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Retro Specs
ENGINE Liquid-cooled four-stroke 90-degree V4; gear-driven DOHC, eight valves per cylinder; 101.2 x 50.6mm = 75.3mm bore, 42mm stroke, for 747cc; 11.7:1 comp; PGM-FI fuel injection/engine management, four sets of two 30mm throttle-bodies; 8-4-2-1-2 e
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Retro Specs
ENGINE Air- and oil-cooled four-stroke vertical twin with 90/270-degree offset crank; SOHC, four valves per cylinder; 78 x 67.8mm for 648cc; 9.5:1 comp; EFI with Power Commander; custom exhausts by Rogue; wet clutch to six-speed gearbox; chain final
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Rookie Racer
THE Indian-built YZF-R15 is a pint-sized clone of Yamaha’s #1 sports bike, the 200hp YZF-R1, at least in its appearance, and has been a popular model throughout Asia since its release in 2008. Powered initially by a liquid-cooled 150cc SOHC four-valv
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Cornering Etiquette
THE photographer emerged from the long grass with his camera and its enormous telephoto lens around his neck, and shouted to me “that was good, Jamie, but could you hang off the bike a bit more?”. “Don’t listen to him, he’s a wanker,” said my road-te
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Numero Uno
RETROBIKE has been lusting after an MV Agusta Superveloce since its show debut as a prototype in 2018 and public release in 2020. It was love at first sight, and to our eyes this is one of the sexiest bikes of the new millennium. Was I not an arthrit
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Mid-city Makeover
IT’S HARD to remember a more successful product launch than that of Royal Enfield’s 650 twins in 2018. From out of nowhere, the Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650 attracted almost an instant cult following driven by their classic Britbike styling
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Too Cool For School
REGULAR readers of Retrobike could be forgiven for never having heard of Yamaha’s YZF-R15, a popular learner-legal motorcycle powered by a liquid-cooled fuel-injected 150cc (155cc since 2017) SOHC four-valve single. Made in India, there is nothing re
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Retro Specs
ENGINE Air-cooled four-stroke inline four; DOHC, two valves per cylinder; 83 x 66mm for 1428cc; 10.5:1 comp; wet sump; 4 x RS40 Mikuni flat-slides; Dyna/MSD ignition; Vance & Hines Sidewinder exhaust; gear primary to multi-plate clutch and five-speed
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Crossover
FEW bikes scream engine as much as Honda’s CBX1000, on sale from 1978 to 1982. Six cylinders, six carburettors, six header pipes and 24 valves — if ever a model deserved the appellation motorcycle, it’s this mother. It takes balls to ride one fast, l
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Retro Specs
ENGINE Air-cooled four-stroke vertical twin; chain-driven SOHC, two valves per cylinder; 80 x 74mm for 750cc; 10:1 comp; wet sump with Hugh’s Handbuilt oil cooler; 2 x Mikuni VM34 round-slides with ram tubes; Hugh’s Handbuilt PMA/CDI ignition; owner-
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Retro Specs
ENGINE Air-cooled four-stroke 90-degree V-twin; belt-driven SOHC, two valves per cylinder; 94 x 71.5mm for 992cc; 10:1 comp; wet sump; Marelli ignition and EFI; 45mm throttle body; Zard exhaust; gear primary drive to wet clutch and six-speed gearbox;
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Straight Line Fever
KAWASAKI released the 900cc Z1 in late 1972 to claim the title of the world’s fastest production bike, succeeding the Vincent Black Shadow which had held the title for nearly 25 years. The Kwaka Nine, as it was soon dubbed, was as strong as it was fa
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Retrobike
COVER PHOTO Brandan Trudinger EDITOR Geoff Seddon ART DIRECTOR Martha Rubazewicz VALUED CONTRIBUTORS Alan Cathcart, Simon Davidson, John Downs, Kel Edge, Phil Masters, Jamie McIlwraith, Russ Murray, Nigel Petrie, Ben Pilatti, John Rooth, Brandan Trud
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Eight Is Enough
WHAT are the benefits of the oval-piston design compared to a conventional engine, other than a bit of rule-bending for racing? “When Mr Shoichiro lrimajiri and his staff were given the responsibility of designing a ‘New Engine’, which basically mean
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Retro Specs
ENGINE Liquid-cooled four-stroke single; SOHC, four valves; 57 x 58.7mm for 150cc; 10.4:1 comp; EFI with custom airbox and ECU; wet sump; electric start; custom exhaust with Yoshimura muffler; wet clutch to six-speed gearbox; chain final drive; 16hp
