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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - March 2014


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08 ARCHIVE
Mike Hailwood the legend, by
the legendary Don Morley.

10 QUICK SPIN – 1993 HONDA CBR900RR FIREBLADE
The early 1990s benchmark
sportbike ridden and rated.

14 NEWS
News from the new year and
a ‘new’ classic from BMW.

20 CALENDAR
Mad as a March hare? Here’s
where to go.

22 FEEDBACK
By golly gosh, you lot have
lots to say! Keep it up!

24 SHOW US YOURS
Get your tackle out for the
lads. No coughing required.

28 HOME BUILD HERO – KAWASAKI Z650
A reader restores – then tours
with his son on the back.

32 SUZUKI BEARCAT
Steve Cooper learns to love
the off-road antics of this
machine.

41 1978
Mike the Bike, magic
machines and sexy sixes
sizzled this year.

46 YAMAHA YZF-R1
Jon Bentman rides a missile
from the 1990s. Buy now!

55 DUCATI 900SS MIKE HAILWOOD REPLICA
Karl Webster builds the best
Hailwood homage ever.

60 BMW R 90 S
The ultimate Airfix kit – a
classic built from new parts!

64 SUZUKI GS1000
John Nutting rides and recalls
the GS1000 for MIRA files.

70 SUZUKI RGV600R
Think of if Suzuki actually
built an RG500/RGV250
special?

74  WORKSHOP NEWS
Our Pip returns and we get the other
half of the shed back!

76  AIR FILTRATION
Magic Mark looks at the funny things
with air filters.

80  TANKS AGAIN!
But this time, how to protect the
outside of your fuel tank.

82  PROJECT YAMAHA FZ750
Steve Parrish gets a rolling chassis
together, but then…

86  SCOOP’S NEW SCOOT!
Steve Cooper has sold one, so needs
another. But what?

92  NIALL MACKENZIE
Former British champ and 500cc
racer buys an FS1-E!

96  STAN STEPHENS
Stan recalls the RD400 in an excerpt
from his book.

98  PROJECT SPA KATANA
The latest news as Paul tries to get
on to the Spa Classic grid.

112  KAWASAKI KE175
Get buying tips for this cool Kawa.

128  Q&A
All problems sorted by our team.

130  YAMAHA RD 427 LC
Come and see a very special
Showstopper!