The class of 2002 – fif­teen years later

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Claimed power 160bhp Claimed weight 170kg The re­al­ity The K1/K2 was the first big-bore GSX-R since the demise of the GSX-R1100 in 1998. It de­liv­ered a rag­ing pow­er­house of a mo­tor de­liv­er­ing a real 140bhp. Fif­teen years later it’s still fe­ro­ciously fast, but looks dated… Watch out for Poor fin­ish on all fas­ten­ers, aw­ful bodges Pay £2000 for a bike that needs love, £3000 for a minter.

Claimed power 152bhp Claimed weight 174kg The re­al­ity The first fu­elin­jected R1 has a creamy throt­tle re­sponse thanks to its clever carb/in­jec­tion hy­brid sys­tem. Like the 954, it still looks fresh and rides bril­liantly. Watch out for Sticky EXUP valves, gear­box prob­lems, frame cov­ers hid­ing bent spars Pay £2000 for a dog, £3500 for a fu­ture clas­sic.

Clamed power 144bhp Claimed weight 186kg The re­al­ity The ZX-9R has stood the test of time the worst – and feels long, heavy and old. But they still work well on the road. The most com­forta ble bike here – and the only one still run­ning old-school carbs. Watch out for Stick­ing calipers, carb wear on high mil­ers Pay £1800 up to £2500 (minter).

Suzuki GSX-R1000

Kawasaki ZX-9R

Yamaha YZF-R1

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