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The King Is Dead, Long Live The King
IT SEEMED nothing could kill the Sportster after an uninterrupted 65-year run. But all that changed with the advent of Euro 5 emission regulations, which has prompted Harley-Davidson to discontinue manufacturing our favourite Harley engine. The name
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THIS Sporting LIFE
WE ARE massive Harley Sportster fans here at Retrobike. What could be more retro than a model introduced in 1957 that with only one major update — the Evolution motor in the mid-1980s — has remained in continuous production ever since? Park a 1957 mo
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Retro Specs
ENGINE Air-cooled four-stroke boxer twin; DOHC, four valves per cylinder; 103 x 73mm for 1170cc; 12:1 comp; 2 x 38mm SmartCarbs on titanium manifolds; Morris magneto ignition; titanium exhausts; dry clutch to six-speed hand-shift gearbox; shaft final
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G'day
IF I was to invent my dream job, it would be to edit a motorcycle magazine. I’ve been obsessed with both magazines and motorcycles since I was a teenager. If I could fill the magazine with the same bikes that inspired me then, even better. Back in th
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Indecent Obsession
A LITTLE over 30 years ago, Honda released Japan’s most exotic and expensive production motorcycle yet, the NR750, also known as the RC40. The big news was the eight-valves-per-cylinder, oval-piston V4 engine, derived from the exotic NR500 GP racer.
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Retro Specs
ENGINE Air-cooled four-stroke 360-degree vertical twin; OHV, two per cylinder; 74 x 72.6mm for 624cc; 9.0:1 comp; dry sump; 2 x 28mm Mikunis; 12V battery/coil ignition; duplex primary chain to wet clutch and four-speed gearbox; chain final drive; 50h
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Retro Specs
ENGINE Air-cooled four-stroke 45-degree V-twin; OHV, two per cylinder; 76.2 x 96.8mm for 883cc; dry sump; 9.0:1 comp; EFI with V&H Fuelpak, S&S air cleaner; custom exhausts; chain primary drive to five-speed gearbox; chain final drive CHASSIS Tubula
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Culture Shock
IT IS hugely ironic that Kawasaki, at the forefront of street bike performance ever since the 1969 release of its H1 Mach III two-stroke triple, should have started life on two wheels by building a better British bike. For that’s what the OHV paralle
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Born Free
BORN FREE is not only a famous 1966 movie about releasing a lion cub raised in captivity into the wild, it is also the name of one of America’s top custom motorcycle shows with a particular focus on choppers. Held in Silverado in the Santa Ana Mounta
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BIKES, BLUES & BEERS
I PUT the book down. I've had more time for reading lately and love of reading has been a lifelong constant. So I did a little life audit on the subject. No, not books, constants. It's been happening more, as if 'summing up' can help a bloke work out
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Ago In Australia
GIACOMO Agostini has been a semi-regular visitor to Australia, most recently as a guest at the International Festival of Speed at Sydney Motor Sport Park in 2017 and at Phillip Island for the Island Classic in 2018. Retrobike met Ago at the IFOS, al
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Enfield Factory Custom
ROYAL Enfield has been encouraging custom shops everywhere to do their thing with original Enfield models, many of which have appeared in Retrobike over the past few years. The factory has now built its own custom project, dubbed the SG650 Concept, w
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On Any Sunday
THE lifeblood of magazines like this are the people who build the feature bikes, sometimes as part of a professional team or more usually toiling away in a backyard shed. More power to you all.
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Happy Days
BRISBANE’S Phil Rowe sure has broad tastes in motorcycles. Sharing shed space with modern sports bikes like his Aprilia RSV1000R and Suzuki GSX-R1000 and SV1000S are a classic 1950 BSA B33 and an ever-growing number of hand-built Yamaha customs. Regu
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The Duck's Guts
MOST riders customise their bikes. It may be as simple as rim tape, an aftermarket exhaust, adding some carbon-fibre to replace the plastic or fitting new parts like brake lines or engine covers. Most of this is off the shelf. There are some who even
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