BRUCE IN BRIEF

Fast Bikes - - CORE TEST -

My brother’s got two of these in race bike form so I’m fa­mil­iar with them from a track-rid­den point of view, but how the Yammy would per­form on the roads had me guess­ing. It felt a pretty meaty bike to strad­dle and had a well-fin­ished look about it. I liked the fact there was a re­serve switch wo­ven into the fair­ing, and the gen­eral cock­pit ham­mered home its pe­riod guise.

Head­ing out on my first blast, I was a lit­tle bit dis­ap­pointed with the oomph on of­fer. The mo­tor de­manded some heavy throt­tling and the pace felt as re­ward­ing as a strip­tease from Anne Robin­son – it just wasn’t nice. But power isn’t ev­ery­thing, right? Af­ter all, what was to be ex­pected from a bike nearly as old as me, and a frac­tion of the ca­pac­ity of the stuff I nor­mally knock around on? Back in its day the FZR would’ve been con­sid­ered a wor­thy ri­val in its class, and I dare say it would’ve been one of the bet­ter op­tions in the han­dling de­part­ment.

This bike had a very planted dis­po­si­tion; it wasn’t ner­vous or dif­fi­cult to lob around and it felt pos­i­tively good in and out of bends. That was its big­gest qual­ity, along with its spa­cious er­gonomics and easy go­ing gear­box. I liked it, kind of.

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