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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics September 2017

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
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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
retro resurgence…

It’s no coincidence that BMW is harking back to its proud history in more ways than one. This issue shows how their R nineT series of bikes is expanding. They’ve got a base model (see it in CMM next month), a café racer (an issue or two’s time) and – in this month’s mag – you’ll see the Urban G/S. It’s got more than a little of the original R80 in there. We know you’re interested in such bikes – even if (like us) you prefer the originals. You’ll see lots of the European manufacturers are getting the most from their past: although it seems like the Japanese aren’t quite getting on board, which is a shame. Even back in the early 1990s, Kawasaki’s Zephyr range harked back to the big bruiser from…

2 min.
roger marshall

What can be said about living legend Roger Marshall? Always a fan’s favourite here in the UK, ‘Reg’ as he became known was one of the old-school bike racers of the 1970s and 1980s. His early days in his home county of Lincolnshire were typical of a racer-to-be. He loved watching racing at Cadwell Park, even once riding the 42-mile round trip with a mate on a push bike to see the action. Motorised twowheelers soon beckoned. Getting hold of an Ariel side-valve which he begged off a local, his first experience of power was shared with mates before he managed to get his first bike – a BSA C10 250 when he was 16. Crashes back then were numerous, prompting friends to ask him: “Where have you been ‘off’ this…

5 min.
2002 triumph speed four

This month’s Quick Spin, is a bit of a game of two halves and ironically for two reasons. Firstly, my most recent ride on the subject of our spin – Triumph’s Speed Four – was held in pretty dismal conditions, so I was lucky to have the original copyright free launch shots of me riding the thing from 15 years back, so you will see some sunny shots from way back when and some not so sunny. Secondly this ‘two halves’ concept neatly sums up Triumph’s approach to building 600cc middleweight machines and bikes in general. You see, Triumph’s model range has always been a little schizophrenic. Sometimes they’ve produced unique machines which have been hard to pigeonhole alongside any Japanese, European or American equivalent, while other times they’ve taken the…

2 min.
the good, the bad & the ugly

When it first broke cover late in 1999, the Triumph TT600 was considered the most important British bike of all time. Why? Well, John Bloor’s Hinckley Triumph had spent the best part of the previous decade improving model-bymodel and here they were, taking on the big boys. Back in the 1990s, the Supersport 600 class was one of the big sellers and Triumph wanted a piece of the action. To do so they built the TT600 with which to take on the Japanese. Looking back, the TT600 was maybe a bit ‘too much too soon’ for the Hinckley firm. It may have been the first mass-produced 600 with fuel-injection, but it suffered badly from poor fuelling and a gutless power delivery, meanwhile the chassis and brakes were simply stunning. Shame the looks…

1 min.
she’s electric!

So, the current government reckons that by 2040 they will have in place a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel engine cars? After the last few years of political and national instability, do they really think that looking that far ahead actually works considering the unpredictability of current politics? Do they think that – at a stroke – we can rid ourselves of the internal combustion engine? Okay, so motorcycles were not specifically mentioned, but it all sounds like a far-fetched face-saving move by the Environment Secretary Michael Gove, you know… that bloke who told us all to vote Brexit before deciding that he wanted to take over the Conservative party, then realised that no-one really liked him. In our two-wheeled industry some have expressed concern at the news, while…

1 min.
zero miler sold!

In our July issue we teased you with some photographs of the unregistered Suzuki RG500 Gamma that was on display at Wheels Motorcycles in Peterborough. Well, a few months is a long time in CMM land and now the zero miler Gamma is long gone from the Wheels showroom. Wheels broke the internet when it listed the unregistered stroker on eBay with an asking price of £29,995. Enquires flooded in from around the world, some more genuine than others! Within less than a month though, a new keeper stepped forward and paid £26,000 for the super Suzuki. We can’t help but think this will drag RG500 prices even higher than they already are, we will keep our finger on this particular pulse in our new marketplace feature that starts in November. Yup… keep…