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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics

November 2020

Dedicated to the later classics and Japanese machines, Classic Motorcycle Mechanics has it all. Now 116 pages of road tests, rebuild guides, 'Street Specials' reviews and much much more... Staff Bikes - Classic Motorcycle Mechanics is the only magazine that "Buys its own bikes, rebuilds 'em and rides 'em".

United Kingdom
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
bridgestone cmm comp continues!

As many of you know, during 2020 we teamed up with Bridgestone tyres to search for the best restoration and finest classic-based special of 2020. Each month we’ve showcased either a specials build or straight restoration in CMM’s pages and the owner featured has won a Bridgestone roll bag. To see the latest recipient, head to page 24. Now, the original idea was to choose the best restoration and special and perhaps feature them on our stand at The Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show, and bundle together some prizes for the winners. Clearly that couldn’t happen with the show being cancelled at the last minute, so we’ve decided to extend the competition into 2021, with the aim the same – to have the winners of our extended competition on our stand…

1 min.
super scrambler!

Greetings from the US of A! I have to say I loved the reader-built Street Scrambler based on the Kawasaki Z400. I read the article twice before seeing it’s a Bike of the Year candidate. It’s great as it’s totally outside the box! Triumph exhaust: hell yes! A street bike into a cross-road machine: hell yes! Home brewed: hell yes. I recently had a 1978 KZ400 and loved it. I bought it as a neglected survivor for a ‘parts-fetcher.’ I cleaned it up and used its luggage rack to strap down anything that would fit on it! I was shocked at how fast it was and it did great wheelies! I then read (in your magazine) that its motor is actually half a Z1 900, which explained a lot. Even though…

1 min.
suzuki v-strom 1050 (xt)

PRICE £9999 (£11,299) ENGINE 1037cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90˚ V-Twin POWER 106bhp (79kW) @ 8500rpm TORQUE 74ft-lb (100Nm) @ 6000rpm FRAME Twin-spar aluminium frame, aluminium swingarm WHEELBASE 1415mm BRAKES Twin 310mm floating discs and radially mounted Tokico monobloc front brake calipers. The rear brake has a 38mm single piston pin-slide caliper and 260mm disc TRANSMISSION 6-speed constant mesh, chain final drive SUSPENSION 43mm fully adjustable KYB inverted forks, preload and rebound damping adjustable link type mono-shock WHEELS/TYRES Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 radial tyres. Front 110/80R19M/C 59V, rear 150/70R17M/C 69V Seat height: 850–870mm FUEL CAPACITY 20 litres MPG 57.65 claimed KERB WEIGHT 247kg…

1 min.
what to look out for…

Keep your eyes open when it comes to signs in the urban environment. These can come in a number of formats, such as signs from other road users. Brake lights: Yes, they tell you the car ahead is slowing down, so you have to. Indicators: Often under-used by the car fraternity, so never presume the driver is going to use them or that they are going to turn or move in the direction the indicators say. Conversely, do use yours and remember to switch them off! Road signs tell you what’s happening ahead. Speed signs should be obeyed in the urban environment;, no-entry signs ditto. Other signs hint to what could be around the corner, be it a school (children crossing the road), speed humps (not good on the fillings), or a…

1 min.
i own them...

Kettle Club chairman Dave Hewitson was barely in his teens when he was bitten by the GT750 bug. In 1977 a neighbour was visited by a black GT750B with a Piper three-into-one exhaust. “I can remember the howl from the bike as he shot off down the road,” remembers Dave. Dave subsequently owned a wide range of bikes, but never a GT. While on holiday in 2003, he found a copy of Classic Bike Guide in which there was an advert for a one-owner blue GT750 for £2500. “Suddenly the desire to own a GT750 was as strong as it had been when I first saw one,” says Dave, who, upon returning home, found a cheque for £2500 as compensation for endowment mis-selling. “It was a sign,” says Dave, but the bike…

1 min.
suzuki gt750

MODEL Suzuki GT750J [GT750M] ENGINE Liquid-cooled two-stroke piston-ported triple CAPACITY 738cc (70 x 64mm) COMPRESSION RATIO 6.7 [6.9] to 1 (corrected) CARBURATION Three Mikuni 32mm VM [40mm CV] PEAK POWER 67bhp [70bhp] at 6500rpm PEAK TORQUE 55.7lb-ft at 5500rpm CLUTCH Wet multiplate GEARBOX Five speed INTERNAL RATIOS 2.846, 1.737, 1.364, 1.125 & 0.962 to 1 FINAL DRIVE 50HDSS 5/8 x 3/8in chain FINAL DRIVE RATIO 47/15 (3.13:1) [43/16 (2.688:1)] OVERALL RATIOS 14.9, 9.1, 7.1, 5.9 & 5.04 to 1 [12.8, 7.8, 6.1, 5.1 & 4.3 to 1] FRAME Duplex tubular steel cradle FRONT SUSPENSION Telescopic fork REAR SUSPENSION Pivoted fork, two spring-damper units with three-position adjustable preload FRONT WHEEL Laced spoke, steel rim Rear wheel Laced spoke, steel rim FRONT TYRE Bridgestone 3.25 x 19 REAR TYRE Bridgestone 4.00 x 18 FRONT BRAKE Four-leading shoe 220mm drum [Dual 298mm-diameter discs] REAR BRAKE 190mm-diameter drum ELECTRICAL SYSTEM Alternator 280W, 50/40W headlamp, starter motor BATTERY 12V-14AH FUEL TANK 17 litres (3.75gal) WHEELBASE 1492mm (58.75in) SEAT HEIGHT 31in (787mm) CASTOR ANGLE 63deg TRAIL 95mm (3.74in) WEIGHT 214kg (470lb) dry claimed…