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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics August 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.
it’s time for us all to dip our toes in the communal pool!

We are very lucky here at CMM to be blessed with a wide-ranging pool of classic motorcycles to be able to feature in our pages. From the dawn of the Japanese mass-produced motorcycle in the early 1950s, all the way through to 15 years or older (thanks to the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club’s rules) and everything conceivable in between. This issue shows just that scope: Honda’s CB900F, launched in 1979; Suzuki’s T305 with its roots in the 1960s; through to the Aprilia Mille and Kawasaki ZX-7R of the 1990s; into the Ducati 999 of 16 years back. What’s even better is that you’re coming along with us on the journey. I hear from so many people about how they’re buying older motorcycles, or adopting machines from the 1990s as affordable classics. You’ll…

2 min.
hodgson’s choice!

Neil Hodgson’s re-growing talents and the refinement of Ducati’s L-twin desmodromic racing machines reached a head in 2003. Hodgson’s star had risen and fallen in the 1990s. A schoolboy motocrosser, he’d won the 1992 125cc British National Championship, moved to 125cc GPs, then moved to the 500cc class, joined the World Championship Motorsport (WCM) team on a Harris-Yamaha in 1995, and been spotted by Kenny Roberts who gifted the Burnley lad a factory YZR500 (in WCM colours) for the last four GPs that year. He put it on the front row in Argentina, alongside Mick Doohan, Luca Cadalora and Daryl Beattie. Hodgson replaced Carl Fogarty in the Ducati factory team for 1996: his first podium came in Laguna Seca that year. That was the highlight for his first spell in WSB, so…

4 min.

Few engine layouts are as evocative as the V-twin and few twins stir the soul like a Ducati V-twin. Ok, so we should probably say ‘L-twin’ here, but you know what we mean. In this issue we give a bit of a shout out to the Ducati 999, so let’s start there. The 999/749 shape isn’t the drop-dead gorgeous machine its predecessor 916/748 was, but the bike itself was a big improvement all the way across the board. Firstly, the build quality between an early 916 Strada and a 999 is almost like night and day – although we’ve heard that the old Ducati issue of flaking paint can rear its head in a number of areas, including the engine (a bit of a Ducati trait), the bracket/surround for the two…

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

LS2 VALIANT NUCLEUS The Valiant features a 180º swing-around chin bar and comes certified as both a full-face and open-face helmet. The quick-release zero-distortion visor is Pinlock-ready, while an internal drop-down sun shield works in both open-face and full-face modes. The lining is removable and washable, and it’s resplendent in this new ‘Nucleus’ paint scheme. Sizes XS-XXL (53cm-64cm.) www.ls2helmets.com BLACKBIRD BLACK ARROW JACKET The Black Arrow Ladies Urban Tribe Waxed Cotton Jacket gives both style and protection. The jacket is made from 12oz waxed cotton canvas. Features Kevlar lining panels and removable CE-approved armour at the shoulder, elbow and back. www.dot4distribution.com BLACKBIRD PEMBREY JACKET The Blackbird Pembury leather Jacket comes out of Australia, but it’s been named after the Welsh circuit of Pembrey! This is a super-soft leather jacket made from natural milled cowhide and…

1 min.
book corner

ULTIMATE DESMO MANUAL Perfect timing (see pages 6-7, 8-9 and 60-61) this book gives user-friendly DIY tips and tricks for a wide range of Ducati’s beautiful belt-driven cam desmodromic L-twins. With more than 1200 full-colour pics and many step-by-step guides, this book – written by ‘The Red Baron’, aka Eduardo Cabrera – covers Ducati’s finest machines from the 1979/80 Pantah to the Testastretta-head 996/998 and 999s, and other Ducati models up to 2017. If you love your Ducatis, you’ll love this book! www.veloce.co.uk…

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

DAINESE AXIAL RACE BOOTS These Dainese Axial race-style boots have been part of my kit for the last 13 years. Originally matched with a Dainese suit, these fit under your leathers, not over them. Despite the original suit having long since departed to the kit room in the sky, these boots were so comfortable I kept them for use under my textile kit from time to time. The boot is a rigid design and you get into them from the rear, where the main zip lies. Once your foot is in the boot, you push the tongue flap back in and zip them up. I’ve not crashed in them, but they have always felt solid and strong. The toe sliders come off with the aid of an Allen key and mine…