April 2017

Welcome

No 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. Matt Greenhall’s VTR special was a painful birth. Left to him by a mate who’d passed away, Matt rebuilt the Firestorm back to stock as a tribute to his friend. But its transformation from stocker to Moriwaki-powered supertwin was rockier than a Dakar stage. Fortunately Matt had the grit to see it through and his finished bike was definitely worth the aggro and expense. The story behind the first resto this month (page 6) couldn’t be more different. John Allen rescued his CX500 from being scrapped and he’s made the V-twin great again with just ingenious engineering and a commendably controlled budget. We like it. A lot. Also in the issue, our own project X7 Gamma is so close to being finished we’re already reaching for our lids. The only thing to sort now is who will ride it first. And who is small enough...

Enjoy the mag

Jim Moore
Editor

 

Inside this issue...

Fact file: Yamaha YZF750R/SP

A standout machine that never won the reputation it deserved in its time is now being appreciated as perhaps the best of the ’90s 750s. 


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“It was a horror story in there”  


A labour of love stock rebuild for a late friend turned into one of the handiest (and priciest) VTRs PS has yet ridden. 


FASHION EXILES

The late 1990s were great years and the bikes were pretty special. It’s now nearly 20 years since Aprilia’s RSV Mille and Kawasaki’s ZX-9R appeared. Now they’re ballistic bargains.