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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics March 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.
teamwork, that’s the spirit

I know I usually drone on about what’s in the issue and stuff, but just this once I wanted to say about who DID this issue. Yours truly is the sole person who is on this mag full-time, so some ask me if I feel like I’m alone. I’m not. We have a great team of magazine designers who work hard making the magazine look as good as it does. We have a production editor who checks for my mistakes (ok, some get through – to err is human, eh?). We have a sound advertising team that tries to make this magazine pay its way (I couldn’t even begin to do what they do), and a marketing team that helps promote what we do in the magazine. Then there’s the events…

2 min.
the beautiful ducati 916

It’s hard to appreciate – a quarter of a century on – just what impact the Ducati 916 had when it first broke cover in 1993. Developed from the successful and purposeful-looking 888, the new bike kept the old machine’s 94mm bore and many of the original bike’s engine parts such as valves and cams, but stroke was lengthened by 2mm to 66mm to give 916cc, all with an 11:1 compression ratio. This was the ultimate development of Fabio Taglioni’s work, brought to fruition by Massimo Bordi, who designed the original eight-valve V-twin model. The motor, which pumped out around 115 claimed bhp at around 9000rpm, was held by a chrome-moly trellis frame, developed from that used on the old 888/851. This, along with the updated bodywork, made the 916 a much…

4 min.
retro revival

Back to the future is a formula that motorcycle manufacturers continue to exploit, but do they always strike it lucky? For 2019, it’s Suzuki that’s stolen the headlines with their confusingly titled 2020 Katana 1000. For 2018, it was Kawasaki that had us all drooling with not just one Z900RS, but a pair of the buggers! The café model is probably the better looking bike, but beyond the looks and PR-hype that’s actually going on, are these retros any good? Most are reworked models from within the existing range. The new Katana is basically a re-clothed GSX-S1000S/F. Likewise, the Z900RS shares plenty of parts with the 2017 Z900. This isn’t a new approach. Remember in the ‘90s, when Kawasaki tipped out the wheelie bins and created the Zephyr range? The 750 Zephyr motor…

2 min.
vinny styles q&a

To get a feel for what’s going on from the showroom floor we spoke to Vinny Styles, Sales Manager at Wheels Motorcycles, Peterborough. Wheels Motorcycles is a multi franchise dealer and also sells a large selection of used machines. With over a decade of experience in the trade, Vinny told us what’s happening on the new/used retro front. www.wheelsmotorcycles.co.uk Q: Who’s buying new retro machines? A: “There’s no stereotypical buyer, and the current crop of retro motorcycles appeal to a wide variety of motorcyclists. Some people have decided that their race-rep days are behind them, yet they still want the benefits of a new machine. To benefit from their useable power, bikes like the Kawasaki Z900RS are obvious options.” Q: Who is buying used retro machines? A: “The older we get, the more savvy…

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

CONTINENTAL TYRES Here are some new tyres from Conti. First up are the new ContiTrailAttack 3s, a 90/10 adventure tyre, which utilises Continental’s latest RainGrip compound, along with a re-designed tread pattern to offer improved wet weather performance for a wide range of modern and classic adventure motorcycles. Continental claims the tyre reaches its optimum operating temperature within 1500 metres, even in cold weather conditions, and delivers a more consistent level of performance during its lifespan. You can find the TrailAttacks for as little as £180 per pair (dependent on sizes), but the more popular sizes are around £250. Then we have the ContiRoadAttack 3 CR, a new addition to Conti’s classic race tyre range for big, heavy superbikes of old. In 2018 these high-performance 18-inch radials were available for 2.50 –…

1 min.
riding kit worn, tools twirled & tyres turned

BRIDGESTONE BATTLAX BT-023 My 1992 the Honda ST1100 was a bike I never thought I would own, but I was offered one cheap in Autumn 1999 and I thought it would make a good bike for the winter. Come Spring, I just kept riding it, and I still have it today. It makes a great every day and long-distance bike, and it’s really good for carrying loads, picking up parts, etcetera, in all weathers. After years of riding on Avons, in 2018 I fitted a pair of Bridgestone Battlax BT-023 tyres. The first thing I noticed when fitting them was that the sidewalls were made from much harder rubber, thereby making them more difficult to fit by hand with tyre levers (I do things the old-fashioned way!). Once on the rim, though,…