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 May issue – on sale 16 April:

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

  • BMW K100 Motorsport: Bemmer’s inline-four with the extra appeal of M-Sport style and performance – a BM you will want
  • UK caffs, bike nights and meets: 67 of the country’s best ride-out destinations to head to this summer
  • Turbo GSX1100EF Katana: Big Kat styling, turbo-charged EF motor and 160bhp performance in one wild package
  • Aprilia AF1 Sintesi Replica: reader restored 125 as a gateway back to youth
  • Kawasaki twins family tree: all of the firm’s best (and worst) air-cooled, four-stroke parallel twins, from W2 650 to GPz305
  • Yamaha XJ600 buyers’ guide
  • Kawasaki ZXR750 resto knowledge
  • Project ZZ-R600 – our £50 basketcase is finally together, and it’s got an MoT
  • How to make a shock spring removal tool
  • How it Works: electrical charging systems

The Big Features in the May issue:

Honda CBR900RR FireBlade Fact File:Honda blew the big-bike class apart in 1992 with the arrival of its featherweight CBR900RR. Developed against the backdrop of an unlimited budget, and a mantra of “light is right”, the FireBlade set in motion a engineering philosophy that has shaped sportsbike design ever since. PS celebrates the ’Blade’s almost decade-long dominance of its class, and discovers why it’s as good today as it was 22 years ago.


Oil: everything you need to know:It’s the hardest working component on any bike, as well as one of the most complex and fascinating too. Oil has come a long way in the past 30 years, too, so let us show you what’s best for your bike’s engine, and why that slippery stuff makes such a huge difference to its performance.



Reader restored Kawasaki Z650: Standard spec Z650s are great – one of the best 1970s inline fours, in fact. But for PS reader Charlie Rawson, a tweaked and modified Z650 is best. Just like the one he owned back in the day. Finding period-correct parts isn’t easy, however, and it took Charlie more than three years to complete his quest. Now he’s handed us the keys, and boy was it worth the wait.


How to build a spoked wheel:Few restoration jobs are as satisfying as building a set of spoked wheels. No trailie or mid-’70s restoration is complete without them. What’s more, it’s easier than it sounds. Come see how.

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