An Age Of Superheroes

We've already featured this in our Product pages, but it's so good we had to include it gain. Beautifully illustrated with amazing photographs, An Age Of Superheroes tells the story of the riders who bocamo horocs to many of us. The riders include Lawson, Rainey, Schwantz, Doohan and Gardner - the blokes who were at the sharp enC of two-stroke motorcycle development in the 80s and 90s. 240 pages, hardback. ISBN 978-1-8442-5583-2 Contact Havnes Publishing Web www.haynes.co.uk Tel 01963 442030...

Back In The

Although a few still asked 'Why most were flatly impressed with what they saw felt and heard. I was dazzled. Fearful that it might, as Mazda puts it, bo electric-smooth and go h-u-m-m-m, the RE5 got off to a good start with its power pulses. The RE5 probably is a tribute to their technology, it's just a pity that the same expertise couldn't have been used to produce a complete machine instead of being concentrated into one or two comparatively small areas.

Big Bear

And reliable lightweight two-stroke motorcycles - and with Autolube (debuted by Yamaha in 1963) Yamaha had housetrained the two-stroke. The piston-ported air-cooled over-square (5G x 50mm) 246cc YDS3 also made a pretty decent 24bhp (at 7500rpm), which combined with a fairly light 153kg made for nippy performance and an 85mph top-whack. Altogethe' enough to see off most American V8s In traffic light Grands Prix. Back in the 1960s George Staples also had a YDS3, only his burn-up wouldn't have...

Blow Away Blues At Bristol

The 31st Carole Nash Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show takes place on 19-20 February 2011 at the Bath and West Showground at Shepton Mallet. Exhibition Manager Nick Mowbray said We are ready to kick the classic bike season off in style. Entries for trade end club stands are pouring in and we only have a few private concours display spaces left. 2011 is definitely going to be a big year for tie Bristol show. As always, the clubs are at the heart of any classic show - with plenty of prize money on...

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Brit Team

A classic Japanese bike endurance racing team has won the French National Classic Endurance Championship for a second year with wins at Magny Cours, Pau and Carole. Team Glam Racing is currently probably the most successful classic endurance race team in Europe, where it is a massively growing spo't - the renowned Bikers' Classic race in Spa, Belgium takes place in front of 50,000 spectators. Tie Glam Racing team has three P& M Kawasakis, all based on 1980 Kawasaki 1000 engines in Pecket...

Bund Faith

I refer to the 'Know Your Micrometers' August 2010 article. Most people would be able to use a micrometer but many would not know how to read off and use the data to their advantage. It is of course simple enough as (no disrespect meant here) even a blind man can use one.Take a look of the micrometer In the picture it has been adapted for use by the blind by having Braille barrels fitted. It was given to me by my father-in-law many years ago and has 'Moore and Wright, Sheffield' and 'Pat no...

Calculating The Compression

To calculate the compression ratio you need to measure both the volume of the combustion chamber and the cylinder. I must have been very selective about the maths I remembered at school -how to measure volumes of cylinders was obviously deemed important enough not to forget The formula is (Pi x r'J) x height. I always take Pi to be 3.142, r is the radius and the height is the stroke of the motor. In simple terms, for example on a 350LC with a bore of 64mm, the radius is half the bore, which is...

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Cartagena 2010

The weekend starts with a 1400-mile drive via Eurotunnel. From the start it is obvious that there are five teams fast enough to win British Belgium Racing RSC 1100 Honda, 3ob Collins and James Clark on the Team Glam Racing P+M 1075 Kawasaki, Italy's Team Taurus on a llOOcc lOObhp Moto Guzzi, Team Scuderia from Germany on an 1170cc Rau Kawasaki and Phase One on their P+M Kawasaki. Last lap of night practice saw Collins put the Glam P+M on provisional pole by O.ls from Macca on the RSC, with the...

Cast Wheels

Cast wheels not only made spokes obsolete, they needed less maintenance and were a damned sight easier to clean the stuff that made bikes better (or not) inextricably linked. And in the 1970s great leaps of performance were made in all these areas and this carried on into the 1980s. Traditional twin-loop steel frames gave way to aluminium-spar chassis, power went over and above 100, then 120 and 140bhp. tyres became slicks, slicks became Radials and so on. One important part of the package,...

