VJMC

  • King Kenny: Ironing out the kinks

    King Kenny: Ironing out the kinks

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    The VJMC’s Steve Cooper remembers… 1979 had been a holding position with Kenny Roberts doing his utmost to fend off the serried ranks of Suzuki RG500s. Unable to give him the extra power he wanted, the factory embarked on a mass loss programme – aluminium would replace steel for the chassis and the motor would…

  • The MIGHTY TZ500

    The MIGHTY TZ500

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    Honda’s exit from the GPs arguably did Yamaha a huge favour – at Grand Prix level it really didn’t have too much to worry about other than MV Agusta. And at privateer level it was essentially free to mop up whenever and wherever at 125, 250 and 350 events. It was only the premier blue-riband…

  • VR: New Kid On The Block

    VR: New Kid On The Block

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    The new millennium delivered a few surprises in the world of MotoGP along with one confirmation – KRJR (Kenny Roberts Jnr.) was capable of winning the world championship just like his old man. Building on a second place in the standings the previous year, Kenny took the premier title for Suzuki. And amazingly, despite four…

  • From NS to NSR

    From NS to NSR

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    How Honda’s V four powered NSR500 rewrote the GP bike blueprint… 1983 saw the Honda triple benefitting from both a new, all-alloy, chassis and the introduction of reed valves – the latter update allowing smoother fuel/airflow with no opportunity of the engine to blow the vital mixture back through the carburettors. This pair of revisions…

  • VJMC FACTFILE: Kawasaki’s H2 750

    VJMC FACTFILE: Kawasaki’s H2 750

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    We’ve joined forces with the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club to showcase a series of iconic bikes. First on the list; Kawasaki’s inimitable H2 750. Kawasaki’s H2 750 was launched in late 1971 with much hype from the Marketing Department and huge expectations from the public -finally the fearsome H1 500 triple had a bigger brother,…

  • EVENTS: FIVE reasons to visit the Bristol Classic Bike Show.

    EVENTS: FIVE reasons to visit the Bristol Classic Bike Show.

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    It’s nearly time for the Bristol Classic Bike Show – and if you’ve not already bagged your tickets, here are FIVE reasons it’s well worth a visit.   1. It’s a 40th birthday bash. The Classic MotorCycle Show is back – and for 2020 it’s celebrating its 40th birthday! And to mark the special milestone…

  • EVENTS: Classic Bike Trackdays heads to CASTLE COMBE next week. And YOU can get INVOLVED.

    EVENTS: Classic Bike Trackdays heads to CASTLE COMBE next week. And YOU can get INVOLVED.

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    There’s just over a week to go before the second Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Magazine trackday organised by Classic Bike Trackdays in 2019 – and this time it’s at Castle Combe Circuit on Friday 19th July. But it’s not just a one day event. The VJMC (Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club) trackday follows on Saturday 20th July…

  • Less than two weeks to go until Endurance Legends 2018

    Less than two weeks to go until Endurance Legends 2018

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    Get set for another unique mix of classic endurance racing, high profile support races, classic track sessions, parades and show bikes filling the paddocks of Donington Park for this year’s Endurance Legends event – which takes place across May 12-13 2018.     Anniversaries Galore from Suzuki, Honda, BMW, Norton and Triumph Stars on Track – John…

  • Diary date: Classic Endurance Legends race at Donington Park – May 6-7

    Diary date: Classic Endurance Legends race at Donington Park – May 6-7

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    We’re going to this excellent event and we figured we’d flag this up for you, so that you could whack it in the diary and make sure you’re trackside to see loads of pre-1987 bikes in three different classes (F1 Classic 750cc – 1300cc, F1 Superbike 750cc – 1300cc, Formula 2 247cc – 749cc)  a…

  • Used buying guide: 1992-2001 Honda CB750

    Used buying guide: 1992-2001 Honda CB750

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    Honda’s 1969 CB750 is quite rightly regarded as the first modern superbike. This one machine turned the world of motorcycling on its head, but, Honda was guilty of sitting on its laurels and letting the opposition catch up. By the mid 1970s the bike was beginning to show its age, and by the end of…

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