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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics April 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
$4.54(Incl. tax)
$49.93(Incl. tax)
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
do you like quirky?

It’s a question we have to ask this month. Why? Well, we have a few saucy but eclectic machines in the pages of your CMM this month. Firstly, there’s the Yamaha GTS1000A. Our man Chris Moss went for a ride and loved it – but it did take time for him to gel with the machine. Then there’s Jim Lindsay, who took out his own Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mk II and told us about his effusive love for this very quirky V-twin. We backed this up with some Marketplace research on values and just what people think of this Italian machine and other, cheaper quirky two-wheelers. So, what is your guilty two-wheeled pleasure? We’d love to know! Me? Well, I did rather enjoy Aprilia’s very strange-looking Moto 6.5. This was a…

1 min.
all hail sanctuary!

AC Sanctuary is a Japanese tuning shop formed by Hiroyuki Nakamura, a 50-year-old wizard for whom turning classics into up-rated ‘modern’ classics was always a hobby. Way back when, he was a mechanic for a bike dealership in Chiba, east of Tokyo and a massive fan of Kawasaki’s air-cooled four-cylinder bikes. He loved them so he began to tinker with them, melding old and new in a perfect symbiosis of modern chassis parts and beefed up powerplants with a dash of aggressive styling. When people saw what he was doing with his own bikes – others began to ask him to do the same to theirs and his business grew. By 1995 the scene was growing in Japan – thanks in part to magazines such as Hyper Bike – so he formed…

3 min.
oddly alluring!

The Moto Guzzi Le Mans (or lemon) Mk II is not the one to own, but it’s still a great bike and weirdly arousing. Of course, the one to own is the Mk I and even the very early red framed rare pre-Mk I at around £17,000. But if you haven’t got around £12,500 to spend, you can settle for the Mk II and have some change from £10,000. It’s all about the motor, Italian quirks and exotica. It will surprise you every time you ride it. Will it start? Will it spit you off in a corner because you failed to match the engine revs with the gear as you pitch into a corner? Will the clutch be in the ‘on’ or ‘off’ position and will you want it in whichever…

3 min.
quirks for quids!

If you fancy a classic bike with a styling edge, where do start looking? Starting at the bargain basement end may I present the Yamaha SZR660? Despite having a Deltabox chassis based on the geometry of a TZ250 race bike the SZR660 was bullied by everyone from the off. The single cylinder engine came from the Yamaha XTZ660; it kind of emulated what people had been doing for years, taking a large four-stroke single and plonking it in a lithe chassis. If Yamaha thought that they had created a smash hit they were to be seriously upset. It pretty much bombed, but why? The bike had decent suspension, three spoke wheels and good brakes: it also had a big bottom – the seat unit still looks daft over two decades later.…

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

W2 DZ RAINPROOF BOOTS With winter showing no sign of releasing its icy grip on us just yet, these could be just what you’re looking for. W2 is an Italian brand established in 1985 that happens to be used by top-level racer Yonny Hernandez. Not that he’d whizz around race-tracks in these – they are the W2 DZ Rainproof boots. So that means they’re made from leather, have a rainproof membrane, double zippers for closure and an anatomical, removable foot-bed. Black only, sizes 7-11. www.bikeit.co.uk SHARK SKWAL 2 HELMET The new Skwal 2 allows you to be seen at night – as it features its own LED lights front and rear! The helmet itself has been improved for 2018, so it’s quieter (thanks to better aerodynamics) but it still comes in 23 colour…

1 min.
book corner

RIDE OF MY LIFE Frank is a motorcycle journalist who has been there, done that and doesn’t want to stop telling people about it. From riding classics to organising the Thunder Sprint: it’s all here: 132 pages, lavishly illustrated. www.classicmagazines.co.uk/product/5528/bookazine-ride-ofmy-life-frank-melling THE UNLIKELY 1 Engaging book looking at Gary Ilminen’s fascination with the Bonneville Salt Flats and his ‘late in life’ attempts to break a US national speed record on a 40-year-old bike. www.touchpointpress.com…