May 2016

Practical Sportsbikes May 2016

You may have noticed by now that this is no ordinary issue of PS. And that’s fitting because you, dear readers, are no ordinary folk. Many of the amazing bikes that emerge from your sheds and garages are simply extraordinary – in concept, quality and build – so this month we’re celebrating the very best of British shed projects with our first ever Special Build of the Year Competition. Many hopeful entries were sent, but in the end we had to narrow it down to just 10 brilliant builds, all of which are featured in this month’s mag. As well as quality you gave us variety, too, 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. Luckily we don’t have to pick a winner – that’s down to you. There’s £1000 at stake for the winner, so choose your favourite and vote for it through our website. By voting, you’ll have the chance to win a superb Draper tool chest and roller cabinet with a combined value of almost £500. So go on, what are you waiting for? There’s loads more in the issue besides. Strap yourselves in for a double helping of superbike delight: Honda RC30 vs Yamaha OW01 – do they really live up to the hype? And Triumph’s bargain T595/995i: there’s never been a better time to buy Britain’s best superbike. Don’t forget to vote...

Here’s just some of the goodness that’s crammed into the May issue…

Head to head: Power and the glory

Even though they’re no longer racing for WSB spoils, the Honda RC30 and Yamaha OW01 are still two of the purest and most desirable sportsbikes of the past 30 years. And they’ve still got it.

Triumph T595 Daytona

The bike that kickstarted Triumph?s modern-day success nearly 20 years ago is still a belting all-rounder with great looks and meaty performance. It?s a right bargain, too.

“This CB900 hadn’t turned a wheel in 31 years. Neither had I”

After three decades away, Kelvin Pollard wanted to get back into bikes. Did he ease himself in gently? Certainly not – he went for a full-on resto instead...