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Practical Sportsbikes November 2020

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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United Kingdom
12 Issues

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ISSUE 121 NOVEMBER 2020 There’s constant talk in the media about environmental concerns, and we thought it was about time we did our bit by encouraging the conservation of natural resources. Yes, ladies and gents: it’s time to save water. Ride an air-cooled bike. OK, the idea of a bike decades old being good for the planet is questionable, though technically it IS a glorious form of recycling, reducing your consumption of new materials (and the associated carbon footprint). And an air-cooled bike is a seductive thing nonetheless. For a start, they’re the prettiest motors around - even a humble CG125 motor has a simple elegance that can’t be matched by anything with radiators and hoses. The whole hipster/cafe racer scene is based on bikes with great looking engines, even if they’re…

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the team

Damian Smith Art Editor Enjoyed his ride from Peterborough to Cheddar on the T’cat, despite failing wheel bearings and delaminating brake pads. Ignorance is bliss. damian.smith@pspb.co.uk Mark Graham Production Editor Full of hot air and prone to blowing gaskets, MG is roundly (and wisely) ignored by the rest of the team. mark.graham@pspb.co.uk Alan Seeley Technical Editor Windswept and interesting in the extreme, Alan is the unwitting style guide for a generation of young hipsters. They’ll learn. alan.seeley@pspb.co.uk Gary Hurd Workshop Consultant Has the temerity to suggest you should be ethical and fair with sellers when buying bikes in his latest Project Hunter. With his record! editorial@pspb.co.uk John McAvoy Road Tester We’ve heard little from him this month. We presume he’s been fighting his sub-prime GSX-R1000 project bike. editorial@pspb.co.uk Michael Rutter Track Tester As if to prove old ways are the best, our racing chum outfoxed his…

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new british two-stroke

There’s a new and unexpected name on the two-stroke scene: Langen, a boutique outfit based in Wigan and run by an ex-CCM bloke. Pre-orders are open for 100 examples of the Langen Two Stroke. If you like the steampunk-cum-cafe racer vibe, it’s certainly not lacking in specification. The motor is fuel-injected (relax, that sort of thing works far better than it did in the V-Due days), 249.5cc 90º V-twin with two counter-rotating crankshafts. It makes a claimed 75bhp at 11,700rpm. It’s wetclutch, with a six-speed cassette transmission. Claimed mass is 114kg, thanks to an aluminium chassis adorned with very little other than essential parts made from carbon fibre and light alloys. Forks are Öhlins, shocks (yes, two of them) are by K-Tech, calipers are by HEL, but discs are Brembo. Playing fast…

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beemer play homologation game

This is the M 1000 RR - BMW’s winged, higher-revving and better-specced homologation special, derived from the regular S 1000 RR. It exists not only as something for the moderately wealthy to swank about on, but to remedy the situation on track, where the normal model isn’t cutting the dash they might have hoped. The WSB bike isn’t running at the front consistently, the BSB bike is adrift, and Superstock riders aren’t as high up the order as they were with the old model either. So: this has higher-compression pistons on lighter Pankl titanium conrods, under camshafts with altered timing and lift (still using the variable ShiftCam tech), with lighter valve gear at the end of CNC-profiled ports. It revs to 15,100rpm, instead of 14,600pm, and has more power from 6000rpm…

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bikes reunited

Just one reader’s request for Bike Reunited this month - or at least, one we can use. There are more, but sadly we’re not able to publish requests without at least one scan of a grainy 6x4” print to prove you owned the bike once. Making up the numbers is our own Michael Rutter, issuing a non-specific plea for any bikes attached to his dad, racers or otherwise. Just this month, Gary Mitchell from Fastline Superbikes in Preston gave him the nod that they’d picked up a lovely Ducati Pantah 500 from the original owner, who bought it from Tony Rutter Motorcycles. The bike’s a peach: original numberplate, all the history. “I’ve found a couple of his race bikes, and the Pantah, but I’d love to hear from anyone who’s got more…

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specials we like

RED BULL TYGA HONDA NSR250 Think trick two-strokes and you may not think of Sweden, but that’s exactly where this gorgeous NSR was built by 2-T nut Jyrki Ursin. This once stock MC28 now drips with top-spec trickery, from Tyga-sourced Carbon GP-T bodywork, lightweight PVM wheels, Öhlins upside-downers, radial Brembo GP4-RX calipers, 300cc big-bore kit, Tyga pipes with Akrapovic silencers, Tyga yokes and more. The end result looks like it was destined for an early 2000s GP grid. No wonder Jyrki’s next project is a Honda RS250 NXA. TWO BROTHERS RC31 HAWK That’s an RC30, right? Wrong. It’s an ’88 Honda NT650 Hawk RC31, or Bros 650 in Japanese guise, built by Mike Velasco - the spannerman behind Two-Brothers Racing. The 700cc motor is good for 70bhp on the dyno. Chassis updates are a mix…