Classic Motorcycle Mechanics

Water sports!

I am back at the bike bench, which is groaning under the not inconsiderable weight of my beloved Z1300.

For many reasons this motorcycle was a game changer back in 1979 when it was first offered to the motorcycle buying public. Many felt that such a massive bike would not handle and such a formidable engine output would surely lead to the demise of anyone foolhardy enough to throw a leg over such a perilous contrivance. However, most test riders at the time said that the bike handled far better than it had any right to, given its extravagant size and mass. In 1979 120bhp was ground-breaking power, though it needed all it could get to make such a colossus move as briskly as it did.

Few were impressed with its fuel consumption and back in the day John Nutting complained that it took over £7 to fill the tank! He must have been spanking the arse off his test bike as he only returned 35mpg; I’m not a slow rider

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