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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics October 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".

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
the lure of the big kawasaki…

I’ve come over all unnecessary this month thanks to a raft of mad Kawasakis! This isn’t unusual – I was brought up on a diet of Kwaks as a kid, as my uncle owned a fair few. But this issue so many seem to have popped up out of the woodwork, so to speak. Firstly, there’s the Big CC Kawasaki Z900RS Turbo that our mate Alan Dowds has ridden. This is a 200bhp machine with all the mod-cons of a retro replica of the original Zeds of old… but it can trickle through traffic or go ballistic when the traffic lights go green. I wish I’d gotten a go on it… Then there’s our chosen ‘Retro-Spective’ this issue – the original Kawasaki retro, the Zephyr family. Man, I recall the likes of the…

2 min.
fast freddie!

The UK first got a glimpse of Frederick Burdette Spencer Junior at the 1980 Transatlantic Trophy, held over that Easter weekend at Brands Hatch. According to his biography of 1986, written by Nick Harris and Peter Clifford, that weekend was the 18-year-old from Shreveport, Louisiana’s first trip outside the USA and the first time he’d seen British cuisine. As he looked down at the steak and kidney pie, cooked by the Kentagon’s finest chefs, he turned to his team-mate Richard Schlachter and said: “You mean they put real kidneys in pies for people to eat over here?” History doesn’t record what he ate that day, but he had something to keep him going as he won his first race out of his home country and every fan who witnessed the quiet guy…

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

LS2 BOB HELMET Welcome to the LS2 Bob! The Bob’s HPFC composite outer shell offers high penetration resistance (snigger) and flexibility for energy dispersion (whatever that is), but it is very light too, weighing in at just 1000g. ECE 22.05 certified for road use, it comes in three outer sizes, for the closest fit in each size range. The drop-down sun visor is easily operated whilst wearing riding gloves: like all LS2 visors, it’s 3D Optically Correct, and also scratch and UV-resistant. We love the 1970s motocross-style peak, which is removable by three classic poppers – remember them? We love the D-ring fastener, too! Available in sizes XS-XXL (53-64 cm), the Bob comes in a choice of three solid colours – Black, Matt Black and Nardo Grey – as well as an…

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

TCX LADY SMOKE BOOTS These are precisely the sort of boots you can use on and off the bike, thanks to their casual styling. One thing I have noticed is that they are tough and sturdy, and offer good all-round protection. Having narrow feet, I actually find these TCX Lady Smoke boots fit perfectly! Being blessed with a chunky heel and sole (the boots, not me), this gives me the added bit of height that really helps me when I’m on my Street Triple. Bad points: well, none really, but I would prefer plain silver eyelets rather than gold ones – other than that, these are the perfect boots for me. Highly recommended! Angela Wells www.nevis.uk.com LS2 CHALLENGER FOGARTY TT Being a bit of a Foggy fan I was interested in seeing this ‘TT…

1 min.
stafford... at the double!

It’s our October issue, so we need to remind you all that April’s postponed Carole Nash International Classic Motor Cycle Show will now be rolled into our own show in October... which is still GO for SHOW! But... and here’s the vital bit, you need to get your tickets in advance. The 27th Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show will be a double whammy. The show will contain not only the best of our interest (15 years or older, European and Japanese motorcycles) but the vintage/older side of motorcycling too. Mortons Media Group, which runs the shows, has closely followed the current advice from the UK Government on the coronavirus pandemic (see page 32 for more.) With the safety and well-being of visitors, exhibitors, partners, contractors and staff being the most important factor,…

2 min.
scooperman!

It doesn’t matter what you’re working on, how experienced you are or how long you’ve been working on old bikes, there’s always that one job or task that doesn’t go as you’d expected, throws you a curve ball, goes belly-up etc. If you don’t succeed at first by all means please try again, but if it still doesn’t go to plan then grab a brew and possibly a therapeutic Hob-Nob biscuit (or cookie for our American readers.) The next move is to look at an alternative strategy or part because there is always a Plan B. The workshop was recently thrown into confusion when a session fettling a twin leading shoe brake went awry. A used adjuster/linkage rod had been acquired that needed some TLC and two new lock nuts, one of…