R1 mem­o­ries rekin­dled…

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - NEWS - Barry Wis­dom

I really en­joyed the many pages ded­i­cated to the 20th an­niver­sary of the Yamaha YZF-R1. Be­ing the owner of both an orig­i­nal and more modern ver­sion, I was won­der­ing if (as men­tioned in the ar­ti­cle) there was any­thing com­ing up which fea­tured more modern ver­sions of the le­gendary Yam sports bike? I really wanted to know more about what Mark thought about the more modern bike? I’ve been a se­rial owner of R1s, I’ve had two 1998 mod­els, a 2002, 2004, cross­plane crank ver­sion and an SP. I’m cur­rently sav­ing for the lat­est model. I have to say I fol­lowed Olly Crick’s orig­i­nal 1998 R1 up­grade in the ‘other’ magazine. It was in a decade ago and I’m now drool­ing at the thought of – per­haps – get­ting an orig­i­nal 4XV and go­ing to town on it. My is­sues are that I really want the lat­est ver­sion first! And even the 1998 bike isn’t dirt cheap any more! It was also nice to see the shot of DJ (bit of a ropey pic mind) and you guys cel­e­brat­ing his amaz­ing achieve­ments on the Is­land with that V&m-tuned bike.

Ber­tie says: “Barry, putting modern bikes in the mag (those that are younger than 15 years or so) is not our thing, so we leave that to our sis­ter mag­a­zines in the Mor­tons port­fo­lio. What I do know is that – while do­ing the 1998 R1 piece for us – the leg­end that is Mark Forsyth did some­thing on BOTH 1998 and 2018 blue YZF-R1S which will ap­pear in Mo­tor­cy­cle Sport & Leisure, while our ‘younger’ friends at Fast Bikes will be do­ing some­thing on the old and new R1s in a fu­ture is­sue. Pics are shown here so – our ques­tion is this: red/white or blue?”

Red and white sir?

Or saucy blue?

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