Classic Motorcycle Mechanics2 min read
Show us Yours
We want to see YOUR pride and joy in our pages, so you can share what you ride and restore with fellow readers. Email your hi-res shots to bsimmonds@mortons.co.uk or mail in some photos to the address at the front of the mag. Let us know what you’ve
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics2 min read
Q&A
Q: I've been trying, with no success, for a couple of years to find main bearings for a Honda 500-4. I wonder if anyone could help me in this regard? I’ve tried David Silver Spares and CMSNL, plus trawling the internet. I need just one bearing to st
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Project Kawasaki ZXR750J Classic Racer part 2 Sorting the shed!
When I bought this bike last month I had no idea of the man hours that it was going to take to get the thing up to scratch and ready for the 2019 Classic Superbike TT. It’s been a complete eyesore in my old man’s workshop for the past four weeks and,
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The Way We Were...
Lee Davey says: “Thankfully, this photo of me and my GPZ550 (TMY 139X) is slightly out of focus as no one needs to see my Patrick Swayze hairdo (mullet) and 1980s wardrobe. It was taken in 1989 shortly after passing my bike test and the 550 was my fi
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics5 min read
K2 Conquered!
Well, finally the end is in sight with my CB750K2 with this, the second part of the clutch replacement/sorting. With the clutch dismantled we can now look at the clutch-quietening mod, which applies to the earlier (pre-K6) CB750 models. Looking at
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics4 min read
Yamaha RZV500R part 2 Fool’s Gold!
As I write this I’m a little peed off as I feel that my mate got ripped off buying this RZV. He is well known as a bike collector, with bikes in various museums, garages, shops and at home. He is a hard-working, honest person that trusted the dealer
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Of Its Time, Or Timeless?
A couple of things strike a chord with us this month. Firstly, let’s take a look at Honda’s FT500. Steve Cooper makes a case for how good this little single-cylinder is to ride and how fine it looks. Clearly, back in the day it seemed to be a bit of
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics2 min read
Super Stafford!
There is so much to look forward to at this year’s 26th Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics show. We have no less than TWO guests of honour for this show – Allen Millyard and Steve Webster. Allen is no stranger to either the show or CMM. He’s
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Cog Swopping
As those sensible enough to read every issue of this august organ will be aware, I made a very poor judgement in my investment in a two-wheeled triple oil burning stove from my favourite Japanese motorcycle maker, Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI). T
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Honda CL350 Part 7 Forks And Fings
Now that the wheels were serviceable it was time to look at the front forks and one there was a bit of a puzzle here as the gaiters seemed to be too short (Photo 1). It was easy enough to strip them down to replace the seals and check the internal co
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics3 min read
Bye, bye Blackbird…
Courtesy of a Honda Blackbird, I have some metalwork in my left arm. Actually, courtesy of my stupidity and a myopic Volkswagen Caddy driver, I have a piece of metalwork in my left arm, but you know what I mean. I was riding a Honda Blackbird at the
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Super Suzukis!
The Suzuki marquee is returning to the Stafford Classic Bike Show for 2019, and inside will be a treasure trove of iconic bikes from the Japanese firm. Suzuki GB will occupy the biggest space, and will have a display of Barry Sheene’s race bikes, i
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Twin-tastic!
My Velocette V-twin engine was now complete and fitted back into the original frame with a few tweaks here and there. The beauty of early British motorcycles is that they were usually made with a separate gearbox that sat behind the engine in its own
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics3 min read
‘Goin’ On A Bear Hunt’
I’ve waffled on about the bike night at Acton Bridge on the A49 before. It’s a great meet-up place, and the weather is always lovely, ’onest. Me and the boss wobbled along there to visit mates and look at bikes, lots of bikes... I love the diversity
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Not Only, But Also…
If a Honda Blackbird offends you, what else is out there? The legendary Kawasaki ZZ-R1100 still cuts the mustard and is priced a little lower than the Blackbird, even if it’s not quite as good a machine as it was a generation behind. The ZZ-R1200 is
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics2 min read
See You There!
Trinity Park, Ipswich, is the scene for the 28th Copdock Motorcycle Show on Sunday, October 6. This year the top-class attractions include CMM’s own Allen Millyard as Guest of Honour. The Copdock Classic Motorcycle Club is made up of volunteers an
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Upside Down!
There are few things I like less on an early classic bike than modern forks. This is a recent perversion for ‘improving’ the handling of older bikes with newer suspension, including the ‘inverted’ or ‘upside-down’ front forks. Even on my own favourit
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The Latest Riding Kit, Top Tools, Tyres, Retro Clothing And More!
We love these cool boots, which look more like stylish work footwear than your typical biker kit. They are made from full grain leather with a waterproof and breathable internal fixed lining, with a chunky rubber oil-resistant non-slip sole. You’ve g
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Project Yamaha FZS600 Fazer part 5 Stud farm!
Last time, the mighty Fazer 600 was giving me gyp on the exhaust front. A couple of exhaust studs had sheared through, and the resulting job was one of the crappiest I’ve ever done on a bike. I spent a fortune on PlusGas penetrating fluid, and upgrad
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Riding Kit Ridden In, Tools Twirled & Tyres Tested
In all my 35 years on bikes, I’ve never felt the need to buy a specific piece of equipment upon which I could store my kit. The Two-Up BikerTidy has changed that. The BikerTidy is a well made frame with vented shelving units and very strong metal han
Classic Motorcycle Mechanics5 min read
First love Fizzy!
If I had a quid for every time a reader said the following to me, I’d be a millionaire: “I wish I still had my first bike.” If you think about it, it’s what we all would want, wouldn’t we? Either in a letter, or at the CMM show, or even in a ‘Show Us
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Galfer Factory Visit
Galfer Brakes recently invited me to a press event at their factory in Barcelona, Spain. The firm was launching a new range of brake pads and expanding their range of ‘Wave’ type discs, and they assured me they produced upgrade parts (pads, shoes,
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Needs You
Yes, we do indeedy! We’d love to hear your views on a number of things that are coming up in CMM… We’ve listened to you and you’ve said you want to hear more about tools, tips and tricks, and be more involved in what bikes we test in our pages. From
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Falling Flat
Honda’s brave attempt at getting on the big thumper bandwagon was, arguably, always doomed to failure… in the UK at least. Both it and Yamaha’s SR500 were always destined to be marginalised here in Blighty. Collectively we Brits had had a gutful of b
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Suzuki RM80X Restoration part 3 Powerband required
G’day! When I was a kid and had my RM80X, I used to read an awesome magazine called ADB. Inside was a section called Minirider. There were tests on the latest 80cc weapons and tech tips and tricks and, as I now know, a bunch of piss-taking by the sen
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Scooperman!
Quite possibly one of the most pernicious questions that pops up on social media, forums, club nights or where riders meet is: “What’s the best oil for my bike?” It’s a potential puzzler as old as the internal combustion engine and it’s also one t
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YAMAHA XS650 Roadster
Yamaha’s seminal 650cc parallel twin came in numerous guises, but here we’re going to be looking at the so-called Roadster or Standard version, which ran from 1975 to 1979/80 depending upon the market. In these iterations many argue that Yamaha had s
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Bike-friendly Forecourts!
How many times have you pulled up at the fuel pumps and almost dumped your pride and joy? How many times have you tried to use the air-line to pump up your tyres and found that it’s a bugger to get the adaptor on? Well, maybe it’s time we took a leaf
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