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...

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...

Carole Nash

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Classic Motorcycle Mechan Cs Is The Best Place To Advertise Your Classic Japanese Bikes And Spares

Upload your advert at www.classicmechanics.com Post the coupon below or fax to 01507 529399 We cannot accept Reader Adverts over the phone It is our policy at Classic Motorcycle Mechanics not to accept private adverts from traders. If, whi st looking for a bike in Mechanics, you experience a trader advertising as a private seller, please call us on 01507 529529 and we will take appropriate action. Advertisements can be accepted on this form, photocopy, email or internet. Readers Bikes and Bits...

Classic Tyres May Be A Problem To

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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...

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...

Enfield Continental Gt

Glassfibre fuel tank wanted, any condition, preferably damaged Tel. 02820730625. E-mail. mikf650 yahoo.co.uk HONDA CB125S wanted by our 16 year old son, for his first bike. Tel. 07928408427. North SUZUKI GS1000 Giuliari seat wanted, good money paid for good example. Tel. Matt 07814728124. E-mail, cheefbeef hotmail.comsuzuki GT750 B A fuel tank rust and leak free. Tel. 07922493968. Somerset. MZ ETZ250 good condition, runner prefered but anything considered. Tel. Paul 07757518206. Lincolnshire....

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

Hard Luggage Wanted

For Kawasaki Zephyr 750 C2, 1992, with rack carrier ie Kappa Givi, must be good cond and price, can collect if Beds area or pay postage. Tel. 01767 227178. Beds. KAWASAKI AR50 or AR30 basket case or non-runner wanted even with-out V5 to get my old Kwacker back on tie road. Tel. 01772 863132 07974 645849. Lanes HONDA 400 4 F2 F1 r h side panel, colour unimportant plus any other spares if poss Tel. 01282 693396. Lanes. YAMAHA RD80LC ENGINE, running or not, also set of front forks for RD80 with...

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...

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...

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...

Pullman Motorail To Italy And France

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Send In The Pictures And Story Of Your Pride And

POST TO MECHANICS, PO BOX 99, HORNCASTLE, LINCOLNSHIRE LN9 6LZ OR EMAIL YOUR PICTURES TO EDITORIAL CLASSICMECHANICS.COM CMM reader William Noble has a very tidy 1979 Yamaha DT50M his shed I knew straight away that the DT50 sitting there was my old and 1980 Honda XL185S. His niece Ellldh (pictured here on the bike So I bought It for 100 It was all bashed up and wasnt DT50) thought her uncle should send in a photo to CMM after the running. It's had a full engine rebuild, all new panels, tank etc...

Suzuki

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...

The Greatest Une Up Of Star Riders

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Triumph Daytona T100

500cc, 1973, excellent cond, very clean, malching engine and frame numbers, six months tax & MoT, genuine reasor for sale, 3750 ovro. Tel. 01329 286829. BSA LIGHTNING Clubman, injury forces sale of genuine, 1935 Clubman, very recent engine rebuid, correct details. Tel. 01959 522227. Ken . BENELLI 900SEI 1987, genuine 1000 miles (1600km) from new, recent service, battery and tyras. fabulous as new collectors item, 7250 ono. Tel. 07860 633611 anytime. Kette-ing. HONDA CB400 Four, 1976, rod,...

Bikes For Sale

SHERCO 290, 2003 in good condition, normal scraps and scratches, the front mudguard has large crack, bike would also come wilh home made trailei with lighting board, 900 ono. Tel. 07840045941. Yorkshire. ZZR400, 1990, black 12 months MoT, Sorned, with 33bhp kit. cert, average condition 30,000 miles, cheap tax insurance, 600. Tel. Ade 07970689321. Shropshire HONDA CBX550F, 52,000 miles, no tax or test, on 3orn, complete bike, deal restoration project. 1982 Model. 295 ono. Tel. 07880732058....

Harley Davidson Xr1200

Tel. 01614 373916. Cheshire. BSA B44SS 1970, red, third owner, unleaded ex seat, Boyer, oil filler etc, otherwise original, matching nost attended recent internationals and John Bulls, rack fitted, good reliable bike. Tel. 0191 5657165. HONDA CX500 Custom 1981, complete and original, been standing over six years, runs but starts badly, I have too many bikes hence sale, 500 + three workshop manuals Tel. Paul D151 678 8883.Wirral. ROYAL ENFIELD Thunderbird,...

Mark Williams

riitnrial clAftsiemeehariiefi.com Tips for warm winter tinkering Thermals. And a flask of whiskey. march issue on sale wednesday 16 february What's on and events in the coming month. Suzuki's big hairy bruiser, the GSX-R1100H. Tell us what you think, and what you want to see. The prides and joys of readers across the land. Honda's legendary XL250 gets the detail run down. Cast wheels brought a lot less maintenance. Phillip Tooth reports on a hybrid BMW boxer. The two ends of the 500cc 2T...

