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We're a broad church here on PS, spanning as we do motorcycling’s most dynamic decades. It might seem like a long way from a Kawasaki H2 two-stroke triple to Aprilia four-stroke V-twins – and indeed it is in both time and technology – but the unifying factor for both the bikes and those who ride them comes down to one word – attitude.

It was that attitude that made bikes so fascinating to everyone in the late 1970s when the film Silver Dream Racer was conceived and scripted; a movie we in the office have ascribed to a genre we’re calling ‘bikesploitation’.

You’ll find more ‘attitude’ elsewhere in the issue, from the collection of twostroke nuts and their bikes for a trackday at Donington to the well ’ard Suzuki GSX1100EX Special built by Andy Harriman.

The ’90s were a glory decade for sportsbikes and in this issue you’ll find two of the bikes we made such public nuisances of ourselves on back then – the Kawasaki ZX-7R and Yamaha FZR600R.


What's inside this month's PS

Kawasaki H2 resto

Dave Thompson is a certifiable Kawasaki nutcase. But this H2 resto had the potential to drive anyone properly insane. Here's how it played out. 

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Living the dream

Practical Sportsbikes is proud to offer you the inside story of the making of Silver Dream Racer...

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How to: rear end overhaul

When you're upgrading a shock you might as well fettle the linkage and swingarm too.

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August 2017

In the August issue of Practical Sportsbikes, reader Karl Spenceley shows us his immaculate '92 CBR900RR-N Fireblade, that after three years of painstaking work has turned from a bent, bodged streetfighter into a machine that looks like it's popped out fresh from a crate.

Two-time AMA winning rider Wes Cooley tels us how he and Pops Yoshimura made the GS1000 (and Suzuki) into legends in the late 70s and early 80s and we go head to head with the FJ1100 and GSX1100, the old school sports tourers, on a test in Wales.

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July 2017

In this issue we announce our SBOTY winner, our own two-stroke hybrid, Project X7 Gamma has been in a shoot-out against two other takes on the RG-X7 theme. Plus find out how our 2-T trio got on in their head-to-head battle.

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June 2017

Find out how well our two-stroke hybrid performs – or not. Lusting after a 200mph hyperbike or building a one-off special are both completely understandable aims, but why would anyone ever go to the trouble and expense of restoring Kawasaki’s much-maligned GPz305?

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May 2017

Special Build of the Year 2017 is go.This year’s finalists include everything from a 150bhp, 950cc ZX-7R, a Roberts replica RD500LC, and Sanctuary style Z1100R to a Guzzi Le Mans cafe racer, Cooley rep GS1000 for the 21st century and a MotoGP inspired FireBlade. And more.

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April 2017

Not two restos are the same. Our brace of builds this month are as different as our Gary and and an olympic sprinter. Granted both builds are Hondas – a VTR1000F special and a back to standard CX500 – but all similarities end there...

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March 2017

Inside this issue, Alan bites off more than he can chew with dog of a TDR250, see if he thinks all that hard work was really worth it. One thing that was most definitely worth it, is Roy Mayne’s magnificent Z1B/Z1-R hybrid – that thing on the cover that stopped you in your tracks...

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February 2017

For this issue we’ve brought together an original LC and the best YPVS – the 1985 F1 – to see whether Yamaha really did improve on perfection plus we look at Honda’s gem-like CBR400RR, Kawasaki’s ballistic ZZ-R1100 and loads more...

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January 2017

In this issue, Phil West reveals the V-Max’s remarkable story and finally gets to try Japan’s original quarter-mile king for himself. We look at the Kawasaki Z1300; Bandit-powered Z1000; Suzuki GT250 and GSX-R750LE; Honda CBR600F vs ZZ-R600. Sportsbikes of all shapes and sizes…

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December 2016

Last month we gave you our guide to some of the best trail bikes to buy for winter fun and frolics. In this issue  we couldn’t resist taking a couple of likely candidates out for a spot of greenlaning. Neither fellow tester Si Hargreaves nor I had ever tried a Yamaha DT200R or a Honda XL200R. But we’re glad we did. They’re brilliant...

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November 2016

It’s that time again; the newsagents are calling. The new issue of Practical Sportsbikes is packed full of old bike tech, inspiration, info and nostalgia. We look at the Honda VFR400R: Arguably the finest sub-500cc four-stroke sportsbikes ever built and the golden era superbikes. Plus get part 2 of our top 10 must have sportsbikes.

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October 2016

In the October issue we meet Mark Wateridge whose P&M Kawasaki, using one of only two frames of its kind in existence and with an ultra-rare swingarm and wheels, redefines ‘special’, there’s a Honda MBX80 restoration: 2000 miles in a week on rebuilt 2T tiddler and we take a look at the superbike legend that saved Bologna, the Ducati 851/888. Plus, FREE with this issue is part 1 of The Top 10 Must-have Sportsbikes, featuring 48-pages of the best sportsbikes. EVER.

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September 2016

In the latest issue the Kawasaki Z750T and Honda CX500T go head-to-head in factory turbo duel on the twistiest roads in Kent. We get all nostalgic meeting the smallest member of Paul Johnson’s impressive RG family – a restored Suzuki RG125 Gamma; plus there’s a Kawasaki KZ900 resto and we look at the ten bikes to avoid at all costs.

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August 2016

In the August issue we bring you the full story of how Special Build of the Year winner George Molyneux used his limitless creativity and built his fantastic Norton Rotary Café Racer; along with the runner-up Gary Parker and his belter of a Suzuki RGV500 and we find out what they’re both like to ride. Also inside, the Kawasaki ZX-9R and Triumph Super III go head-to-head and we give you the lowdown on the Honda NSR250.

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July 2016

In this month's issue we discuss the Kawasaki Z1-R - Did you know that in Japan, it is more highly regarded than the original 903cc Z1? We think the Japanese are right – the Z1 may be the original but the R is better in every respect, and a line in the sand in its own right...

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June 2016

This issue celebrates all that is great about the UK. If there's one thing that puts the ‘Great’ into Great Britain, it’s old bikes and the people who own and love them. In fact there’s probably not a better place in the world to own, run and restore old motorbikes than this very island. We’re a country that makes some truly amazing and world-beating bikes – both production and specials...

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May 2016

The May issue of PS is no ordinary issue, this month we’re celebrating the very best of British shed projects with our first ever Special Build of the Year Competition. We have narrowed down many hopeful entries to just 10 brilliant builds, all of which are featured in this month’s mag. With enties of quality and variety,  from the rotary race rep that Norton should have built and a Honda Dominator-based street tracker, to a stunning Suzuki RGV500 and a crazy GT750 Kettle, it's down to you to pick a winner.

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April 2016

In the April issue of PS we meet a Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird and discover why they have gone from hyperbike royalty to bargain litre-plus missiles. We hear about some epic adventures on PS-era sportsbikes, including a trip to Spain and back by Fireblade and this month's reader resto is a Thunderace built against the odd, and elements.

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March 2016

In the March issue of PS we meet Nigel Griffiths and his Suzuki XR69 - a labour of love, built from scratch, including all the tools to build it with. Plus there's a  Kawasaki GPZ600R, 10 bikes you never knew existed and 20 pages of workshop wisdom including refreshing your brake calipers, how to true a spoked wheel and a buying guide for an FZR400RR. 

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