Having owned a couple of 350YPVSS I’ve always lusted after the bigger RD500 and one day I finally had the opportunity to pick up a ‘tidy runner’ for £5k, which was the going rate back in 2009. I took it for a test ride and it was the biggest disappointment. It was slow, steered awfully and looked like it was thrown together at the factory, which it probably was, such was Yamaha’s rush to get it to market. I bought a new Street Triple R instead. One day I’ll tick that box but until then I’ll fantasise with a digital version.