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Practical Sportsbikes September 2021

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.

United Kingdom
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min

Our Gary makes an interesting point of late. That sort of thing doesn’t happen often, so he’s not waffling about Yoshimura this, you-blew-up-my-bike that… His choice observation is this: the good stuff is drying up. The prime sportsbikes and two-strokes from the 1970s and 1980s are getting thin on the ground in any condition – it’s quite possible this ready supply has finally expired. We’re now down to those truly stashed away and forgotten about, probably in a horrendous state and now only worth something by dint of the values of good ones continuing to soar. What if you just want a reasonably-priced retro superbike to simply ride and admire now, rather than treat as a collector’s item? You could always fake it. Stuart McIntosh’s FZS1000 Fazer evokes the look, the spirit…

1 min
the pretenders

Went to a festival, and tried to pretend he’s not a middle-aged man faking youth. Nobody bought it: a picture of him is now the subject of a damning meme. damian.smith@pspb.co.uk On the front cover this month. The sheer front of it. Who does he think he is? Whatever his game, we don’t like it. Getting ideas above his station. mark.graham@pspb.co.uk Ever the trouble maker, Sir Alan de Seeley just cannot pretend he’s anything other than an adjustable spanner looking for a nut to round. alan.seeley@pspb.co.uk We’ve heard a vicious rumour he signed an autograph this month. This can only mean he’s started passing himself off as Buddy Hackett again. editorial@pspb.co.uk facebook.com/groups/practicalsportsbikes editorial@pspb.co.uk…

3 min
see guy’s martek with ps

Guy’s Martek: you’ve seen the pictures, perhaps seen it on the telly, and of course read all about in PS (April 2020). But have you seen it in the metal? Likely not: a few trackday outings aside, it has largely alternated between Guy’s workbench, and his hallway. But now’s your chance: the spiders are being evicted, the dust is being wiped off, and we’re fetching it ready for the MCN Festival, right on our doorstep here in glorious Peterborough: soon to be a Unesco World Heritage site (application pending). That aside, our own dust-gathering turbo special, the ZX-990, will also be there in whatever state of perennial projectdom it’s in, accompanied by its main architect Chris, and chief provider of derision, Gary Hurd. And something else – maybe MF’s KH1F, maybe not.…

3 min
specials we like

★ JOSH BELL YAMAHA TRX850 Yamaha’s TRX850 is one of the underrated bikes of the ‘90s. Funky, flickable, light, grunty, and a decent alternative to that decade’s over-representation of inline fours. Only the Yam’s conservative styling lets the side down. Fortunately, many owners have taken it upon themselves to rectify Yamaha’s oversight, and in the process improve the TRX’s cycle parts too. Josh Bell is one such owner. The Sydney-based architect transformed his previously drab TRX into a periodstyle endurance rep (Christian Sarron and Tadahiko Taira’s 1996 Suzuka 8-Hour Marlboro TRX has certainly played its part in inspiring this build), and has shown what can be achieved on a limited budget with some proper hands-on creativity. ★MOTOR Josh’s budget didn’t stretch to extensive tuning work – that’ll have to wait for a later date –…

4 min
together in electric nightmares

Recognised sentiments in PS about PB last month (PS, August 2021) which have been increasingly evident as sportsbike performance and prices have rocketed. Going down a blind alley now. Fun while it lasted, but there cannot be much of a future in coverage of bikes which sell in such low numbers. The new 600/660 sports twins suggests manufacturers agree with you. So things change, perhaps in another five years the magazine will morph again reflecting changing attitudes and tastes. If the magazine continues to produce quality articles on a variety of subjects then my subscription continues, I just hope you don’t go electric. Wyn Edwards No danger of that – MG You have to draw the line somewhere, and The PS has drawn it under ‘leccy bikes. Over our dead bodies is how we…

1 min
ps social club

Rick Forsyth Practical and not so practical. I did 1100 miles last weekend on the Rockster up to Scotland. Going for breakfast on the Goose today – it’ll feel like riding a moped after that. Gavin Greenall Latest purchase Aprilia AF1 Sport Pro. This is how it stands for now. Paul Hardy It’s taken me nearly 34 years (since I first got into bikes and wanted one) to get around to buying a GPZ900R but bloody hell, worth the wait! Pat Hughes That’s my 750 finished. PC V fitted today but will need to wait for dyno as he is busy. Richard Jordan Bike 33 years old. Leathers 29 years old. Rider 18 years old... again. Derrell Crump My FZR600 project is ready for a good run out now. Six months of hard work, but I’ve learnt a lot in the…