Classic Dirt Bike

Classic Dirt Bike is all about motorcycles made for the rough stuff and those who ride them. It features news and reviews on everything from pre-65 to Twinshock and Evo in trials, scrambles, enduros and motocross. Off-road events from across the world are given full coverage and legendary riders are interviewed too.

It’s all illustrated with photographs of classic machines in action, both newly taken and from the extensive Mortons Archive. Workshop guides are part of the package and technical features offer advice on how to get the best out of a classic dirt bike.

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Issue 47

Contents

In Balance
‘Our survey said?’ We ponder the benefits of surveys and encourage you to do ours.

News, views and reviews
If it’s happening, going to happen or happened this is where you’ll read about it and the season’s hotting up.

You need…
You really do need a Husqvarna CR390 in your shed and we tell you why, but park it carefully because…

You also need…
…a James J9 Commando in there too! Why? Because it was the ultimate club trials bike of its era.

Super Profile
Matchless’ G80CS is looked at this issue. Forever associated with the great Dave Curtis, this model was up against the Goldie in the classic era.

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Dicko’s view
The elder statesman of trials journalism always has a view on something and he puts it across here…

’cross words
Berry gets bookish! The ins and outs of being a famous author, dealing with publicity and your subject sitting next to you.

Dirt Talk
What are you talking about in the CDB world? All sorts of things as it happens. Keep the letters coming in…

Moto memories
The space-age had arrived and the world was not enough… enter the Kosmos which attracted a lot of attention at the Racing and Sporting Show.

Features

Best in show
Chosen by Classic Dirt Bike Show’s guest of honour, Gerrit Wolsink, as best in show, we get the lowdown on Bill Henson’s Jawa 420.

An hour with…
…1979 world trials champion Bernie Schreiber. Due to be guest of honour at Bultaco Nostalgia in June, we spoke to him and asked all sorts of things – this is what he said.

The Winner
Kris Winder was turned to the dark side of motorcycling by his father-in-law and compounded it by winning the 2017 pre-74 championship with this Honda.

Twinshock and Evo
We have a glance at what’s up in the more modern side of classic with some goodies seeing action on the track.

An archive gem…
Becoming distracted in the archive is an occupational hazard but it does turn up some interesting things, such as the Walwin.

 Wardy’s Yam
Yamaha’s TY Mono trials bike was, and is, a good bike, but to ride one in the toughest trial in the world 30 years after its era? Must be something pretty trick.

Events

Tremendous Telford
With Hagon’s backing, the Classic Dirt Bike Show was bigger and better than before. Here’s our take on it but what’s yours? Write and tell us.

Classic Dirt Bike Experience
Though only an element of the Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show ‘our’ scene is
still popular.

Technical

Rebuilding to ride
It is time to inspect the bits, see what’s what, see what’s there and what’s usable and maybe shift a part or two and acquire new ones.

Issue 46

In Balance
Battery power takes charge as our editor points out this electric lark isn’t such a new idea after all.

News, views and reviews
If it’s happening, going to happen or happened, then this is where we try and squeeze it in…

You need…
…a YZ250L in your shed, yes, you do. You may not realise it but this Yamaha is what you’re waiting for.

You also need…
…a Kawasaki KX125C1 in your shed, and it will do more than simply keep the Yam company.

Super Profile
We have an in-depth look at the 325 Sherpa, Bultaco’s answer to those who wanted more… more… and yet more.

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Dicko’s view
The elder statesman of trials journalism broaches the ‘what’s the best bike’ subject… that’s brave!

’cross words
Someone else being brave is Ian Berry who champions the riding style of one rider over another and says who’s most stylish.

Masterclass
Want to improve your skills? Ask a master. We try life on three wheels.

Dirt Talk
What’re you talking about in the CDB world? All sorts of things as it happens, bring it on we say.

Moto memories
An ISDT checkpoint is often a frantic place as riders hurtle in, desperate to keep on time. In 1975 however, there was time to peruse the Rokon.

FEATURES

Pure Gold
At one time, to win in scrambling, a rider had to invest in the gold standard, BSA’s gold standard that is the Gold Star.

