February 2019

How did that happen? Nine years and 100 issues. When we launched PS back in 2010 some people said we’d run out of content after three issues; 97 issues later and we’re still here and Practical Sportsbikes will continue to go on and on.

But it’s time for me to move on and hand the keys to The PS over to someone else.

I’ve had an absolute blast doing this job, and my favourite part has always been meeting you, our readers, and seeing the bikes you’ve built and restored. Most amazing of all, however, I’ve seen Big G transform himself from walking burger to gym nut. Wonders will never cease.

I’m delighted to say that I’m handing over to the very best fella for the job, Chris Newbigging. Chris was an integral part of PS from issue five until he swapped hats and went off to edit Performance Bikes. From next issue he’ll be back, and he’s bringing his mag with him (in part, at least). With Chris in the editor’s chair, PS will be in safe hands. He loves old bikes, owns old bikes and has exciting plans to make PS even bigger and better with the help of Damo, MG, Gary and Alan (he explains all on page 28).

With this being our 100th issue we thought we’d do something special. At 164 pages thick this is the biggest issue of PS we’ve ever made, and it’s absolutely crammed with the bikes you love. This month we look back on the best bits of the mag, the finest bikes from the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, your tales of your first magic ton, 100 top tech tips for a better garage life, a world’s first ride on a the amazing hand-built RCM Sanctuary A16 Z1000, a 100cc test with Kawasaki KH, Yamaha YB, Suzuki GP and Honda CB, and the fiercest, most single-minded Wes Cooley replica Suzuki we’ve yet seen.

Thanks to all who have bought the mag. Suppose it’s time to find a real job. Enjoy the issue.

Jim Moore, Editor

 

SWEET SIXTEEN

RCM USA’s new A16R is a straight-from-the-crate totally re-engineered Z1000 for the modern age. PS gets exclusive access for a first UK test.

 

THE BEST BITS

In 100 issues we’ve ridden countless bikes, drooled over myriad specials, entered more than our fair share of races and events, met and laughed with hundreds of you guys, and even found time to build a few projects of our own.

 

HOW TO INSPECT A GEARBOX

Nothing to be scared of: just some circlips, a couple of rows of pinions and a few forks. Get stuck in.