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".
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August 2022 Issue 416
A time of legends…
cmm Stuff • The latest riding kit, top tools, tyres, retro clothing and more!
cmm Tested • Riding kit worn, tools twirled & tyres turned
FRASER SCOTT – A TRIBUTE
DIGITAL SPEEDOS GOBBLED UP!
Rebooted Norton UNVEILED
Steve Harris – atribute
WOOLER WONDER AT SHOW!
SCOOPERMAN! • The sunny side of the classic world, with the VJMC’s Steve Cooper
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Nineties to the Noughties!
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Show us yours • We want to see YOUR pride and joy in our pages, so you can share what you ride and restore with fellow readers. Email your hi-res shots to email@example.com or mail in some photos to the address at the front of the mag. Let us know what you’ve done and how you’ve done it and send before and after shots if you can. Do get in touch. Bertie.
The way we were… • Send us your nostalgic snaps of you back in the day with your steed! Either send to me at bsimmonds@ mortons.co.uk or via our vibrant Facebook page. C’mon!
Bonsai Banzai! • LC nut and Allspeeds exhaust guru Tony Greenslade takes a small and perfectly formed Yamaha RD250LC and turns it into this banzai Bosozuko bike.
Missed opportunity • Presented as a fresh alternative to its own budget Bandit, the Suzuki GSR600 should have been a naked performance hit – so what went wrong?
Stingray in the Lakes! • Our Pip goes on a ride-out with the Vintage Motor Cycle Club on the Stingthing to the Lakes. What could go wrong?
GAMMA TIME! • He can’t touch this: Andy Bolas goes back to the future to ride Suzuki’s RG250WE Gamma from 1984 and comes away with a big smile on his chops.
Suzuki RG250 Gamma • We previously brought you the RG250 Gamma Retro Reboot with a bike based mostly on the Mk1. This issue we’re leaning it more towards the Mk 2 with some subtle differences. Can you spot them?
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.
Yellow fever! • We are oh, so close to hitting that powerband and enjoying some wild fishtailing air-cooled 1980s goodness! Oh Yeah!
Bump and grind! • Ralph Ferrand works with tools all day long – he sells them too at bikerstoolbox.co.uk so he knows what works.
Bend it, mend it! • Our Pip gets to grips with bits and pieces of his beloved Stingray – what’s that? Something’s bent?
Beat of the drum! • There’s no reason that drum brakes, such as were used on many sporty machines to the late 1970s, shouldn’t work for the safety of riders. John Nutting looks into their technicalities.
Piston broke? • David in Down Under checks out the internals of the engine and finds some slivers of the unknown… ouch!
HONDA CBR400RR • Small, fast and elegant – it’s the baby FireBlade!
One lump, or… • It’s that tricky time when the engine needs to be rehoused in the painted frame – gently does it, Ralph!
A Bright Spark (again…) • Like finding the end of a fine spaghetti, sometimes the wiring takes longer than expected... especially for our...