That was the year when…
… Yamaha invited the press along to its MX launch in 1978. Pete Kelly turns back the clock to review the day for us.

On top of the world
Are there two more iconic trials bikes
than Sammy Miller’s Ariel and Gordon Jackson’s AJS?

An hour with…
… the legend Alf Hagon. We sit down with the forward thinker and try to keep up as he talks about bikes, bike sport and howling over an airfield on a v-twin JAP.

Chef’s Special
We meet Philippe Vanderwalle, a man with passions for cooking, enduro and for SWM – we look at the latter two.

EVENTS

Hawkstone legends
Is there a more legendary place for MX than Hawkstone Park in Shropshire? We say no there’s not… and John McCrink went along to Hawkstone Legends for us.

TECHNICAL

Rebuilding to use
The time has come, the need is there, the realisation that wheeling a bike from shed to shed is a whole lot easier than carrying it in boxes.

Dirt Products
Got something to help the off-road world go faster, keep their feet up longer or remain more on time in
an enduro? Tell us, we could well put it in this bit.

Tech Talk
All old bikes leak oil, it’s their charm… er no, they don’t have to, and with the help of Loctite we show you how top stop them dripping.

Issue 45

In balance

The opportunity to build a shed from scratch rather than inherit something built by someone else is a rare opportunity indeed.

News, views and reviews

Our regular look at what’s happening in the off-road world, events to go to, series updates.

Against the tide

By the mid Sixties the world had decided lightweight was the way forward… Hedlund thought otherwise.

Something special

The UK couldn’t quite leave the Triumph unit engine behind when
ISDT duty cropped up – meant a few superb chassis were devised though.

You need…

… a Drayton Triumph, we look at a winner first time out and get the spec from the rider.

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Dicko’s view

If only our other halves knew how much we almost spend at these shows we go to… oh, they know do they?

’cross words

Is it the fountain of youth at which Mr Berry has been sipping? No, just a view that youth isn’t a new thing… This is part two!

Dirt Talk

What are you talking about in the CDB world? All sorts of things as it happens, bring it on we say.

Moto memories

All eyes were on Mick Andrews’ rear end at the 1977 UK world round and Nick Nicholls caught it in action as it soaked up the bumps.

FEATURES

That was the year when…

… the ISDT squad was paraded in front of the press at Fenny Drayton. It was a well attended affair with the industry notables all over the place.

Bigger isn’t always better

With the current interest in smaller capacity bikes for pre-65 trials, we have a look at a rather special small capacity bike for twinshock trials.

An hour with…

… or actually ‘an hour in…’ for this issue, as it eventually dawned on the editor that a feature around the archive here at CDB Towers could be a good thing.

Bigger is better

In the search for MX success, more cubes will often help… CDB is invited along to the first running of a big-bore SWM.

EVENTS

Sporting world

We’ve been to our sponsored NBBC round in the North East and a twinshock MX in Chester… where have you been?

Fabulous Farleigh

CDB went to the Vets MXdN at Farleigh Castle in Wiltshire, torrential rain overnight made things interesting…

GETTING TECHNICAL

Dirt products

Got something to help the off-road world go faster, keep their feet up longer or remain more on time in an enduro? Tell us, we’ll put it in this bit.

Tech talk

All is never lost… there will be something out there to help when things wear out and replacements can’t be found… like gear change shafts for instance.

 

Issue 44 2017

03 In Balance

The hoary subject of what constitutes proper trials riding forces the editor to nail his colours to the mast.

06 News, views and reviews

Our regular look at what’s happening in the off-road world, events to go to, series updates.

16 You need…

… a world championship-winning CZ. We look at a profile of the actual CeeZee Joel Robert won his world championship on in 1964.

22 Something special

A visit to our archive turned up this superb Velocette-based scrambler…okay, so it wasn’t what the editor went in for… but hey…

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52 Dicko’s view

More from the all encompassing eye of one of the off-road world’s most senior journalists, always thought provoking, always interesting… what say you?

61 ’cross words

Is it the fountain of youth at which Mr Berry has been sipping? No, just a view that youth isn’t a new thing.

