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.
Mr Simon Hargreaves was the lucky bleeder who got to sample Darren’s achingly-trick SZR660 super single. Clever engineering, resourcefulness and a hawk’s eye for detail has seen this thumper fan put together something with a true factory flavour – all from the confines of his suburban garage. It’s everything we stand for here at PS in one bike.
Continuing the home-spun theme this issue, Phil West looks back on the David and Goliath success of Norton’s rotary racers. Despite a miniscule budget, limited resources, a lack of factory interest and only a shed to work from, genius engineer Brian Crighton transformed an unloved and seemingly defunct ex-plod bike engine into a powerplant that literally blew Japan’s finest into the weeds.
That’s just scratching the surface of this issue. Mick and I put our bargain ’90s 750s (YZF and ZX-7R) head-to-head, PS brings you the best from Motorcycle Live, blows your minds with a 350 YPVS-powered SDR200, and get busy in the workshop with our motley fleet.
Enjoy the issue.
Jim Moore, Editor
On The Money
When you’re talking bang-per-buck, few road bikes come close to rivalling 750 sportsbikes from the 1990s. Fast, robust, drop dead gorgeous – and absolute steals compared to anything else out there.
PS reader Darren Palmer has taken Yamaha’s widely derided SZR660 and turned it into one of the most beautiful and plain ingenious home-brewed bikes you’re likely to see.
From Plod Bike To Racing Missile
And all on a shoestring and built in a shed. How Brian Crighton (and Norton) turned an oddball Wankel heading down a blind alley into a race-winning projectile that swept the board on British racetracks.