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Copycat or quirky cool? This is what’s been going through my head this month while putting together CMM. This month’s main test is the – perhaps – undervalued and overlooked Suzuki GS750, a bike many claimed was a bit of a Kawasaki rip-off, replicating many of the Big K’s thencurrent features from the likes of the Z-series and yet building something special of their own. Whatever you think of the bike and its origins, it is the grandsire of the likes of the GS1000, GSX-series, Katanas, GSX-Rs and modern Suzukis all… Then there are those bikes that go their own way, either from a technology point of view or from a styling perspective. Enter, stage left, Aprilia’s Moto 6.5. Here was a machine with humble Pegaso-based running gear, but with the design that was very dividing. The looks were penned by designer Philippe

Jeff Ware

Mark Haycock

Following on from his Honda CB900F test last issue, JB returns with another, undervalued four-cylinder: Suzuki’s GS750.

Our man from the Antipodes is on with part two of his Suzuki RM80X and begins a sort out of the Yamaha RZV500R.

Mark helps you all out with queries and gives us the latest on his current project: the Honda CL350.

Testing, testing

Nutters is metal-deep in his build of the CRK café racer Triumph – check out his current progress on page 60. Independent publisher since 1885

Allen Millyard

Engineer extraordinaire! Allen finally finishes his Velocette V-twin motor – and she looks a doozy. But what next for our intrepid builder?

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The café king!

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Starck, more known for house lamps than lairy motorcycles. Our own Steve Cooper rides an example from page 30 and falls for its charms. Me? Well, I rode one back in the day and I couldn’t stand the thing: it was an ugly home that the lovely five-valve Pegaso motor didn’t deserve at all. But, each to their own, eh? With this in mind perhaps I need to sort Steve out with a lovely, mid-1990s Pegaso to go ride on. Trailie singles such as the Aprilia and machines like the Honda Dominator and Kawasaki Tengai offer lots to the rider. So, copycat or quirky, what spins your crank?

Down Under dude!

Steve Cooper

Q&A wizard

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH!

Engine room Yes, he deserves his place in the sun once more for pushing himself to the limit this month. Not only do we have a ride on the oddball Aprilia Moto 6.5, but we have a workshop on clutch actuators as well as a piece on Yamaha’s YDS1 and a guide to the Puch VZ50! Top work, Scoop!

Alan Dowds

Fickle Fazer fella!

Big Al’s put the champagne on ice this month as he tries to work out coils, coolant and running issues!

Ralph Ferrand Kawasaki King

Double helpings from Ralph again. Ffirstly, he finishes the good lady’s Z650 clutch and gets on with his H2 stroker…

Mike Booth

Tony Greenslade Team Allspeed

Biking Zeus

Following last issue’s Fast Bikes bloke, this time Mike ‘Boothy’ Booth is in a race against time to get a Kawasaki ZXR750J ready for the Classic TT!

It’s more racing, thrills, spills and blow-ups as Tony and the team get ready for the Spa Classic.

Former ‘newspaper’ man Chad is a TT racer, UK record holder, award-winning journalist, a great lover, fighter and wild bull rider!

Another Fast Bloke

Adam ‘Chad’ Child

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❙ TRIUMPH CRK CAFÉ RACER

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❙ KAWASAKI H2 C

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❙ ALLEN MILLYARD

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Mark Haycock with a page of tips. John Nutting in 'Carry on Cafe'!

Ralph back with his Purple Pain.

Allen finishes his Velocette V-twin motor.

❙ SUZUKI APACHE

Scoop hunts for a new bike

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❙ CLUTCH ACTUATORS

80

❙ YAMAHA FZS600 FAZER

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Scoop on this vital doobrie.

Alan Dowds tries to get the motor running well…

❙ SUZUKI RM80X

Jeff Ware gets the motor out of his tiddler classic!

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❙ PUCH VZ50

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❙ YAMAHA YDS1

Steve Cooper's buyer’s guide.

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Contents ARCHIVE

Was this the first Jap ‘retro’?

CMM MARKETPLACE What impact has the Suzuki GS750 had?

CMM STUFF

New kit, tools, tyres and stuff. Lovely!

NEWS

Events, news and what’s happening out there.

FEEDBACK

WIN Bridgestone tyres for our Star Letter!

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SHOW US YOURS

110 ❙ KAWASAKI Z650

26

KAWASAKI W800

118 ❙ KAWASAKI ZXR750J

30

APRILIA MOTO 6.5

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Steve with part one of this legendary Yam.

❙ YAMAHA TZR250

Tony Greenslade has some issues with the stroker. Ralph finishes this fluid clutch swop at last. Mike Booth in a race to race.

WIN S-DOC cleaning gear, Tamiya kits! Adam 'Chad' Child rides this W1 homage.

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CMM TRACK DAYS

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SUZUKI GS750

Jon Bentman rides this game-changing Suzuki.

RETRO REBOOT

What would a modern RG250 look like?

129 NEXT MONTH

What’s happening in the October 2019 CMM?

130 PIP HIGHAM

Our Pip has a ticket to ride!

Steve Cooper rides this charming Suzuki classic.

122 ❙ YAMAHA RZ500R

Jeff again with a new resto.

126 ❙ HONDA CL350

Mark Haycock is back.

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Kawasaki

W1

Kawasaki's W1: squint and it could be a Brit bike...

Arguably Japan's ďŹ rst 'retro'.


WORDS: BERTIE SIMMONDS, ADAM CHILD PICS: MORTONS ARCHIVE, GARY D CHAPMAN

J

apan is now known for innovation in all things two wheels, but there was a time when really all it could do was copy what went before. Take, for example, the original Kawasaki W1 of 1965. Here was a machine that – if it was parked up anywhere today – you would almost swear it was a beautiful British twin-cylinder motorcycle. And yet the chrome-plated tank says Kawasaki on it, but the exhausts are the same shape as a Brit twin too… This was a Kawasaki production bike that ran from 1966 through to 1973, by which time that innovation we were mentioning had been in full force with the likes of the Honda CB750 and Kawasaki’s own Z1… You’ll see on page 26 Adam ‘Chad’ Child’s ride on the latest retro W800, which pays homage to the original W1. While he was in Japan on the launch they let him ride an original 1965 machine. He said: “Riding the bike was an explosion of the senses. The sound is lovely, two straight through pipes per cylinder, it has a real rasp to it – I was surprised how quickly it revved. Gear-shift on the right side, in with the heavy cable clutch, down one to first and we’re away. With a quoted 50bhp, the classic W1 has more ‘on paper’ bhp than the modern W800; there’s more than enough to have some fun with and once you’re used to the four-speed, right-foot gearbox it was a pleasure to ride – l loved it. The ride quality was impressive, and the engine, backed up by a rasping exhaust note, has some kick to it; the old girl can still dance. It must have been sensational back in 1965. I’d love to have this W1 in the garage for the odd late summer evening ride, what a lovely looking and enjoyable bike to ride – I didn’t stop smiling all day.”

Chad loved it!

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This is the RPHA11 – a helmet to you and me – and it’s the current helmet worn by British MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow. The lid is made from carbon fibre, aramid and carbon glass hybrid fibre – which sounds very techy. It also has an ‘enlarged view port’ which we think means the hole in the front you look out of is bigger than before. It comes with two visors (one light smoke, one clear) and an anti-fog insert. Sizes are XXS (52-53cm) to XXL (62-63cm.) www.ls2helmets.com

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