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

in this issue

3 min.
modded or mainstream?

This month’s main test and cover star is the project that our ex-pat pal Martin Child finally completed Down Under. We love the classic looks, the motive muscle from the glorious old air/oil-cooled GSX-R1100-derived Bandit 1200 motor and the fact that this is one of those ‘double take’ bikes. You need to take a second look to see those upside-down forks and the much more modern swingarm, brakes and wheels. Wildy, as he’s known, worked with me back in the day on a motorcycle magazine and it’s fair to say he can ride a bit! Being a former stunt rider you will see the results on page 50. When I worked with him it was also clear that he could twirl the spanners, so it’s good to see the fruits of his…

1 min.

Capable, quirky, but cool – the R100 family of machines were also rather long-lived and are much loved today in retrospect. The 980cc four-stroke, horizontally-opposed air-cooled ‘boxer’ twin came full of character and was plenty punchy for the time, even if the outright power figures weren’t quite groundbreaking for the mid-1970s. The model pictured here is the comfy and accomplished R100 RS. It was the result of Bayerische Motoren Werke’s stringent efforts to produce an effective sports-tourer that could be ridden vast distances with minimal effort. They succeeded, and in doing so could arguably lay claim to inventing the sports-tourer machine as we know it. Here was a machine which could cruise all day at 100mph without issue and with rider comfort – thanks in part to that wind-defying fairing, which was…

5 min.
brexit and bikes

I am sure you’re all as sick of the B-word as I am, but if we do leave the EU on whatever terms, you’ve got another five or ten years of this to bore yourself further. Being passionate about classic motorcycles, I’m going to tell you what impact it’s had and (probably) will have on the classic motorcycle market. I don’t claim to know what the future holds, but I did write an article about the impact of Brexit on classic motorcycle values back in July 2016, shortly after the referendum, so I’ll start with my predictions back then and go from there. In it I wrote: ‘I have sold a lot of really, super clean, original and un-restored machines. There is also a high demand for high-end classic motorcycles, such as…

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

BULL-IT TACTICAL JEANS Bull-It’s new Tactical Range uses AA and CE rated denim. We’re guessing that doesn’t mean ‘Alcoholics Anonymous’! CEapproved hip and knee armour comes as standard and you’ve two colours (blue and black, with a variety of blues in straight fit) and ‘Slim’, ‘Straight’ and ‘Easy’ fit options, and they come in a wide range of sizes. They’re shower-resistant, too. www.oxfordproducts.com CLARKE JETSTAR PRESSURE WASHERS Summer is a-coming and it’s time to (ahem) clean the patio. Oh, and the bike/s. Clarke’s Jetstar range go from 1400W up with 105-bar/1522psi and over, and each one suits different sized wallets! www.machinemart.co.uk OILY RAG T-SHIRTS We like the name – it all kinda fits, right? New for 2019, the Oily Rag, premium, British-made range of Black Label T-shirts are out there now and made from 100%…

2 min.
riding kit ridden in, tools twirled & tyres tested

ABBA SKY LIFT After not having a conventional motorcycle bench for a few years I was thrilled at the idea of trying out the Abba Sky Lift to see if it would do the job. Putting the Abba Sky Lift together requires a couple of spanners and an Allen key, but is simple enough to have it together in 15 minutes. The next thing to do is get the bike mounted. Having used a normal Abba stand in the past, the process is familiar, and the great thing about the Sky Lift is that it is ‘single person operation’ so you don’t need anyone to help when using it. One of the versatile features of the lift is you don’t have to have the bike in a level position before you use…

1 min.
meet millyard!

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics magazine columnist Allen Millyard returns to the Classic MotorCycle Show on April 27-28 to unveil his latest project on show sponsor Carole Nash’s stand in the main hall. Based on a 1949 349cc Velocette MAC, Allen made his Velocette 698cc V-twin single-handedly at home, using and adapting as many original parts as possible (see page 70 for part one!). Also, 11-time British trials champion and founder of his own motorbike collection, Sammy Miller MBE will bring two incredible Nortons for display on the Footman James insurance stand in the main hall. The first is the stunning 1955/6 350cc Model F Norton. Influenced by Moto Guzzi’s success with a machine that featured laid-down single cylinder engines, the Norton race shop worked on the similarly configured Model F. The second is…