The Classic Motorcycle Club is a gathering of people from all walks of life who have the shared interest of a love of classic motorcycles. The club was started in 1968 by a group of enthusiastic motorcyclists concerned about preserving classic motorcycles and has now grown to boast over 300 members.

There are many classifications regarding the term “Classic” but generally after a rolling 20 year period a motorcycle can fall into one of the categories.

The main purpose of the club is to provide a facility where owners and enthusiasts of the older motorcycles can get together, have enjoyable social rides and gatherings and that gives them a central place for obtaining technical information on the older bikes plus the purchase of spare parts.

The club has a monthly magazine “ The Master Link” which details the happenings in the club plus sales and wanted pages. The club caters for all usages from social runs through foot-up trials and off road riding to Classic and historic racing. 

The club has probably the largest stock of second-hand spares for British and Continental motorcycles in the country and additional spares for all makes come in frequently.

The club has an extensive library which holds approximately 2000 motorcycle related books and articles plus about 5000 motorcycle magazines going back to the 1920’s so that members can get information (workshop manuals or parts lists etc.) about their latest project or facts and figures on historic or exotic motorcycles.

The club is always looking for donations of motorcycle related books and those unused motorcycle spares that have been laying around the garage for years. 

The club house is situated on the corner of Power and Lake Roads in Germiston opposite the Eskom Simmerpan facility (old Simmerpan Club). Meetings are held every first Sunday of the month and an evening meeting held every 3rd Wednesday of the month.

If anybody would like more information on joining the club or would like to donate motorcycle related books to the library or old motorcycle spare parts, please Contact Us

New members and visitors are most welcome.

The Classic Motorcycle Club of Johannesburg is affiliated to The Southern African Veteran and Vintage Association (SAVVA) and we maintain a close association with other clubs who share the same interests.

For further information please Contact Us
INTRODUCTION
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The Classic Motorcycle Club
Johannesburg, South Africa

info@classicmotorcycleclub.co.za
www.classicmotorcycleclub.co.za

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The Southern African Veteran and Vintage Association
The CMC Bar
The CMC Library
Club Sunday

Visit the Classic Motorcycle Club on the first Sunday of every month. All are welcome, the outing is entertaining and fun-filled with some real gems of bikes from a bygone era to be seen. 

Address:

Corner of Power and Refinery Roads, Germiston.
Opposite the Eskom Simmerpan facility (The old Simmerpan Club)

GPS co-ordinates are: -26.223735,28.161796 (-26°13'26.0" 28°09'42.7") Click on co-ordinates to open in Google Maps)

Bike of the month

A bike is chosen on the first Sunday of every month at the clubhouse. So bring your steed and let the judges decide if it is worthy.

1000 Bike Show

The highlight of the year is our annual 1000 Bike Show where the latest technology rubs shoulders with the old.
Racing and Trials

Trials riding and road racing of classic bikes is organised by the club and events are held regularly.

Information is published in our newsletter.

Contact Us should you wish to enquire about Racing and Trials.
Off Road

Do you have, in your collection, a classic off-road bike or do you have an interest in off-road machinery made between the 1920s and the 1970s?

If so, then we would like to invite you to join the CMC off-road subsection. Our aim, as a subsection of the CMC, is to promote interest in this significant branch of classic motorcycling by creating an off-road register in the club, posting off-road oriented articles in The Master Link and organising trail rides for classic off-road bikes.

Any club member can join the subsection whether you have a classic off-roader or not. We will compile a classic off-road register for bikes that meet the eligibility provisions listed below:

The bike must be an off-road or on/off-road model, 1982 or older, air cooled and fitted with drum brakes.

Please contact us for more information
Regularity Trials (Rally)

A Regularity trial is a timed event where you are given a route schedule with an indicated speed and some reference points. You should then try and maintain the indicated speed and be at the reference point at the correct time.

There are normally different speed groups, choose the one that you and your bike will be most comfortable with. Remember that if you fall behind it is difficult to catch up again and you might then need to travel faster than what you might be comfortable with.

You will need a clock or stopwatch that indicates hours, minutes and seconds to be used as your rally time.
A second stopwatch is needed to calculate your speed.

If this is going to be your first rally then you need not go to the expense of making or buying a rally box, you can just tape your route schedule to your petrol tank.

A good idea is to mark your route schedule with highlighters to indicate changes like left and right turns and speed changes.

Route Schedule

This is what rallying is all about, it is a printed instruction of where to go, when to turn, what speed and when you should be where.

Route schedules have the following headings:

DIST SP Time INSTRUCTION

Under the headings will be the information:

DIST SP Time INSTRUCTION

49.80 60 01:03:26 STOP STREET TURN RIGHT R23 BENONI

This tells you that 49.8 kilometres from the start at 01 hour, 3 minutes and 26 seconds you will find a stop street and must turn right, the speed until the next instruction is 60km/h.

The Route Schedule consists of open and regularity sections:

Open Section: This is normally included to get safely through built up areas or hazardous areas. There is normally a speed indicated, but you do not need to stick to it.

Regularity Section: This is when it gets serious. You need to travel at the indicated speed and get to the reference points on time. There will be marshals within these sections to time you. Each second early or late will incur 1 penalty point.

During this section you need to calculate your speed. Useful things to assist are kilometre stone and white lines markings. There are (should be) about 84 white lines per kilometre or 17 every 200 meters. This will assist you to calculate speeds.

This is not intended as a complete guide to rallying, but just some guidelines, you need to practice and get familiar with the techniques and your bike.

The above information about Regularity Trials can be downloaded here

Rally Calculator Download here
Motorcycle Spares

The club has probably the largest stock of second-hand spares for British and Continental motorcycles in the country and additional spares for all makes come in frequently.

The club is always looking for donations of those unused motorcycle spares that have been laying around the garage for years.

Come in to the club on the first Sunday of every month and browse through our 4 containers. You might just find what you are looking for.
Library

The club has an extensive library which holds approximately 2000 motorcycle related books and articles plus about 5000 motorcycle magazines going back to the 1920s so that members can get information (workshop manuals or parts lists etc.) about their latest project or facts and figures on historic or exotic motorcycles.

The club is always looking for donations of motorcycle related books and magazines, so please bring unwanted items to add to our archives.

Below are two downloadable documents, click on the file format you require.
Document
Microsoft Excel - can be sorted by column heading
PDF - cannot be sorted but can be searched
Library Books catalogue
Library Periodicals catalogue