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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics September 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.
copycat or quirky cool?

This is what’s been going through my head this month while putting together CMM. This month’s main test is the – perhaps – undervalued and overlooked Suzuki GS750, a bike many claimed was a bit of a Kawasaki rip-off, replicating many of the Big K’s then-current features from the likes of the Z-series and yet building something special of their own. Whatever you think of the bike and its origins, it is the grandsire of the likes of the GS1000, GSX-series, Katanas, GSX-Rs and modern Suzukis all… Then there are those bikes that go their own way, either from a technology point of view or from a styling perspective. Enter, stage left, Aprilia’s Moto 6.5. Here was a machine with humble Pegaso-based running gear, but with the design that was very dividing. The…

2 min.
kawasaki w1

WORDS: BERTIE SIMMONDS, ADAM CHILD Japan is now known for innovation in all things two wheels, but there was a time when really all it could do was copy what went before. Take, for example, the original Kawasaki W1 of 1965. Here was a machine that – if it was parked up anywhere today – you would almost swear it was a beautiful British twin-cylinder motorcycle. And yet the chrome-plated tank says Kawasaki on it, but the exhausts are the same shape as a Brit twin too… This was a Kawasaki production bike that ran from 1966 through to 1973, by which time that innovation we were mentioning had been in full force with the likes of the Honda CB750 and Kawasaki’s own Z1… You’ll see on page 26 Adam ‘Chad’ Child’s ride…

5 min.
seminal suzi

Launched at the end of 1976, in the US, while the UK was wondering why that summer had been so hot (hindsight is a wonderful thing), the GS750 marked a historic turn for Suzuki. Prior to its launch, Suzuki had nearly bankrupted itself with the Rotary-engined RE5 and had offered a great stable of two-strokes from 50cc to 750cc. The UK Suzuki sales brochure had the two-stroke sniffers in a state of constant arousal with the AP50, GT125, GT250, GT380, GT550 and GT750. There was not a four-stroke to be found in the world of Suzuki and they had to put some real effort into their new direction of large capacity four-strokes. They wanted to sell lots of motorcycles and they planned on creating the fastest and best handling 750cc machine…

1 min.
gs750s i have known and loved

Still not sure about whether a GS750 could still be a good bike to buy in 2019? Don’t ask us (or Paul), but instead listen to our very own Pip Higham on his love for all things Suzuki GS750. “Oh, NDK11R, where are you now? I loved my original GS750. It amused me, excited me and enabled me to go indecently fast at sprints up and down the parish. Tthe numbers are pretty good, even 40 years on: 11.6 seconds in the quarter mile and 143mph through the eyes at Elvington. The motor was carefully assembled and never missed a beat, and the noise, oh my gosh, it was lovely. I even bought a similar wire-wheel, single-disc GS a few years back, and it still hit the spot. Does it have…

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

HJC CAL CRUTCHLOW REPLICA This is the RPHA11 – a helmet to you and me – and it’s the current helmet worn by British MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow. The lid is made from carbon fibre, aramid and carbon glass hybrid fibre – which sounds very techy. It also has an ‘enlarged view port’ which we think means the hole in the front you look out of is bigger than before. It comes with two visors (one light smoke, one clear) and an anti-fog insert. Sizes are XXS (52-53cm) to XXL (62-63cm.) www.ls2helmets.com MARQUIS GLOVES The perfect companion to the Pol 2G jacket, these Marquis gloves offer retro style with the protection of 100% goat leather and CE-approved padded inserts on the back and on the fingers, as well as soft armour on the…

1 min.
book corner

If you like your Brit bikes, you’ll know that the Triumph Trident was a ground-breaking three-cylinder 750cc motorbike that was ahead of its time – even if it was largely overshadowed by the Honda CB750 Four. Roy Maddox takes us through the full range of models, including the BSA Rocket 3 and the A75 Hurricane, as well as the technical changes that took place and the range of specials and one-offs. The book also includes a buyer’s guide with owners’ feedback and modifications as well as details of owners’ clubs and events. www.amberley-books.com…