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A small tribute...

Andy Westlake, 19 January 2013 17:00

After a lifetime working as a precision engineer West Countryman Tony Haines has developed the sort of skills that most of us can only dream about; and if you’re the sort of person who struggles to operate a can opener you’ll be hard pressed to comprehend the two thousand hours of painstaking work he’s put into creating a unique 1/7th ...

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Classic CCM thumper revived

Andy Westlake, 30 March 2012 10:00

With four-strokes once again dominating world motocross it’s easily forgotten that 40 years ago the last ‘four-stroke MX era’ was coming to an end prior to decades of dominance by two-strokes such as Honda’s CR500 and Yamaha’s YZ – and that a little-known British bike was the thumper’s last stand. By the early ‘70s the days of the big four ...

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One man's passion for Maico motorcycles

Andy Westlake, 02 March 2012 17:15

Maico may not be the most famous name in motorcycling, but to cognoscenti or those with a motocross bent, it’s one of the most revered – which Graham Roberts collection of the West German machines all the more impressive. In the late ‘70s and early ‘80s the firm’s fearsome 490cc two-stroke open class ‘crosser was the only credible alternative to ...

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Keeping Meriden twins alive

Andy Westlake, 17 February 2012 14:34

Triumph for most may today mean Hinckley 675s and Speed Triples, but the old Meriden twins still have a huge following – not least because of a British factory still making and supplying virtually every spare part imaginable. That firm is is LF Harris of Honiton in Devon, which for a number of years after the Meriden collapse, even produced ...

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Is this the UK's only Munch Mammoth

Andy Westlake, 10 February 2012 10:30

When it comes to classics they don't get much rarer - or wilder - than the Munch Mammut (or Mammoth in English). Unveiled at the 1966 Cologne show, the Mammoth was the creation of German engineer Friedl Munch, whose dream was to build the most fantastic motorcycle in the world. With financial backing fromAmerican workshop-manuals millionaire Floyd Clymer, he arguably achieved ...

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Dirt bikes from their '70s heyday

Andy Westlake, 12 December 2011 12:31

The 1970s are often thought of as the heyday of British trials when names like Mick Andrews and Martin Lampkin (Dougie’s dad) led the world aboard Ossas and Bultacos and regularly made the front page of MCN as a result. For the man in the street these twin shock, air-cooled machines were just as popular, with dealers showrooms packed with ...

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A tribute to trials bikes

Andy Westlake, 27 October 2011 11:12

Nearly 40 years have now elapsed since the BSA factory gates at Small Heath closed for the last time. However, thanks to enthusiasts like Bill Faulkner the name's being kept alive. Now retired after a working life in the bike trade, Faulkner who also had a long and successful trials riding career, has one of the biggest collections of BSA ...

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Long-lost Triumphs return

Andy Westlake, 19 October 2011 14:06

There are plenty of collectors of Triumphs across the UK, but few have travelled the sort of distances to source their bikes that Phill Humphrey has covered. Since the West Countryman celebrated his 21st birthday with a trip to Morocco on a new Triumph T160 back in 1980, he has covered thousands of miles around Europe, North Africa and North ...

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