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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics January 2019

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.
colour me bad!

“I want one, but I want it in THAT colour.” How many times have we heard or even uttered that statement? This month’s main test and buyer’s guide subject is a perfect example. Surprisingly, Honda UK’s Dave Hancock confessed to a Stafford Show audience in October that the now-classic ‘Urban Tiger’ colour scheme was considered ‘a bit of a risk’ compared to others coming in back in 1994. Yes, it’s now 25 years since that most celebrated of colour schemes was launched. Time has shown that – not only the CBR900RR FireBlade itself – but the paint scheme as well have truly endured. Think of other paint jobs you’ve lusted after or loathed. Was there ever a better colour than a ‘Jaffa Orange’ Z1? And GSX-Rs should be blue and white, yes?…

1 min.
so sharp!

Honda’s FireBlade was a revelation when it was launched in April 1992. With a single stroke, Honda’s CBR900RR had cut the opposition down to size and Yamaha’s FZR1000 EXUP, Suzuki’s GSX-R1100M and the smaller-capacity 750cc sportsbikes had been pushed back a whole generation. In this issue we cover the later RR-R/S model in both a road test and buyer’s guide – all celebrating the ‘Urban Tiger’ colour scheme which has become legend. If there’s a colour scheme that also defined the first versions of the Blade, it was the original 1992 launch colours of white/red/blue and this one – the black/gunmetal version, which was also later seen on later models. Depicted here is a legendary shot, originally published in our sister title Fast Bikes. It shows future 500cc GP rider, British Superbike race…

3 min.
the class of 2004

Fifteen years ago, motorcycle development was entering its fourth year of the new millennium. For those of us raised on a diet of carbs, choke levers and petrol taps, modern tech was by now becoming the norm. Fuel-injection and ever bigger black electrical boxes were part and parcel of your typical newbie machine back in 2004. These very motorcycles are now eligible to boast classic status! At CMM we work on a rolling 15 year rule, one that’s been the benchmark of the VJMC for decades in determining what bikes can benefit from joining their club. It can be a contentious area for some who like their classics to have chrome mudguards and differing levels of reliability: on the whole though it’s a decent way to allow progression and to stop us…

2 min.
“i was there!”

BERTIE SIMMONDS Okay, so I know most of us reading this magazine ‘were there’ or at least born, breathing and riding in 2004, but – at the time – I was running Two Wheels Only, magazine. This meant that – as editor – I got to ride and review most of what was on offer back then and it was a bumper crop. Scottie’s right about the litre-class sports machines: this was just before the world got tapped into adventure bikes. I ran a GSX-R1000K3 for a year and put 15,000 miles on it and loved it – they’re well worth a look as was that year’s new YZF-R1 (5VY) which had 20bhp extra on the out-going model and under-seat exhausts. And don’t forget that there were K4 versions of both the…

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

FRANDO CLUTCH SLAVE CYLINDERS Fancy converting a cable clutch to a hydraulic one? Well, this system could be for you. It’s comprised of a replacement clutch lever and master cylinder, a slave cylinder which attaches to the clutch housing and the hydraulic hose which replaces the cable and connects the mast cylinder to the slave. Venhill can even supply top-notch hoses to help connect the lot up. www.venhill.co.uk HJC CS-15 HELMET Apparently this good-value lid is now a four-star rated helmet! Prices start from £89.99 (but shop around, we’ve seen ‘em cheaper) for the main colours and a salty £149.99 for the licensed lids such as the Spider-Man and Star Wars versions. Pays yer money… What you do get is a lightweight synthetic shell, HJC’s ‘Advanced Channelling System’ to direct air around your…

1 min.
motorex cleaning products

You’ll know the name from its oil and lubricants (and being splashed across the belly-pan of KTM’s MotoGP bikes, if you watch it) but they can also keep your bike very clean indeed! And corrosion free! Here’s what they do: Moto Clean £10.85 / 1 litre Moto Clean a quick, clean, and biodegradable cleaning spray. After spraying over all elements, leave it to work for a few minutes before rinsing off. Moto Shine £9.83 / 500ml Moto Shine is the perfect finish after cleaning. The antistatic film is water repellent, keeps dirt away from surfaces, and gives a smear-free shine. Moto Protect £13.50 / 500ml Moto Protect guards against salt and corrosion that comes from winter use. Treated surfaces are protected from corrosion thanks to a fine oil film, leaving instead a healthy shine to any…