2000 R1 BITS AND PIECES
Freshen up your bike for just £1.69! When you own an older motorcycle, it’s easy to assume that every part is discontinued, but check with your dealer and you’d be surprised. I’d learnt to live with the gnarly fairing fasteners on my R1, thinking replacements would be extortionate, but it turns out they’re just £1.69 each. Likewise, the new OE disc bolts I fitted were just £20 for a set of 12 online. A good resource for availability is fowlersparts.co.uk
Why you should buy a 2000 R1 right now! Yamaha’s tweaked version of their superbike is an appreciating classic waiting to happen. Introduced in 2000, two years after the first R1, it was subject to 150 minor tweaks, but the attitude is basically the same. The price, however, isn’t. For a mint,
original 1998 bike you’re now looking £6000, while a 2000 bike in similar condition would be £3500 upwards, in the same way that prices of Yamaha’s RD350 YPVSS were hiked as LCS become expensive, the same is likely to happen here – especially for well-maintained, stocklooking models.
Imust admit, the majority of miles I’ve covered so far on the KTM 1290 Super Adventure S have been wracked up on my boring M1 and A1 commute. But that all changed last week with an intense blast into the depths of Wales, where the adventure credentials of the KTM were put to the test.
Covering motorway miles, A-roads, B-roads, single track and even a little bit of off-road, I now have a much better feel for the big KTM. The lasting impression from my mini pilgrimage is just how capable and fast the 1290 is as a dedicated road bike. A lot of that is down to the – arguably excessive – 160bhp and 103ftlb of torque, but that’s not all – its electronics are top notch, being both advanced and easy to use.
I’ve never been a fan of electronically-loaded bikes, because in the past I’ve found their rider assists far too intrusive, but the latest generation of machinery on the market is so much more refined. So now I’ve completely U-turned and have gone from disliking the electronics to embracing them because they are so good. On the new Super Adventure S it all starts with the electronic suspension, which is not only semiactive meaning that it responds to the terrain you’re riding, but it also allows you to dial in the feel you want. So for motorway cruising it’s Comfort mode all the way and then when the going gets fast and twisty it’s into Sport which firms things up for a noticeably sharper ride.
You can also use different maps which change the engine character, but it’s the rain map that is the most impressive. On a bike that just wants to take off at any point of the rev range, the rain map takes the edge off the initial acceleration hit, making it easier, smoother and almost certainly faster when you’re on greasy, puddle-strewn tarmac.
Renewed heat-shielding courtesy of heat-proof tape. Original Yamaha heat shielding is on back-order Wheel lifting as Matt gets on the gas, this R1 is the epitome of the analogue superbike Leo Vinci (they changed name to Leo Vince in early 2000s) is one of four pipes he has for the R1. Stock, Akra, Promotive and this ‘I’d forgotten what a flexible friend the bike is, driving hard out of every corner, front wheel floating’
NEW v OLD ‘BYE RUST!
It might be big but the 1290 can hustle when needed
REPORT 2 3147 MILES
2017 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S MICHAEL GUY Former 250 road racer, adventure rider, Enduro and Rally racer Height 5ft 10in Weight 70kg Price £14,299 Fuel 23 litres at 49mpg = 247.45 miles Weight 238kg Seat 860mm Power 160bhp Torque 103ftlb firstname.lastname@example.org