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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics November 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.
the game changers…

What bikes for you, changed things entirely? I’m talking about bikes where – sometimes just the look – made your jaw drop. For many, the Suzuki Katana did just that. Here was a machine which was (after all) pretty much an existing model, but one which with some European design influence was elevated on to a completely different plane. The balance between form over function is a fine line and it’s interesting to hear what our testers think when comparing both old and new Suzuki Katanas. I have to echo this. What is wrong with manufacturers of retro machines, that they have to cut down the rear end of a bike and give it naff all practicality? Both old and new Kats were and are variations on existing themes/machines and some of the…

1 min.
kat’s pounce!

The name ‘Katana’ brings to mind a sharp, curved blade, used by the samurai of feudal Japan. Fitting then, that the name would be used on the winner of a cutting-edge design exercise that German motorcycle magazine Motorrad started back in 1979. They invited three famous design houses to provide ideas for how motorcycles should look in the forthcoming ‘space-age’ 1980s. Porsche Design, Ital Design and Target Design took part, and it was one based on a 750cc MV Agusta shaft-drive four from Target that won and was displayed at the IFMA Cologne show at the end of 1979. Target had been founded that year by Hans-Georg Kasten, Jan Fellstrom and Hans Muth. Kasten had started his design career at Porsche in the 1970s and later worked at BMW on motorcycles such as…

4 min.
sword and sorcery!

If you’re not careful on that well known auction site, input ‘Katana’ and understandably, you’ll be faced with a number of sharp swords to buy… Change your search to ‘Motorcycles and Cars’ and you’ll see a wealth of different machines that carry the legendary name ‘Katana’: some are cool, some are less so… With a family range dating back to the early 1980s, and with capacities from 250, 400, 550, 650, 750, 1000 and 1100cc (and even a 125), you’d think that there is plenty of choice out there. Add into the mix the fact that the bike was relaunched in Japan in the 1990s (the last 1100 was built in 2001) and a number found their way to the UK via the grey importers. John Martin of Air Cooled Suzuki knows his…

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

DUCHINNI ATLAS BOOTS Hewn from granite (well, full-grain leather and textile upper), the Atlas has toe and heel safety cups and gear-lever zone reinforcement AND they’re certified to EN13634, the CE standard for motorcycle boots. A waterproof and breathable lining keeps the weather out, and an oil-resistant rubber non-slip sole gives firm footing on slippery wet bits. Zipper closure makes getting in and out a breeze, and this is covered with an anti-scratch Velcro panel to protect the bike’s bodywork. Atlas boots are available in sizes 7-12 (EU 40-47), and even have some reflective bits for winter riding. www.thekeycollection.co.uk LS2 CHALLENGER CARBON LS2’s Challenger Carbon helmet is now available in two new eye-catching graphic options – Konic Matt Red and Konic Matt Blue. Developed with input from LS2’s supported MotoGP riders (like John McPhee), the Challenger…

3 min.
rizoma katana parts

We have to agree that the new Katana (see page 48) has a few visual issues with it, and as a result Rizoma has launched a range of stylish products for it. The biggest issue is that awful side-attached rear-hugger and Rizoma has sorted this with an under-seat tail tidy, which costs £235. Other parts include updated clip-on handlebars (£324), filler cap (£170), adjustable brake/ clutch lever (£154/£153), brake lever guard (£163), indicators (£59 each) and other parts, many of which can be supplied in black, matt black, silver or gold colours. Very 1980s! www.performanceparts-ltd.com NITRO HOODIE Nitro has released a new aramid riding hoodie, which offers exceptional protection while affording wearers comfort and the casual ‘street’ look. So it suits scooter AND stylish bikers. The hoodie uses a 100% cotton fleece outer…

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

HEVIK MADSEN JACKET I’ve worn Hevik’s Madsen short wax-cotton jacket right through last winter on my short commute into the office – and I’ve got to say, I was very impressed with this comfortable, lightweight and casually styled bit of kit. Of course, it’s by no means a serious winter jacket, and if I was travelling more than a few miles each way, I’d probably opt for something a little more substantial. But for a simple and straightforward waterproof jacket, which looks smart both on and off the bike, I reckon it’s spot on. It is surprisingly well equipped, with a removable thermal lining to keep out the cold, zipped air venting on the shoulders and back for when the weather warmS up, and leather detailing at the neck and cuffs, too. And…