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Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Welcome - Alan See­ley, Tech­ni­cal Ed­i­tor

broad church here on PS, span­ning as we do mo­tor­cy­cling’s most dy­namic decades. It might seem like a long way from a Kawasaki H2 two-stroke triple (page 38) to aprilia four-stroke v-twins (page 68) – and in­deed it is in both time and tech­nol­ogy – but the uni­fy­ing fac­tor for both the bikes and those who ride them comes down to one word – at­ti­tude.

It was that at­ti­tude that made bikes so fas­ci­nat­ing to ev­ery­one in the late 1970s when the film Sil­ver Dream Racer (page 48) was con­ceived and scripted; a movie we in the of­fice have as­cribed to a genre we’re call­ing ‘bike­sploita­tion’.

You’ll find more ‘at­ti­tude’ else­where in the is­sue, from the col­lec­tion of twostroke nuts and their bikes for a track­day at Don­ing­ton (page 26) to the well ’ard Suzuki GSX1100EX Spe­cial built byandy Har­ri­man (page 77).

The ’90s were a glory decade for sports­bikes and in this is­sue you’ll find two of the bikes we made such pub­lic nui­sances of our­selves on back then – the Kawasaki ZX-7R (page 54) and Yamaha FZR600R (page 102).

An at­ti­tude of a pos­i­tive na­ture is a def­i­nite boon in the shed and up the back of the mag you’ll find Ru­pert Paul still try­ing to sort the fi­nal de­tails on our Du­cati 851/888 replica build (page 89).

The right at­ti­tude will take you a long way, on the road and in the shed.

En­joy the mag

Dave Thomp­son (left) and his Kawasaki H2 resto (page 38) Sil­ver Dream Racer. Mak­ing of a mas­ter­piece

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