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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics September 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
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
$4.53(Incl. tax)
$49.81(Incl. tax)
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
doesn’t time fly by?

Looking at the content of this issue I cannot believe that the Yamaha YZF-R1 is 20 years old this year. I still recall my first ride on one: a brand-new red and white 4XV test bike from Yamaha. I couldn’t get my head around just how fast it was and how quickly those numbers on the oh-so-cool LCD speedo would rise at the merest whiff of your right wrist. Little wonder then that Yamaha has lots planned for this year to celebrate and the fact the 4XV is ridden and dissected over many pages in this month’s CMM. Hell, even Niall Mackenzie wants to buy one as a project… We’re also looking at track-days on classics, with Mark Forsyth saying how to do it on the cheap and Ralph Ferrand doing it…

2 min.
dave jefferies and the r1

This may seem a bold claim, but it could be argued that the talents of just one man and the prowess of a new sportsbike combined to destroy the Honda V4’s grip on the big Isle of Man TT races. Even in its recalcitrant RC45 form, the Honda V4 was almost unbeatable around the island, until Big DJ’s skill was combined with the tuning talents of Jack Valentine and Steve Mellor at V&M Racing. The time was ripe for change. Firstly, this would be the last TT of the millennium and secondly, V&M had previously worked closely with Honda and split with them at the end of 1998. With Yamaha UK also wanting to big-up their new flagship sportsbike, the scene was set. DJ was ready to win – he’d debuted on the…

4 min.
1990s sportsbikes

A decade ago the thought of discussing 1990s motorcycles within CMM wouldn’t have gone down too well, but these machines offer some real bang for our buck and now some are marked as bona fide classics. Britain was sportsbike mad in the 1990s and they were the big sellers, which means if you are looking for one now, there’s no shortage still on the used market. Some will be official UK bikes and some will be ‘parallel imports’ from other countries, which at the time were much cheaper than UK bikes. On the surface they looked identical, other than a headlight that dipped the wrong way and a km/h speedo, but some produced less power than UK-spec bikes. In the end UK importers had to reduce their asking prices and parallel…

3 min.
andy bolas’ top tips!

Our Andy is a serial bike-buyer and has an eye for a good bike and a great deal. He doesn’t want to lose money on a bike, so here are his top tips. Originality: An original bike is always a good starting point – it doesn’t have to be in stunning condition, it’s more about it being complete and unmessed with. Must-haves: The very things we might have changed in our youth are the parts that help to make a tidy classic. Items like original indicators, screen and an uncut rear mudguard. These parts can be found for sale but more often than not finding NOS items can be time consuming – you’d be amazed how many screens are no longer available direct from the manufacturer. Mileage: Finding low mileage…

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

OXFORD PRODUCTS RP-2/RP-3 GLOVES Available as a full gauntlet-style sport riding glove (RP-2) or shorty glove (RP-3) these have a full leather palm with floating carbon knuckle to allow your hand to articulate freely when riding. Tough and comfy, these come in three colourways in sizes small to 3XL. The prices are the same for shorty or gauntlet-style gloves. www.oxfordproducts.com HJC CS-15 STORMTROOPER HELMET If you like Star Wars and love a well-priced feature-packed lid, then the HJC CS-15 helmet is for you. The CS-15 uses HJC’s Advanced Channelling System to direct air around the skull for maximum cooling, which is backed up by a machine-washable, removable comfort liner. Micro-buckle adjustment one colour (evil Empire white) only and sizes XS-2XL. www.oxfordproducts.com ELECTRIC CABLING Connect Workshop Consumables has recently introduced a new range of mini reels…

1 min.

SEALEY HAND TOOLS Sealey’s 16-page Hand Tool Promotion has nearly 200 products on offer inside, more than 20 of which are new. It also contains products with up to 52% discount off the list price and is valid to September 30, 2018. This promotion features the growing range of Premier Black Hand Tools, which sees torque wrenches, socket bit sets and breaker bars added to this popular series. Other new products include a range of multi-coloured socket sets that are colour coded to match the sizes in the existing spanner sets. For more go to www.sealey.co.uk or call 01284 757500.…