BOOTHY'S BLUFF

Fast Bikes - - CORE TEST -

When I was 13 years old (among the S Club 7 and Steps posters) this ex­act model (and colour) R1 would be drooled over on an al­most nightly ba­sis. I knew that when I was a big boy I would have one. They say you should never meet your heroes, but who­ever said that ob­vi­ously hasn't rid­den this R1. I know these aren't 200bh[+ like the mod­ern litre sport­bikes but there was some­thing en­chant­ingly nos­tal­gic about its raw, un-elec­tron­i­cally-faffed with power that re­ally did it for me. An old R1 may not be the fanny mag­net it once was but it tick­led me in all the right places.

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