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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics April 2021

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".

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in deze editie

5 min
rubber loving!

At the risk of tweaking the collective noses of ‘The Gods of Restoration’, the Yamaha CS3C is coming along rather well. Most the issues encountered right now are as much foibles of Yamaha’s Design Engineering and Prototyping Teams as they are the bike, its previous owners or the addle-brained old numpty (yours truly) who’s been fettling it. A perfect example can be seen in the opening shot; it’s physically impossible to easily fill the gearbox up with oil. Access to the plug/ breather is almost non-existent so I’ve had to resort to an angled funnel stuffed into wide bore synthetic rubber pipe. Wound around the frame and poked down the hole, it only took an hour on a particularly cold winter’s morning to charge the transmission with the requisite 850 millilitres…

8 min
a cool g&t!

Isn’t it strange the various things about old bikes that either light the fires or damp down the flames? For me, at least, it doesn’t matter what the hype of the day said or the machine’s perceived status is today – unless the looks ‘get’ me I struggle with enthusiasm levels. Although I fully recognise the significance of the 1969 Honda CB750/4, its looks don’t exactly inspire me; perhaps, cosmetically, they’re a little too conservative. And if I had to pick an air-cooled four of the period it would have to be an original Z1 in that charismatic ‘candy dark green and bright yellow’ – the brown and red option leaves me cold for some reason. And as we’re looking at bikes of that period I find the Norton Interstate in either…

3 min
show us yours

James Wood’s Yamaha DT175MX Hello! Jim Wood here from Sittingbourne in Kent. Here is my Yamaha DT175MX. The powder coating was done by Shearspeed Custom Paintwork of Queenborough, Kent. I bought the bike off of eBay around two years ago and it was a full nut and bolt rebuild. It has one former owner, and the tank, mudguards and panels were painted by my friend Rick from Faversham, parts from Colwin Motorcycles of Sittingbourne. We want to see YOUR pride and joy in our pages, so you can share what you ride and restore with fellow readers. Email your hi-res shots to bsimmonds@mortons.co.uk or mail in some photos to the address at the front of the mag. Let us know what you’ve done and how you’ve done it, and send before and…

7 min

Good old days #2 On the Good Old Days feature, my mind was instantly taken back to my last ride on my KTM 990 Adventure before finally deciding to stop riding. I can tell you it was a very difficult decision to make, but all the enjoyment had been suffocated from my biker’s will to ride. My commute to work was becoming more a dice with crappy driving standards from just about everything on more than two wheels. Many (potentially all) drivers treat using the roads and driving as a chore that needs to be done rather than a process that needs to be concentrated on 100%. So mobile phones, make-up and hair styling, shaving even whilst operating a car or van, or indeed partaking in a coffee have all taken…

1 min
what’s left to do?

Looking ahead I need to fit the new points and condensers, gap the former then sort out the ignition timing. The brakes need connecting up and, hopefully, I have a NOS front cable on its way from America. The chain and chain-guard are ready to fit and once in place I can use the rear brake to lock the wheel, tighten up the sprocket nut and bend over the tab washer. My aim is to then fire the bike up minus its freshly painted tank using a remote unit and make any necessary carburettor adjustments. This will necessitate the fitting of an exhaust system and I have a cunning plan. The units that came with the bike weren’t in the best of health with one being from a CS1C and…

2 min
riding kit worn, tools twirled & tyres turned

BEELINE MOTO SAT-NAV If you’re into old bikes, chances are that you’re of an age when navigating a route is achieved the traditional way – at the occasional stop you pull out a lovely map and plot the next move. Youngsters will now be yelling at their copy of CMM and wondering why this old fool hasn’t ever heard of sat-nav. Well I have, and there are times when it’s lovely to hear the dulcet tones of a lady giving instructions through an earpiece connected to your smartphone. What could be better? Most times I use well-worn routes in the south-east when that’s not really necessary, and it’s occasionally fun to explore off the beaten track. But if you’ve got an address to find then a sat-nav is vital, even if the palaver…