Practical Sportsbikes Special Brews
Andy Marsden likes his V-twins, and he’s not afraid to mix, match or manufacture anything he chooses to create his ideal hardcore cafe racer
Jason Plunkett’s striking SP-2 is an unashamed homage to two towering figures of the late 20th Century world motorcycling stage. The clue is in the number…
Zed the Zen of Mick Beardmore is a patient man. He spent a while meditating on the build, then two years getting his sanctuary-style Z1-A to this (almost) finished stage
Matthew Hall spent two and a half years bringing his spellbinding vision of an Eddie rep to reality. He learned from a master and worked a minor miracle.
Peter Harris’ Kat is cleanly put together labour of respect for his late mate Dave. It also houses one of the best-fettled big-inch GSX engines around
Marco ‘Lucky’ Lucchinelli (AKA Crazy Horse) was 1981 World 500cc Champion. Sergio Giordana was a kid then, but his admiration for the champ has just grown and grown.
Stuart Fitton’s previously unloved VF500 is now a tasty racebike, loaded with NC30 internals and CBR6/NC cycle parts. A brilliant blend of the best of Honda.
Tony Edwards, it’s fair to say, is obsessed with Harris Magnums. He’d never seen a Kettleengined Magnum 2, so he set about building one. Two years (and thirty four grand later) here it is
Chris Whitworth’s ‘Yamada’ merges Yamaha power with Honda running gear - in his own frame. Here’s how this bright spark electrical engineer made it happen.
Wayne Huffer’s skills are in bodywork - and it shows. His heavily reworked Ducati ST2 is now transformed from stodgy tourer to eager cafe racer. Here’s how. HERE’S HOW…
Four years and umpteen grand later Jean-Louis Olive’s P12XX (Project 12) is the Jota the factory might have made. Had they not closed for business in back in 1985....
It ‘only’ took Mike Newman four years to get his Bandit/’busa/ZX-9/10 hybrid into exactly the shape he wanted. Now it’s precisely the machine he had in his head all that time ago
Kevin Luckhurst’s 1977 Kawasaki Z1000 A1 has got to be one of the best Zeds we’ve seen so far. Original where it matters, authentic where it counts and immaculate - everywhere!
THE SUZUKI RF900’s styling was designed in a pitch black room by a drunken chimp conducting a series of experiments into the effects of poor quality acid.
Had PS been around in 1983, we might well have done a Special Brew on Dave Greenwood’s first Fizzy. As a 17-year-old, he’d found the diddy moped woefully underpowered.
A 370cc engine conversion, a complete RGV front-end and an Aprilia RSV Mille swingarm with 60mm sawn out of it – Wayne Leach has been a busy old boy, and the results are absolutely stunning.
When you’ve just made a Rolls-Royce aeroplane engine for a Spitfire, modifying a Ducati 900SS by rebuilding the rear half of its frame and making a brand new fuel tank is obviously a breeze
If you want to put in context just how long James Young has been building this Harris Magnum 4 turbo, consider this: he bought it when John Major was still Prime Minister.
Rob Bean is a fighter jet engineer – just the sort of bloke you’d expect to build a bonkers turbo-charged special with 278bhp
You can't say Sean Adams isn’t organised: he’s been planning this Special Brew for 30 years. It was back in 1986 as a young racer in the 350 Production Class that he looked on enviously as the Yamaha TZR250 came out.
For the sheer tenacity to get back on a bike and overcome whatever obstacles life puts in your way, Steve Bucaro is a lesson in inspiration
Andy Harriman has had years of previous experience with big GSX Suzukis. He just cannot stay away from them. With good reason.
Using one of only two frames of its kind in existence and with an ultrarare swingarm and wheels, Mark Wateridge’s GPz redefines special.
Steven Wilson shows what you can make with a knackered frame, a vintage sewing machine and parts from 14 different bikes.
Steve Bowyer’s Suzuki special is a clever match of old and new, brought together with a serious dollop of military ingenuity
When Peter Kent decided to build a Biaggi YZR replica he was never going to hold back on authenticity - only on money
Kiwi Simon Richards got Canadian Darren Begg to help him conjure up this mesmerising Sanctuary-style Honda CB1100RD
Roy Mayne held nothing back when it came to sourcing the best bits for his fast and far from his Kawasaki Z1B/R
Being first with fresh ideas is important to Richard Stevens. So important he'll almost go ridiculous lengths in order to avoids the obvious on his Suzuki Yoshimura Bandit.