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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics June 2018

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

in this issue

3 min.
is cheap cheerful?

Money has much been on my mind this month… Our popular ‘Marketplace’ section always looks at both ends of the spectrum when it comes to makes and models: this month Paul Jayson looks at pricey Beemers (such as the legendary R90 S) while Scott Redmond looks at cheaper ones. Then – looking through the free reader ads – I spot a BMW R1150 RT for just £1500… albeit with 139,000 miles on the clocks. I have history with the 1150; I had one 15 years back and loved it and this seemed to be as cheap as chips. But then there’s Suzuki’s RF900R. £1500+ could actually get a very nice RF with just a fraction of the miles on it. Hmmm, decisions, decisions… Then Kar Lee sent us his Retro Rebooted Honda…

1 min.
gus kuhn racers

“Now if your idea of a BMW is a rather pedestrian touring motorcycle being pottered through the lanes by elderly enthusiasts, think again. They are very fast, durable, light and handle remarkably well, as has been shown over the years by Hans-Otto Butenuth in the Isle of Man and by the works machines at the Bol d’Or in France.” So said our own John Nutting in 1975 when he tested a pair of Gus Kuhn Penthouse-backed BMW racers. Gus Kuhn Motors was a south London-based dealership established by the pioneering racer and dealer of the same name, who died in 1966. By the early 1970s, the dealership had moved from racing their favoured Nortons to BMWs, initially in the endurance classes on the big, but forgiving boxer twins. Riders included the likes…

3 min.
peaky beemers!

Looking at BMW’s R90/6 and R100/7 I can’t help but get a weird feeling that they may go to insane money like Vincents have. Maybe because you can tune the hell out of low revving, push-rod, large capacity motors? I don’t know why, but I have this strange suspicion that these machines will become very expensive. Let’s be clear about which ones, I don’t mean an R100 from 1985: although I don’t believe you’ll pick those up for peanuts. I mean the R90/6 from 1974 to 1976 and the 1976 to 1979 R100/7 – the ones with the tiny handlebar fairing and the black or orange with the smoke silver paint job. The R90/6 produced 60bhp and had a wooden single front disc and a rear drum that would lock-up with little provocation.…

3 min.
bargain basement bm!

For many of us forty somethings, owning a BMW is probably something that we’ve only recently considered. Back in our younger years they produced a wide range of motorcycles that spoke more to our dads than they did us. You’ll recall it all: go back a couple of pages and you’ll read something our own John Nutting wrote back in 1975 about what people thought of the air-cooled twins even back then. Prophetic! And yet, with every year that clicks by we slowly turn into our fathers, right? Yes, we go all nasal hair and early nights. And us becoming our own fathers might be one reason why older BMW machines are now in high demand… These bikes fall into two brackets, the flat twin air-cooled R-series bikes, and the water cooled K-models.…

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

BLACK PANTHER RPHA 70 Not cheap but very cheerful: design based on recent Marvel superhero film of the same name, this sports/touring lid has an integral sun visor, is light and comfortable, double D-strap fastening and an anti-fog insert as standard. www.oxfordproducts.com SEALEY CORDLESS IMPACT WRENCHES Sealey’s NEW CP2612 and CP2634 are powerful, compact and suitable for removing the most stubborn nuts! They features a variable speed switch for added control and produce torque of up to 680Nm (500lb-ft) and 816Nm (600lb-ft) respectively, and incorporate a forward and reverse control integrated into the housing for ease of use. Both powered by a 26V 4Ah lithium battery which retains its charge over long periods of time, it’s always ready to use and is supplied with a 90 minute mains charger. www.sealey.co.uk CLARKE CML3 BIKE LIFT We…

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

SHOEI GT AIR PRIMAL They say you either have a Shoei shaped head or an Arai one. If this is true than I’m a bit of a freak because I have managed the transition from long-term Arai wearer to Shoei lover with no need for a lobotomy. Since 2005 I’d worn the SAME Arai: no, I can’t recall the model, but it was a high-end one and cost me more than £300. After over a decade of use it was past its best, a brief flirtation with a Shark Skwal (sub £200 lid) made me realise you really do get what you pay for – but that’s just my opinion. Last summer this Shoei GT Air Primal entered my life, it’s been my daily lid ever since. I don’t drive, so I…