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Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Inside - En­joy the mag Jim Moore, Ed­i­tor

IMAG­INE START­ING the restora­tion of a bike for which there is no man­ual, and vir­tu­ally no info what­so­ever. that was the po­si­tion PS reader Mark wa­teridge found him­self in when he first laid span­ners on the amaz­ing P&M GPZ750 that graces this is­sue’s front cover.

So de­ter­mined was Mark to own and cher­ish his very own P&M – the bike he’d lusted af­ter since his rac­ing days years ear­lier – that noth­ing, not even the head-scratch­ingly frus­trat­ing pur­chase of the wrong en­gine – could steer him off-course from com­plet­ing the build of his dream spe­cial.and that ded­i­ca­tion and tenac­ity has paid off in spades. See his fab­u­lous P&M in all its glory from page 80.

You may have no­ticed that the is­sue you hold in your hands feels thicker and heav­ier than nor­mal. It is. that’ll be the free 48-page pull-out-and-keep mag in the cen­tres – part 1 of the top 10 Must-have Sports­bikes.

We kick-off this two-part se­ries (there will be an­other FREE 48-pager with next month’s is­sue) with five sports­bike leg­ends, span­ning 30 years of PS good­ness. From Kawasaki’s fear­some 750 H2 triple and Suzuki’s Gp-de­rived RG500 to Honda’s game-chang­ing CBR900RR Fire­blade and yamaha’s sem­i­na­lyzf-r1 it’s all there – the bikes’ ori­gins, de­vel­op­ment, buy­ing tips and much more.

Mark Wa­teridge – af­ter all the grief – that big, wide grin

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