Chroming

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Common Sense

This month the VJMC's Steve Cooper learns just how perverse bikes can be and follows an old maxim. This month I'm looking at sayings and maxims not those curiously styled Yamahas of the 1980s but the annoyingly poignant phrases that folk always seem to trot out when (a) you are up against it and (b) the casual observer actually contributes jack to the process of problem solving. There's an old Chinese saying that runs along the lines of hurry up to slow down, wh ch at first just simply sounds...

Coping With Carnage

He thought that he was buying a low-mileage bike with minor damage to the seat cover and general wear and tear to the paintwork. Most of the external fasteners on this GT55C were in good condition and didn't give a clue of the carnage that had taken place inside the engine. Even if he had been able to start it, he wouldn't have been able to tell that the Butcher of Rologna had been at work It looks bad, but this is straightforward work for a competent mechanic - it...

Davejupp

My RE5 is the only bike I've actively searched for having been seen one in the flesh at Beaulieu. I discussed with the rotary specialist of the time (Monty & Ward) that I wanted to restore one and Geoff Monty selected a rough seven-year-old example that was known to have a sound motor. As I wheeled the bike into the van Geoff asked if I'd like a new rear guard, plastic headlight shell and battery FOC I subsequently bought further new and used parts from the same source and cracked on with...

Dealing With A Caliper

Now let us take a look at what to do about the problem of co'roded pistons and worn seals. The first challenge is in removing a stuck caliper piston, and for me the best and surest way is to use the hydraulic system. It is easiest to extract the pistons by pumping the lever with the caliper removed from the disc. Top up the fluid as you go and, as you will need to refurbish the master cylinder as well, you do not need to use brake fluid meths will help to clean out the system and is safer when...

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Draper 30m Hose

For some this is going to be like teaching you to suck eggs. However, I am sure many of you, like me, are in the process of slowly equipping a workshop area fit for th Gods. On of th first ports of call in carrying out basic maintenance and preserving your classic is keeping it clean -something which you will reap the rewards from in th long term. This Draper hose kit is ideal for such a task. Keenly priced and packaged with all the fixtures and fittings you need to utilise your outside tap....

Dremel 300 Series Multitool

Multi-tools are like tie Swiss Army knife of the garage. With 100 accessories this Dremel 300 Series has more uses than you can shake (or cut, grind and sand) a stick at. Best of all It comes as a high value box, containing the Dremel 300, a Flexshaft and the Modular Accessory Set which gives ease of storage to all those accessories. You also get the Shaping Platform for precise sanding and grinding at different angles and the new Detailer's Grip attachment for ultra-precision use. At the heart...

Enfield Continental Gt

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Focus

This Is two films from the 3P Video Library covering superstars from the 1970s such as Phil Read, Giacomo Agostini, Mick Grant and the great Barry Sheene. The film 'Focus 500' charts three GP races from 1976 -Sheene's first GP title year. The action is from Mugello, Assen and the Niirburging. where Sheene famously sat out the race and Ago took MV's final GP victory. The second reel is Assen' from the 1977 season, whore tho focus is on privateers Tom Horron and Kork...

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Gt550 Engine Strip

Parked after the kick-start return spring on the right shaft broke, and the owner couldn't face another engine strip after modifying the starter motor Crankshaft and gears nestle in lower case half. We need gaskets and oil seals, a kick-start spring and shaft end bush before this engine goes back together All selector forks are in good condition with no signs of wear on the running faces, a sure sign that the gearbox mainshaft bearing is badly worn

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Honda

Often now over looked or ignored by many, Honda's XL250 really was a milestone machine. In a world of two-stroke trail bike crackle, Honda's lone four-stroke bark was a long time coming but when it did folk sat up and listened. In October 1972 Cycle magazine reported how Ron Jones was riding one of the new four-valve Hondas, the machine all of the expert magazine road-testers said would never be a threat in major competition. In a strong field of riders on AJSs, Husqvarnas, Maicos, CZs and BSAs...

Honda Vfr 750 Rc 30 Uk

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Hydraulic Lock

> B When using a G-clamp to collapse the rear caliper piston prior to fitting new pads on my 1980 Honda GL1100.1 found the system was in hydraulic lock. The piston would only retract by letting fluid out of circuit. So the Nissin rear master cylinder was stripped out and cleaned. On inspection it was found that there are two holes drilled from the reservoir feed port through to the wall of the cylinder to get fluid to the pistons. The hole nearest the pushrod end goes through into the...

