Retro rum­bles on…

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - FEEDBACK -

I felt I had to add to the Retro de­bate. I had to agree with Paul Wed­dle’s let­ter in the March edi­tion, as if I wanted new bikes then I’d sub­scribe to some­thing else. I thought your an­swer say­ing it was five pages of 166 was mis­lead­ing. If you look at the bike re­views sec­tion there were five bikes road tested, so you could say it was 20% of the road tests. Or there were 26 pages of road tests of which it was four pages so 15% (plus it was in the edi­to­rial, and a page in news.) To fol­low hav­ing to read about Z1 Ret­ros in Fe­bru­ary, we then had sev­eral pages of ac­tual Z1 in March. Ac­tu­ally March was worse as you only road tested four bikes (BMW, XT500, Z1 and Honda TT EVO) so 25% of that sec­tion. Retro re­boot I can take or leave, but at least it’s still sort of in the spirit of CMM, so I can live with it. I’m not re­ally a big fan of dirt bikes (un­less I have just watched On Any Sun­day, in which case I re­ally want one), but I do love read­ing about old Ja­panese bikes, what­ever they are. I know some of your read­er­ship do like the new retro bikes but they can get their fix

of those else­where as well, whereas those of us that like the Ja­panese clas­sics re­ally only have your pub­li­ca­tion. As an aside maybe some road tests of smaller cc bikes: even mun­dane com­muter types, learn­ers, etc.? Lastly you did start do­ing some road tests of two bikes, the orig­i­nal with a mod­ern retro (but still clas­sic) equiv­a­lent – I have both a GSX1100SD Katana and GSX400SSN (Ja­panese mar­ket) if you ever want to try them side by side feel free! Rob Bird

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