Classic Motorcycle Mechanics November 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 86,17
R 712,49
12 Issues

in this issue

4 min
bikes: should be available on the nhs!

Even with winter approaching I’m traditionally ‘full of the joys of spring’ as I’ve always tried to be a ‘glass half full’ kinda chap, no ‘seasonal affective disorder’ here… Winter has its own joys, I’ve found. However, a few things happened this month which made me realise that – sometimes – bad things happen and you just can’t help it. You have to go with the flow, but at the same time the power of our hobby often shines through and lifts us up. And so it has proved… I won’t go into major detail, suffice to say that my personal life took a bit of a downturn and someone very close to me was suffering and needed my help urgently. I managed to help them somewhat – by using two wheels…

1 min
key of the door…

1961 would be an amazing year for Mike Hailwood and Honda, one which would unlock greatness for both rider and factory. Mike would turn 21 in April and win his first of 14 TT wins on a Honda in the Lightweight Race. Meanwhile, Honda would take their first World Championship later that year. Honda had only been competing in grand prix since 1959, when it took part in the Ultra-Lightweight TT on the Isle of Man. In 1960 the company would contest its first full season, taking podiums on the way. For 1961, Mike Hailwood would eventually ride a Honda RC144 125cc machine, which father Stan ‘The Wallet’ Hailwood would secure. At the TT Mike would become the first rider to win three races in a week (125, 250 and 500), narrowly missing…

4 min
cmm stuff

DUCHINNI D977 HELMET Duchinni’s new D977 full-face helmet is designed for riders on a budget who still want a quality lid. This new aerodynamic outer shell is made from an ABS/fibre composite, with a sporty rear spoiler, and is ECE 22.05 certified for use on UK roads. An active airflow system – with vents to the top and chin bar, advanced channelling through the EPS liner, and exhaust vents to the rear – keeps the wearer cool and comfortable. The anti-scratch Pinlock-prepared visor has a double curvature, offering excellent peripheral vision and a Pinlock is included as standard, to ensure a clear view o the road ahead. The lining is removable and washable, and it comes with a seatbelt-style quick-release buckle. This lid comes in sizes XS-2XL in Plain White and XS-XL…

1 min
book corner

VALENTINO ROSSI Fitting now that The Doctor is hanging up his leathers (and stethoscope?) after a stellar 25-year career that saw him win nine world championships that a raft of books are coming out in celebration. This is one of the first, launched last year. Stuart Barker charts the life and success of the Italian known by many as ‘The GOAT’ or ‘Greatest Of All Time’ and comes via interviews with friends, rivals and those that know him well. This new paperback version contains 368 pages. Price £9.99 (paperback) £18.99 (hardback) JOEY DUNLOP: The definitive biography Twenty-one years after his passing, journalist and fan Stuart Barker attempts to tell the definitive story of this road-racing legend and multiple champion. With a foreword by roads rival Carl Fogarty, all of ‘Yer Maun’s triumphs are recounted here…

2 min

BELL CRUISER ELIMINATOR The 2020 Eliminator impresses with its light weight, fibre-glass composite shell construction, anti-bacterial liner, contoured cheek pads, plus provision for an anti-fog shield. The first things of note are the nine circular vents that have been drilled into the top of the helmet, allowing air to pass through the shell and EPS liner to the head. With nothing to impede the venting, they work effectively enough, as do the four smaller vents in a metal grid in the chin bar. With all those air vents, you might be thinking that this is going to be one noisy helmet. Well, at modest speeds it is fine, but hit the motorway and wind the power on, and you will notice the difference, but if you wear ear plugs then you should…

1 min
nitro ng-70 gloves

Well, it just goes to show that you do not have to spend a fortune to acquire a good pair of leather gloves! The modestly priced Nitro NG-70s are part of the latest Nitro collection and I have found them to be ideal for Summer riding. Short in stature, the vented construction of these urban-styled gloves combines leather and 3D mesh panels for ventilation, with protection in the form of hard TPU knuckles, reinforced panels to critical areas such as the palm and fingers, and soft cushioning on the scaphoid. Touchscreen compatible on the index finger and thumb, the gloves feature a Neoprene panel on the inside of the wrist, accordion flex on the back of the hand, twin stitched panels which increases strength and durability, and a large Velcro…