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Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - CONTENTS - Hank Smith

Loved the project bike Honda CBR1000F in Septem­ber… how good is that: buy­ing a bike from a pri­est? The only thing for me is this: has Dave in­sured it against ‘acts of God’?

Lov­ing the lathe!

Hi, great mag and ar­ti­cle about lathes by Ralph. Hav­ing served my apprenticeship in en­gi­neer­ing nearly 50 years ago, I was sur­prised Ralph never men­tioned some very ba­sic safety pre­cau­tions. The first thing we were taught was about loose cloth­ing and hair (those lucky enough to still have some) around mov­ing parts, even with a chuck guard down. Get­ting tan­gled has hor­rific con­se­quences. Also very easy to for­get, but I’ve seen it done, re­move the chuck key. See­ing one fly across a work­shop is an ex­pe­ri­ence never for­got­ten. Lastly, an im­por­tant one is to

Ber­tie says: “He’s be­ing looked af­ter by a higher be­ing. No floods in his garage.”

set a stop for the sad­dle mov­ing down the bed. Be­ing young and stupid, I once set a stop wrong, send­ing the cut­ting tool fly­ing into the chuck and de­stroy­ing the bear­ings in the head­stock. A week en­sued of sweep­ing the work­shop floor, not to be trusted near ma­chin­ery for some time. Les­son learnt. Lathes are great ma­chines if care, safety and thought are

used and are not fright­en­ing if used prop­erly. Re­mem­ber, al­ways safety first and fore­most. Steve Col­lett Ber­tie says: “Thanks for that Steve, we’re sure Ralph (who had long hair once, we think) had th­ese safety is­sues in mind. Right, Ralph?”

Fuel for thought?

With the pos­si­ble in­tro­duc­tion of the new green fuel in 2020 and some older cars not be­ing com­pat­i­ble with the new fuel (fig­ures sug­gest it may be as many as 634,309 ve­hi­cles). How will this af­fect our clas­sic mo­tor­cy­cles? Will we still be able to buy fuel suit­able for our older mo­tor­cy­cles? Would it be worth your jour­nal­ists in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pos­si­ble changes to fu­els in 2020 and run­ning an ar­ti­cle to ex­plain the pos­si­ble im­pli­ca­tions to our clas­sic mo­tor­cy­cles. Rob Smyth

Steve Cooper says: “In an ideal world it would make per­fect sense to lobby the fuel com­pa­nies and ask about what hap­pens to our old bikes. Sadly a previous foray down that same road a few years ago de­liv­ered an answer I’m con­fi­dent I’ll re­ceive again – frankly they sim­ply do not care. The fu­els they sup­ply are aimed fair and square at the vol­ume mar­ket i.e. cars less than 10 years old. Any mo­tor­cy­cle only fig­ures pe­riph­er­ally in their plans! When E5 came out most lead­ing bike man­u­fac­tur­ers had is­sues and it’s still go­ing on. My take on this is that, just as we’ve had to pre­vi­ously, we’ll be play­ing suck it and see. I’d like to of­fer some com­fort and say use only su­per green but ap­par­ently that may be ‘leg­is­lated’ away in 2020 as well!”

Fuel for thought #2

Great magazine, but is there any chance of a fea­ture on fuel ad­di­tives and carb clean­ers as I am hav­ing a prob­lem with the petrol go­ing off in my GSX-R600 SRAD (1998 model). I am look­ing to have to have the carbs pro­fes­sion­ally cleaned again for the sec­ond time in two years. The bike is stan­dard and mint con­di­tion, the petrol prob­lem has now got me think­ing of sell­ing the bike which I have owned since 1998 and has now only got 13,000 gen­uine miles on it. Bled­dyn Adams

Ber­tie says: “Well peo­ple? Should we look at modern fuel in a fu­ture is­sue? We did in March 2013.”

Track at­tack!

Yo, CMM! I loved the ar­ti­cles on track day rid­ing/prepa­ra­tion in the Septem­ber is­sue, but feel you really missed a trick. While it was great get­ting the low-down on how cheap you could do it and laugh­ing at Ralph go­ing out there on his R6 (fair play, big fella) I was won­der­ing if there’s some­thing else WE/CMM could be look­ing at? Why the hell doesn’t CMM cover clas­sic bike rac­ing or look at the clas­sic track day scene it­self? I mean, support them with fea­tures and the like. It would be bril­liant! Me? Well, I’ve got an old Kawasaki ZXR750J track bike which I bought many years back for next to nowt and I have (what is al­leged) to be a former Honda CB500 Cup bike… I won­der if James Tose­land ever sat on it? Keep up the good work fel­las! Pete Smith

Ber­tie says: “Pete, we once did host (with our friends Clas­sic Bike Track­days) an event An­gle­sey, so maybe it’s time for an­other one? As to cov­er­ing rac­ing, we touch upon it but check out our sis­ter ti­tle Clas­sic Racer!”

Don’t get yer beard caught, Ralph!

What’s go­ing in the tank?

Fuel may be chang­ing from 2020...

Cheap thrills...

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