Classic Motorcycle Mechanics May 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".

United Kingdom
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
R 85,03
R 703,08
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
parts and parcel!

We hope you’ve seen the 32-page parts supplement attached with this issue of Classic Motorcycle Mechanics. CMM does its best to highlight the places we can still source the parts needed for our favourite classic Japanese motorcycles and we decided that we wanted to showcase the best places around, not just the UK, but in some cases, the world. The internet and a certain popular auction site have shrunk the world considerably – and made it easier for us to search for parts for our bikes. Now, we don’t want to get political, but parts purchasing from the likes of the USA has always come with the sting of extra charges and now, perhaps, it’s the case from Europe too, post Brexit. We’ve heard that the likes of won’t ship orders of…

2 min
the wrong horse…

I’m not normally a betting man. In fact I can count the number of times I’ve been into a turf accountants on one hand during my 50 years on this planet, but a bike race made me place my second ever bet. It was the end of July 1993 and I placed an each-way bet on Carl Fogarty finishing on the podium in the forthcoming British 500cc Grand Prix, taking place on August 1. Foggy’s qualifying on the Team Agostini Cagiva (he was fifth if I recall) spurred me on to pop round the corner from the flat I rented to place a fiver each way on a podium placing at the local Ladbrokes. I think the pay-back would have been around £50. Carl had previous other chances on the 500, notably…

4 min
the latest riding kit, top tools, tyres, retro clothing and more!

RST ADVENTURE-X SUIT The Pro Series Adventure-X jacket and jean is a must have for all adventure riding – editor Bert swears by his and the latest suit looks better still. Made from MaxTex, with a Ballistic textile in key impact areas for abrasion resistance, a new innovative and removable X-Liner is featured. This is a singular lightweight lining which combines the quilted thermal liner and the SinAqua waterproof membrane. This can be removed easily and stored in the rear jacket map pocket, ideal for longer tours in a variety of environments. CE Certified to Level AA thanks to its ultra-tough construction and CE armour throughout, it is easy to see why Mick Extance specifically chose this jacket to tackle the Dakar in 2020. The jacket costs £249.99 and is available in Black/Black,…

2 min
riding kit worn, tools twirled & tyres turned

SOLO STARTER I’ve booted many a Gold Star into life, but that was then, this is now, and the thought of busting my titanium hip trying to kick-start anything over 250cc nowadays just isn’t too appealing. I’ve been thinking about building a remote starter for a while but, while wombling around the internet looking at starters, I ended up on the Solo site and I have to say, it’s impressive. I’d seen their stuff in the GP paddock at Stafford and they start everything from zingy TZs up to 1000cc Triumph triples. So, do I really want to spend a heap of time (and probably a similar sized heap of cash) making something... and almost certainly remaking it, when I can buy one with a proven track record? I have to admit…

2 min
happy birthday hoc!

2021 sees the Honda Owners Club GB hit the big 6-0, meaning they are actually older than Honda UK themselves by one year. Former president of HOC and one of the founder members, Pete Goodger, says: “I remember it well. It was in the Spring of 1961 and I exchanged my Heinkel 197cc Bubble Car at H and A Motorcycles Ltd. in Croydon. These new-fangled Honda motorcycles had just arrived from Japan and were being shot to pieces by the motorcycle press at the time for having indicators and other things deemed as ‘extras’. The shop only had one C72 so I had to wait a week for the next one. When I rode it away I was amazed at the quietness and comfort of the bike. A week later I…

1 min
honda specials anniversary!

With Hondas and anniversaries still in mind, we have been contacted by Daniel Brown who is putting together an event for a range of 1990s special-edition Hondas. Think of the Russell Savory’s RS edition 50th anniversary Hondas, such as the FireBlade, VTR1000 FireStorm and VFRs, along with the potent V&M CBR1100XX Blackbirds and, yes, CMM will be there. Daniel said: “The event will go ahead on June 6, 2021, on a Sunday so the roads won’t be too busy! We will be meeting up at the York designer outlet just off the A19 roundabout from 9:15am. So far we have two V&M Blackbirds, and at least four RS machines. We are also working hard to attract a special guest. Contact me at for more.” We will bring you more on…