Special Build of the Year 2017 is go. Picking the 10 best builds from the sack of entries you sent us wasn’t easy. It caused much headscratching in the PS office, but at least we don’t have to pick the winner. That’s up to you fine lot. 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. There’s plenty more besides SBOTY in this special issue of PS. Ex-pat Neil Hoare opens his Massachusetts garage to show his Yamaha RZ350 resto; Z1 Owners’ Club stalwart, and Iain Marshall shares the highlights of his recent Japan trip, including a once-in-a-lifetime visit to the Moriwaki headquarters.
Inside this issue...
FACT FILE: HONDA NS400R
Rare, adorned with light touches of invention and reeking of ’80s Honda build-quality, the NS is one of the great road-going strokers.
As the ’80s dawned the Japanese two-stroke light middleweight twin came into its own. Not that the four-strokes were all done yet. Suzuki X7 and Moto Morini 31/2 battle it out.
"UP CLOSE, IT ALL NEEDED WORK"
Keeping two-strokes healthy in the blue-smoke crazed UK is tricky. Stateside, it’s trickier still.