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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics March 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.
what makes a special, special?

This issue has some very exciting news in it. Firstly, you can’t help to have noticed the trick-looking Kawasaki Z900 on the cover and here above. Yes, this issue we touch upon a company that builds specials based on Kawasaki Z-model machines which are tastefully updated for modern times, while keeping those classic Kawasaki looks. Also, you’ll find this month that world-renowned specials builder Allen Millyard is embarking on an exciting Kawasaki special of his own: a six-cylinder powered machine based on the Z900… To say we can’t wait to see how it turns out is an understatement! And then there’s our new 2020 search for the best special build and finest restoration of the year. We’ve teamed up with Bridgestone tyres to launch our quest to find the best of each.…

2 min.
colin seeley: 1936-2020

Colin Seeley, who passed away in January, was one of the most influential figures in British racing and motorcycling. He wasn’t just a former sidecar rider, he was a visionary, an engineer, a top-level race team manager, road-bike manufacturer and designer, F1 legend, charity founder and vigorous fund-raiser. Seeley got bitten by the biking bug young, thanks to learning to ride his father’s Vincent Rapide. A job at the local bike shop soon saw him learning the engineering side of motorcycling, too. He was soon rebuilding and adapting various motorcycles in the garden shed and then got attracted to racing. Initially on solos, Seeley first took the plunge at Brands Hatch in 1954, moving on to scrambling before making the switch to three wheels in the 1960s, winning the 1964 Dutch TT and…

4 min.
special k!

There’s something beautiful and rewarding about finding an incomplete, iconic classic motorcycle and deciding to make something unique out of it, realising a vision and creating a thing of great beauty. Unlike a restoration, you don’t have to look out for impossible to find parts or be outbid on a part which hinders the build. If the part you’re after is snatched out from under your nose, then find something else that looks as good, or maybe even better than your original idea. It’s evolving and constantly changing. I built plenty of custom bikes when I had the time as a youth, but haven’t got enough time to do so now and I miss it. One of my favourite bikes I owned, and which I always regret selling, was a custom Kawasaki…

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

LS2 VALIANT II HELMET The Valiant II features a 180º swing-around chin bar and is doubly certified as both a full-face and open-face helmet – so it’s legal to ride in open-face mode. We like this! Updates to this model start with an outer shell, which features re-designed aerodynamics for greater stability/reduced fatigue at speed. Ventilation has also been enhanced, with two intake and three exhaust ports up top, along with a re-designed chin intake. The Valiant is also LRP 3 Bluetooth ready, for wireless connectivity on the move. The 2020 LS2 Valiant II comes in sizes XS-XXL. www.ls2helmets.com CLARKE MOTORCYCLE SHED This thing is great for use as a storage area in your garden, on site or at events! The range of Clarke sheds are ideal for storing motorcycles, garden furniture and equipment, tools,…

1 min.
book corner

ONE MAN ON A BIKE Join self-proclaimed ‘idiot’ Richard Georgiou on his unforgettable 6,000-mile odyssey from England to Greece and back on his trusty Honda Transalp. Laugh at him, or laugh with him – it’s a good read. www.mortonsbooks.co.uk HELLBENT FOR PARADISE Zoë Cano is an adventurer par excellence… she’s been enjoying life on two wheels since the 1980s and more besides. Her tales of life and travel include crossing the American continent solo on a classic Triumph Bonneville T100. Enjoy her latest book about travelling for three months in New Zealand in ‘Hellbent for Paradise’. www.zoecano.com/books NORTON COMMANDO ‘How to Restore Norton Commando’ does what it says on the tin – being aimed at owners and enthusiasts alike of the legendary machine. This is the fourth restoration guide from the author Chris Rooke, whose previous works…

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

OXFORD KICKBACK SHIRT For the kind of riding I do, I can usually get away with a pair of jeans and a Kevlar shirt. And that’s where Oxford’s Kickback Shirt comes in. At first glance, the British brand’s casually styled shirt simply looks like a piece of fashion clothing, but on closer inspection, the Kickback reveals a handful of clever features to help you stay safe. Beyond its cotton exterior, the shirt comes fully lined with DuPont Kevlar aramid fibres to help save your skin should you end up sliding along the Tarmac. Admittedly, there’s no built-in armour as standard, but there are pockets ready to take shoulder, elbow and back protection, should you choose to add it. I usually wear a set of tight-fitting body armour underneath instead. That’s no slight against…