November 2017

Hello, and welcome to Practical Sportsbikes. If you’re a regular viewer you’ll notice the mag in your hands looks a bit different this month. It is – bigger and better, too. If you’re new to PS and mad about owning, fixing and riding brilliant bikes from 1970 to 2000 and beyond you’ve come to the right place; that’s what PS is all about.

We love a restoration, so after eight years and 85 issues we thought it time the mag got an overhaul of its own. 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 Like you, if we’re not buying our next bike or project, we’re certainly looking. What, we thought, would we buy for five grand? This month we champion three of the best – Yam TDR250, Kwak Z650 and 748 Duke to see which is most worthy of a hard-earned £5K.

We get behind the fairing of James Hillier’s Classic TT Ducati 888 and reveal what it takes to build a bike that can face the notoriously brutal Mountain course. Also in the issue we meet the UK’s most tenacious RG500 restorer, discover what drove engineering maverick Erik Buell, witness MG’s KH400/500 hybrid take shape and get my Katana back to its growling best.

This is PS. Your mag. Your bikes. Your way.

Enjoy the issue.

Jim Moore, Editor

What's inside our bigger and better PS this month?

Bunch Of Fives


 Five thousand pounds is a big chunk of money, but it still buys you an awful lot of motorbike if you spend it wisely. Here are three current PS value picks – and for all sorts of reasons.

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Yamaha TDM850


A machine before it's time, but deservedly long-lived, with vast amusement potential, and incredibly cheap to buy today.


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Greek Tragedy (with a happy ending)


it arrived from Athens, a hound with a bag of nails in its jaws. after untold amounts of pain, suffering and expense, tony Barrow's RG finally emerged, as the pristine square four he always craved.


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