Special Build of the Year is go. Out of a sackful of entries, we’ve whittled them down to 10. And what a 10 they are: MotoGP and WSB replicas, a flat tracker, cafe racers, 2T hybrids, a brutal Turbo, and a seriously funky ‘moped’. All very special in their own right.
Mick Jagger may have struggled to get any satisfaction, but here at PS we’re burning it by the tankful. In my case it’s all down to my now much improved DT125R. Having spent a day last month at tuner Mick Abbey’s place fitting a Zeeltronic ignition to my Yamaha, and fine tuning it on his dyno, I’m now basking in the satisfaction of a 19 per cent power increase and 160bhp per litre from my 125. Pleased? Hell no, I’m delighted. See how we achieved it in this issue.
Good and evil. Can something be both? This month I’ve found the proof: Kawasaki’s KR-1R. A what, you say? Less than 200 of these SP two-strokes were built so they may not be familiar but, trust me, it’s a bike you most definitely need on your radar...
Welcome to the newly fettled PS. All the things you love about PS are still here, plus a raft of new stuff too: more in depth resto stories, bigger and better buying guides, new projects and amazing specials, plus more top tech advice and inspiration to help you get the best out of your bikes
In the October issue of Practical Sportsbikes our reader resto is a Suzuki GS750 gets modern makeover with GSX-R hardware. There's a European 40th birthday bash for the Kawasaki Z1000 and we ride a the sharpest Yamaha FZR400 ever.
Plus there's a head to head between a Bimoto SB4 and a Suzukli GSX11 and 20 pages of workshop wisdom to help you keep your ride alive.
In the September issue of PS, we meet Dave Thompson, a certifiable Kawasaki nutcase and find out why his H2 resto had the potential to drive anyone insane. We find out what the best Aprilia sports tourer is and why the Suzuki GSX11 street bruiser packs monster punch.
We learn the inside story about the 1907s movie Silver Dream Racer, find out how to restore Hickly/Daytona/Speed Triples and of course there's 20 pages of workshop wisdom.
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.