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Original OGRI!
Remember our story on Ogri and its equally legendary creator, Paul Sample, from August last year? Well, why not pop along to The BlackShed Gallery, off the A21 (near the Route 1066 Café) to see some original artworks as part of a display. From May 21
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YAMAHA Vmax (1985)
Water-cooled 72-degree V4 DOHC, 16 valves 1198cc (76 x 66mm) 7.5:1 35mm Mikuni downdraft 143bhp @ 8000rpm 5-speed 40mm telescopic Twin dampers, adjustments for preload 2, opposed-piston calipers, 298mm discs Single-piston caliper, 298mm disc 18in; ca
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Gaskets For Nowt!
After failing to cop the correct gaskets for my S32 Suzuki... twice over, I decided I’d knock them up myself. I had a roll of good-uality gasket sealing paper that I’d got at the Stafford Show a couple of years back. It’s readily available in vario
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Creating the Mighty Max!
The V-Max was developed in and for the States, but the man who did most to create it was Japanese. In the early 1980s Akira Araki, who later became General Manager of Yamaha’s motorcycle operation in Japan, was the leader of a development team that h
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Rocket Men!
Ron Haslam is a living legend. Not only did he have his own very successful racing career, but he helped many young riders in his time and also inspired many more with the Honda Ron Haslam Race School. What’s more, his son Leon followed in dad’s foot
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Very Maximum!
It was only a ‘cruiser’, so what could go wrong? This was the line going through my head when I saddled up a Yamaha V-Max for the very first time way back in 1995. Hell, I’d ridden a Honda CBR900RR FireBlade by this point, Suzuki’s GSX-R1100 and many
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LOOMANS Vmax
Water-cooled V4 DOHC, 16 valves 1497cc 85 x 66mm 11:1 187bhp @ 9000rpm 5-speed, shaft final drive Tubular steel 40mm WP usd, fully adjustable WP monoshock, fully adjustable 6-piston Billet calipers, 320mm discs Twin-piston Brembo caliper, 254mm disc
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Q&A
Q: In the latest issue, a reader describes a problem with a sticking Diversion clutch. Until last winter, I had the same problem due to lack of use in the colder months. I started keeping the clutch lever pulled in with a reusable tie-wrap when in th
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Classic Motorcycle Machanics
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Suzuki GSX-R750 W-T SRAD
The world had never seen anything like it in 1985: A pure, no-compromise sportsbike with superlight everything, from its unique air and oil cooling system to weight-saving wheels and a styling package straight from the racetrack. The affordable price
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Dead Skunk!*
Have you ever smelled an engine that’s been freshly rinsed off after it’s been Gunked? If you have, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. If not, well, that’s a shame, because chances are you’re unlikely to ever cop that one in your olfactory.
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Troubled Twin?
My TX750 is now back in one piece and working well, so I think this is a good time to look at this model and its bad reputation. It is very interesting, not to say surprising, to look through the collection of ‘Service Notes’ produced by Yamaha USA a
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Strat Is Back!
Stratford Autojumble launched in 2019 and (like most events) had to have a year off in 2020 thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. For 2021, Stratford Autojumbles are back with new sponsorship from RH Insurance. Both events will be making their return to S
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YAMAHA Vmax
It’s said, in certain circles, that Yamaha had the means, motive and opportunity to well and truly pull the rug out from under Honda circa 1984. This was the precise moment in time when the upstarts from Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, really were aiming to top
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Eu Beauties!
Back in the 1970s some big European motorcycle brands had to fight for survival against a flood of (arguably) more technical and reliable rivals from the Far East. In the second half of the 1970s, Italian and German manufacturers pulled out all the s
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To The Max!
