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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics November 2018

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
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12 Issues


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loving the loyalty... or not?

What is it that makes us bike-brand-loyal? Me: I’ve owned many varied and different machines, including Hondas, Yamahas, Suzukis, Aprilias and the like – not a Ducati – yet, but I’d love one. Maybe a 1990s 900SS or Superlight (oh the irony…). I have friends who (for one reason or another) would never – and I mean never – entertain the thought of a Honda, but they would buy any Suzuki, Yamaha or Kawasaki and that really confuses me. If you like Jap bikes, surely you like Jap bikes? Ahhh… Kawasaki. If there’s a manufacturer I feel some form of affinity to, it would be the Big K. All thanks to my uncle working at the local dealership (Dave Fox in Ramsgate) but I’d see what my uncle rode and press my…

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flame thrower!

The Petronas FP1 saga is a delicious mystery tale that currently doesn’t have an ending… Back in 2001 Sauber Petronas wanted to go MotoGP racing. Realising that the four-stroke era was about to begin, they designed a three-cylinder four-stroke motor that was even tested in Malaysia by CMM’s very own Niall Mackenzie. Then things ‘changed’. Instead, the motor would be housed in a homologated road-bike chassis and be raced in World Superbikes as part of ‘Foggy Petronas Racing’ headed up by none other than Carl Fogarty himself. With this being a new venture, a new bike, a big backer in the form of Petronas it was good news for WSB, especially as MotoGP was going four-stroke and manufacturers like Honda and Kawasaki were leaving the production-based series. Sadly, the change of rules from…

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new katana on its way

Here are the pictures many of us have been waiting decades to see: Suzuki’s new-for-2019 Katana. At the heart of the ‘2020 Katana’ is Suzuki’s legendary GSX-R1000 mill of 2005-2008 vintage. Yup, that’s the same 999cc motor that currently powers Suzuki’s GSX-S1000 and 1000F naked street bikes. Power from the liquid-cooled motor is quoted as being around the 150bhp mark at 10,000rpm. Suzuki says this motor (and not one from the latest GSX-R1000) is best for this fit thanks to its long-stroke layout for more torque and the fact that it’s proven to be eminently reliable. The motor is aided by a SET (Suzuki Exhaust Tuning) EXUP-style powervalve, Low RPM Assist – for smooth throttle control low-down in the rev-range and three-level traction control. This all sounds very familiar if you’re a…

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cmm’s retro rebooted kat

A year or so ago the talented soothsayer that is Kar Lee of our ‘Retro Reboot’ fame, actually predicted Kawasaki making a tourer version of its supercharged H2 as a GPZ1000RX Reboot. We think he’s even closer to the mark now with September issue’s rebooted Katana. But which is best? His or Suzuki’s? Kar based his Kat on an existing model too – this time the 2018 GSX-R1000. He would have been happy with less than the claimed 199bhp – maybe closer to 160-170 rather than the ‘old’ motor’s 150bhp at 10,000rpm. Meanwhile the 2018 GSX-R chassis was adapted to carry the legendary Katana bodywork. And here’s where Kar’s Kat purrs: we think that his is closer to the original. He said: “Unlike some concepts – more recently the GSX-S1000-based version shown…

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

SIDI REX BOOT Sidi’s design team has created a new sport boot with a futuristic look and one which has been developed by Sidi’s many racers in MotoGP and superbike racing worldwide. It comes with an innovative new ‘closure system’ which allows a simple and quick fit via three steel cables (shin, mid and instep tensioners) which are adjustable using the new ‘Tecno-2 Push rotor.’ Sounds more like civil engineering to us, but they look cool. www.sidiselect.co.uk DAINESE ANTARCTICA EXPLORER OUTFIT This is top-end of top-end adventure kit! For 2019 Dainese’s Antarctica Explorer outfit has been rigorously updated for fit and performance. This is the result. Dainese claims “unprecedented lightness and comfort in a product with advanced ergonomics and an exceptional fit” along with the new patented Trixior material which ensures superior abrasion resistance:…

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MIKE THE BIKE – AGAIN Author Ted Macauley revisits the legendary event 40 years ago where Mike Hailwood came out of retirement to win the 1978 Isle of Man F1 TT in spectacular style. Macauley wasn’t just Mike’s then-manager, but also a trusted friend, so this book (112 pages, 40 pictures) looks at the background behind the event that marked Mike out as a true legend of motorcycle racing. www.veloce.co.uk RACING WITH KAWASAKI THE INSIDE STORY ‘Lean, mean and lime green’, this is the complete story of the USA and Europe’s Kawasaki race effort. Recalling the time of Gary Nixon, Yvon Duhamel, Paul Smart and Mick Grant, it also covers the ‘red tank’ racers of the late 1960s, such as the 125cc championship winning year and machine of the late, great Dave Simmonds, as…