December 2017

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...

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November 2017

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

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October 2017

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.

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September 2017 - on sale now!

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.

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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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