Classic Motorcycle Mechanics looks at maintaining, restoring and rebuilding the modern classics of motorcycling. Ground-breaking 1970s, 80s and 90s machines from the likes of Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki are road tested, reviewed and discussed in detail. There’s news and views too, and readers’ rides ranging from fully faired racing machines to single-cylinder road bikes are put under the microscope.
The pitfalls of purchasing modern classics are outlined in handy buyers’ guides, and there’s advice on the best bargains to be had today. Particular parts are profiled and essential workshop procedures are explained in full.
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Bimota’s Tesi 1D racer.
08 1986 YAMAHA FJ1100
Mossy mounts his Marmite bike: the big Yam FJ.
The best from Bonhams, the CMM Stafford Show & more!
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You have your say.
22 SHOW US YOURS
Now with added nostalgia! Check out ‘The Way We Were!’
26 MAGIC MUSEUM
CMM gets an invite to The David Silver Honda Collection.
32 ENDURANCE LEGENDS
Your first call on 2017’s event of the year!
38 1974 DUCATI 750GT
Steve Cooper falls in love with a beauty from Bologna.
46 YAMAHA FJ1100
Chris Moss on the history of the FJ and more besides.
52 MOTO GUZZI V7 II
John Nutting rides a modern retro and recalls the original.
60 RETRO REBOOT
Kawasaki’s GPz1100 for the modern world.
130 NEXT MONTH
Yamaha’s Fizzy, On Any Sunday, Metisse and more!
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64 WORKSHOP NEWS
New metal tools and reviews.
Mark Haycock with more tips.
68 WIRING WOES
Ralph Ferrand gets connected.
Mark Haycock on the nuances of this necessity.
74 PROJECT BROOKLANDS
Stan Stephens’ latest project.
78 YAMAHA RD350B
Wiring on Scoop’s scoot!
Stan Stephens sorts out an RG500 with issues.
84 DUCATI 996
Jim Lindsay joins CMM with his big Bologna twin.
88 BIKE BENCH SET-UP
Scoop on the best invention for the ageing restorer.
92 HONDA CB125T
Ralph Ferrand finishes the twin.
98 TRIUMPH T595
Niall Mackenzie and his accidental project bike.
110 DUCATI 750GT
Scoop on how to buy one.
114 YAMAHA FZ600 RACER
‘Spike’ Edwards finishes Nancy.
126 NOT ONLY…
…but also. Scott Redmond on alternatives for old Honda fours.