THE RACER

Ben Wylie, Bi­mota YB4

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Front Page -

When the idea of the Clas­sictt su­per­bike class was first mooted back in 2014, Cheshire based Ben Wylie knew he’d be on the grid.

“At that time the rules favoured one bike, the Bi­mota YB4. My friend Con­stan­tine and I thought the Bim was good enough to win, so we bought this one. It came from Bul­garia and was in a right state, so it got a com­plete re­build from the wheels up.”

Ben’s hunch that the Ri­mini-builtyamaha would be com­pet­i­tive proved right and he took the bike to a ninth place first time out in 2015. He’s cam­paigned it ev­ery year since but the class has got a lot tougher with ZXRS and XR69 repli­cas now in the mix.

“We didn’t get much prac­tice this year be­cause of the weather.then we blew a mo­tor and had to run a stock en­gine so we were down on power. My best lap on it so far has been 117mph; this year I did 114mph.the han­dling re­minds me of an R6 – it’s re­ally ag­ile and makes up time on the big stuff through the twistier parts of the course.”

A flat bat­tery forced Ben to re­tire from the race. Fuel in­jec­tion is on the cards for next year and maybe a 120mph lap.

“THE HAN­DLING RE­MINDS ME OF AN R6 – IT’S RE­ALLY AG­ILE AND MAKES UP TIME ON THE BIG STUFF THROUGH THE TWISTIER PARTS”

From Ri­mini to the IOM via Bul­garia, this YB4 was the thing to have un­til ZXRS and XR69S ar­rived

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