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Having done the deed with several Bonnevilles over the years, Andy Fraser Is no stranger to restoration, But I wanted to have a go at the sort of bike I rode as a teenager, he explained. Given that one of those was a Kawasaki 250 triple, it's perhaps surprising that he opted for the Suzuki, then, but no I really liked the classic look of the Suzuki two-strokes, and although I briefly flirted with the possibility of the GT500, they're much harder to come by. In November 2009 what he came by...

Inside The Depths

The majority of Japanese European gearboxes run two shafts both containing intermeshing gears (photo l) and selector drum and -'orks. The first, primary or input, shaft takes the motion from the engine primary drive and transfers this to the next, secondary or output shaft with the gearbox output sprocket sitting on the end of this shaft. Each pair of gears (i.e. a second input and a second output) is permanently ergaged with each other but one of each pair is capable of effectively...

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Can you help with a couple of questions re my CB500 4 Kl please Firstly from the info (frame CB50021038**, engine CB500E21045* *) is it a Kl, as while it was first registered in Canada in Jan 1972 it seems to be a KO from a number of features including the speedo tacho mounting plate. Also, the headlamp b'ackets have the indicators mounted in a separate hole, rather than as part of the lamp retaining bolts and I am at a loss to determine the correct OEM p n for the left one although I did pick...

Krauser Panniers Pair

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Leon Haslam Signed Print

Here is Britain's Leon Haslam captured in full flight by Isle of Man artist Alan Perkin. The scene is Phillip Island where Leon won the opening round of the 2010 World Superbike Championship aboard the Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000. This limited-edition print is signed by Leon and the artist and measures 570 x 410mm. Only 250 have been printed, so you'll have to be quick. Price 39.95 Contact Leon Haslam Web www.leonhaslam.com Tel 01332 882584 www.the-gpz900r-shop.co.uk Tel 07740 026852 Web...

Mark Williams

Mark Williams launched Bike - 'the motorcycle magazine that dares to be different(ish)1 - in 1971 and despite this went on to launch both Which Bike and MotorCycle International. Since then he's realised the error of his ways and lives in Wales worrying sheep and falling off trallblkes. A lot. Definition facts and traditions accumulated over time through education or experience. But now with the benefit of hindsight. Although I am often, and I admit correctly, accused of pandering to the wisdom...

Master Cylinder Repair

Now let us turn our attention to the master cylinder, which can be difficult to deal with. It operates on a different principal, relying on a seal with a lip much like the inner part of an oil seal. The difficulty is in getting the old parts out of the cylinder, as they are small and the assembly is usually held in by a snap ring which is hard to reach and often rusted in place. On top of that, the piston is spring loaded and is constantly pressing against the snap ring. Special grease is...

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Measuring Squish

You measure the squish clearance before stripping the engine. To do so you will need some 1.5 or 2mm multi-core solder. Remove the spark-plug and bend a length of solder into an L shape and put it through the plug hole so that the end of the L touches the edge of the cylinder. With a spanner on the flywheel nut turn the engine backwards and forwards over TDC a few times to compress the solder. Remove the solder and measure it with a vernier. This will tell you the squish clearance you will then...

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Medicine Machine

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Metric Fine Pitch

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Middleweight Magnificence

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Modern Motorcycle Technology

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Motorcycles

Charting the development of the company through its motorcycles, BMW Motorcycles covers the German manufacturers machines from the 1923 R32 up to today's S1000RR. Shot in beautiful detail and Includes BMW's racing endeavours. 192 pages in full colour. Price 16.99 ISBN 978-0-7603-3748-6 Contact Grantham Book Services Web www.motorbooks.com Tel 01476 541080t

Natural Hi

This meant we were at bursting point, so we had to get another warehouse in Whitstable just tn cope At one point we had something like 2-million worth of spare parts, ranging 'rom the 1970s through to modern Suzuki spares. But let us start at the beginning and have a history lesson a Kentish man is one which is born west of the River Medway and a Man of Kent to the east of the river. With that in mind, Robinsons Suzuki has looked after bikers on both sides of this...

