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Harris Magnum II CB900F

Visually, at least, a Harris Magnum takes a bit of getting used to. The frame dominates the proceedings, intertwined around the engine like a pair of newfound lovers. The act is indeed an intimate one with those sturdy frame tubes passing within millimetres of the engine, holding on to every movement of the cycle parts and power plant with a grip verging on overkill. The result is precision seldom seen in production motorcycles that have to pamper many whims and needs. The Magnum has a single purpose, to carve a line into a series of corners, take it or leave it.

 
BSA Gold Star
BSA

BSA Gold Star Road Test

From unremarkable beginnings as a development of the Empire Star for the 1938 sales season, the BSA Gold Star went on to become motorcycling legend. It’s one of the most evocative model names in motorcycling – and it endured for…

 

Kawasaki H1 Special

Damien the Kawasaki H1 plus 1 – “Not stock and four smoking barrels” At first glance, Roger Ramm’s machine is just another nice 70s bike, albeit well put together and very well maintained. Many will have passed by without giving…

 

Z1 Moriwaki Kawasaki

Gordon Clive Pantall started racing in 1964 at nearby Aberdare Park although it wasn’t the best of starts as the young welsh rider crashed in his first event. The bug had bitten hard however and Gordon quickly got to grips with staying on and aiming for the front.

 

Suzuki GSX-R750J Road Test

Most people think of the first GSX-R models as the real ground breakers, which may be correct historically, but to some they were nothing more than a wake up call for the rest of the biking industry. It took a…

 

Suzuki GT250A Road Test

Gone in a cloud of blue smoke The 70s was all about the Japanese outdoing each other at every opportunity. Usually we think of the superbikes as the battleground for this war, but things was just as hot further down…

 

Suzuki GS750-1000 Special

It looks so easy doesn’t it? You get a bike and begin changing every aspect of it, from the forks and swing arm to the engine type and capacity, only to find out you have opened a can of worms…

 

Moto Guzzi V50 Monza Road Test

Moto Guzzi, having carved out a niche in the big vee market, isn’t best known for small capacity machines, but they do know their stuff when it comes to scaling their designs down. It may be small, but the V50…

 

Suzuki AP50 Road Test

Teenage kicks The Suzuki design team took a while to develop the A50P in to the form that we know it best, both the Yamaha FS1 and Honda SS50 series were getting long in the tooth having been in the…