Classic Motorcycle Mechanics4 min gelesen
Special K!
There’s something beautiful and rewarding about finding an incomplete, iconic classic motorcycle and deciding to make something unique out of it, realising a vision and creating a thing of great beauty. Unlike a restoration, you don’t have to look ou
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Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade
The new Fireblade has officially been revealed and it’s almost as good as ours. Tadao Baba’s 1992 893cc Honda CBR900RR FireBlade (cap B until 2004) promised a lot; the handling of a 750, the power of a litre bike – and they delivered on that promise.
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Fast Berks ride again! PART 1
In 2017 I came up with a hair-brained scheme to build, restore and race a 1988 Yamaha TZR 250 2MA that we had languishing in numerous boxes in Fast Bikes magazine’s lock-up. You may be aware of Fast Bikes, a sister title to CMM from the Mortons stabl
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The Latest Riding Kit, Top Tools, Tyres, Retro Clothing And More !
The Valiant II features a 180º swing-around chin bar and is doubly certified as both a full-face and open-face helmet – so it’s legal to ride in open-face mode. We like this! Updates to this model start with an outer shell, which features re-designed
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics4 min gelesen
Q&A
Our very own wizened sages, Messrs Mark Haycock and Steve Cooper are here to answer all of your woes, be they mechanical or spiritual. Every month we will be giving advice, as well as some general tips. Don't forget to send in Your own tips too. Q:
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Gary’s Gas…
Having been around racing for many years working in BSB, WSB, pure road-racing, MotoGP, the itch to race, as we call it, has always been there festering away in the background. It’s just one of those things most of us just simply don’t get round to d
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics3 min gelesen
Riding Kit Worn, Tools Twirled & Tyres Turned
For the kind of riding I do, I can usually get away with a pair of jeans and a Kevlar shirt. And that’s where Oxford’s Kickback Shirt comes in. At first glance, the British brand’s casually styled shirt simply looks like a piece of fashion clothing,
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Oil Be Fine!
Back to my latest purchase then, my 1987 Z550F! I bought it because it was cheap, and will hopefully give me enjoyment cleaning up, repairing and riding it. Since the last issue I’ve had a good tidy up of my garden, the reason being a man in my local
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Everything Should Be Made As Simple As Possible... But No Simpler.
I realise that some of the stuff I write may be tricky to follow (incomprehensible perhaps?) so here are a few terms and their explanations that might help clear the fog... or maybe not. ■ Nitro: abbreviation of Nitro Methane, oxygen-laden fuel favou
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Bike Of The Year
If you’ve built a classic ‘special’ or restored a classic then we want to hear from YOU during 2020. Why? Well, we’ve teamed up with Bridgestone tyres to search for the best restoration and finest classic-based special of 2020. Each month we will sho
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Rick’s Return!
How time flies! Yes, it’s been a year at least since CMM caught up with Project Rickuki and despite an apparent lack of visual activity, things are actually making progress. The truth to the ongoing engine rebuild is as simple as it is brutal; a lack
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Scooperman!
There comes a time in every shed dweller’s life when compromise is simply not good enough. When I got into classics long, long ago I was an impoverished dad with three small kids and minimal disposable income. Any bike spares I hoovered up were stor
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Rockers And Mods
I am back at the bedside of the R1100S, which is in serious need of somewhat more than a facelift after enduring 160,000 miles under the cruel whip of a giant Scotsman with a serious addiction for speed. With the owner clad in Rukka riding gear, the
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Best of Bristol!
For me, it’s an annual day out at the Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show and one which I always look forward to. After what seemed to be months of rain, the day had come for our trip to the Royal Bath & West Showground in Shepton Mallet and it seemed to
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics5 min gelesen
Z900 Super Six Is Go!
I like to be busy working on a project, especially during the winter months when it’s usually wet and there is salt on the roads. I have just finished working on a Channel 4 TV programme, ‘Find it, Fix it, Flog it’, which has been taking up a fair am
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Rossi And Hamilton Swap!
It’s a pretty unique event when major sportsmen swap roles, but this happened late last year for MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi and Formula One’s Lewis Hamilton. Yes, at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Rossi drove Lewis’ Mercedes-AMG F1 W08 EQ Power
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Filtration Fun!
After sorting the contact breaker bits, I did need to dig a little deeper with the Yamaha TX750. After removing the rather inaccessible and tiny auto-advance drive pin with forceps (Photo 1), I could take off the large circlip and that odd-shaped p
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Feedback
As it’s far too wet to ride today, I thought I might clear my garage up a bit, which I thought would take about an hour and ended up being four hours as I found my magazine collection. How far can you go back with CMM? This is mine, I have some from
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Fantastic Four!
These nostalgia-fuelled purchases seem to be getting a more regular occurrence at the Bolas household! A few years back (ok, many years back) I had only ever ridden two-strokes! This was all about to change mid-1992 as I saw a 1988 FZ600 in PW Rang
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Show Us Yours
I thought you’d like these two! The Triumph I’ve owned since July 2009 and it started out as a Daytona 955i. After a while I found the riding position very uncomfortable so I decided to convert the bike to Speed Triple spec. I de-faired the bike, rem
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Multimeters!
If you have an electrical fault on your bike the only realistic way to find it is with a multimeter. When I was a lad the Avo 8 was the meter to have and was well beyond my pocket. Even then there were cheap and cheerful multimeters, but they were no
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The Way We Were…
Michael Yeo says: “Here are a couple of pics; the second one is my brother wheelying my FS1-E, with the RD400 in the background. Back in late September 1980 I was preparing to take my Yamaha FS1-E DX in ‘Roberts Yellow’ (TTT538R) on to the wonderful
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics5 min gelesen
Master Blaster!
The decision to give my YZR a full overhaul was mainly based on visual observations so it was no surprise that on closer inspection there was plenty more work to be done. It started with brake fluid from the front master cylinder seeping down the ri
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Stalling Suzuki!
The leaves are orange and the air chill. It’s October 26, 2016. The clocks go back this weekend and Geoff just arrived with his latest idea. I’ve paid him £850 and I have no idea what for. I did tell him I wanted a 1970s Triumph. “Overpriced,” he bar
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Squeaking Pan
My Pan European started to make an intermittent squeak from the engine, but it didn’t bother me too much at first because I’ve had a similar noise before and it turned out to be the heat shields on the exhaust manifolds flexing from cracks around the
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Blade Sharpener
In the 1990s Jarvis Cocker gave us the advice to meet up in the year 2000 and that’s where I’m going today, by the fountain down the road… In the pre-Brexit Britian of 1999, we weren't worried about what would happen when we left Europe, instead we w
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Yamaha Yr5
Natural latex based seat foam acts as a sponge if seat cover is perforated leading to rusted seat base. Trim strips incredibly hard to source. Upgraded with modern shocks and uprated springs or even fork emulators get the best out of the race-derived
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Big Bert’s 929 Blade…
Now, because I’m of a ‘certain age’ (that means much older than Boothy) it means I’ve had a lot of Blades pass through my hands… At last count I’ve had a 1995 Urban Tiger RR-S, a 1997 RR-V, an RR-5, 6, 7 and 8, and I also had two long-term loans fr
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What To Buy And How Much To Pay
As always, panel work is the key to purchasing a viable and successful Japanese classic; if that’s there then you’re on to a winner. A vast amount of RD250/350s swap over with little if any effort so it’s worth doing some research to ensure what you’
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Supersonic !
It was George Orwell who said that, by the age of 50, everyone has the face they deserve. Which is bad news for your scribe (and his editor), who are hurtling towards the half-century as we speak. But as I stand in a slick home-workshop in South West
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