Maybe, just maybe
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.