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Pressing matters!

Ralph Ferrand works with tools all day long – he sells them too at bikerstoolbox.co.uk so he knows what works.

3 mins read
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
February 2021

RETRO SPECTIVE Kawasaki Z1000

Stealing the name of a legendary Jap four sounds like sacrilege, but it wasn't. Welcome to the 2003-2009 Z1000...

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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
February 2021

Project Belgarda Yamaha TDR125R part 1 - Saucy Seventeener!

If you were of a certain age, your 17th birthday meant you could finally get something 125cc sized to go ride on. Classic Motorcycle Mechanics welcomes Niall Brooking to talk about his exotic Yamaha TDR125R.

5 mins read
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
February 2021

Some sorta Sanctuary!

Inspired by the great specials builds from AC Sanctuary, Bob Haughton and friends set about making their own Zed homage!

5 mins read
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
February 2021

Very boring times!

Progress on my latest Super Six had virtually ground to a halt halfway through November.

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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
February 2021

KAWASAKI ZZR1400

It seems fitting that with the Kawasaki ZZR1400 being discontinued at the end of 2020 and 2021 rumoured to be bringing a new Suzuki Hayabusa, we check out this green king of speed.

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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
February 2021

Peter Williams: Innovator, racer, gentleman…

Peter Williams, who sadly passed away in December, was more than just a talented motorcycle racer, he was also an innovator whose influences can be seen on modern machines to this day.

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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
February 2021

DETREVNI SNOBBERY!

The GSX-R1100K was a bit of a handful and Suzuki’s successor the 1100L was supposed to turn all that on its head: literally, as it was the first Suzuki model with the soon-to-be-fashionable inverted or ‘upside-down’ front forks…

10+ mins read
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
February 2021

Shanks' Pony

One of the sharpest Blades in the toolbox: careful with it, or you’ll get hurt! The RR4/5 was finally a full-fat 1000cc, used MotoGP technology from Valentino Rossi’s Honda RC211V, and it’s now a 17-year-old motorcycle: unbelievable…

6 mins read
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
February 2021

Cat - isfaction!

Our Scoop rides the Suzuki TC120 ‘Trail Cat’ and comes away wondering why we Brits didn’t build something similar.

7 mins read
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
February 2021

Tea-time stories!

Pip Higham Tuner, engineer, rider

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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
January 2021

Sassy with the chassis!

In this very issue you can read about our ride of Allen’s Super Six Zed! Here, he’s getting on with bike number two!

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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
January 2021

The desired Ducati…

Is it really 30 years since the first Ducati 888? A machine which (formany Ducati aficionados) is better than even the sublime and beautiful 916?

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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
January 2021

T-REX!

Aussie CMM reader Derek Henderson had adream: an ELR replica, but it was not to be.Instead he picked up a 2001 ZRX1200R, puta turbo on it and made it a T-REX! Bliss!

7 mins read
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
January 2021

Soldering on!

Ralph Ferrand works with tools all day long – he sells them too at bikerstoolbox.co.uk so he knows what works.

3 mins read
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
January 2021

Modern Vintage

Seven years after the launch of Suzuki’s Vintage Parts Programme, we ride two unique project bikes to find out if they go as well as they look: and all at the wonderful Sywell Pistons and Props event!

6 mins read
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
January 2021

Six therapy!

Allen Millyard’s latest project extends his engine reconstruction skills further by building a six-cylinder version of Kawasaki’s iconic Z1. John Nutting finds out what it’s like to ride

10+ mins read
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
January 2021

CUMBRIAN INVADERS

CMM reader Phil Graham offered our Pip the chance to ride his two classic Suzuki two-strokes – here’s what happened (it was a bit damp…)

6 mins read
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
January 2021

Retro Spective BMW R80 G/S

The daddy of them all – the BMW R80 G/S is still a big draw…

1 min read
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
January 2021

Honda ST DAX Series

It’s a totally bonkers monkey bike that makes you smile!

6 mins read
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
January 2021

Project Yamaha YZF-R1 5VY part 5: Where fuels rush in…

Final preparations for PB’s Spanish track test go awry with a mystery rich-running problem…

8 mins read
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
December 2020

Project Yamaha TX750 part 7: Electric Avenue!

Our Mark sorts out any electrical gremlins with the TX and finds that the system was fairly advanced for the time.

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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
December 2020

TRIUMPHANT RETURN!

On the 30th anniversary of the launch of the first Hinckley Triumphs, we look at how John Bloor single-handedly revived the British motorcycle industry.

9 mins read
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
December 2020

TRIUMPH SPEED TRIPLE 1050

Short, stubby and yet stylish, the first 1050 Speed Triple is now ripe for classic status!

2 mins read
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
December 2020

Super Six Mk.2!

Only Allen would have spares left over and say “Let’s build another six-cylinder Zed!”

5 mins read
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
December 2020

Project Suzuki TR750 part 6: Exhausting times!

The crowning glory of any ‘special’ two-stroke has to be the expansion chambers, right?

6 mins read
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
December 2020

Kawasaki Z550F part 6: Tanks for the memories!

Time for John to sort out that 550F’s tank issues, we think…

4 mins read
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
December 2020

Banana Republic

As a head-scratching bike from the time, the years have been kind to Triumph’s thought-provoking Daytona 1200.

10+ mins read
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
December 2020

Balls to this!

In olden days, like bicycles, motorcycle headstock bearings used a system known as cone and cup bearings with hardened steel ball bearings running in between races known as cups for the outer and cones for the inner.

3 mins read
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
December 2020

Project Honda CBR600F-V Track Bike Part 1: Track Day Hound!

This bike was gifted to CMM but nowt’s happened for two years – until now!

5 mins read
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
December 2020

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