Practical Sportsbikes Nov 2019

Magazine articles about the 750 turbo

Practical Sportsbikes Nov 2019

Postby LondonZ1 » Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:25 pm

As requested, here is a scan of the write-up of my bike in Practical Sportsbikes. There are a couple of small technical errors but overall it's a fairly accurate overview of how the bike evolved.
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Re: Practical Sportsbikes Nov 2019

Postby Charlie @ Evergreen » Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:07 pm

Good article on your 750 Peter! Would love to have a magazine article done, wouldn't everyone! :beer
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Re: Practical Sportsbikes Nov 2019

Postby Turbo Pete » Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:09 pm

Very cool write up Peter.
How did you manage to squeeze a sixth gear into the box?? ( one of the errors??)
Congratulations on a fantastic build and article mate!
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Re: Practical Sportsbikes Nov 2019

Postby LondonZ1 » Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:57 pm

The 'sixth gear' is one of the errors. It was all done very quickly. The journo rode the bike on a Tuesday, the story was filed on the Thursday and the magazine came out a week later. I'm actually amazed there aren't more errors, given the really tight timing. The cause of all this last-minute stuff was the problems we had getting the bike rideable due to all the snafus. PS wanted the bike in the November issue as the theme was supercharged Kawasakis. The weather also didn't help but luckily the sun was shining for two hours on the one day when the bike was ready and the deadline was just about doable. I'll be interested to see the feedback; I am expecting some flak from shed-dwellers complaining that I didn't do it all myself with a rattle can and a pair of pliers. A large part of the fun of this project was working with really talented people who bought into my vision.
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Re: Practical Sportsbikes Nov 2019

Postby Kawadoodle » Thu Oct 17, 2019 10:48 pm

Very nice bike :thumbup
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Re: Practical Sportsbikes Nov 2019

Postby riturbo » Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:34 pm

Great article Thanks for sharing .
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Re: Practical Sportsbikes Nov 2019

Postby Eckhard » Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:23 pm

Nice bike..............
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Re: Practical Sportsbikes Nov 2019

Postby steady eddie » Sat Oct 19, 2019 2:31 am

Nice bike indeed
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Re: Practical Sportsbikes Nov 2019

Postby johnA » Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:51 pm

great looking bike you've got there mate well done.
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Re: Practical Sportsbikes Nov 2019

Postby Georgeturbo » Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:17 pm

Great job and a good read. that's a nice set up.
What ecu?
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Re: Practical Sportsbikes Nov 2019

Postby VinoBassi » Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:17 am

Thanks Mate for sharing this articles,Cheers :beer
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Re: Practical Sportsbikes Nov 2019

Postby Davidzapper » Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:30 pm

Good read, nice bike :beer
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Re: Practical Sportsbikes Nov 2019

Postby simonic » Sun Oct 27, 2019 1:37 pm

I've not seen a copy of the magazine so thank you for posting the pdf's.
I had however seen a pic of the bike recently and it looks just gorgeous.
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Re: Practical Sportsbikes Nov 2019

Postby Lorcan » Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:25 pm

Nice article, only missing a mention for your favourite web forum, ahem :roll:

Do you mind if I convert it to JPGs to made it easier to scroll through?
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Re: Practical Sportsbikes Nov 2019

Postby LondonZ1 » Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:40 pm

Hi Lorcan, glad you enjoyed the article. In case you didn't read my blog, the bike now has 168bhp at 7,300rpm and and 123 lb-ft of torque at 6,500rpm, all at 10psi boost. The surge of power from 3,000rpm (30bhp) to 5,000rpm (110bhp) is amazing. There's long list of niggles to sort over winter and then I can out some miles on it next year. The expertise and encouragement from the forum has been absolutely invaluable but I decided to prioritise 'thanks' to the businesses that helped me, in the hope that a mention will in turn help them. It's been a complex project and it would have been simply impossible without this forum.

Feel free to convert the pdf to jpg if it helps people read it.
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