Classic Motorcycle Mechanics July 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 83,14
R 687,44
12 Issues

in this issue

4 min
supply and demand?

Where have all the cheap motorcycles gone? That’s the question I’m asking myself as I dive into the search for ‘another’ project, or regular ride. With £3000 burning a hole in my pocket, you’d think I’d have my pick of something suitable for CMM and the VJMC’s ’15 year or older’ rule: sure, I can still get a smattering of Yamahas such as old EXUPs and some ZX-6R/7R Ninjas and a few Honda VFRs, but that’s about it. Five or six years ago the world was my oyster: I snaffled up a CBR900RR-V FireBlade for under £2k and the same for a Suzuki GSX-R750 W-T SRAD for the same. Sold them for a few quid more a few years later… So what do I want for £3k? Well, a Kawasaki ZRX1200R would be…

2 min
best of british!

Mick Hemmings 1944-2021 While this is a magazine largely looking at the Japanese and European classic scene, mention has to be made of the passing of Mick Hemmings. Mick was full of life, quick-witted, ch harming and damn quick on two wheels. He joined the motorcycle trade in 1959 and worked atanumber of Northamptonshire motorcycle dealers. In 1969 he bought his first Norton Co ommando – itwas acrashed and so orry-looking machine, but he rebuilt it, made it into aproduction race machine and won onit. In the early 1970s he worked in advertising for the motorcycle press, but by 1974 he’d set up Mick Hemmings Motorcycles in Northampton, eventually running Norton, Triumph and later Suzuki franchises. By the 1990s Mick was concentrating on classic Triumph and Norton machines, developing his own range of…

4 min

TUCANO URBANO SPENCER JACKET The new SPENCER jacket from Tucano Urbano is classic, simple and easily adaptable to life both on and off the bike, but it’s tough and protective, too! Class A-CE approved for protection against abrasion and impact without limiting riding ability, the SPENCER jacket has soft shoulder and elbow protection included as standard, as well as a pocket for a back protector. The outer shell is made from a mixed nylon/cotton Ripstop material which is water-resistant and has a wax effect. You’ve also got a polyester mesh lining for added breathability. Oh, and you’ll never forget a face mask again thanks to the small pocket inside the collar that holds a microfibre face mask which is included. Available in Dark Blue, sizes S-4XL. ARAI PROFILE-V FLAG The Profile-V is stylish and…

1 min
book corner

THE YAMAHA FZ750 BOOK FZ750 owner and enthusiast Michael Boyle has written this missive on the ground-breaking Yamaha which was launched in 1985. It is a comprehensive study of the world’s first production five-valve per-cylinder motorcycle written from the viewpoint of Yamaha’s Racing successes with the bike and its derivatives. The Book is illustrated with over 350 photographs as well as technical drawings, and has a foreword by former WSB Champion Aaron Slight. Michael has written and produced this book at cost and all proceeds go to Great Ormond Street Hospital charity.…

2 min

RST ISLE OF MAN TT GRANDSTAND LEATHER 1PC SUIT At my age, the intention never was to try and ride like a TT racer, but merely to wear a one-piece suit that offered excellent protection and day-long comfort… and I found it in this offering from RST. What particularly drew me to the suit was the fact that it offered a less aggressive stance than RST’s TracTech Evo suit (I recently sold mine), thereby allowing the wearer to adopt a more upright stance. The suit is CE Certified to Level A, and comes with CE Level 1 back protector, shoulder, elbow and knee armour, plus pocket only hip armour and TPU shoulder cups. You’ve also got double layer cowhide on your rump! Comfort is important to me, so the soft Neoprene race…

1 min
kettle club celebrates 25 years!

Well, okay, more like 26 years (1995-2021) but with all that happened (or didn’t) in 2020, the Kettle Club is looking forward to their ‘25+1’ anniversary this year. With this in mind, they plan to celebrate big time at their Blue Haze Rally, at The Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire over July 14-19 – that’s six days of three-cylinder (or four, see page 46) two-stroke fun! Skid Brown, membership secretary, explains: “Like many organisations and events hit by the pandemic last year, the club was cruelly robbed of the chance to celebrate 25 years of the club and 50 years of the GT750 itself. The scene is set this year for the double celebration at our Blue Haze Rally. Early take-up of tickets seems to show this could be the biggest event…