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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics November 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
$7.29(Incl. tax)
$60.24(Incl. tax)
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
every day is a school day…

Because, after all, we never stop learning, right? That’s how I’ve felt in this job (journalism) since day one 30 years ago and I feel the same now. It’s the same attitude I bring towards my riding. I try better riding courses, I read better riding books and talk to mates about riding, and we often discuss our differing styles or points of view after a ride. It all helps. So when Niall Mackenzie asked me if he and pal Neil Hodgson could help share some wisdom, who was I to say no? Now, first a disclaimer: We’ve all ‘been around a bit’, so much of what is written you may (or may not) already know, but – as stated above – you may find the odd pearl of wisdom that makes you…

2 min
if you can’t beat ‘em…

Edwards would win his and the (new) SP2’s championship in fine style two seasons later. He would battle with 2001 champ Troy Bayliss and this would be a season of two halves… Troy would dominate the first half, leading by 53 points after they hit Colin’s home round of Laguna Seca. There though, Edwards would win race two and the next eight races, including the legendary final round championship clash at Imola, where our main image is taken. At that round neither the Aussie or the Texan would give up, but Edwards had the momentum to seal the championship in fine style with a double win, with Bayliss taking two second place finishes. Want to get hold of pictures from Mortons Archive? Then head to: www.mortonsarchive.com …Join ‘em – and…

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

SHARK EVOJET This is the new SHARK EVOJET which apparently combines unrivalled comfort and lightness, and boasts the widest field of vision from that visor! Apparently, one of the major innovations of the EVOJET is the visor and chin-guard being one attached unit. This has many benefits, including offering riders a panoramic field of vision while in the closed position. It can be changed from full-face to the jet position with just one hand. You’ve got an anti-scratch and anti-fog treated visor, and the chin-guard closes and locks using a hook system. The ventilation system has been optimised to ensure a continuous flow of air during use. The chin-guard itself is equipped with an inlet which distributes the air across the visor too, and the rear air extractor allows optimum air circulation through…

3 min
tested riding kit ridden in, tools twirled and tyres tested

AURITECH CUSTOM EARPLUGS Having tried and liked a pair of the regular ‘one-size-fits-all’ Auritech plugs, I’ve been using these ones since around 2018. Firstly, the custom fit comes from me having had a mould of both ear canals made, from which they produce (in my case) a pair of soft silicone perfect fit plugs. You can also choose a harder, UV-treated material which is hypoallergenic if you like, but I like the comfort you get from silicone (stop giggling at the back…). Now, the trick part of the ear plug is the patented acoustic attenuation filter, which is a little ceramic insert inside the plug itself. Apparently, the filter reduces the likes of background noise, wind noise, etc., thanks to the Venturi-shaped centre of the filter. Basically it means that the 115db…

1 min
stafford cancelled

It was with huge regret that we had to cancel The 27th Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show which was set to take place over the weekend of October 10-11 at the Stafford County Showground. Our hand was forced due to the worsening situation and rising infection rate of Covid-19. Mortons Media Group reluctantly took the decision after closely monitoring events both locally and nationally. This long-established event has always been a firm favourite with motorcycle enthusiasts from all over Europe and with the increase of cases worldwide and nationally, Mortons felt this was the safest thing to do for the well-being of both visitors and traders. Traditionally, the show is a highlight in the event calendar;it is also a strong social event for visitors at the show. Given the current restrictions with…

1 min
ralph hudson

Ralph Hudson, who raced into the record books when he became the world’s fastest rider of a conventional sit-on motorcycle at almost 300mph, has died after succumbing to injuries sustained during another record attempt in the US. The 69-year-old was riding his modified GSX-R1000 (1650cc, 420bhp) Suzuki at 252mph when he lost control during the Southern California Timing Association’s annual Speedweek event at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, in August. He died in hospital three weeks later. Hudson set two of his fastest FIM-ratified speed records in 2018 at the Uyuni salt lake in Bolivia. He clocked 298.16mph over a measured kilometre, while his two-way average speed through a measured mile was fractionally slower at 297.97mph. He missed his target of 300mph due to the poor salt condition, but was recorded at…