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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - CONTENTS - John Foster

Over the years sev­eral of my mo­tor­cy­cles and let­ters have been fea­tured in CMM. My 1979 Suzuki GS1000E af­ter my ride to the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, my Kawasaki Z750B in 1994 and a num­ber of let­ters since. I en­joyed the fea­ture on the Z1300, which brought back mem­o­ries of test rid­ing one at launch, the dealer I bought my new Z1-R from in 1979 had a demon­stra­tor, I re­call be­ing im­pressed but it was clearly de­signed for the Amer­i­can mar­ket and per­haps only re­alised its true vo­ca­tion when Kawasaki launched the full dress (USA only) Voy­ager ver­sion late in the Z1300’s life. My mi­nor crit­i­cism, the Z1300 ar­ti­cle men­tions the Har­leyDav­i­son Evo en­gine. Har­ley-david­son launched the 1340cc Evo­lu­tion en­gine in 1984 (H-D was still us­ing the Shov­el­head en­gine in 1979); there­fore it had no in­flu­ence over Kawasaki’s de­ci­sion to up­size the six-cylin­der Kawasaki. In my opin­ion, and I am biased as a long-term owner; the Suzuki GS1000E is the ul­ti­mate UJM (Uni­ver­sal Ja­panese Mo­tor­cy­cle), a term I be­lieve first used by Cook Neilson, a jour­nal­ist on Cy­cle mag­a­zine to de­scribe a mo­tor­cy­cle with a wide range of abil­i­ties and be­ing able to do most of them well: it was the first open-class mo­tor­cy­cle with th­ese at­tributes. Ber­tie says: “Thanks for that John. Per­haps it’s time we did back-to-back tests to de­ter­mine a win­ner in our road tests?”

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