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