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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics December 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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United Kingdom
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
$7.16(Incl. tax)
$59.25(Incl. tax)
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
arise, ‘sir’ john!

As a first meeting, it didn’t go well… I was editor of Two Wheels Only and it was early 2003. I was sat opposite John Bloor enjoying an interview with the man who rebuilt Triumph. Apart from the fact that I wasn’t enjoying it, the interview had been set up by my ‘ultimate’ boss Sir Michael Heseltine, chief of Haymarket publishing, who put a call into Mr. Bloor to facilitate the interview, but Bloor didn’t do interviews… As I shook his hand I realised I’d made a rookie mistake by not wearing a suit. By rights, motorcycle journalists didn’t wear suits. Well, apart from when they interview John Bloor, clearly. He refused to have his picture taken (I’d booked a £300-a-day snapper for some snazzy portraits) and then he refused to answer my questions…

1 min
yellow fever!

2 003 saw the successful return of a British marque to national racing after a 30-year absence – Triumph. The Triumph Valmoto team was a mix of youth and experience. At the helm was Jack Valentine, formerly of V&M Racing with a wealth of experience in drag racing, tuning, British Supersport and Superbike, as well as successes at the Isle of Man TT and other road-race events. Riders were no-nonsense former Supersport champ Jim Moodie and youngster Craig Jones, who later lost his life following a crash at Brands Hatch in 2008. V&M Racing was formed way back in 1982 between Jack and the late, great Steve Mellor. When Jack stopped drag racing with V&M motors, they got into team management. Their engines dominated in the 1990s, winning Supersport 600 championships with…

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

LASER TOOL BAGS Another great storage solution from Laser Tools: three multi-purpose storage tool pouches (part number 7837), which are ideal for carrying tools, spares, fixings, or handheld electronic devices when you’re on the go! Made from heavy-duty nylon, they each have a hanging loop and smooth zipper, and are water resistant. There are three different sizes in the set: 30 x 23cm, 23 x 18cm, and 18 x 14cm. The smallest would be ideal for protecting your mobile phone, and the largest is big enough to hold most regular sized spanners and screwdrivers. These tool pouches are a must to ensure your kit is organised, safe, and right where you need it. www.lasertools.co.uk FURYGAN APALACHES JACKET/TROUSERS Furygan has revealed a number of new colour options for the popular Apalaches jacket and trousers.…

2 min
riding kit worn, tools twirled & tyres turned

DICKIES COVERALLS As everyone knows, if you spend a lot of time in the garage tinkering you need a good pair of overalls/coveralls to keep you clean and provide a bit of protection. Recently I have been using Dickies’ Everyday Flame Retardant Taped Coverall. These are fairly heavyweight items with a welcome, generously loose fit around the legs and arms, which is handy for a bit of ventilation in summer and also getting some layers on now it’s turning colder. They have stood up really well to all-too-often cack-handed slips with a screwdriver and even a few Stanley knife errors. Oil and grease have rarely soaked all the way through to my undergarments and the knees and elbows are wearing really well; they also scrub up well even after numerous washes.…

1 min
win some very special classics!

CMM friends IDP Moto have embarked on a series of cheap-to-enter competitions to help shed some very special modern classics. It started last month when they wanted to free up some space with the large numbers of Pro-Am Yamaha RD250LC machines they have blocking up their Silverstone-based workshop. Daryll Young who runs IDP said: “The LC was ridden by the likes of Alan Carter (former 250cc GP winner), Niall Mackenzie (three-time BSB champ), Johnny Corrin, Geoff Fowler and Graeme Mitchell. This is the first in a number of future raffles for bikes we have restored.” Next up will be Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne’s Aprilia RS250 AND our own Niall Mackenzie’s Yamaha YZF-R1 that he restored in the pages of CMM. The competition can be found at www.idpmotocomp.com and Instagram/Facebook @ idpmotocomp and costs…

1 min
bridgestone cmm comp continues!

This month we have an issue’s break from our Bridgestone 2020-2021 Bike of the Year competition as we had a scheduled feature on the 30th anniversary of the re-birth of Triumph, but – fear not – the comp will continue next issue! During 2020 we teamed up with Bridgestone tyres to search for the best restoration and finest classic-based special of 2020. Each issue we’ve showcased either a specials build or straight restoration in CMM’s pages and the owner featured has won a Bridgestone roll bag. Thanks to Covid-19, our original idea to choose the best restoration and special and feature them on our stand at The Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show was scuppered, so – in agreement with Bridgestone – the competition carries on into 2021. Hurrah! The aim is the…