News And Events

This gave the advantage to us, as Macca was having to push extremely hare to try and catch our P+M - eventually pushing a bit too hard losing the front in turn three. They had tc pit to sort out the damage, but a crack in an engine case caused an engine problem that put them out of the race in the fourth hour. As night fell, our other rivals also fell away and we just had to protect our lead. Even so we were the quickest team on track, eventually winning by almost four laps. Over one...

No Fluid

After having rebuilt the master cylinder on my 1978 GT250X7, for some reason the brake fluid will not come through to the brake pipe. I replaced the new parts in the same order as the old ones came out, this being the spring first with rubber facing inwards then the brass shim and then the piston. I am pulling my hair out so any help will be gratefully appreciated After having rebuilt the master cylinder on my 1978 GT250X7, for some reason the brake fluid will not come through to the brake...

Operator

Suzuki's adventure into the world of rotary engines with the RE5 was a tragic failure. Now there's a revival of interest and even a Suzuki rotary racer. John Nutting recalls when he tested the bike after its launch in 1974. Some classic motorcycles are now rare - therefore collectors' items -because they were exclusive, premium machines made in small numbers. Others are rare because they were ill-conceived and failed to sell. Yet, perversely, while those rarities whose qualities are still...

Organise The Clutter In Your Storeroom Or Garage Today

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Pipe Dream

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Pullman Motorail To Italy And France

Classic Bike Guide is the magazine for the user of classic bikes. It is a practical, down to earth, quite often irreverent, publication - aimed primarily at 50s, 60s and early 70s machines. Written by pecple who ride old bikes, CBG gets right to the heart of the classic biking world. Pick up a copy today for only 3.80. Available from all good newsagents or direct from Mortons Media Group Ltd. Call 01507 529529 or visit www.classicbikeguide.com WAM.classicmechanics.com o cmm 101 JMaasa F Im...

Real Classics February Issue

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Root Cause

Although these issues doubtless contributed to the gearbox's demise the actual root cause of the cemonic hammering from third gear stll remained to be determined. This is where a keen eye for detail and some good mechanical knowledge came in never be afraid to call for some expert advice if you're dealing with an area that's new to you and the faults aren't obvious. Good mate Peter and sage, old wily racer Graham have seen more engine and gearbox issues than most of us and it was their...

Rotary Origins

German engineer Felix Wankel had been working on the principles of his rotary engine from the 1920s but it wasn't until 1951 when he attracted the attention of Germany's NSU Motorenwerke AG, then one of the largest manufacturers of motorcycles in the world, that he was able to develop a working prototype engine. With design input from NSU's research chief Walter Froede, it first ran in 1957. From the power the tiny engine made, NSU quickly realised its potential. So did others and a measure of...

Rrakp System

Last month we saw the prevention, now here is the cure to problems with brake hydraulics. In the last issue we saw how to change the fluid in a brake hydraulic system, and I mentioned that this was to prevent further problems down the line. If you take a look at photo 1, you will see whet I mean. This is a piston from a brake caliper, and you can see it has rusty pitting on the surface. V hat has happened is that the brake fluid has absorbed water, which has eventually become concentrated...

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It you have a problem with a part ot your bike, which will show up in a photo, take a couple of digital snaps and send them as jpg attachments with your query to editorial classicmechanics.com. It may help us diagnose a problem, as well as showing other readers what has gone wrong. rrm I have a 1986 GSX550E (actually kd my wife's bike), but to the question. This bike has 37kW (50hp), I know there is an ES version that has 50kW (68hp), I wonder what are the...

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First time bike restorer Howard Sugden shows us his before and after shots of his 1984 Suzuki TS125N. I bought the bike after spotting it on eBay 18 months ago to run alongside my CBR600. The TS was red when I bought it but during the restoration I had it painted the same colour blue as the TS50 I had when I was 16. Initially, the bike looked to be in quite good condition but on getting it home and giving it a much closer inspection it was clear that it required quite a lot of work. I then set...

Stan Stephens

Gasket, fit the head and torque it down. Position the engine so that the cylinders are upright and check that the piston is still at TDC. Fill your burette with paraffin to the zero mark and insert it into the plug hole, release the paraffin until it comes level with the top of the plug hole and read off the burette how much paraffin it has taken. If for example it shows 18cc deduct 2cc for the plug hole, which gives 16cc which is the volume of the combustion chamber. To work out the...

