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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics December 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".

United Kingdom
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
get out there, go to events…

I’ve got a terrible secret that I have to admit here. I’m… I’m… I’m a plastic model maker. There, I’ve said it. Just like you lot, the lovely CMM readers, I have more than one hobby, passion and love (not including the family, pets or a good Chardonnay.) Some of us love and enjoy DIY (you’re mad); some go fishing (I just preferred to sit there, chatting); maybe we like classic cars (I lost a lot of money on my Lancia Montecarlo and gave up). Thing is, this passion has been one that’s lasted longer than that of motorcycles but, recently, I’ve realised something important: I’d never been to a plastic kit model show. I guess it was because I dipped in and out of it over the decades and it wasn’t ‘cool’ to…

1 min.
hidden gems…

Triumph – the ‘new’ Triumph, I mean – effectively turns 30 in 2020 and there are so many great bikes from the Hinckley firm’s first two decades… Here are two hidden gems that can be bought for peanuts. One is the Sprint RS, a bike I have a soft spot for. I was at the launch in Seville, southern Spain in 1999 and (for my sins) had to ride it back to the UK. In December, in snow… Ok, so I did cheat by taking the overnight train from Narbonne to Paris, but the miles meant that I could really appreciate the RS’s excellent road manners. The RS never had the flair that the Sprint ST had, mainly as the RS lost the snazzy (and heavier) single-sided swingarm and half a fairing.…

4 min.
special ks!

It is now over 18 months since the record-setting sale of the historic Honda CB750 prototype at H&H. The dust has settled and the shockwaves and implications of such a sale can now be evaluated. At the time I pointed out how it will divide the market into the bikes that are very pretty, but not right, and those that are investment grade. In my article, I also said that it will drive up the prices of die-cast K0s and other collectible Japanese motorcycles. And so it has in all cases. This sale brought high visibility to the classic motorcycle market, at a time when the classic car market has been taking a well-earned breather after 15 years of growth. This is now leading to classic car collectors becoming classic motorcycle collectors, and…

4 min.
cmm stuff

BATMAN HJC RPHA 11 HELMET Of course, as the dark nights draw in, what better helmet to have than this one, replicating the rubber head gear of the Dark Knight himself? See what I did there? The lid itself has top vents, a new forehead vent, enlarged ‘view port’ (the hole in the middle you see out of), and a ‘multi-cool’ anti-bacterial fabric lining, which wicks away moisture. The helmet even comes with two visors, one clear and one light smoke, along with an anti-fog lens. Sadly, pointy ears and a utility belt are not included. www.oxfordproducts.com TAMIYA KITS Check out these cool gifts for Christmas from our friends at Tamiya. They’ve released a Yamaha XV1600 Roadstar 1/12th scale kit and a super-cool ‘Street Rider’ figure, which should match it perfectly for a…

1 min.
book corner

Written by Mark Barrett, this handy ring-bound, 332-page manual covers many different manufacturers’ machines. The information contained includes detail of the various service schedules, including the spark plug and oil/filter changes, as well as detailed information on the varied valve clearance work, brake servicing, as well as looking at electrical fault-finding and how to service chain and shaft-driven machines. A mighty tome, but there’s so much contained inside, so it’s useful for the home mechanic. www.marksmotorcycleparts.co.uk…

3 min.

KEIS PREMIUM HEATED VEST AND ARMOURED GLOVES I like riding in any conditions bar ice, so for the winter months I always arm myself with layers and heated kit. The premium vest and armoured gloves from Keis that I wore last winter were a good choice. The vest is made of thin and stretchy material so it slips easily under your riding gear. It’s also lightweight, and you hardly notice it once you’re on the go – apart from the heat. The heat is transmitted through micro carbon fibre heat pads, which keep the torso warm even when the temperature drops. The coldest temperature I experienced according to my bike’s thermometer was -1C, and I was perfectly warm in my body, but not quite on my hands. So, the gloves: they look like…