Fritz Egli’s V-Max would have been outrageous anywhere in the world, so coming from Switzerland it was mind-blowing. The Swiss have long been famed for caution and cleanliness; their country for fanatically policed speed limits, draconian noise limit
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Counting The Cost
Usedfueltank £60.00 Samco coolant hose kit (www.racebikebitz.com) £155.66 Samcooilhose(www.racebikebitz.com) £30.54 NGK iridium spark plugs (www.feridax.com) £41.70 SilkoleneComp4(4litres) £43.21 HiFlooilfilter £6.22 AP Workshops Air Box
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The Latest Riding Kit, Top Tools, Tyres, Retro Clothing And More !
This latest Shoei is a full face helmet, a ‘premium sports’ lid developed to meet the latest ECE22/06 certification. It has an organic fibre and multi-composite fibre layered shell for top shock absorbency and optimum rigidity. There is also an EPS L
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EGLI Vmax
Water-cooled V4 DOHC, 16 valves 1198cc 76 x 66mm 7.5:1 201bhp @ 9150rpm 5-speed, shaft final drive Tubular steel 43mm Egli Twin Koni shocks, adjustments for preload 4-piston Brembo calipers, 320mm discs 4-piston Brembo caliper, 320mm disc 110/80 x 18
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Show us Yours
These are a few shots of my current collection that your readers might find of interest. They include a 1981 Honda CX500, a 1984 Honda XL250 and, last but not least, my work in progress, a 1973 Suzuki GT550. The Hondas didn’t need much apart from som
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The WILD ONE!
We make no apologies for this story – we do know it’s got four wheels, but ask any child of the 1980s what names like the Hornet, the Lunchbox, the Grasshopper and the Wild One mean and we bet they’d be thinking ‘Tamiya’. Yes, our sponsors of ‘The Wa
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The V Four Back Story – Losers And Winners
The V-Max’s motor has an interesting, if poorly documented history yet, ironically, shares its layout, if not its design, with numerous Hondas of the period. The concept of a V four engine in a motorcycle makes a lot of sense, mass centralisation bei
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Pre-order Your Cmm!
In these difficult times, it’s often the case that people of our age may not be outside, shopping or buying our favourite magazines – so we’ve got just the thing for you: pre-order. Simply scan the fuzzy square thing with your smartphone (c’mon, we’v
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Changing Vrooms!
Last issue left-off with a largely built Mille, alive and kicking thanks to the helping hands at Aprilia Performance, so why does it look like it’s been stripped by a breaker for parts? Well, because despite the temptation to bolt on a set of tidy fa
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Restless Native!
If you’re of a certain age and even from a certain part of this glorious Union of ours, you’ll recognise the two characters lovingly emblazoned on this Suzuki GP 125. Yes, these are the characters Clown and Wolf-Man, also known as Ronnie and Will,
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That’s Rich!
Things have been a bit slow again this month with my bike projects as I’ve been waiting for parts to arrive and the chrome plating, the tank, etc., to return for my Z1B Super Six. Mrs M. then hinted that the house could do with a bit of a spruce up,
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I STILL Love The GSX-R1100G!
About my letter published in the May issue. Thinking back, I managed to get the spindles the wrong way round; the Bandit had solid ones and the GSX hollow! Considering the knowledge base of your readership and contributors, I thought I’d better ’fess
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Max-imum Impact!
One short blast was sufficient to be reminded of just what earned the big bad V-Max its reputation. When the traffic briefly cleared on a wide A-road somewhere in Surrey, I wound back the throttle and the V4 engine went to work, revving hard to send
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KAINZINGER Vmax
Water-cooled V4 DOHC, 16 valves 1680cc 90 x 66mm 13.6:1 198bhp @ 8950rpm 5-speed, chain final drive Tubular steel and aluminium plate 41mm WP usd, fully adjustable Twin TechnoFlex shocks, fully adjustable 6-piston PVM calipers, 320mm discs twin-pist
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The Way We Were…
Linda Wallace says: “Figured I’d send some old but gold pictures courtesy of my partner who doesn’t have email! Great memories!” Volkhard Schulz says: “Hi CMM, from Germany! I’ve attached two pics with my beloved Elsie called ‘Galadriel’ (the bike
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