72 Dirt Talk

What’re you talking about in the CDB world? All sorts of things as it happens, bring it on we say.

82 Moto memories

Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire is more known for road racing but it has occasionally hosted proper racing too as our image of an MX GP shows.

Features

10 The winner…

…BSA’s Bantam never quite managed a full SSDT win; close, very close but not quite. The Pre-65 Scottish however, has been won by a Bantam and we’re featuring it here.

27 That was the year when…

…Brad Lackey was comeback king of Farleigh Castle. We look back to 1982 when, despite being written off by the MX world, Californian Lackey showed his mettle.

34 A little light work

How did Suzuki produce such a light motocrosser? By dedication, sound principles and creativity. We look at an RN370 from 1972.

66 Hakan Carlqvist

The world of MX lost a legend recently, when Swede Hakan Carlqvist passed away suddenly. Here’s our tribute to the legendary world champ.

75 Combine the best parts

Which is what the ailing BSA/Triumph group did with the Triumph 500 engine and the B50 MX chassis to produce pure gold.

How to

44 A change of direction

With the IT465 project having a break, the editor has a chance to do a bit of work on his own bikes.

48 Dirt Products

Got something to help the off-road world go faster, keep their feet up longer or remain more on time in an enduro? Tell us, we’ll put it in this bit.

50 Tech Talk

Old bikes are nice, they’re fun, they’re ‘our’ thing or you’d not be reading this… they can be improved… we have a look at a Rotax clutch.

Events

54 Sporting world

We’ve been in the north for the Kia Twinshock series, West Midlands for a hill climb and Scotland for the Scottish Grand National. Where’ve you been?

62 Highland Classic

With Rob Shepherd being guest of honour at Inverness and DMCC’s Highland classic trial it would have been rude not to go… so we went.

64 Bultaco Nostalgia

Westmorland MCC invited Bultaco’s works riders along to a Bultaco Celebration in Cumbria. What a trial it turned out to be.

Summer 2017 – Issue 43
Current issue: Issue 43 – Next issue: Issue 44 – On sale: August 17, 2017

In the Summer 2017 issue…

03 In Balance

The fluid and volatile world of dirt bikes is food for thought as the editor looks back 56 years as Dougie Lampkin equals Gordon Jackson’s one mark win.

06 News, views and reviews

Our regular look at what’s happening in the off-road world, events to go to, series updates.

16 Original and unrestored

Sometimes a bike just manages to survive in an untouched state as events surrounding the owner mean they don’t use it in anger – such is this 310 Cota.

18 You need…

…a sidecar trials bike in your life, yes you do, you may not realise it but you do and this is where we tell you why. Feel free to disagree.

22 Super profile

The world yelled ‘lightweight’ the British said ‘Cheney dear boy’ and created a legend in ISDT, we look at the ex-Jim Sandiford 504cc ISDT Gold Medal winner.

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52 Dicko’s view

More from the all encompassing eye of one of the off-road world’s most senior journalists, always thought-provoking, always interesting… what says you?

71 ’Cross words

An arch scrambles enthusiast suddenly notices some off-road riders go slower than others and don’t put their feet down as much, it’s called trials riding Ian.

72 Dirt Talk

What’re you talking about in the CDB world? All sorts of things as it happens, bring it on we say.

82 Moto memories

It’s 1972, the Japanese have arrived and MX is shooting up a gear. Roger DeCoster is in the ascendency at Suzuki and showing he’s a winner.

FEATURES

10 The winner…

…or one of them at least. Liston Bell won the Pre-65 part of our classic scrambles championship, John McCrink went to see him.

27 Husky happening

A slight tweak to our archive bit this issue as Norm DeWitt went Husqvarna crazy and infected us too, great meet, great bikes.

34 Long travel time

For years scramblers had only a few inches of suspension travel at either end of their bikes… then came long travel and the world moved on.

67 An hour…

…with Olle Petterssen. To be at your height in racing and the factory say ‘you know what? Don’t need you’ could be a downer, but not for Swedish legend Olle Petterssen.

