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".
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
PAUL SMART 1943 – 2021
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Tested • Riding kit worn, tools twirled & tyres turned
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‘New’ Norton café racer!
Cooking up a Goose!
Phillip McCallen to headline Winter Classic!
SCOOPERMAN! • The sunny side of the classic world, with the VJMC’s Steve Cooper
Clive White: an appreciation
Festival of 1000 Bikes is back for 2022
HAPPY 40TH VJMC!
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The way we were … • Send us your nostalgic snaps of you back in the day with your steed! Either send to me at email@example.com or via our vibrant Facebook page. C’mon!
LIFE BEGINS… • …at 40 for the glorious Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club. Who would have thought that this small club could blossom to almost 6000 members? All celebrating bikes 15 years or older, from the Land of the Rising Sun…
LEAN, GREEN MACHINE! • Marketed as a ‘Blade Beater’ when it arrived, the second-generation ZX-9R Ninja was lighter and faster than ever before, but it was by then up against the Yamaha YZF-R1…
My ZX-9R C-2 Ninja
THE ZX-9R FAMILY TREE
Terrific twin! • Yamaha’s RD200A is a seminal tiddler twin that punches well above its weight, according to our very own Scoop!
The owner’s story: Martin James
Buying and running an RD200
SUZUKI GSX-R750 SRAD • Well, following on from last issue’s Katana, Team Classic Suzuki has done it again. Check out this sexy SRAD racer!
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.
My winter ways!
New boots! • This project bike was going to be a simple one: keep it going, and use it… but the boots weren’t made for walking!
Blast Off! • Ralph Ferrand works with tools all day long – he sells them too at bikerstoolbox.co.uk so he knows what works.
Let Flavour Flood In • Ah, the black art of carb strip and set up. Ralph makes a start on sorting the Z900 air/fuel ingestors!
Stripped bare! • Welcome back David Punshon, a Brit ‘Down Under’ who is stripping his Honda CB750FA…
MOTO GUZZI V50 • This is a middleweight Latin V-twin that won’t break the budget, according to Steve Cooper…
V65: THE NEXT STEP…
What to buy and how much to pay
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Simple pleasures • Honda’s little CG125 provides classic fun on a tight budget, but can be improved, says John Nutting.
Gammy Gamma! • Ahhh hybrid specials – we love them – especially legendary two-stroke ones like Kar Lee’s YamaGamma.