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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics October 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.
of its time, or timeless?

A couple of things strike a chord with us this month. Firstly, let’s take a look at Honda’s FT500. Steve Cooper makes a case for how good this little single-cylinder is to ride and how fine it looks. Clearly, back in the day it seemed to be a bit of an odd man out – who wanted a single-cylinder do-it-all bike back in the 1980s? Looking back with a rose-tinted visor (or goggles in Scoop’s case) would be one thing, but instead tested in this very day and age, Mr. Cooper came away feeling rather impressed by the little Honda. Time sometimes alters our view of things. More than 20 years ago I rode a Kawasaki Zephyr 1100 and was less than impressed – which was strange as I simply loved the…

1 min.

Our very own Allen Millyard will be guest of honour at this year’s 26th Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show. Allen has been a contributor to CMM for a number of years and is known as the best specials builder in the business! Over more than 25 years he’s produced dozens of Kawasaki fours, fives, Honda V-twins as well as V8 and V12 Kawasakis, the Viper V10, the Flying Millyard five-litre V-twin and the six-cylinder RC374 ‘Hailwood Tribute’ and Velocette V-twin – which you can see finished on page 70. You can meet the genius engineer at The 26th Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show on October 19-20 and see some of his amazing creations that he will be bringing along. For CMM EXTRA subscribers, soon you’ll be able to check out…

4 min.
bye, bye blackbird…

Courtesy of a Honda Blackbird, I have some metalwork in my left arm. Actually, courtesy of my stupidity and a myopic Volkswagen Caddy driver, I have a piece of metalwork in my left arm, but you know what I mean. I was riding a Honda Blackbird at the time of the incident, but never held a grudge against the bike itself. I love them so much I’ve owned two of them and would love a third. And here’s why. It’s a beautiful bike to look at. With an 11-year lifespan, the bike changed little on the outside and it looked classy. Better still, the amazing build quality meant that a well-looked-after Blackbird still looks fresh and new today. At its heart was typical tech for the mid 1990s: 16 valves, inline four cylinder,…

1 min.
not only, but also…

If a Honda Blackbird offends you, what else is out there? The legendary Kawasaki ZZ-R1100 still cuts the mustard and is priced a little lower than the Blackbird, even if it’s not quite as good a machine as it was a generation behind. The ZZ-R1200 is a more refined development of the 1100. Again, these can be found for around £2000 for a decent one. Two machines to consider also could be Yamaha’s YZF1000 Thunderace and Suzuki’s RF900. Both can be found for good prices. The Yamaha is more of a sporting option (YZF750-based chassis with EXUP motor) while the Suzuki is exceptional value for money, even if it’s not quite in the Honda’s league finish-wise. Talking of Honda, why not check out the earlier CBR1000F? While the build quality is a tad…

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

DUCHINNI SHERWOOD BOOTS We love these cool boots, which look more like stylish work footwear than your typical biker kit. They are made from full grain leather with a waterproof and breathable internal fixed lining, with a chunky rubber oil-resistant non-slip sole. You’ve got zipper closure (for ease) with laces (for adjustment/appearance) and a leather pull loop to help you get them on, plus reinforced toe and heel cup. Yes, they’re CE approved, are available in sizes 40-47 and come in brown or black. www.thekeycollection.co.uk SEALEY BRAKE BLEEDER This is a one-man (or woman) professional pneumatic brake bleeding tool. The pressure range makes it suitable for use with ABS systems and the reservoir holds three litres: plenty to flush a whole system without running dry. It has a two drainage method system, allowing…

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

TWO-UP BIKERTIDY In all my 35 years on bikes, I’ve never felt the need to buy a specific piece of equipment upon which I could store my kit. The Two-Up BikerTidy has changed that. The BikerTidy is a well made frame with vented shelving units and very strong metal hangers that’s easy to put together single-handedly. It’s professionally coated in quality paint and means that your kit is safe and has a place where it can dry out, too. The mesh bits that let the air circulate around helmets and gloves, the design of the stand and the way everything’s laid out, including the boots stand that keeps footwear off the floor, all smack of being designed by people who really get the needs of a biker. It might seem a bit pricey,…