We're a broad church here on PS, spanning as we do motorcycling’s most dynamic decades. It might seem like a long way from a Kawasaki H2 two-stroke triple to Aprilia four-stroke V-twins – and indeed it is in both time and technology – but the unifying factor for both the bikes and those who ride them comes down to one word – attitude.
It was that attitude that made bikes so fascinating to everyone in the late 1970s when the film Silver Dream Racer was conceived and scripted; a movie we in the office have ascribed to a genre we’re calling ‘bikesploitation’.
You’ll find more ‘attitude’ elsewhere in the issue, from the collection of twostroke nuts and their bikes for a trackday at Donington to the well ’ard Suzuki GSX1100EX Special built by Andy Harriman.
The ’90s were a glory decade for sportsbikes and in this issue you’ll find two of the bikes we made such public nuisances of ourselves on back then – the Kawasaki ZX-7R and Yamaha FZR600R.
What's inside this month's PS
Kawasaki H2 resto
Dave Thompson is a certifiable Kawasaki nutcase. But this H2 resto had the potential to drive anyone properly insane. Here's how it played out.
Living the dream
Practical Sportsbikes is proud to offer you the inside story of the making of Silver Dream Racer...
How to: rear end overhaul
When you're upgrading a shock you might as well fettle the linkage and swingarm too.