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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics January 2018

Dedicated to the later classics and Japanese machines, Classic Motorcycle Mechanics has it all. Now 116 pages of road tests, rebuild guides, 'Street Specials' reviews and much much more... Staff Bikes - Classic Motorcycle Mechanics is the only magazine that "Buys its own bikes, rebuilds 'em and rides 'em".

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United Kingdom
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
$4.53(Incl. tax)
$49.81(Incl. tax)
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
a cool kit for just three grand…

This month John Nutting enjoyed a very special kit bike. The CRK Triumph Roadster takes the basic bits of a 20 (or more) year old bike from Hinckley and transforms it into something unique. You can mix and match parts from the café racer kit to pretty much tailor the bike to what you want from it. We know that some of you out there may quail a little at the prospect of cannibalising a classic bike. Steve Cooper talks about the very same thing this month in his Kawasaki Hybrid build and the T300 series of Hinckley Triumphs are fast-becoming classic themselves – but you can find bikes out there that would otherwise just fade away. We think that our friends at Café Racer Kits have manufactured another stunning kit bike which…

1 min.
clown prince of speed

It’s an oft-used phrase, but Randy Mamola was definitely the best rider never to win a 500cc world championship. From 1979 to 1992 Randy was in the thick of the action in Grand Prix, racing for the Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha and Cagiva factories. He would take 13 wins overall in his GP career and finish runner-up in the series four times, in 1980 – behind friend and later team manager Kenny Roberts, 1981, 1984 and 1987 behind Australia’s first 500cc champion Wayne Gardner. Towards the end of his career he helped develop the Cagiva 500cc two-stroke, staying with them for three years (1988-1990) following his controversial dropping from the Lucky Strike Yamaha team in 1987 after he had (once more) been the bridesmaid. He sat out 1991 but returned for a swansong…

3 min.
healthy investments

Whatever the criticism about people using their classic motorcycles as an investment, there is not much that will match them for returns. I’ve been crunching the numbers and now have the figures from 2010 until 2017 and all of my predictions from 2013 have already come true. Ducati 916/996 SPs are becoming the Broughs of the future. They have been outperforming Broughs, since 2010, quite considerably. They’ve slowed a little, but prices won’t stay static for long, so now is a great time to buy. Bipostos have increased in value recently and will become collectible and rideable machines, even if finding a good one is difficult. The stand-out performer over the last two years has been Honda’s CB750 Sandcast, increasing 32% in 2016 and 80% in 2017! Other machines will follow suit. The…

3 min.
the class of 2018

Here at CMM we like to keep our finger on the pulse of both established classics and emerging classics. Our rule of thumb is the ‘15 year rolling rule’ that the gods from the VJMC use in helping to define what can join their club. So, here’s a pick of the crop from the class of 2003. To get in the mood we need to remind ourselves what was happening within the motorcycle world 15 years ago. The two-stroke was all but dead; a few tiddlers still used the configuration but the heyday of screaming strokers had passed. MotoGP was also a year into the new four-stroke age, and that’s a decent place to start our homework. The Honda CBR600 got a top to toe makeover, becoming an RR model. The looks were very…

3 min.
the latest riding kit, top tools, tyres, retro clothing and more!

HVC CYCLE PARTS These two items are from HVC’s wide-range of top-quality kit targeting classic two-strokes. Parts such as this petrol cock and performance cylinder heads (both for the air-cooled RD series) are custom made at the firm’s facility in Lincoln, Nebraska. The heads alone apparently give the 250 an extra five bhp! www.hvccycle.net MUC OFF HELMET CARE KIT Keep your lid in tip-top condition with this care kit. It includes a can of Foam Fresh cleaner, a helmet visor and goggle cleaner, a can of Premium Anti-Fog Treatment and a micro-fibre cloth to keep your helmet clean and your visor clear whatever the season. www.oxfordproducts.com KEIS J501 HEATED JACKET Heated kit just keeps getting better and this Keis Premium J501 Heated jacket looks the business. It is lighter and thinner than before so it…

1 min.
book corner

MOTOGP YESTERDAY AND TODAY This is a pictorial look back through the years by the legendary Michael Scott. The book contains 192 pages with 190 colour and black and white pictures looking at the blue riband class of motorcycle racing from 1949 to 2017. www.carltonbooks.co.uk MOTOGP THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY Much more word-heavy (80,000 as opposed to 20,000) this is a full history of the 500cc/MotoGP class of Grand Prix racing over 256 pages. Includes 150 pictures and exclusive interviews with the likes of Casey Stoner, Valentino Rossi, John Surtees, Kenny Roberts and Nicky Hayden. www.carltonbooks.co.uk…