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Practical Sportsbikes

Practical Sportsbikes September 2019

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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practical sportsbikes welcome

More is always better. It just depends what you want more of, that’s all. It’s more-ish issue of PS and PB this month, crowned by the turn-of-the-century class of speed freaks we tested for the cover story. The passage of time, and other machines eclipsing their vital statistics, means they’re no longer the fastest things around. But the period where manufacturers chased a place in the record books produced a trio of bikes with an unmistakable feel – all as capable of putting a smile on your face as racking up a series of NIPs. Building your own special guarantees you’ll get all of what you desire and more: Dave Whattam wanted an Aprilia RS250, but with 100% more power. So that’s exactly what he built: see page 63 for that two-stroke…

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the team

Damian Smith Art Editor Labouring under the misapprehension that working on a motorbike magazine might involve riding some motorbikes, he’s doing his utmost to imagine what it might be like. damian.smith@pspb.co.uk Mark Graham Production Editor Cretin messed up his last hill climb (see page 136). Now he’s off to a hill weekender in deepest Cornwall – with a working RM370 this time (he reckons). mark.graham@pspb.co.uk Alan Seeley Technical Editor One half of the ace drag racing duo that finally managed a sub-11s pass at The Pod. Now he’s talking about nitrous and getting into the nines... alan.seeley@pspb.co.uk Gary Hurd Workshop Consultant Other half of the ace drag racing duo that finally managed a sub-11s pass at The Pod. Now he’s taking about nitrous for Brighton (and not telling Alan). editorial@pspb.co.uk John McAvoy Road Tester Not been doing that much…

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final call: ps trackday next month

2019 marks a special anniversary for some of WSB’s most memorable and important contenders: the Kawasaki ZXR750, GSX-R750RK and Yamaha OW01 (30 years), Ducati 916 and Honda RC45 (25 years), the Aprilia RSV Mille (20 years). So we’re inviting owners of such machines (road or race) to come join our already ruddy jolly fun track weekend at Cadwell Park on 14-15 September in celebration. We’re setting aside a prime paddock spot for owners’ groups to pitch up and display their bikes (whether you’re riding on track or not). Owners clubs, forums, even Facebook buddies or marque specialists are welcome, and it’s free too: you just need to let Classic Bike Trackdays know (email info@classicbiketrackdays.co.uk tell us what space you require, what you’re bringing, and we’ll find you a berth. Even if you’re…

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if the cap fits

Despite what we said in last month’s PSWorld about there being little point in offering up prizes for compos no one enters, we have (as is our wont) changed our minds. Now, up for grabs, is a colour-matched CBX1000 peaked cap donated by the owners club for one lucky reader to win. All you have to do is answer this question… How wide is the CBX1000 engine? Is it: 1. 550mm wide 2. 55mm wide 3. 5 miles wide 4. None of the above 5. Don’t know The first correct answer we receive by email will win this valuable yet very wearable hat. Answers to: mark.graham@pspb.co.uk…

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31 years ago this month

In the dim and distant past of 1988, what we now know as the present was the future, but it had already quietly arrived and was in fact the present. What are we talking about? ABS: BMW quietly slipped a key development in bike safety onto the K100RS Limited Edition. “John Robinson would later outfox a Yamaha FJ’s ABS, but only in controlled conditions, an exceedingly professional rider in control” You’d think such an early, crude example of anti-lock systems, attached to 259kg of flying brick would get a scornful reaction from PB’s scornful Cumbrian Mark Forsyth. But it did not. A day at Mallory proved that the K100 on ABS worked as well as usual on a dry, grippy surface – no interference at the front, rear used to the limit,…

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specials we like

SEBSPEED HONDA RC36 STREETFIGHTER Honda’s VFR750F isn’t usual streetfighter fare. It’s just too… sensible. But that hasn’t stopped Sebastian Seebacher from using the all-rounder V4 as the base for this build. In truth, Sebastian didn’t start with a bike, just a motor and a wiring loom – the rest grew out from there. Using a mix of Fireblade, CBR600RR and earlier VFR parts, Seb’s created something not dissimilar to the current breed of street nakeds – think MT-07 and CB1000R – but with more edge. That earns a big, fat tick from us. MURAYAMA DUCATI 750 PASO Someone had to sort out Ducati’s oddball Paso, and it wasn’t the Italians. It was the Japanese. Aftermarket bodywork specialists Murayama came up with a new seat of clothes for the all-enclosed Latin tourer that look like a…