Apr1ua Dc Rbi Ducatt Honda Kawasaki Peugeot Suzuki Yamaha

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Oxford Classic Honda

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Genuine New Old Stock Parts

AND QUALITY USED SPARES Complete and project bikes inc. MX bikes. Genuine workshop manuals, parts and owners hand books www.govnorsbridge.co.uk email spotthegronk yahoo.com shop 01827 712906 spares 01827 715148 108 COLESHILL ROAD ATHERSTONE WARWICKSHIRE CV9 2AF All major credit cards accepted Worldwide mail order service available SPECIALISTS IIM 7D's AND BD's TRAIL BIKES Yamaha RD250, DT175 twin shock, DT175 MX, Kawasaki KH400. Suzuki GT185. Honda XL250S, Honda MT250 Elsinore. More bikes for...

Order On Line

All the parts you'll need whether its a complete rewire or modification or repair to your wiring you'll find the parts in our comprehensive mail-order cataloaue For Mirrors, tn di c a tors amp Lights Mirrors for early 70's models to the present day We have a huge selection of parts in stock and a friendly team ready to take your call Send the coupon or phone today for your FREE fully illustrated catalogue. Tel 0115 9305454. Fax 0115 9440101 www.vehicleproducts.co.uk We have a huge selection of...

Parts And Spares

Racks racks of good used spares for 4 stroke models 400ce plus, 1976 to present day GS550 65G 7 50 850 1000 110, GSXR750 1100 GSX600 750 1100, Katana 550 650 1100 RF600 900 Bandit 400 600 1200 Tel 01229 822120 Fax 01.229 870051 36-44 Crellir Street, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 1DY

Nourish Racing Engine Company

Leicestershire LE15 7JL, ENGLAND Telephone 01572 722712 or Fax 01572 722668 8 valve conversion kits tor 650cc amp 750cc Triumphs Crankshafts machined from solid billet. Triumph, Norton. 8SA. Crankshaft dynamic balancing service. NRE connecting rods for Norton and Triumphs Camshafts for 8 valve kits. NRE. profiles, also suitable for 2 valve Triumphs Complete N.R E. engr es - 8 valve twin cylinder, 500co, 750oc. 850cc amp OOOoc Bui to order tor racing, street,...

Riding The Bikes Today

The first thing you notice about both of these bikes is the gulf between them in terms of character. While they may well both be two-stroke triples, the factories that built them went about their charges in very different manners. The bike in the blue comer is pared to a minimum and feels skinny and lithe. The bike in the red comer is lavishly appointed and comfortable by comparison. However, despite tho disparity in chassis design, the sound of their two-stroke triple cylinder engines being...

The Vintage Motor Cycle Club

Allen House, Wetmore Road, Burlon upon Trertl, Staffordshire DE14 1TR Tel 01283 540 557 Fax 01283 510547 visit us online www.vmcc.net ore-mail us hq vmcc.net We have brake parts for 7,657 different models of motorcycles Pistons amp Seals Pads, Shoes We have brake parts for 7,657 different models of motorcycles Pistons amp Seals Pads, Shoes Ma hflv hu o ftftlcctkMi of parts UaH 7, Grange Road Industrial Estate Albion Street, Southwid, West Swsei, 1N42 4CN, Un ted Kingdom GREAT VALUE caliper...

Oil And Gears

Most of us will use good quality two or four-stroke oil in our bike engines but how many consider what goes into gearboxes if they are separately lubricated It's worth taking the time to select the best oil for your gearbox and if necessary seek input from someone who understands old bikes. Bikes that share their oil twixt engine and box inevitably give it a hard time gears by their very nature tend to shear the viscosity modifiers that are used in multi-grades and generally speaking car...

Made Easy

We thought about letting Bruce loose with a spray gun.Then we thought again.Taking the projeot bike to a professional painter seemed a far more sensible thing to do. I've got an idea. Who wants to go endurance racing with our project bike True, we'd get obliterated on the straights and corners would probably present something of a challenge, but no one would be able to touch us in the workshop department. To throw in a clich this bike's been stripped and rebuilt more times than I've had hot...

Running Gear Swap

I have kJla GPZ400R frame wilh a 600R engine. I want to update the front and rear suspension. I have a set of ZXR400 forks and yoke etc but want a modern braced swingarm look not chrome or polished street fighter . Can you advise what dimensions I should be checking or can you recommend a suitable donor. Please feel free to advise any problems you think I might run into with these type of mods. think you would probably run into lots of problems with the modsI The...

