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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics April 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

4 min.
smaller bikes, bigger smiles?

What is it about smaller bikes? Do they really give us bigger smiles? I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently and there are shades of it in this very issue. Firstly, we’ve got our mate Andy Bolas on board a tiddler, Yamaha’s FZR250 Zeal. He waxes lyrical about the sound the little four-cylinder four-stroke made and how the power delivery was almost two-stroke in feel… Then there’s Charlie Oakman, our ad-man turned racer. £1500 saw him bag Honda’s humble little CB500 parallel twin. This is a bike from the 1990s that, while a stoic, capable commuter, also went racing in the CB500 Series, helping to launch the Tarmac race career of future double World Superbike champ James Toseland. Charlie asks the question of how much fun he can have on something…

2 min.
bimota sb8-r

It seemed natural for us to use this excuse to slip in a picture of the very exotic Bimota SB8-R in here this month. Why? Well, it was powered by a version of the Suzuki V-twin powerplant that also (in standard form) gave motive muscle to our cover star, the TL1000S and later TL1000R machines. Following the launch of the wayward S version in 1997, the chunky TL1000R was launched in 1998 and, despite ‘WORLD SUPERBIKE’ being emblazoned on its flanks, the R never actually got to race in the championship proper, although some race versions did take to the track courtesy of Yoshimura. But, the Suzuki V-twin motor would win a World Superbike race, courtesy of the combined talents and skills of Bimota, Virginio Ferrari and Anthony Gobert. With the…

5 min.
yellow fever!

With this month’s Retro-Spective star being the baby brother of the 916, we asked Louigi Moto’s Rich Llewellin, who’s been a Ducati expert for more than 20 years, for the lowdown on this mini L-twin from Bologna. “Buying, using and maintaining the 748 Ducati should be fun, but they do have their quirks,” he says. “Early ‘two yellow wire’ alternator models 748 Biposto, SP and SPS have trouble with the plug at the end of the alternator wires. It tends to melt. Early reg/recs went up in smoke due to overheating and the bodies need to be earthed (they are often left off and put on the battery.) Bigger connectors and a later reg/rectifier should cure this issue. “The front timing belt tensioner pulley is only just large enough to get the…

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

OXFORD SUPER HOODIE 2 A great bit of casual riding summer kit, the new and improved Super Hoodie 2 is perfect for both on and off the bike. Protection comes in the form of reinforced Aramid areas as well as an Aramid lining and CEapproved protectors in the shoulder and elbow areas. You’ve also got strong YKK zips, pockets and a great choice of colours including black, grey and cool camo. www.oxfordproducts.com BRENTA BRAKE PADS Brenta Brake Pads are top-quality bits of braking kit! They’re TUV approved, come sensibly priced and are made in Italy. They’re tested both in the laboratory and on track by mad keen racers, so they’re good! Best of all are the prices: think Honda CBR600F-V and you’re looking at £11.96 a caliper. More modern bikes like the K7 Suzuki…

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

SEALEY MC454 BIKE LIFT Sealey does a large range of lifts that are ideal for the home mechanic, but our needs were quite specific. Because a large amount of the motorcycles we work on need paddock stands – and we wanted a mechanical pump-action lift instead of an engine-driven hydraulic lift that requires a power source – we wanted to try out the MC454. Able to take a huge 450kg in safety, the lift is plenty long and wide enough for almost any motorcycle you can think of. A front wheel clamp and four metal hoops make securing the bike easy, even single-handedly. If you need specs then check the MC454 out... Weight: 139.90kg; minimum/maximum height: 195mm/660mm; platform width/length: 660mm/2515mm; maximum load length: 1825mm. We used the lift with a variety of modern and…

1 min.
super stafford! stafford celebrates 40s style!

The Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show at Stafford will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Highlights for the weekend (April 25-26) include a 1940s-themed hall, with a Spitfire and Hurricane taking centre stage, surrounded by an abundance of privately owned classic motorcycles and incredible displays from owners’ clubs. Organisers have been in contact with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight to hopefully secure a flypast from the Lancaster, Spitfire, Hurricane and Dakota with confirmation due in March. Classic motorcycle clubs are encouraged to theme their stand and make the most of the fancy dress element, with increased prize money up for grabs for the top three, courtesy of show sponsor, Carole Nash Insurance. Outside, the popular Classic Racer GP paddock will undergo a facelift and transform into a bigger and…