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Practical Sportsbikes May 2020

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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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This issue of PS is brought to you under troubling and exceptional circumstances, and we sincerely hope these strange times are not affecting any of you or your families in the direst ways. Every member of the PS team is now working from isolation, bikes off the road, to do our little bit in limiting both the spread of infection, and any needless burden on emergency services. We’ll continue to do our utmost within the current restrictions to bring you a full complement of PS and PB features. We’ll adapt and improvise as our usual working methods become more difficult, impractical, or even unsafe for those concerned. It will have to change the way we do things: visiting readers with projects, testing bikes, even meeting colleagues face-to-face are no longer guaranteed. We’ll…

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the team

Damian Smith Art Editor Confined to his bachelor pad, Damo’s been designing the mag in total solitude, which is what he secretly pines for anyway. Fair play: he’s done a great job. damian.smith@pspb.co.uk Mark Graham Production Editor Holed-up in his stone hovel sucking moss for sustenance. His extended family have quite rightly refused to isolate with him. Was bad enough having him in an office. mark.graham@pspb.co.uk Alan Seeley Technical Editor With an elderly mother to care for, Alan’s rightly had to make his movements carefully. But he’s still working on bringing his talents to the mag, whatever they are. alan.seeley@pspb.co.uk Gary Hurd Workshop Consultant As CN was in isolation as the turbo arrived for the ZX990, Medium G holed himself up in his garage and took it on. See the goodies fitted on page100. editorial@pspb.co.uk John McAvoy Road Tester Has been tearing around…

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tony rutter (1941-2020)

Dave Burr became one of Tony Rutter’s sponsors at a time when, despite winning World Championships for Ducati, Rutter had little or no financial backing. After Tony’s big smash at Montjuic Park in 1985, all of Tony’s sponsors moved on, except Dave. He stayed loyal and continued to support him by providing for his wife Pauline and son Michael while he recovered Dave and Tony inevitably become close, lifelong friends right up to the end. Dave said: “Tony was a man who woke up thinking about racing motorbikes, and went to sleep still thinking about racing motorbikes. I was privileged to be involved with Tone for nearly 40 years and I think I got to know him as well as he allowed anyone to get to know him. “He was a man…

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specials we like

TYGA SUZUKA-REP HONDA NC30 Subtle is the key with this magnificent NC30. At first glance, this Honda V4 looks like a stock RC30 – a very nice one mind – but that’s a deliberate part of the illusion. At heart it’s a 1992 VFR400R, but clever use of stunning Suzuka 8-Hour replica Tyga bodywork (that’s the stacked-headlamp, endurance-style fairing and single-seat RVF400 tail unit, all finished in RC30-a-like colour) raise the bike from mere 400 to something truly delicious. Other tasty extras abound: big Thermae twin race-radiators, Samco hoses, HRC rear brake reservoir, Tyga footrests and 4-1 pipe, and an NC35 17-inch rear wheel. Tastiest NC we’ve seen in ages. GALLINA HAYASHI QUATTRO SUZUKI 750LE Never heard of Gallina Hayashi? You’re not alone. This 1990 Japanese-built, trellis-framed superbike is one of only 10 made. Consciously…

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in your shed

To: editorial@pspb.co.uk only for the time being – postal submissions won’t reach us until we’re able to return to office-based working. Sorry! Kawasaki GPZ400R Builder: Graham Morgan Owned for: one year So far: rebuilt as a 600 What’s next: daytime MoT This is a GPZ400R import with an alloy frame I’ve just completed. I’ve fitted a GPX600 crank, rods, pistons, barrels and head to the 400 cases. A set of new OEM carbs were a lucky bargain buy too. The forks and yokes, swingarm and wheels are ZXR400. I’ve fitted a Nitron race spec shock too. The forks were rebuilt with new OEM stanchions, seals etc. It has specially fabricated front and rear mounting brackets for the Brembo calipers. Plus a lot more one-off bits too. Harris Motorcycles sprayed it to a fantastic two-pack finish and all…