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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - April 2017


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06 ARCHIVE
Sheene’s Swedish set.

08 1992 HONDA GL1500 GOLD WING
Bertie Simmonds rides the
ultimate touring motorcycle.

12 NEWS
CMM contributors join Team
Classic Suzuki for 4-Hour!

18 CALENDAR
Prescott Hill Climb, Stafford
Show and much more!

20 FEEDBACK
We welcome your letters and
emails: keep us honest!

22 SHOW US YOURS
Now with an added dose
of nostalgia! Check out
‘The Way We Were!’

26 HONDA VFR750 F-L
What happens when the
bomb-proof V4 is found to
be anything but?

30 1977 KAWASAKI Z650
Steve Cooper rides this
contender for ‘best all-round
classic ever!’

38 1987 YAMAHA RD350 YPVS N2
Andy Bolas rides perhaps the
pinnacle of 350 Powervalve
development.

47 KAWASAKI ZZ-R600
Scott Redmond rides
£700-worth of unloved
90s machine.

52 BRISTOL’S BEST!
Ralph Ferrand is let loose
at Shepton Mallet to find
the best in show!

56 RETRO REBOOT
Re-creating the legendary
Honda RC30.

122 NEXT MONTH
Honda CB350-Four, Triumph
Thunderbird, Honda Africa
Twin, Ducati Scrambler!


58  WORKSHOP NEWS
New metal and old kit tested.
60  Q&A
Mark Haycock and Scoop
with tips!
62  SUZUKI RGV250M
CMMnewcomer Paul Chance with
his two-stroke resto.
66 YAMAHA DT175 MX
Ralph Ferrand is on with part
seven: the motor!
70  HONDA CB750
Scoop says farewell to his RC42!
74  YAMAHA RD250/350LC
Stan Stephens on stripping,
tuning and rebuilding this twin.
89  DUCATI SINGLES
Pip Higham delivers a lecture
on the genius of Fabio Taglioni.
94  KAWASAKI Z1-R
Steve Cooper’s buyer’s guide
on the (almost) forgotten Zed.
106  2001 SUZUKI GSX-R1000
Scottie again on a ‘coming’
(and used) classic.
108  FITTING SHOCKS
Steve Cooper chooses and
fits shocks to his RD350.
112  YAMAHA TY250
Stan Stephens on tuning
this iconic trials bike.
114  DUCATI 888 RACER
Mark Forsyth finds his Bologna
bullet is burping a lot!
119  MAKE OR BREAK!
Scott Redmond on how prices
have changed over the years.