74      Mart’s Beezer

Youngest of the Lampkin brothers, Martin began his competition career in 1967 on a C15 similar to those used by his elder siblings Arthur and Alan.

EVENTS

54 Sporting world

From a gaggle of SWMs in Wales, through the best of Stafford show to the ultimate Pre-65 trial in Scotland… CDB is out there.

62 The Classic Dirt Bike Show

We were at Telford with the best of the classic, twinshock and Evo world on display, with bits and bobs and bikes and blokes too, oh and a dinner as well.

HOW TO

44 King of the IT crowd

Assembly progresses as a problem is solved and more information comes the editor’s way.

48 Dirt Products

Got something to help the off-road world go faster, keep their feet up longer or remain more on time in an enduro? Tell us, we’ll put it in this bit.

50 Tech Talk

We know your bike should be reliable before starting the event but what happens if there’s an incident? That’s when you need your ‘on bike’ tools.

ON THE COVER

For more than 30 years it has been the aim of a Scottish rider to win the Pre-65 Scottish. It nearly happened last year but Gary Macdonald has done it in 2017. The lad from Kinlochleven kept his cool and took the top spot. CDB were on hand to get his Bantam for a feature – see the next issue.

Take a selection of Eighties SWMs, a bunch of riders determined to enjoy them and some dampish scenery in Wales… yes it’s the Old Knobblies on tour. See our sport feature for more.

 

Spring 2017 – Issue 42
Current issue: Issue 42 – Next issue: Issue 43 – On sale: May 18, 2017

In the Spring 2017 issue…

In Balance
The seed of doubt, once planted, grows in to the absolute certainty of an error and the only recourse is to check.

News, views and reviews
Our regular look at what’s happening in the off-road world, events to go to, series updates, perhaps a book or DVD or two.

You need…
… a big Matchless. Once the mainstay of the trials world, the big single was relegated to a supporting role when lighter bikes gained reliability.

Super Profiles
Take one stunning bike, do some in-depth research and write it all down here, in our Super Profile bit. When BSA went Triumph.

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Dicko’s view
More from the all encompassing eye of one of the off-road world’s most senior journalists. Always thought-provoking, always interesting… what say you?

’cross words
Setting his stall out, our new columnist tells how he got to become a noted MX author and what floats his MX boat.

Dirt Talk
What are you talking about in the CDB world? All sorts of things as it happens, bring it on we say.

Moto memories
Remember TT Leathers’ Vystram suits? Oooh the world was colourful in the Seventies.

EVENTS

Sporting world
A selection of events to brighten your winter from Brit bikes in Japan and France to traditional events in the UK. We went there, where were you?

Team action…
…in Northern Ireland for the Classic MXdN…boy was the action good.

HOW TO

King of the IT crowd
Assembly progresses as a problem is solved and more information comes the editor’s way.

Dirt Products
Got something to help the off-road world go faster, keep their feet up longer or remain more on time in an enduro? Tell us, we’ll put it in this bit.

Tech Talk
If only I had an alloy tank I’d be faster… better… cooler. Rarely mistaken for the King of Cool the editor does have a Triumph with an alloy tank now.

FEATURES

Class of 1970
It was all going on for Husqvarna in 1970 – top in MX, movie stardom and riding high. A young lad was smitten by a model kit of the 400 Cross…

That was the year…
…that the press got a hold of the ISDT team bikes for a pre-event try-out. Their sketch artist went along too, oh if only we could afford sketch artists these days.

Lean, mean and green
Take one ex-works team Kawasaki, add a bit about the company’s early MX forays, talk about the work needed and hey, it’s an SR400 feature.

An hour…
…with the Banks family, MX through and through with three generations all making their mark.

Dazzling the opposition
It pays to take time to do a job right and Roger Simkin’s Cheney Victor is a shining example of this credo.

ON THE COVER

Our cover shot is of works Kawasaki rider Christer Hammargren riding the actual 400cc Kawasaki featured in our story on page 34. The shot, expertly coloured by our design team, was taken at the 1974 British MX GP.

Our Class of 1970 feature Husqvarna takes pride of place in the window of a classroom, quite apt really as Husky taught the world an MX lesson.

 

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