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Practical Sportsbikes August 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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WHILE OLD FARMER CHRIS drains his fourth bottle of warm Prosecco, quaffs another placenta sandwich, and launches a bin liner of soiled nappies in the vague direction of his piggery, it behoves us to announce the arrival of Henry Newbigging (25 June, 9:27am, 9lb 4oz). That’s why the gaffer can’t deliver his customary pep-talk for issue 118. It therefore falls to us long-serving serfs and keepers of the slurry pit to deliver the overlord’s message to his loyal bondsmen. Issue 118 follows issue 117 and precedes issue 119 (God willing). In it may be varied tales of such machines as may cause ye wonder. Indeed, Guido Martin of the Eastern Marches of this blessed land hath thereupon taken to extremes his Guyabusa and let loose many hundred horsepower in his quest…

6 min
bike firms fight viral challenge

The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown have left their mark on all aspects of life, and yet for certain parts of the PS-era bike world the three-month house arrest brought about a boom in business the like of which they’ve not experienced in years. “We’ve been up to 50-60 per cent busier than the previous year,” Romain T’joen, general manager of mail-order parts giant Wemoto, told PS. “People have had more free time, yet less things to spend their money on, and it seems they’ve decided to spend it on their bikes. It’s been tough at times, but we’ve been able to meet demand because we hold a massive stock.” In fact, demand for some components has been so high that stock has dwindled to unobtainable levels. “Dell’Orto carb and Brembo brake spares…

4 min
bikes reunited

The loneliness from lockdown is prompting some of you to trace your lost loves… NO. However, a motorcycle is just a collection of metal, plastic and rubber, and can usually be returned to a youthful state (unlike Tracey from science class), and many of you would like to see an old steed come home. So if you recognise any of these, get in touch: you can opt to simply pass on the message the bike is alive and well, or you can consent to passing on your details for the owner to get in touch if that’s OK (do say). If you’d like our help in tracing your bike, email us at editorial@pspb.co.uk, titling your email ‘Bikes Reunited’. We’ll need pictures of the bike, the reg number and anything else that…

2 min
specials we like

DEALS AND WHEELS HONDA MB8 Oliver Heiermann is the fella behind Deals and Wheels, the German custom shop that has in recent years turned its attention to tricking-up modern Kawasaki Z1000s (you may remember his KR750 inspired Zed in these very pages a year or so back). But he was modifying bikes long before D&W, machines like this 1983 Honda MB8 that he moulded into a funky street racer. It’s a proper mish-mash – with Kawasaki AR tank, twin-shocked MTX50 swingarm, RD125LC bikini fairing, high-level MT-8 spannie, homemade rearsets and big-bored motor. Best MB special we’ve seen, in fact. MAGTAN KAWASAKI Z1300 There’s no getting away from the sheer size of Kwak’s inline-six. It’s a big unit in every way. So, if you’re going to modify a mighty 13 you’d be advised to leave the…

6 min
in your shed

To: editorial@pspb.co.uk or post to In Your Shed Practical Sportsbikes, Media House, Lynch Wood, Peterborough PE2 6EA Suzuki GS125 Owner: Mike Dancer Owned for: 10 months So far: new JSS rear shocks, secondhand carburettor, oil and filter change What’s next: new paint job PROJECT IN PROGRESS This is a little 1993 GS 125 I bought for £300 as a project, as my wife passed her CBT in May last year. Ideal for something that was not too precious in case of learner mishaps. It had been left under a cover by a previous owner, so the paint on the tank is in bad shape and some chrome parts, like the ’bars, have seen better days. But it cleaned up OK. The fairing and seat unit are complete with no broken lugs. Now it’s running I’ll work on the small…

4 min
ps mail

STAR LETTER Resilient PS readers need more outrage You fellows must have lost your bottle after the June issue’s inflammatory choice of ’70s machinery. What’s with this ’80s list of considered, appropriate landmark machines (PS, July 2020)? Thought you’d at least throw in a couple of ringers, No K100? No MZ? I’m guessing an angry letter from a distraught next of kin as some crusty old stager inhaled his bedtime Horlicks put paid to such high jinks. We were lucky not to get a Münch Mammoth. Granted an R90 was never a bad bike, but was that Prussian see-saw really as good as it got? I concur with your previous correspondent (Tim Claridge, PS mail, July 2020). A Guzzi Le Mans, sans linked brakes, was a joyous device in comparison and you’ve got…