October 2016

Welcome
 
Imagine starting the restoration of a bike for which there is no manual, and virtually no info whatsoever. That was the position PS reader Mark Wateridge found himself in when he first laid spanners on the amazing P&M GPz750 that graces this issue’s front cover. So determined was Mark to own and cherish his very own P&M – the bike he’d lusted after since his racing days years earlier – that nothing, not even the head-scratchingly frustrating purchase of the wrong engine – could steer him off-course from completing the build of his dream special. And that dedication and tenacity has paid off in spades. See his fabulous P&M in all its glory.

Enjoy the mag

Jim Moore, 
Editor

 

 

 

 

 

You may have noticed that the issue is thicker and heavier than normal. It is. That’ll be the free 48-page pull-out-and-keep mag in the centres – part 1 of The Top 10 Must-have Sportsbikes. We kick-off this two-part series (there will be another FREE 48-pager with next month’s issue) with five sportsbike legends, spanning 30 years of PS goodness. From Kawasaki’s fearsome 750 H2 triple and Suzuki’s GP-derived RG500 to Honda’s game-changing CBR900RR FireBlade and Yamaha’s seminal YZF-R1 it’s all there – the bikes’ origins, development, buying tips and much more.

 

Inside this issue....

THE HOWLING

Small, light, revvy and absurdly fast, Suzuki’s GSX-R600 and Yamaha’s YZF-R6 were the performance pinnacle of 1990s 600cc supersports 20 years later, they’re just as haunting...


DUCATI 851/888

With a new ‘Desmoquattro’ engine to rival Japanese powerplants, the 851 revived Ducati – and paved the way for the 916.


READER RESTORATION


“It really was pretty grotty. Specifically... nearly all of it. Knackered.