1946-1965. 498cc OHV air-cooled heavyweight single

(Quick Guide).


AJS Model 18 & Matchless G80

They're the same, but different; separated
at birth, yet ever joined at the hip. Puzzled? Read our buyers guide and find out what's going on.


Matchless G9 bobber

Foundry Motorcycle has its own idea of how a Matchless G9 should look. Take a peek...



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Morgan EV3

We know it's not a bike. But it's a kind of honorary bike. And this one's electric ...


Morgan repurchases Pickersleigh Road site

The firm didn't move away, but it's moved back. Here's the story...



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Moto Guzzi Le Mans

This 850cc V-twin shaftie helped put Moto Guzzi back on the motorcycle map and gave Ducati and Laverda something else to worry about. Read our buyers guide to the Mk1 and get yourself up to speed.


Moto Guzzi MGX-21

A news introduction to the MGX-21 bagger. It's clearly gunning for Harley-Davidson, but does it have the right ammunition?


Moto Guzzi Audace Carbon

"Darker" and "meaner" cruiser with scratching pretensions.



Mutt Motorcycles


Fat Sabbath

The 125cc single cylinder Fat Sabbath follows closely in the tracks of Mutt Motorcycles' Blackest Sabbath. Its heart is Chinese, but its soul is British. That's the concept anyway.



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Nimbus Model C

2017 news item on an ex-Steve McQueen Nimbus
including some technical details.






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Norton Atlas Ranger and Nomad

A news report on the 2019 650cc bikes
from Donington Hall.


Norton California

It's 50 years of the Commando.
Norton marks the moment.


Norton Commando 750/850

Ride it, love it.


Norton Commando 961

News item on the "Mick Grant Replica."

It's real, but is it true?


Norton Hi-Rider

Some lowdown on this high flyer


Norton P11A Ranger

A few words on the short-lived desert racing hybrid.




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Small news item

Rare Flying Cloud model at Beaulieu.





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Pannonia T5

Rare Hungarian two-stroke and Duna sidecar.








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Panther M100 & M120

Phelon & Moore's tour de force.


Panther S180 concept bike

Big Cat fans might check out this flight-of-fancy...








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Pierce 1912 3.5hp single

News item on this rare sidevalve single.



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Royal Enfield Bullet (UK)

Classic survivor.



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Sterling Autocycle flat tanker

News item on the Black Douglas Motorcycle Company.





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Sunbeam S7 & S8

Gentlemen only...


Sunbeam Model 9

A few words on this stylish, high-quality pre-war single








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Triumph Bonneville T140

"The legend".


Triumph Bonneville

Hinckley, not Meriden.


Triumph Hurricane X-75


Triumph Speedmaster - 2018

First the solo Bobber, then a motor-bicycle made for two...


Triumph Speed Triple R

Top British street muscle bike.


Triumph Speed Triple model/timeline

Check here for the speedster back story.


Triumph Speed Triple

Review, road test and specifications.


Triumph Speed Twin
Introducing the 1200cc 2019 model.


Triumph Speed Twin & Tiger 100

Turners 1938 seminal 500cc twins.


Triumph Street Twin

A 900cc street bike purpose built for urbanites. Check the specifications...


Triumph Street Cup

Silly name, but a very cool pair of wheels.

900cc. ABS. Traction control. Hinckley Triumph has spoiled us rotten.


Triumph T25SS

A couple of words on an auction example...



Triumph Tiger Cub T20

Pricey and pretty.


Triumph Tiger  800

Check out this cool cat. It roars...


Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200

Stunning globetrotting adventurer.


Triumph Tiger - 2018 model

New colours, new toys and a low saddle.


Triumph Trident T150

Meriden's hot rod.



Triumph TR7T Tiger Trail

On-roader with off-road pretensions.


Triumph TRW

Cool & unstressed sidevalve twin.


Triumph T140W TSS


Triumph TSX



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Velocette Thruxton

Pedigree performer. We'll guide you through the pros and cons.


McDeeb Velofield

It looks like a Velocette, but the power is by Royal Enfield. Velo purists look away now...




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Victory Ignition

It's a concept bike. So how seriously should
we take this? Confusion is the watchword...


Victory Octane

News story on the launch of Polaris Industries' new cruiser for 2016.


Victory Vegas, Hammer, Cross Country and Magnum X-1

Numerous models are being axed for 2017. Here's the story.



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1938 Vincent Series-A Rapide

Sold for £267,696. Find out what was so special.


Vincent Comet Series C

Even half a Vincent twin is double the class you get with many other 500cc Brit singles.


Vincent world record set

Check here for 10 Vincent V-twins at auction.


Vincent Uniflow engine

Rare two-engine designed for RAF rescue launches.


Maughan Vincent

Need a Vincent engineering expert? Try here...


Herb Harris Vincents

Texan Vincent aficionado disposes of collection.


Vincent Series A Rapide project

See here for details of this highly desirable £270,300 V-twin.


Vincent HRD

A few words on the company, and a look at Sump's HRD metal sign



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The Wattman

French "200hp" electric gave us
a shock.



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Yamaha RD20LC

A few words on this classic 1980s two-stroke


Yamaha YS125 - 2017 model

A perky upgrade to the outgoing YBR125.


Yamaha YZF-R6 - 2017 model

News item and specifications.


Yamaha XSR900 Abarth

News item on the limited edition 847cc retro.



















































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