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Latest Buying Guide

Yamaha 350 YR3

If you think this month’s subject matter looks like it has one foot in the 1960s that’d be a good thing because that’s exactly where it’s from! We dish up the gossip on one of Yamaha’s rarer 350s...
Bridgestone 175SR classic motorcycle

Bridgestone 175SR

Bridgestone motorcycles established a reputation for solid engin...

Yamaha XJ1100

The Yamaha XJ1100 Maxim was the last in a line of hairy chested,...

Kawasaki KE175B

The KE175's designers undoubtedly put a lot of thought into the...

Honda CBX: the sound and the fury

The fabulous six-cylinder CBX lives on in the many guises born o...

Latest General Feature

Yamaha FZ750

Yamaha FZ750: 25 things

Yamaha’s FZ750 was possibly the biggest leap forward of any Japanese motorcycle ever. Just 12 months after Kawasaki’s GPZ900R had seemingly secured the title. 25 years on much of the FZ’s design remains a blueprint for motorcycle engineering...
MV Agusta 750, classic Itialian superbike

Top bikes of the Seventies: 3

Continuing with John Nutting's look at Seventies specials. Here ...
Kawasaki 750H2

Top 20 two strokes, part two

We continue our second instalment of the top 20 Japanese two str...
HB Suzuki  RG500/XR45 classic motorcycle racer

HB Suzuki RG500/XR45

Factory race bikes that fall into private hands are a rare enoug...
Are five valves better than four?

Five-valve heads

To get more ‘oomph’ out of a motor, you need to get the air ...

Latest Archive Feature

Scott Russell wins the Suzuka 8 hours, 1993

Scott Russell was an old-school racer and 1993 was his best year. That season he not only won the Suzuka 8 Hours race with team-mate Aaron Slight on the Muzzy Kawasaki, but he also took the World Superbike title for the marque on the ZXR750, making him the only 750cc winner of the title on a straight four...
Japanese 750 four cylinder motorcycles tested

750cc fours tested

At the dawn of the 80s the choice of 750cc sportbikes was limite...
Ron Haslam profile, motorcycle racer Rocket Ron

Seventies hero: Ron Haslam

John Brown reflects on the 35-year racing career of Britain's ra...
Eighties icon: Honda CBR600 motorcycle

Honda CBR600

Motorcyclists in 1999 have grown used to the idea that Honda's C...
Honda CB400F classic motorcycle test

Honda CB400F

Honda's CB400F four of 1978 was a ground-breaking machine, a lit...

Latest Reference

250cc Honda four racer

Japan’s famous racing four

Honda's slightly 'oversquare' 250 four is conventionally designed, aside from the four valves per cylinder, contributing to a healthy 45bhp output

Latest Road Test

Kawasaki Z1300 original Japanese musclebike

Kawasaki Z1300

Late in 1978, at the Cologne Show in Germany, Kawasaki unveiled its 1300, the most powerful bike yet built and prompted a debate that led to the (short-lived) voluntary manufacturers’ agreement to limit power outputs to 125 bhp. Bob Berry rides one of the last machines off the production line...
Yamaha XJ900 Japanese motorcycle

Yamaha XJ900

Yamaha’s original XJ900 was biggest of a line of slim shaft-dr...
Iconic Kawasaki GPZ600R

Kawasaki GPZ600R

Kawasaki’s GPz600R was the first liquid-cooled 600cc four, a b...
Suzuki RG500 (left) and GSX-R 750

Suzuki GSX-R750 v RG500

The early 80s was a hot-bed of motorcycle development where two-...
Honda VF500F11

Honda VF400F/VF500F

Honda’s 400cc and 500cc V-four sport bikes that appeared in 19...

Latest Workshop

Seats can be rejuventated with a new cover

Seat re-covering

When it comes to restoring motorcycles, you can almost bet your hat that the seat is going to be a bit tatty around the edges and requiring a bit of tlc. This month Steve Cooper brings us a guide to re-covering them...
Honda C77 motorcycle restoration

Honda C77 rebuild parts 4-6

The restoration nears completion. In this part Richard completes...
Kawasaki Z400 engine rebuild

Kawasaki Z400 rebuild: 3

After owner Steve tracks down some serviceable second hand pisto...
Yamaha 650 XS1

Yamaha XS650 overhaul: 1

Our 1979 Yamaha XS650 had struggled on the daily commute, then g...
Suzuki GS750 classic motorcyle

Suzuki GS750 rebuild part three

After sorting through the pile of bits last month I’m now read...