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Practical Sportsbikes

Practical Sportsbikes February 2020

Practical Sportsbikes magazine is about buying, fixing, restoring and riding sportsbikes from the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. Every issue of PS – the magazine home of new-wave Japanese and Italian classics – is packed with: - The most inspiring and ingenious reader restorations - The most in-depth road tests and buyers’ guides - Unmissable workshop tips and how-to features Practical Sportsbikes gets under the skin of the bikes that really matter to our readers and explains how best to maintain, rebuild and enjoy them. So if you’re in to sportsbikes from the 1970-1990s, PS is essential reading.

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i denne udgave

1 min.
practical sportsbikes welcome

Happy new year: and what a happy year we’ve just left behind, too. This is the 12th issue since we transplanted the running gear of PB on to the chassis of PS , and if you’re reading this (and plenty of you are, I’m pleased to say), that probably suggests we’ve ironed out the bugs of a unique propostion in the world of bike magazines – and made it work for you. We’ve certainly had fun putting together this varied offering – covering anything from classic two-stroke tiddlers to cutting edge, big-bore sports weapons. And this might be the most varied issue yet: bikes from Japan, Germany, Italy, USA and UK feature. Some cost next to nothing (like my RF900R), while the Arch KRGT-1 has a price tag the same as a…

1 min.
the team

Max Thrust Art Editor The art editor formerly known as Damian got cold feet after switching his name to Larry last month, and opted for something far more dynamic-sounding. damian.smith@pspb.co.uk Mark Graham Production Editor Grumpy as hell after being informed there was no staff Xmas party, only to later learn we’d had one, but just didn’t want him to come. Serves him right. mark.graham@pspb.co.uk Alan Seeley Technical Editor Now back in the workshop, Alan has resumed simultaneous lecturing on correct practice while masterfully cocking-up the job in hand on Project ZX990 (page 101). alan.seeley@pspb.co.uk Gary Hurd Workshop Consultant Shirked his round repeatedly at our Xmas booze-up, claiming insolvency, then proceeded to show off his new Yoshimura cam caps for the GSX. Chancer. editorial@pspb.co.uk John McAvoy Road Tester Has broken his best wallpapering table on a tour of the country…

4 min.
the show must go on...

Still plenty of time to plan your trip of a lifetime to the Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show featuring Practical Sportsbikes. We will be appearing at the ExCel centre 14-16 February 2020 at Docklands, London, E16 1XL on stand R130. And that stand will be chokablock with entertainment for all the family, at least those interested in motorbikes. First and not least we will have six of the finest Yamaha LCs the world has even seen oozing class all over the felt tile floor. If that’s not enough to lure you and your family into the arms of your favourite magazine, we’ll even have a few stickers to give away to the poor mites you’ve dragged kicking and screaming through the turnstiles. And we’ll all be there to soak up the tirades…

2 min.
specials we like

CIATTI RACING HONDA CBX1000 Great things happen when Moto2 collides with Honda’s humungous CBX1000, as proven by this amazing, modernised ’80s classic built by Alessandro Ciatti of Italian race team Speed Up. The base bike is an ’82 Pro-Link CBX-C, not that there’s much left of it. As you’d expect of an engineer making his living at the cutting edge of GP Racing’s intermediate class, Alessandro’s gone top-notch when it comes to components. He’s clearly the first person to mate a hand-crafted Suter swingarm to the big H’s hefty six-cylinder tourer – an inspired choice, we’re sure you’ll agree. Suspension is Öhlins: forks from a Multistrada, shock is an STX 36, wheels are OZ. He’s then gone bonkers with one-off engine mounts, pipe, brackets and more, in the process shaving almost 90kg…

5 min.
in your shed

2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000 K7 Builder: Craig Donaldson Owned for: 10 years So far: track bike returned to the road What’s next: hand it back to my mate Just finished mate’s (Gary the Banker’s) GSX-R1000. It was his track bike for the last 10 years – it once clocked 192mph at Misano, he says. It has Öhlins fork internals and shock, BST carbon wheels, Brembo calipers and radial master cylinder, an Akrapovic system and Power Commander, and Gilles rearsets working a quickshifter. I returned it to road mode with a view to buying it off him, but on second thoughts 200bhp with my cack hand and no ‘nannytronics’ isn’t a good idea. As soon as he saw it he wanted to keep it anyway – he still owns every bike he’s ever bought. 1991 Kawasaki ZXR750 K1 Owner:…

6 min.
bikes of your life

Bikes are something of a family affair for 42-year-old aircraft engineer, Gary Davis. His father Alf has always been a two-wheel enthusiast, still riding a 2011 Bonnie and a 1957 AJS at the age of 77, and Gary recalls pillion rides to school on the back of a C90. Not that Davis senior actively encouraged his offspring onto bikes, Gary and his older brothers Grant and Graham were promised cars if they stayed away from motorcycles. “Mine was an Escort van,” recalls Gary. The bribe was ultimately unsuccessful, however, and Gary did his Direct Access test in 1994 to avoid rule changes that would force under-21s onto staged licences. “It snowed on the day of my test and the examiner said we’d keep things short and neat. I passed on a CG125…