Practical Sportsbikes Magazine

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Welcome to Practical Sportsbikes magazine – the home of 1970s, ’80s and ’90s sportsbikes. Every month Practical Sportsbikes magazine brings you the very best reader restorations, the most inspiring specials, the most in-depth road tests and authoritative buyers' guides on the bikes that really matter to you, and the expert workshop advice that'll make your next  restoration easier and more enjoyable.

In the latest April issue – on sale 19th March:

Here’s just some of the goodness that’s crammed into the April issue…

  • Honda CBR750F Hurricane – cheap, trick and rare. Trust us, you really will want one
  • Kawasaki KR250s – not one, but two tandem twins up for grabs. And we’ve ridden them both
  • Moto Morini 3½ street sleeper – reader restored with the heart of a 500
  • Yamaha XT family tree: lineage of the original adventure bikes
  • Honda VT250F buyers’ guide
  • Yamaha SRX400/600 resto knowledge
  • Project ZZ-R600 – will it ever stop? It will once we’ve refurbished the brakes
  • How to restore an original screen
  • How it Works: rotary engines
  • Recommission a bike for spring

The Big Features in the April issue:

Kawasaki 750 H2 Fact File: The Mach IV 750 two-stroke triple wasn’t only the most fearsome and malevolent superbike of the 1970s, it’s possibly the most unhinged motorcycle of all time. And that’s why we love ’em. In this month’s nine-page Fact File feature we lay bare the development and engineering behind Kawasaki’s largest triple, how to get a H2 in your garage, and what this revered legend is like to ride.


Back to the Future-crazy concept bikes: Concept bikes have always been bonkers and, at times, completely unworkable, but they’re also a window into the future. The futuristic prototypes and one-offs that were revealed in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s have since shaped many of the bikes we know and love. This is their story.


Kawasaki GPZ718R: Take a grey import GPZ400R, fit a 600R motor, bore to 718cc, then furnish the chassis with ZXR400 front and rear ends. That was John Gibson’s dream that he’s now turned into a reality. And it’s very special indeed.

Project Honda VF400R: Our NC30-powered, DOBAR race series inspired VF400R is well on the way towards its much-awaited track debut. Its VFR400R engine now nestles perfectly in the frame, and NC30 suspension adorns both ends, so with the dry build stage complete it’s time to dismantle it once more and prepare for paint. The end is in sight.


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