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Practical Sportsbikes

June 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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12 Issues


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practical sportsbikes welcome

Staying power and endurance is the accidental theme of this issue: across the pages of both PS and PB we’ve ridden bikes and met people who’ve gone the distance. Take our cover stars: Andy Wade’s restored Slabbie 750, and John Neate’s Harris CB1100 classic endurance bike. One is a production bike so right to start with, we’re still salivating over it today (especially in the sort of condition Andy’s is now in), and it can still get your blood pumping decades later.John’s Harris Honda is a tale of endurance not only on track, but in the workshop too: its success has been hard-won with plenty of blow-ups and setbacks, but now it’s a piece of racing art ploughing a slightly different furrow to the XR69 hordes.Ex-editor Jim’s interview with…

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the team

Damian Smith Art Editor Former art ed of PB, more recently of PS and now in charge of the new PS/PB. Now lives in a penthouse flat and wears highly-polished boating shoes. damian.smith@pspb.co.uk Mark Graham Production Editor Ensures PS/PB is accurate, high-quality and on time. Quite a task for a man who is all over the shop, low rent and frequently late for even the most important appointments. mark.graham@pspb.co.uk Alan Seeley Technical Editor Al heads up our workshop section from p107. If you could see his workshop you’d wonder how that happened. Meanwhile he’s smartened himself up quite considerably. alan.seeley@pspb.co.uk Gary Hurd Workshop Consultant Mechanic, drag racer, break dancer, old-school Suzuki-loving optimist. Likes a Guinness – except when he’s concentrating on chucking spanners around the garage.…

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greek tragedy

In truth all too far gone to get excited about. Relax everyone These images got all-and-sundry frothing over an apparent criminal waste of modern classics as they oxidise in an open-air breakers yard (field) in Greece. ‘What a waste! They could/should be saved!’ was the cry from many. However, probing the originators of the images at speedjunkies.gr, reveals there’s a bit more to it than simply inexcusable neglect.“In Greece, there is a government service where people go around looking for bikes left out in the street, and they stick a notice on them saying they will be towed if they aren’t moved in two months. They’re taken to a huge parking lot where bikes are auctioned super-cheap to salvage yards, like my friend’s here where I took pics. Some…

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18 years ago this month

“GANGS OF HELMETLESS EXTROVERTS ON ROPEY SPORTSBIKES WRAPPED IN FUR, ON ONE WHEEL FOR MILES, THROUGH TRAFFIC, SAT OR STOOD ANYWHERE BUTTHE SEAT AND FOOTPEGS” UK stunt shows are often dull – the inevitable dilution of edgy, illegal street riding when exploited for profit to fill downtime at race meets and bike shows. Then, just as the web started to arrive in peoples homes, along came the Yanks to make skids and wheelies exciting again. Gangs of helmetless extroverts on ropey sportsbikes wrapped in fur, on one wheel for miles, through traffic, sat or stood anywhere but the seat and footpegs.The Starboyz were rulers of the scene, popularity fuelled by a combination of skill, the distinctly uncorporate image and disregard for cops: their videos were titled ‘F*** The Police’…

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specials we like

BAUGY RACING TEAM SUZUKI GSX-R1100 This 1991 GSX-R1100M has pedigree; second at the 2017 Bol d’Or Classic, runner-up in the 2017 VMA Endurance series, and winner of the same championship for the the previous two years. Check out the extra (and sizeable) oil-cooler, underslung bracing on the swingarm, GSX-R1000 forks, Öhlins shock, and Yamaha blue-spot calipers. In all, a generous – and mighty effective – slab of performance. MOTO CARRERARD350 STREET TRACKER King Kenny Roberts slung numerous 2-T Yams sideways to flat track glory, so anything of that ilk is proper by default. Like this RD350 powered street tracker. Built by now defunct Moto Carrera – and claimed by its owner to be the first of 10 made by the Southern Californian outfit – it’s not…

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in your shed

2004 Suzuki GSX-R1000 K4 Owner: Glenn ByrdOwned for: five yearsSo far: track bike to perfect Reynolds replicaWhat’s next: finish the wiring and other detailsThis started out as a rolling chassis bought on eBay for £800, with no engine because it had been used for a grass track car. I spent the next year gathering the missing parts, had it painted, but then I crashed it a couple of times. Now it has a BSB-spec QB Carbon fairing and the correct subframe, a Stage 4 1070cc Holeshot engine, a genuine factory swingarm, Öhlins gas forks and correct Brembo calipers. Any thought of sticking to a budget went out of the window. It’s getting close now – just the wiring and finish details. You almost expect John Reynolds…