January 2019

When Darren Palmer told us he had a new project on the go we knew it’d be amazing. Having been blown away by his immaculately prepared SRX600 special back in 2013, we couldn’t wait to sling a leg over his latest creation.

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December 2018

We argued a lot. We could have argued more. A lot more. Picking the top 10 best engines from 1970 to the early noughties is not an easy job. The white heat of technological development during those years saw to that…

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November 2018

Nothing comes close to a lap of the infamous TT course. Just ask anyone who’s raced there. Even at normal speeds it’s undeniably special, and in early September we got the chance to do exactly that…

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October 2018

Improving bikes is what we do. From tweaking controls for slicker action, or servicing a top end to a full-on resto. But nothing quite beats building a special…

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August 2018

Life is about making memories. With bikes it’s the long trips, the new experiences and epic challenges that often linger longest and brightest in the mind….

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July 2018

Being outside on your bike with your mates tops everything, as MG, Al and Damo proved when they took to the Welsh hills as Team PS in this year’s Taffy Dakar Rally….

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June 2018

Dealers are struggling to find decent used 2000s era bikes that can turn them a meaningful profit. Alan explains why the modern used market is overheating

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May 2018

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.

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April 2018

When is enough, enough? Or indeed too much? Former Florida bike dealer Earl Harrington Jnr became the owner of more than 2000 bikes before he – or more accurately his wife – decided to call time on his commendable but nonetheless unregulated habit. …

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March 2018

World Superbikes has become tediously predictable in the last few years, with only Kawasaki and Ducati having any chance of lifting the title; the former taking the top prize in four of the last five years... Zzzzzzz…..

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February 2018

Kawasaki missed a trick. Had they complemented their excellent 1100 and 1200 ZRX retros with a punchy middleweight, they may well have knocked Suzuki’s Bandit 600 right out of the park.

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January 2018

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.

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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

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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