Maybe, just maybe

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Where’s Mys­tic Meg when you need her? Bet­ter still, a Tri­umph Fac­tory mole? Nei­ther ap­pears to be in the Yel­low Pages, and Boothy reck­ons he’s had no luck check­ing the num­bers on pub­lic toi­let walls. This leaves me no other op­tion than to spec­u­late. Yep, just like one of those truth-bend­ing tabloids I’m about to fill your minds with pure hype, al­beit of the con­sid­ered kind. Of course, I’m talk­ing about the ex­pec­ta­tions sur­round­ing a po­ten­tial Day­tona 765. I’ve spent a good few days with the Hinck­ley­based brand this month, nat­ter­ing to rac­ers, de­vel­op­ers and man­agers alike. I’ve got to know their Moto2 mule pretty in­ti­mately, and I’ve seen first-hand the twin­kle in eyes when you men­tion a new Day­tona.

The re­torts have been con­sis­tent; re­gard­less of who you ask, say­ing that if we want it, they’ll build it. And af­ter hav­ing had a good stint in the sad­dle of the largely Day­tona-based 765 Moto2 mule, I know we need such a bike in our lives. It was ut­terly bril­liant. But is it go­ing to hap­pen? I reckon so. I’ll leave it there, as there’s loads more goss you can in­dulge in on my test re­view of the Trum­pet. And don’t for­get to sign the gov­ern­ment pe­ti­tion de­mand­ing the new model be­fore Christ­mas; I’m sure some­one will make one.

Some­thing that’s very much real but has been kept a good se­cret is the re­vised ZX-10R trio. They’re a smart move by Kawasaki, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the brand’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to rule supreme in the ever more strin­gently reg­u­lated World Su­per­bike se­ries, which could’ve left them trail­ing the likes of Du­cati and the ex­pected pow­er­house Pani­gale V4 R. But away from the race track, they’re sure to spice up the Kwack­ers on the roads, or so our man Urry claims, who’s been lap­ping them up out in Ja­pan. He’s given us the low­down and it’s well worth a read if you’re in the mar­ket for a new litre bike.

And the tests keep com­ing. Mov­ing to the com­plete op­po­site end of the ca­pac­ity scale, Beej and Pretty Boy have been go­ing big on small wheel­ers, hav­ing a right hoot on the cream of the A2 sec­tor. Last but not least, Boothy’s been get­ting his leg over a 20-year-old, the jammy bug­ger. He’s pitched the cur­rent R1 against the orig­i­nal head-banger, and he’s not stopped smil­ing since. I think he’s in love, and maybe you’ll be too once he’s told you what’s so great about the ’98 icon. En­joy the mag, stay safe and don’t for­get to let us know what you’ve been up to.

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