“A NORTON V4? YES PLEASE!”
1 Norton V4 RR
I must admit I’m in love with the new Norton. It looks fantastic and I grew up around classic Nortons thanks to my dad. I love V4 engine layouts too so a 1200cc V4 with over 200bhp? Yes please! If you look at the attention to detail in things like the bracketing it’s clearly not been lumped together in a shed. Sometimes bikes just look right and the new Norton is one of them.
Virgin Mobile Yamaha YZF-R7 2
I’d love to have my old Virgin Mobile Yamaha R7 race bike from the 2001 season. It was just so trick and had so much cool stuff on it, like Noriyuki Haga’s titanium forks. It was such a lovely bike to ride. I rode it up the hill at Goodwood a few years ago – absolutely caned it – and it was exactly as I’d remembered it.
Valentino Rossi’s 2016 Yamaha M1 3
I’d love to have a Rossi bike so I might as well have the latest one, although I’d settle for any. The current bike just looks so beautiful to ride; the front feel, the way he can slide it... We know how good the Yamaha R1M is so imagine how much better the M1 must be? It would also be great to have any Rossi bike as he’s just the boss.
Mick Doohan’s 1995 Honda NSR500 4
I was racing in 500cc Grands Prix that year and Mick rode beautifully. I had some good moments with him out on track but I was so envious of his bike because it was much quicker than my Harris Yamaha and it looked so fantastic too. It was the bike I always wanted.
Ducati Superleggera 5
154kg and 215bhp? It looks like absolute smut! It’s so beautiful and aggressive I could just stare at it for hours in the garage.
Unless you have ridden one, you won’t understand just how glorious a 250 V-twin two-stroke Yamaha race bike is. They are absolutely beautiful, even the droopyarsed one – reliable and ride amazingly. You don’t corner, you look at an apex and you are there. They are awesome.