Suzuki Re5 Plug Adapter

The plug adapter for the RE5 is stainless and beautifully made - it looks a gold colour in the photo because of the lighting. The outside fits a 30mm wrench and the inside has clearance for a regular socket wrench on the plug. Being stainless, it is important to use a dollop of nti-Seize lubricant on the threads to prevent galvanic corrosion between adapter and Engine Cases. There are two of them in the shot above so you can see the whole thing. The adapter threads into the original plug hole...

Ll454

Guzzi North Weald Drag Racing

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Jim Lomas Pipes

Fondseca.com are now the sole retailers for JL Design's popular classic and modern exhaust ranges. This will mean that aside from selling all the very popular Yamaha RD, TZR and TDR pipes, Fondseca.com will now be offering Items for models like the Suzuki RGV250, RG500, GT750, Aprilia RS125 amp 250, Honda NSR400, Kawasaki KRIS, HI 500 and H2 750. 2011 prices will include the new VAT increase and start at 525 for a pair of mild steel pipes with stainless steel silencers. JL Designs also offer...

Registration Roundabout

Suzuki Gs650g

1TW Thanks for the advice earlier on welding mm engine mounts for a classic custom prcject I wanted to build. I decided to go the route of buying a rolling chassis with an engine already installed CB750 BANDIT 600cc . The problem is I stupidly bought it with no papers reg number and took it at the guys word and a hand shake that it was 100 legit. The problems are that I have no idea what model the bandit 600 engine is N71 7-1071 and I don't want to start buying parts until I know they will work...

Replica Rough Out Boots

Stylmartin Indian Boots

CHEQUE enclose a cheque made payable to Mortons Media Group Reference number office use only If you're looking for that added touch of authenticity, Bell has recently introduced a bubble visor for their famous Jet helmet. It looks the part and if you've never used a bubble visor you should v give one a try. You get complete protection from the elements, but still feel like you're riding an opcn-facc helmet. And rain it just runs off it like no visor you've ever worn. It comes in smoke or...

Classic Bike Tours Spain

We visited Classic Bike Tours in Spain to ride the bikes in this feature. Based in the picturesque village of Sedella high in the mountains above Malaga, CBT offers classic enthusiasts the opportunity to ride the bikes of their youthful dreams. Run by the affable and enthusiastic Dave Perry, CBT has a fantastic collection of bikes that are sure to spark the interest. Among the classics are CBXIOOOs, an HI, GT500, GT550, GPzllOOB, RD500, RD250LC, RD400, CB500 4, CB400 4, CB550 4, GL1000...

We Raced An Re5

Suzuki Re5 Engine Proper Unit

Just what was going through Ray Battersby's mind when it occurred to him to race a Wankel-engined Suzuki RE5 he doesn't reveal. But in 1976, soon after he started working as Heron Suzukis technical representative, he reckoned it would be novel, quirky and like its engine, a little eccentric. Trouble was that the RE5 was no racer, by far. It was underpowered and slow off the mark, recalls Ray. It was heavy and bulky. It was complex, with a carburettor that had 117 jets and 15 air bleed systems....

Mki Moto Guzzi Le Mans

Motomecca Exhaust

Standard Brembo twin-piston calipers, ABE discs Honda CBR1000, converted to shaft drive with aftermarket oil cooler, thermostatically controlled CBR1000 rear wheel modified to take shaft drive looks like the factory did it One of the few standard parts that has not been modified by the 11.35 lathe The exhaust downpipes are John's design. The Motomecca silencers add power CBR1000 rear wheel modified to take shaft drive looks like the factory did it One of the few standard parts that has not been...

Cb450k0 Black Bomber

Kawasaki Kr1s Race

Candy Sapphire Blue with v hite detailing, mudguards white. A new frame used and revised exhaust now on RHS with large collector botwoon side panel and rear shock. Engine cases alloy coloured. Chassis number runs from XL250-4000001. Release StoreMags amp FantamajS Magazirv for All WWW. 1960szone.com Tel 01270 668523 Cheshire Honda 1963 C92 Benly, one owner. Tools Honda 1976 CB200 Race Replica, runs h book. original bill of sale etc 2950 well, really Honda 1963 CB72 Super Sports, needs Honda...

X0n Opium Jacket

We're not so sure about the name, but this is a good-looking classic jacket. The IXON Opium is made from super-soft cowhide but still comes with CE-approved armour in the shoulders, arms and back. Despite the armour included, it still looks good during those off the bike' moments, when you'd rather look cool than shabby. You've also got a removable, thermal liner, lots of ventilation and a zip for attaching trousers. Sizes go from small to 4XL and colours are black or brown. Price 299 Contact...