“A NOR­TON V4? YES PLEASE!”

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Dream Garage - James Hay­don BSB COM­MEN­TA­TOR

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.

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