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Practical Sportsbikes September 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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ISSUE 119 SEPTEMBER 2020 The urge to keep things ‘in case they come in useful’ is a peculiarly male trait: perhaps not the thing to say in these more enlightened, more equal times. But my wife certainly doesn’t feel the urge to stash wood offcuts, old light switches and a few kilos of corroded fasteners away in anticipation of the day that junk becomes treasure. An awful lot of that junk now festoons the crusty treasure that is the £300 RF900R I’ve been reviving for the Longest Day Challenge, to raise cash for Cancer Research UK. The Box of Plenty and the Tub of Gash Bolts are severely depleted, but the RF is running, riding, and not terrible. See where I got it to on the eve of my 900-mile charity epic…

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isle of wight pitches new road race

The Diamond Road Races are a new, time-trial style meeting slated to be held in October 2021 - if local objection doesn’t quash the advanced plans first. A 12.4-mile course on the south, English Channel-facing side, of the isle has been picked for the new four-day event, dreamt up by islanders James Kaye (a thrice British Touring Car champ as it goes) and Paul Sandford (a business type wishing to boost the local economy). Around them, they’ve assembled Gary Thompson, the IOM TT’s Clerk of the Course, for the same role, Steve Plater as a rider liaison and safety advisor, and Neil Tuxworth as a rider/team liaison, and recruitment officer. Superstock, Supersport and Supertwin classes are slated for the opening event, with two days of practice, a rest day, then the full…

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bikes reunited

Once again we’re seeking to help the lovelorn motorcyclists by letting them know their missing machine is alive. Or failing that, give us a laugh at their 1980s bouffant… if you’d like to know the current whereabouts of a bike, email editorial@pspb.co.uk, titled ‘Bikes Reunited’, including a picture of the bike, the reg. number, and any useful info that may help trace or identify it, because not everyone has a Rain Man-like ability to retain reg. numbers in their mind. Your bike could be right outside their window, and they won’t realise unless you disclose that it was in fact YOU who hand-painted Bonnie Tyler on the tank of your EXUP, in a fit of drunken musical appreciation one year at the TT campsite. So if you’re holding out for…

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specials we like

TURTLE SHOP RACING ASAHINA SUZUKI GS1200SS Who needs a full-blown XR69 replica when a tricked up GS1200SS looks this horny? TSR, Japan mean business with their retro oil-boiler - chewed Dunlop cut-slicks, Brembo monoblocs, FCR flatslides, fat usd forks, Öhlins shocks and oh-so-gorgeous Asahina Racing titanium pipe. Asahina make several options; from a 106dB short can to the quieter 103dB long option here. Go to asahina-racing.co.jp YAMAHA XJ900F MONTJUIC 24 RACER Scroll all the way back to 1983 for this one-time endurance racer, now to be found at the Museu de la Moto in Barcelona. Raced to a creditable fourth place at the ‘83 24 Horas de Montjuic by Ferran Prous, Josep Manuel Rosa and future (then) 250 and 500GP star Juan Garriga, this XJ900 has loads of tasty touches. And stock shaft-drive is maintained.…

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in your shed

Yamaha YZF750R Owner: Dean Allen Owned for: eight months So far: rescued from a garden What’s next: MoT This is my second YZF750R, (an early 1993 in pink and pearlescent white) that I purchased back in December. I’ve since fitted a GSX-R1000 rear shock and early R1 upside forks bought for just £45 and £90 respectively. Blue spot calipers now on too. I used electrolysis to remove the worst of the rust in the tank, sealed it with epoxy, cleaned the carbs and the engine fired up, running sweetly (on tickover at least). I took my time once the carbs were off to sort valve clearances and all that’s left now is to fit new seals to the rear caliper, refit painted black parts (underseat subframe, screen stay and clock/ light holding frame). NEARLY READY Aprilia RSV1000 Mille Owner:…

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ps mail

In praise of the utterly indefensible Please convey my thanks to Jim on a well presented and meticulous Bike Of The ‘80s (PS, July 2020). Every word resonated with insight and could only have been written in that style by someone who really knew what the era was about. Without doubt a superb summary of the age, technology and prevailing culture of the time. I also commend your editorial guidance and Alan’s controversial choice in Bike Of The ‘70s (PS, June 2020). The BMW R90S was, of course, the only logical choice from that era, and Alan had it nailed when he mentioned the handling. You only need to look at the rake angle, the leading axle forks, drilled discs, and of course those Metzelers to realise this was a serious competitor…