Friends re­united

Fast Bikes - - WELCOME -

Have you ever stopped to think how many of your mates you’ve met through bikes? If you’re any­thing like me, that shared in­ter­est will form the ba­sis of your re­la­tion­ship with most of the peo­ple you know and knock around with. Motorcycling is bloody fan­tas­tic, we all know that, but it’s also a great way of get­ting to meet folk and make long-last­ing friend­ships that seem to weather the chal­lenges of time and dis­tance like noth­ing else. I bumped into an old mate the other day. Well, tech­ni­cally he bumped into me as we fought for supremacy on the run into Bar­croft cor­ner at Croft cir­cuit, where I was rac­ing en­durance with my brother (which you can read all about in this is­sue).

It was a proper sketchy mo­ment. One of those times when you shout the first swear word that comes to mind so loud you won­der how the whole world didn’t hear it. Of course, I laughed about it post-race with this afore­men­tioned mega­lo­ma­niac, who’d now grown up, had kids and de­cided, like me, to give rac­ing a sec­ond stab. It was great to catch up, talk bikes and rem­i­nisce about the non­sen­si­cal go­ings-on from a decade ear­lier when we raced one an­other in the GSX-R Tro­phy. If I don’t catch him for an­other 10 years, it won’t mat­ter. We’re mates and that’s that, all thanks to power of some sticky tyres, a fistful of throt­tle and a com­mon love of go­ing round and round in cir­cles as fast as we can.

While we’re on with rem­i­nisc­ing, you’re likely to have clocked the R1 on the cover. What a beau­ti­ful thing that is. If you’ve owned one, I’m jeal­ous. If you haven’t, you ought to. It’s per­haps the most iconic pro­duc­tion bike from the turn of the noughties, and de­spite be­ing over a decade and a half old, it still de­liv­ered lots of LOL mo­ments for Fa­gan and co. who went about try­ing to re­live their mis­spent youths on this, plus three other great bikes from the turn of the mil­len­nia. You’ll see what was made of them, along with some ex­pert used buy­ing ad­vice on what to know be­fore set­ting some moths free from your wal­let.

The only thing not cov­ered in our ten step buy­ing guide is the best ex­cuses to of­fer the bet­ter half when they see you turn­ing up with yet an­other bike, but we’re sure you can mas­ter those one on your own. You could al­ways throw in the ‘in­vest­ment’ word, as bikes such as those we tested are slowly start­ing to climb in value. Yeah, that should do it. And don’t miss out – I’d sug­gest you ‘self­lessly’ treat your­self sooner rather than later. En­joy your read, and your fu­ture pur­chase.

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