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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics January 2020

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.
the fast and the furious!

We recall bikes from our past for many different reasons and there’s a lovely mixed bag in CMM this issue. I was interested to see how John Nutting would get on with the Suzuki Hayabusa, which is our cover star. Y’see, I recall (as if only yesterday) my first ride on one. It was all white knuckles, dry mouth and an almost soiled seating position. Ah, those were the days! Suzuki’s B120P (or Bloop) seems to have stirred up lots of love and interest from our Buyer’s Guide last month. Readers have recalled stories and rides, and our own Pip Higham decided to get one to restore to riding condition. See how he gets on from page 68. For me, the stand-out is Rob Bean’s Triumph Sprint Sport. Many years ago I was…

1 min.
percy tait: 1929-2019

Percy Tait was more than just a journeyman motorcycle racer. He was a key figure in the old Triumph concern as a road tester and – on retiring from bike sport – became an award-winning sheep farmer. Tait’s skills on two wheels were developed initially during his spell of National Service, when he became a member of the famed White Helmets motorcycle display team of the Royal Corps of Signals. Following this he joined Triumph, initially working in the factory itself before being encouraged to go racing. This he did, developing the firm’s range of three-cylinder machines, often racking up many thousands of miles in all weathers. Some say he must have clocked up more than a million miles on Triumphs over two decades. His race career had many highs – including…

5 min.
sweet 16!

When Ducati released the 916 Strada in 1994, the world of motorcycling was rocked to its core. The FireBlade had just turned design upside down in 1992 and suddenly the ripped-up rule book was set on fire and trodden into the dirt by the Italians with a mix of performance and jaw-dropping style. The first model was the Strada and this was the ‘monoposto’ (single-seat) standard machine and available only in red. Customers were going to have to wait to get the Biposto, sometime in 1995, if they wanted to carry a pillion. We also heard about the very limited edition SP (Sport Production) model, but no one could seem to find one and no one could buy one. I was working in the grey market sourcing these machines at that…

2 min.

SHOEI GLAMSTER HELMET Glamster is the strange name for a new full face helmet which has a lovely classic-looking design. It has a multi-composite construction with three shell sizes; large, three-position visor; double D-Ring fastening; detachable/washable lining; more vents that you’d know what to do with; and a wide range of plain colours and retro graphics. It is available from March 2020. www.shoeiassured.co.uk SEALEY CHEST DRAWER The new Heavy-duty Hang-On Chest Drawer is part of Sealey’s new storage range. This has been constructed using welded steel and finished with a textured powder coat. All six drawers have an integral locking system that locks all drawers with the turn of one key and they don’t inadvertently open when you’re moving the cabinet. All drawers come with slip liners, too. www.sealey.co.uk DUCHINNI EUROPA BOOTS These ‘shortie’ boots…

1 min.
calendar corner

WEMOTO CLASSIC MANX TT This Classic TT calendar features iconic moments from racing history from the1920s to 1990s. All profits go to the MGPSC. www.wemoto.com/parts/picture/we-manx-calendar DAVID SILVER HONDA COLLECTION This calendar features pictures from David Silver Spares’ amazing museum. www.davidsilverspares.co.uk ANDREW TIERNAN Featuring some beautiful drawings/watercolours by Mike Harbar (www.classiclinesartist.com), this calendar raises money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. www.andybuysbikes.com…

1 min.
book corner

OGRI ‘Ogri – Everybody’s Favourite’ is a beautifully produced collection of comic strips featuring the world-famous biker! Drawn by Paul Sample (he of Tom Sharpe’s humorous book covers), this not only brings together 150 of Ogri (and Kickstart, Malcolm and Mitzi’s) best adventures, but also an interesting chat with the creator himself. Recommended! www.ogri-book.co.uk MOTOGP 2019 Mat Oxley tells the story of the 2019 season in which Marc Marquez dominated. This book also tells the story of the other classes and gives in-depth technical profiles of the machines involved. www.store.motogp.com GRAHAM JARVIS ‘Conquering the Iron Giant’ is the enthralling story of the life and times of the one and only Graham Jarvis. The former Junior Kickstart champ went professional in 1993 and went on to win the British Trials Championship five times and the Scott…