Steve Cooper

Vice chairman of the VJMC, Steve Cooper is fanatical about restoring and riding Japanese bikes. He's been riding for longer than he cares to remember and during that time has ridden the vast majority of bikes that are eligible for VJMC membership. In his shed he has a Yamaha YR1, a Suzuki Stinger, three 200cc Yamaha twins, an MZ ES250 and a Yamaha Chappy. JMaaaa & ftaflto ftfepdte faff M Old Bike Mart is known and loved worldwide as 'the autojumble in your armchair' and 'the restorer's...

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Magazines for All Early version instruments with pop-up cover Air intakes keep the exhaust pipes cool and the systems including fuel level, oil pressures and lighting, were monitored. Also included were a coolant temperature gauge and gear position indicator. All very Star Trekky. Closer examination revealed that Suzuki's development team had applied a dizzying number of additional systems to refine the behavicur of the RE5's rotary engine. A key feature of the...

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The Caliper And Its Seal

The diagram shows a close-up view of the boundary between the caliper piston and its cylinder. The two components are not a tight fit they cannot be as relative movement Is required. The sealing Is actually done by a square-section rubber O-ring, which sits in a groove in the cylinder, and acts somewhat like a piston ring. In A on the left hand side we see the situation just as the brake is applied. The sealing ring is squashed down on to the three sealing faces and distorts such that the seal...

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The Repair

So that was it two problems clearly identified and all we needed to do now was find the necessary spares to effect a viable repair. Although it had led a hard life, the selector drurr checked out to be OK on the proviso that a new thrust washer was used. And then we looked at the selector forks. This piece of kit (photo 8) shouldn't experience too much force in normal use. The round stub on the right runs up and down the groove on the selector drum providing lateral thrust to the fork allowing...

The Symptom

This M7 had led a hard life and prnbahly not received too nuch TLC. It had allegedly been laid up 28 years ago when the clutch centre nut loosened. The lack of oil in the gearbox should have been ringing warning bells but as the engine had been partially dismantled to diagnose the clutch issue, it was assumed the lack of oil was due to the strip down. On the end of the selector drum there's a non-ferrous thrust washer the one on the far end of our selector drum was found to been worn seriously...

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Wayne Rainey His Own Story

Most of us who stared v ide eyed at Wayne Rainey as he did those amazing things with crazy motorcycles, sort of assumed that he was like Kevin Schwantz. That is five parts talent and five parts crazy bastard. But the truth is that Rainey was different. Driven beyond sanity to go faster and faster. Driven to be fitter and smarter than his rivals and fully understanding of the importance in mind games to defeat first your teammate and then your opponents. In just six short years in the top class,...

What To Buy And How Much To

If you fancy super smooth power delivery, allied to classic 70s looks, along with a certain cache that's exclusive to a model run of less than 6500, then the RE-5 could be right up your street. For pure visual impact the first-off L or M models are the ones to go for with all of the rotary inspired fripperies. The 1976 A model is a little more sanitised and was never offered in the M models eye-catching Firemist Orange which screams 1970s. Although a little more staid in appearance the A model...

Win Scottoiler Bike Care Pack

This is the first time I have ever written to any magazine, but after reading Paul Findlater's letter in the December issue, I had to respond. Well, where do I start What does it matter whether a motorbike has a fairing or not - we have had fairings on bikes for decades. And as far as a cut off date for 'classic motorbikes' there should be a rolling date time rolls on and you can't stay in the 70s or 80s forever. What difference do a couple of years make or a TDR It's essentially the same bike....

Workshop Skills

Polished central arc implies excess wear somewhere Polished central arc implies excess wear somewhere The second fork (photo 9) exhib ted blueing indicative of severe overheating and a close up of the reverse side illustrates what happens when the case hardening breaks down (photo 10). The coup de gras for the entire gear train was the crack that was spotted in the fork across the point where maximum strain had been concentrated (photo 11). If any further evidence was needed an X-ray from the...

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Squish Bands

Not all classic two-strokes have squish-type heads. For example, the GT750 doesn't. The squish area of a cylinder head is the area around the outside of the domed combustion chamber. The purpose of this is to squish, or squeeze, the fuel air mixture towards the spark plug in the centre of the combustion chamber. Without a squish-type head it would be very difficult to get a reasonable compression without a very flat, inefficiently shaped combustion chamber. The...