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One man's passion for Maico motorcycles

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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  • 02 March 2012

Keeping Meriden twins alive

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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  • 17 February 2012

Is this the UK's only Munch Mammoth

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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  • 10 February 2012

Dirt bikes from their '70s heyday

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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  • 12 December 2011

A tribute to trials bikes

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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  • 27 October 2011

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