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G’day from Perth, Western Australia: just been flicking through the latest issue. I loved the article about Erik’s H2 and then I saw the H2 reboot awesome work by Mr Kar Lee! This is my 1974 H2B that was totally reworked back in 2013. I love this bik
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Points Make…
My Velocette V-twin engine was progressing nicely after a week of cutting, welding and filing, the extended crank pin was ordered and would be ready in a couple of weeks, so the next job was to make the ignition system. The standard Velocette engine
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Show Us Yours
This was bought in 1988 in a very rough condition, then tidied up and ridden for 10 years before being resprayed in 1997 in RAF fire engine red colour. I then sold it in 2007 after a motorbike accident on another bike and regretted selling it. I then
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The Kitchen Zinc…
Nothing is cheap when it comes to old bikes, but if you do some of the preparatory work before handing the parts over to specialist refinishers you might very well save yourself some cash. Zinc plating is probably one of the least expensive jobs you’
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The Way We Were…
Andy Laye says: “This is me in 1985 with my A-reg Suzuki TS100, in Frome, all those years ago. I now have a 1982 Honda CX500Eurosport Cafe Racer.” Mike Corcoran says: “Hi from San Diego! Attached are pics of me, on my green 1970 CT1 starting the 19
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When Stainless Steel Replaces Zinc Plate… Or Not
It would be fair to say that most of the bikes I’ve restored over the years carry some stainless steel fixings. My own personal modus operandi is to use original fixings whenever they are on obvious display, quite simply because stainless nuts and bo
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Out Of The Bag
I’ve been so looking forward to this, but to say I’m upset at the British weather is an understatement. I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to this, the first UK ride of the new Katana and – in usual style – the weather really isn’t playing ball. As
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Cam-chain Of Fools!
So, on with my rather neglected 43k mile T-reg Fazer 600: I’m going to start with the good… As we covered last month, the first issues to look at are the rattly cam-chain and the leaky carbs, so I charge down to Wokingham with a car boot full of tool
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Master Blaster!
We’ve grown so accustomed to being able to buy sports machines that have been homologated for racing that it’s hard to remember that there was a time we could only dream of the idea. Superbike racing has reached a pitch where more than a handful of f
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A Bit Of Push And Shove
Projects: you have to love them. It really doesn’t matter if you’re doing a pin-point, 100% perfect show bike or just fettling that long term rider… they all have the power to go belly-up on occasion. The first major niggle to blight the project was
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The Reed Valve Conversion
John Aylor writes: “A reed valve is basically a one-way valve made of steel, glass fibre or carbon-fibre in the inlet tract. On piston-port two-stroke the rear piston skirt is the intake ‘valve’. Suction is created in the crankcase when the piston ri
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Turbo Time And Peaky Blinders
There’s something so cool about the way a power delivery can brighten your day… This issue sees Jeff Ware get under the skin of the best of the 1980s Turbo bikes and it’s interesting to read the comparison of the types some 35 years or so after they
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I Own This RZV500R
This RZV500R is one of a number of rare sporting Yamahas owned by Owen who lives in Kent, who’d rather keep his surname under wraps. “I saw an RZV500R at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics show at Stafford in 2016 when it was on the Fastline Motorcycle
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Yamaha Rd200
Spares are rarer than rare, so ensure what’s there is at least salvageable. Manyperiodexpansion chambers were sold as 125 & 200-compatible, so likely to be a performance compromise. Standard pipes are best option. Poor starting and/or charging genera
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No Admin Fees
When you buy a classic motorcycle – whether it’s a minty fresh white 1980 Yamaha RD250LC or a seen-better-days Honda FireBlade in the timeless red, white and blue livery – choosing the right insurer is vital. The last thing you need when you’re anxio
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What To Buy And How Much To Pay
For once you’ll be looking either within the UK or to Europe, as these later RD200s never made it to the US of A. Basket cases in packing crates and cardboard boxes can be a royal pain of epic proportions, especially if some numpty has lumped in some
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Mick And The RZV
With this month’s test on the rare Yamaha RZV500R, we figured we’d show this as-rare shot from Mick Doohan’s own archive of the time he rode one. In the mid-1980s and with Mick’s riding raising a few eyebrows, the young Aussie hooked up with Jon MacG
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Be An Award Winner!
Classic Bike Track Days and CMM are going to be giving away some one-off awards at our two events this year. So, even if you don’t want a toddle out on track, why not attend as all classic machinery (we stick to VJMC rules of 15 years or older) will
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Yamaha FZS600 Fazer
This was once the best budget-priced sensible middleweight that you could buy, it offered better specifications and build quality than the Suzuki Bandit 600, whose throat it was designed to go for. The FZS600 Fazer 600 is one of those bikes that tick
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Import-ant
Is the Japanese-market RZV500R – and other imports – less valuable than the home-market models? The RZ with its ‘hand-crafted’ aluminium frame, restricted motor, gold wheels and self-retracting sidestand, is the holy grail of road-going Yamaha two-st
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See You There!
The Brighton National Speed Trials will return to the seafront again this year on Saturday, September 7. Around 150 cars and 75 motorbikes take the quarter-mile timed run down Brighton seafront. Len Wooller, Chairman, Brighton and Hove Motor Club say
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Welded Bliss!
Last month I introduced my wife’s Stinky. For those who are not in the know, Stinky is the moniker afforded to her bitsa Z650, which has caused me mountains of work and frustration over the years. As with many Z650s of the period, the sidestand is a
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The Latest Riding Kit, Top Tools, Tyres, Retro Clothing And More!
This is the new helmet from Japanese giant Arai. The company says it’s improved the fit and feel as well as the ability to get the lid on and off by opening up the bottom of the helmet, while still retaining a snug fit. The Profile-V comes with a wid
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Air Cool!
I was in the Katana club and Old Skool Suzuki and they were great, but it was at a Katana event that I realised I loved lots of air-cooled bikes (and especially Suzukis), so I decided to take the lead and set-up ACS about eight or nine years ago as a
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Hurrah for Haynes!
How did you start out fixing bikes? For me, it was a combination of things. My dad was a former car mechanic, and he was regularly out on the street outside the house, fixing up a selection of crappy 1970s cars. So although the landscape was Vauxhall
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WIN WITH THE National Motorcycle Museum!
A very lucky winner picked up a new, unregistered 1977 Norton Commando 850 after taking the plunge in the National Motorcycle Museum’s winter raffle. The raffle prizes were drawn by TT star Ian Hutchinson at the International Classic Motorcycle Show
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Turbo Time!
The 1980s was a special time for motorcycling, but the years that interest me the most are 1982 – 1984, the turbocharger era… It was an era when the Japanese went nuts over forced induction. Yes, the machines that the short-lived bikes were based on
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John Haynes: 1938-2019
John Harold Haynes was the man behind the Haynes publishing empire and sadly he died in February this year, aged 80. He was born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) but his family moved back to the UK in 1950. Famously, the idea behind the manuals came about
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