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July 2017 – Issue 357

Bertie Simmonds
June 21, 2017

ARCHIVE
Farewell, Nicky Hayden.

2003 HONDA CB1300
Quick Spin on a future classic? Oh yes!

NEWS
News, views and what’s new.

CALENDAR
It’s July so put the Kettle on!

FEEDBACK
You’ve got a lot to tell us!

SHOW US YOURS
Now with added nostalgia: ‘The Way We Were!’

ENDURANCE LEGENDS
Missed it? Check out what happened! It was epic!

HONDA CBX1000 SPECIAL
Aussie Jeff Ware on one very six-y special!

1977 KAWASAKI Z1000
Steve Cooper rides a trick big Kwak and loves it.

BEST BIKES OF 1982
John Nutting takes us down memory lane.

2002 TRIUMPH SPEED TRIPLE
A reader’s ride through gorgeous Wales.

READER’S RESTORATION
Dutchman Erik Hobo on his JPS RG250.

RETRO REBOOT
Honda should make this: a modern CB900F!

WORKSHOP NEWS
New metal bits and old kit tested.

Q&A
Mark Haycock and you with tips!

YAMAHA TZR250
Charlie Oakman on part three of his resto-racer.

SUZUKI RG400-500
A Stan Stephens masterclass!

DUCATI 996
Jim Lindsay finally finishes his bella with an MOT pass!

PROGRAMMABLE IGNITION
Steve Cooper on why it’s best to bring this modern innovation on board.

YAMAHA DT175 MX
Ralph Ferrand is on with part 10: the carb.

YAMAHA RD350
Scoop has a fettle and a fiddle.

BRIDGESTONE 350 GTO
Steve Cooper on the tyre-maker’s masterpiece.

HONDA CB400 FOUR
Ralph Ferrand finishes this little beauty.

MAKE OR BREAK REVISITED!
How prices have changed over the last five years.

About the Author

Bertie Simmonds

As a child Bertie (well, Robert back then… blame his sister for the nickname) was exposed to motorcycles thanks to his uncles. They would show up at his house with a lovely lady as pillion throughout the 1970s and 1980s. After a naughty time on field bikes (it’s what we did back then) Bertie passed his test in the early 1990s and became a reporter for MCN in 1995, moving to the sports desk and covering World Superbikes in 1996. With a change to Bike Magazine in 1997, he stayed until 2000 as news, features and road test editor. Moving into PR with Cosworth, Bert was bored with cars and returned to bikes in 2001 with Two Wheels Only, becoming editor in 2002 and leaving to be freelance at the end of 2004. With almost a decade freelancing, Bertie joined Mortons in 2013 and became editor of Classic Motorcycle Mechanics, a post he’s desperately clung to, to this day. And no, he’s never had a pretty girl on the back of his bike. BSimmonds@mortons.co.uk

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