Cycle Sounds Magazine, January 1988

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Cycle Sounds Magazine, January 1988

Post by James P » Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:46 am

I found this magazine which had a feature on the launch of the KR-1 and the associated Formula 3 kitted machine (KR003).

I have scanned the original article and added translation pages at the end. I translated the article and photo captions as best I could using Google Translate (and my kanji & kana book where the GT translation didn't make sense!), but I could easily have got something wrong - I'd be glad to know the details if so.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IehlTb ... sp=sharing

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Re: Cycle Sounds Magazine, January 1988

Post by podman » Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:02 pm

Thanks for taking the time to scan/translate and post it, interesting read, end result looks very purposeful or what!

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Re: Cycle Sounds Magazine, January 1988

Post by Gerrit » Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:58 pm

Thank you for your hard work, James! I wish I had your language skills, would be very useful in understanding the Japanese "Racers" magazines I have. Still, one can learn a lot by examining the photos of the bikes very carefully.
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Re: Cycle Sounds Magazine, January 1988

Post by 500bernie » Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:13 am

Great work James, a very interesting read.
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Re: Cycle Sounds Magazine, January 1988

Post by KR-1R » Thu Oct 25, 2018 3:56 am

great stuff James
I wish the magazines back before 1988 had more colour.
Apart from Beet, I wonder why no one has done replacement fairing vent panels to look more like the F3 version (RGV etc) - Challenge !
These days, not difficult to model up and 3D print some. :idea:

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Re: Cycle Sounds Magazine, January 1988

Post by Binetta Steve » Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:28 pm

James thanks for taking the time and effort to extract the details of this publication. Its a great resource and nice fireside reading when we cant get out and ride our bikes.

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Re: Cycle Sounds Magazine, January 1988

Post by 500bernie » Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:15 am

Hi Danny,
The Beet inspection panels/vents must be among some of the rarest parts that were ever available.
I have never seen any in the flesh.
I expect they would deflect some of the hot air away from the rider.
I don't have a 3D printer, but I may have a go at fabricating some from ABS sheet.
I have fabricated a rear seat cowl, I will post some photos when I get a chance.
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Re: Cycle Sounds Magazine, January 1988

Post by pookie » Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:07 pm

He means when he finishes polishing it :roll:

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Re: Cycle Sounds Magazine, January 1988

Post by 500bernie » Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:37 am

No Pookie,
It's plastic, it just gets an intense sanding.
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Re: Cycle Sounds Magazine, January 1988

Post by James P » Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:33 am

I'm glad the material is of interest, although the translation came about more through persistence than language skills...!
KR-1R wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 3:56 am
great stuff James
I wish the magazines back before 1988 had more colour.
Apart from Beet, I wonder why no one has done replacement fairing vent panels to look more like the F3 version (RGV etc) - Challenge !
These days, not difficult to model up and 3D print some. :idea:
Thanks Danny. Yes, it would be nice to have some F3 replica bodywork parts available. I'm guessing that the relatively small production run of the KR-1/1S model was not enough to justify other aftermarket manufacturers from offering too many products. From what I have read, I infer that Beet had some kind of special relationship with Kawasaki, which may explain why that firm seems to have offered more aftermarket products than any other.

Bernie; I'm sure we'd all be interested to see whatever you can do to copy the Beet vents!

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James

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